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Unquiet on the Western Front: Oregon and Willie Lyles, Andrew Luck, and...lotion.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Oregon and Willie Lyles, Andrew Luck, and...lotion.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 12, 2011

(Unquiet on the Western Front is SWRT's look at the Pac-12, WAC, Mountain West, and other West Coast/Rocky Mountain schools extravaganza.)  PAC-12 NORTH Cause for concern? Members of University of Oregon Board of Trustees are getting concerned over the Willie Lyles scandal. (The Oregonian) Could he be the one?  Grant Cohn asks if Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck can be the Pac-12's first Heisman Trophy winner since 1971. (CSN Bay Area) Cardinal preview.  SB Nation previews Stanford. (SB Nation) Broadcast News.  California's season opening game against Fresno State will be televised on CSN California. Which is great news if you have CSN California. Otherwise, you're probably S.O.L. (California Golden Blogs) PAC-12 SOUTH Meet Vontaze Burfict. Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict is ready to make up for previous seasons of growing pains by proving why some thing he's the nation's best defensive player. (House of Sparky) Selling like hotcakes.  Colorado isn't having much trouble selling season tickets in its first year as a Pac-12 member. (Boulder Daily Camera) MOUNTAIN WEST Mountain USA?  Did Conference USA really want to merge with the Mountain West to form a ginormous league of mid-majors? Inquiring minds want to know. (Mountain West Connection) There can be only one.  One Bronco Nation Under God previews the November 12 Boise State showdown with TCU, and gets obsessed with TCU head football coach Gary Patterson's pants. (One Bronco Nation Under God) BASKETBALL By the Time I Get to Phoenix. Phoenix wants to hold the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament once the current deal with the Staples Center in Los Angeles is over next season. (Arizona Desert Swarm) It rubs the lotion on its skin.  At least Washington State head men's basketball coach Ken Bone thought it was lotion. (Coug Center) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

UT-Arlington may join the WAC, whether other WAC schools like it or not.

UT-Arlington may join the WAC, whether other WAC schools like it or not.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 12, 2011

The University of Texas at Arlington, which doesn't have a football program, may become the newest member of the WAC. At least one WAC member's athletic director, Bruce Dan De Velde of Louisiana Tech, isn't too happy with the possible arrangement. "We weren't as enthusiastic (about it) as some of the other schools," Louisiana Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde said. "We felt they should have added a football-playing school and we encouraged them to do so. We feel they should be looking to add a team in the Central time zone if Louisiana Tech is to remain in the WAC. "The face of the WAC is changing with three teams now in the CST. And we think football should be the priority in adding schools." Obviously, WAC member schools would rather have schools with football teams in the conference. Especially since the Mountain West Conference has raided it within an inch of its life, taking crown jewel Boise State, this season, and Fresno State, Nevada, and Hawaii in 2012. It probably wouldn't take much for Louisiana Tech to look for greener pastures. Especially if a conference looking to become a BCS school with an automatic bid (i.e.: The MWC), or looking to preserve its BCS Conference standings (i.e.: The Big East) comes a calling. (via Dr. Saturday) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Gene Chizik, Jordan Jefferson, Isaiah Crowell,

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Gene Chizik, Jordan Jefferson, Isaiah Crowell,

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 12, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    Preservation Hall in New Orleans. Lots of LSU talk today, so it seemed like it was  a good time to add it to the list of rotating photos used in CDLM. SEC Media Days schedule. The rundown of which players will be appearing at next week's SEC Media Days in Birmingham, AL. (SECSports.com) The "Ten Most Hated Men in the SEC." Somehow, Lane Kiffen still makes the list. Get over it, already! (Dixiefriedsports) SEC WEST Gene Chizik is a better recruiter at Auburn than Tommy Tuberville was. Because Chuck Oliver said so. (ChuckOliver.net) LSU moves the date for its home game against Washington up to Sept. 8.  Please rearrange your schedules accordingly. (ChuckOliver.net) Jefferson the talk of the town.  The Times-Picayune interviews LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson. (The Times-Picayune) Ready for his closeup.  Legendary  LSU tailback Jerry Stovall is ready for his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame on July 16. (The Advocate (Baton Rouge)) The only easy day was yesterday.  Team Speed Kills wonders what Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen will do  for an encore after last year's success. (Team Speed Kills) The Rebel Leader.  Ole Miss Running back Brandon Bolden has emerged as a leader  on the  Rebel's squad. (The Clarion-Ledger) SEC EAST Jenkins still lying down with Lions. Former Florida and current Northern Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins had said he won't enter the NFL Supplemental Draft, and will stay with the Lions. (CBS Sports) Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? Alligator Army asks if it's time for Florida to build an indoor practice facility. (Alligator Army) Making lemonade out of other people's lemons. Georgia freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell is expected to make the most out of Caleb King's departure from the school due at academic ineligibility (and his entering the NFL Supplemental Draft). (Athens Banner-Herald) I Second That Emotion. Chip Towers looks at Georgia's secondary. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Your're "Mark Richt Hot Seat" item of the day. Dawg Sports' T. Kyle King asks "How Many Games Do the Georgia Bulldogs Have to Win in 2011 for Mark Richt to Keep His Job?" With Caleb King gone, Georgia fans and critics may have to adjust their numbers accordingly. (Dawg Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Mike Vrabel, Derek Moye, and more.

Big Tentacles: Mike Vrabel, Derek Moye, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 11, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)       LEADERS DIVISION Snotty sports columnists acting snottily.  Ohio State didn't go far enough with it's self-imposed penalties. Because Brett McMurphy said so, in a rather snotty manner. Shut up, Brett. (CBS Sports) More Tresselgate talk.  Meanwhile, Cecil Hurt says that Ohio State hid behind scapegoating of former head football coach Jim Tressel in its response to the NCAA. (Tide Sports/Rivals.com) From "the rats leaving the Titanic" dept. Ohio State offensive tackle recruit Kyle Kalis decides to jump ship and commits to Michigan instead. Yes, the Tresselgate scandal was the reason. (ESPN) A Sort of Homecoming.  Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel retires to become linebacker coach at his alma mater Ohio State.  (rivals.com) Meet Derek Moye. Penn State wide receiver Derek Moye is according to Stefanie Loh of The Patriot-News could have a breakout season in 2011. (The Patriot-News) Redemption Song. Penn State seniors want 2011 to be a year to rebound from a dismal season in 2010. (Pittsburgh-Tribune Review) Making future plans.  Wisconsin is looking to add Pittsburgh and Kansas State to the Badger's future schedule. (Wisconsin State Journal) LEGENDS DIVISION Got tickets? Neither do we. If you're looking to Iowa for your tickets to the Hawkeye's first game against Nebraska at Memorial Stadium as a fellow Big Ten Legends Conference member, then you're going to be out of luck. (The Gazette) Lay It on the Line.  Black Heart Gold Pants takes a look at the Iowa offensive line. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Mississippi State is the King of the Road. At least in Mississippi.

Mississippi State is the King of the Road. At least in Mississippi.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 11, 2011

The people who run the Mississippi State University Alumni Association's website apparently have a lot of time on their hands. That would explain why they keep track of how many affinity license plates that Magnolia State citizens are putting on their vehicles, as compared to those with Ole Miss plates. According to the numbers, Mississippi St. is beating 15,497 to 13,983. While keeping track of such numbers does seem a little petty, remember that a portion of the fees for these plates go back to the schools. That does mean a lot in times where universities are having to find money for things like scholarship funds. (via Friends of the Program) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Caleb King, Jordan Jefferson, Alabama recruiting, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Caleb King, Jordan Jefferson, Alabama recruiting, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 11, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    SEC EAST Least. Shocking. News. Ever. Of the Day. Georgia tailback Caleb king, who has been declared academically ineligible to play,  has decided to enter the NFL Supplemental Draft. (CBS Sports) Trouble in Athens? With King ineligible and Washaun Ealey transferring, Georgia has some depth issues it needs to rectify soon. (The Press-Register) Bryce Sherman an ex-Gamecock? South Carolina wide receiver Bryce Sherman is reportedly leaving the team.  (Gamecock Central/Rivals.com) If We Make It Through October.  Florida has a rough October schedule with Alabama, LSU, Auburn and the World's Largest (Censored by Dr. Michael Adams) against Georgia. Despite that The Gainesville Sun's Robbie Andreu claims that all four games are winnable ones. (The Gainesville Sun) Why don't you take have a seat over there? Tennessee celebrates "Meet Your Seats Week" with fans at Neyland Stadium. (Knoxville News Register) SEC WEST Ready to Start. After impressing observers during his stint as a councilor at the Manning Passing Academy LSU's Jordan Jefferson, is ready to impress them more as LSU starting quarterback. (The Times-Picayune) Profiled on the Bayou.  Matt Hinton profiles LSU WR Russell Shepard. (Dr. Saturday) Maye-king the change. Mississippi State linebacker Brandon Maye found it easy to transition to the Bulldog's system after transferring from Clemson. (The Clarion-Ledger) Counting Alabama's chickens. Alabama head football coach Nick Saban claimed that one of the reasons the Crimson Tide went to Atlanta to play in the 2009 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game was to improve the team's recruiting in the state of Georgia.  ChuckOliver.net's Clark Nelson questions whether  going to Atlanta  has truly paid off for Alabama in that area. (ChuckOliver.net) History lesson of the day. Most college football pundits say Auburn won't be as good as it was in last year's BCS championship season.  Evan Woodbery of al.com uses history to tell them they're wrong. (al.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Mark Ingram portrait unveiling at Paul W. Bryant Museum.

Mark Ingram portrait unveiling at Paul W. Bryant Museum.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 10, 2011

The University of Alabama's Paul W. Bryant Museum honored former Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram Friday night with the unveiling of a portrait which will hand next to his 2009 Heisman Trophy. It's not quite a bronze statue outside the stadium, but those seem to be a dime a dozen these days. (via al.com, WUVA) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Caleb King, Nick Saban, Will Perdue, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Caleb King, Nick Saban, Will Perdue, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 9, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   King dethroned at Georgia. Georgia tailback Caleb King has been declared academically ineligible. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) It's just a flesh wound. The loss of Caleb King won't hurt Georgia because of the arrival of Isiah Crowell. Because Jeff Schultz says so. Shut up, Jeff. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) The Payoff. Georgia's decision to hitch its horses on  Aaron Murray instead of Tom Savage (who eventually signed to Rutgers) has seemed to pay off. (ChuckOliver.net) Step Up to the Microphone.  Alabama head football coach Nick Saban will speak at a meeting of the New Horizons Credit Union-1st and 10 Club on October 24 in Mobile, Al. (The Press Register) Smoothing out Rocky Top. Under the leadership of Derek Dooley, things are settling down at Tennessee after a half-decade or so where the Vols had problems worse than women who were half-bear and half-cat. (ChuckOliver.net) Help Wanted. You've got until Sunday to apply for the job of athletic director at Tennessee. (The Tennesseean) Living on the Edge.  Will Purdue, recent inductee into the Vanderbilt Sports Hall of Fame(stop snickering), says that the school could be on the verge of doing great things in sports if the school administration would focus on it. Don't hold your breath, Will. (The Tennessean) Break on through to the other side. Team Speed Kills asks if 2010 was the breakout year for Arkansas football and head coach Bobby Petrino. If only the Razorbacks hadn't lost to Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl. Oh wait, they didn't. (Team Speed Kills) PESKY NON-SEC SOUTHERN COLLEGE NEWS. The Big East should dump USF for UCF. Because Mike Bianchi said so. Shut up, Mike. (Orlando Sentinel) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Ohio State is no longer the 2011 Sugar Bowl winner.

Ohio State is no longer the 2011 Sugar Bowl winner.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 8, 2011

Remember that Ohio State victory against Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl? The one that was the only win the Big Ten got against an SEC team in a bowl game last year? Well guess what-it didn't happen now. As a consequence of the "Tatgate"scandal, Jim Tressel, Ohio State has decided to vacate its Sugar Bowl game win over the Razorbacks, along with its 12 wins during the regular season. Plus, the school is putting itself on probation for two years. "Responding to the NCAA’s investigation of a memorabilia-for-cash scandal that cost former coach Jim Tressel his job and led to star quarterback Terrelle Pryor leaving school, the university also said Friday it is waiving a $250,000 fine imposed on Tressel and changing his resignation to a retirement. Through the school, the ex-Buckeyes coach said that he is taking responsibility for the NCAA inquiry, which developed after it was learned Tressel failed to report players receiving improper benefits. Tressel will attend Ohio State’s Aug. 12 hearing before the NCAA infractions committee, the former coach’s attorney said Friday." What will really hurt Buckeye fans is that the vacated regular wins includes the one against Michigan, which technically means the end of Ohio State's seven-game winning streak against Michigan. Even worse, there will be snarky Arkansas fans will be trying to claim the Sugar Bowl win as a victory. (via Rivals.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Aaron Murray, Patrick Peterson, Raymond Sanders, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Aaron Murray, Patrick Peterson, Raymond Sanders, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 8, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  The world on his shoulders (or at least the Bulldog Nation). Georgia will be depending a lot on quarterback Aaron Murray to fufill the Bulldog Nation's high expectations of him. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) And the winner is... LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson has been awarded the Corbett Award for top male college athlete in Louisiana. (The Advocate (Baton Rouge))    Ball out for season. Florida linebacker Neiron Ball will be out for the season due to treatment for an arteriovenous malformation which was detected in his brain in February. (The Orlando Sentinel) Meet Knile Davis. ChuckOliver.net's Aaron Wilson profiles Arkansas running back Knile Davis. (ChuckOliver.net) Know your role.  ESPN's Edward Aschoff talks about the Kentucky RB Raymond Sanders' role in 2011. (ESPN) Putting the finishing touches on. Work on Auburn's new indoor practice facility is almost complete. (al.com) A Few Small Repairs.  Vanderbilt Stadium is getting resurfaced after following the venue's use for a concert by U2. (ChuckOliver.net) Bad Analogy of the day.  I'm not going to mention here what Don Kausler Jr. tries compare  the simmering Alabama quarterback controversy involving A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims to; but trust me, it's a doozy. And oh yeah, shut up, Don. (al.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Crossing the Atlantic: Virginia Tech, Boston College, Georgia Tech, and more.

Crossing the Atlantic: Virginia Tech, Boston College, Georgia Tech, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 7, 2011

(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC and other schools on the East Coast.)     It's Atlanta! It's official: Virginia Tech and Alabama will play each other for the second time in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in 2013. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) A Few Small Repairs. A tour of Boston College's recently renovated Smith Family Strength and Conditioning Center.  Complete with product placement. (BC Interruption) Georgia Tech's offensive line isn't looking too good.  Because Ken Sugiura said so. Shut up, Ken. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) At Clemson you're either in or you're out. A review of Clemson's 2010 uniform combinations. Even Shakin' the Southland thinks the purple jersey-orange pants combination in the game against Georgia Tech sucked. (Shakin' the Southland) Al Golden is an Absolute Magician.  Miami head football coach Al Golden's lackluster recruiting success is mocked. (Eye of the Hurricane) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Janzen Jackson, Dee Hart, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Janzen Jackson, Dee Hart, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 6, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  Maxwell's Silver Hammer. The Maxwell Award watch list features twelve players from the SEC. Included are Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, Georgia QB Aaron Murray, and running back Trent Richardson of Alabama. (The Sporting News, Knoxville News Sentinel) Janzen Jackson returns.  Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson has enrolled for UT's summer semester, and will return to the football team in the fall. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Alabama loses Hart. Alabama freshman Dee Hart will be out for the 2011 season due to a knee injury. (ChuckOliver.net) A tough act to follow. Alabama's may have an excellent defensive line this year. But it will still have to live up to the high mark set up by the Tide's 1992 defense. Because Kevin Scarbinsky said so. (The Birmingham News) Neutral field? What neutral field? Georgia received 53,522 tickets for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, while opponent Boise State received 7,500. (ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

An Iowa version of "Black and Yellow?" An Iowa version of "Black and Yellow."

An Iowa version of "Black and Yellow?" An Iowa version of "Black and Yellow."

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 6, 2011

The world wasn't ready for an Iowa-themed knockoff of Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow," nor will it ever be. Still, someone made it, complete with reggaeton breakdown at the end. This is going to replace the "Iowa Fight Song" like, never. (via Black Heart Gold Pants) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Sean Matti remembered, Troy Woolfolk, Sean Prater, and more.

Big Tentacles: Sean Matti remembered, Troy Woolfolk, Sean Prater, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 6, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)    Sean Matti remembered. Purdue head football coach Danny Hope and athletic director Morgan Burke comment of the passing of senior running back Sean Matti, who died from an apparent drowning accident while swimming in Lake Freeman. (Indianapolis Star) Eight is enough? Michigan's success at recruiting for 2012 has left the school with only eight available scholarships remaining unclaimed.  (Detroit Free Press) Saving Troy Woofolk. A profile of Michigan senior cornerback Troy Woolfolk, who missed last season due to a dislocated right ankle and broken fibula. He spent the past year going through surgery and a long process of rehabilitation. (The Detroit News) Meet Sean Prater.  Iowa cornerback Sean Prater is profiled, which includes a discussion of his being one of the players twho came down with rhabdomyolysis after a grueling weight room session.  (Omaha World-Herald) Slapping their own wrist.  Nebraska puts itself on self-probation for "Husker student-athletes inadvertently using scholarship money to buy textbooks beyond those listed in the class syllabus as required reading." Well, that's a first. (Omaha World-Herald) Blow by Blow.  Off Tackle Empire previews Ohio State's 2011 schedule game by game. (Off Tackle Empire) When Terrelle met Chucky. A look at John Gruden's Quarterback Camp session with former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. (Along the Olentangy) Knowing is half the battle. Looking at the knowns and unknowns about Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill. (Fringe Bowl Team) Play to play? More talk about the Big Ten's look into paying for athletes' full cost of attending college. (Lansing State Journal) BASKETBALL  David vs. David. Two-time NCAA championship runner-up Butler will play a home-and-home series against that other perennial NCAA tournament Cinderella Gonzaga in 2011 & 2012. (The Indianapolis Star) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

AJ McCarron's tattoo isn't a tramp stamp after all.

AJ McCarron's tattoo isn't a tramp stamp after all.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 6, 2011

Remember that tattoo that Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron had reportedly gotten on his back? If not, here's a reminder.   Well you had better brace yourselves, because it turns out that it isn't a tramp stamp after all. McCarron had the ink job done right on his chest, for all the world to see. (At least when he's shirtless.) She's even kind of crazy 'bout his farmer's tan. Of course this can only mean two things. A) McCarron may end up being the most redneck quarterback in Alabama history. (Or in the whole freaking SEC, for that matter.) And B) Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray's stranglehold on the title of "the most awesomely bad back tattoo in all of college sports" is no longer in jeopardy. In fact, his stranglehold on the title may have gotten stronger. (via Friends of the Program) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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