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Unquiet on the Westrern Front: Cliff Harris,  UCLA, and New Mexico State

Unquiet on the Westrern Front: Cliff Harris, UCLA, and New Mexico State

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 16, 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.)   Harris gets suspended. Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris has been suspended for at least the first game of the 2011 season for his 188 mph traffic citation. (The Register-Guard) Why Can't I Be You? Bruins Nation blogger Bellerophon why UCLA uniform outfitter Adidas doesn't hook up the Bruins with spiffy looking alternate unis like they've done with Michigan and Notre Dame. (Bruins Nation) Well, it had to be somebody. New Mexico State is ranked 120th in Rivals'com's list of the 120 top FBS teams. (Rivals.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Les, Miles, Jordan Jefferson, Barry Brunetti,  and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Les, Miles, Jordan Jefferson, Barry Brunetti, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 16, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)      Take the Money and Run. Florida's athletic department gives the school $6 million. (The Gainesville Sun) Stop Me If You Think That You've Heard This One Before. Ole Miss could be looking at another transfer as its quarterback this season, with former West Virginia QB Barry Brunetti playing the role of Jeremiah Masoli. (al.com) The five worst SEC games of 2011. Because Pat Dooley said so. Shut up, Pat. (The Gainesville Sun) Great Expectations. LSU head football coach Les Miles expects a lot from QB Joedan Jefferson this season. (Shreveport Times) Choice Hogs.  Arkansas wide receivers Joe Adams, Greg Childs and Jarius Wright are named by ESPN to be the SEC best receiving corps. (Arkansas Sports 360) What do Vanderbilt quarterback Charlie Goro and Lionel Richie have in common? Answer: They are now both ex-Commodores. (ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

OOPS! Mark Richt's accidental texts leads to secondary NCAA violations.

OOPS! Mark Richt's accidental texts leads to secondary NCAA violations.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 16, 2011

 Nobody's perfect, even goody two-shoes Gerogia head football coach Mark Richt. (Though you could obviously tell that from the Dawgs' record the past couple of seasons). Georgia had to report two secondary violations to the NCAA due to Richt "accidentally" texting a high school prospect...twice. "In Athletic Director Greg McGarity’s letter of explanation to the SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, dated May 27, he explains that Richt accidentally sent two text messages from his Blackberry to the father of football prospect Jordan Jenkins of Harris County on May 26th (text messages to prospects or their family members are impermissible per NCAA rules until one day after a prospect has signed a national letter of intent with the school). In the first instance, Richt received a text from Ron Jenkins asking for camp dates. Since Richt did not have the number programmed in his phone, the text was identified as “unknown.” Richt intended to forward the text to a recruiting assistant for identification but accidentally replied to Mr. Jenkins, which was a violation NCAA Bylaw 13.4.1.2. Richt immediately reported the inadvertent violation to compliance director Eric Baumgartner, who subsequently asked if Mr. Jenkins had replied. In an attempt to forward Mr. Jenkins’ response to Baumgartner, Richt accidently replied to Mr. Jenkins again, hence he had to report another text violation." Oh well, it could have been worse. He could have sent the recruit a picture like this one: Anthony Weiner, anybody? (via Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dancing in the Ruins: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and the Longhorn Network.

Dancing in the Ruins: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and the Longhorn Network.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 16, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference...or at least what's left of it.) The waiting is the hardest part. Oklahoma-Oklahoma State may be more anticipated than Texas-Oklahoma is this year. (The Oklahoman) Paint It Black. A brief history of Oklahoma State's black alternate uniforms. Shut up, Mark Richt.(Cowboys Ride for Free) TV time in Texas.  A partial schedule for the Texas-based Longhorn Network has been released. (ESPN Media Zone) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Gene Chizik, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Gene Chizik, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 15, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)      Joining the no-kickoff club. Georgia head football coach Mark Richt is the latest coach to come out in support of getting rid of  kickoffs. (Athens Banner-Herald) Gene Chizik's raise is "well-deserved." Because Barrett Sallee said so. Shut up, Barrett. (ChuckOliver.net) Depth perception. The injury to Tennessee linebacker Herman Lathers is causing ripples on the Vols' depth chart. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Yo, I'm taking a survey. LSU is asking season ticket holders about possible expansion of Tiger Stadium. (The Times-Picayune) At the newsstand.  The Gainesville Sun looks at what the college football preview mags are saying about the Florida Gators. (The Gainesville Sun) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Brian Kelly, Zach Brown, Jim Tressel, and...Dirk Nowitzki?

Big Tentacles: Brian Kelly, Zach Brown, Jim Tressel, and...Dirk Nowitzki?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 15, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  Jim Delany spends his nights dreaming of ways to capture  this Leprechaun. Zero Sum. Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly doesn't see the Fighting Irish gaining any recruiting advantages in Ohio resulting from the fallout of Tresselgate. (The Chicago Tribune) Together again. Penn State and Pittsburgh will renew their rivalry with games in 2016 and 2017. (Rivals.com) Badger no more? Wisconsin running back Zach Brown is considering transferring to Pittsburgh. (ESPN) Brush Up Your Shakespeare. Eleven Warriors compares Jim Tressel  with the titular character of Shakespeare's Othello in regards to the pitfalls of passion.  (Eleven Warriors) Rich Rodriguez lands a job at CBS Sports Network. Which may be the only general cable sports network with a lower profile than Vs. (Detroit Free Press) Rotten to the core. A look back at the notorious Illinois-Iowa "Apple Bowl" of 1952, which included Illinois' John "Rocky" Ryan punching Iowa's Richard Wolfe, Iowa fans throwing apples (among other things at the Fighting Illini players, and a fifteen-year gap between Buckeye-Illini meetings. (The Gazette) Beautiful Nebraska. Off Tackle Empire's Nebraska week continues with a profile of the Bugeater Cornhusker State. (Off Tackle Empire) What if? Dirk Nowitzki could have gone to Northwestern. (The Chicago Tribune) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Duck Amuck: Things get stranger in Cliff Harris speeding case.

Duck Amuck: Things get stranger in Cliff Harris speeding case.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 15, 2011

Things might be getting a little harrier in the case of Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris' speeding arrest. It turns out that the latest member of Oregon's Insane Clown Posse was driving a rental car that was rented under name of an university employee. "On Tuesday, officials from the compliance office of the UO athletic department spoke multiple times with Mindy Schmidling, the payroll specialist in the university’s office of business affairs who rented the car and loaned it to Harris and another unidentified player. In an e-mail exchange with The Register-Guard, Schmidling described herself as a friend of Harris’ who rented the car for her own needs Friday night and extended the rental at the request of the players, who compensated her financially for the use of the car. She said she was told that another player, whom she would not identify, would be behind the wheel. Schmidling, 27, said she is not a UO graduate, nor has she worked in the athletic department." Oops. The NCAA Infractions Committee is probably not going to be happy with this one.   (via The Register-Guard) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, Rick Neuheisel, Boise State, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, Rick Neuheisel, Boise State, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 15, 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.)     Luck of the Draw. Bookmakers have Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck as the early favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. (Rule of Tree) Deep in the Heart of Texas. The Lone Star State is becoming a hotbed for Boise State when it comes to recruiting players. (Mountain West Connection) The high cost on moving up in the world. Utah is raising ticket prices and student fees to help it get ready to compete in the Pac-12. (The Salt Lake Tribune) The Blame Game.  USC's probation woes are the fault of former athletic director Mike Garrett, not former head football coach Pete Caroll. Because Michael Lev, says so. Shut up, Mike. (The Orange County Register) Gone Bowling. University of Arizona President Robert Shelton is stepping down to become executive director of the beleaguered Fiesta Bowl. (Arizona Desert Swarm) It's getting hot in here. Yes, UCLA's  Rick Neuheisel is on the hot seat. (The Orange County Register) Then again... "It is not hot at all...who would they get to replace him. Not a big name under the cash strapped UC system..." (Conquest Chronicles) Shirts Without Random Triangles.  Washington State is asking fans to create a t-shirt for it's "Undefeated Fans" program of displaying a school flag in places where it probably doesn't belong. (CougCenter) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Gene Chizik, Aaron Murray, and...Prince William?

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Gene Chizik, Aaron Murray, and...Prince William?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 14, 2011

He could have been an Auburn Tiger. (Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)       I'll take "Things that probably won't end well" for $300, Alex.  Gene Chizik's new deal with Auburn does away with a stipulation that allows the school to suspend the head football's coach's pay if investigated by the SEC, the NCAA, or itself.  (The Birmingham News) Top Dawg. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is ranked by ESPN's SEC Blog as the top QB in the SEC. (ESPN) Georgia fans and Auburn fans should hate each other. Because T.Kyle King says so. Shut up. Kyle. (Dawg Sports) There's a possibility, but no chance.  Looking at Georgia's chances to win the SEC East in 2011. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) And the nominees are... Looking at the Florida players who could become the first Gator player to rush for 1,000 yards for the first time since 2004. (The Gainesville Sun) First Time in a Long Time.  Tennessee enters the 2008 season with the same coach as the previous year for the the first time since 2009. (Team Speed Kills) The (Hall of) Fame Monster. An update on the still yet to be constructed new home for the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Bizarre fact of the day.  Auburn awarded Prince William an honorary football scholarship when he was born in 1982. (Track 'Em Tigers)   Them's fightin' words! Someone in Alabama has the audacity to suggest that  Army-Navy is a greater rivalry than Alabama-Auburn . Mind you, they may have a point. (Mobile Press-Register) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

College football apparently doesn't exist in <i>Grantland.</i>

College football apparently doesn't exist in <i>Grantland.</i>

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 14, 2011

Grantland, ESPN's  much-ballyhooed sports and pop culture website created by Bill Simmons debuted last week. The idea was to create a one-stop site on the web for quality sportswriting. Mind you, Deadspin has been crawling in that direction for years, you just have to crawl through the layers ofcheap fratboy humor sometimes to find it. Content-wise, Grantland has been what you expect. Simmons mixing NBA Finals commentary with references to The Wiggles and Tony winning play, The Book of Mormon. Profiles on Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey and the Barcelona-Manchester United Champions League soccer final. Chuck Klosterman musing on a 1988 junior college basketball game. And a three-page look at video game de jour L.A.. Noire. What's missing? College football talk. Mind you, most people go to Bill Simmons for his keen insight and knowledge of college football like they go to McDonalds for a gourmet meal. And also mind you that  Grantland has been around less than a week, and fall is still a way off, timewise. So what's the big deal? Well it is a little ironic that a site named after Grantland Rice, the sports writer that coined the name "The Four Horsemen" to describe Notre Dame's 1924 backfield, for one thing.  And in a week where the end of Jim Tressel's scandal-plague path at Ohio State dominated the sports headlines as much as the LeBron James meltdown into Atlanta Braves-esque goatville, the lack of commentary of the subject is noticeable. Now judging a website after a week might be risky (go back to SWRT's earliest days, and see where this site has evolved/devolved.) And further monitoring to see what, if any college football stories show up. But for now, Grantland seems far away from the blue-gray October sky from where the Four Horsemen rode out of. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

College football apparently doesn't exist in Grantland.

College football apparently doesn't exist in Grantland.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 14, 2011

Grantland, ESPN's  much-ballyhooed sports and pop culture website created by Bill Simmons debuted last week. The idea was to create a one-stop site on the web for quality sportswriting. Mind you, Deadspin has been crawling in that direction for years, you just have to crawl through the layers ofcheap fratboy humor sometimes to find it. Content-wise, Grantland has been what you expect. Simmons mixing NBA Finals commentary with references to The Wiggles and Tony winning play, The Book of Mormon. Profiles on Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey and the Barcelona-Manchester United Champions League soccer final. Chuck Klosterman musing on a 1988 junior college basketball game. And a three-page look at video game de jour L.A.. Noire. What's missing? College football talk. Mind you, most people go to Bill Simmons for his keen insight and knowledge of college football like they go to McDonalds for a gourmet meal. And also mind you that  Grantland has been around less than a week, and fall is still a way off, timewise. So what's the big deal? Well it is a little ironic that a site named after Grantland Rice, the sports writer that coined the name "The Four Horsemen" to describe Notre Dame's 1924 backfield, for one thing.  And in a week where the end of Jim Tressel's scandal-plague path at Ohio State dominated the sports headlines as much as the LeBron James meltdown into Atlanta Braves-esque goatville, the lack of commentary of the subject is noticeable. Now judging a website after a week might be risky (go back to SWRT's earliest days, and see where this site has evolved/devolved.) And further monitoring to see what, if any college football stories show up. But for now, Grantland seems far away from the blue-gray October sky from where the Four Horsemen rode out of. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Brady Hoke, and Dan Persa.

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Brady Hoke, and Dan Persa.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 13, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  It's just a flesh wound. Ohio State University president E. Gordon Gee claims that the school's scandal-rocked football program problems are "but a temporary condition." (ESPN)  Jim Tressel's Muppet Babies. A look at the kids named after Jim Tressel in the wake of the Ohio State Tresselgate scandal. (The Columbus Dispatch) Brady Hoke using Ohio State scandal as a "teaching moment" for Michigan players.  Of course he is. (Detroit Free Press) Swarbuck interviewed.  The Chicago Tribune interviews Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbuck on various issues including night games, the future of the Big East Conference, and the possibility of a future "Notre Dame Network" in the style of the Longhorn Network. (The Chicago Tribune) Boston College Men on Northwestern.  A look at Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa, from a Boston College man's point of view. The Wildcats go on the road to start the season against the Golden Eagles on Sept. 3.(BC Interruption) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tennessee, Joker Phillips, Charlie Weis, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tennessee, Joker Phillips, Charlie Weis, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 12, 2011

Why don't you have a seat over there? Tennessee officials, along with former coaches Lane Kiffin and Bruce Pearl, wentr before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions on Saturday. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Love Can Build a Bridge (and a house too). Members of the Tennessee football team teamed up to build a house with Habitat for Humanity. (Knoxville News Sentinel) The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer. Looking if Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis do to quarterback John Brantley  what he did with New England Patriots' QB Tom Brady. Don't hold your breath. (Mobile Press-Register) I bless the rains down in Africa.  Kentucky head football coach Joker Phillips, along with players Stewart Hines and Danny Trevathan, went on a  goodwill trip to three cities in Ethiopia where they delivered food and sports equipment. (Lexington Herald-Ledger) Don't Worry, Be Happy.  Kentucky officials aren't worried about the 9:30 p.m. EST starting time of the Wildcats' season opener against Western Kentucky at LP Field in Nashville on Thursday, Sept. 1, will hamper ticket sales. (Lexington-Herald Ledger) Mythbusters. An investigation into allegations that Auburn fans rolled Toomer's Corner when former Alabama head football coach Bear Bryant died finds no evidence that this ever happened. Too bad this investigation had to wait until after Harvey Updyke poisoned the famous Toomer's Corner oaks. (al.com) High school punter commits to Georgia. Which means that the future at the most important  position for Georgia football seems secure for now. (Athens Banner-Herald) BASKETBALL This just in: Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari and Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino are both jerks. (ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Bill Stewart is an ex-Mountaneer coach.

Bill Stewart is an ex-Mountaneer coach.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 11, 2011

Bill Self has resigned as head football coach at West Virginia. This after a debacle of a week only slightly less embarrassing as Rep. Anthony Weiner's. He will be replaced by Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia's offensive coordinator and "coach in waiting" Dana Holgorsen. "Stewart resigned Friday during a meeting with Luck, clearing the way for Holgorsen’s promotion and capping a tumultuous two weeks in which both Holgorsen and Stewart made headlines for the wrong reasons. An intoxicated Holgorsen was escorted out of a casino last month, although no charges were filed. More recently, a reporter said Stewart had approached him shortly after Holgorsen’s hiring to “dig up” dirt on his eventual successor. During a news conference in Morgantown, both Holgorsen and Luck tried to sidestep questions about the issues that had gotten the university plenty of media attention. Luck said the recent developments had to be addressed." If anything, the Bill Stewart situation ought to be a teaching lesson to college athletic directors that maybe this "coach in waiting" isn't such a brilliant idea after all. West Virginia should have had the sense to fire Stewart in the first place, instead of going through a series of convoluted hoops to replace him in a year's time. (via Rivals.com)  Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Gene Chizik, Nick Saban, Isiah Crowell, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Gene Chizik, Nick Saban, Isiah Crowell, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 10, 2011

The Big Money. Auburn rewards head football coach Gene Chizik a raise and a contract extension. (al.com) "Not awarding Auburn the 2004 BCS title was the right move." Because Joe Solomon said so. (The Birmingham News) It's All Over Now.  Tennessee defensive tackle Montori Hughes is leaving the program. (Knoxville News Sentinel) No Big Deal. Alabama head football coach Nick Saban isn't too worried about new SEC rules on recruiting. (al.com) It's your thing. Do what you wanna do.  Georgia legend Hershel Walker's advice to freshman running back Isiah Crowell is for him to "just do his thing." (Athens Banner-Herald) Florida QB John Brantley is a dark horse Heisman Candidate? ESPN's KC Joyner thinks so. KC must like to think htree impossible things before breakfast. (ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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