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Dancing in the Ruins: Texas vs. the Big XII, Landry Jones, Travis Lewis, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins: Texas vs. the Big XII, Landry Jones, Travis Lewis, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 10, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference...or at least what's left of it.)  I didn't do it nobody saw me do it you can't prove anything! Clay Travis comments on the "passive-aggressive" attempts of Texas to cause the breakup of the Big XII Conference. (Outkick the Coverage) No surprise here.  Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones leads the list of potential Big XII Conference Heisman Trophy candidates. (ESPN) Get well, Sooner. Oklahoma linebacker Travis Lewis will be out for the first eight weeks of the season after breaking a bone in his left foot. (Tulsa World) Don't Panic! Losing Travis Lewis won't be as disastrous for the Sooners as the loss of Sam Bradford was in 2009. Because Dave Sittler said so. (Tulsa World) Crawling from the Wreckage. Kansas tries to come back after a disastrous 3-9 inaugural season under head football coach Turner Gill. (Kansas City Star) Gaining from weight loss.  After losing 43 pounds, Oklahoma State defensive tackle Christian Littlehead is a serious contender for a starting position. (Tulsa World) Dress for success.  Oklahoma St. still hasn't figured out who will be in charge of coordinating the 48 different variations provided by the team's new uniforms. Quick, call Rachel Zoe. (The Oklahoman) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Janzen Jackson, Arkansas, Central Florida, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Janzen Jackson, Arkansas, Central Florida, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 9, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  Back on Rocky Top. Embattled Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson opens up (but not all the way) about his time away from the team due to personal and family issues. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Is Tauren Poole the next Hershel Walker? Joan Adams claims that Tennessee running back Tauren Poole could rush for 2,000 yards this season, breaking the long held single-season record set by Herschel Walker. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Dark horse, the other white meat. Brett McMurphy believes that Arkansas will be this year's version of Auburn, and could make it to the BCS title game. (CBS Sports) Not so fast, my friend. ChuckOliver.net's Jamie Walker says Central Florida could be this year's BCS Buster de jour. (ChuckOliver.net) A Few Small Repairs. Ole Miss will be announcing expansion plans for Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. (SB Nation Atlanta) The world is a vampire, set to drain.  Georgia head football coach Mark Richt has a sit down discussion with his team about energy vampires, Energy Buses, and whatever else Spencer Hall can scoop out of his little deviant Gator mind. (EDSBS) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Expansion Silliness: Another day, another Texas A&M to the SEC rumor.

Expansion Silliness: Another day, another Texas A&M to the SEC rumor.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 9, 2011

The Texas A&M defecting to the SEC meme just won't stop. The latest unfounded story has it happening in 2012, and says what the rest of the non-Texas Big XII will do. "As you may imagine, the Ags are worried about possible political backlash so they have been trying to keep this quiet. With the recent rumors that Tech has been talking to the Pac 12 about moving West (and likely taking OU and OSU with them) we may not have to deal as many issues with the legislature as some had thought. Right now I would guess that Missouri would try to go to the Big 10 again. Kansas and KSU will make a move for the Big East. Baylor will do everything they can to go to the Pac 12 with everyone else." And of course this brings up what team would be brought into the SEC to even out the league. Bandit Ref pretty much mentions all the usual suspects (Oklahoma, Clemson, FSU, etc), as well as TCU the school from Texas that the SEC should be asking to join, not Texas A&M. The SEC should be American Idol and bring in an up-and-coming program. And not be Celebrity Rehab for a program that despite last year's success, has been on the downward spiral for years.   (via I Am the 12th Man, Bandit Ref) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Terrelle Pryor, Bo Pelini, Dan Persa, and more.

Big Tentacles: Terrelle Pryor, Bo Pelini, Dan Persa, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 9, 2011

 (Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)    Terrelle Pryor not eligible for Supplemental NFL Draft? At least that's whats' going around on Twitter. (SB Nation Atlanta) Bo Pelini did not "blow up" in Bubba Starling's face like Peter Gammons tweeted he did. Because Bo Pelini say so. (Dr. Saturday) The Honeymoon is Over?  Off Tackle Empire lays into Nebraska in great fervor. (Off Tackle Empire) Back for More. Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno has left the hospital and will reportedly be back in the Nittany Lions pre-season camp on Wednesday. (ESPN) Joe Paterno should retire.  Because the staff of LehighValleyLive.com says so. (LehighValleyLive.com) I Won't Back Down.  Longtime Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker isn't letting having his left leg being amputated due to complications from diabetes slow him down. (Quad City Times) Back on the Chain Gang.  Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa participated in his first full team practice since his season-ending injury against Iowa. (ESPN) Does Northwestern have Saturday Night Fever? The first song played at the start of Northwestern football practice was Earth, Wind, and Fire's "Shining Star." No word if head football coach was wearing a white disco suit. (The Chicago Tribune) Symphathy for the Devil. SI.com's Richard Deitsch interviews Kurt Herbstreit. (SI.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Is Andrew Luck's beard growing making a comeback?

Is Andrew Luck's beard growing making a comeback?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 9, 2011

It looks like Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck's beard might be making a bit of a comeback. This photo from Monday shows Luck and Stanford head football coach David Shaw at training camp. As you can see, Luck's sporting a little bit of puppy scruff under his chin. Not the full scraggly beard he had just a few days ago. But just enough so he doesn't look like Gomer Pyle anymore. (via Rivals.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, Darron Thomas, Kyle Whittingham's infinite playlist, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, Darron Thomas, Kyle Whittingham's infinite playlist, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 9, 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. Stanford quarterback Gomer Pyle Andrew Luck talks about the start of training camp, choosing between the NFL and staying in school, and shaving off his scraggly beard. (The Bootleg/Scout.com) And for those of you who mourn Luck's beard... The bearded Luck appears on the cover of ESPN the Magazine in all of his former scraggly glory. (ESPN) Leading the flock. Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas is quickly taking charge of the team during the start of the Ducks' training camp. (The Oregonian) Only reporters care about the Willie Lyles case.  Because Oregon offensive lineman Carson York said so. (The Oregonian) Cal and Oregon will play on ESPN 3D on Oct. 6. Pray that this doesn't inspire Nike to come up with some 3D unis for the Ducks. (SB Nation Bay Area) Science Fiction Double Feature.  Cal will also be on ESPN the following week on Oct. 13, hosting USC at home. (SB Nation Bay Area) Rock of Ages. Utah is practicing to tunes from head football coach Kyle Whittingham's personal playlist, which includes "Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, the Georgia Satellites and the Four Tops." (The Salt Lake Tribune) UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel on the Hot Seat. Mark Richt may need to move over some. (The Los Angeles Times) Looking for trouble. With Nebraska and the Big XII in the past, Colorado is looking for a new rival in the Pac-12. (Arizona Daily Star) Who ya gonna call? Talk of whether Boise State gets an unfair advantage wearing their all-blue unis on the blue turf of Bronco Stadium (now banned by the Mountain West Conference) gets discussed on the Mythbusters message forum, of all places. (HT: One Bronco Nation Under God) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Mark Richt thinks he's either Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Ralph Kramden.

Mark Richt thinks he's either Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Ralph Kramden.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 9, 2011

Richt apparently thinks he's Greg Louganis, as well. The pressure of being America's favorite "Coach on the Hot Seat" may have finally gotten to Georgia head football coach Mark Richt. He's started to believe he's either Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Ralph Kramden. When he's not fighting off "energy vampires," he's trying to be the bus driver of the "energy bus." Both are apparently a reference to a book called The Energy Bus, by Jon Gordon. The book talks about maintaining positive energy and to avoid being an "energy vampire," which sucks positive energy away by being a negative person.  Richt handed the book out to his players during the summer. In fighting "energy vampires," Richt's recruited the team to be his unofficial "Scooby Gang." “The energy vampires are anybody who complains and sucks positive energy out of the team,” junior offensive lineman Chris Burnette said. “An energy vampire could be somebody who doesn’t make it to meals, somebody who fails a running test, talks bad and stuff like that.” Once on the list, your photo is edited to make you look like a vampire and posted on TV screens in the locker room for 24 hours. “They’ll take peoples’ embarrassing Facebook pictures … then add on extra stuff,” Burnette said. “It’s actually something that lightens up the mood a little bit. You’ll have pictures of guys with red eyes and fangs and stuff like that. It’s pretty funny to see different guys pictures.” Richt has also made "Get on the Bus"on the team's slogan this season. And make no mistake, Richt plans to send energy vampires "to the moon." If his Scooby Gang doesn't get to them first. (via The Red & Black, The Telegraph (Macon, GA), SB Nation Atlanta), Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dancing in the Ruins: Landry Jones, The Longhorn Network, Bryce Brown, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins: Landry Jones, The Longhorn Network, Bryce Brown, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 9, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference...or at least what's left of it.) Putting the Sooner Schooner before the horse.  Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones is declared to be  "the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy" in some circles. This must be news to Stanford's Andrew Luck or Northwestern's Dan Persa.  (The Oklahoman)  More Longhorn Network silliness. Texas is expected to make at least $11 million a year from its deal with ESPN to form The Longhorn Network, with an annual 3% increase every year. (CBS Sports) Ready to Start.  Kansas State running back Bryce Brown says he's ready to take his spot on the Wildcat team, despite missing several "voluntary" workouts held during the summer. (Kansas City Star) Third time's the charm? Improvement is expected at Kansas State with head football coach Bill Snyder's third year since returning to the program. (Kansas City Star) Making a name for himself.  Missouri freshman quarterback Corbin Berkstresser is quickly earning a spot as the Jayhawks' no. 2 QB. Running Up That Hill. Cowboys Ride For Free checks out the Big XII's running backs. (Cowboys Ride For Free) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Russell Wilson, Joe Paterno, Dan Persa, and more.

Big Tentacles: Russell Wilson, Joe Paterno, Dan Persa, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 9, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)    Grace Under Pressure.  Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson says he isn't feeling the pressure of meeting the expectations that have surrounded him since he transferred to Wisconsin from North Carolina State. (ESPN) Highway to the Danger Zone? Following injuries received in a collision with a Penn State player, Adam Rittenberg asks if the sidelines are too dangerous for 84 year-old Joe Paterno to stand around. (ESPN) The writing on the wall.  Northwestern QB Dan Persa keeps a letter framed on his wall that was written to him by the late Wildcats' head football coach Randy Walker a few days before he passed away. Persa was Walker's last recruit. (FOX Sports) In the dog house at the Big House.  Michigan head football coach suspends punter Will Hagerup (four games) and receiver Terrence Robinson (season opener).(CBS Sports) Giving aid and comfort to the enemy.  ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit says he likes  Brady Hoke, and thinks that "he'll do a really good job" at Michigan. Maybe this is why Buckeye fans ran you out of town, Kirk. (The Detroit News) This if for the questions that don't have any answers. The Chicago Tribune has "five major questions" about Northwestern's 2011 season. At least two revolve in some way or another with QB Dan Persa. (The Chicago Tribune) When Worlds Collide. Lake the Posts has a sit-down with Black Heart Gold Pants Adam Jacobi about Northwestern, Iowa, and the Big Ten. Like what did expect them to talk about? (Lake the Posts) Defcom 4. Hammer and Rails reminds fans of Purdue's new Big Ten inner-division rival Iowa that the Boilermakers know how to make "The Bomb." (Hammer and Rails) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Joe Paterno injured after being knocked down by player.

Joe Paterno injured after being knocked down by player.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 8, 2011

 Here's the news you really don't want to hear if your a Penn State fan. Joe Paterno  was run over by a Nittany Lion player during Sunday practice. "Coach Joe Paterno was at Mount Nittany Medical Center on Monday, where he underwent tests to determine the extent of his injuries he suffered when he was hit by a player running a drill during practice Sunday. He likely will not need surgery, according to Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, Penn State's director of athletic medicine." Reports from Chris Folwer state that Paterno suffered "a hairline fracture to his pelvis and shoulder" that won't require surgery. Best wishes for JoePa during his recovery period. (via CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Stephen Garcia, Tyler Bray,  Josh Chapman, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Stephen Garcia, Tyler Bray, Josh Chapman, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 8, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   Should I Stay or Should I Go? Embattled South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia says he almost transferred this past summer, but support from his teammates made him reconsider. (ESPN) School of Hard Knox(-ville). Tennessee star QB Tyler Bray is still learning from his season-ending interception in the Music City Bowl. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Making a first impression. Georgia coaches are impressed so far with the performance of highly-touted freshman Isaiah Crowell. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Are You Experienced? A video interview of "Alabama's most experienced defensive lineman," Josh Chapman. (al.com) Pumped Up Kicks. Auburn new punter Steven Clark and new place-kicker Cody Parkey are getting  favorable reviews from Tiger special teams coach Jay Boulware. (al.com) Laying it on the line. Florida's success in 2011 will depend on it's offensive line. Because Pat Dooley said so. (The Gainesville Sun) Photoshop for Dummies.  Ole Miss is taken to task for it's lack of graphic design skills. (Friends of the Program) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Mass hysteria over The Longhorn Network continues unabated.

Mass hysteria over The Longhorn Network continues unabated.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 8, 2011

With the premiere Texas' Longhorn Network looming ever so closely, the almost insane hysteria from critics of the enterprise seems to be rising. The latest bone of contention is regarding the contract between the University of Texas and ESPN setting up the network. The Texas A&M blog The Midnight Yell obtained a copy of the contract via an Open Records Request. If you really want to get into all the brain-melting legalese, you can read  here in all of it's mind-numbing glory at your leisure.  The contract itself is really no big deal. But leave it to an Aggie to get all bent out of shape over it. Take for example  language in the contract regarding the airing of  one or more Longhorn football games a year. "Remember a few weeks back when it was made known that the Longhorn Network planned to air a Big XII football game this coming season (2011) and the fuss from media and other conference members that came with that?  Well, it was planned all along.  In the signed agreement, the Longhorn Network HAS to show 1 live football game a year (This year it will be the first home game of the year against Rice to fill the requirement) but BOTH the University of Texas and ESPN have a "mutual desire" to  show NO LESS THAN 2 live football games a year on the Longhorn Network.    So where does the network and ESPN stop at?  Four live Texas Longhorn football games?  The entire home schedule?  And if the network does in fact air that many live football games, how does this affect the overall value of the 1st and 2nd tier media rights of the conference as a whole?  Less money for the entire conference on the table when 1st tier rights become available in 2015-2016?  I guess this also makes void Chip Brown and the Longhorn's spin that "Texas had no idea what ESPN was doing, it was their fault".  It's not ESPN alone when there is a "mutual desire" is it?" Can you see what's happening here? This an obvious beginning of a plan to take over the world. Not just the world of college football, or college sports, but the whole flaming world! Quick, call Alex Jones. Of course, the sports blogosphere's preeminent lawyer/enfant terrible Clay Travis had to step in with a few comments of his own to add as fuel to the (bon)fire. "...Reading through the agreement confirms the worst fears of the remaining Big 12 members: Texas has little to no interest in remaining committed to the Big 12 long term. In fact, the contract is riddled with references to Texas leaving the conference and becoming an independent." Travis goes on the question why certain information in the contract has been redacted. "There are a great deal of details included in here. Probably a lot of details that neither ESPN nor Texas really wants to be made public. But what sections are redacted and why? If we've got ESPN's entire business plan for the network -- don't you think Fox and Comcast love to know the cost structure of their competitors? -- what is so controversial that it can't be made public? I'd be nervous about that if I was another Big 12 school. Really nervous." It's obvious what is going on here. Texas is planning to control the world and ship all connected with other Big XII schools to it's "reeducation camps" where they'll either be converted to Longhorn fans, or turned into Soylent Green. Leave it to The "SportsBizMiss," Kristi Dosh to throw some cold water on the tinfoil hat party. "Back to the unfounded fear that the Longhorn Network would end up with four live games or “the entire home schedule.” Texas has contracted away its third tier rights (i.e., games that aren’t chosen by ESPN as the first-tier rights holder or FOX as the second-tier rights holder). Yes, there’s some room for negotiation between ESPN and FOX, but FOX isn’t going to just give away all its rights to Texas games when it’s paying $1.17 billion for second-tier rights. Does it mean ESPN will pay less for the Big 12′s first-tier rights when the current contract with the conference is up? Of course not. The last thing ESPN wants is for FOX or NBC/Comcast or anyone else to come in and control first-tier rights in the conference." The theory that The Longhorn Network is going to somehow make Texas top dog in college football has a whole lot of flaws. For one, it fails to take into consideration that even with all of these "advantages" Texas might have, it still might underferform on the football field. Look at Notre Dame and its deal wit NBC. It really hasn't helped the Irish in the past few years, has it? And the chance that all of Texas' games will be are on the Longhorn Network are (at least for the foreseeable future) slim to none. The marquee match-ups are going to pretty much stay where they are on either ESPN or FOX. It doesn't benefit Texas much to have the games on an outlet that's still unavailable to a majority of the country. As I discussed last week, The Longhorn Network is more hype than a serious threat to college sports. (via The Midnight Yell, Outkick the Coverage, The Business of College Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Crossing the Atlantic: Paul Johnson, Boston College, and ESPN GameDay

Crossing the Atlantic: Paul Johnson, Boston College, and ESPN GameDay

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 8, 2011

(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC and other schools on the East Coast.)    There's a possibility, but no chance. ESPN's Heather Dinich looks at the ACC's chances having a team in the BCS championship in the new era of conference expansion. (ESPN) Making a good first impression.  Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson is impressed by freshman quarterback Vad Lee. But he still might not redshirt Lee this season. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Hitting the ground running.  While most ACC teams have it easy the first two weeks of the 2011 season, Boston College faces Northwestern and Central Florida, and Maryland faces Miami and West Virginia. BC Interruption discusses which of the two ACC schools has it easier. (BC Interruption) The Change-Up. Clemson will be switching to a 3-4 defense for 2011. (The Post and Courier) All or Nothing.  2011 is being called a "bowl or bust" season for Virginia. (Streaking the Lawn) Hide your kids, hide your wife, hide your mascot heads.  ESPN College GameDay will broadcast live from Tallahassee for  the Oklahoma-FSU game on Sept. 17.  (ChuckOliver.Net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Stephen Garcia, Mark Richt, John Brantley, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Stephen Garcia, Mark Richt, John Brantley, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 7, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   Stephen Garcia taking archery class at South Carolina during fall semester.  Because he wants to grow up to be like his childhood hero, Green Arrow.  (SB Nation) Another Mark Richt Hot Seat story? Another Mark Richt Hot Seat story, (The Register Guard) Best Frenimies Forever. Alabama quarterbacks A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims say they're still best friends despite both competing for the Tide's starting QB position. (Rivals.com) How You Remind Me. Tennessee is looking at placing prodigal player Janzen Jackson at nickel back. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Standing in the Shadows of Love.  Florida quarterback John Brantley talks about working with new QB coach Charlie Weis and living in the still-present shadows of Tim Tebow. (CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Is Nick Saban really...Batman?

Is Nick Saban really...Batman?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 7, 2011

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban is apparently sick and tired of the internet and it's unquenched thirst for the sweet waters flowing from the Fountain of Misinformation. So apparently he's decided to take matters into his own hands, and muddy the waters up a bit. "Responding to preseason Internet rumors (which are largely created and kept alive via anonymous message board posters, not beat writers) and preseason polls (which are most widely publicized by the conferences, which compile the polls through coaches' voting), Saban lashed out at the assembled media because, well, they were there. "I don't know where you all get your information," Saban said. "Every time someone posts something on a message board, I'm going to start messing with you. I don't know how to do that, but I'm going to start doing it. And every day I'm going to post something that's just total B.S. so you all can go crazy out there on misinformation and bad information." In doing so, Saban is adopting the methods that Batman used recently dealing with internet speculation on his secret identity in Batman Incorporated #6. Images c. 2011 DC Comics. Of course this begs the question of who Nick Saban really is, or what he does when he's not coaching. He can't be spending all that time in the film room, can't he? The citizens of Alabama can sleep a little easier tonight. Nick Saban - The Dark Knight of Tuscaloosa - is making the streets safe from evil criminal masterminds and Auburn fans. (via NESN, DeleriousJAB) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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