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Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Will Muschamp, Scott Moore, Derek Dooley, and more

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Will Muschamp, Scott Moore, Derek Dooley, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 4, 2011

A different kind of football lockout. Florida head football coach Will Muschamp may close spring practices to the public as well as the media. It looks he's already trying to one-up Urban Meyer. (GatorSports.com) Moore mudslinging. Scott Moore is now claiming that former Florida head football coach Urban Meyer is the one who blew the whistle in the Cam Newton case.  (al.com) Meanwhile, Senator Blutarsky pretty much suggests Moore is blowing something else. (Get the Picture) Assume the position. Georgia safety Alec Ogletree will move from to inside linebacker for the 2011 season.  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Circle the date, Vol fans. Tennessee head football coach will speak at the Middle Tennessee Christian School's annual Spring Banquet on April 21, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Rutherford County's annual Steak and Burger fundraiser on April 28. (The Daily News Journal) "The Hotel Diaries of Will Muschamp". An  EDSBS exclusive. I'm waiting for "The Hotel Diaries of Stephen Garcia," myself. That should be epic. (EDSBS) BASKETBALL Looking for luck in all the wrong places. T. Kyle King wonders what superstitious and probably meaningless act he can do to bring the Georgia basketball team good luck this weekend as they face Alabama. Hide your kids. Hide your wives.  Hide your goats. (Dawg Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Steven Garcia's Rockin' New Year's Eve (eve). Or: Why the Gamecocks chocked in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

Steven Garcia's Rockin' New Year's Eve (eve). Or: Why the Gamecocks chocked in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 3, 2011

The cat is out of the bag where it comes to why South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia preformed so badly in the Gamecocks' loss to Florida State in the Dec. 31. 2010 Chick-Fil-A Bowl. While no one is surprised that Garcia was partaking in non-Truett Cathy approved behavior the night before the big game (Garcia's name has been used in the same sentence as the words "Aldus Snow" before), no one really knew how bad he was partying until FITSNews broke this story today about that fateful night. Multiple sources tell FITS that Garcia – who is known to party like a rock star – was involved in a massive, all-night bender in his hotel room the night before the bowl game. In fact, Garcia’s alleged party became so raucous that the S.C. Highway Patrol – which provided security for the team during its stay in Atlanta – was called to investigate. Upon entering Garcia’s hotel room, they are said to have discovered the quarterback in a highly-intoxicated state in the company of five different young women – two of whom were completely naked. You can expect how that made Steve Spurrier fell the night before a big game that could have totally restored his reputation. And how did The Old Ball Coach punish his star QB? Rather than let Garcia sleep his big night off, our sources say that the USC coaching staff forced him to run on a treadmill while he was still hungover. There was reportedly even talk of benching him for the bowl game – or at least sitting him out for a series. Well, when you can't make your players run up and down the stadium steps, you have to invoke the immortal words of Heartbreak Ridge's Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Highway (aka Clint Eastwood) and"Improvise, adapt, overcome".  There's no full account of Garcia's big night in the ATL, but this is probably similar to how it might have gone down. (Hopefully without the, uh, "sex without asking".)  (via FITSNews. HT ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

And the nominees for NCAA Football '12 cover boy are...

And the nominees for NCAA Football '12 cover boy are...

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 3, 2011

EA Sports have announced the candidates to succeed Tim Tebow as the cover athlete on NCAA Football '12. The choices are Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, Alabama running back Mark Ingram, Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray, and Washington quarterback Jake Locker. You can vote for your pick over on Facebook. The interesting absence? Fairley's Auburn teammate Cam Newton. You would think EA Sports would try to get the absolute breakout player of the 2010 season. Either EA Sports doesn't believe Newton can move enough video games, or Cecil Newton asked for too much money. (via War Eagle Extra) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Scott Moore, Ryan Mallett, LSU, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Scott Moore, Ryan Mallett, LSU, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 2, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) I love to dance a little sidestep.  Scott Moore, the Huntsville, Al. radio show host who claims to have heard the tapes with Cecil Newton shopping son Cam Newton's commitment to Mississippi State  with Cam allegedly by his side, was on Atlanta's 680 the Fan Monday, dodging a lot of questions from Matt Chernoff and Chuck Oliver. (680 the Fan) Dubious insult of the day. Meanwhile, Moore is called "Harvey Updyke with a microphone" over on ChuckOliver.net. It's hard to tell if Moore or Updyke is the one being insulted here. (ChuckOliver.net) Welcome home. Auburn brings back Mike Pelton to be the Tiger's defensive line coach. (al.com)  New Tiger Blood. LSU  freshman defensive tackles Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson looks ready to compete for a starting job on a Bayou Bengals defense. (ESPN) There is no Ryan Mallett witch hunt.   @SummerofMallett, on the other hand,  is on a...well, you can figure that one out for yourselves. (Arkansas Sports 360) It wasn't me. Meanwhile, Freinds of the Program ponders whether its aforementioned Frankenstein creation may be responsible for those stories of the real Mallett's alleged drug use. (Friends of the Program) BASKETBALL The Last Time? Georgia's Senior Night game against LSU may also be the last home game for underclassmen Trey Tompkins  and Mike Leslie. Both are expected to enter the 2011 NBA Draft (Athens Banner-Herald) Regime Change? ESPN's Doug Gottlieb said in an interview on Kansas City WHB that Arkansas men's head basketball coach Mike Pelfrey may be out of job. The Razorback's recent on-the-court success may say otherwise. (Arkansas Sports 360) On the Rocks. Tennessee center Brian Williams  has missed three days of practice due to a back injury. (Go Vols Xtra) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

The Tennessee Vols are the kids with the Pumped Up Kicks

The Tennessee Vols are the kids with the Pumped Up Kicks

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 2, 2011

All the other kids in the SEC better run, better run, faster than the Vols'. That's because Tennessee players are sporting some new orange Addias sneakers. This pair of "Pumped Up Kicks" was worn by Scotty Hopsonon Monday at practice, according to Wes Rucker. They reportedly look better if they're worn with black socks, but who knows how much Bruce Pearl wants to deviate from the traditional frosted orange and white Tennessee colors. But getting some new shoes could be the thing to put some steam in a season where the team has floundered with on and off-the-court issues. Speaking of Vols' hoops and shoes, last Saturday's night's game against Mississippi State provided fans with the chance to donate to Soles4Souls, described as "a Nashville-based nonprofit that distributes donated shoes to needy people worldwide." It's nice to see Tennessee "Foster the People" for a good cause. Go click on the link and check it out. (via Rocky Top Talk, Knoxville News Sentinel, @wesrucker247) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Prince Amukamara, J.J. Watt, Mark Dantonio, and more

Big Tentacles: Prince Amukamara, J.J. Watt, Mark Dantonio, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 2, 2011

A-Maizing Adventures. Michigan declares Saturday, Mar. 5 game against Michigan State a "Maize Out."  (Detroit Free Press) Black Socks Gold Shorts. ESPN plans to air the 30 for 30 documentary The Fab 5 on March  13. Michigan fans can watch and remember those Final Four appearances that Chris Webber and company's involvement with booster Ed Martin forced the school to vacate. (MGoBlog) Hey, man you disrespecting me? Michigan State players were upset when fans walked out of a home game against Purdue last Sunday, where the Boilermakers blew out the Spartans 67-47. (Detroit Free Press) Marchinfornication, Rd. 1. Former Iowa basketball player Brendan Cougill faces off  dinosaurs...in Racecars! Because Black Heart Gold Pants rolls that way. Vote early and vote often, sports fans. (Black Heart Gold Pants) FOOTBALL He said "Combine?"  I said "Watt?" Former Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt had a standout performance at the NFL Combine. Enough to probably improve his draft stock. (Bucky's 5th Quarter) His name is Prince. Former Nebraska players Prince Amukamara and Roy Helu erased the doubts in many scouts minds by having impressive showings at the NFL Combine. (Corn Nation) There's a possibility but no chance. The Detroit Lions are reportedly interested in drafting Amukamara and reuniting him with former Defensive Rookie of the Year (and former Husker) Ndamukong Suh. But it looks like Amukamara's Combine performance will mean he gets drafted way before the Lions are on the board with the thirteenth pick. (The Detroit News) Reflections of the way life used to be. Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio looks back on the eventful 2010 season, including his early-season heart attack. (MLive.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Is this the head of new Ole Miss Mascot costume?

Is this the head of new Ole Miss Mascot costume?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 1, 2011

This image is allegedly the head of the new Ole Miss Black Bear mascot costume, along with possible other parts of the costume. I told Ole Miss it should have gone with the Land Shark. But did they listen? Nope. (via Red Cup Rebellion) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Jimmer Fredette in Black and Yellow? (Maybe)

Jimmer Fredette in Black and Yellow? (Maybe)

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 1, 2011

Another day, another expression of Jimmer Fredette manlove on YouTube.  I want to say this is parodying Wiz Khalifa's  "Black and Yellow," But the rapping doesn't really fit the backing track. My bad for not keeping up with hip-hop as well as I should. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles:  Ohio State, Bobby Knight, Joe Paterno, and more.

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Bobby Knight, Joe Paterno, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 1, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  Back in the Saddle Again.  Ohio State is back at number one in the ESPN coaches' poll. (ESPN) How low can you go? ESPN's Joe ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi has Michigan State has Michigan State as a no. 12 seed, and Michigan State in a play-in spot. (Detroit Free Press) The one that got away? Steve Lavin says that he had sent his resume to Penn State after he has been fired from UCLA, and the job for coaching the Nittany Lions was open.  They hired Ed DeChellis instead and Lavin went on to coach presumably NCAA Tournament bound St. Johns. (Black Shoe Diaries) The Fame Monster. Indiana coaching legend and ESPN college basketball  commentator  Bob Knight has will be one of the eight nominees going into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Michigan all-American Cazzie Russell will also represent the Big Ten in the Hall's class of 2011. (ESPN) Marchinfornication brackets are out! It's hard to believe that KOKaine didn't make it into the tournament. But you can probably expect evil dirty commie Joe Paterno to have him doing something to stop America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi. (Black Heart Gold Pants) FOOTBALL No reprieve. The NCAA refuses to allow Purdue wide receiver Keith Smith a sixth year of eligibility. Smith missed most of the 2010 season due to injury. (ESPN) Clayborn's draft stock rising. Former Iowa defensive end Adam Clayborn looks more and more like a first-round NFL Draft pick after an impressive showing at the NFL Combine. (Des Moines Register) And how did Clayborn's teammate, QB Ricky Stanzi do? Not so well. (The Gazette) The (Re)Name Game. There's a group which wants to rename Penn State's Beaver Stadium after Joe Paterno. Of course they do. (The Morning Call) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

You can now roll Toomer's Corner online.

You can now roll Toomer's Corner online.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 28, 2011

The tradition of rolling Toomer's corner has been put on hold while attempts to save the majestic oak trees from poisoning are ongoing. So leave it to the Internet to step in and provide Auburn fans a place to partake in one of their cherished rites of fall whenever they want. A site called toomersoaks.com gives Tiger fans and anybody else a place to virtually cover one of the famous trees, while providing a link to the Toomer's Trees and Traditions Fund. (via WSFA) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Ryan Mallett, Greg McElroy, Julio Jones, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Ryan Mallett, Greg McElroy, Julio Jones, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 28, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    I Love to Dance a Little Sidestep. Former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett dodged questions on alledged drug use. (Arkansas News) Unleashed. Georgia has lifted the suspension of tailback Washaun Ealey after three weeks in Mark Richt's doghouse. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Money for Nothing. Georgia offensive coorfinator Mike Bobo and two other Bulldog coaching staff members to receiveretention bonuses for managing to make it through the 2010 season without getting fired. If you ask certain Georgia fans, that's about all they accomplished last season. (ChuckOliver.net) Money for Nothing, Part Deux. The nine Florida assistant coaches on Will Muschamps will be making a combined $2.93 million dollars for the 2011 season. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Licking the test. Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy scored a 48 on his Wonderlic test. Which may be the only football-related test McElroy will ever best Cam Newton in. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) Move over, Cam Newton. Former Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones (His mama named him that!) signs an endorsement deal with Under Armour. (ChuckOliver.net) It's Atlanta! The SEC has extended its deal to hold the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta through 2015. (al.com) Keeping up with the Jones'. A look at Tennessee's new Football Training Center, which is scheduled to be open for business in 2012. Too bad for Derek Dooley it's only 2011. (knoxnews.com) Major accomplishment. The by the Boy Scouts of America's Great Smoky Mountain Council on Wednesday had named Tennessee legend Johnny Majors the Distinguished Citizen of 2011. Three guesses on whether Lane Kiffin ever gets that award, and the first two don't count. (Go Vols Xtra) BASKETBALL I feel like a Monster. Dick Vitale  calls the Tuesday night clash between SEC division leaders Alabama-Florida "a monster game." Though it's apparently only enough of a monster to make it to ESPN U's schedule at 7:00 PM EST. (al.com) Kansas City here I come. Georgia will take part in the 2011 CBE Basketball tournament in Kansas City, Mo. on Nov. 21-22. California, Missouri, and Notre Dame will also be taking part. (Athens Banner-Herald) Running Out of Days? Bruce Pearl may be "running out of answers" where it comes to Tennessee's lackluster play. And thanks to the NCAA's investigation of the Tennessee athletic program, his tenure as the Vol's head men's basketball coach be running out of time. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Signs of hope on Toomers Corner?

Signs of hope on Toomers Corner?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 27, 2011

There may be signs of hope for the trees on Toomer's Corner a week and a half after the announcement that the trees had been poisoned with a heavy amount of herbicide. "The soil below the surface at Toomer's Corner is showing lower levels of a deadly herbicide than originally feared, but experts say it's too early to know if the trees will survive at the Auburn University landmark." The trees are still in danger, but any sign that the trees could possibly be saved is a good one. (via al.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Ricky Stanzi, International Man of Mystery.

Ricky Stanzi, International Man of Mystery.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 26, 2011

The biggest mystery in the 2011 NFL Draft would seem to involve Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi. Part of that is because of the differing opinions of where Stanzi (aka America's Quarterback) should rank among this year's batch of QB's. Part of the problem might be that Stanzi has been better known for his fervent patriotism than for his resume as starting QB at Iowa, which includes winning the 2010 Orange Bowl. Iowa somewhat underwhelming 2010 season hasn't helped clear away any of the questions many Draft gurus and football scouts have about how good of a pro QB Stanzi could be. It's resulted in a considerable variance when it comes to the projections of what round he'll go in the Draft. Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN, seems to be higher on Stanzi's draft stock than than other pundits. He feels that Stanzi deserves to go in the second round of the Draft, and points to his 59.2 third-down completion rate and his 3-0 bowl game record with Iowa . Other experts are not as sold on Stanzi as Kiper is, resulting on a wide range on opinion on where he ranks among other QBs in the Draft.  "Pro Football Weekly rates him the third best quarterback in the draft – behind Blaine Gabbert of Missouri and Jake Locker of Washington and ahead of Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton of Auburn and Ryan Mallett of Arkansas. Lindy's Pro Football Draft report pegs Stanzi as the ninth-best quarterback and projects him as a fourth-round pick."  Stanzi hopes to improve his chances in the 2011 NFL Draft this week at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He has been working on his quarterbacking skills with Tom Brady's personal quarterback coach, Tom Martinez. The freshly buzzed Stanzi is looking to change the Stanzi's draft stock may be higher or lower when the NFL Combine ends later next week. Though he might not become a first round pick, Stanzi may end up as being one of the bigger bargains in the Draft. If his pro career is as good or better than his college career has been, that is. (via The News-Herald, Rotoworld,   Boston Herald) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Your moment of Tebowness: Tim Tebow playing ping pong

Your moment of Tebowness: Tim Tebow playing ping pong

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 26, 2011

Tim Tebow recently hung out with some of the best ping pong players in the world in Las Vegas. Naturally, they played ping pong.  And you wonder why Denver Broncos head coach John Fox decided to go with Kyle Orton as his starting quarterback next season. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Penn State uniforms to get even more boring.

Penn State uniforms to get even more boring.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 25, 2011

There is a school of thought that admires Penn State for the spartan nature of its team uniform. The white helmet with the simple blue stripe, blue jersey and white pants recall the Mad Men days of smash-mouth football without the vulgarities things such as teams with a gazillion alternative unis or players with intricately choreographed touchdown celebrations. Others see it as representative of a team stuck in the past wearing modestly nondescript uniforms. If you're in the latter category, then get ready for the Nittany Lions unis to get even more boring. Guido D'Elia, the Penn State director of football communications and branding, told a class at the university that the team's uniforms would be getting a slight makeover for the 2011 season.  "Speaking to a class at Penn State, D'Elia indicated the home-uniform white trim around the neck and on the sleeves would be eliminated. Also, the road-uniform blue trim would be eliminated. (If true, Penn State's road uniform would be whiter than the Boston Celtics of the 1980s.)" First off, can Penn State's uniform get even more generic? Second, is there ironic title than "Penn State director of football communications and branding?" Branding is such a 21st century term that having it used in the same context as the Penn State Nittany Lions borders on the edge between being  a complete contradiction in terms, and an absolute paradox of logic.  There is merit in doing things like they did in the old days, but this is taking things to extreme. The all blue jersey without any kind of trim is two shakes of a rat's tail away from being your average pee wee football league jersey. Old-school sensibilities are admirable, but at the same time, there is at least on some level do something to be distinguishable.  Penn State is bordering on being totally generic when it comes to its team uniform. It might wrangle a few fans if say, there was a logo on the team helmet. But at least it would give the team a comfortable level of identification. It wouldn't hurt when it came to licensing, either.   Maybe when Joe Paterno finally retires, Penn State will decide truly enter the 21st century realm of brand identification. Until then, its old school mentality is beginning to border on the ridiculous.  (via The Morning Call) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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