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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

Mark Richt says he was only joking about the Kellen Moore story.

Mark Richt says he was only joking about the Kellen Moore story.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 7, 2011

Georgia head football coach Mark Richt's comment that he and UGA athletic director Greg McGarity had thought that Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore had left school when the Dawgs agreed to play the Broncos in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game went viral on the internet almost as soon as he said it on Atlanta radio station 680 the Fan. Now he's attempting some damage control, saying it was a joke. "A story that Richt has been telling for months on the speaking circuit relating to the Boise State game suddenly spread across the Internet on Friday, including at Deadpsin.com, after Richt told the story again in a recent radio interview. Richt has been saying that when athletic director Greg McGarity approached him about the game initially, he told him that the Broncos’ Heisman Trophy finalist quarterback Kellen Moore was a senior last season and would be gone when the game was played. In reality, Moore is a senior this year and should start the teams’ opener. Most who have heard the story suspected that Richt was joking. Richt elaborated Saturday: “I think Greg mentioned, ‘That quarterback’s a senior anyway.’ I was like, ‘That’s good. Let’s set it up.’ No, by the time we made the final decision, we knew.” Yes, Richt said, “I embellished a little bit.” Sadly, the internet seems to be a tad bit tone deaf when it comes to other people's humor. Or are willing to take a story and use it for their own agendas. Or whatever. Richt may want to go Foghorn Leghorn once in a while and say "That's a joke, son!" once in a while when telling that story. Or just leave the funny to Derek Dooley. (via Athens Banner-Herald) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Georgia and Boise State: Two Teams, One Cup.

Georgia and Boise State: Two Teams, One Cup.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 6, 2011

This isn't the best picture in the world, but that figures since I'm the one that took it. Anyhow, this is the cub Chick-fil-A has out to promote the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between Georgia and Boise State. Except for the Chick-fil-A logo, the whole thing is in black & white, which is sort of a letdown. Here's what the logo looks like in  color. Of course Chick-fil-A's sponsorship does bring up one question: Will we be seeing those Chick-fil-A Cows carrying signs that read "Eat Mor Bronco?" (It is a Georgia-based company, after all.) (Thanks to Lonely Tailgater for the info on the cup on Twitter.) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Andrew Luck and Gomer Pyle: Separated at Birth?

Andrew Luck and Gomer Pyle: Separated at Birth?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 6, 2011

The odds that Stanford will reach 2010's level just took a faster nosedive than America's credit rating. Cardinal fans should just be glad Luck doesn't look like this Private Pyle. (via Rule of Tree) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Georgia thought Boise State's Kellen Moore was an ex-Bronco.

Georgia thought Boise State's Kellen Moore was an ex-Bronco.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 6, 2011

In another sign of the coming Dawgageddon, Georgia head football coach Mark Richt told Atlanta radio station 680 the Fan that He and Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity had thought Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore had graduated before the Dawgs agreed to play the Broncos in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Sept. 3. "[The athletic director] came to me with that and he was like, ‘Well, that quarterback's a senior and he's leaving.' I really didn't look at it. I knew that he had been there a long enough time that he was probably on the way out. After we signed on the dotted line, then I went and looked at the depth chart and realized he was still there. Then I was hoping he would turn pro early and he didn't do that." So McGarity and Richt thought Kellen more had graduated. This doesn't quite allay any fears that Georgia is losing its manhood (Dawghood?) as a football program.  Or that McGarity is the right man to head the UGA athletic department. Come back, Damon Evans, all is forgiven. (via Deadspin) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Ohio State bars players from wearing pro-Jim Tressel wristbands.

Ohio State bars players from wearing pro-Jim Tressel wristbands.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 5, 2011

Well, that didn't last long. No sooner did Ohio State players start wearing wristbands with former head football coach Jim Tressel's initials on them did the school administration put the kibosh on the whole thing. “They were pulled back out of concern, just being cautious,” team spokesman Jerry Emig said yesterday, adding that their use had not been run past the compliance department before their distribution. “The players had bought them (for $15 each) from a well-meaning individual within the program who had ordered them on his own. We got them to take them back to him and get their money back.” So the wristband thing wasn't a truly organic movement among players, and was actually part of a capitalistic enterprise to make money off the situation. What a shocking revelation. (via The Columbus Dispatch) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Testing

Testing

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 5, 2011

SWRT switched over to a new domain. Sorry for the delays. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Steve Kragthorpe, Auburn's Mike Dyer, Mark Richt, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Steve Kragthorpe, Auburn's Mike Dyer, Mark Richt, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 5, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  Pressing On.  Former LSU offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe will continue on as the Tigers' quarterbacks coach while continuing his battle with Parkinson's disease. (The Times-Picayune) Ready for his close-up. Auburn sophomore Mike Dyer plans building on his 1,000-yard 2010 season, which induced a stealing the spotlight from Cam Newton (if only for a moment) in the BCS championship game against Oregon.  (al.com) Safety First. Florida has constructed six permanent towers for its videographers so as to avoid the scissor lift accident at Notre Dame last year that led to the death of a student. (Gainesville Sun) Building a Mystery. Mississippi State built on their success in 2011 by hitting it hard and heavy on the recruiting trail during the summer. (ESPN) Youth Gone Wild. ChuckOliver.net's Seth Stokes looks at the 2011 Tennessee Volunteers, 70% of which are either freshmen or sophomores. (ChuckOliver.Net) The Speech. The Speech. Georgia head football coach Mark Richt gave his team that quarterback Aaron Murray called "my favorite speech Coach Richt has given in three years.” (Dawgs 247) Mark Richt on the Hot Seat Item of the Day. This one's from Rivals.com's Tom Dienhart, who says the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against seventh ranked Boise State is a "must win" for the Dawgs. (Rivals.com) What matters most. Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and wife Terry held the annual luncheon for their Nick's Kids Fund charity, which has distributed money to help rebuild tornado stricken Alabama, among other causes. (al.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

LSU offensive coordinator Kragthorpe steps down.

LSU offensive coordinator Kragthorpe steps down.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 5, 2011

Thoughts and prayers go out to LSU offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe, who is stepping down after only a brief time on the job due to Parkinson's disease. (via CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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