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Coveirng Dixie Like Mildew, Ryan Mallett's draft prospects, Bear Bryant's hat (or what's left of it), and more.

Coveirng Dixie Like Mildew, Ryan Mallett's draft prospects, Bear Bryant's hat (or what's left of it), and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 10, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    The Downward Spiral.  Former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett's chances of being a first round NFL Draft pick might be dropping faster than the proverbial lead balloon. (Pro Football Talk) Making adjustments. Auburn complies with a SEC request to move it's buy week scheduled the week before the Nov. 26 game against Alabama. The Tigers will play Samford the week before the Iron Bowl on Nov. 19.(al.com) Up on the Roof. Between winning the BCS title and hitting the recruiting trail, Auburn defense coordinator Ted Roof says got a little bit of a chance to soak in the Tiger's success during the celebration in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Jan. 22. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) This just in. Georgia running back Washaun Ealey is still suspended. (Dawg Sports) No respect for the past. Panini chopped up one of Bear Bryant's signature houndstooth hats and put the swatches on football cards. (Deadspin) Once is not enough. ESPN will air the LSU Spring Game on April 9 for the second year in a row. (LSUsports.net) BASKETBALL The wrong man for the job? Arkansas head men's basketball coach John Pelphrey is either unlucky, overmatch matched, or possibly both. (Arkansas Sports 360) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

A Nick Saban snowman? A Nick Saban snowman.

A Nick Saban snowman? A Nick Saban snowman.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 10, 2011

Some enterprising Alabama students decided to build a snowman in the spot where the school is supposed to be placing the graven image of head football coach Nick Saban outside of Bryant-Denny Stadium. Since the preparation and casting of the statue has taken a little longer than expected, a sutable substitute had to be made, I guess. The snowman still looks more like Quincy Carter, though. (via al.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Cam Newton wants to be mentored by Brett Favre.

Cam Newton wants to be mentored by Brett Favre.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 10, 2011

Cam Newton dreams big. Though after a remarkable season where he dominated the attention of the college football universe,  won the Heisman Trophy and quarterbacked Auburn to a BCS title, he probably deserves the right to do so. Naturally, Newton's ambition is now aimed at the NFL Draft. And to accomplish success in that goal, he hired Brett Favre's agent, Bus Cook as his representation. Meeting Favre, according to Newton,  made that decision easier. “When Brett Favre came into the meeting room as I was trying to decide which agent I was going to select, I seen Brett and Brett’s calling me by my name, and I was like wow,” Newton said while appearing on “NFL Total Access” on NFL Network. “It’s unheard of and it’s a dream come true just to be acknowledged and being able to talk and call Brett any time I feel like.” Newton said he hopes to be mentored by Favre. He might want to ask Aaron Rodgers how that worked out. (via NFL.com, al.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Teacher said every time a cowbell rings, Mississippi State gets a fine.

Teacher said every time a cowbell rings, Mississippi State gets a fine.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 10, 2011

The SEC lifted the ban on the ringing of cowbells during Mississippi State football games with the restriction that it could only be done when the play in the game was stopped. Predictably, overeager cowbell-ringing Mississippi State fans couldn't be held to that particular rule. So now the SEC is set to fine the university for its fans going Blue Oyster Cult when they weren't supposed to. Expect a ruling sometime this month. (via ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Player of the Year candidates, Purdue, Tom Izzo, and more.

Big Tentacles: Player of the Year candidates, Purdue, Tom Izzo, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 10, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.) The Big Ten is 115 years old. That's almost as old as Joe Paterno. (I kid, I kid.) (Corn Nation) In the hunt. Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger, Purdue forward JaJuan Johnson, and Wisconsin guard Jordan Taylor all make the top ten in the latest AnnArbor.com Player of the Year Poll of journalists. They're all running behind America's New Mancrush, Jimmer Fredette of BYU, though. (AnnArbor.com) Run This Town. Purdue pretty much owns the state of Indiana when it comes to college basketball these days. (TheSportsBank.net) And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder. Northwestern's lost to Michigan Wednesday night all but ends the Wildcats' chances to get in the NCAA Tournament. (Lake the Posts) Misery loves company. But if it makes Northwestern fans feel better, Michigan probably won't make the NCAA Tournament, either. (Maize n Brew) Things could be worse for Tom Izzo. He could have taken that job coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Detroit Free Press) Star struck. Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis hopes to get some film stars associated with military movies to be on the sidelines when the Spartans face North Carolina on an aircraft carrier next season on Veteran's Day. (Detroit Free Press) Scouting the enemy.  Corn Nation takes a look at it's soon to be new neighbors in the Big Ten blog neighborhood over at SB Nation. Don't worry, guys. Black Heart Gold Pants only looks scary.  (Corn Nation) FOOTBALL That's a joke, son. Did you hear the story about former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer to handle the Nebraska football program's media relations? Well it apparently is a hoax. (Corn Nation) Rich Rodriguez compares himself to The Shawshank Redemption's Andy Dufresne. Does that make Denard Robinson Red Redding? (Detroit Free Press) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Auburn's legal bill, the Uga Dynasty's future, and fishing?

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Auburn's legal bill, the Uga Dynasty's future, and fishing?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 9, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   In Your Honor. The Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll is out. (SECSports.com) No surprise here. Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy is among those Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll. (al.com) This behavior's not unique. Did you thing the recruiting wars between Alabama and Auburn were bad this year? Expect the battle for recruits in 2012 to be even worse.  (al.com) Under the microscope. More scrutiny on whether Georgia should look for the future Uga IX outside of the current Uga Dynasty bloodline. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) The high cost of winning. The bill for Auburn's attorney fees dealing with the controversies involving Cam Newton are $170,000-and probably climbing. (al.com) Cuts Like a Knife. Yes, there's an Auburn BCS championship commemorative pocket knife. (Friends of the Program) BASKETBALL Alabama will be a tough team to beat during March Madness. Because Kevin Scarbinsky says so. (al.com) Diminishing returns. Low attendance for Arkansas men's basketball games is undermining the financial health of the program, and possibly head coach John Pelphrey chances of keeping his job. (Northwest Arkansas Business Journal) FISHING Kicking bass. Alabama and LSU will compete in the Bassmaster College Classic on Feb. 20. (ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Tate Forcier wants to Rock You Like a Hurricane

Tate Forcier wants to Rock You Like a Hurricane

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 9, 2011

If you were wondering where former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier would land after leaving Ann Arbor your wait is over. According to ESPN, the beleaguered ex-Wolverine is headed to Miami. Yes, fans of The U can expect Forcier to be coming to there neck of the woods, where he will serenade them with their favorite show tunes (or whatever Forcier was jamming to in that particular embarrassing image on the left). There's no mention if he will have to sit out a year, or if he's found a way to pull a  LeGarrette Blount and enroll in a school where he can dodge that particular idiotic NCAA regulation. (Correction: That was Jeremiah Masoli who skirted the rules, not Blount. It's hard to keep those Insane Clown Posse members Oregon Ducks straight sometimes.) (via ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Someone isn't buying into all the Jimmer Fredette love.

Someone isn't buying into all the Jimmer Fredette love.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 9, 2011

There's always a hater in the crowd. So it is with Michelle Peralta, who wrote in the BYU's student  newspaper The Daily Universe criticizing the "idol worship" of America's New Mancrush, Jimmer Fredette. She even went all Book of Mormon to condemn fans who were "wasting it (their lives) in front of the TV or in lines at the Marriott Center." Needless to say Peralta's  letter went down like a lead balloon on the BYU campus. It's lead to the spamming of her Facebook wall by Fredette fans. of Though one enterprising BYU student is apparently trying lead a one-man mission to convert her over. It's always nice to know there is someone out there who fights hard to spread love in the world instead of hate.  (via Mountain West Connection, The Daily Universe, The Big Lead) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Oregon, USC, Boise State, and an all University of  Hawaii Network (no, really).

Unquiet on the Western Front: Oregon, USC, Boise State, and an all University of Hawaii Network (no, really).

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 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.)   If you're going to San Francisco.  Oregon State running backs coach Reggie Davis is leaving to become the tight ends coach for the San Francisco 49ers. No word if he plans to wear some flowers in his hair. (Building the Dam) Standing still. It looks like Oregon receivers coach Scott Frost won't be leaving to become an assistant coach at his alma mater Nebraska. (The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)) Just in case you forgot, Aaron Rodgers played for Cal. (California Golden Bears) Exercise in futility. It's useless for USC supporters to defend the Trojan's to the football program's critics. (Conquest Chronicles) Going West. Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham says the Utes will be shying away from the spread offense, and moving closer in the direction of the West Coast offense. Which is not surprising, with Norm Chow as new offensive coordinator. (Block U) Hope and Glory. New Colorado head football coach Jon Embree is reviving the "buzz" around the program among Buffalo fans. (Denver Post) Miss You Much. Bloggers debate on which receiver Boise State will be missing next year: Austin Pettis or Titus Young? (One Bronco Nation Under God) Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? The University of Hawaii is  working on starting it's own cable network. Expect a snarky remark from Matt Hinton about the network featuring reruns of Magnum P.I. and the original Hawaii 5-0 any time now. (Mountain West Connection) BASKETBALL Cowboy out. Wyoming has fired head men's basketball coach Heath Schroyer. (Cowboy Altitude) The Future's So Bright. Arizona's basketball fortunes are increasing. (Arizona Desert Swarm) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Tom Izzo, Gus Johnson, Nebraska, and an actual pair of Minnesota Twins.

Big Tentacles: Tom Izzo, Gus Johnson, Nebraska, and an actual pair of Minnesota Twins.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 8, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)   Spring forward. ESPN has the dates when Big Ten schools start spring practice and their individual spring games. (ESPN) As Good As It Gets?  Looking at the possibility that the Big Ten may never seen another winning Bowl season. (Off Tackle Empire) Cold shoulder. Rich Rodriguez's treatment of former Michigan football players  remains a sore spot to some former Wolverines. (AnnArbor.com) Comfortably NUMB. A look at Northwestern fans' slant towards negativity from the child of two former members of the Northwestern University Marching Band (NUMB). (Lake the Posts)   Long Distance Voyager. Iowa had to travel farther than schools like Ohio State and Georgia to put together a recruiting class for 2011. (The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA)) Minnesota Twins. Twin brothers Kyle and Luke McAnoy are seen as key to Minnesota's hopes for a successful future in football. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) Beck and call. Nebraska running backs coach Tim Beck might be a better choice for the Husker's new offensive coordinator than other splashier candidates like former Husker Scott Frost. (Big Red Today) Nebraska is the most interesting team in the NCAA? I won't believe it until I see the photo with that Dos XX's guy in a Cornhusker uniform. (ESPN) BASKETBALL Bubble bursting. Michigan State and Penn State may have seen their chances of getting in the NCAA Tournament this year burst. (BT Powerhouse) Always Look On The Bright Side of Life. Wisconsin point guard Jordan Taylor's not making the list for the Bob Cousy Award might actually help raise his profile in the country. (Bucky's 5th Quarter) Misery loves company. Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert tells Michigan State head men's basketball coach Tom Izzo to "Hang in there." (ESPN) No love for Gus Johnson. Don't expect Big Ten Network and CBS announcer Gus Johnson to call the Final Four anytime soon. Why? Because CBS hates America, that's why. (Lost Lettermen) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

The "Draft Isaiah Crowell's bulldog puppy to be Uga IX" campaign has already begun.

The "Draft Isaiah Crowell's bulldog puppy to be Uga IX" campaign has already begun.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 8, 2011

Uga VIII has joined his forefathers in the crypt in Sanford Stadium. And now the Bulldog Nation looks forward to the search for UGA IX in the way devoted Catholics follow the selection of a new Pope. But there is already is a candidate for role, and its one who has already made its mark on Georgia history - the bulldog puppy that Isaiah Crowell brought on stage when he announced his commitment to Georgia last week. The puppy belongs to longtime Georgia fan Mike Woods, who claims that the puppy, named Magical Munson Woods, is descended from Uga VI (the last Uga to last more than a year). He reportedly has made to plans "to offer Magical Munson Woods to the Seilers (the family that owns the Uga Dynasty) and the school so he can serve as Uga IX." Whether  the Seilers have any inkling to take Woods offer up is unknown at the moment. The dog not being a direct descendant of  Uga VIII may be a sticking point; although on the flip side, it has been mentioned by Dawg Sports' T. Kyle King that it "may help from a breeding standpoint." (via Dawg Sports, The Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, GA)) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Cyrus Kouandjio, Tennessee, Georgia, and more

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Cyrus Kouandjio, Tennessee, Georgia, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 8, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  Lighten up.  A columnist tells Auburn and Alabama fans to chill out after streams of nastiness resulting from Cyrus Kouandjio comitting to Auburn. (The Gasden Times) Headlining. Alabama's Nick Saban will be the headliner at the Nike Coach of the Year Clinic.  And no, Auburn's Gene Chizik won't be there. Nike seems to take Auburn's Under Armour deal a little personal. (al.com) Time to Groh. Alabama hires former Louisville quarterbacks coach Mike Groh as its new wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. (RollTide.com) The waiting is the hardest part. South Carolina fans are waiting to see if top prospect Jadeveon Clowney will choose between the Gamecocks and Clemson. (The Post and Courier (Charleston,SC)  Points of departure. Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson has withdrawn from classes for spring semester due to personal matters. Three other players have also left or have been dismissed from the football program. (GoVolsXtra) Points of departure, part deux. Tennessee defensive line coach Chuck Smith is leaving Derek Dooley's coaching staff. (GoVolsXtra) Cherry Bomb. Georgia head football coach calls the commitment of JUCO nose guard John Jenkins as "the cherry on top (of the recruiting class)." (Athens Banner Herald) Mark Richt's new best Friend. Georgia has hired former UAB offensive lines coach Will Friend as its new offensive lines coach. (Athens Banner Herald) Dawg hater. 680 the Fan radio personality and ChuckOliver.net contributor Chadd Scott levies heavy criticism on the Georgia program, and calls the Bulldog Nation's obsession over the late Uga VIII "bordering on absurd." Shut up, Chadd. (ChuckOliver.net) BASKETBALL Back in the Saddle Again. Tennessee head basketball coach Bruce Pearl returns to coaching the Vols in SEC conference play following his eight game suspension. Pearl's return is just in time for the Vols' road game against Kentucky.  (GoVolsXtra) Bubblicious. Alabama is starting to look like an on-the-bubble team for the NCAA Tournament. (Roll 'Bama Roll) Freshman honors. Alabama guard Taylor Releford has been named SEC Freshman of the Week. (RollTide.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

A Jimmer Fredette song? A Jimmer Fredette song.

A Jimmer Fredette song? A Jimmer Fredette song.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 7, 2011

It had to happen. Someone in Utah "wrote" a song about America's new mancrush, Jimmer Fredette of BYU. Well re-wrote the lyrics of a Bon Jovi song is more like it. Jon Carter, a DJ for Arrow 103.5 in Salt Lake City, UT (surprise! It's a classic rock station) and "group" called the Jimmer Jammers made a video for this little musical gem too. The other "band members" of this group happen to be former BYU Cougar, uh, "greats" Shaun Bradley and Chad Lewis and former Cougar Coach LaVell Edwards. As if anybody couldn't tell this is just "Wanted  Dead or Alive" without Jon Bon Jovi's vocal track in the first place. No word from Jon Bon Jovi about this yet. He's apparently too busy buying a share of the Atlanta Falcons to comment. (via SB Nation on Twitter, Deseret News, ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Auburn fans vandalize Alabama campus...again.

Auburn fans vandalize Alabama campus...again.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 7, 2011

Some goober Auburn fan or fans decided to vandalize the area outside Bryant-Denny Stadium again.  Seriously, Auburn fans? Do you really have things better to do with your lives than to pull stupid stunts like duct-taping Auburn shirts or sticking Auburn BCS championship decals on Bear Bryant's statue? Or spray-painting the ground with the score from last year's Iron Bowl? Auburn fans had better hope that the NCAA never finds any real dirt on Cam Newton and his daddy. Otherwise the Auburn campus is going to be covered in spray-painted asterisks or something like that. (via Loser With Socks, Friends of the Program) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Pro-Colonel Reb billboard is an EPIC FAIL

Pro-Colonel Reb billboard is an EPIC FAIL

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 7, 2011

There's a billboard in near the University of Mississippi campus which is promoting the Colonel Reb Foundation, a group seeking to restore the maligned former Ole Miss mascot to his former glory. Inadvertently, it pretty much makes the case why the school got rid of him in the first place. While the character being swatted away like a grand slam home run is obviously supposed to be a black bear,  it does look more like  like an old Southern white guy with a baseball bat whacking a stereotypical caricature of a black man. In trying to promote their cause to restore Colonel Reb, the Colonel Reb Foundation has instead given more ammunition for the anti-Colonel Reb cause. Which in the end, really isn't all that surprising. Red Cup Rebellion pretty much sums this one up by saying "A fool and his money are soon parted." On the plus side, Something Southern is getting lots of free publicity from this on the Internet. If you're in the area, check them out to help them soothe the embarrassment of being associated with these pro-Colonel Reb gooney birds. (Via Sports By Brooks, Red Cup Rebellion) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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