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Jim Delany sees Nebraska as the Big Ten's Green Bay Packers.

Jim Delany sees Nebraska as the Big Ten's Green Bay Packers.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 5, 2011

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is still aglow over his conference's newest tentacle member, Nebraska. The Huskers are the Princess Kate to his Prince William. But Delany sees Nebraska in a different light than that, comparing it to the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Green Bay Packers. "It's really about the games," Delany said. "We're not the NFL, but the NFL has a very small-market team, Green Bay, and their games are national games, and everything they do is followed. The Nebraska brand has developed in such a way as other names like Oklahoma, Texas, Southern Cal. It's one of those programs."  Wisconsin is probably really pleased to hear its conference commissioner's comparison of Nebraska to an NFL team residing in its very own state borders. You can expect that to be on Bret Bielema's mind when the Badgers welcome the Huskers to Camp Randall Stadium on October 1. Still, Nebraska remains the apple in Jum Delany's eye. Never mind the fact the school just got kicked out of the Association of Athletic Universities, which is a big deal in the academic world. But in Delany's eyes, the Huskers are the crown jewel of the Big Ten. At least until Notre Dame breaks down and finally decides to join the conference. (via CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

¡Tate Forcier wishes you a bueno Cinco de Mayo!

¡Tate Forcier wishes you a bueno Cinco de Mayo!

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 5, 2011

It looks like this no. 5 has already been celebrating, hasn't he? Maybe a little too much. That's what a bottle of Cuervo Gold and a wild night of karaoke will do to a man. Take note, Miami. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Urban Meyer's daughter would like to have a word with ESPN regarding her dad.

Urban Meyer's daughter would like to have a word with ESPN regarding her dad.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 5, 2011

I guess this means that Kurt Herbstreit won't be getting Gigi Meyer to babysit his unruly brood of hellspawn  children any time soon. Even if her dad somehow (Heaven forbid) winds up replacing Jim Tressel at Ohio State. (HT: Tomahawk Nation on Twitter.) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Will Muschamp, Gus Malzahn, and...dinosaurs?

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Will Muschamp, Gus Malzahn, and...dinosaurs?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 4, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   Open the door. Get on the floor. Everybody walk the dinosaur.  Florida head football coach Will Muschamp met with members of the Central Florida Gator Club in the DinoDigs exhibit hall at the Orlando Science Center, of all places. (Miami Herald) Florida does not have a rampant problem with marijuana use among its players.  Because Muschamp said so at the same Gator Club gathering. (Palm Beach Post) Speaking of marijuana problems at Florida... Ex-Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins (who was kicked off the team due to his arrest on marijuana possession) may transfer to a school in a lower division where he would be able to play in 2011. (CBS Sports) Why don't you have a seat right over there? The NCAA is looking into recruiting violations at Central Florida. (ESPN) Trust Malzahn. Trust yourself. Anybody else? Shoot 'em. Auburn fans should trust offense coordinator Gus Malzahn when it comes to quarterback decisions. Because Kevin Scarbinsky says so. (al.com) Money for Nothing. Despite an extremely lackluster season, Georgia assistant coaches Tony Ball and Bryan McClendon both got big raises this year. The reason was allegedly due to keep the two from accepting offers from other programs. (Athens Banner-Herald) If wishes were trees, the trees would be falling.  What if Tennessee skipped over Lane Kiffin, and "went from Fulmer to Dooley?" It wouldn't matter in the end, because the school would still be taken to task over Bruce Pearl. (Go Vols Xtra) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Mike Leach has a friend in the Texas General Assembly.

Mike Leach has a friend in the Texas General Assembly.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 4, 2011

It looks like former Texas Tech head football coach Mike leach may have friends in high places. Texas state Representative Craig Eiland has filed a bill in the Texas General Assembly that would allow Leach to continue his legal suit against the school, which was thrown out on grounds of sovereign immunity. "In a news release, Eiland questioned how a school could claim immunity when private funds supplemented Leach's contract. He didn't immediately comment further" Eliland is also asking the Texas attorney general to look into whether or not the state legislature should be allowed to regulate "private money given to public institutions, including large sums tied up in lucrative athletic contracts."  (via Dallas Morning News) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dancing in the Ruins: Landry Jones, Cyrus Gray, Christine Michael, and Astro-turf.

Dancing in the Ruins: Landry Jones, Cyrus Gray, Christine Michael, and Astro-turf.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 4, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference...or at least what's left of it.)  Will the NFL Draft be Jonesing in 2012? Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones could end up being a high pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. (The Oklahoman) Running on Empty? Texas' stability at the running back position still looks to be a little shaky. (Dallas Morning News) Gray and Michael as the Dynamic Duo? Texas A&M, on the other hand, may have the Big XII's best running back tandem with Cyrus Gray and Chistine Michael. (Dallas Morning News) Depth perception problems? Kansas looks to have a lot of problems with depth on the offense and defensive lines. (Rock Chalk Talk) R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Despite Oklahoma State's on-the-field success in recent years, the Cowboys are still looking for that elusive state of respect on the national level. (The Oklahoman) A Kansas State Astro-Turf instillation webcam? A Kansas State Astro-Turf instillation webcam. (Dr. Saturday) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Boise State facing NCAA sanctions?

Boise State facing NCAA sanctions?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 3, 2011

Boise State is hearing the four scariest words in college football - "lack of institutional control." The NCAA is investigating 22 alleged violations by the school's athletic program across five different sports. The worse problems involve the women's tennis team, of all things. But the football program has a few knocks against it as well. As Matt Hinton explains: "The alleged football violations involve impermissible housing, transportation and meals provided to recruits visiting on unofficial recruiting trips, on which the university is strictly prohibited from paying for or "arranging" anything." The infractions are later defined as:  "...recruits crashed with Boise players during recruiting trips — never in a hotel, only on spare rooms, couches and sometimes the floor. Occasionally , a recruit rode in a car with a player without offering gas money. Every now and then, a player would pick up a recruit's check at IHOP or something. Obviously, these are not, like, major benefits." The NCAA infractions committee will Boise State's case on June 10. It obviously not the thing Chris Petersen needs to have on his mind when facing a make-or-break season opener against Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game though. (via Dr. Saturday) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Northwestern, Michigan, and more.

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Northwestern, Michigan, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 3, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)    Seventeen Days.  Michigan lands four recruits in the linebacker position in  a 17 day period. (Detroit Free Press) Osama Bin Laden is dead. And Black Heart Gold Pants  (along with Tyler Sash) is already giving credit to America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi for pulling the trigger. (Black Heart Gold Pants).  OR DID HE? Then again, The Crimson Quarry is suggesting Tijan Jobe did the deed. (The Crimson Quarry) For Whom the Bell Tolls.  Ohio State suspends sophomore Dorian Bell for the entire 2011 season after his third violation of a team rule. (Along the Olentangy) Pat on the Back.  Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald has been named the first annual 1WORLD Sports Coach of the Year by 1WORLD Sports. (The Chicago Tribune) Northwestern 2011. Looking ahead at Northwestern's 2011 season, which hopefully includes a fully healed Dan Persa, and zero games played on just half of the football field. (Off Tackle Empire) Das Experiment. Michigan State tried a little experimentation during its spring game by trying out its version of the wildcat offense. (Detroit Free Press) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Ryan Mallett, and Johnny Majors.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Ryan Mallett, and Johnny Majors.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 3, 2011

The appropriate reaction to Osama Bin Laden's death? Of course it's "Roll Tide!" (Dr. Saturday) Every once in a while, the NCAA does get a clue. The NCAA is easing rules for Alabama to give extra benefits for athletes affected to the tornadoes that hit the state. (ChuckOliver.net)  Just What I Needed. Georgia head football coach Mark Richt's recent cussing out of a disgruntled Bulldog fan is seen as a positive sign. (ChuckOliver.net) Fast friends. New England Patriots Bill Belichick and new third round draft pick Ryan Mallett apparently hit it off fast due to their similar backgrounds of being from football families. (Arkansas Sports 360) Johnny Majors hunting turkeys? Johnny Majors hunting turkeys. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

How Bin Laden was taken out.

How Bin Laden was taken out.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 2, 2011

LSUfreek style. (Thanks to LSUFreek for letting me post this. I'm honored.) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Osama Bin Laden dead. Time for celebration videos.

Osama Bin Laden dead. Time for celebration videos.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 2, 2011

I'm sure something like this this is going on at Penn State right now. And of course what all-American celebration wouldn't be complete without a little bit of America's Quarterback (And now Kansas City's), Ricky Stanzi? Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Derek Dooley and Vols' football team visit Knoxville Police training facility.

Derek Dooley and Vols' football team visit Knoxville Police training facility.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 1, 2011

Tennessee head football Derek Dooley has never seemed to be one for organized team bonding. The evidence being his quote when asked about bonding with his coaching staff when he said "I"m not real big on sitting around singing kumbaya or going on canoe trip." That philosophy has seemed to have changed as His Hairness took his team on a field trip to Knoxville Police Department's Phil Keith Training Facility on Friday, April 29. The Volunteer football team got a chance to see how the Knoxville Police Department trained for situations like...well, the now infamous "Vol Brawl" at Bar Knoxville. "The conception of the event, Dooley said, was a collaboration between UT and KPD, spawning from Dooley's ongoing discussions with Knoxville police chief David Rausch. Dooley and Rausch first met in Dooley's office last August, about one month after two Vols were arrested for their involvement in a Cumberland Avenue bar brawl. Dooley and Rausch both looking were for a fresh start after a recent rocky past between the Vols and law enforcement that resulted in a poor national reputation. In a sarcastic ode to former Vols coach Phillip Fulmer, a popular college football blog adopted the title "Fulmer Cup" for its annual cataloging of offseason arrests at major college football programs. "There were some incidents that were unfortunate," Rausch said. "It did cause some strain, which was really key when Coach got here, we had that conversation and it was a flat-honest conversation between the two of us. "We both agreed that we could make it better. That's what we're doing." Vols players got to ride in a police cruiser simulating a high speed chase on a closed course, and put on a padded suit to see what it was like to get chased down by police K-9 dogs.  (WARNING: The following video features scenes of a police dog having its way with Tennessee backup QB Matt Simms. This  may be the best example why Simms is no longer the Vols' starting QB. Mind you star QB  Tyler Bray (so pun intended) didn't do so well, either.) Hopefully, the team got the message that it wasn't a good idea to mess with the long arm of the law. (via Go Vols Xtra) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

New unis for Indiana?

New unis for Indiana?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 1, 2011

Here's an image of what purports to be the uniform Indiana might be wearing for the 2011 season. As you can tell, it isn't quite as splashy as something you would see out of Oregon. But honestly, Adidas hasn't been known for grand statements like Nike is known for. And let's face it, this is the Big Ten, not Project Runway. Big Ten unis do have a level of no-nonsense design to them. Michigan's helmet may be the flashiest thing in the conference. Still, this as yet still not official uni (is it is the uni) is on the plainer side. But it's not like Indiana football really stands out in the first place. (via The Crimson Quarry) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Ryan Mallett is officially a project.

Ryan Mallett is officially a project.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 1, 2011

"Project" Mallett It wasn't surprising that former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett took went into a bit of a freefall in the 2011 NFL Draft. After news broke of his allegedly admitting drug use to NFL team officials, and his skipping out of a meeting with the Carolina Panthers after an alleged night of partying, it was going to be a shock if Mallett was going to be a high first round pick. Where he landed in the third round, as a draft pick of the New England Patriots, was a bit of a surprise though. It did mean one thing for the former Razorback QB- he had officially crossed into the dreaded category of being a "project." Project players are easily cumbersome. It means the team that picks the project player believes that he isn't quite ready yet to become an player that can relied to be productive right away. It can also mean that the player has a few issues in his life that could be a red flag when it comes to on-the-field success and/or good publicity for the team. Sadly, it seems, Ryan Mallett fits both categories. As an underperforming QB at Arkansas, Mallett barely rose up to the potential many analysts thought he had. Leaving Arkansas a year early probably didn't help things either. It looks now like another year in college would probably helped him right now. The fact that it was the New England Patriots drafted Mallett seems to be sending mixed messages. For one thing, it means that they see something in him that makes him an ideal back-up quarterback for Tom Brady. On the other hand,  it means that they see something in him that makes him an back-up quarterback, period. It doesn't look like New England will be without the services of Tom Brady any time soon, barring serious injury. Drafting Mallett as a back-up says that the Pats think they can sort through the baggage he carries with him. On the other hand, it means that they're going to need to keep a closer eye on him. Ryan Mallett's decent from a sure-fire first-rounder to a tenth-pick-in-the-third-rounder barely shows the confidence that teams around the NFL had in the former Razorback QB. His new status as a back-up QB for New England doesn't help the belief that his off-the-field issues could hamper his on-the-field usefulness. Being a "project" means that Mallett is going to work harder to prove he deserves a place on an NFL roster. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Mark Richt goes potty mouth on a disgruntled Dawg fan.

Mark Richt goes potty mouth on a disgruntled Dawg fan.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 29, 2011

Georgia head football coach Mark Richt had a little bit of a confrontation with a disgruntled member of the Bulldog Nation in Macon on the annual Bulldog Club tour. One which had a bone to pick with Richt (if you should pardon the expression) with about everything related to the Georgia offense. Including a shot at UGA running backs coach Bryan McClendon. That's when Richt shot back with a response that included an out of character word that is more associated with the Georgia Tech fight song then they are with his usually squeaky-clean mouth. ”I’ll tell you this, and you’re certainly close to an expert in football, I’m sure you are,” Richt said. And later he said: “I see your frustration, I understand your frustration. I wasn’t born yesterday. I’ve coached football for 25 years, so I know what the hell I’m doing, OK?” Oh, and McClendon? Richt called him a “hell of a coach, he’s a hell of a recruiter. And I’m glad we got Bryan McClendon.” He came back later and told the man who asked the question “Excuse me for saying `he-double heck.’” Mark Richt has a potty mouth, who would have thought it?  But at least he was courteous about it. (via The Macon Telegraph, HT Athens Banner-Herald) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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