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Covering Dixie Like Mildew: LSU, Senior Bowl, Swiperboy, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: LSU, Senior Bowl, Swiperboy, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 26, 2011

Crystal ballin'.  The King of College Football, Chuck Oliver, sees a 9-3 season in 2011 for LSU. (ChuckOliver.net) Use Your Delusion. Dan McGill says he "wouldn’t be surprised if Aaron Murray quarterbacked Georgia to the national title this year." Everybody else in the civilized World would. (Athens Banner-Herald) Ever seen a grown man naked? SEC seniors went through the traditional ritual of Senior Bowl weigh-in in nothing but a pair of Under Armour compression shorts. (al.com) Connecticut's Bobby Louder. Robert Burton, the Connecticut booster who wants the school to return a $3 million dollar donation wanted the school to hire former Florida Gator offensive coordinator Steve Addazio as Randy Edsall's replacement as head football coach. Somebody must've ignored Florida football this season. Or that Addazio had already been hired by Temple to be their new head football coach. (ESPN) BASKETBALL Thank you Mark Fox for teaching us how to smile again. Georgia head mens' basketball coach has transformed the Dawgs' into something worth watching again. Maybe UGA should let him coach football. (Athens Banner-Herald) I didn't do it, no one saw me do it, there's no way you can prove anything! Tennessee says Renaldo "Swiperboy" Woolridge didn't violate any NCAA regulations after getting"free access" to a Knoxville club to film a music video. (Rivals.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Is Tennessee becoming Tattoo U?

Is Tennessee becoming Tattoo U?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 25, 2011

Tennessee is slowing becoming the school for players with awkward tattoos. First came Tyler Bray that infamous back tat of his name. Now comes Marlin Lane, a high school running back who has committed to the Vols, who has a shoulder tattoo with an awkward story of its own. "Lane had been committed to Clemson for more than a year -- he even has a Tigers tattoo on his shoulder -- before the school pulled his scholarship. Lane refused to stop taking visits, and when Clemson backed away he reopened his recruiting and quickly became one of the hottest properties as schools look to fill out their recruiting classes." Lane and Bray should become BFF's real fast.  (via Go Vols Xtra. HT to VolNation) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Senior Bowl, Northwestern, Wisconsin, and more

Big Tentacles: Senior Bowl, Northwestern, Wisconsin, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 25, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)    Longhorn Network fallout. Would Big Ten schools ditch the Big Ten Network and start their own cable networks? Probably not. BTN might have to make some room on the schedule for some new Big Ten members, however.  (Off Tackle Empire) Senior Bowl Week, Day One. Indiana offensive tackle James Brewer had a good day in the first Senior Bowl practice on Monday. (The Sporting News) How's America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi doing in Senior Bowl practice? Not so well. (NFL Mocks) Redemption Song. Former Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos is looking at rebuilding his life and getting ready for the NFL Draft after pleading guilty to a charge of marijuana possession charge in a plea bargaining agreement. (Black Heart Gold Pants, CBS Sports)  Leadership position. Northwestern fans can look to senior leadership being another reason for optimism in 2011. (Lake the Posts) Just a Job To Do. Rich Rodriguez will be an analyst for CBS Sports on National Signing Day. Because he has nothing else better to do that day. (Detroit Free Press) BASKETBALL Ohio State vs. Purdue. The Boilermakers looks to take down the number one Buckeyes tonight. Watch them try on ESPN at 9:00 EST, or go watch something less significant like the State of the Union Address.  (Hammer and Rails) Record breaker. Wisconsin freshman guard Josh Gasser became the first Badger to score a triple-double during Sunday's victory over Northwestern. The last freshman to do so in a Big Ten game was Magic Johnson (Michigan State) in 1977. (Bucky's 5th Quarter) Panic Room. Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo finds the Spartans 12-7 record "definitely disturbing." (Detroit Free Press) Irish Spring. Norte Dame defeats Pitt 56-51 in a battle between two schools the Big Ten not so secretle covets. (Rakes of Mallow) Hanging By a Moment. Michigan tries to hold on to its fading chances to make the NCAA Mens' Basketball Tournament. (Detroit Free Press) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Auburn, Georgia, and...Texas A&M?

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Auburn, Georgia, and...Texas A&M?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 24, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)     Party Out of Bounds. Around 78,000 fans attended the official celebration of Auburn's BCS title in Jordan-Hare Stadium. (al.com) In the footsteps of giants. Auburn comitt Kiehl Frazier plans to compete for playing time in the race to  replace Cam Newton as the Tiger's starting quarterback. (al.com) Everybody Hates Gene Chizik. And that's a good thing. (ChuckOliver.net) Standing Still. Georgia offensive lineman Cordy Glenn will return for his senior season. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Stupid question of the day. Should Florida hire Mike Leach as an assistant coach? Should you bet your life savings on the Los Angeles Clippers to win the NBC Championship? Same answer. (Miami Herald) Just Shut Up. Jacksonville Jaguar Maurice Jones-Drew compares Jay Cutler leaving Sunday's NFC Championship Game due to injury to Urban Meyer's leaving Florida, saying they're both "quitters". Shut up, Maurice (Orlando Sentinel) University of Alabama-Birmingham is "The Most Exciting Team in College Football." More proof that statistics lie and people who use statistics are liars. (Sports Biz with Darren Rovell) Not this again! The creation of The Longhorn Network revives speculation that Texas A&M might look at joining the SEC again. (Austin-American Statesman) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Stephen Garcia is Velvet Jones

Stephen Garcia is Velvet Jones

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 24, 2011

Here's South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia at Saturday night's Kentucky vs. South Carolina men's basketball game on Saturday night. Yes, that's a maroon velvet jacket he is wearing. Don't laugh. Pimping ain't easy, even for an SEC quarterback. Besides no one tells an Ayn Ryan obsessed man like Garcia what to. He's wear whatever he wants, because he doesn't conform to the fashion constraints of everyday man. (via evanmilligan on Twitter.) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Gene Chizik, Cam Newton, Houston Nutt, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Gene Chizik, Cam Newton, Houston Nutt, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 23, 2011

War White Whale? Gene Chizik is the Moby Dick to Nick Saban's Captain Ahab. Because Kevin Scarbinsky said so. Does this mean that  Les Miles is Saban's Ishmael? (al.com) Gene Chizik, the early years. As awkward and rednecky as you would expect it to be. (Friends of the Program) The Client. Cam Newton hires Brett Favre's agent Bus Cook as his representation in the 2011 NFL Draft. Come up with your own joke here. (CBS Sports) The Dawg Whisperer.  A lexicon of online Georgia Bulldog phraseology. (Dawg Sports) Together again. Ole Miss head football coach Houston Nutt hires Keith Burns his former defense coordinator from his Arkansas days. (Red Cup Rebellion, Ole Miss Sports ) Big plans. Arkansas unveils  plans for  its new football operations center. (The Slophouse) BASKETBALL More Rocky Top Schadenfreude. Tennessee indefinitely suspends freshman guard Jordan McRae, reportedly over a verbal altercation with another player. (Go Vols Xtra) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Badgers, Wildcats, Spartans and more

Big Tentacles: Badgers, Wildcats, Spartans and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 22, 2011

 (Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)   Finding the right people. Wisconsin head football coach Bret Bielema's hiring of Dave Huxtable to be the Badgers' linebackers coach shows his knack for making good hires on his coaching staff. (Madison.com) Alvarez bound and determined. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez is determined to keep the Badgers' offensive coordinator  Paul Chryst from being snatched up by another college or NFL team. (Madison.com) Totally committed.  A revived commitment to the Northwestern football program in areas ranging  from marketing to facility improvements to a new deal for head football coach Pat Fitzgerald is a reason for Wildcat fans to be optimistic. (Lake the Posts) Post mortem. Looking back at the highs and lows Ohio State's 2010 football season. (Our Honor Defend ) In excess. Notre Dame may have one too many quarterbacks than necessary for next season. (Chicago Tribune) I Heard a Rumor. Nike Pro Combat uniforms for Purdue? Maybe. (Boiled Sports) Remember the Name. Hammer and Rails continues its series of honoring notable Purdue alumni by profiling astronaut Roger Chaffe, who died in a fire on the launching pad in an accident with two other astronauts in 1967. (Boiled Sports) BASKETBALL Last Chance for a Thousand Years (or at least this season)? Iowa's game against Indiana on Sunday may be the best chance for the Hawkeyes to avoid going 0-18 this season in the Big Ten. Ready to rebound. Michigan State guard Durrell Summers to working to get out of the slump that's plagued him this season. (Detroit Free Press) In Your Honor. Former Michigan head mens' basketball coach Johnny Orr (1969-1980) will be one of six inductees into Michigan's Hall of Honor during Saturday night's game against Minnesota. (Detroit Free Press) HOCKEY Wolverine vs. Hockeybear! Michigan hosts the Alaska  Nanooks in Ann Arbor in the second of two games on Saturday night. Michigan beat Alaska Friday night in a 2-0 shutout. (MGoBlog, Detroit Free Press) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

The good and bad about Penn State underclassmen staying in Happy Valley

The good and bad about Penn State underclassmen staying in Happy Valley

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 21, 2011

Penn State has no underclassmen entering the 2011 NFL Draft. On one hand this means that the Nittany Lions won't suffer any of the setbacks that programs like Georgia have suffered in the past several years with underclassmen leaving school before graduation or their eligibility runs out. On the other hand, this means that Penn State isn't attracting or producing underclassmen who would be draftable if they did leave school early. This either says  that Joe Paterno is producing either loyal players, or players who aren't quite ready for the NFL. In fact, only six players from Penn State were drafted in 2010. (via The Morning Call) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

"Party in the USA"  Ohio State basketball edition.

"Party in the USA" Ohio State basketball edition.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 21, 2011

It's time to  admit that Miley Cyrus and college athletics just don't mix. As if those infamous Penn State and Georgia YouTube clips weren't enough proof, here are Ohio State basketball players Jon Diebler, Aaron Craft and Jared Sullinger to once again prove that point.   Why does Ohio State let these happen? You don't think Jim Tressel would try to be hip like these basketball players... Aw, forget it. (Via Eleven Warriors on Twitter, SB Nation) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Alabama, Les Miles, March Madness dark horses, and more

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Alabama, Les Miles, March Madness dark horses, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 21, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)     Fulmer Cup season is underway! It's time for the SEC to defend it's other "championship," won by Georgia in 2010. Hide your kids. Hide your wives. Hide your laptops.  (EDSBS) Tide rolling out. Alabama wide recievers coach and recruiting coordinator Curt Cignetti is leaving to become head football coach of FCS division Indiana University of Pennsylvania. (Roll 'Bama Roll) The agony and the irony. Daniel Moore, commonly associated with his paintings of Alabama football that the University of Alabama sued him over for trademark infringement (and lost), has been selected to paint the commemorative painting  of Auburn's victory over Oregon in the BCS title game by the U.S. Sports Academy. (Birmingham Business Journal) Storming the ranks. Florida has commitments from six prospects on the Rivals250 list. (Orlando Sentinel) Fulfillment of a dream (at least partially). Georgia manages to snatch tight end Jay Rome, and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, both of Valdosta High. The two were prospects on Georgia's "Dream Team" wish list. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Trading Spaces. LSU-Arkansas will be returning to its traditional Friday after Thanksgiving spot on the calendar in 2011, while the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn will return to its traditional Saturday after Thanksgiving date. (The Advocate (Baton Rouge) A Few Small Repairs. Mississippi State's long-term master plan for its campus includes expansion of Davis Wade Stadium. (The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS) The Long Run. "Is Les Miles the long-term answer" for LSU? ESPN's Chris Low thinks so. (ESPN) BASKETBALL Dark horses. Tennessee, Georgia, and Vanderbilt lead the way on Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated's list of sleeper contenders for the NCAA men's basketball championship. (Sports Illustrated) Atmospheric conditions. The NBA-style atmosphere at South Carolina basketball games is a turn off to "the middle-aged to older fan,"  says The State's Ron Morris. Shut up, Ron. (The State) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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

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

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 21, 2011

 The Big House get a new big screen. Michigan Stadium will be getting a new HD scoreboard, along with Crisler Arena and Yost Ice Arena, which will be ready for the 2011-12 season. (MGoBlue) It's been real, it's been fun, but it's not been real fun. Reaction to Tate Forcier's departure from Michigan. (MGoBlog) I'm special, so special. Improvement on special teams is another reason for Northwestern fans to be optimistic. (Lake the Posts) Parody Pow Wow. Jim Delaney had a little chat with Big Ten coaches and AD's over the "Leaders" and "Legends" debacle. Off Tackle Empire goes Black Heart Gold Pants. (Off Tackle Empire) BASKETBALL Still on top. Ohio State goes to 19-0 after defeating Iowa Wendsday night. (Out Honor Defend) U.S. against The World. Purdue head basketball coach Matt Painter had been named as head coach of the USA Basketball team for the 2011 World University games in Shenzhen, China. (NCAA.com) Hero of the Day. Purdue's JaJuan Johnson gets props for leading Purdue to a comeback win against Penn State. (Hammer and Rails. Bonus props to H&R for pairing it's blog entry with Skillet's "Hero." Double awesomeness.) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Tate Forcier: It's so hard to tweet goodbye to yesterday.

Tate Forcier: It's so hard to tweet goodbye to yesterday.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 20, 2011

It was the least kept secret that Tate Forcier was not going to be playing quarterback for Michigan any longer. Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon made that clear last week. But now the once hailed, but now much maligned quarterback has officially announced he was leaving Michigan, via the always tasteful and mature platform of Twitter. Some of the highlights from  QB Force, the Forcier family's Twitter account: "I’ve been kicked, pushed, knocked down, publicly berated, belittled, emasculated and more." And that was just against Iowa.  "The humility of it all is indescribable and that is exactly my point." Translation: I lost my starting job to a guy who can't tie his own shoelaces. "I had to reach rock bottom in order to see the light, and for that, I am thankful." Rock bottom meaning declared academically ineligible. "It was not until then, I realized that it was my lack of accountability and maturity and not to pass blame." Forcier, immature? "I do hope all my young fans forgive me and benefit from my lessons that I have learned."  They forgive and forget. Emphasis on the latter. They won't even remember who you are by next week. "I had fun celebrating with the fans." The frat parties were awesome. "I really wanted to stay. I was not giving up on Michigan, but in the end, it was made clear they had given up on me." Uh, what was that about not placing blame again? "With that being said, its time for me to go." And as Roy Clark said, "Thank God in Greyhound You're Gone" "I promise the Michigan family and fans I will make you proud again." How can you leave when you won't go away? "Tate Forcier #5 - A Michigan Man Forever - Go Blue" Until you sucker find another FBC that will take you in. With that said, best wishes to Forcier where ever he lands.  With that, here's the inelidible image that fans will remember him by: Shine on, you crazy Wolverine. (via ESPN, QB Force Twitter account) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: LSU, Georgia, and the NFL Draft

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: LSU, Georgia, and the NFL Draft

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 20, 2011

New Kid in Town: LSU hires former Louisville head football coach Steve Kragthorpe as its new offensive coordinator. (nola.com) Best reaction to the Kragthorpe hire on Twitter: "Les Miles would jump into a shark tank with a meat suit on and be oblivious to the ramifications. Im now convinced of this."  (Friends of the Program on Twitter) LSU will win the 2011 BCS championship. Because Clay Travis says so. Shut up, Clay. (Fanhouse) Another Dawg coach gone. Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels  leaves to become Texas OLC. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Shocking news of the day: Todd McShay's NFL mock draft is chock full of SEC players. (ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Mississippi State grad wants Mississippi legislature to restore Colonel Reb's role as Ole Miss mascot...Wut?

Mississippi State grad wants Mississippi legislature to restore Colonel Reb's role as Ole Miss mascot...Wut?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 19, 2011

A Mississippi State alum and member of the Mississippi House of Representatives is introducing a bill that would restore Colonel Reb as Ole Miss's mascot. Rep. Mark DuVall (D) drafted Mississippi House Bill 1106, which seeks to force Ole Miss to bring back the beleaguered ex-mascot, and to order the Mississippi marching band to play "Dixie" at football and basketball games. If this was a Republican, this would probably be seen as some kind of backward attempt to restore what more than a few people see as imagery related to the Civil War and segregation. As it is, it sounds a little more like a lame attempt by an alum of a rival school to cause trouble on a grand scale. (via Red Cup Rebellion) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Texas Longhorns get their very own network

Texas Longhorns get their very own network

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 19, 2011

Ah, Texas. A state that's more of a state of mind than a State of the Union. The former Republic of Texas has an independent streak only somewhat reeled in by it's marriage of convenience with the rest of the US. And that streak extends to the University of Texas, who just forged a deal with ESPN and ING (the holder of Texas' multimedia rights) to create its very own network, to debut in the fall. Announced this morning, The Longhorn Network will feature University of Texas athletics, and non-sporting "cultural events" (as if Texans could tell the difference between the two) involving the college.  So in many ways it would be like the old SportsSouth before Time-Warner sold it to FOX. On the athletics side, there will be at least one Texas Longhorns football game a year on the network, which in all probability would be a bottom-feeder FBS team or a FCS team that ESPN or other networks wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole. The rest of the time, expect men's and women's basketball, baseball, and "other sports" (which probably means lots of women's sports).  As for that pesky "cultural" stuff, it will include events on the University of Texas campus, and what's described as "high-level, entertaining cultural, music, scientific, Discovery Channel, History Channel kind of stuff” by University of Texas President William Powers Jr. Though Dr. Saturday's Matt Hinton suggested the network feature "retrospectives on the 1975 Bluebonnet Bowl, all-night Cat Osterman marathons and reruns of "Friday Night Lights" and "Austin Stories" Though honestly, The Longhorn Network should probably hire Cat Osterman for some on-the-air role for something.The former Longhorn softball star and Olympic gold medalist would probably be perfect eye candy for the network. Probably the biggest deal with The Longhorn Network is that it won't have to share any revenues with other schools in this venture. That was one of the deal breakers in the proposed Texas defection to the Pac-10. That means the rest of the Big 12 are left out of the cold with this deal. The other big deal? That this won't be the last of its kind of one-school network, though probably on less of a bigger scale. Which is probably the way Texas would like it.  (Sports Business Journal Daily, Barking Carnival, Austin American-Statesman, Dr. Saturday ) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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