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Rest in peace, Uga VIII

Rest in peace, Uga VIII

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 4, 2011

The University of Georgia has announced that Uga VIII passed away on Friday following a brief battle with lymphoma. Condolences to the Bulldog Nation, and to the Seiler family, who have owned the Uga Dynasty of bulldog mascots since 1956.    (via GeorgiaBulldogs.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Tim Lincecum got a haircut?

Tim Lincecum got a haircut?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 4, 2011

Okay, maybe Linceum got a buzzcut. Or maybe he's going old school Bono with his hair in a slicked-down ponytail (like men's hair expert Tony Reali suggested). Either way, I haven't seen a look on somebody's face like that since Julian (Robert Downey Jr.) was caught working as a male prostitute in Less Than Zero. (via SB Nation on Twitter) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Saban vs. Miles, Alabama's FAX machine, and Floyd Little as Steve Spurrier

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Saban vs. Miles, Alabama's FAX machine, and Floyd Little as Steve Spurrier

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 4, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   Saban vs. Miles. Will Nick Saban vs. Les Miles could become college football's next great coaching rivalry? Well, maybe not. There's that 'Bama vs. Auburn thing bigger than either one of the coaches put together. Plus, there's no guarantee either one of the two will be around in five years. (Rivals.com) No sense of humor. Somebody in the SEC got hot and bothered over the web-cam Alabama put in front of the FAX machine, complete with ladies to post what recruits signed letters of intent to 'Bama. They probably got mad because they didn't think of it first. (Deadspin) Hammer to Fall? The NCAA may be ready to cite Tennessee for violations occurring during  Lane Kiffin's brief term at the Vols' head football coach. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Instant Karma. Recruits who signed letters of intent to Tennessee on Wednesday can probably expect to see some playing time in 2011. (Go Vols Xtra) You've Got a Friend In Me. Georgia may be looking at hiring UAB's Will Friend as its new offensive line coach. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) On the other hand, Georgia inside linebackers coach Warren Belin is leaving to become an assistant defensive lines coach for the Carolina Panthers. (ChuckOliver.net) Next Position Please. Georgia is looking at moving rising senior Bruce Figgins from tight end to fullback for the 2011 season. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Big plans. UAB is looking at building a new stadium on campus. (al.com) OOPS! Someone on The Ed Sullivan Show screwed up and thought Steve Spurrier was Syracuse's Floyd Little. (Dr. Saturday) BASKETBALL I ain't missing you at all. Tennessee is doing quite well without Bruce Pearl in SEC conference play. (Go Vols Xtra) Disappearing act. Mississippi State senior guard Ravern Johnson's Twitter account vanished (almost) without a trace after he tweeted some apparent critical comments about Miss. St. head basketball coach Rick Stansbury. (The Dagger) No so coincidentally, Stansbury has now banned Mississippi State basketball players from Twitter. (The Huffington Post) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Michigan, Tom Izzo, Wisconsin, and...Black Swan?

Big Tentacles: Michigan, Tom Izzo, Wisconsin, and...Black Swan?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 3, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)   Rounding out the ranks. Michigan head football coach Brady Coach  set to announce who will be filling out his coaching staff on Monday. (Detroit Free Press) No Surrender, No Retreat. Don't expect Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio to cede any ground to Brady Hoke and Michigan when it comes to recruiting. (Detroit Free Press) Overachievement?  USA Today looks at why Wisconsin succeeds despite not having unremarkable recruiting classes every year. (USA Today) Nebraska coaching carousel, part one. Nebraska defensive secondary coach Marvin Sanders has resigned citing "personal reasons." (Corn Nation) Nebraska coaching carousel, part deux.  Indiana assistant football coach Corey Raymond is reportedly leaving to join Nebraska's coaching staff. (ESPN) Staying at home. Joe Paterno claims that he stopped visiting recruits on the road because it had become a visit would turn into “an alumni meeting” or into "marketing missions" for businessmen to use for PR, and took away form the recruiting. (The Morning Call) BASKETBALL The winter of our discontent. Michgian State head men's basketball coach Tom Izzo calls Wendsday's Spartan loss to Iowa "the worst performance of a team that I've coached since I've been at Michigan State." (Detroit Free Press) Tom Pritchard as Natalie Portman? Want to see the dunk by Indiana Hoosier Tom Pritchard  that Pardon the Interruption's Michael Wilbon called "Black Swan" in the "What's the Word" segment? Here it is.   Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Giant Inflatable iguana with a giant Terrible Towel? Giant inflatable iguana with a giant Terrible Towel.

Giant Inflatable iguana with a giant Terrible Towel? Giant inflatable iguana with a giant Terrible Towel.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 3, 2011

A giant inflatable iguana with a Terrible Towel. Pray that there isn't a giant gorilla with a cheesehead hat somewhere in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.  Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Derek Dooley doesn't do "Hot sauce" recruiting.

Derek Dooley doesn't do "Hot sauce" recruiting.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 3, 2011

Derek Dooley, head football coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, he of perfect hair, and infinite fount of quotable material. His latest one for the quotation books came in a press conference about signing day, where he laid out his philosophy on recruiting. Which apparently doesn't include what he considers "hot sauce" recruiting. “Everybody was panicking back in June because we had one commitment,” Dooley said in his first press conference since the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30. “But the way we recruit is very process-driven. We don’t throw hot sauce on them on the final weekend and try to scoop them in. I don’t think that stands the test of time, and I don’t think guys that come here with that kind of hot sauce on them, (if) that appeals to them, are the kind of guys that stick. “Developing a deep relationship over time, selling what Tennessee has to sell, I think when you do that on enough players, eventually you’ll get a quality class.” His Hairness didn't give examples of what he considered "hot sauce" recruiting. But you could imagine it included the things that got Lane Kiffin in a lot of hot water at Tennessee. Here's the video of Dooley's latest gem of knowledge.  (via Go Vols Xtra) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Signing Day and greyshirting.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Signing Day and greyshirting.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 2, 2011

Oh look, a puppy. Isaiah Cromwell brought a puppy onstage with him as he committed to Georgia. (SB Nation) All we need is just a little patience. Tennessee and Derek Dooley took the "patience, persistence and commitment" approach in getting a signing class of 27 players. (Go Vols Xtra)  Remember Florida's president condemning greyshirting? Guess what? Urban Meyer did it. (Sports By Brooks) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Urban Meyer cuts the cord with Florida

Urban Meyer cuts the cord with Florida

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 2, 2011

All those pundits worrying their pretty little heads about potential conflicts of interest with Urban Meyer's new ESPN job can rest a little easier. Meyer has cut the financial cord, so to speak, with the University of Florida. So now everyone can expect any love for the Gator football program from Meyer on air will come from his heart and not his wallet. (via Rivals.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Your West Coast/Rocky Mountain extravaganza

Unquiet on the Western Front: Your West Coast/Rocky Mountain extravaganza

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 2, 2011

(Once again biting off more than I can chew, Unquiet on the Western Front is SWRT's look at the Pac-12, WAC, Mountain West, and other West Coast/Rocky Mountain schools extravaganza.) Is it September yer? USC's offseason has barely begun, and yet it's already been eventful; just not in a good way.  (Neon Tommy) Getting it done. Boise State does a lot with no-so spectacular recruiting classes. (Rivals.com) A Few Small Repairs. A look the renovating of California Memorial Stadium. (California Golden Blogs) Welcome to the Pleasuredome. Looking at the plans for UNLV's new domed stadium. (Mountain West Connection) BASKETBALL America's mancrush. More manlove for BYU's  Jimmer Fredette.  (NBC) Hit piece? The Los Angeles Times does a story on UCLA's spotty recruiting record. A UCLA blog takes umberage at it. (Los Angeles Times, Bruins Nation) A devil of a time. Arizona State is having a rough basketball season. (House of Sparky) The Last Roundup. Previewing BYU's last trip to Wyoming as a member of the Mountain West Conference. (Cowboy Altitude) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Mark Richt's Hot Seat comes with a snazzy new desk.

Mark Richt's Hot Seat comes with a snazzy new desk.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 2, 2011

There was talk last week regarding the small percentage money the University of Georgia spends on its football program, as opposed to the huge amounts of cash it brings in.What Georgia has been spending money on recently is remodeling the Butts-Mehre athletic building. It includes a new indoor training facility that Mark Richt has not-so-secretly coveted for years, and may have helped sway recruits into committing to UGA. It also apparently features a snazzy G-shaped desk for Mark Richt's new office. It seems to go well with the Hot Seat Richt's been on. (via Miss Sports Biz, SB Nation, The Lady Sportswriter) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: JoePa, Michigan, Iowa, and more.

Big Tentacles: JoePa, Michigan, Iowa, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 1, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  Snowblind. Winter weather is reeking "havoc" in the Midwest; and with it, reeking havoc on the BigTen basketball schedule. (Detroit Free Press) FOOTBALL The Swoosh! honors JoePa. Nike donates $400,000 to the Penn State University Libraries in honor of Joe Paterno 400th win last year. (Dr. Saturday) A decade under the microscope. A look at the past ten years or so of Ohio State recruiting classes shows big busts and unexpected successes. (The Columbus Dispatch) So much for loyalty. Jerry Montgomery, who recently joined the Indiana football coaching staff, is rumored to be heading to Michigan to join Brady Hoke's staff. (MGoBlog) Back home. The thirteen Iowa football players who came down with rhabdomyolysis after workouts are reported to have all been released from the hospital. (The Gazette (Cedar Rapids)) The Springer show. Northwestern hires Dennis Springer as wide recievers coach. (Lake the Posts) BASEBALL Hanging By a Moment. Tired of waiting for the NCAA Division I baseball season to begin? Blame it on the Big Ten. T Kyle King does. (Dawg Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Oops! I Did It Again. Auburn fans vandalize Bear Bryant's statue again.

Oops! I Did It Again. Auburn fans vandalize Bear Bryant's statue again.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 1, 2011

Remember a few months ago when some genius Auburn fan or fans duct-taped an Auburn Under Armour shirt to the statue of Bear Bryant that stands guard in front of Bryant-Denny Stadium? Well, somebody decided to "stick it" to the statue once again. This time with an Auburn BCS championship sticker.   Real classy, Auburn. Just because the process to cast Nick Saban's graven image seems to have  hit a few snags doesn't mean you can use the Bear's as a substitute. (via The War Eagle Reader) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Grayshirting, Georgia, Tyler Bray, and an awful Cam Newton rap song.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Grayshirting, Georgia, Tyler Bray, and an awful Cam Newton rap song.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 1, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)     No Gator greyshirting. University of Florida president J. Bernard Machen blasts the practice of oversigning recruits. (CBS Sports) Me too! Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity also criticizes the practice. (Access North Georgia) Gray-out. Georgia quarterback/wide receiver Logan Gray will transfer after graduation for his final year of eligibility. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Mark Richt still on the Hot Seat? Mark Richt still on the Hot Seat. (Chuck Oliver.net) The Kang changes course. Chuck Oliver, the "King of College Football," admits he was wrong about Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray's ability to start in his freshman year. The "Kang" says he's "very high" on Bray this season, and predicts a 7-5 regular season from the Vols. (ChuckOliver.net) Cat out of the bag? Kentucky redshirt freshman  quarterback Ryan Mossakowski is transferring to another college. (ChuckOliver.net) Crappy rap video of the day. "B**** I'm Cam Newton." (Warning: Clip is full of non-Mama approved words, which is why it's not getting posted here directly.) (via @jbreeze205 on Twitter) BASKETBALL Weather report. A snowstorm hitting Fayetteville, AR. may affect the Georgia-Arkansas basketball game scheduled for Wednesday. (Athens Banner-Herald) Come Out And Play. Auburn head men's basketball coach Tony  Barbee thinks both the Tigers and Alabama should play the University of Alabama-Birmingham to promote college basketball in Alabama. (al.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Ryan Mallett at a Walmart? Ryan Mallet at a Walmart

Ryan Mallett at a Walmart? Ryan Mallet at a Walmart

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 1, 2011

The football Axis of Evil Walmart, Dr. Pepper, and the BCS came together once again this past weekend when former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett did a signing at a Walmart Supercenter in Bentonville, Arkansas. At least Mallett signing at an Arkansas Walmart makes more sense than the BCS trophy being displayed in Alabama Walmarts, as Bentonville is the headquarters of Wally World. Do you really think the Walton family's would let him sign at a mall? Or worse - a Target?  The cool thing about this one was that Razorback fans got Ryan Mallett's John Hancock for free. As opposed to Gator fans, who had to pay $160 to get Tim Tebow's autograph last year. (via Friends of the Program) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Sylvester Croom, Georgia, Kentucky, and cheerleading

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Sylvester Croom, Georgia, Kentucky, and cheerleading

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 31, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)     Overqualified candidates? Former Mississippi State head football coach Sylvester Croom is being interviewed for the vacant wide receivers coach. Former Virginia head coach Al Groh is also in the mix for the job. (Tide Sports) The Color of Money is apparently burnt orange. Former Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searles will be getting a $135,000 pay raise when he left UGA for the same job at Texas. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Help Wanted. Meanwhile, Georgia has placed the vacant wide receivers coach position on the University of Georgia's employment website. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Recruit bait? The expansion of the Butts-Mehre athletics building may be one of the reasons for Georgia's success in recruiting as of late. (The Lady Sportswriter) Cheerleading is not a sport. Because the University of Alabama says so. (The Sports Jury) Government intervention. Mike Bianchi wants the new Florida Governor Rick Scott to intervene in the  alleged South Florida blocking of  Central Florida's bid to join the Big East. Shut up, Mike. (Orlando Sentinel) BASKETBALL Rise up. Kentucky enters rises to the #10 team in the AP Basketball poll. (Lexington Herald-Ledger) Volunteer honored. Tennessee freshman power forward Tobias Harris has been named the SEC's Freshman Player of the Week. (Go Vols Xtra) Volunteer honored, part deux. Tennessee will retire Allan Houston number 20 in a ceremony on March 6 before the Vol's home game against Kentucky. (Go Vols Xtra) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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