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The road to Cam Newton's (official) pro career runs through San Diego.

The road to Cam Newton's (official) pro career runs through San Diego.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 29, 2011

Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton will be showing off his football skills to the media in a Feb. 10 workout in San Diego.  Newton isin San Diego  getting prepared for the NFL combine. He's being trained by quarterback coach George Whitfield Jr. No word if Cecil Newton will be allowed to show up. (via Rivals.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie ...With Tentacles?

Covering Dixie ...With Tentacles?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 28, 2011

(It's been a little busy with other stuff today, so I'm combining "Covering Dixie Like Mildew" with "Big Tentacles" for a massive SEC/Big Ten extravaganza.) All Over But the Cryin'. Picking up the pieces after Michigan State's 61-57 loss to Michigan. (The Only Colors) The Back-Up Plan. If Greg McElroy doesn't get drafted on the NFL, he wants to work for ESPN. Be very afrain, Jessie Palmer. (No Guts, No Glory) Here for the long haul.  Wisconsin signs head football coach Bret Bielema to an extension through 2016. (UWBadgers.com) About that Ralph Friedgen as Georgia's new offensive line coach rumor. It seems to be news to Friedgen and his agent. (Athens Banner Herald) The blame game. Newly minted Georgia strength and conditioning coach Joe Tereshinski claims the makeshift workout room used by players while the Butts-Mehre building is being renovated may have been a factor in the Dawg's lackluster 2010 season. (Dr. Saturday) As for what REALLY matters in Athens, Georgia students want the restrictions tailgating loosened. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) A Few Small Repairs. The Superdome will get an $85 million dollar sprucing up for its hosting the BCS title game  and the FInal Four in 2012. (Rivals.com) Big Blue vs. The Wild Blue Yonder. Michigan will open the 2012 season by facing Air Force. (The Michigan Daily) Conspiracy Theory. Mike Bianchi believes South Florida is trying to block Central Florida's entry into the Big East. Here's your tinfoil hat, Mike. (Orlando Sentinel) Remembering Gus Grissom. Last week, Hammer and Rails honored astronaut and Purdue alum Roger Chaffee, who died in a launch-pad accident in 1967. This week, his crewmate, Gus Grissom, also a Purdue grad. (Hammer and Rails) Bear-apalooza. Lots and lots of Bear Bryant. Have a dance off with your pants off, 'Bama fans. (Coaches Hot Seat Blog) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

The new Big Ten Basketball Tournament logo.

The new Big Ten Basketball Tournament logo.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 28, 2011

Let the mocking begin. Oh wait, it already has. (via SB Nation Chicago) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Insane rumor of the day: Ralph Friedgen as Georgia offensive line coach?

Insane rumor of the day: Ralph Friedgen as Georgia offensive line coach?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 28, 2011

There are rumors and then there are rumors. The one that started swirling around Thursday night about former Maryland head football coach Ralph Friedgen heading to Georgia to be offensive lines coach , however, is a doozy that ranks near the one about Jamie Lee Curtis' extra, uh, plumbing. A tweet from Football Rumor Mill suggested Friedgen was "one of 3 candidates" to take over the job recently vacated by Stacey Searels, who left to become OL coach at Texas. This seems totally out of the air, with only the fact that Friedgen follows Mark Richt on Twitter giving it any possible credence. Dawg fans still remember the days when Friedgen was the offensive coordinator under George O'Leary at Georgia Tech, when the Jackets beat the Dawgs three years in a row from 1998-2000. So it would be sweet irony if this story did turn out to be true. (via SB Nation, Dawg Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa, Ricky Stanzi, and more

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa, Ricky Stanzi, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 27, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)      Iowa workout illness update. Iowa says it will investigate how thirteen football players became seriously ill after working out in the offsesaon. (Rivals.com) Brutus boils Purdue Pete. Number one Ohio State rolls over Purdue 87-64. (Our Honor Defend) In the Navy. Michigan State and North Carolina are inching closer to signing a deal to play each other on a US Navy aircraft next season. (NBC Sports) In the Meantime, The Spartans look at extending the 1,000-plus day period since Michigan beat Michigan State in either football or mens' basketball. (The Only Colors) Spartan no more. Michigan State guard  Korie Lucious has been dismissed from the team for "conduct detrimental to the team." (The Detroit News) Fortune Faded. Northwestern looks as their chances to make the NCAA tournament take a turn for the worse. (Sippin' On Purple) FOOTBALL Open arms. Wes Bunting criticized Iowa senior defensive lineman Karl Klug as being short armed, and might have trouble . Black Heart Gold Pants responds by saying it hasn't hurt former Hawkeye, and now Super Bowl bound Green Bay Packer Bryan Bulaga. (Black Heart Gold Pants) And speaking of Bryan Bulaga, he made the Pro Football Writers of America's NFL all-rookie team. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) Stanzi update. Despite a shaky start, America's Quarterback Ricky Stanzi is beginning to impress people during Senior Bowl practice. (Big 10 Rant) Severing ties. Nebraska is ending a controversial licensing agreement with Corn Fed Apparel Inc., a company owned by the father of Husker quarterback Taylor Martinez. (Rivals.com) Keep hope alive. Lake the Posts "Top 10 Reasons To Be Optimistic For 2011" countdown hits #2 by looking at the freshmen and sophomores for the 2011 season. (Lake the Posts) Photo Finish, Big Ten style. Maize n Brew tries to one-up EDSBS by examining the Big Ten's "Family Portrait" from the late Sixties (the one in the upper left corner of this article). (Maize n Brew) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Is Brady Hoke burying the hatchet with Michigan high schools?

Is Brady Hoke burying the hatchet with Michigan high schools?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 27, 2011

To say that Brady Hoke has a lot of damage to fix at Michigan may be an overstatement. Even though many people believe Rich Rodriguez turned the Wolverine football program into a disaster area, he did manage to have a winning season in 2010, and the program seemed to have bottomed out. One big problem RichRod did have, apparently, was a poor relationship with Michigan high school programs. The Detroit Free Press reports how Rodriguez alienated some high school coaches by recruiting players outside The Great Lakes State, quoting ESPN's Tom Luginbill, who said "“The state of Michigan doesn’t necessarily produce year in and year out the style of player that Rich Rodriguez wanted. So he went elsewhere and I think that damaged some relationships that needed to be repaired." Lunginbill claims this was a reason RichRod was let go. Hoke's work to repair the bridges Rodriguez burned seems to be ahead of schedule. He has already gotten six comittments to Michigan in the short time he's been on the job. (via Detroit Free Press) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Florida, Gene Chiznik's dirty mouth, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Florida, Gene Chiznik's dirty mouth, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 27, 2011

Spring forward. The dates for the SEC's spring games. (ESPN) Checking the books. CSS's Miss Sports Biz looks at the revenues and expenditures of SEC football programs, and questions whether Georgia is spending enough on the program. (Miss Sports Biz) Speared. Florida is losing out in the race to sign the Sunshine State's top prospects to Florida State. (ESPN) Senior Skip Day. Florida senior center Mike Pouncey will skip out in playing in the Senior Bowl. (Orlando Sentinel) Oh yeah, Jay Cutler's a Vanderbilt grad. (Anchor of Gold) War Potty Mouth. Kevin Scarbinsky slams Auburn head football coach Gene Chiznik for shouting "War D@mn Eagle" at a couple of public appearances. Shut up, Kevin. (al.com) Photo finish. EDSBS' Spencer Hall dissects the "SEC Family Portrait," c. 1969.  (EDSBS) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Houston Nutt's son is ready for his close-up

Houston Nutt's son is ready for his close-up

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 26, 2011

Houston Nutt III may have been a bust as a football player, but that's not stopping the son of Ole Miss' head football coach from trying to make it on the silver screen. Nutt is one of the stars of the low-budget $25K, which is described by director Billy Chase Goforth as "homage to 70's southern drive-in films." The plot involves bail bondsmen who "encounter drug runners, corrupt cops, and other trouble when they find a treasure map promising $25,000." In other words, good old-fashioned exploitation movie fun. Judging from the movie poster, it seems that Nutt may have been cast as much for his looks than for any acting ability. But you can find out for yourself when the film screens at the Oxford Film Festival on February 12, or when it goes direct-to-DVD soon after. (via Friends of the Program, Arkansas Sports 360) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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

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