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Big Tentacles: Russell Wilson, Luke Fickell, and a stuffed lion.

Big Tentacles: Russell Wilson, Luke Fickell, and a stuffed lion.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 3, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)   The "Original Nittany Lion," a lion that according to legend was shot and stuffed around 1856, and alegedly the inspiration for Penn State's nickname. It's been moved to the Penn State Sports Museum located in the confines of Beaver Stadium. And no, Joe Paterno isn't the one that shot it. (The Patriot-News) New Kid In Town. Russell Wilson may not be out of the traditional mold of Wisconsin quarterbacks, but Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez doesn't think he'll have much problems in filling the role. (Wisconsin State Journal) Home field advantage for Hoke? Having Michigan's first five games at home in The Big House might help new head football coach Brady Hoke get off to a quick start in his first season. (The Detroit News) Welcome To The Jungle. A big happy welcome to new Big Ten member Nebraska by Iowa-centric blog Black Heart Gold Pants. This won't end well. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Today's Top Ten list from the home office in Detroit.  The Detroit News' Matt Charboneau ranks Michigan State's Kirk Cousins as the best QB in the Big Ten. Northwestern's Dan Persa is second, with Michigan's Denard Robinson rounding out the top three. (The Detroit News) Learning Curve. Ohio State  head football coach (for now) Luke Fickell is learning to adapt to his new role. (The Columbus Dispatch) Now you know the rest of the story. The secret history of the founding of the Big Ten Network, and Nebraska's defection from the Big XII. Not surprisingly, ESPN being ESPN is involved.  (The Chicago Tribune) It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it.  Don't tell the NCAA, but here's what members of the Iowa Hawkeyes football team are doing to earn a buck during the summer. (The Gazette) Comedy Is Not Pretty. The Big Ten coaches have a secret conclave to find a new Ohio State hard football coach. Hilarity ensues. (Off Tackle Empire) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Luke Fickell, Russell Wilson, Luke Fickell, and a stuffed lion.

Big Tentacles: Luke Fickell, Russell Wilson, Luke Fickell, and a stuffed lion.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 3, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)   The "Original Nittany Lion," a lion that according to legend was shot and stuffed around 1856, and alegedly the inspiration for Penn State's nickname. It's been moved to the Penn State Sports Museum located in the confines of Beaver Stadium. And no, Joe Paterno isn't the one that shot it. (The Patriot-News) New Kid In Town. Russell Wilson may not be out of the traditional mold of Wisconsin quarterbacks, but Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez doesn't think he'll have much problems in filling the role. (Wisconsin State Journal) Home field advantage for Hoke? Having Michigan's first five games at home in The Big House might help new head football coach Brady Hoke get off to a quick start in his first season. (The Detroit News) Welcome To The Jungle. A big happy welcome to new Big Ten member Nebraska by Iowa-centric blog Black Heart Gold Pants. This won't end well. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Today's Top Ten list from the home office in Detroit.  The Detroit News' Matt Charboneau ranks Michigan State's Kirk Cousins as the best QB in the Big Ten. Northwestern's Dan Persa is second, with Michigan's Denard Robinson rounding out the top three. (The Detroit News) Learning Curve. Ohio State  head football coach (for now) Luke Fickell is learning to adapt to his new role. (The Columbus Dispatch) Now you know the rest of the story. The secret history of the founding of the Big Ten Network, and Nebraska's defection from the Big XII. Not surprisingly, ESPN being ESPN is involved.  (The Chicago Tribune) It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it.  Don't tell the NCAA, but here's what members of the Iowa Hawkeyes football team are doing to earn a buck during the summer. (The Gazette) Comedy Is Not Pretty. The Big Ten coaches have a secret conclave to find a new Ohio State hard football coach. Hilarity ensues. (Off Tackle Empire) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Les Miles, Cecil Newton, and (sigh) planking.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Les Miles, Cecil Newton, and (sigh) planking.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 2, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  Least. Shocking. News. Ever. Alabama has released info regarding two year's worth of NCAA secondary violations. (al.com) To be yourself is all that you can do. LSU head football coach Les Miles doesn't worry too much about trying to put up any kind of public persona other just than being himself. No matter how arcanely bizarre that can get. (And the Valley Shook) Another One Bites the Dust.  Freshman tight end Michael McFarland is the latest player to transfer from Florida since head football coach Will Muschamp was hired. (Alligator Army) There can be only one.  The latest on the competition for the job of Auburn starting quarterback between Clint Moseley and Barrett Trotter. (al.com) Denial is not a river in Egypt. Cecil Newton claims that the allegations involving the recruitment to Auburn of son Cam Newton "didn’t totally define who I am." (The Charlotte Observer) Going for broke. Former Georgia head football coach Jim Donnan has filed for bankruptcy.  He and his wife had invested in what turned out to be a Ponzi scheme. (Athens Banner-Herald) Green Heart, Gold Pants? In EA Sports'  NCAA College Football 12  is any indicator of how South Florida will look on the field, the Bulls will be donning gold pants this year. (Voodoo Five) Florida Gators planking?  Florida Gators planking. (The Sun Sentinel) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Duck Soup? Oregon may be in hot water after Lyles interview.

Duck Soup? Oregon may be in hot water after Lyles interview.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 1, 2011

Things in Eugene OR, might be getting a little hot and heavy right now. Scouting service owner Will Lyles is accusing Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly of involvement with a $25,000 scouting fee that is in the center of an ongoing NCAA investigation in an interview with Yahoo! Sports. "In a wide-ranging, multi-day interview, Lyles said Kelly “scrambled” in late February and asked Lyles to submit retroactive player profiles to justify the $25,000 payment to his company, just days before the transaction was revealed in a March 3 Yahoo! Sports report. Lyles also provided details of his fledgling company – Complete Scouting Services (CSS) – as well as the extent of his relationship with numerous Texas high school stars and his role in Ducks’ recruitment of certain prospects.   Lyles insists Oregon did not make a direct request or payment to steer recruits to Eugene. However, he now says Oregon did not pay him for his work as a traditional scout, but for his influence with top recruits and their families and his ability to usher prospects through the signing and eligibility process. That dual role as mentor to prospects and paid contractor to Oregon is believed to be a focus of the NCAA probe." It doesn't sound like Oregon will be trying to claim any possible 2010 BCS title should Auburn be forced to vacate it.  (via Yahoo! Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Trent Richardson, Heath Shuler, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Trent Richardson, Heath Shuler, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 1, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)     Tide vs. Hokies, Part Deux.  The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game rematch between Alabama and Virginia Tech is all but official, according to reports. (al.com) Close call in Tuscaloosa. Alabama junior running back Trent Richardson escaped injury in a hit-and-run accident incident in Tuscaloosa. (al.com) Judgement Day. Accused Toomer's Corner tree poisioner Harvey Updyke's trial has been tentatively scheduled to begin on Oct. 31. (al.com) I have given a name to my pain. and it is Mike Bobo. Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has become the center of scorn for members of the Bulldog Nation not ready or willing to place any blame of Georgia's decline in recent years on head football coach Mark Richt. ChuckOliver.net's Fletcher Proctor provides more fuel for their fire. (ChuckOliver.net) The Young Rebels. ChuckOliver.net's Kory Keys looks at Ole Miss' freshmen class. (ChuckOliver.net) Heath Shuler as Tennessee AD would be a bad idea. Because David Climer said so. (Knoxville News Sentinel) He's not saying yes, but he's not saying no. Meanwhile, Schuler, the North Carolina Congressman and former Tennessee quarterback isn't publicly giving any indication that he's might be interested in the job for Tennessee athletic director. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Last Chance for a Thousand Years. 2011 will be the final chance for SEC fifth-year freshmen to prove their worth. (The Gainesville Sun) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Sarah McLachlan asks you to be kind to Georgia Tech.

Sarah McLachlan asks you to be kind to Georgia Tech.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 1, 2011

 It's a hard life for Georgia Tech and it's fans. Every year it seems the Yellow Jackets find some new way to be the biggest underachievers in the state of Georgia. And as the team shares a state with the Georgia Bulldogs, that's saying a lot. So in response to this, Sarah McLachlan (or a very good facsimile of) has taken time out from those ASPCA ads* that strangle viewers with their own heartstrings to ask people to be kind to the Rambling Wreck and its fans. *Seriously, those things are tough to watch. They're like every Joy Division song rolled into one. But even so, they are for a good cause. Do what you can to help the ASPCA out.  (Thanks to Adam Wynn for finding this.)  Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Welcome to the Big Ten, Nebraska!

Welcome to the Big Ten, Nebraska!

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 1, 2011

Hope you survive the experience! Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Stephen Garcia, Heath Schuler, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Stephen Garcia, Heath Schuler, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 30, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)     Risky Business. Dawg Sports lists what kind of risks Georgia head football coach Mark Richt should take in 2011 in order to possible keep his job in Athens. (Dawg Sports) Cause for Concern? Meanwhile, Georgia quarterback legend Buck Belue raises some questions about the Dawgs' offensive line in 2011. (Savannah Morning News) Ain't No Stopping Up Now (well, almost). The only thing that could stop South Carolina from being a serious SEC title contender could be whether or not quarterback Stephen Garcia can cut down his rate of interceptions. Well, than and Garcia keeping his nose clean off the field. (Saturday Down South) Back to School? Former Tennessee QB and current North Carolina Congressman Heath Schuler is being mentioned as a possible candidate to replace former Tennessee athletic Director Mike Hamilton. (Third Saturday in Blogtober) UPDATE: Shuler's office says the Congressman is "actively preparing for the next re-election campaign in 2012. (Knoxville News Sentinel) To be settled in October? The Belly of the Beast compares the back tattoos of QB's AJ McCarron of Alabama and Tennessee's Tyler Bray. Like you didn't see that one coming. (The Belly of the Beast) BASKETBALL Former Tennessee head men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl is looking for a job. Unfortunately for him, ESPN isn't interested. (Sports By Brooks) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Is AJ McCarron the next Tyler Bray, at least back tattoo-wise?

Is AJ McCarron the next Tyler Bray, at least back tattoo-wise?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 29, 2011

Going in to 2011, Alabama will probably be ranked either no.1 or no.2 in the country. This despite having someone other than Greg McElroy as starting quarterback. Instead, Philip Sims and A.J. McCarron will be battling it out to see who gets the nod. This, however, may have Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban a little concerned about McCarron's judgement abilities, which are essential for a modern-day QB - McCarron's alleged back tattoo.  Now, there's nothing wrong with getting a tattoo of Jesus (although some backwoods Southern Baptists might disagree with me on that one).  But honestly, there's way too much stuff going on with this tramp stamp. Mentions of 'Bama and family are all crowded into one image, which kind of makes it a mess. Also, it just about does the impossible by making Tennessee star QB Tyler Bray's back tat look respectable. Mind you, even with the star-spangled trapezoids,  Bray managed to become one of the breakout QB's in the SEC last year. So who knows whether or not lightning will strike twice when it comes to McCarron. On the other hand, 'Bama fans may want to hope that Sims comes on top of the QB battle for now. Oh wait, didn't a Simms start out as starting QB last year at Tennessee, only to lose the job to Bray? Lightning may indeed strike twice. (via Friends of the Program) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Crossing the Atlantic: Jimbo Fisher, Georgia Tech, and Miami.

Crossing the Atlantic: Jimbo Fisher, Georgia Tech, and Miami.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 29, 2011

(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC and other schools on the East Coast.)    Driving around in circles.  Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher will be the Grand Marshal for the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona on July 2, (The Florida Times-Union) Was it just a dream? Were you so confused? Was it just a giant leap of logic? Will Newton of ChuckOliver.net asks if Miami's success in the 80's and 90's was more of an aberration than fans of "The U" would like to admit. (ChuckOliver.net) How can Georgia Tech fill up Bobby Dodd Stadium? Not trying to out-underachieve Georgia every year would help. (From the Rumble Seat) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dancing in the Ruins: Bob Stoops and Missouri

Dancing in the Ruins: Bob Stoops and Missouri

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 29, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference...or at least what's left of it. And as you can't tell by today's edition, there isn't much.)     What About Bob? Crimson and Cream Machine wonders if "Big Game Bob" will make an appearance in 2011. (Crimson and Cream Machine) Digital Love Thing. Missouri is looking at an online "Mizzou Network" to compete with the Texas and ESPN ever-looming evil Longhorn Network lovechild. (Columbia Daily Tribune) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: The Battle of New Orleans reenacted in LEGOs.

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: The Battle of New Orleans reenacted in LEGOs.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 29, 2011

This is so awesome there's really nothing much to ad to it. Only that Johnny Horton was a talent from us way before his time. But he left a legacy of songs that truly reflected the American spirit. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, Chris Petersen, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, Chris Petersen, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 29, 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.)  Ranking Pac-12 quarterbacks.  Surprise! Stanford's Andrew Luck is no. 1. USC's Matt Barkley comes in second. (Orange County Register) More than meets the eye. There's more to Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen than a bunch of trick plays and a cheesy ESPN College GameDay ad. Because Jeremy Mauss says so. (Mountain West Connection) I'm looking for a partner. Someone who gets things fixed.  The Pac-12 is looking at an online partnership with either Google or Apple. (San Jose Mercury News) The Climb. The Pac-12 Network will have an uphill climb when it comes to reaching cable subscribers. Because Scott D. Pierce says so. Shut up, Scott. (The Salt Lake Tribune) The Look. An examination of what Arizona State's makeover may mean when it comes to giving the Sun Devils a new attitude on the field. (House of Sparky) Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Bruins Nation looks at the UCLA  hires of offensive coordinator Mike Johnson and defensive coordinator Joe Tresey, and whether they can make a difference in 2011. (Bruins Nation) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: C.J. Johnson, Charile Weis, Tyler Wilson, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: C.J. Johnson, Charile Weis, Tyler Wilson, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 28, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    Gamecocks taste first blood in Omaha. South Carolina defeated Florida in the first game of the College World Series. (The Post and Courier) More proof that athletes and Twitter don't mix. Ole Miss freshman linebacker C.J. Johnson deleted his Twitter account after using it to say you probably wouldn't say in front of your mother. (The Clarion-Ledger) Naval gazing.  Garnet and Black Attack takes at look at South Carolina's Sept. 17 opponent Navy. (Garnet and Black Attack) Where is my motivation? A look at what may be motivating Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis to succeed. Probably a lot has to do with his trying to make up for the lack of success at Notre Dame. (Saturday Down South) Hold the Eggs Benedict. Georgia freshman guard Brent Benedict will transfer to another school. (Athens Banner-Herald) Tyler Wilson: The other white meat.  Video of Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson talking about his predecessor Ryan Mallett. (Arkansas Expats) Where Do We Go From Here?  Looking at Auburn now that former North Carolina State quarterback Russel Wilson picked Wisconsin over the Tigers. (Track 'Em Tigers) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Georgia athetes Jarvis Jones and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope may have received improper benifits.

Georgia athetes Jarvis Jones and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope may have received improper benifits.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 28, 2011

Georgia has contacted both the NCAA and the SEC in regards to accusations involving possible improper benefits received by linebacker Jarvis Jones and basketball recruit  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope while the two participated in an AAU basketball team in Columbus, Ga.  The alleged benifits came to light in a report by the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. "Columbus police interviews conducted during an investigation of the Parks and Recreation Department reveal that director Tony Adams and top lieutenant Herman Porter may have jeopardized the amateur status of two University of Georgia athletes who played on the Georgia Blazers, their city-funded, Nike-sponsored AAU basketball team. Police records show that an unauthorized bank account controlled by Adams and Porter was used to pay for flights to and from Los Angeles for Jarvis Jones, a two-sport star at Carver High School who played football for one season at the University of Southern California, and for the cell phone bill of the mother of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a five-star shooting guard from Greenville High School." While Georgia athletes involved with NCAA rules is nothing new (see A.J. Green), a scandal that could affect both the football and basketball programs at the same time has to be one for the record books.  And probably something that neither Mark Richt or Mark Fox was looking forward to. (via Atlanta Journal-Constitution,  Columbus Ledger-Enquirer) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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