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Expansion Silliness returns: Georgia Tech and Maryland to the Big Ten?

Expansion Silliness returns: Georgia Tech and Maryland to the Big Ten?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 28, 2011

Just when you think all of the serious expansion talk involving the Big Ten had died down, along comes The Boston Globe with this little gem hidden in an article about the Big East's future: "There may be more trouble coming for the Big East if the Big Ten decides to move forward again in a few years; already there are rumblings that it might go to 14 teams, with an eye on Georgia Tech and Maryland, which would significantly increase its television footprint." Georgia Tech and Maryland? Seriously? When it comes to football (and like it or not, football is guiding the expansion process) neither school can truly be called a blockbuster program. And neither one is really going to truly open up markets for the Big Ten. Georgia Tech is lucky if can steal headlines from Georgia on a good day; and when it does, it usually involves a coach being fired. As for Maryland, it's slowly losing any relevance it had as a football team, while fellow in-state school Navy is once again on the rise. (And just for argument's sake, if the Big Ten seriously wanted a basketball school with a football problem, it ought to go after Kansas, which truly would make Big Ten basketball a bigger deal than it is now. Imagine seeing Michigan State vs. Kansas at least twice a year. Excited?) It's doubtful that the Big Ten is so itching to expand right now that it would be to undermine a fellow BCS conference's stability. At least a fellow BCS conference not named the Big East that is (which barely counts these days). Nebraska's joining the conference happened at the right place at the right time. The only school the Big Ten would truly pounce upon given the chance is Notre Dame, which doesn't seem to be happening any time soon. Just file this story under "The voices in your head don't count as reliable sources" category until further notice. (via The Boston Globe. HT: Black Heart Gold Pants) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Tate Forcier reportedly hospitalized after incident with police in April.

Tate Forcier reportedly hospitalized after incident with police in April.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 27, 2011

Grand Rapids, Mich. station WOOD is reporting on an incident in April involving former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier. The station reports Forcier was found hanging out of a window of his girlfriend's apartment building by Grand Rapid police officers. "Tate Forcier, who quit the football team earlier this year, had locked himself in a bedroom of a third-floor apartment April 22, and was hanging out the window, the report states. A woman in the apartment complex, in the 100 block of South Division Avenue, called Grand Rapids police. No one will say whether this was a suicide attempt, but the police report states the woman who called was concerned Forcier would jump from the window. Officers were able to get Forcier to open the bedroom door. He was not arrested, but transported to a hospital." There's been no further word about the situation, or how long Forcier was allegedly hospitalized. Forcier's been admittedly a target around here, but this story isn't very humorous. Hopefully things have or are being resolved at the moment in Forcier's life. And if you feel like you're in a tough situation or are feeling distraught enough to harm yourself, please find someone to talk to and/or seek professional help. (via WOOD, HT: Lost Lettermen) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dancing in the Ruins: An unhealthy amount of Pac-12 and Big 10-related stories, and...Steel Jantz?

Dancing in the Ruins: An unhealthy amount of Pac-12 and Big 10-related stories, and...Steel Jantz?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 26, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference...or at least what's left of it.)   Yo, I'm taking a survey. A poll by ESPN Big XII blogger David Ubben has Arizona and Arizona State as the most popular choices for Big XII expansion targets, if the conference ever decides to do so. (ESPN) What could the Big XII learn from the Big 10? Uh, just about everything. (Clone Chronicles) "Who is Steel Jantz?" Actually, he's a JUCO transfer quarterback to Iowa State. Black Heart Gold Pants' guesses are a little more interesting. As for SWRT, he's out nominee for the 2012 Name of the Year tournament. (Black heart Gold Pants)  Our other NoTY nominee? Olu Ashaolu, a basketball recruit who just chose Oregon over Texas. (Burnt Orange Nation) The OSU dilemma. Cowboys Ride for Free asks in the wake of the escalating scandals at Ohio State if it is time for Oklahoma State should find some initials other than "OSU" to identify itself with. (Cowboys Ride for Free)  Just a reminder... West Virginia offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, who recently ran into some trouble in a West Virginia casino, used to be the OC at Oklahoma State. (The Oklahoman) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Tyler Moeller, Russell Wilson, Penn State, and more.

Big Tentacles: Tyler Moeller, Russell Wilson, Penn State, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 25, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)      I've looked at life from both sides now? Ohio State linebacker Tyler Moeller is recovering quite well from an injured pectoral muscle, and could wind up playing on both the offense and defense next season. (The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) War Badger? Even with a reported visit to Auburn, former North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson hasn't quite written out going to Wisconsin just yet. (Wisconsin State Journal) A Few Small Repairs. Penn State is planning to spruce up Beaver Stadium with new scoreboards and wireless accessibility. (The Patriot News) Supply and demand. Tickets to Iowa home football games at Kinnick Stadium are beginning to get hard to come by. (Hawk Central) A Sort of Homecoming. The starting time for Michigan's Oct. 29 homecoming game against Purdue has been set for noon. (Detroit Free Press) A Sort of Homecoming, Part Deux. Meanwhile, Northwestern's recent success is resulting in it not being scheduled for opponent's homecoming. (Lake the Posts) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Mike Blakely reportedly transferring to Auburn. Will tate Forcier join him?

Mike Blakely reportedly transferring to Auburn. Will tate Forcier join him?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 25, 2011

Like you didn't think I wouldn't use this image. There are reports that ex-Florida running back Mike Blakely had decided to transfer to Auburn. It also appears that Auburn might be the landing spot for a somewhat big-time transfer in college football circles in one Tate Forcier. The former Michigan quarterback is looking at the school along with some others, after deciding not to transfer to Miami.  "I'm looking into Auburn," Forcier said. "I'm definitely interested in USC, San Diego State, Montana, Kansas State and University of San Diego. I have to lay everything out and figure out my visits." Forcier also mentioned wanting to stay closer to his home in San Diego, CA. So a school nearly half a continent away might not exactly what he's looking for. (Then again, geography might not be Forcier's strongest subject.) And to be perfectly honest, a QB who sometimes looks like he's halfway ready to transform into Puck Puckerman from Glee at any moment (see photo on left) might not exactly be what Auburn is looking for, either. Texas A&M's Aggie Spirit, however... (via ChuckOliver.net, ESPN, Lonely Tailgater) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Your Freudian Nightmare of the Night: Star Wars meets Guns N' Roses

Your Freudian Nightmare of the Night: Star Wars meets Guns N' Roses

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 24, 2011

To quote Dr. Clayton Forrester, "There's no use describing this. It just is." (HT: Lord Simian over at The Outhouse) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Russell Wilson, South Carolina,  John Calipari, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Russell Wilson, South Carolina, John Calipari, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 24, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   Just Visiting. Former North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson reportedly paid a visit to Auburn on Tuesday. (al.com) Easy Living?  Alabama will face an easier 2011 season with only four opponents coming off bye weeks. Because Pat Dooley says so, Shut up, Pat. (Gainesville Sun) The Skeptical Inquirer.  Spencer Hall looks at South Carolina's chances to win the SEC in 2011, but all he sees is South Carolina. (SB Nation) Nothing's Shocking. Georgia's depth chart has few surprises. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Meet Ray Drew. Mark Weizer interviewed incoming Georgia  recruit Ray Drew (outside linebacker), who will be wearing the no. 47 made famous by David Pollack. (Athens Banner-Herald) The Bronze Age. Looking at the statue craze in the SEC. (The Times-Picayune) "A Peek Into John Calipari's Soul." John Calipari has a soul? (A Sea of Blue) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Joe Namath surveys tornado damage and recovery efforts in Tuscaloosa.

Joe Namath surveys tornado damage and recovery efforts in Tuscaloosa.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 24, 2011

Legendary Alabama and New York Jets quarterback  Joe Namath returned to his Tuscaloosa collegiate days' stomping grounds to tour the damage caused by the tornadoes that hit the city in April, and to survey the rebuilding efforts in the area. He was accompanied by the Mayor of Tuscaloosa, Walt Maddox. "It's very difficult," Namath said standing in front of what once was the elementary school's entrance. "I'm just astounded at what I've seen as far as destruction goes, but certainly enthused because of the people's effort so far. And I know we will be there continuously after this. It's easy to talk about doing things and getting things straight, but it's awful time-consuming. You can't quite relate to what effort it's taken the people of Tuscaloosa to get together and help out."  "My heart just aches for the folks that have suffered so dramatically. But we need to stay positive." (via Huntsville Times) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Les Miles is on a boat.

Les Miles is on a boat.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 24, 2011

(Photo Via Sports by Brooks) Courtesy of Sports by Brooks, here's probably the last thing on Earth you ever wanted to see - Les Miles shirtless.* It's certainly not the first thing I want to see when I click onto the Internet in the morning. What's even more disturbing is that the Mad Hatter looks like he had been partaking in some manscaping at the time. This pic is a few years old, taken on a LSU booster's boat called "Tiger Bait." (Insert Charlie Sheen joke here). Well, who else would let a shirtless Les Miles on their water craft? (via Sports by Brooks) *(Well, okay, Steve Spurrier shirtless is much worse. But the fact that Les Miles looks reasonably fit in this pic is a Freudian nightmare to no end.) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Is Texas A&M home to college football's six-man tag team champions?

Is Texas A&M home to college football's six-man tag team champions?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 23, 2011

Rivals.com's Mike Huguenin came up with his list of the twelve best offensive trios in college football. He calls them "triplets," but I like to be a little more macho around here and calls them "college football six-man tag team champions." In what could come as a surprise to some, Texas A&M's team of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, running back Cyrus Gray, and wide reciever Jeff Fuller come out on top ahead of higher-profile teams like Oregon (tied for twelfth with Stanford), Oklahoma (fifth), and Ohio State (second). His reasoning? "A&M was on this list last season - but with a different quarterback. Jarrod Johnson ended up losing his job to Tannehill midway through last season, and A&M really took off after that. Gray shared carries with Christine Michael last season, and they will do so again this season. It wouldn't be a surprise to see those two combine for around 2,000 yards. Fuller is overshadowed in the Big 12 by Blackmon and Broyles, but he still is one of the top 10 receivers nationally. He is coming off a 72-catch, 1,066-yard, 12-TD performance in 2010." Texas A&M surprised many last year by nabbing a one-third share of the Big XII South title last year.  Whether it can build on this next year will have to be seen. And Tannehill, Gray, and Fuller will probably have to develop more as both individuals and as a unit if the Aggies want to jump ahead of Oklahoma, which is projected by many as being in the BCS title game. (via Rivals.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Tim Tebow with Bono? Tim Tebow with Bono.

Tim Tebow with Bono? Tim Tebow with Bono.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 23, 2011

Christendom's favorite QB with a singer who thinks he's...nah, I don't want to go there after dodging the bullet with the apocalypse this weekend.  Just enjoy this pic of His Tebowness and His Bononess taken backstage at U2's concert in Denver this past weekend. (via Nick Every Blog) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Stanford, Arizona State, and Air Force.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Stanford, Arizona State, and Air Force.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 22, 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.)   Tree vs. Leprechauns. Stanford and Notre Dame agree to continue their rivalry through 2019. (Rule of Tree)  Give 'till it hurts. Arizona State's Sun Devil Club is looking to raise funds to help keep ASU competitive in college athletics. (The Arizona Republic) Air Force is the 30th best team in the country. Because Phil Steele says so. (Mountain West Connection) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Nebraska, Iowa, and oh yeah, Joe Paterno is old.

Big Tentacles: Nebraska, Iowa, and oh yeah, Joe Paterno is old.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 22, 2011

The Big Ten's idea of giving extra money to athletes is a bad idea. Because Drew Sharp said so. Shut up, Drew. (Detroit Free Press)  Supply and demand.  Nebraska supporters wanting to see the Huskers on the road for the team's first year in the Big Ten are going to find it hard to get tickets for the away games. (Big Red Today) Indiana will night game at home against Virginia on Sept. 10.Because there is nothing like mediocrity during prime time. (The Crimson Quarry)  'Round, 'round, get around, I get around. An Iowa Hawkeyes blogger round table. (Fight for Iowa) Cool Michigan-related licensee plate ideas.  Obviously, RICHROD and FORCIER aren't on the list. (Maize n Brew) See, I Told You So.Off Tackle Empire's Penn State Week finally got around to Joe Paterno being old comments. (Off Tackle Empire) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Saban, Tyler Bray, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Saban, Tyler Bray, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 21, 2011

Giving back to the community. Alabama head football coach Nick Saban's foundation, Nick's Kids, is donating $50,000 to a group called Project Team Up which seeks to rebuild communities hit by the tornadoes that hit Alabama this spring. (al.com) Instant Karma. ChuckOliver.net's Chris Martin looks at the five Tennessee "Newcomers Who Need to Make Instant Impact." (ChuckOliver.net) The Comfort Zone. Meanwhile, Tennessee offensive coordinator says he's "comfortable" with the the development of the Vols' star quarterback, Tyler Bray. (Chattanooga Times-Free Press) Things Can Only Get Better. "Arkansas Counting On Best Days Being Ahead For (Bobby)Petrino, Razorback Football." Because Chris Bahn says so. Shut up, Chris. (Arkansas Sports 360) Definitely Maybe. South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier says that Stephen Garcia "will probably maybe be given another chance if he behaves himself the way he should.”  It sounds like Spurrier is giving Garcia a lot of rope there. (ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Image of Michigan "retro" jersey is leaked to the media.

Image of Michigan "retro" jersey is leaked to the media.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 20, 2011

The image on the left shows what the Detroit Free Press claims is an Adidas prototype of the "retro" jersey the Michigan Wolverines will be wearing when they face Notre Dame in the first-ever night game held at Michigan Stadium. The Fighting Irish is reported to be equipped with helmets emblazoned with shamrocks. Conjecture by Matt Hinton is that the jersey is based on one by Michigan in the 19th century, which was apparently sleeveless with a long-sleeved striped shirt underneath. This modernized version has striped short sleeves, of course. This doesn't  completely eliminate the nightmare scenario that Adidas will combine this jersey with a maize and blue-striped long sleeved compression shirt. Be afraid, Wolverine Nation, be very afraid. (via Detroit Free Press, Dr. Saturday,  Rivals.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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