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Big Tentacles: Terrelle Pryor, Notre Dame, Iowa, and more

Big Tentacles: Terrelle Pryor, Notre Dame, Iowa, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 24, 2010

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big 10 and the teams it not-so-secretly covets.)  Ohio State Tattoo-gate fallout. Prepared to go pro or not, Terrelle Pryor may end heading to the NFL next year. Even if he's not ready for the League . Thanks his four-game suspension for selling memorabilia for that. (Fanhouse) Awkward headline of the day. "Buckeyes Tattoo Golden Grizzlies" (Eleven Warriors) Let me see your papers. Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly has confiscated his players' passports to stop them from jaunting off to Mexico while preparing for the Irish's Sun Bowl face-off against Miami. (Dr. Saturday) A Pirate Looks at Forty, or something like that. Iowa offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe is running around in a pirate costume. Yes, it's another fun-filled Black Heart Gold Pants extravaganza. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. Penn State head football coach sees the Outback Bowl as the both the end of the 2010 Nittnay Lion season, and the start of the 2011 season. (York Daily Record) BASKETBALL Stepping up. Purdue's DJ Byrd, Ryne Smith, and John Hart, among other players, have filled the gap left by the injured Robbie Hummel, and current NBA D-League players  Chris Kramer and Keaton Grant. (Hammer and Rails), Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

If Joe Paterno was a year older for every retirement rumor that popped up, he'd be older than Methuselah. Oh wait...

If Joe Paterno was a year older for every retirement rumor that popped up, he'd be older than Methuselah. Oh wait...

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 23, 2010

Call it an inevitable circumstance after Joe Paterno's birthday. Call it a slow news day around. It's probably just called Thursday around Happy Valley. But yet another story involving possible retirement for the Penn State head football coach is popping up. This time around, the rumors involve reports that JoePa's assistants looking at the then-vacant Temple head football coaching position (now filled by Steve Addazio),and those pesky health-related stories that persist around JoePa. Outside events such as Urban Meyer's retirement at Florida (The Nittany Lions' Outback Bowl opponent), and the forcing out of Maryland's Ralph Friedgen probably don't help things, either. The fact of Paterno's age and concerns over his health tend to overshadow that he has managed to lead Penn St. to its third New Year's Day bowl game in a row. That at least has to say something about whether or not he is still able to coach a college football team. It's outside events that probably make Nittany Lions' fans a little more anxious.The annual shifting sands of the post-season coaching landscape do a lot to increase speculation and/or debate about Paterno's future. With every high-profile coach de jour that takes a new job, it means one less possible candidate for Penn State should something actually happen to Paterno. There are going to be rumors regarding Joe Paterno's continued employment as Penn State head football coach for as long as he continues to coach. That's a given for any coach. Penn State will probably not force the issue as long as JoePa can manage to field a reasonably successful team in the Big Ten, he'll be able to coach as long as he wants to. Until then, health concerns will guide the chatter of whether or not it is time for Paterno to step down. But JoePa will obviously be the one who has the last word. (via Onward State, Linebacker U) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tavarres King, Auburn, Chick-fil-A Bowl and more

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tavarres King, Auburn, Chick-fil-A Bowl and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 23, 2010

King in the corner? Expect Georgia to rely more on split end Tavarres King next year if/when A.J. Green leaves for the NFL Draft. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) We must protect this War Eagle! Auburn has raked in the cash under a new deal with Under Armour. (al.com) Sellout with me. While many bowl games are struggling with ticket sales, the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta featuring South Carolina vs. FSU has reached it's  14th sellout in a row. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) And now the bad news. Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio's departure to Temple may actually end up hurting the Gators on the offensive line as well as in recruiting. (Orlando Sentinel) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

A.J. Green leaving Georgia for the NFL Draft?

A.J. Green leaving Georgia for the NFL Draft?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 22, 2010

WSB-TV reports that Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green will be leaving school at the end of the season to enter the NFL Draft.  The station's sports director, Zach Klein was told that “There is a 100 percent chance he is gone, and a possible (NFL) lockout has no bearing on his decision.” Green was suspended for four games earlier this season for selling his Independence Bowl jersey for $1,000, which was partially to blame for Georgia's lackluster 6-6 season. (via WSB-TV) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: A Marine with a reindeer stocking

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: A Marine with a reindeer stocking

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 22, 2010

You never know what you're going to get when you type in the words "bored Marines" over on YouTube. Take for example this gem from 2007. The Few, The Proud, The Jolly.  But to be serious for a moment, make sure you take time over the next few days to remember our servicemen and servicewomen who are serving away from home this Christmas. Especially those overseas. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Addazio leaves Florida for Temple. Gator fans rejoice.

Addazio leaves Florida for Temple. Gator fans rejoice.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 22, 2010

Florida fans gave  offensive coordinator Steve Addazio more than his fair share of blame for the Gators' steep decline from the heights of the Tebow era. Now they can rejoice and thank Santa for an early Christmas present. For according to ChuckOliver.net, Addazio has accepted the job of head football coach at Temple, replacing the recently departed Al Golden (who left for Miami). Critical anyalsis of this move on the part of  Temple can be easily summarized in the following image. (via ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Things younger than Joe Paterno, Part Deux. JoePa birthday edition

Things younger than Joe Paterno, Part Deux. JoePa birthday edition

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 21, 2010

Happy 74th birthday, Joe Paterno! JoePa was born on December 21, 1926. And what better way to celebrate than with another installment of "Things younger than Joe Paterno?" Mickey Mouse (first appeared 1928)  Fritos (introduced c.1932) Sen. John McCain (born Aug. 29, 1936) (Had to be said) Red Ryder BB Gun (introduced 1938. You'll shoot you're eye out!) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (first published in 1939) Captain America (first appearance Captain America Comics #1, April, 1941) The Slinky (invented 1945) The microwave oven (invented 1945) The baseball helmet (invented 1951) Alaska (became a US state 1959) The Pac-10 (established 1959) The Flintstones (first aired September 30, 1960) Brett Favre (born Oct. 10, 1969) Peter Billingsley  (aka Ralphie from A Christmas Story) (born April 16, 1971. You'll shoot you're eye out!) National Air and Space Museum (opened 1976) A Christmas Story (released 1983) (You'll shoot you're eye out!) The Outback Bowl (first played in 1986 as the Hall of Fame Bowl. Which just happens to be where Penn State will be facing Alabama on Jan.1) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tennessee, Gus Malzahn, and more

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tennessee, Gus Malzahn, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 21, 2010

Tennessee secondary violation the first: Tennessee reports a secondary violation involving Derek Dooley inadvertently posting a message on a potential recruits' Facebook wall. (Go Vols Xtra) Tennessee secondary violation the second. Tennessee also reported on players getting "VIP treatment" at Bar Knoxville, where the infamous "Vol Brawl" happened last July. (Go Vols Xtra) It pays to be an assistant coach. The SEC has the highest paid assistant coaches in the country. (USA Today) Sticking with the usual. Auburn offense coordinator Gus Malzahn says he doesn't plan any major changes to the Tiger offense for the BCS Championship. (al.com) Final destination? Guz Malzahn would be a perfect for Maryland, according to one pundit. (Arkansas Sports 360) Believe it, or Not! This year's Georigia defense was better than last year's. (Team Speed Kills) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Be afraid. Derek Dooley is armed with a guitar.

Be afraid. Derek Dooley is armed with a guitar.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 20, 2010

Derek Dooley received the formal invitation  to the Music City Bowl in Nashville, complete with a guitar.  His Hairness may not know how to play a guitar, bit it's still a deadly weapon in his hands. Think Jeff Jarrett or El Kabong, and be ready to be scared. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Georgia, Tyler Bray, Stephen Garcia,

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Georgia, Tyler Bray, Stephen Garcia,

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 20, 2010

Go midwest, young man. Georgia is reportedly in talks with Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio St., and Penn St. for home-at-home games later in the decade. (Dawgs 247) Who will quarterback Arkansas next year? Hint: It probably wont be Ryan Mallett. (Arkansas Expats) Making new friends. Tennessee freshman quarterback Tyler Bray has been hanging out with Vols senior players Denarius Moore and Gerald Jones, which is something unusual for the senior players to do. (Go Vols Xtra) Fuzzy math. South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia says he's "500 percent" improved" as a QB from the 2009 Outback Bowl. (The Post and Courier) Worst head football coaching jobs in BCS Conferences. Surprise! Vanderbilt is at number one. But don't laugh too much at that. Kentucky. You're at number eight. (Lost Lettermen) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Georgia debates letting players keep Bowl game jerseys.

Georgia debates letting players keep Bowl game jerseys.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 19, 2010

One of the reasons why Gerogia's 2010 season went south so quickly this year was due A.J. Green's suspension for selling his 2009 Independence Bowl jersey for $1,000. So it comes as no surprise that UGA athletic director Greg McGarity is evaluating whether players could keep their bowl game jerseys as a gift after the game. "In light of what’s happened in the past and in light of what’s happened at other institutions, that is something that we need to review and at this point we just haven’t discussed it administratively," McGarity said." What's notable about this is that Georgia hasn't make the decision regarding game jerseys before now.  Even if it took until the last game of the year for the Dawgs to get to the 6-6 bowl eligibility Mendoza Line, you would have thought a decision like this would have been made by now.  (via Athens Banner-Herald) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Game Day Goulash: Bowls, Bobby Petrino, and more.

Game Day Goulash: Bowls, Bobby Petrino, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 18, 2010

And the stars in the Milky Way, they're giving a party for New Mexico. The New Mexico Bowl features BYU vs. UTEP in the Land of Enchantment. I'm not sure what kind of enchantment led the Cougars and Miners to this bowl, but it must be close to the one the Wicked Witch of the West put into those poppies. (El Paso Times) Walking to New Orleans. The New Orleans Bowl features Ohio vs. Troy. Not quite Ohio State vs. USC, but what do you expect this early in the bowl season? (Montgomery Advertiser) OOPS! Ticketmaster sold 800 duplicate tickets to the Sugar Bowl to customers, which are pretty much useless. (Friends of the Program) Famous last words. Bobby Petrino claims Arkansas " is the job I want." It's not that I don't believe a word Bobby Pertino, it's just that I don't believe a word Bobby Petrino ever says. (ESPN) Training like a pro. Tennessee linebacker LaMarcus Thompson says practices for the Music City Bowl are more like NFL practice sessions, which is what Derek Dooley wants it to be. (Go Vols Xtra) Iowa crank calls. Another moment of greatness from Black Heart Gold Pants.  Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Say it ain't so, Izzo!

Say it ain't so, Izzo!

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 17, 2010

According to ESPN, Tom Izzo will be suspended for Michigan State's game against Prairie View A&M this Saturday. This is a result of "asecondary violation of NCAA rules tied to a summer basketball camp." "Michigan State officials said late Friday that the school employed someone associated with a potential recruit during a basketball camp last June. The person was paid $475 for five days of working with middle schoolers. Izzo says he regrets what happened and called it an unintentional violation of the rules." Izzo will only be suspended for one game.  (via ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Philiadelphia billboard gets farklempt cover Cliff Lee

Philiadelphia billboard gets farklempt cover Cliff Lee

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 17, 2010

Please, don't get this billboard started. It's getting emotional. It's feeling a little farklempt. Talk amongst yourselves. I'll give you a topic...The Golden State Warriors are neither Golden nor a State nor are they Warriors. Discuss. (via Darren Rovell's Twitter Feed) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Rich Rodriguez, Wisconsin swag, and more

Big Tentacles: Rich Rodriguez, Wisconsin swag, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 17, 2010

Help, I'm slipping into the Twilight Zone. Michigan fans are frustrated over the still uncertain future of Wolverine head football coach Rich Rodriguez. (Maize n Brew) Upon further review. The Big Ten might be reconsidering those "Leaders" and "Legends" division names. (ESPN) Send lawyers, guns, and money. Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, facing charges of possession of cocaine, marijuana, and prescription drugs without the perscription, has hired a prominent Iowa attorney to handle his case. (Rivals.com) Moc-up. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs will be Nebraska's first opponent as a Big Ten Team. (Chattanooga Times Free Press) Swag patrol. Wisconsin players got their chance to check out the Rose Bowl gift suite before a recent practice for the Jan. 1 game is Pasadena against TCU.  Some reportedly used the chance to get gifts for relatives, including recliners for their fathers. (Madison.com) Smuggery will get you nowhere. Not-so-gently mocking of the Pitt and West Virginia coaching situations, from a Penn State point of view. (The Altoona Mirror) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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