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Tennessee and Derek Dooley work on the wildcat formation.

Tennessee and Derek Dooley work on the wildcat formation.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 13, 2010

Add Tennessee to the list of schools trying out the wildcat formation. It might be a shock to some to see Derek Dooley trying it out, with the new Tennessee head coach being seen as more of a traditionalist when it comes to coaching. But he does have an excuse ready for that one. “I would say the Wildcat is grandfather school, not old,” Dooley said after practice Thursday morning. “It’s the Notre Dame shift, it’s the single wing. That’s what they ran back in the ’20s and ’30s and that kind of deal." And what does His Hairness like about the Wildcat? “Here’s what I like about it, and I like a lot of things,” Dooley said. “I think the key to the Wildcat is not making it your bread and butter. Once it becomes where you don’t know what you are on offense, it becomes a problem. But what it is good for, if it’s five to eight plays a game, first of all it’s eight less plays of a quarterback. Let’s start with that. So you’ve got 70 plays in a game, now the guy’s got 60. So you’re taking away eight plays of decision-making from him, which helps. “No. 2, you’re creating more work for the defense, they’re going to have to put in and work on a Wildcat package. No. 3, it gives you a chance to get some of your better skill guys the ball in space. Those three things, it’s good. . . . The more you run, the better the quarterback, the less decisions he’s got to make. Then, I’m just a little old school. I just believe that’s what wins.” Of course with Kentucky as a rival, Tennessee is sure to come up with some home-spun name lying somewhere between cuteness and lameness for their brand of the wildcat. It will probably be something like "Wild-Vol," or "Wild-hound." Though don't expect for it to be called the "Wild Boys" formation, however. Derek Dooley's probably going to be staying away from that term for some reason. (via Go Vols XTra,)

Texas A&M's AD, and it's fans all use their delusion

Texas A&M's AD, and it's fans all use their delusion

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 13, 2010

Everything's bigger in Texas, they say. Apparently that includes delusions of grandeur. Take Texas A&M for example. The Aggies take pride in their school and it's place in college football. Sadly, that place really isn't where they think it is. Even worse, Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne is drinking from the same fountain of delusion that apparently exists somewhere in Aggieland. Take his response to an irate fan who was upset TAMU didn't bolt the Big 12 for the SEC at the height of expansion mania this summer: "Take a look how Arkansas and South Carolina did before they entered the SEC and how they have done since. Unless you're the lead dog, the scenery is always the same."  Not quite. At least for Arkansas. The Razorbacks have been more in the front of the pack of the SEC West than in the back. They've been to the SEC Championship Game twice in the past decade. They lost both times, mind you, but that's neither here nor there. And yes, The Aggies are 1-1 in the soon to be defunct Big 12 Championship, but how long has it been since they were real contenders in the Big 12? As for South Carolina, well at least the Gamecocks have beat Georgia in the past five years. The Aggies can't say that, can they. (And the Gamecocks beat an infinitely superior UGA team than Texas A&M played last year in the Independence Bowl.)    Then there was the response to Byrne's response by I Am the 12th Man's blogger Beergut, who while criticizing Byrne, does it for all the wrong reasons. "If Byrne actually believes we are comparable to South Carolina and Arkansas, we really need to get someone else to take over as athletic director at A&M; the difference in resources alone shows that there is no comparison between A&M and those two schools. At best, Byrne looks like someone who isn't able to see the whole picture, despite his claims to the contrary. At worst, Byrne looks like someone who is afraid of the competition we might face in the SEC, which means he isn't the man for the job at A&M. Either way, he's shown he can still be relied on to say the wrong thing and embarrass A&M when put on the spot by the fans or the media."At least he was right on the Aggies not being comparable to Arkansas, which is a way better team. South Carolina is arguable, but some see them as a dark horse to at least place second in the SEC East this year. As for resources, the Texas A&M athletic department had to get bailed out by the school. If TAMU had joined the SEC, it would have been something closer to the US government's bailout of GM than the average media merger. As for competing in the SEC? The Aggies  would get  smacked around by at least half of the conference. Texas A&M and it's fans have a delusional idea of its place in the college pecking order. They think it's an elite school standing side by side with Texas. In truth, it isn't even the second best football team in Texas anymore. Worse, it's closer to being fourth-best than second-best. And it won't be getting better this season.  (via I Am the 12th Man, Dallas Morning News)

Texas Tech reality series a year too late to be interesting

Texas Tech reality series a year too late to be interesting

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 13, 2010

Texas Tech will be the subject of its own reality TV series. Titled The Ride, the series is scheduled to cover not only the 2010 Red Raider football season, but continue on with basketball (both men's & women's), baseball, and other athletic programs. It will run on various regional sports networkd throughout the country. The trouble is that this show is about a yea too late to be interesting. Last year would have been the perfect time to do a series when Mike Leach was head coach. Who wouldn't want to go behind the scenes for moments like this? Not to say behind the scenes video of Tommy Tuberville rubbing Texas Tech boosters the wrong way like he did at Auburn wouldn't be interesting, but nothing's like Mike Leach. Following Leach around last year would have been ratings gold. (ESPN, Texas Tech Athletics official website)

21 days until college football season starts

21 days until college football season starts

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 13, 2010


Lame impersonation of Lou Holtz? Lame impersonation of Lou Holtz.

Lame impersonation of Lou Holtz? Lame impersonation of Lou Holtz.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 12, 2010

Let's hope Georgia Tech red-shirt senior Lucas Cox has a better year as a running back than his Dr. Lou impersonation. (via From the Rumble Seat)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tennessee, Mark Richt, The U on DVD and more

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tennessee, Mark Richt, The U on DVD and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 12, 2010

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)     Mr. Brown, we're the NCAA. Why don't you have a seat over there? The NCAA wants the have a little talk with estranged Tennessee running back Bryce Brown over the Vols' recruiting practices. (ESPN) Nu’Keese Richardson's fall from grace continues. Richardson, who was kicked off the Tennessee football team after the infamous armed robbery attempt at a Knoxville convience store, has left I-AA Hampton University . He will be transferring to  Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. (Palm Beach Post) UGA's Mark Richt named to American Football Coaches Association board.  Richt  joins Texas' Mack Brown and Ohio State's Jim Tressel on the Board of Trustees. To quote T, Kyle King, "Gee, I wonder if those guys are on the hot seat, too?" (Dawg Sports). Do the Maryland Terrapins have ugly helmets?  Yes there is an argument about this.  Personally, I'd say hey're not ugly per se, but they're not quite inspiring, either. (Testudo Times)  The U comes to DVD.  The documentary on the glory days (with the gory details) of the Miami Hurricanes will be out next Tuesday, August 17. (Miami Herald)

OOPS! Alabama can't spell Mississippi

OOPS! Alabama can't spell Mississippi

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 12, 2010

Look, I know Mississippi is a long word, but sheesh! Doesn't anybody in Alabama have spell check? (via Friends of the Program)

22 days until college football season starts

22 days until college football season starts

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 12, 2010


Big Tentacles:  Ohio State, Michigan State,

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Michigan State,

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 11, 2010

Ohio State the "Most Consistent Program in College Football?" Off Tackle Empire (aka the blog formerly known as The Rivalry, Esq.) makes a good case for the Buckeyes' claim to the title. (Off Tackle Empire) Terrelle Pryor has been a bad teammate in the past. Says who? Terrelle Pryor, that's who. (Cleveland.com, Fanhouse) Still nothing official on Michigan-Alabama 2012 showdown. Though it sounds like the deal for a showdown at Jerry Jones' Heathen Temple to His Own Avarice is moving forward. (MGoBlog) Should the Michigan St.-Penn St. end their end of the year rivalry? There's not any good reason to continue it. On the other hand, there's not a viable in-conference replacement for it. (The Only Colors)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Chris Rainey health update, and a lot of questions

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Chris Rainey health update, and a lot of questions

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 11, 2010

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    Chris Rainey health update. The Florida freshman running back is reported to have undergone a "non-invasive cardiac procedure."He's expected to return to practice later this week. (ChuckOliver.net) What could stand in the  Mississippi hosting the SEC Baseball Tournament? The Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi state flag, that's what. (Atlanta-Journal Constitution) Better defense: ACC or SEC? Tony Barnhart brings the facts, but doesn't really try to answer the question. (Mr. College Football) Will Virginia Tech win the ACC this season?  Rivals.com's experts unanimously pick the Hokies to win the ACC title this season. Georgia Tech might have something to say about that, however. (Rivals.com) The worst helmets in the ACC? The same survey splits the vote for worst helmet between Miami, Boston College (two votes), and Wake Forest (one vote). The votes for "The U" might be due to anti-Miami sentiment. And apparently, the plainness of BC helmets doesn't go down too well.  BC Interruption, who obviously didn't take the results so well, nominated Maryland (and it may have a point) (Rivals.com, BC Interruption) As for the best helmets in the ACC? Florida State won hands down. (Rivals.com) Who will be Tennessee's starting QB? Matt Simms seems to have the edge over Tyler Bray. (Go Vols XTra)

Three college football players lose their father in Alaska plane craah.

Three college football players lose their father in Alaska plane craah.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 11, 2010

SWRT sends its condolences to  Colter Phillips (tight end, Virginia), and his brothers Andrew (starting guard, Stanford), and Paul (tight end, Indiana).  Their  father, William Phillips, was among those killed in the Alaskan plane crash that killed former Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens. Their younger brother, William "Willy" Phillips, was among the survivors of the crash (via ESPN)

Your Moment of Tebowness: Tebow's

Your Moment of Tebowness: Tebow's "new" new haircut

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 11, 2010

Here's the "new" new-look Tim Tebow He shaved off the "friar-tuck" look to go with the basic shaved head. He's kept the scruffy beard he's been growing since he became a pro. though. Probably because he didn't want to completely look like an extra in Full Metal Jacket.  (via Yahoo! Sports)

Urban Meyer sends people to the doctor

Urban Meyer sends people to the doctor

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 11, 2010

One of the results of the health scare that briefly caused Urban Meyer to resign his position as Florida head coach in late 2009 was that Meyer ordered his staff to get their own physical check-ups. What Meyer might have not expected, however is the number of people who had their own health checked out as a reaction to his medical problems. "I've had ridiculous amounts of correspondence or people who have, because of what happened, said, 'You know what, I'm going to get checked out,'" Meyer said. "I made our staff; it's nonnegotiable. We're going to take this day and we're going to take care of some business here." A lot has been said and written over Meyer's health issues. It's nice to see that it resulted in some people seeing the doctor when they may not have done so in originally. (via ESPN)

Your Moment of Tebowness: Haircut update, plus Lou Holtz on His Tebowness

Your Moment of Tebowness: Haircut update, plus Lou Holtz on His Tebowness

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 10, 2010

 (Your Moment of Tebowness is SWRT's recurring feature on the cultural phenomenon that is His Tebowness. Everyone else is doing it, so why can't I?)  Tim Tebow apparently now looks more like a Marine recruit than a Franciscan monk now after buzzing the "rookie hazing haircut" given to him by Bronco's veterans. That or a member of the St; Louis Cardinals (they seem to have a surplus of bald white guys on the roster).  No photos yet of Recruit Tebow yet, but they're bound to show up. Meanwhile, Lou Holtz had a few glowing words about His Tebowness. “(Community service) is part of his life,” Holtz said. “I know him very well. I’ve never dealt with a more polite, humble, accommodating individual than Tim Tebow. When you first meet him you think he has to be a phony, but he’ll be that way in five years. It’s just his infectious attitude.” (via USA Today, Denver Post)

Big Tentacles: Iowa, Joe Paterno, Wisconsin, and...Rutgers?

Big Tentacles: Iowa, Joe Paterno, Wisconsin, and...Rutgers?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 10, 2010

  (Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big 10 and the teams it not-so-secretly covets.)  Brandon Wegher's mysterious "Leave of absence." Iowa running back Brandon Wegher has reportedly taken a leave of absence from the Hawkeyes. This is causing a lot of speculation among Iowa fans. (jb's sports blog, Black Heart Gold Pants) JoePa nominated for Medal of Freedom. Penn State's Joe Paterno has been nominated for The Presidential  Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor. He was nominated by Pennsylvania  Representative Glenn Thompson. (GoPSUsports.com) John Clay for Heisman? Scott Tolzien might not be the only Heisman candidate on the Wisconsin roster. Running back  John Clay could  have a chance at the trophy as well. (Bucky's 5th Quarter) Big Ten QB's compared to Brett Favre, but not in a good way.  "Brett Favre-isms: The 10 College QBs With The Best Favre Characteristic" includes Terrelle Pryor as "The Biggest Media Starle," and Ricky Syanzi as a "Big Partier." (Bleacher Report) Scarlet Knights vs. Owls. Frequently reported Big Ten expansion target Rutgers and Temple agree to a series of four football games between the two schools, starting in 2015. (On the Banks) Reminiscing on  Minnesota's rivalries. The Daily Gopher looks back lovingly at the rivalries with Iowa and Wisconsin, and wonders if they will continue in the future two-division Big Ten. (The Daily Gopher)

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