Wake Forest has a defensive end named Gelo Orange? Wake Forest has a defensive end named Gelo OrangeBy Juan Cena in SWRT on August 2, 2010
This is Gelo Orange. He's a defensive end for Wake Forest and is in his junior year. And please, keep your snarky talk radio jokes to yourself. I've already heard the one about the kids (alledegly) named Orangello and Lemongello one too many frakin' times, and don't care to hear it again. But it should be noted that Wake Forest is also the school that got a commitment from the now-legendary high school defensive end God's Power Offor for it's 2011 class. Wake Forest may not win another ACC title anytime soon, but they apparently have two good candidates for 2011's Name of the Year tournament. (From Darren Rovell via Twitter)
Just when you thought conference expansion silliness was over, along comes another silly expansion rumor. SB Nation reports rumors that Memphis will be joining the Big East. Yeah, not exactly something to write home about. And not quite a shock either. As Memphis was actively trying to join a BCS conference since last year. Be warned, however. The report comes from a tweet from Kentucky Sports Radio. Any you know how reliable those sports radio rumors are. Just repeat to yourself the SWRT mantra on expansion rumours: "The voices in your head don't count as reliable sources." (via SB Nation)
(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big 10 and the teams it not-so-secretly covets.) Yes, that's Bucky Badger in that image. Why is the there? Because I just saw Inception Saturday night, and what better reason is there to put the #1 creature in my Nightmare Closet in this edition of "Big Tentacles?" Hey Penn State fans, going to the 'Bama game? Here's a link to a guide to make your trip to Tuscaloosa a little easier. (Penn State Central) Rich Rodriguez is on The Hot Seat at Michigan. But it's a seat that's actually hot, not the one Mark Richt sits on while Paul Finebaum breathes on it to say its hot. (Bleacher Report) Why does Ron Zook still have a job at Illinois? It was just plain cheaper to keep him, if you need the plain honest truth about it. (Hail to the Orange) Purdue basketball preview. I'll bet these guys get their Christmas shopping done by mid-November. (Boiled Sports)
Jeremiah Masoli should just say he's sorry. Because Tony Barnhart said so. (Mr. College Football) NCAA meets with Clemson players over Agentgate. This is how it hopefully started out: (Rivals.com) Tennessee turf war? Derek Dooley wants to install artificial turf in Neyland Stadium. Athletic Director Mike Hamilton isn't too hot on the idea, though. (Go Vols XTra) Still going. Mark Richt has outlasted 31 past and present coaches in the SEC during his tenure at UGA. (Team Speed Kills) Boston College's Mark Herzilch profiled by ESPN the Magazine. Herzilch's battle with Ewing's Sarcoma has turned into a fight to make a comeback on the gridiron. It's in the current issue (allegedly) edited by Ron Artest. (BC Interruption, Business Wire)
(Cue the Carolina Liar) Derek Dooley refuses to release Bryce Brown from his Tennessee scholarship. This pretty much means that Brown could only be a walk-on at another school and pay his own way, as opposed to being on scholarship. Does it sound like His Hairness is bitter or something? Maybe it's leftover residue at Rocky Top from Lane Kiffin. Then again, it could be that there's really something in the water in Tennessee that causes reactions like this. Or maybe it's from the corn from that jar. (Go Vols.com)
Urban Meyer pimping orange juice? Urban Meyer pimping orange juice.
(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big 10 and the teams it not-so-secretly covets.) Michigan State has gone 1,000 days without losing to Michigan in football or men's basketball. This would be more impressive if The Spartans had played the Wolverines more than six times. (The Only Colors) Michigan's “All Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda Team.” (offense). Made up "of players whose Michigan careers were cut short due to injury, misbehavior, or apathy." For some reason it includes Ryan Mallett, described as "a sure-fire first-round NFL pick barring a cataclysmic injury, or VD." (Wolverine Liberation Army) Big Ten Network primer for Cornhuskers. Helping Nebraska fans make the transition to the Big Ten easier explaining how to get the Big Ten Network. (As in through cable/satelite service providers. The actual concept of a Big Ten network shouldn't be that difficult to grasp.) (Corn Nation) Neil Armstrong: Hero, Astronaut, Purdue graduate. Enough reason to mention him here, the first in Hammer & Rails' "Profiles in Heroism." (Hammer & Rails) The four most important Iowa football players. Surprise! Ricky Stanzi is the most important. (The Daily Iowan, via Black Heart Gold Pants) Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor is the Big Ten's "only viable candidate for the Heisman trophy." (Fanhouse) Oh no, he's not! (The Pitt Stop)
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) Jeremiah Masoli update. Masoli still not a Rebel, but reportedly has been invited to visit Ole Miss by Houston Nutt. Word of advice for everybody over on Oxford: hide your laptops. (CBS Sports) ESPN to air Virginia Tech-Boise State Game in 3-D on September 18. It's probably a good thing this game is being played at FedEx Field in Washington D.C. instead of Bronco Stadium in Boise. The idea of that blue turf in 3-D is somewhat unnerving. (Block-C) Clemson at Auburn to also air in 3-D. Because you can't have enough orange in 3-D. (Block-C) The secret history of the University of Georgia football helmet. The Dawgs came real close to wearing a helmets instead of the red helmets known far and wide today. There's also a brief rundown of alternate uni combinations to boot, including the infamous black helmets. (Junkyard Blog, via Leather Helmet Blog) Maybe Joe Cox just wasn't a day person. Comparing the "Ginger Ninja's" day and night game records. (Team Speed Kills) Word that best describes Tennessee's quarterbacks this year? "Young" (Go Vols XTra) Word that specifically describes Tennessee quartrback Tyler Bray? "Lame"
There wasn't an option for a white and gold version? (via From the Rumble Seat)
A picture from ACC Media Days on Frank Beamer's official website gave Boston College fans a glimpse of what the team's new Under Armour-produced jerseys (modeled by Mark Herzlich). The changes made seem to be slight, with the most noticeable being gold instead of white letters on the back. Golden Eagle fans might wince at seeing Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor and John Graves in this picture. But it's good seeing Mark Herzlich in a BC jersey again after his battle with cancer. Hopefully we'll all be seeing him wearing it on the gridiron a lot this upcoming season. (via BC Interruption)
There was a story flying around about USC and Georgia playing in the 2011 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game. But Gary Stokan, the game's president, has shot it down. While USC still has interest in playing in the Georgia Dome, UGA already has Louisville scheduled for that weekend in Athens. Though Louisville isn't as sexy as facing Lane Kiffin and USC, isn't exactly chopped liver with former Gator defensive coordinator Charlie Strong at the Cardinal's helm. And there would bound to be critics claiming that the Dawgs would be trying to run away from facing him, especially if Louisville manages to have a good season next year. Mind you, most of those critics were orange and blue, but appearances are appearances. And on top of that, it would probably cost Georgia a lot of money to scrub the game to boot, through paying off Lousiville, and lost revenue from not playing at home. And even with a profitable football program like Georgia has, money is money, especially in these times. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Broncos (and Gators) fans can breathe easier. Tebow has gotten his deal done with Denver. "The Broncos have announced that quarterback Tim Tebow, a first-round draft pick for the team, has agreed to terms on a 5-year deal. Tebow will get a five-year contract worth between $11.5 million and $12 million. The guarantee will be in excess of $8 million. There had been a report the contract had a max value of $33 million but that includes difficult to reach incentives." (The Denver Post)
Washington National fans don't deserve Stephen Strausburg. Because Deadspin says so. (Deadspin) Randy Couture's son signs with Strikeforce. Ryan Couture is set to make his pro MMA debut in a lightweight bout against Lucas Stark on the August 13 Strikeforce Challengers card in Phoenix, AZ, which will air on Showtime. (SB Nation) Brian Wilson fined. MLB fines San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Brian Wilson $1,000 over the the orange shoes we wore in a game against the Florida Marlins which the Fish complained over. Too bad MLB can't fine the Marlins for not having a spine. Or a pair. (The Palm Beach Post) Troy Aikman won't be on Dancing With the Stars. There must be some rule restricting how many former Dallas Cowboys players and coaches can be involved in reality TV shows at the same time. At least there should be. (Shutdown Corner)
And it goes pretty much as you would expect it to.
(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big 10 and the teams it not-so-secretly covets.) Memo to the Big Ten. While you're making plans for a Big Ten championship game, take time to learn from the Big 12's steps and missteps in the history of its soon-to-be-defunct championship game. (Omaha World-Herald) 20 Big 10 predictions. Most of these can be defined as being in the "sun will rise tomorrow morning" type. Even the one about Joe Paterno retiring. Nothing really earth-shattering. (The Rivalry, Esq.) Look out for Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien. He might be one of the Big Ten's best chances for a Heisman winner this season. (Bucky's 5th Quarter) Are Michigan's must-win games are UConn and Michigan State? Wins against Iowa, Penn State, Purdue, and Wisconsin may be more important if Rich Rodriguez want to keep his job. (Ann Arbor.com) Iowa needs an image makeover. An argument that Iowa fans need to be more aggressive in when it comes to getting recognized as a real contender for the BCS championship. Not losing to Northwestern and Ohio State this year would help too. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Is Doug Klopacz ready for his spotlight? After two seasons sidelined to injury, senior linebacker Doug Klopacz looks to prove his worth. (PennLive.com)
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