Pssst! Don't tell Derek Dooley, but mom Barbara Dooley is sneaking back into Tennessee for an appearance ar a Rotary benefit in Cleveland. This after His Hairness banned her from the state for "violating his media policies." (Meaning she talked too much.) Barbara, with husband Vince Dooley will be keynote speakers at the Bradley Sunrise Rotary Sunset Gala on August 7. The Saturday night event will include a meet-and greet with the couple for corporate sponsors, dinner and an auction of SEC memorabilia. Proceeds are going to the American Cancer Society, Angel Flight and Habitat for Humanity. No word if His Hairness will be showing up for the gala. Or if Barbara will be wearing her orange feather boa to the event. (via The Chattanoogan, Cleveland Banner)
The Irish eyes aren't smiling at the Peacock Network. NBC names Boston College grad Mike Maylock to replace Pat Haden in the booth for Notre Dame football broadcasts. Domer reaction to a non-Domer getting the job is pretty much what you would expect. (Notre Dame Go Irish) What's next for Jon Jones? The MMA fighter who beat Vladimir Matyushenko in Sunday night's UFC on Versus 2 card would be willing go jump up to the heavyweight division to fight James Toney. (SB Nation) FOX starts its own country awards. No, I doubt the Dixie Chicks be asked to perform. (TV Guide) Can Texas A&M make a comeback this year? Don't hold your breath. (Dr. Saturday)
Los Angeles Dodger Andre Ethier apparently didn't get the memo about avoiding the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Because he's gone and let them make him look like a fool in a photo shoot like they did to Kobe Bryant. Luckily, Ehtier's shoot is less monochrome than Bryant's, but it's still embarrassing. Warning to athletes: If a photographer wants you to wear glasses and an ascot run, don't walk. And Alexander McQueen is probably glad he didn't live to see Ethier looking like a dork wearing his shirt. Okay, this was isn't too bad. I know 'Bama fans who would probably kill for that $5,348.00 houndstooth jacket. It's the perfect thing to wear to the Auburn game in Tuscaloosa this year. What's going on here? Is Andre Ethier supposed to be an absolute magician in this pic? Maybe he can wave his magic cane and make the McCourts disappear. (via Deadspin, Los Angeles Times Magazine)
The University of Georgia is back on top where it belongs...as the top party school in the country. The Princeton Review, the nation's purveyor of all things college, named UGA the top party school, up from number four last year. Ironically, number two is Ohio University, Athens. Yes, the top two party schools are in cities that share the same name. The bad news for Athens, Georgia is that it still isn't the number one party school in the state. That title still goes to Milledgeville. Because destroying the reputation of an NFL Super Bowl winning quarterback always getting you scoreboard. (via Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) Masoli finally a Rebel? Masoli finally a Rebel. (FOX Sports) "(Jeremiah) Masoli is immediately the most accomplished signal-caller in the conference going into the season." Because Matt Hinton said so. (Dr. Saturday) Oh no he's not! Spencer Hall disagrees, pointing out that while Masoli won the Rose Bowl, Greg McElroy won the frickin' BCS title. Advantage: Hall. (EDSBS) Is Derek Dooley lying? Suggestions that His Hairness has not been completely honest in regards to the handling of Bryce Brown and Nick Lamaison. (Rocky Top Talk) Hurricanes lose strength. Miami dismisses defensive end Steven Wesley for the dreaded "academic reasons." (The 7th Floor) Boston College's chances of hosting ESPN's College GameDay this season? Pretty slim to none. (BC Interruption) Danny Wuerffel is the greatest Florida Gator ever, and not Tim Tebow. Because Mike Bianchi said so. Mile Bianchi is nuts. (Orlando Sentinel) The end of Clemson's Orange-Brick Road of Schadenfreude. Shakin' the Southland's "The Worst of the 2000's" finally reaches the worst loss of the decade. And it ends where it should, with the Tigers losing to Georgia in Death Valley in 2003. (Shakin' the Southland)
These newfangled SEC coaches think they know how to pimp for sponsors. Here's The Bear to show them how it's really done. Too bad Bear's not around to straighten the banks of today out. He'd probably do better than the Dems and the GOP combined.
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)
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