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Covering Dixie Like Mildew: ESPN, Tennessee, LSU, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: ESPN, Tennessee, LSU, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 17, 2010

ESPN's College Gameday  at Chick-Fil-A kickoff game. on September 4. North Carolina  in Atlanta will get to see if Lee Corso dons Ramses' head at the end of the show. LSU fans hope to see Mike the Tiger's head around Corso's neck. Actually UNC's fans probably wouldn't mind seeing that either. (ESPN)    Tennessee players want return of black jerseys. The Vols donned the black jerseys last Halloween, and Vols players would love to see them return. Bulldog players wanted to wear their black jerseys too...before the 2008 game against Alabama. Be careful what you wish for. (Go Vols Xtra) Zach Lee is an ex-Tiger. LSU QB Zach Lee signs a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. (LSUsports.net) Kyle Parker signs deal with Rockies. Deal allows him to still play for Clemson. (ESPN) Three SEC QB's on Manning Award watch list.  Greg McElroy (Alabama) and Ryan Mallett (Arkansas) are the usual suspects. Jordan Jefferson (LSU). Rounds out the trio. (ESPN)

17 days until college football season starts

17 days until college football season starts

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 17, 2010


Is Georgia in the wrong division?

Is Georgia in the wrong division?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 16, 2010

Team Speed Kills has some interesting analysis of SEC inter-division play. According to its statistics, Georgia has the best inter-division record, followed by Florida, and a tie between Alabama and Tennessee. So this obviously brings up a good question: Is Georgia in the wrong division? From a record standpoint it might look like the answer would be "yes." Though realistically, Georgia would probably have as tough of a time facing Alabama and LSU every year as they do facing Florida and Tennessee yearly now. So the winning percentage might stay the same or even get worse. And switching divisions would in all probability mean switching out Auburn with Florida as an intra-division rival. Because there's no way either UGA or Florida would give up playing the World's Largest (Censored by Dr. Adams). It would be a better deal for Florida in that case, since they probably wouldn't mind dropping facing LSU every year for Georgia. And that would mean Georgia facing a true Murderer's Row - Florida, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Arkansas - add Georgia Tech to that mix, and the Dawgs' quest for a yearly SEC title gets harder than getting  any easier. And Gerogia switching divisions would probably only happen if the SEC expanded eastward instead of westward, adding a couple of teams from either the ACC, Big East, or some non-BCS conference. In other words, don't hold your breath about it happening anytime soon. (via Team Speed Kills)

Oh snap! Mike Leach is gonna be an analyst for CBS

Oh snap! Mike Leach is gonna be an analyst for CBS

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 16, 2010

Fired Texas Tech head football coach Mike Leach is going to serve as an analyst for CBS College Sports this upcoming college football season. Expect leach to be in the booth for a lot of Conference USA, Mountain West, and US service academy games.  (CBS College Sports)

18 days until college football season starts

18 days until college football season starts

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 16, 2010


Big Tentacles: Ohio St. vs. Colorado? Where is Brandon Wegher? And more

Big Tentacles: Ohio St. vs. Colorado? Where is Brandon Wegher? And more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 15, 2010

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big 10 and the teams it not-so-secretly covets.)   Buckeyes vs. Buffaloes? Ohio State reportedly negotiating  a deal to play Colorado in 2011. Since Nebraska isn't on the schedule (yet),  the Buckeyes needed  to find a soon-to-be ex-Big 12 team to face from somewhere. (Eleven Warriors) The latest on Iowa RB Brandon Wegher. Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz told ESPN's Scott Van Pelt that Wegher is "working through some things personally, but we’re hopeful at some point here in the near future, he’ll rejoin our team.” (Black Heart Gold Pants) The NCAA has a little talk with Michigan. The NCAA's infractions committee met with Wolverine head coach Rich Rodriguez and AD Dave Brandon among others for 71/2 hours over allegations of improprieties  involving voluntary player workouts. (Detroit Free Press)    Illinois' Ron Zook and Minnesota's Tim Brewster are on the hot seat. Least. Shocking. News. Ever. (Dr. Saturday)  Why (Insert Big Ten team here) could win the Big Ten title, and  why they couldn't. Giving the the reasons each school could win the title, and conversely, why they won't. (College Sports Matchups)

Ricky Stanzi talks about Iowa's

Ricky Stanzi talks about Iowa's "Quarterback Club" (kind of)

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 15, 2010

Iowa's Ricky Stanzi aka "America's Quarterback", talks with the media about how he and the other Iowa QB's get along. Black Heart Gold Pants already made the obvious Fight Club reference, so it won't be repeated here. Just know that Ricky Stanzi could whip that wuss Tyler Durden in a flash. (via Black Heart Gold Pants)

Dr. Evil Adams trying to mend fences with Vince Dooley supporters ?

Dr. Evil Adams trying to mend fences with Vince Dooley supporters ?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 15, 2010

UGA President Dr. Evil Michael Adams' choice of Greg McGarity as Gerogia's new athletic director is being seen as  more than just trying to a put the Damon Evans debacle behind the school. It is also being seen as Dr. Evil Adams' attempt to mend fences with supporters of former AD Vince Dooley, who staged a very public buy unsuccessful campaign get Adams fired after he refused to extend Dooley's contract. McGarity served under Vince Dooley before taking a job at Florida in 1992, where he eventually rose to the posistion of executive associate athletic director.  The Athens Banner-Herald's David Ching writes that while McGarity seen as an early frontrunner for the job of Georgia AD, his ties to Vince Dooley might  have been a little too much for Adams. However, it seems that Adams is now trying to patch things up with the Dooley supporters who tried to oust him. What needs to come next is to try to publicly mend fences with Dooley himself, especially with Vince's son Derek coaching division rival Tennessee. Pictures of Vince Dooley in frosted orange might be a little too much for Bulldog fans. (via Athens Banner-Herald)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: UGA, Nick Saban, Arkansas and John Calipari

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: UGA, Nick Saban, Arkansas and John Calipari

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 15, 2010

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    New AD Greg McGarity is the right man for Georgia. Because Tony Barnhart says so. (Mr. College Football) Nick Saban not to pleased with Tide's kickers and punters. Saban gives mixed reviews to the performance of his freshman punters and freshman and sophomore kickers. (al.com) Arkansas freshman wide receivers dub themselves "The Fantastic Four." As none of the group is named Ben Grimm, Reed Richards, or Johnny Storm, I'll have to give that a resounding "No!" (Razorbloggers.Network, Arkansas Expats) Tar Heels cruise through the Caribbean. North Carolina's basketball team went 2-0 in exhibition games in the Bahamas. (Blue Vs. Blue) Recruits love John Calipari. As for the rest of the civilized world outside of Kentucky? They hate his guts. (A Sea of Blue)

19 days until college football season starts

19 days until college football season starts

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 15, 2010


Covering Dixie Like Mildew: South Carolina, LSU's Zach Lee,

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: South Carolina, LSU's Zach Lee,

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 14, 2010

More Agentgate aftershocks? NCAA investigators are reportedly looking into the living arrangements of Weslye Saunders, Jarriel King, and Travian Robertson. (Team Speed Kills) Ryan Mallett struggling in practice? Mallett reportedly making "elementary mistakes" in a Thursday morning practice session. Though his afternoon session is said to have been better. (nwaonline.com) An offer Zach Lee can't refuse? The Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly going give LSU QB Zach Lee a  "substantial offer" to sign with the the MLB franchise as a pitcher. LSU, welcome to Clemson's (and Kyle Parker's) world. (Yahoo! Sports) C.J. Spiller's retirement party. Clemson will retire C.J. Spiller's number 28 jersey on October 16. (ChuckOliver.net) Quotations from Chairman Jimbo. A selection of quotes from Jimbo Fisher, direct from the little garnet  book. (Tomahawk Nation)

20 days until college football season starts

20 days until college football season starts

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 14, 2010


Covering Dixie Like Mildew: UGA's new AD, Mark Herzich, USF and more

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: UGA's new AD, Mark Herzich, USF and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 13, 2010

Meet the new Boss.  Greg McGarity to be named Georgia's new athletic director. (Atlanta-Journal Constitution)  Herzilch's comeback sidelined. Mark Herzich's return to the football field after fighting cancer is hitting a speed bump due to a stress fracture in his right foot. Herzilch says he'll be ready to play in the season opener against Weber State on September 4, though. (Boston.com) Controversy at UNC not involving agents. Now that the smoke's mostly cleared at North Carolina over Agentgate (and revealed to just a lot of smoke, for now it seems), it's time for a good old fashioned quarterback controversy involving junior T.J. Yates and redshirt freshman Bryn Renner. (ESPN, ChuckOliver.net) Two tough breaks for Vanderbilt. Players junior TE Austin Monahan and sophomore RB Zac Stacy are possibly both out for the season after suffering knee injuries (The Tennessean) Is Miami's schedule too easy? So easy that it could the Hurricane's chances of winning the BCS? (rivals.com) Dr. Lou checks up on son Skip. Lou Holtz paid a visit to USF's training camp and their new coach Skip Holtz . The Bulls are holding camp at Dodgertown in Vero Beach. (Voodoo Five) Adios, Montrell Conner. Mississippi State freshman RB is leaving for "personal reasons," and transferring to Copiah-Lincoln Community College. (For Whom the Cowbell Tolls)

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)

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