(Cue the Carolina Liar) You would think that Tennessee would jump at any chance to go after Lane Kiffin so they could "rip out his heart and rip that sucker flat" (to paraphrase Lewis Grizzard who would be watching it down from Heaven with Catfish and UGAs I-VII with a huge grin on his face). But nope. Tennessee has turned down an offer by Kiffin to face USC in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The Vols are claiming scheduling conflicts for declining the offer. A look at the Vols' 2011 schedule doesn't show any real scheduling conflicts, but is is full at the moment. It might be a little more than a cakewalk for Derek Dooley's team, though. In addition to the SEC East, the Vols face Alabama, LSU, and Arkansas, which are pretty much the "Big Three" in the SEC West at the moment. (Shut up, Auburn.) Plus, the out of conference schedule features a visit from Cincinnati and a trip to North Carolina. Both of which could easily into the "trap game" column. It isn't the toughest schedule, but it could be a challenge for a rebuilding program. Besides, Tennessee is already scheduled for the 2012 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against NC State. That's three trips to Georgia in two years, SEC Championship Games not included (yeah, right). Even with Georgia being Dooley's home state, His Hairness might not want to travel down that close to Athens that much. (It's awkward enough for Vince and Barbara as it is). There are a lot of open slots for a USC-Tennessee game in 2012 from the looks of things, but one would suspect Kiffen wants a neutral field so he doesn't have to travel back to Knoxville. And if Tennessee agreed to face the Trojans, that might not be an option for him. (via ESPN Los Angeles)
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news) Damon Evans' replacement. Frank Crumley taking over as interum Georgia AD while a permanent replacement for Damon Evans can be found. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Pimpin' ain't easy, Heisman style. FSU unveils it's campaign for Christian Ponder's Heisman Trophy hopes. There's a new website pimping Ponder which includes stats and video. (Tomahawk Nation) Sprucing up the Thrillerdome. A look at plans to renovate Georgia Tech's Alexander Memorial Colleseium in time for the 2012-2013 season. The dome will still be there, but everything else will just about be replaced. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) How is USC's Ed Orgeron taking Malik Jackson's defection to Tennessee? Not too well, apparently. (Rocky Top Talk) Phil Steele named Virginia Tech ACC Team of the Decade. Since the Hokies have only been in the ACC since 2004, there might be an argument for a big sloppy "*" next to that title. (Phil Steele's College Football Blog, via Gobbler Country) Boston College 2010 preview. A look at six teams on the Golden Eagles' schedule that "are ranked in the bottom 60 of various preseason countdowns." Though NC State and Clemson are ranked a little higher in some. (BC Interruption) How's new Wake Forest basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik liking the job so far? Pretty good, but "The parking has been a pain in the butt." (Winston-Salem Journal, via Blogger So Dear)
Quarterback Mitch Mustain is reported to be among to potential USC players planning to transfer off the probation-burdened USC ship. And guess which frosted orange-clad school in the SEC is among the possible schools he could transfer too? Yes, Tennessee is on the list. Mustain, along with already transferred Malik Jackson, would keep Vols fans crowing like Gamecocks for a season or two. Mustain is among four other possible transfers out of USC, along with three who have already left. Not that Lane Kiffin is captaining a program akin to a sinking ship or anything, but the USC fight song may have to be changed to this. (via Leather Helmet Blog)
Remember that Nike "Write the Future" ad featuring Christiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, and other soccer megastars whose teams were eliminated from play in the World Cup? Remember "Hocus Pocus," the minor Seventies' hit that's played during the commercial? Well guess what? The song was recorded by Focus. A band formed in...The Netherlands, who are in the World Cup finals. Believe it...or not! (Where's Robert L. Ripley when you really need him?) (Thanks to EDSBS on Twitter)
Just when Georgia thought things couldn't get much worse or weirder after the Damon Evans' DUI fiasco, things get worse...and weirder. Georgia cornerback Jordan Lawrence Love was arrested during an investigation of who was investigating a complaint that men were shooting off fireworks in the courtyard of McWhorter Hall" on the UGA campus. Love was charged with "misdemeanor obstruction" because he reportedly refused to tell the officer on the scene his middle name. “Mr. Love gave his first and last name, but he said he didn’t know his middle name, then said he kind of knew it, but didn’t know how to spell it,” Williamson said. “After I spoke with family members today I could see the officer’s point of view, where he thought Mr. Love was evasive and uncooperative, but (Love’s) mother explained that he does not go by his middle name for personal reasons,” Williamson said. The UGA chief of police says Love's arrest was due to a "misunderstanding," and that the arrest shouldn't have happened. Which has nothing to do with Love's being on the football team, right? (via Athens Banner-Herald, SB Nation)
A few hours ago a Twitter account with the name "King James" showed up, raising lots of attention from the media, and gathering 100,000-plus followers without a single tweet. Finally, the following tweet has shown up. Hello World, the Real King James is in the Building "Finally". My Brother @oneandonlycp3 gas'd me up to jump on board so I'm here. Haaaa Yes, it it LeBron James. The account is verified. And now LeBron has a new way of torturing the public with in regards to his future in the NBA.
(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.) Netherlands defeat Uruguay to reach the World Cup Final. What's the Dutch version of "Rocky Top?" Well, they both wear orange. (Yahoo! Sports) Biggest Buckeye Bad Boys. Who are the biggest "villains" to come out of Ohio State? Maurice Clarett and Woody Hayes are the two obvious name on the list. (Eleven Warriors) World Cup Trophy made out of cocaine seized by Colombian drug police. Well, that would explain all those blown calls by the referees in the tournament. (Deadspin) Meet Sean McKeever. The Outhouse's Bluestreak interviewed the popular comics writer about his past and present projects, including the current Young Allies, which you check out a preview of here. (The Outhouse) Stephan Bonnar claims UFC 116 victory was "better than sex." He's since somewhat retracted that remark. (Cagewriter) JaMarcus Russell arrested for possession of "Purple Drank." No, it's not that "purple stuff" from the Sunny Delight ads. It's a mixture of "codeine and promethazine." (Shutdown Corner) The good news: Joe Johnson re-signs with the Atlanta Hawks. The bad news: Joe Johnson re-signs with the Atlanta Hawks. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) And in case you missed it. Here's a link to this past weekend's "Five biggest d-bag" shirts. "D-bag shirt" defined as any shirt with Gothic, heraldic, or tattoo related imagery popularized by MMA fighters, Guidos, and other wannabes.
It had to happen sooner or later. The popularity of fantasy sports has already resulted in radio shows and regular features on the various ESPN networks. Now Sirius/XM has launched an entire 24-hour fantasy sports channel on its satellite radio service. The channel, called "Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio" (how original!) features programs devoted to fantasy football and fantasy baseball. What's more, the baseball show is hosted by scandal-tainted former Mets' GM and ESPN personality Steve Phillips. Luckily he'll stick with on-the-field fantasies.
Nick Saban: The Motion Picture. No, it's not a joke. There is a film documentary coming out called Nick Saban: Gamechanger which covers Saban's rather eventful career. And you will be able to own it on DVD too. (al.com) Damon Evans' arrest GIF? I ain't touching that one. So you'll just have to check it out here. May be NSFW, as well as nauseating. (EDSBS) Evans' resigning from Georgia leads to...you guessed it. Mark Richt hot seat talk. (Dr. Saturday) An Arkansas Razorback fought the law, and the law won. Anthony Oden, Arkansas offensive lineman and Portland Trailblazer Greg Oden's younger brothe, was arrested for "DWI, careless driving and driving without a license." (Dr. Saturday) "The Mess at Maryland." A look at the downward spiral of Terrapin football. (Athlon Sports) How bad was Maryland gotten? Clemson's loss to the Terps lands at #8 on "The Worst of the 2000's" list. (Shakin the Southland) Leave Britney Kentucky alone! A Sea of Blue asks if the reported NCAA investigation of possible recruiting violations under John Calipari is unfair. The answer? Maybe. (A Sea of Blue) Freudian nightmare of the day. Tennessee head mens' basketball coach Bruce Pearl is in Germany checking out the FIBA Under-17 World Championships. I'm trying to get the disturbing image of Pearl in lederhosen out of my head. This may require therapy. (Go Vols Xtra)
Get ready for a loud, boisterous round of gloating coming from atop of Rocky Top at the expense of Lane Kiffin. USC defensive end Malik Jackson has decided to transfer from sanction-burdened USC to Tennessee. Jackson is a junior, and so the NCAA will allow him to play this year without penalty due to the Trojan's probation. Though with Tennessee deep at the DE position, he might not see a lot of play this season. Still, this news should make a blue tick coonhound like Smokey grin like a Cheshire Cat. (via Rocky Top Talk)
(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?) So, how did that Tim Tebow appearance at the Fort Pierce, FL "All-American Blood Drive" turn out? See for yourself. And here a lucky veteran who got the chance to meet His Tebowness. (via TCPalm)
(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.) Snoop Dogg tried to rent the European principality of Liechtenstein for a video. This is why rappers go broke. (Foreign Policy) Did MLB break the law? MLB's patriotic-themed baseball caps used over the July 4th weekend might have violated the law. There are federal restrictions on how the U.S. flag can be used on an athletic uniform. (SB Nation) Could Michael Vick be cut by the Eagles? Owing Vick $5.3 million may be what's stopping the Eagles from doing so (Shutdown Corner) The Big 12 can't handle the truth. The Big 12 reprimands Texas Tech head football coach Tommy Tuberville for stating the obvious about the stability of the conference. (ESPN) Disney buys iTunes ap provider Tapulous. Disney buys the makers of "Tap Tap Revenge." There are a whole bunch of obvious jokes that I'm not going to touch here. (The Outhouse) This just in. Fall Weddings Suck. Weddings and college football just don't mix. But people are still stupid enough to try to do it anyway.
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news) Damon Evans officially resigns as UGA AD. Evans will get $237,000 in the severance and bonus money for a longevity bonus clause in his contract. (Atlanta Journal Constitution) Why should replace Evans? Florida senior associate athletic director Greg McGarity seems to be a popular candidate among bloggers. (Dawg Sports) Out of a storm, into a Hurricane? USC recruit Seantrel Henderson may be looking at transferring to Miami after the Trojans' were hit by those pesky NCAA sanctions. (Dr. Saturday) , Timeline of Ryan Mallett's foot injury. Arkansas fans are starting to get worried. (The Slophouse, Arkansas Expats) NCAA Suggested, Saban approved. Nick Saban approves of possible NCAA curbs on early football commitments. (al.com, via Roll Tide Football) Headline of the Day. "Calipari: The Devil Wears Zenga." (Real Clear Sports, via A Sea of Blue) LSU is looking for a high-profile opponent for the 2011 season. Put the BP board of directors on the field against the Tigers. It probably won't help the strength of schedule, but the ratings would be through the roof. (2theadvocate, via Team Speed Kills) Defending Alabama's disputed number of "National Championships." Alabama says they have 13. That's their story and they're sticking to it. (Roll 'Bama Roll)
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Tragedy - A Bee Gees heavy metal tribute band. What the crap? And you thought it was because of stupid tea taxes and other Intolerable Acts like that. Silly you. This why George Washington will "save children, but not the British children." (warning: May have not suitable for Sunday School language) (Thanks to Jude Terror at The Outhouse for finding this. Thanks, Jude. The internet would fall to pieces without you.)
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