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Hammertime for USC.

Hammertime for USC.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 10, 2010

It looks like USC's Men of Troy are going to end up looking like the original men of Troy after Odysseus got through with them. ESPN reports the NCAA dropped the hammer on USC, complete with a two year postseason ban, and having to forfeit wins from the 2004 season. This is a result of the schools' handling of Reggie Bush's alleged dealings with an agent while at USC.The Los Angeles Times is reporting that USC "will lose more than 20 scholarships in football."If the reports are accurate it pretty much means USC is toast as a BCS contender for at least two years, maybe longer.(ESPN, Los Angeles Times)

What Passes for Life: Back Stabbers edition

What Passes for Life: Back Stabbers edition

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 9, 2010

(Cue The O'Jays)When Tom met Kobe. Do you ever Tom Brady does these things just to torture his fans in Boston? He seems to do things like this on a regular basis. He must get sadistic pleasure out of stuff like this. (WBZ)On a related front, Jay Mariotti calls Boston Celtics "Whiny." Insert irony here. (Fanhouse)Fifth Die Hard installment to be titled Die Hard 24/7. If the title reminds you of 24, it should. It seems there was actually talk of a John McClane/Jack Bauer team-up, but Keifer Sutherland wants spend more time launching a 24 movie franchise. Too bad, it would have been a total "Oh snap!" moment. (Ain't It Cool News)ESPN out of the Zone. ESPN plans to close the remaining ESPN Zone restaurants. (Deadspin)Everybody else is doing it, so why can't we? Like the Ravens, the Oakland Raiders lose time for OTA's due to rule violations. (SB Nation)

Your Moment of Tebowness: How will the Broncos use Tebow on the gridiron this season?

Your Moment of Tebowness: How will the Broncos use Tebow on the gridiron this season?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 9, 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?)The Denver Broncos' drafting Tim Tebow in the first round sent shockwaves through the NFL. With such a high profile player being drafted higher than most in the know ever expected you could expect questions to his role on the team this upcoming season. ESPN's Bill Williamson may have a few answers."The Broncos, at the very least, probably will get Tebow involved in a few plays every game before he takes over as the full-time starter. Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said the team probably will design some packages for Tebow on a game-to-game basis. He probably will get some action in the Wildcat formation and perhaps in some red-zone packages to utilize his mobility and strength as a ball carrier."With Tebowmania reaching a crescendo possibly even bigger than ever imagined in His Tebowness' college years, it's looking like the Broncos will have to find some way of having him active on Sundays.(via ESPN)More Tebowness. Forbes has another look at "The Tebow Effect," looking at ESPN's "Tebow Tracker," prices of Tebow rookie cards, and the "Broncogator" phenomenon. (Forbes)

IT IS ON! Nebraska on the way to the Big 10.

IT IS ON! Nebraska on the way to the Big 10.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 9, 2010

ESPN is reporting that Nebraska is going to move to the Big 10."A source close to the Nebraska program told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that athletic director Tom Osborne informed athletic staff members within the past 24 hours that the Cornhuskers were going to make the move to the Big Ten conference.An athletic director in the Big 12 told ESPN's Joe Schad that Nebraska has had discussion with the Big Ten and that there was a "good chance" Nebraska would join the Big Ten as early as Friday."Welcome to the new reality.(via ESPN)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Invasion edition

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Invasion edition

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 9, 2010

Totally bogus: SEC invades Cuba. Totally bogus, but it would be totally awesome if it would happen. (Team Speed Kills)Georgia's "Dream Team" gets another member. Georgia gets commitment no. 11 for its "Dream Team" as Nick Marshal chooses to play for Mark Richt and company. (Atlanta-Journal Constitution)Georgia Tech in the SEC would save gasoline. This is the kind of analysis you would expect from a Techie. (From the Rumble Seat)BFF's forever. Boston College and Notre Dame renew their deal to face each other six times between 2011 and 2019. (BC Interruption)We're not saying our team is fat and out of shape, we're just saying. A call for Clemson to improve the football team's nutrition program. (Shakin the Southland)

Expansion silliness: Kansas should be trying to join Nebraska in defecting to the Big 10

Expansion silliness: Kansas should be trying to join Nebraska in defecting to the Big 10

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 9, 2010

The road to Big 10 expansion is taking a pitiful turn in Kansas. The attempts by the Chancellor of KU to convince Nebraska not to bail on the Big 10 is now reportedly being joined by Kansas politicians. The trouble is that instead of getting on their knees begging the Huskers to stay, KU officials and supporters should be saying "can we come too?"Kansas in the Big 10 makes a lot of sense. The Big 10 represents the Midwest, and in some ways the heart of America (especially if you're Ricky Stanzi). If anything, the idea of Kansas speaks of the Midwest as much as Iowa or Ohio or Michigan. It seems a natural fit for the conference.Of course expansion has more to do with money and markets than it does with symbolism. But that still isn't stopping The Big 10 from looking at Nebraska. The status of the football program has a lot to do with it too. Nebraska football, while not as good as the glory days of the '80's and '90's, does seem to be on the rebound. Last year's team, featuring Ndamukong Suh, nearly beat Texas last year in the Big 12 Championship, and nearly blew up the BCS with it. (You have to wonder if that extra time put on the clock at the end of the game has anything to do with Nebraska's desire to move.)Kansas' football team, on the other hand is in a bit of a freefall after the Mark Mangino debacle. Though if Turner Gill can set the Jayhawks back on course things will be looking up. That boat should be heading north toward the Big 10 though. Especially if the Texas schools bolt to the Pac-10.There is one exciting possibility of a Kansas move to Big 10 nobody seems to be looking at. That's KU basketball in the Big 10. Big 10 basketball with Kansas would be huge. Imagine KU playing Michigan State or Purdue several times a year. More interesting than playing Baylor and Texas Tech, isn't it? Sadly, it seems that basketball seems to be taking a backseat to football.Kansas should be looking at what's best for the school in the wake of a possible collapse. Trying to keep the band together seems to be a lost cause.(via Dr. Saturday)

What Passes for Life: Corked edition

What Passes for Life: Corked edition

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 8, 2010

Say it ain't so, Pete. A bat Pete Rose used in 1985 turns out to have been corked. Next thing you'll tell me is that he bet on baseball games. Oh wait. (Deadspin)Aaron go postal. Aaron Rogers lobbies some verbal shots at Tony Kornheiser and Ron Jaworski. (Shutdown Corner)Glimmer of hope for Clippers fans? David Giffen reportedly interested in buying controlling interest in the Los Angeles Clippers. (SB Nation)

Expansion silliness: Stupidest question of the day regarding Georgia Tech.

Expansion silliness: Stupidest question of the day regarding Georgia Tech.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 8, 2010

The ACC and SEC Blog asked the stupidest question of the day regarding Expansion and Georgia Tech. "Would Georgia lawmakers step in and fight for Georgia Tech’s athletic future? Or would the interests of the dominant University of Georgia win out?"T. Kyle King of Dawg Sports probably gives the best answer."Um, like, no, or something."Spoken like a true Dawg.Seriously though, Georgia Tech probably wouldn't need the kind of legislative intervention to secure an invite to the SEC that Baylor would probably need to get into the Big 10. Tech's athletic program is nothing to sneeze at. While the SEC already has the Atlanta market through Georgia, it wouldn't have to think twice about adding Tech if they wanted to. Especially if the conference wanted to add four teams.(The ACC and SEC Blog, Dawg Sports)

Your Moment of Tebowness: Tebow on training and nutrition

Your Moment of Tebowness: Tebow on training and nutrition

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 8, 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?)STACK TV was recently on hand when Tim Tebow was at a Nike Football Combine in Oakland. His Tebowness shared his experience of training with the Denver Broncos. Along with that he gave some information on his diet.(STACK TV )In other related Tebowness, ESPN has a half-serious comparison between Tebow and Washington Nationals wunderkind Stephen Strausberg. In comparing the rookies' eye color (both blue), Tebow gets the advantage because "Tebow's eyes appear blue in photographs, but in person you see whatever color you want, much like looking through a prism or into a waterfall." This may be the weirdest or most disturbing Tebowism ever. (ESPN)Dan Shanoff on the BroncoGator. Shanoff, possibly the biggest pro-Tebow supporter in the media, takes a look at the BroncoGator craze, and it not too thrilled about it."I see no reason to flaunt that connection like some sort of weird hybrid animal, like we are on the Island of Dr. Moreau. The point is this: The "BroncoGator" logo is, unintentionally, a farce -- creating a mockery of Gator fans-turned-Broncos fans far more than it is honoring them."Do not taunt the BroncoGator, Dan. The BroncoGator is a force you cannot comprehend. That is why you mock it. Learn to respect the BroncoGator before the BroncoGator makes you respect it.(TIMTEBLOG)

Pimpin' with Urban Meyer

Pimpin' with Urban Meyer

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 8, 2010

Alligator Alley found this commercial Urban Meyer cut for The Village Jeweler in Gainesville, Florida. Like Meyer needs any more rings.That gator ring with the mouth that opens and shuts seems a little audacious for Meyer's tastes. But that Gator guitar he's strumming does look sweet. (Do they have a UGA model?)(via Alligator Alley)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: It sucks being Clemson edition

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: It sucks being Clemson edition

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 8, 2010

Clemson's Kyle Parker drafted by the Colorado Rockies. The chances Parker will be playing for the Clemson Tigers in the fall seem to be slim to none. (The State, via Dr. Saturday)In other news Clemson would rather not think about. The Butner Federal Correctional Complex (better known at a Federal Prison) has dorms named after ACC colleges. The Clemson dorm houses Bernie Madoff. (Dr. Saturday)Georgia Tech remembers 1990. Georgia Tech announces plans to honor the 1990 squad coached by Bobby Ross that won a share of the mythical national championship. (Atlanta-Journal Constitution)Be afraid, Georgia. Be very afraid. Reasons why Georgia fans should be concerned about Tennessee in 2010, from a Dawg point of view. (Dawg Sports)Update on Mark Herzlich. A look at the Boston College outside linebacker's life as a cancer survivor. He looks a lot different without the mohawk. (Philadelphia Inquirer, via Eagle in Atlanta and EDSBS)Laying the smacketh downeth on Twitter in Chapel Hill. Roy Williams lays down guidelines on what his players can say on Twitter. It looks like he didn't like what Larry Drew said about the departed Wear twins (The Dagger, via Blue vs. Blue)

Big Tentacles: The Big 10 (and its wannabes) news and notes

Big Tentacles: The Big 10 (and its wannabes) news and notes

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 8, 2010

"Conference Realignment Will Tear Us All Apart." Deadspin takes a cynical look at the Big 10 and Pac-10 pushes for expansion. (Cue the Joy Division) (Deadspin)So Bryce to be with you. Point guard Bryce Cartwright commits to Iowa. Don't be afraid of Black Heart Gold Pants, Bryce. They don't bite. (Black Heart Gold Pants)So long it's been good to know you. Michigan assistant coach Mike Jackson leaves to take job at Purdue (The Wolverine Blog)Don't leave me this way. Cue the Kansas chancellor begs Nebraska counterpart not to bolt the Big 12 for the Big 10 (Cue the Thelma Houston. Or The Communards, if you prefer) (NCAA Gridiron Gab)Art appreciation. Michigan sophomore Craig Roh inspires this piece of fan art.(MGoBlog)

What Passes for Life: Monday 6/7/2010

What Passes for Life: Monday 6/7/2010

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 7, 2010

(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.)MLB Draft tonight. Hyped to the hilt prospect Road Warrior Animal Bryce Harper is expected to be drafted first by the Washington Nationals. (Yahoo! Sports)Cavaliers looking at Tom Izzo. The Cavs are willing to do anything to keep LeBron. For some reason the Adam Ant song "Desperate But Not Serious" comes to mind. (Yahoo! Sports)Shrinking Violent. UFC fighter Frank Mir is looking to drop to the UFC light heavyweight division. He's currently around 240 and would have to drop 35 pounds or so to 205. Anything to not have to fight Brock Lesnar. (Cagewriter)Stupid protest idea of the day. FlashForward fans plan "blackout" in front of ABC offices to protest the show's cancellation. I liked the show. But both ABC and the producers are both to blame for the show not taking off. Putting the show on Thursday nights against Survivor, The Office, and Bones, is not a formula for success. Neither is putting the show on hiatus for three months, using not wanting to compete with the Winter Olympics (which lasted two weeks) as an excuse. Then bringing the show back the night of the start of the NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament. ABC seems to be blacked out behind the wheel already. (Warming Glow)Cool move of the day. Atlanta Falcons players scheduled to take military veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan from fishing. And bringing some cheerleaders along with them. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Mountain West/Boise St. marriage put on hold

Mountain West/Boise St. marriage put on hold

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 7, 2010

The first casualty in the current expansion chaos looks like the dream match-up of the Mountain West and Boise State. The conference was expected to invite Boise St. to join by today. But with the all but certain collapse of the Big 12, the invite was put on hold. It looks now like the MWC will be looking adding what scraps of the Big 12 they can get.This is in the end a probable good move. The idea of inviting the Broncos has everything to do with getting an automatic BCS bid. The possibility of adding current Big 12 schools such as Kansas, Kansas State and even possibly Colorado (if the PAC-10 is forced to drop its reported invite in favor of Baylor) can't be ignored. While not the most prime of cuts, the remaining Big-12 schools would increase the chances of joining the BCS.(via SB Nation)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Monday Monday edition.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Monday Monday edition.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 7, 2010

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news)Mark Ingram's future at Alabama. Heisman winner Mark Ingram dodged questions on whether he would enter the draft after the 2010 college football season. (al.com)The top 15 local media packages in dollars. Eight of the fifteen are SEC or ACC schools. Well, seven are SEC, and North Carolina has the ACC's only spot on the list. (Leather Helmet Blog)Miami strikes it big. The Hurricanes get two big commitments. (The 7th Floor)Dooley's Doo. More on Derek Dooley's hair. (Fanhouse)Christian Ponder's focus is on Seminole wins, and not winning the Heisman, so he says (Fanhouse)

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