(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news) UT's Mike Hamilton on turning down playing 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. A radio interview with Vols' AD Mile Hamilton on why UT declined the offer to play USC and Lane Kiffin next year. (104.5 The Zone, via Rocky Top Talk) So is Tennessee being smart or chicken in turning the game down? Yes. Clay Travis makes a lot of good points in Tennessee's favor, though. Like the money the Vols would lose exchanging a home game for a trip to Atlanta. (Fanhouse) It's official. The ACC/ESPN deal is done. (The ACC.com) Georgia Tech's "5 "Best Losses" of the 2000's." Gotta hand it to the Bees trying to look on the bright side of things. (From the Rumble Seat) Mark Richt on Damon Evans debacle. Richt finally speaks out about Damon Evans. "Actually, we exchanged voice mails. It seemed like everytime I called him he wasn’t able to pick up and vice versa. Nothing that I would want to divulge. Nothing earth shattering but just talking about the situation as best you can through a series of a couple of messages we left for each other.” (OnlineAthens.com, via Team Speed Kills) Still crowing about the CWS. A look back at the Gamecocks' CWS championship season. It'll be the only thing the Chickens will have to crow about for a while. (Garnet and Black Attack)
How popular is Barbara Dooley, mother of Derek Dooley in Tennessee? Well Scott McNutt, a humorist for the Knoxville-News Sentinel suggested the mother of His Hairness be named President of the University of Tennessee. The basis of his piece is that Barbara's popularity would put a sugary coating on the massive budgetary issues plaguing the school at the moment. How bad is it for UT? Things are so bad they're raising tuition, slashing budgets and trying to sell the president's mansion, for crying out loud. (They can't find anyone to take it off the school's hands, either.) "So why appoint Barbara Dooley president?" Cheek said. "We eliminate the cost of a search. Her flamboyance will distract people from the tuition increase and budget cuts. Her son being coach, she has a vested interest in seeing this fine institution prosper, so she'll be willing to purchase the president's mansion and settle in long-term. Plus, she appreciates our traditions. We know, because she already has an orange boa."Another reason to name Barbara Dooley UT President? She taught His Hairness his personal grooming skills, of course. "I read a while back coach Dooley saying his hair was perfect because he'd spent his life training it and how he used that as a metaphor for building a solid ball program," Cheek explained. "Then I read how he couldn't train his mother to interact with the media. The juxtaposition of the controlled coiffure and the uncontrolled matriarch inspired me. I thought, 'Why not make her the one that's in control - the one grooming the hair, so to speak?'" Coach Dooley's hairstyle was unavailable for comment."Despite all the humor. It does underscore the kinds of financial trouble the University of Tennessee is in at the moment. The kind of trouble that probably keeps it from being able to accept Lane Kiffin's challenge to face USC in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in 2011 if they want to. UT just can't afford to do it. Or at least not to the point of justifying buying out North Texas, Middle Tennessee, Cincinnati, or North Carolina. The money really isn't there. Besides, if Barbara Dooley was that good, Dr. Evil Michael Adams would be naming her UGA Athletic Director. Anything to keep her from showing up to the Georgia-Tennessee game in her orange feather boa, reminding everybody how he fired Vince Dooley. (via Knoxville News Sentinel)
It's too bad LeBron James didn't give ESPN enough time to put together LeBron James: The Decision so it could have the proper media tie-ins it deserved. Like any overhyped media event, LeBron James: The Decision, deserves it's own tie-ins. Such as LeBron James: The Decision, the video game, or LeBron James: The Decision app for your iPad. Then of course there's LeBron James: The Decision the official soundtrack. Which probably sound a little something like this: "Dancing With Myself," Billy Idol "Should I Stay or Should I Go," The Clash "Made You Look," Nas "New York, New York," Frank Sinatra "Dilemma," Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland "Miami " Will Smith "Money," The Beatles "My Prerogative," Bobby Brown "Where Are You Going," Dave Matthews Band "Back Stabbers," The O'Jays "Cleveland Rocks," Ian Hunter
NASA can't seem to find the money to keep the Space Shuttle flying, or go to back to the Moon. But for some reason it can find money to test the maligned World Cup soccer ball. And the government wonders why there's a tea party movement. (via Dirty Tackle)
Spain and Netherlands in World Cup Finals. Game will be replay of the Eighty Years' War (1566-1648). (Yahoo! Sports) Rob Lowe buying Miramax? Well, it isn't like he's never directed a movie of anything like that. (The AV Room) Your "Name of the Year" candidate of the day. God's Gift Achiuwa, Erie Community College forward from Nigeria. (The Dagger) Most Annoying Coaches. Round up the usual suspects. (Eleven Warriors) "Wait, did I say that?" Yes, Josh Barnett, you did. (Cagewriter)
The Phoenix Suns' Jared Dudley has dropped this little gem of a news item on Twitter: Breaking News!!! My sources tell me Lebron will announce that he will be goin to the NY KNICKS tomorrow on ESPN.. This is serious.. WOW!!!! The voices in your head don't count as reliable sources, Jared. (via Deadspin)
(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)
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