The 6-minute motivational speech that your team needs to see

Considering it has 28 million views and counting, you've probably seen this motivational video before.

The man behind the voice you hear is Eric Thomas, and he claims he's the most successful motivational speaker in the world. N.C. State brought the self-proclaimed Hip Hop Preacher in to speak to the Wolfpack. I couldn't possibly do his impassioned words justice with a simple transcription, so I would advise you to watch the video. Here is a summary of the truth he drops on the Wolfpack:

- You talk about starting from the bottom. What's your bottom? You've been worshipped since middle school. 

- You have to take advantage of the opportunity of a lifetime in the lifetime of the opportunity. You have an opportunity right now that you won't have five years from now. 

- The worst thing in the world? An athlete growing up in poverty, getting worshipped in college, and then returning back to poverty. 

- Being in love with the process of becoming a champion is more important than being in love with the prize of being a champion.

- "A real man in the dark, when nobody's watching he's putting in work." 

Watch how the sweat slowly advances on Thomas' shirt as he gets more and more into his message.

Hawaii AD Ben Jay clarifies statement about "football going away"

A few months back we had the sad and all-too-real story of Hawaii launching a crowd-funding effort to raise $10,000 for its enormous travel budget. Thanks to a system where Hawaii pays not only to travel to the mainland dozens of times a year, but also a portion of its competition's bill to visit them on the islands, the school spends an NCAA-leading $5.6 million a year on travel alone.

That's too much to spend for a program that very recently had trouble keeping the lights on. Unfortunately, that isn't a metaphor.

Projecting a budget shortfall ranging from $1.5 million to $3 million, athletics director Ben Jay told a Board of Regents gathering Monday that the possibility of dropping football may soon have to become a sad reality. "There's a very real possibility of football going away," Jay said. Hawaii has faced a budget deficit during 11 of the past 13 years, and even the surprising run to the Sugar Bowl following the 2007 season failed to make a permanent dent in the Warriors' finances. 

Later Monday, Jay clarified his statement.  

"My comments at the Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics' meeting were made in order to convey a sense of urgency regarding the need to address our current funding model," Jay said in a statement.

"In no way was I indicating that a decision on program reduction of any sport was under consideration. Rather, I was suggesting that the department's financial situation required that all possible scenarios be reviewed. Hopefully, going forward, there will be a priority placed on discussing the future financial needs of the UH Athletics Department. President David Lassner has expressed his support and we'll call upon our many loyal stakeholders to help us ensure that we remain competitive within the future landscape of intercollegiate athletics. We owe that to our student-athletes and passionate fans."

Here's hoping his second statement is a more accurate depiction of the situation than the first. Though Hawaii has struggled on the field of late, college football would not be the same without Hawaii. 

Video: Eastern Washington's hype video capitalizes on being official start to CFB season

When you're one of the two programs whose game marks the official start of the college football season, you'd better capitalize on the opportunity with a quality hype video because who knows if you'll ever have the honor again.

Thankfully, Eastern Washington (who opens up with Sam Houston State on the 23rd) realizes that and has released this gem. The game, which has preseason #1 hosting preseason #17 will air live on ESPN at 3:30 ET. It should go without saying that this match up is going to be a great way to kick off the college football season.

If you plan to watch the game Saturday (and you know you do), watch the video above. It will both get your blood flowing and prepare your eyes for the river of red that is Eastern Washington's home field advantage.

New Mexico has completely transformed their weight room. Watch the players' reaction

Bob Davie has had a vision for a new weight room since he took the job at New Mexico in November of 2011. Over the weekend, that dream became a reality.

"We ask these players to give us everything that we have. In return, we talk about giving them the very best that we can possibly provide for them." Davie opens up the clip saying.

The updates, and branding are pretty impressive, and the players were absolutely jacked to see the changes.


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