Meet Bubba Walker, new Valdosta State defensive coordinator

In June, Valdosta State defensive coordinator Seth Wallace accepted a coaching position at Iowa. Many, at the time, expected linebackers coach Bubba Walker to be promoted to defensive coordinator and this morning we heard that the move has now become official. 

I reached out to Bubba to congratulate him and to ask about what philosophical changes he'll bring to the defense now that he is in charge. 

Have a listen. Walker provides good insight into his plans and had a great answer when I asked him what first went through his mind when he learned he would be a coordinator. Good people come from and through Valdosta.

Video: Glass City, where the "strongest creations are forged by fire"

Excellent video here from Toledo where they proudly take the nickname of their city and use it as a metaphor for building a program. 

Matt Campbell and his staff can be very proud of this one. I'm no expert in city nicknames, but I can't think of another city that could do something as clever as this.

"Here in the Glass City we understand that our strongest creations have to be forged in fire.
Meticulously crafted and shaped, before they can brought out of the furnace,
and put on display for the world to know that this is who we are."

Toledo opens the season on August 30th against New Hampshire at home in the Glass Bowl before heading to Missouri in week 2. Their other non conference games take place on the road at Cincinnati and Iowa State.

Dallas-Fort Worth expects a $300 million economic impact for the College Football Playoff Championship

The inaugural College Football Playoff Championship is 179 days away - and some in Dallas-Fort Worth believe they are in for a $300 million payday.

A report for AT&T Stadium's Stadium Events Organizing Committee, obtained by the Dallas Morning News, expects $308.6 million in total spending and $16.1 million in tax revenue for the Jan. 12 title game. The report projects 91,781 ticketed spectators and 12,500 credentialed attendees, with another 18,000 visiting the Metroplex but not attending the game. 

These types of reports are all over the place. Atlanta expected a $70 million economic impact for the 2013 Final Four, while the 2014 Final Four - held in the same stadium as January's football championship - was expected to generate $200 million more than that. The Super Bowl XLIX host committee expects a $600 million benefit for the Arizona economy this February, up 20 percent from a reported $500 million windfall for Super Bowl XLII in 2008. 

These reports are often unreliable, and always optimistic

In this case, AT&T Stadium's report is based on a projected number of more than 61,000 out-of-town visitors for the CFP championship. Considering that the two fan bases entering the championship game will have just traveled to the Rose and Sugar bowls, respectively, many working people will have exhausted their allowance of vacation days from the Christmas-New Year's holiday season, and the championship game is on a Monday, 61,000 feels like a lofty number. 

Our coverage of SEC Media Day: Day 4

The final day of SEC Media Day wraps up today with Mark Richt (9am CST) leading things off, followed by Hugh Freeze (10:30am), Nick Saban (12:10pm), and Mark Stoops (1:40pm).

9:00am - Georgia head coach Mark Richt

10:30am - Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze

12:10 - Alabama head coach Nick Saban

1:40pm - Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops

If you haven't seen Stuart Scott's emotional ESPY speech, make time for it

Last night marked one of the most emotional nights in all of sports, with the annual ESPY awards being handed out. It will now also forever mark a night of one of the most iconic speeches in sports when Stuart Scott took the mic.

When it came time to hand out the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, Keifer Sutherland gave everyone in the room, and everyone watching at home chills with his introduction of ESPN anchor Stuart Scott noting his very public struggle with cancer. 

Trying to sum up Scott's message once he took over the mic would do it a major injustice, so listen for yourself as he talks about living life to the fullest while you're still lucky enough to be alive, and the importance of leaning on others during struggles instead of battling alone.

Hang in there until the end, becuase how he wraps up his time on stage is the personificiation of who Scott is as a human, and it may just be enough to choke up even the most hardcore audience.

You might want to bookmark this one and visit it as needed. It's that good.

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