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After linebackers coach Michael Barrow steps down, Miami announces a staff shake up

Former Hurricanes player and current linebackers coach Michael Barrow is taking a sabbatical from coaching to care for an ailing mothers, Miami announced Friday morning.

“As a proud University of Miami graduate, former football player and coach, it is with a heavy heart that I announce I'm taking a sabbatical from coaching this season,” Barrow said in a statement. “This was an extremely tough decision to leave my dream job. However, I have a very important family obligation that requires my full attention, and I would not have had enough time to effectively fulfill my coaching duties."

“Coach Barrow has always put faith and family first in his life and this is clearly a time in his life where family needs him,” echoed head coach Al Golden said. “Micheal Barrow is the very definition of a Miami Hurricane - having given 11 years of class, service and leadership to the University and our community. We wish Micheal, Shelly and their children all the best as they enter a new chapter in their lives and we certainly hope Mike will return to coaching and mentoring young people in the near future.”

The move has ignited a chain reaction within Miami's coaching staff.

Running backs coach Hurlie Brown will transition to linebackers coach, while assistant director of football operations Tim "Ice" Harris has been promoted to running backs coach. The 'Canes will tab another former player, Kevin Beard, to replace Harris as assistant director of football operations. 

Miami opens fall camp on Tuesday. The Hurricanes open the 2014 season on Labor Day night at Louisville (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Photos: Air Force has some slick alternate uniforms

This off season has been relatively uneventful as far as uniform reveals and new helmets go; that is until Air Force (who were one of the teams to open up camp yesterday) decided to spice things up in their uniform / helmet department.

The helmets vaguely remind me of the old San Diego State ones that faded from red to black, but these just look cleaner and more impressive.

A lot of outlets are already crowning Air Force with one of the best alternates in college football. I'm, a big fan of the new look, but I wouldn't go that far.

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Three and out - The internet is untrustworthy, why I won't be watching CFB, and you think she got a refund?

Doug: I'm a big fan of Oakley sunglasses. In the summer, and coaching throughout the fall I wear my sunglass tan lines like a badge of honor. Since I know I'm not the only who enjoys these things, I felt like this experience was worth sharing.

Needless to say, I'm not a fan of the ugly safety googgle / rifle shooting lense that Oakley calls Yellow H.I. Iridium (and I can't believe that anyone else is either). Lesson learned: Regardless of what you've heard, don't believe everything you see on the internet.

Zach: The college football schedule for Friday, Nov. 7 says that Memphis will visit Temple and Wyoming will host Utah State. Well, apologies to the Tigers, Owls, Aggies and Cowboys, but I've got plans that night.

Zach: She went home without imbibing on her $6 beer, her clothes were soaked, but this poor woman can take solace knowing this Vine will live forever online.

Texas A&M's renovated facility puts it among the best in CFB

When you talk about some of the best football facilities and locker rooms in the country, Oregon may be the first program that comes to mind, but Texas A&M's new and improved locker room is doing its part to make sure that the Aggies are among the programs in the conversation.

And if I'm were the definitive judge on the subject, I'd say there isn't much separating the two facilities...and you could make a solid argument for each one as the top dog. On second thought, I'd give the crown to A&M for finding a way top one-up Oregon. Both Zach and I are both at a loss with how to improve on this particular design.

According to 12thman.com;

"The facility has undergone more than 36,000 square feet of renovations to modernize the entire complex and create the most forward-thinking, technologically-advanced football training facility in collegiate athletics. The renovations include a new entry atrium and an updated, fully renovated locker room, players’ lounge, training rooms, meeting rooms and coaches’ offices.

A $20.8 million project, the renovations have included the $4 million Lohman Center and a whopping $16.8 million for the team areas, including locker room, hallways, meeting rooms, sports medicine facility, hydrotherapy pool and much more."

To really get a look at the full scope of the changes, head over to 12thman.com for all the pics.

Graphics, lighting, modern finishes, barbershop, hot tubs, flat screens everywhere, HD nameplates and pictures on the lockers...this place has it all. It's sick from top to bottom with the "Wow" factor fit for a king (or five star prospect).

See more pics, and players react to the updates below. 


New team meeting room

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This is what players see before entering the locker room.


Two frameless LED screens are placed on each locker and can display everything from player info, to motivational content, and the string of screens can also serve as a ribbon board to convey custom messages to the team


Players Twitter handles are included in their locker room bio info (upper right corner)


The private, custom barbershop in the facility


Meeting room


The coaches locker room


Hydrotherapy pools (both hot and cold) with eight HD TV's mounted inside the walls and a floor to ceiling water wall

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