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Purdue unveils new uniforms. We've got some questions.

Purdue unveiled their new Nike Pro Combat uniforms today. Please, draw your own conclusions, but we do have a couple of questions.

1. Are the Boilermakers trying to fool the audience by looking like Army or Idaho when they wear the black jerseys / gold pants?

2. See #47?  How would he fit in at Maryland today under Randy Edsall’s new rules?  (UPDATE: @CoachGrasmick has alerted us via twitter that #47 is an extra from Pirates of the Caribbean.)

3. Is Purdue totally against having “Purdue” on the jerseys?

4. Seriously, is Purdue renting these uniforms from a Texas 2A high school? 

5. Will anyone know that Purdue is playing on TV when the Boilers wear “all white?”

Edsall channels his inner Tom Coughlin, new rules for the Terps

Before hitting the practice fields for the first time in August camp as the head coach of the Maryland Terrapins, Randy Edsall held one last press conference today.

According to DeadSpin (Why are the covering Maryland football?), Edsall made it clear that the program has some new rules.

Edsall channeled his inner Tom Coughlin, today.  Some of the strict new rules include:

1. Physical punishment for being late

2. No earrings

3. No do-rags or baseball caps

4. Neatly trimmed facial hair at all times

Edsall didn’t address is apparent taste for Wiz Khalifa, but he did talk further about the new uniforms.

"I am not a name-on-the-back-of-the-jersey guy," said Edsall. “But if you want to compete, really compete in the big-time world of college football recruiting, you've got to accommodate those who are name-on-the-back guys.”


Jedd Fisch explains the 'Canes offensive scheme and practice philosophy

Miami (FL) offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch has served on coaching staffs under Spurrier, Brian Billick, and Mike Shanahan.  A year ago, Fisch coached the quarterbacks under Pete Carroll in Seattle.

Today, Fisch explained his offensive scheme and practice philosophy to Sun Sentinel writer Steve Gorten.

Fisch explained,”I would say the greatest influence on our offense would be Coach Shanahan in regards to what we do. I think Coach Billick has the greatest impact in terms of how we do it, and I think Coach Spurrier’s impact is that in the back of mind always it’s OK to take a chance and go for it.”

“If you turned our film on, Coach Shanahan would recognize the plays more than anyone else because it’s from the book we ran in Denver and Seattle. If you stood in our meeting room, Coach Billick would recognize how it’s being installed and the terminology.”

What about practice style?

Fisch made a very interesting comparison.  He said, “One thing I believe in 100 percent is when you’re at practice, you have to treat it like a driving range. You have to try out all your clubs. If you just keep hitting a 7-iron and just hope you can get 160 yards straight ahead every time, you’re never going to birdie a hole. So you’ve got to try.”

“You don’t need to be Phil Mickelson and try everything, but you need to try a lot and see what it looks like. So I do encourage them to try different throws. Don’t feel like you always have to hit that primary guy all the time. You can work your progressions.”

The Hurricanes open at Maryland on Monday night, September 4th.  

Steve Kragthorpe relinquishes OC role due to Parkinson's disease

On the same day that LSU is set to begin August camp, the university has announced that offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe has stepped down due to Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. It results from the death of dopamine-containing cells in a region of the midbrain; the cause of cell-death is unknown. Early in the course of the disease, the most obvious symptoms are movement-related, including shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty with walking and gait. Later, cognitive and behavioral problems may arise, with dementia commonly occurring in the advanced stages of the disease.

Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa has been elevated to offensive coordinator.  Kragthorpe will stay involved with the program and continue to coach the quarterbacks.

Kragthorpe told Randy Rosetta of The Advocate, "I hope for the next 8-10 or 14 years, I can be here coaching quarterbacks."

Please keep Coach Kragthorpe and his family in your thoughts.

After 15,000 rounds of blasting, college coach to appear on TV show "Top Shot"

Here’s one for you.

Following the 2010 season, we reported that New Hampshire defensive line / special teams coach Jake Zweig had left the staff.

We hadn’t heard much about Zweig since then, but now we know why.  Zweig has been in California for several months filming Season 3 of the elimination-style marksman competition, “Top Shot.”

In short, you will soon see Zweig “blasting” on TV.

Sounds like a bit of a stretch for the average football coach?  Not for Zweig. He is a military veteran and a former member of the elite Navy SEAL special forces.  In preparation for the show, Zweig shot 15,000 rounds of ammunition…in just two weeks. (That’s a lot of blasting.)

Now that the show has been filmed, Zweig is currently serving an internship with the Oakland Raiders coaching staff as part of the NFL Bill Walsh minority internship program.

Check out the preview to the show, which premiers on the History Channel on August 9th at 10 PM EST.

 

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