In case you missed it, the NCAA approved of a new penalty structure earlier this week. In a nutshell, the NCAA has dumped its major and secondary-violation system in favor of a new four-level grouping and, most importantly, holding a head coach accountable for violations committed by an assistant. See the original reporting from USA Today and our write-up about the bylaw changes. Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated does a good job of explaining everything in layman's terms here.
Several Big Ten coaches gave their thoughts on the rules changes to the Chicago Tribune.
"Throughout history," Ohio State's Urban Meyer said, "the only way to keep civilization and to keep things in order is to have very strong rules and enforce them."
"The way coaches act when they are on the road (recruiting) is a direct reflection of the head coach," Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald said. "At the end of the day, the buck stops with the head coach.
"It's been frustrating for a lot of coaches trying to do it the right way," Wisconsin's Bret Bielema said.
The NCAA's changes were well received, but it always helps to have the endorsement of some of the biggest names in college football.
This is happening...and is a great thing for Tulane's program.
Rick Dickson, Tulane's athletic director, is holding a press conference right now at which he is introducing some of the largest donors to the project.
The stadium will be named "Yulman Stadium" after the founders of Serta Corportation (mattress company) who donated $15 million of the total $55 million needed for the stadium. Two NFL owners, Tom Benson of the Saints and Malcolm Glazer of the Bucs are some of the larger donors and as you will see in the video below, their names will be on the field (Benson) and part of the club area (Glazer Family).
Grad assistants Jimmy Welker (played on 2007 LSU National Championship team) and Brandt Thomas (all-OVC defensive tackle at JSU) have a friendly rivalry type relationship that many coaches have. They often challenge each other and the staff and players all enjoy it...and they do as well.
Yesterday, the two got together for a little "Halloween Havoc"...yes, they put on the pads and helmets and went one on one in the box drill!
The smile on Jack Crowe's face at the end tells you all you need to know. This was all in the name of fun and the staff and players all got a kick out of it. Watch and enjoy!
After nearly a two-year wait, Clemson is on the verge of moving into its indoor practice facility. In fact, the school hopes it will be ready in time for the Tigers' game with South Carolina on Nov. 24.
"They're starting to put on the finishes touches," said head coach Dabo Swinney told OrangeandWhite.com. "They're grading it right now, and hopefully the turf will be here Monday. They've told us they think we're going to be in there the week of the South Carolina game, or maybe just a hair earlier."
Announced in January 2011, the facility will boast a regulation-sized, artificial surface field complete with a coach's tower and video platforms. Garage-style doors will give the team the option of holding open-air practices on days with favorable weather. The project was expected to cost $10 million when it was announced.
The indoor facility is built on top of the Tigers' existing outdoor practice fields. Which means that in the meantime, the team's existing practice field real estate has been downsized. Like a family forced to vacate its home for a hotel room so the house can be fumigated, things have gotten cramped.
"Our fields are just torn up right now and are in terrible shape because we've been limited," Swinney said. "Two fields are hard to manage when you're talking about big athletes, big bodies.
"We've really just had one field - Field 3 - to do all our competitive work. It's just a dirt pile out there."
Below is a video released by the architecural firm with artistic renderings of the facility.