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Joker: Our theme this year is 'Rise'

Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips wants to take Kentucky football to the next level.  It’s time for the Wildcats to “rise.”

Joker explained, “Our theme this year is 'Rise.' Our marketing department came up with the theme rise. We have shown that we at Kentucky can compete in this league.”

“Our challenge to our players, our veteran players and our young players, our new players, is to try to fill the void of some of the departure players we just lost. We lost a lot of production out of this past class. We have challenged our present players, our new players, to make sure that they are filling that void. 
In order for this program to continue to rise we have got to do the things that is necessary for it to rise. 'Rise' meaning not just going to bowl games, but being able to contend for championships in this league.”

“We are doing a lot of things to elevate this program to the next level. We've been 8-5. We dropped to 6-7 this past year. The thing we have to do, and I've told this football team, The teams that are successful in this league are the teams that have discipline, teams that are physical, teams that are tough, have toughness. Those are the things that we've got to strive to get back to.”

Kentucky opens against Western Kentucky in Nashville, TN.  The other non-conference games include Central Michigan, Louisville, and Jacksonville State.




Two weeks away: Clemson OC Chad Morris starting to feel it

Martavis, Cherone, Sammy, and Mike may become household names by the middle of the season, but Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris wants them to fully understand, “You may have done something in high school.  Big deal.  I don’t care.”

Love it!  College football is getting close.  And the coaches are starting to feel it, too.

Clemson fans are drooling over the 4 and 5-star offensive skill position players that signed with the Tigers in February.

But here are Chad Morris’ thoughts:

“There are about four of ‘em or so that will have an opportunity.  When fall camp starts, we’re fixin’ to find out what they can do.  They’re gonna have every opportunity.  But again, they hadn’t done anything yet.”

“These guys need to know, you hadn’t done nothing yet.  You may have done something in high school.  Big deal.  I don’t care.  What are you fixin’ to do right now?”

“We can’t get you here as a 5-star athlete whatever you are, 4-star All-American or whatever and you think you’ve arrived.  Just because you’re here doesn’t mean you’re here.  You haven’t arrived. “

“That will be my first day meeting with those guys.  If they don’t like it, tough.  They can do something else.  This is how we’re going to play.”




Memphis coaches selling 'weapons' and 'million-dollar baby'

And the sales job of the month goes to………Memphis head coach Larry Porter.

Not often do we bring you recruiting related news, but we like to humor you when we can, so we thought we’d catch you up on the reasons why Melrose HS (Memphis, TN) quarterback Will Gross verbally committed to Memphis this week.

According to Scout, Gross is a 4-star prospect and the #14 overall quarterback in the country.  He claims a number of big offers and his three reasons for committing are pretty funny.

Here’s what Gross told the Commercial Appeal.

Will Gross quote #1: “I just love the city of Memphis.  I’m going to be the million-dollar baby who can bring the community and Memphis State together.”

We like the “million-dollar baby” phrase.  We also like the fact that the University of Memphis hasn’t been called Memphis State in over a decade.

Will Gross quote #2: “Everyone kept going, ‘the SEC is where it is.  Or North Carolina.’  But my heart was in Memphis.”

Fair enough.

Will Gross quote #3: “(The program) is changing.  They have so many weapons. I think I’m capable of using all the weapons they have.”

Is he talking about the overabundance of weapons that helped Memphis finish 119th in scoring offense last season and 117th in total offense? 

For that reason, our sales job of the month goes to Larry Porter.

Speaking of Porter, here's a nine minute video interview with the Memphis head coach.  He talks about how he has grown as a head coach in the last year and the future of the Memphis program.




Spurrier jokes about Mississippi State, Dan Mullen responds

Dan Mullen won nine games last season.  He’s allowed a subtle shot / joke at one of the veteran successful coaches.

It was all fun and play...and that's why it's ok.  

Asked about the reported $12,000 that South Carolina spent on recruiting services last year, Steve Spurrier responded, "We operate pretty cheaply around here for some reason. I saw Dan Mullen. Mississippi State has a jet airplane out there. They've got a lot of money at Mississippi State."

Beautiful.  A good and typical jab from Spurrier.  (Who ever thought he would be taking jabs at Mississippi State?)

Upon hearing Spurrier’s comment, Mullen responded later in the day, "I've never played Augusta National, so I can't be on his level. He's probably a member there, we just don't know."

Now that’s good, clean, fair, and entertaining stuff.

Good stuff from Spurrier, but point awarded to Mullen…for have the gonads to step up after a 9-win season. (We're pretty positive neither coach gives a rats @ss who we are giving points to.)

Spurrier at Augusta National

Spurrier




7 things SEC commissioner Mike Slive is out to change

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive offered his state-of-the-union speech today in Birmingham.

We like to get to the point and provide you with what you need to know.

So here are the important notes:

1. Slive wants to consider multi-year scholarships.  (Saban probably just blew a gasket.)  (Spurrier said later today, “I think that’s a terrible idea.)

2. Slive wants former players to be able to come back a get their degree (on scholarship) after the current 6-year permissible window.

3. Slive wants to raise the minimum high school graduating GPA from 2.0 to 2.5 in order to compete in the first year of college. (Petrino said later today that he’s opposed because that puts more on the high school coaches).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our boy @EDSBS noted, “Slive wants to raise GPA requirement to 2.5. The Sun Belt is going to have some AWESOME defensive tackles in 2016.”

4. Slive wants high school student to have to pass a required number of core courses starting with their freshman year in high school in order to compete in their first year at college.  Slive wants to avoid last-minute “get eligible” plans.

5. Slive wants coaches to be able to text message.  He said it’s ridiculous that text messages have caused probations.  In reality, that’s how young people communicate, so you might as well text.

6. Slive said, “The SEC has submitted national legislation prohibiting institutions from hosting, sponsoring, or conducting non-scholastic football events at any location on or off campus.”

7. Slive wants to get rid of the “bump rule.”  He said, “If a coach is permitted to travel off campus to recruit, he or she should be allowed to evaluate and have a conversation with the prospect on the same day. Maybe we can make the so-called 'bump' history.”  (Saban and Jimbo are fired up

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Baylor unveils slick new uniforms

Since you all enjoy seeing new uniforms, evident by the ridiculously high page views of our recent Wyoming article, we thought we’d show you the new uniforms the Baylor Bears will be rockin’ this fall.

Via twitter, @Ramzyn described Wyoming’s new wardrobe by writing: Wyoming's nine different uniform combos: 1) Pee 2) Poo 3)PeePoo 4) PooPee 5) PeePee 6) PooPoo 7) POO 8) PEE 9) All white/no skidmarks

Baylor meanwhile will have two jersey colors (green and white) to choose from, as well as three different colors of pants (green, white and gold) and two helmets (white and gold). All told, Baylor will have 12 different uniform combinations (jersey/pant/helmet) at its disposal this season.

As in previous years, Baylor will have green and white jersey options. The 2011 jerseys feature a larger version of the "BAYLOR" wordmark across the front. For the first time since 2004, the new uniforms will also feature player numbers outlined in gold on the shoulders instead of the interlocking BU used in the past. The jerseys also feature an NFL style open sleeve for full mobility.

Baylor's new uniforms

Baylor




Funny video: In case you're wondering about New Mex State season-tickets..

More and more athletic departments are trying to create unique videos to market their season-ticket packages.

Today, it was New Mexico State’s turn.  The Aggies’ athletic department released a season-ticket marketing promo video that is so bad, it’s good.

And it’s so out of the ordinary, you definitely won’t forget it.

With a killer home schedule that features the likes of Ohio University and UTEP, the price of Aggies’ season tickets will surprise you.

Head coach DeWayne Walker will also try to protect the home turf at Aggies Memorial Stadium against conference opponents Idaho, Nevada, Fresno State, and Utah State.

The video actually had a very clear message and hopefully will help increase the average home attendance from last season, which was only 15,906.

Take a look at this 30-second video.  It's worth 30 seconds of your time.




Bronco Mendenhall rips high coaching salaries

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall thinks it’s ridiculous that coaches are making millions of dollars a year.

Mendenhall believes it has led to the corruption in college football.

He told CBS Sports senior writer Brett McMurphy, “Absolutely. It kind of takes the amateur part out of sports when someone is making [$5] million to coach, doesn't it?

"With the economy the way it is, I mean, it doesn't make much sense to me."

"It's amateur athletics, it's not professional, and I'm not for paying [the student-athletes]. And if coaches would be more realistic in what they're expecting in their salaries that would be a great start to helping the game."

In your live in the south, you may be asking yourself, “The BYU coach, he gets an opinion?”

In reality, there’s probably some truth to what Mendenhall believes.

Then again, Bronco has never held a head coaching job at a place like Alabama, LSU, or Georgia.  It’s different.  It just is.

Do you think Les Miles would get a contract extension coming off a season with a four-game losing streak to Air Force, FSU, Nevada, and Utah State?  And the Cougars ended last season by losing to in-state rival Utah.

What if Les lost to Tulane?

We can promise, he’s not getting a contract extension.