Renderings of new TCU stadium

Gary Patterson has done his job.  Starting in 2005, TCU has gone 11-1, 11-2, 8-5, 11-2, and 12-1. 

Your reward, Coach Patterson....a $105 million stadium renovation.

TCU has announced a $105 million renovation of the west side and north end zone of Amon G. Carter Stadium to better enhance the football fan experience, upgrade amenities and transform the historic Fort Worth icon into the "Camden Yards" of collegiate football stadiums.

Construction will begin immediately following TCU's final home game (Nov. 13 versus San Diego State) in the 2010 season. After construction, Amon G. Carter Stadium will have a seating capacity of 40,000 that can be expanded to more than 50,000 seats.

You can see all the renderings of the new stadium right here.  This certainly looks first-class.


Shannon: We're a lot better than we were last year at this time

During today’s post-practice meeting with reporters, Miami (FL) head coach Randy Shannon told reporters, “We are a lot better than we were last year at this time.  Guys are focused, a lot more mature.”

A year ago, the Hurricanes suffered a number of injuries to key players throughout the year.  It appears Shannon is taking more of an NFL approach this season, saying he will hold out of practice certain key players at times this year.

When asked by a reporter why a certain player didn’t participate in this morning’s practice, Shannon responded, “I’ll let yall guys know if a guy is going to be done for the season.  I always do. To cut down on all the ‘is this guys practicing (questions)’…fellaz, guys are going to sit down because of nicks and injuries.  Some guys we are going to sit out because we don’t want them to practice, we want to see some other guys.  It’s like the NFL.  Some guys like McCarthy ain’t gonna practice today. Sean Spence won’t.” 

Miami opens on Thursday night September 2nd against Florida A&M.  The Hurricanes travel to Ohio State in week #2. 


Monday August 16, 2010

Monday August 16, 2010

Mike Leach: CBS College Sports has announced that Mike Leach will serve as an analyst this Fall.  Leach will also work with play-by-play announcer Roger Twibell during certain CUSA, Mountain West Conference, and service academy games.

Jimbo Fisher mic'd up

Over a week into camp, head coach Jimbo Fisher seems very pleased with the kicking game.

Fisher stated, “I like our kickers.  We have athletic guys to cover.  Our long snappers, we got 3 guys battling for that job, doing a good job.  We got great return guys in my opinion.”

Defensive coordinator Mark Stoops said, “(We have to ) Be consistent.  There is definitely talent out there, but we don’t want to see flashes.  We want to see consistency.” 

Earlier in the week, Fox Sports had Jimbo Fisher mic’d up during practice.  This mic’d up session is pretty good, especially near the end. 

After a players' day off on Sunday, Florida State will practice twice on Monday.  The Seminoles will host Samford University on September 4th to start the 2010 season. 

Western Michigan DC: Half are missing their girlfriends and mommy's meals

First-year Western Michigan defensive coordinator Dave Cohen believes he has inherited some good, young talent on defense.

Cohen interestingly explained, “Now, even though they’re physically talented enough to help us, are they mature enough to grasp the sense of responsibility? I mean, half of them are still missing their girlfriends and missing the poster on their wall at home and mommy’s home-cooked meals. Can they get over the homesickness and be able to transition?”

“How quickly are they going to go from not having the warm fuzzies to playing against a Big Ten power (Sept. 4 at Michigan State). That’s the rush against time.”

Cohen joined Bill Cubit’s coaching staff after serving as the head coach at Hofstra University.  After the 2009 season, Hofstra decided to drop football partly due to financial reasons.

Western Michigan will play at Michigan State, Nicholls State, Idaho, and at Notre Dame in non-conference action this season.  Phil Steele notes in his preseason magazine that Western Michigan lost 53-0 to Notre Dame in 1919.  Glad we were able to get that nugget from Steele!

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