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Video: BYU has special 9/11 helmets for tonight

When I first saw these BYU helmets circulating Twitter yesterday, I made the honest mistake of just thinking the red, white, and blue represented some sort of military appreciation helmet.

However, upon closer look there's a small detail that makes this helmet even more special.

With the Cougars facing off against Houston tonight, September 11th, at 9pm EST on ESPN they also decided to incorporate the twin towers onto the helmet as well. They revealed the helmet to the team yesterday at a 7am team meeting.

Classy move BYU. I tip my cap to you.

The stadium also has a nice 9/11 touch of "We Will Never Forget".

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Everything you need to know about the breakdown of NFL rosters

The average NFL player is 26 years and two months old. He stands 6-feet, one and one-sixth inches tall, and weighs 246.78 pounds. 

And he probably played in the SEC.

The NFL released a detailed breakdown of its opening day rosters on Wednesday, including a ranking of the top talent-producing colleges. LSU leads the way with 38, followed by USC (37), Alabama (36), Georgia (34), Florida (33), Florida State (33), Miami (31), California (29), Ohio State (29), Notre Dame (28), Tennessee (28), and Wisconsin (27). 

If you want to know which schools can rightfully claim to be Defensive Tackle U, or Tight End U, here you go:

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Additionally, the oldest team in the NFL is the Chicago Bears with an average age of 27.08 years. The youngest team is the St. Louis Rams at 25.15. The league's tallest team? The Arizona Cardinals. The shortest? Cleveland Browns. Heaviest? Indianapolis Colts. Lightest? The world champion Seattle Seahawks.

I'd encourage you to check out the entire release, and an accompanying piece on where NFL quarterbacks come from.

Gary Patterson: “Coaching has become a little bit more like Days of Our Lives"

SMU and TCU are long, bitter rivals. June Jones and Gary Patterson are not. In fact, they are friends, or at least colleagues that share ideas and work together. Their seventh meeting (Patterson has won five of the six meetings) was scheduled for Sept. 28 in Dallas. Key word: was. The Horned Frogs and Mustangs will still play, but Patterson will stand opposite interim head coach Tom Mason after Jones stepped down on Monday

"Coaching has become a little bit more like Days of Our Lives," Patterson told the Dallas Morning News. "I think every school in the state besides Texas had changed [coaches] over three times since we’ve been here. So how do you navigate all that?"

He's right. Ten of the 12 FBS programs in the state of Texas (excluding Texas and upstart UTSA) have had at least three head coaches since Patterson first took the reigns in 2000. Texas A&M and Houston have had four, and SMU will join them when a new coach is hired later this fall. Texas State has had five.

"Sometimes, it comes down to they [players] just want to hear somebody else say it," Patterson said. "That’s what I’ve learned in 33 years in this business."

So what is a coach to do, when 33 years of working sunrise to sunset seven days a week isn't enough anymore, simply because you are the person you are and not someone else?

"When you think that the change will be better than what you are able to get done. When you’ve done everything that you can do and you can’t make a difference anymore," he said. "You’ve got to have enough personality that you can re-invent yourself. If you can’t re-invent yourself and change what public opinion is of you, what your college thinks of you, whether it’s football or anything else in life, it’s hard to succeed. It’s hard to do anything."

Perhaps, standing on the sideline of his second blowout in one calendar week, that is what Jones realized. 

Fitz on Northwestern's 0-2 start: "The person I’m mad at the most is myself."

Northwestern is off to an 0-2 start, and has not looked good doing it. The Wildcats fell behind Cal 31-7 in the opener before a 31-24 final, and trailed Northern Illinois 23-7 before adding a late score for a 23-15 final. In one of the most bizarre and rapid reversals of fortune this side of Hattiesburg, Miss., Northwestern is 1-9 after last season's visit by College GameDay for the Ohio State game. Not good. 

Head coach Pat Fitzgerald met with the media on Wednesday, and to say he was ornery would be a tremendous understatement. “The person I’m mad at the most is myself. I’m the leader of the ship, and I’m the one who will get it fixed," Fitzgerald told the Chicago Tribune. "I played on two championship teams here because we had a hard edge and we were tough. I’ve coached five bowl teams here in a row and coached multiple guys who have played at an all-Big Ten level and they were tough. Right now our football team is not very tough, and that’s an embarrassment from my standpoint. It’s an embarrassment for anyone who’s ever put on the purple and white."

In an effort to build toughness, the Wildcats' coaches had the team practice through a rainstorm. For the record, Fitzgerald told the press he wanted to prepare his team to practice in the rain to prepare for the inevitability that rain arrives on a Big Ten game day. 

When informed that fans were upset on the slow start by the team, Fitzgerald agreed with them. "No (expletive). There’s a long line of that. And they’re all behind me," he said. "I’m the first one in line of that. We’re gonna get it fixed. That’s the bottom line. We’re gonna get it fixed and we need their support. If they can’t support a team that’s going through tough times, I’m sorry for them. That’s not my problem. But I’ve had an unbelievable outpouring of support via text and email from fans, especially former players. Our former players are calling our guys and challenging their ass, and that’s what needs to be done. It’s an embarrassment for anyone who’s ever put on the purple and white."

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