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You can have your very own John Harbaugh statue

With the first college football game just over a month away, this marks the time of year that ticket offices are scrambling to sell their last allotment of tickets...especially their season tickets. Sometimes that means getting creative to sweeten the pot a little bit.

At Miami (OH), in order to make their season ticket package even more appealing, they've thrown in the opportunity to get your very own mini John Harbaugh statue, and the commercial they're using to pitch the idea is pretty clever.

Back in April, Harbaugh's full size statue was unveiled on campus among the cradle of coaches. Now you can have a small piece of the cradle of coaches in your living room, office, or man cave. Pretty smooth move on Miami's part.

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Video: 'Up-Close - Charlie Strong'

I imagine it would be pretty hard for Charlie Strong to watch Longhorn Network's the Texas video staff's latest feature on him, "Close Up - Charlie Strong." Not because the content or the production are bad, but because most of us would become embarrassed after hearing people gush about them for 12 consecutive minutes.

Strong's reputation among coaches is among the best in the game currently. The coaches he learned under - Steve Spurrier, Lou Holtz, Urban Meyer, to name three - the coaches he's coached with, and the coaches that have learned under him have been unanimous in their praise. But winning a popularity contest among your peers doesn't guarantee you anything in football. It's the players' opinions that ultimately matter. 

"He was always a guy that shot you straight," said former Notre Dame defensive end Renaldo Wynn, a former Strong pupil. "I think as a player that's what you want."

"Guys that I didn't know that he knew called me up and said, 'Man, that's a great guy. He's a guy that's going to put it all out on the line. Very passionate about what he does. Loves kids. He's going to get the most out of their potential.' I got excited all over again, wishing I had a chance like these young guys to play for a coach like Coach Strong," added former Texas All-American linebacker Derrick Johnson. 

LHN lined up a number of recent Longhorn greats, Ricky Williams, Vince Young, Brian Orakpo, Aaron Ross, and, of course, each shared his own brand of excitement. Again, those are the opinions that matter. 

Video of the Day: Weird Al's "Sports Song"

"Sports Song" is the latest of eight new songs Weird Al has released this week, and it hits close to home for all of us.

If you can't laugh at yourself, well, you should probably start.

Video: TechCrunch tours Levi's Stadium

Right away, something doesn't feel right. Worlds are colliding. Since when is TechCrunch interested in the ribbon cutting ceremony of a new NFL stadium?

It is when the San Francisco 49ers - the home town team of the tech industry - opens what has to be the most technologically-advanced stadium in the NFL. We're talking about charging stations for electric vehicles. We're talking about a green roof that lowers the electric costs for heating and cooling the stadium's suites. TechCrunch can't tell you about the locker room, but they can tell you that there are 40 gigabits of bandwith per second pumping through the stadium.

The tour closes with our host admitting that, yeah, Candlestick Park pretty much sucked, but a game experience at Levi's Stadium should be awesome. 

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