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Drew Pearson's still got it

Dan McCarney recently invited former Cowboy All Pro Drew Pearson to speak to his team. Pearson nailed it.

McCarney knows how special a time in his players' lives this is and he wants them to hear that from his coaches and from others who have earned their respect.  In addition to Pearson, McCarney also recently had "Mean" Joe Greene, a North Texas alum, come speak to the team as well.  

In this talk, Pearson stresses that the guys need to realize what a great opportunity they have right now.  A new stadium (which looks great), new facilities, a new coaching staff, renewed excitement on campus and in the community, "the future is now, don't wait take advantage of it".

Pearson also stresses how guys have got to stay out of trouble and properly represent the University.  Do well in school; because years from now, when you meet people on the streets, no one is going to remember your stats; but people will immediately know whether you are educted or not; and that's important in life.  

Overall a great talk.  Pearson owns the room at the end talking about the new threads.  Great stuff.

Many thanks to the North Texas staff for the video.

 

New ESPN commercials

ESPN is now rolling out a series of new commericals both for College GameDay and for Monday Night Football.  

We've got 2 for GameDay (one with Les and the other with Chip Kelly) and currently have video for one of the 4 new MNF spots.  Waiting for ESPN to send us the others...

 

 

South Carolina is loaded

On offense, the head ball coach has seven returning starters including Stephen Garcia, Marcus Lattimore and Alshon Jeffrey.  On defense he's got Ellis Johnson.  Enough said.

But wait, there's more.  So back to offense...in front of Garcia there are three returning lineman in what is said to be a strong offensive line.  Behind him you've got quite possibly the most talented true tailback in college today.  Out wide you've got Alshon and 2 or 3 seven other guys that wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. says can play.  

When pressed in this interview to name his top 3, Spurrier Jr. names 4 and then can't stop himself when talking about how good the other 4 are (and he says the two they are going to redshirt are going to be special in time).

That's loaded.

 

 

Nike unveils new uniforms

Earlier this week Under Armour trotted out a whole new line of uniforms for Maryland.  Naturally, Nike comes out this morning with new threads for Oregon and Boise State.

The guys at CBS Sports were afforded an early look and have made these pics and video available (Oregon and Boise).  

Although the Nike releases tout the breathability / "thermoregulation" of the uniforms, we did note that they stressed that the Oregon jerseys include extra strong kevlar stiching in the collars.  Kevlar, once only thought useful in bullet-proof vests, now has worked it's way into the fabric of all our lives.

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Playbooks on the iPad

Yes, Steve Jobs did step down as CEO of Apple yesterday (although he remains the chairman of the board and an employee).  No we're not kidding.  

Jobs built Apple into the most valuable company in the world and their latest invention (the iPad) is destroying the competition.  Blackberry recently announced that they are significantly scaling down production of their tablets (in fact Sprint is now refusing to even stock Blackberry tablets).  HP just announced that they are shutting down their current tablet business and operating system.  The list of "competing products" to the iPad which are dying a painful death is long; but the iPad sales continue to soar.

Everyone is noticing.  We've noticed that more and more college staffs are adopting Apple platforms.  Many are now purchasing iPads for every coach and some as we've shown you are now putting them at every players' locker.  

                 Check out Hudl's award winning iPad app

The same holds true in the NFL where a number of teams are currently using iPads.  We noticed a recent story about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers use of the iPads.  

The Bucs no longer distribute paper copies of their playbook.  Yep, it's all on the iPad.  But, Coach Raheem Morris wanted to take it a step further.  

Now, each Buc can download nearly any video he wants prior to leaving for the day (past games, practice video, situational cutups, etc...).  Morris said that director of technology Chris Wells and video director Dave Levy deserve the credit for designing the systems (good guys to call if you're thinking about adopting this concept).  

Morris said it took his owner about 2 minutes to approve the purchase of 90 iPads (at about $500 - $600 each....totaling about $50,000).

One final thing Morris mentioned, if an iPad (and thus a playbook) get's left somewhere or lost, "You've got a way to wipe everything off with a push of a button."  

 

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