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Joker Phillips: What I learned from watching Oprah

Joker Phillips was asked yesterday about being on "hot seat" by the Courier-Journal and had some interesting insight as he enters his third season at Kentucky.

Phillips said that while watching an episode of Oprah interviewing 50 Cent, the rapper offered some interesting advice that struck a chord with Joker.

"50 Cent said you either worry or pray, but you don’t do both. And I don’t worry."

"The thing I’ve got to do is prepare myself mentally and prepare this football team mentally for the long haul. I know what we got into when we signed up for this. This is big-boy football, and we’ve had success in big-boy football, and we’ll continue to have success in big-boy football."

Phillips was also asked about the decline in season ticket sales for the second straight season, to which he explained that he has received a number of emails from former season ticket holders explaining that it is due to tough financial times, not a lack of support.

"I can pull up numerous emails of people that can’t renew because of financial reasons. They say, 'Hey, Coach, it’s not because we don’t support you. We still support you guys.' There are numerous, numerous emails like that. And I get that. It’s just the world we’re in. It’s a tough world out there, and sometimes you have to put your priorities in order, and sometimes a football game is not a priority."




HS Video: "There's no heroes, all bad guys"

One of the better high school videos of the year here from Concord high school's (CA) end of the year banquet.

Some really good content below from head coach Brian Hamilton, and strength and conditioning coach John Koven on their unique season and how they approach the game.

As Coach Hamilton opens up with, "So you want the story of this season? It's a tough story to tell 'cause there's no heroes, all a bunch of bad guys. Our defense is full of BAD guys, bad dudes that play downhill and a thousand miles an hour..."

Plenty more below. You'll want to see all of this one. 




Video: Are you ready for Texas Tech football?

A really nice and well done season ticket promo video here from Texas Tech.

Some good locker room footage (both pre and post game), and 2011 season highlights to get everyone pumped up for kickoff Lubbock.




Bill Snyder's building blocks: #5 - Be Tough

Another great installment from Kansas State and Bill Snyder's building blocks for a program.

This one highlights #5 - "Be Tough" and (as always) has some great examples of it in action on game day.




Northwestern planning lakefront facility

PurpleWildcats.com is reporting that Northwestern is planning to put $300 million into a new multi-sport athletic and recreational facility in order to make some much needed upgrades to their current facilities.

The new facility would house the football offices for Pat Fitzgerald and his staff, as well as a new turf practice field. 

The new facility, which is currently pending approval from the boards of trustees, would be built on the shore of Lake Michigan and (as long as everything falls in line) should be completed by the fall of 2014, with original groundbreaking coming this fall. 




Les' latest commercial

Les is back at it again...showing his acting range .

Case in point, his latest appearance in a commercial for college football's NCAA 13 video game which will be released July 10.

In the newest version of NCAA 13, users are able to select players from a pool of Heisman legends to play on any current team as they go through a season and try to win the Heisman again. The video is classic Les.




Leach's letter to the fans

On September 29th Washington State will take on Oregon at Seattle's CenturyLink field, and Mike Leach wants to make sure that the crimson and gray outnumber the green and yellow in the stands.

The Wazzu athletic program has been reaching out to season ticket holders and donors to make sure that their presence is felt in Seattle when they arrive, but just to be sure, Leach addressed a letter to fans to be sure that they understood the importance of their presence in Seattle.

The letter reads:

Dear Cougar fan,

On September 29 our football team will host the Oregon Ducks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. I can't wait to see our fans in the stadium for this game and for the entire 2012 season. As a team we are excited and focused on the upcoming season and are currently working to improve in every area of the game.

Since the Ducks are so close to Seattle, I have heard on multiple occasions that there will be just as many Oregon fans at the game as Cougar fans. I refuse to even fathom that notion. I have great confidence in our fans and I know on September 29 CenturyLink field will be full of Crimson and Gray.

This is our game, Seattle is our town, and you as a Cougar fan have exclusive access to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. Once tickets go on sale to the general public on August 4, we will not be able to control who buys after that date. I want to give you exclusive access right now to get online and get your seats secured. Bring your friend and family as we continue The Seattle Game tradition. Thank you for being on board as we build something great.

Sincerely,

Mike Leach
Head Coach

Hey, sometimes the pot needs to be stirred just a little bit.




Google+ hangout at Arizona

Athletic director Greg Byrne and Arizona put together a Google+ hangout yesterday inviting fans to talk about Arizona athletics.

A month or so ago Skip Holtz answered some fan questions via the Google+ platform, but Arizona's is believed to be the first to feature a Division 1 athletic director interacting with fans. As an added bonus (and also believed to be the first time) Pac 12 commissioner Larry Scott joined the hangout while overseas in Dublin to talk about all the changes that the Pac 12 has seen over the past year, and all the exciting new changes on the horizon.