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Video: Inside summer workouts at Penn State

Here's a nice look inside of the summer workouts at Penn State.

This well produced clip provides a great look at the sweat and hard work going into the summer session, and provides a great look at the new energy and approach that Dwight Galt (the director of performance enhancement) and his staff have carried into a vital part of the off season.

Tuesday update: The NFL has banned these 'non-standard' face masks

In January 2005, Chris Canty was involved in an altercation that left him with a detached retina. His eye was healed, but he had to wear this facemask as a precautionary measure:

His look evolved to become even grill-ier in his stint with the New York Giants...

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... and then the Baltimore Ravens:

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Though Canty wore it out of necessity, his look caught among teammates and around the league:

Face mask craze

Many players already had their facemasks struck down by the league, and now the NFL is apparently outlawing any non-standard masks without medical clearance:

The NFL already has a reputation as the No Fun League, so is this another case of the NFL being too, ahem, uniform with its uniforms and thereby striking down individual expression, or is it a necessary end to a fad that had run its course?

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Video: Here's how you welcome freshmen to campus

More times than not, freshmen reporting to campus over the summer happens without much fanfare and often more trepidation on behalf of the recent high school graduates than full blown, sincere excitement.

In order to take the edge off a bit, Eastern Michigan made their guys feel welcome right off the bat, starting with stadium introductions, followed by some good old fashioned wiffle ball.

 This is a pretty solid idea, and it's a welcoming feeling that these freshmen will remember forever.

Spurrier: 'There's more to life than SEC titles. Success is relative to each school'

One of the best things about Steve Spurrier, other than his knack for explosive offenses and winning ball games, is that he refuses to speak in coaching cliches. He keeps it as real as it could possible get, and it keeps everyone on their toes.

After three straight eleven win seasons, including a 27-24 OT victory over Missouri (their only loss up until the SEC title game against Auburn), Spurrier has an interesting perspective on bringing home that elusive SEC title, and told Go Gamecocks that for him, there's more to life than being crowned the top dog in the SEC.

"To go 6-2 in the conference, which is the best record ever for South Carolina – and we did it three years in a row – how can you be upset? We are disappointed that we beat the division winner and they never lost again, but give them credit. Give the other guy credit."

"Jack Nicklaus finished runner-up 19 times in the majors. Of course, he won 18, but every time he finished runner-up, he shook the hand of the other guy and said, ‘Well done, you beat me.’ Missouri ran the table after we beat them. People kept asking me, I said, ‘If they win it all, I’ll call coach (Gary) Pinkel and congratulate him,’ and that’s exactly what I did."

Leave it to Spurrier to seamlessly use a golf analogy to sum up his views. The head ball coach went on to explain that winning your last game is just as important because of the momentum it provides everyone in the program throughout into the off season.

"But the other side of that is something I have learned from being here – there’s more to life than the SEC championship. I would still say that’s the biggest goal we could reach right there, but total wins, where you are ranked, the state championship, bowl victories. Winning that bowl game just makes life so much more pleasant until you play again."

Notice that reference to "state championships"? Yeah, Spurrier never misses an opportunity to troll on in state rival Clemson and Dabo Swinney, who they've beaten the past five seasons in a row for the first time in school history.

"In sports, we are all as good as our last game. If you win that bowl game, the fans, the team, it just gives you a good feeling heading into the offseason. 

Then Spurrier got real philosophical, and it's refreshing to see how a coach as seasoned and battle tested as he is is able to keep perspective...and of course throw some not-so-subtle jabs in the process. 

"Your expectations and what you achieve are different at every school. Every school is different. For example, at Alabama, if I had had five No. 1 recruiting classes in the last six years like Alabama, I would say, ‘Fellas we are going to mess up if we lose a game, because we’ve got the best players in college football.’ But we’re not in that situation.

"Our history is not all that super before we got here, so everything is sort of relative to each school."

It's an excellent point that he could have worded differently, but he does have a great point; "success is relative to where you are". Now, anyone else would have used a program outside of the SEC footprint with a rich football tradition like USC or Notre Dame to make their point, but that just wouldn't have been Spurrier. Once again, well played Old Ball Coach.

Read the full Q&A with Spurrier here.

Timelapse video: Eight months of Kyle Field construction in 15 seconds

As a way to update fans of the progress to its $450 million renovation to Kyle Field, Texas A&M has installed three cameras showing a live feed of the action.

Like what TCU did with Amon Carter Stadium, the Aggies are nearly gutting Kyle Field and installing a brand new stadium on top of it. It's as close as you can come to constructing a new stadium without actually building a new stadium. As you'll see below, the old surface and grandstands are cleared to create what is essentially a dirt field, and then the new stadium is built.

A&M fan site GoodBullHunting has boiled down the eight months of progress on Kyle Field's interior into a snazzy 15-second recap.

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