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This brand new D-III program has some of the nicest helmets we've seen

We can't yet say how George Fox University will perform in their inaugural football season, but at least we know they'll look good.

 A Division III school in Newberg, Oregon, the Bruins will play their first football season in 45 years this fall, kicking off with Arizona Christian on Sept. 6. And they'll do so in some of the sharpest helmets in college football. George Fox has partnered with Hydro Graphics, Inc., to design their lids. If you're not familiar with the name HGI, you're certainly familiar with their work. They claim some of the most innovative and futuristic helmet designs in college football in their portfolio

Launching your Division III program as a peer of the likes of Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon and the like? Head coach Chris Casey has to love that. 

 George Fox helmets

What would your players do if a coach got padded up for a drill?

The circle drill. Every program has their own variation of it. We highlighted Texas' version earlier today, and LSU calls their version the Big Cat Drill.

But what would your players do if a coach showed up in full pads, and called a few players out in the middle?  See how the team at Lincoln University (D-II - PA) reacted when head coach Ramon Flanigan came out of the press box suited up from head to toe. The first minute or so of the clip contains the players' reaction to seeing their coach padded up and the last thirty seconds or so is where the real action is, everything in between is all part of the build up to the big moment.

Show up to work and your entire office is filled with packing peanuts

This is the scene Stanford director of football operations Matt Doyle saw when he arrived to work on Tuesday. I would love to see how, say, Nick Saban would handle this situation.

Get up close and personal during Texas' Circle Drill

The circle drill is football at its essence. It's you, the guy across from you and the ground, and two of those three are about to get acquainted with each other. It's football the way George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and the other Founding Fathers would want it. 

It's also the epitome of the toughness and competitiveness that Charlie Strong and his staff want to install at Texas.

Video: The Penn State coaching staff try to catch punts

It all started off innocently enough with James Franklin calling out a few of the big fellas to catch some "punts" from the JUGS machine to keep practice light and fun. Everyone loves to see that kind of stuff. Then, one by one, Franklin started calling out the coaching staff.

First went Herb Hand (OL), followed by Sean Spencer (DL), Bob Shoop (DC), John Donovan (OC), and then head athletic trainer Tim Bream got in on the action. Overall the coaching staff went an embarrassing 2/5 against the JUGS machine. Coach Spencer not only caught it, but it looks like he could have returned it to the house as well.

At the conclusion of the clip, Franklin reminds players "I want us to celebrate, and I want us to have fun as much as anyone in the country...but we're going to do it the right way."

Putting the height and weight of the players in there was a nice touch, and I really enjoyed seeing them to continue to do it for the staff attempts as well.

Akron may have black uniforms on the way

Days after the announcement of new gold chrome helmets, it looks like Akron may also be adding some sharp black uniforms to their 2014 combinations, according to a tweet from Terry Bowden.

These black uniforms with the new lids would look really sharp on the field together and would bring a lot of new energy to the program and excite the fan base. After all, who doesn't love new black unis?

Solid April Fools uniform prank by Chris Petersen

This is pretty good. Enjoy

Mark Stoops now has his own Bourbon Whiskey

Mark Stoops brought a groundswell of new energy to Kentucky football. Off the field you can see it in recruiting results, the upgrades to the facilities and just in the general swagger of the program. On the field, Stoops plans to demonstrate results in terms of increased wins this season.  People across the state are excited about the future of Big Blue on the gridiron. 

In another example of the rise in popularity of the football program, on Tuesday Maker's Mark unveiled it's latest commemorative bourbon bottle featuring Stoops. 10,000 limited edition bottles will be sold at $52 per. Proceeds will benefit UK's Gill Heart Institute. Maker's Mark has partnered with Keeneland since 1997 for 18 commemorative bottles raising over $7 million for various Central Kentucky charities. 



The 2009 bottle featured Rich Brooks and the 2010 bottle featured John Calipari. 

We are operating under the assumption that Coach Stoops will be so generous to send at least a few bottles to the operators of his favorite website...thanks in advance Coach. 

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