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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

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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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What's the youngest age possible to become an FBS head coach? We have an idea

Minds were blown across the college sports landscape Tuesday when Louisiana Tech announced Tyler Summitt as its new women's basketball coach. Summitt is the son of ultra-legendary Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt. He is 23 years old.

 We're sure Summitt will do a great job. He served as an assistant at Marquette for two years, worked under Cuonzo Martin and Bruce Pearl with the Volunteers' men's team while a student at Tennessee, and, obviously, learned the game under one of the best coaches in the history of women's basketball. 

Still, 23 is just unfathomably young. 

It got us wondering, what's the youngest possible age one could obtain an FBS head coaching job? Is there a set of circumstances that would lead a school to hire a coach in his mid-20's?

We think so. Granted, we'll have to take several broad jumps from reality, but we'll get there.

Andrew Luck is 24 years old. He won't turn 25 until September 12. Let's say Luck suffers a horrific shoulder injury in off-season workouts (trust us, we're knocking an entire national forest's worth of wood here), something not even Dr. James Andrews can fix. His career instantly and tragically finished, Luck decides he wants to get into coaching to stay in the game of football. He decides to return to his alma mater, where Stanford magically has an opening for a quarterbacks coach.

Already a half-decade ahead on the coaching ladder, Luck wows everyone in Palo Alto at how quickly he adapts to coaching. Players believe in him, recruits flock to him, and his fellow coaches trust him. Shaw believes in Luck so completely that, by 2015, Luck takes over Shaw's share of play calling and the Stanford offense immediately improves. 

After Stanford wins the 2015 College Football Playoff, the New England Patriots make David Shaw an offer he simply can't refuse. After a combination of Cardinal assistants following Shaw to the NFL, taking promotions elsewhere in college football and other FBS head coaches receiving golden handcuffs tying them to their current jobs, momentum begins to build to name Luck as head coach. Kirk Herbstreit appears on SportsCenter touting Luck's candidacy . Stanford students and alumni demand to keep the job in the family.

And on January 18, 2016, four months past his 26th birthday, Andrew Luck is named the head coach at Leland Stanford Junior University. "We know he's young, but we also know this is the guy to lead Stanford football to the future," athletics director Bernard Muir says. "He's got the leadership ability and the best football mind I've ever seen."

Admittedly, it's fantasy. But that's the most realistic scenario we could see that would allow the youngest possible candidate an head job in FBS.

Anybody got anything better?

A full recap of today's April Fool's pranks

It was a pretty light year for April Fool's pranks in college sports. Or was it? 

No, it actually was a pretty light day. 

The Northeast Conference started the day with this tweet:

Veteran prankster Tony Levine announced that Houston had added offensive line transfer Ben Dew, a cousin of the legendary baseball player Sidd Finch.  


"There are a number of very important reasons that I am choosing to continue my playing career and pursue my graduate degree at the University of Houston," said Dew. "Being so much closer to my family in New Zealand was a major factor, as well as being near my Uncle Scooby who lives in Beaumont with my cousin Montan.

"Since I've been at Hawaii for three years I've grown accustomed to telling people that I go to UH," Dew added. "Continuing to tell people that I attend UH will help make my transition that much smoother."


Finally, Oklahoma announced that Blake Bell was moving back to quarterback:

It's not April Fools, but Norwich University assistant Barry Casterlin sent us this prank he recorded back in November: 

In the end, 2014's version of April Fool's Day left us longing for the good old days when LSU was painting Death Valley purple

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College football's toughest 2014 schedules belong to...

There are a number of problems with the NCAA's schedule strength formula. Chiefly, there's not enough of a formula. The NCAA simply calculates your opponents' winning percentage and... voila. The difference between 10-3 LSU and 10-3 Ball State? There is none.

There are also a number of issues in projecting 2013 performance on to the 2014 season, as Auburn and Florida will attest. Still, though, looking ahead to 2014, the NCAA's schedule strength formula can tell us in broad strokes who has a tough road ahead and who's living on easy street. And the NCAA says Arkansas, Virginia and Tennessee - three teams that desperately need good seasons - have their work cut out for them. 

It's far from perfect, but it's real football talk on April 1, so we can't be picky anway.

Fifteen Toughest Schedules
1. Arkansas - 103-54 (.656) opponent 2013 record; 2013 bowl opponents: 10
2. Virginia - 102-54 (.654); 2013 bowl opponents: 10
3. Tennessee - 101-54 (.652); 2013 bowl opponents: 9
4. Notre Dame - 103-56 (.648); 2013 bowl opponents: 10
5. Texas A&M - 100-55 (.641); 2013 bowl opponents: 8
6. Kentucky - 98-55 (.641); 2013 bowl opponents: 8
7. Iowa State - 97-57 (.630); 2013 bowl opponents: 8 (plus North Dakota State)
8. Syracuse - 96-57 (.628); 2013 bowl opponents: 7
9. Rutgers - 97-58 (.626); 2013 bowl opponents: 9 (plus Penn State)
    Wake Forest - 97-58 (.626); 2013 bowl opponents: 7
11. Utah - 98-59 (.624); 2013 bowl opponents: 10
12. West Virginia - 97-59 (.622); 2013 bowl opponents: 8
13. South Carolina - 96-59 (.619); 2013 bowl opponents: 7
14. Miami - 96-60 (.615); 2013 bowl opponents: 10
15. Boston College - 95-61 (.609); 2013 bowl opponents: 8

 Fifteen Easiest Schedules
1. Georgia Southern - 51-95 (.349); 2013 bowl opponents: 2
2. North Texas - 55-92 (.374); 2013 bowl opponents: 2
3. Northern Illinois - 55-91 (.377); 2013 bowl opponents: 3
4. Colorado State - 57-91 (.385); 2013 bowl opponents: 2
5. Middle Tennessee - 58-90 (.392); 2013 bowl opponents: 3
6. Texas State - 57-88 (.393); 2013 bowl opponents: 3
7. Marshall - 59-89 (.399); 2013 bowl opponents: 3
8. Buffalo - 59-88 (.401); 2013 bowl opponents: 3
9. Ball State - 60-89 (.403); 2013 bowl opponents: 3
10. Troy - 60-87 (.408); 2013 bowl opponents: 3
11. Louisiana-Monroe - 61-87 (.412); bowl opponents: 4
12. Utah State - 68-94 (.420); bowl opponents: 4
13. Rice - 64-85 (.430); bowl opponents: 4
14. Arkansas State - 64-84 (.432); 2013 bowl opponents: 3
      Houston - 64-84 (.432); 2013 bowl opponents: 4

(HT FBSchedules.com)