Rebel Life series: The weight room
Ole Miss is doing a new series entitled "Rebel Life" highlighting the Ole Miss program under Hugh Freeze. The second installment of the series focuses on the weight room and the strength and conditioning staff.
As a few of the players explain, the mindset of the team has been changed and bumped up a notch since the arrival of head strength coach Paul Jackson and assistant John Thompson.
Coach Freeze and the staff have also stressed the importance of accountability to the team and stressed the belief that if one of them succeeds, they all succeed, and if one messes up, they all mess up. In order to demonstrate this, the team was split into groups of ten this off season and if one player isn't meeting expectations, the whole group is punished, but on the same token, if someone is doing exceptionally well, the staff makes a point to recognize that in front of their teammates.
The staff has also organized a morning training table starting at 6:30 am equipped with an impressive breakfast buffet to make sure that they are starting their days off on the right foot.
"Everything we're doing is to make them better football players" Jackson explained. "We will produce the fastest, most explosive team in the conference, there's no doubt about it."
Falcons working on plans for new stadium
The Atlanta Falcons are currently working on a deal that would construct a new world class stadium, complete with a retractable roof.
Originally, the plan was to build an open air stadium and keep the Georgia Dome around for other events such as concerts, SEC championship games, and Final Fours. Building the retractable roof stadium would eliminate the need for that, and possibly lead to the demolition of the Dome.
The planned cost for a new retractable roof stadium is about $947.7 million, with $300 million of that coming from the public sector. Adding a retractable roof to the Georgia Dome was not an option, after a study found that it would cost over $859 million and the new seating capacity would fall short of the minimum requirements of the Falcons organization.
The Georgia Dome is relatively young, opening only 20 years ago, but lacks some of the premium seating options that other NFL venues offer that bring in a substantial amount of money.
“One of the concerns we had with a retractable-roof solution was cost. We have come to understand that to make a deal that is in the best interests of all the stakeholders, that is the best alternative for a 30-year solution. We understand that ups the cost." Falcons President Rich McKay said.
As long as a deal can be reached, construction will begin in 2014 and would be ready for play in 2017.
The idea of tearing down a fully functioning 20 year old stadium and spending $1 billion to build a slightly nicer one seems absolutely insane to us; but maybe that's just the world we live in today.
At FootballScoop we strongly believe in capitalism. If there is a business case for this and someone (presumably Arthur Blank) wants to pony up the funding, then have at it. If not, then this sure seems odd.
Tim Beckman mic'd up
Tim Beckman has been on the job in Champaign for over five months now, and the video below provides a great glimpse into how he's getting after it with the Illini.
Beckman wastes no time getting after the guys, starting early on with stretches and does some great coaching with the linebackers at the goal line as well.
Impressive D-II facilities
In 2011, Harding University (D-II) was coming off a strong 6-4 season where all 4 of their losses came by seven points or less. Last season, despite finishing with the top rushing offense in the country and a top 25 scoring offense they ended up 4-7, losing a handful of close games.
However, with brand new facilities now in place, Harding should be primed to do some big things in the years to come. The facilities put the University near the top tier of D-II schools in terms of facilities, and overall athletic support.
The new facilities include meeting rooms, a 4,000 square foot locker room facility that house 130 lockers, 7,000 square foot weight room (a major upgrade from the former 2,000 square foot space), and a 5,000 square foot athletic training area complete with rehab space, and a hydrotherapy room. Previously the athletic training facility occupied two rooms that didn't combine for 1,000 square feet. Definitely some major upgrades.
We've got a few pics below; but an in depth look at the finished facilities can be found by going here.
LSU 2012 Teaser Trailer
LSU is getting started early with their preseason hype videos, releasing this one last night.
The video matches up audio from the Avengers movie which will be released soon. Very cool.
LSU produces all of these videos from within the football staff. Very, very impressive. Just another reason for 17-18 year old athletes to want to come play at LSU. Somebody is working overtime in that building.
BCS changes coming
BCS executive director Bill Hancock emerged from a 10 hour session with conference commissioners with one simple message about the current BCS system that has taken so much heat recently.
"The BCS as we know it, the exact same policies, will not continue" he explained. "I can take the status quo off the table."
Don't hold your breath waiting for this one though. There is still plenty to be worked out, and conference commissioners and Hancock are trying to iron out the details of some major changes to come after the 2014 season.
We're confident all the major media outlets (ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, etc.) will keep us informed as to how this all plays out.
Purdue revises Boilermaker logo
Purdue is making a slight change to their Boilermaker logo on team apparel for future products, at the request of Nike.
Associate athletic director Tom Schott explained the change saying that it was a decision driven by their apparel provider, Nike. "Nike had come to us a while back with some suggestions. Nike said the train logo we used was not good on apparel. The smoke didn't work on shirts and hats. They recommended this slight revision."
As you can see below, no drastic changes. Just a minor change in the view and some other slight revisions.
Old logo on the left, new logo on the right.
David Shaw: "Take a Stanford guy and you can't lose"
Head coach David Shaw spent just short of a decade coaching in the NFL, and with the NFL draft starting tomorrow, weighed in on Stanford football and the draft. Shaw will join Rich Eisen, Mike Mayock and Charles Davis on Saturday during the NFL Network's draft coverage.
Shaw explains the history of Stanford players having successful NFL careers is deep, and notes that this year's Stanford class is looking to build on that.
In Shaw's words, the choice is simple. "You take a Stanford guy and you can't lose".