Value of the Student Section
If you've ever tried to call a game in Tiger Stadium, The Swamp, at Notre Dame, Penn State, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin or West Virginia you've felt the power, noise and excitement the student section can generate.
At some stadiums, the student section is a distinct advantage for the home team.
UVA isn't currently one of those stadiums; but Mike London is making strides and recognizes the value in the student section. In an effort to engage more deeply with the student body, London and his staff hosted "Virginia Football 101" last night. As you can see below in a letter to the student body that Coach London sent out, he and the staff spent time educating the students about UVA football and trying to make them more knowledgeable and enthusiastic about participating on gameday.
Nearly 1,300 students showed up (total undergrad enrollment per year at UVA is just over 3,000) and one lucky student won free tuition for the Spring semester (nearly a $6,000 ticket).
Coach London clearly sees the value in the student section and is willing to invest his and his staff's time in cultivating a great gameday experience for his players and for the University.
Dear UVa Students:
I would like to invite you to an exclusive, free student event to get you ready for the 2011 football season. Virginia Football 101 will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 5-6:30 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena. One student in attendance will win free tuition for the spring semester (in-state tuition)!
Virginia Football 101 will take you behind the scenes of the program. The UVa football coaching staff will let you know what goes on the night before and the day of games, we’ll introduce you to our offensive, defensive, and special teams philosophies, and we’ll also talk about specific Virginia football strategies.
The first 750 students in attendance will receive a free Virginia Football t-shirt. There will also be free food and Pepsi products while supplies last. In addition to the free tuition giveaway, we’ll also give away two, $250 gift certificates to help you cover your book expenses for the fall semester.
Please use the John Paul Jones Arena student entrance starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Virginia Football 101 will start at 5:30 p.m. I look forward to seeing you there!
Head Football Coach
Below is video of the "white out" at Penn State.
Belichick: Extra points aren't a play
Bill Belichick went on local radio yesterday and inevitably the question came up about how he feels about the NFL changing the kickoff rules this season.
In his response, Belichick introduced a whole new question of whether the league should do away with or alter the extra point play.
Summarizing Belichick's words:
Plays that are non plays shouldn't be part of the game. It's not good for the game. You know like extra points, when you're up to 99% on extra points it's not a play. Let's move the ball back to the 15 or the 20 yard line and not make it a tap in, and least make them putt it.
The full interview is nearly 30 minutes long and can be heard here. The discussion regarding extra points occurs around the 6 minute mark.
Mizzou becoming QB U?
It would be hard for any program to match the success that the last 3 quarterbacks at Missouri have had. Brad Smith, Chase Daniel and Blaine Gabbert are all in the NFL and each owns his own set of records back at Mizzou.
This year, the Tigers are looking to James Franklin to take the reins. Coaches Pinkel and Yost have been very positive about his performance thus far; but the real test comes on September 3rd when Miami (OH) comes to town.
Mizzou's defensive front is stacked and every receiver is returning on offense. Watch out for these guys.
As for Franklin, he's athletic (was a serious dual threat in high school); and quite possibly the nicest quarterback you'll ever hear speak. Watch this video.
A regular season game in Japan
That's what Hawaii athletic director Jim Donovan recently said he'd like to see happen.
Yes, a division 1 game vs. a west coast team as soon as the 2014 season. The likely opponent would come from either the Mountain West conference or the Pac-12.
Word is that the Pac-12 would like to see this happen as well. TV Money!
Not so sure that either the players or the coaches involved would vote for this one.
Must see: New Maryland Uniforms
We just watched Maryland and Under Armour host what can only be described as a football fashion show. Words can not describe. If you watch, jump forward to the 10:45 mark; but don't say we didn't warn you. This will leave a mark.
As for the unis themselves, we've got pics (thanks to CBS Sports Brian Fischer).
Coach Edsall said via twitter that he'd like for fans to vote on the color combination that the Terps will wear in their opener versus Miami. By the way, the visual of Edsall in his starched khakis and pressed white under armour polo in the middle of all of the players wearing countless color combinations was surreal (scroll to bottom).
Our culture is, we kick your A**
Excellent video and speech from Marcus Allen speaking to the USC team about what it means to play for USC.
No explanation needed, just watch.
Pete Carroll's latest
Seahawks team meeting.
Pete Carroll up front going over practice plans for the day...
Police walk in.
Police escort DE Raheem Brock to the back and proceed to question him...
Carroll announces Brock's been punk'd.
Does anyone think that one day someone's going to come after Carroll? Please let a camera be rolling.
How would you read this?
The picture below began circulating around this afternoon. Apparently, the graphic designers at Tennessee recently put this up on the doors exiting the locker room.
We are told the slogan was meant to read, "Opportunity is Now Here".
Is that how you read it?