What's up with Miami's new 80's style practice shorts?
Kliff Kingsbury has creative control over their uniforms down in Lubbock, and after seeing Miami's choice of shorts for spring ball practices, I can't help but wonder If Richard Simmons or Tom Selleck are among the 80's icons that have had their hands in designing the 'Canes practice wardrobe.
I first noticed the shorts while looking at the practice video below, but after some research it looks like they've got a few different color combinations to choose from. Why they decided to go this route for practice uniforms is a mystery. Perhaps in an effort to prepare everyone for the NFL Combine (aka the Spandex Olympics)?
Maybe I'm crazy, but I don't see this catching on as the newest uniform trend. But crazier things have happened.
The Sun Belt has announced its 2014 conference schedule
The Sun Belt announced its 2014 conference schedule on Saturday. While it's obviously a big day for the conference, it's also notable across the college football landscape as today's news completes the entire 2014 FBS schedule; the Sun Belt was the 10th of 10 FBS leagues to unveil its 2014 slate.
Here are the highlights, plucked from the conference's official release:
- Appalachian State will be making its first trip to Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., since 2007 when the Mountaineers won a 34-32 game over the No. 5-ranked Wolverines. The Mountaineers, ranked No. 1 in the FCS at the time, blocked a game-winning field goal in the waning seconds to secure the historic win at Michigan.
- Breakdown of matchups by conference: AAC (1), ACC (4), Big 10 (2), Big 12 (0), C-USA (4), MAC (3), MWC (5) PAC 12 (1), SEC (10)
- UL Monroe hosts Wake Forest in a rematch of last season's matchup in Winston-Salem, N.C., where the Warhawks held on for a 21-19 victory.
- Georgia State and Georgia Southern, rivals in many other sports, will play the first football game in series history on Oct. 25. The Eagles will make the three-hour drive up the interstate to begin the football rivalry with the Panthers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. Georgia Southern will also travel to Atlanta to take on another in-state foe, Georgia Tech, on Sept. 13 for the first football game in that series.
As a reminder, Western Kentucky has departed the Sun Belt for Conference USA, while former independents Idaho and New Mexico State and FCS immigrants Georgia Southern and Appalachian State have joined the conference.
The schedule opens Wednesday, August 27 with the first game of the FBS season - Abilene Christian at Georgia State - and closes with five games on November 29.
Video: Nick Saban speaks on the 10-second rule for the first time
Nick Saban spoke to the Georgia Minority Coaches Association on Friday, which gave the reporters in attendance their first crack to ask him about the NCAA's proposed 10-second rule and his role in getting the rule on the table.
Saban denied having anything to do with the idea of a 10-second rule, even though he was one of two non-voting members meeting with the rules committee earlier this month in Indianapolis (you know who the other one was by now).
Saban stated he favors the rule because referees should control the pace of play (instead of the opposing offense) and that a slowed-down game is a safer game. Clearly he hasn't read the results of this pace of play study.
Video: How Pat Moorer prepares Texas for spring ball
Longhorn Network provided a glimpse Thursday night at new Longhorns' strength coach Pat Moorer's efforts to prepare his new team for spring football.
As the trusted lieutenant for no-nonsense head coach Charlie Strong, Moorer's workouts are as serious as a trip to the principal's office.
Let's take a closer look at Bobby Petrino's contract
Louisville released the highlights of Bobby Petrino's contract on Friday, and the big ticket item from January - the $10 million buyout - made it in the final version. Should Petrino take another job on or before June 30, 2017, he (or, more accurately, his next employer) would be on the hook for $10,000,000. The buyout decreases by $1.5 million a year from there. If, say, Petrino leaves after the 2016 season, Louisville would have actually made $1 million for his three years of service (minus bonuses). It's worth noting, however, that the buyout decreases by 50 percent if Cardinals athletics director Tom Jurich vacates his post.
As for the rest of the deal, Petrino is signed to a six-year contract with a base salary of $3 million a year. His predecessor, Charlie Strong, made $3.7 million in 2013, while Petrino banked $855,600 at Western Kentucky according to the USA Today coaching salary database.
Petrino can also earn a $500,000 bonus if Louisville posts an APR score of 935 or higher. The Cardinals scored a 924 in 2011-12, but registered consecutive years of 952, 947 and 943 from 2004-06 under Petrino, Louisville's three highest scores since the APR system debuted a decade ago.
From there, Petrino's bonuses range from $25,000 for a conference championship, a top 25 finish or a team GPA of 2.5 to 2-74 up to a $200,000 bonus for a national championship. Petrino can earn up to $4.05 million in one season.
Ready for some MACtion? MAC releases 2014 schedule
Beating only the Sun Belt to the punch, the MAC became the ninth FBS conference to release its 2014 schedule on Friday. As we've come to expect, it's packed full of the midweek madness known to the layman as MACtion.
But let's hold off on the MACtion for now because there's plenty to digest beforehand.
Major non-conference opponents: MAC foes will nearly a quarter of the 2013 year-end top 25. Miami (Ohio) opens the season at home versus Missouri; Baylor hosts Buffalo in a nationally-televised Friday night affair on Sept. 12; Massachusetts travels to Vanderbilt and Kent State pays a visits to Ohio State on Sept. 13; Bowling Green visits Wisconsin and Eastern Michigan visits Michigan State on Sept. 20. Other Power Five foes visiting MAC campuses this season: Boston College (at Massachusetts, Aug. 30), Colorado (at Massachusetts, Sept. 6), Syracuse (at Central Michigan, Sept. 13) and Indiana (at Bowling Green, Sept. 13).
All told, the MAC will play 11 games against the Big Ten, five games apiece versus the ACC and SEC, three Big 12 foes and one Pac-12 opponent.
New coaches: The MAC breaks in four new coaches this season. Their respective coaching tenures will kick off as follows: Mark Whipple (Massachusetts) vs. Boston College, Chris Creighton (Eastern Michigan) vs. Morgan State, Chuck Martin (Miami, Ohio) vs. Marshall on Saturday, Aug. 30. Dino Babers (Bowling Green) opens two days earlier at Western Kentucky.
MACtion, MACtion, MACtion: The MAC has super-served fans of weeknight football this year, scheduling a total of 14 games on Tuesday or Wednesday nights. In fact, ESPN2 and ESPNU will each show a MAC game every Tuesday or Wednesday night of November except for Nov. 26, the night before Thanksgiving.
The MAC championship will be held Friday, Dec. 5 at Detroit's Ford Field and broadcast on ESPN2. Bowling Green will hope to defend its 2013 MAC title following last year's upset of Northern Illinois.
'Every offensive system is its own living, breathing organism'
Ben McAdoo spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons doing what many consider to be one of the top non-coordinator jobs in the NFL; serving as the quarterbacks coach in Green Bay with super star Aaron Rodgers slinging the ball around.
This past offseason McAdoo took the offensive coordinator job with the New York Giants and has spent the past several months putting together an offense that fits their personnel to get things back on track.
The team that won a Super Bowl just a few short seasons ago looked like a distant memory, especially on the offensive side of the ball where Eli Manning tossed a career high 27 picks and the run game disappeared at times. McAdoo is now in charge of putting the back together, and shared an interesting analogy about putting together an offensive identity.
“At this point we’re starting to build what we’re going to look like.” McAdoo told CBS New York.
“Every offensive system is its own living, breathing organism. At the end of the day, you have to make sure you’re flexible enough. It depends on what type of personnel you feed it to see what it’s going to look like. It’s a little early to know what we’re going to look like right now.”
“Really as the offseason and training camp goes on, every offensive system tailors toward the strength of the starting quarterback, what he does well and he doesn’t do well in the pass game. The runs are directly related to the runners. At the end of the day, your system is built around your personnel, not the other way around. “
Every offense is a living breathing organism...make sure you're feeding it the right personnel. That's pretty deep.
I'm now even more interested to see what the Giants offense looks like come fall.
Shelley Meyer: Urban handled his first loss at Ohio State with a 'different perspective'
Urban Meyer's competitive streak is one of the most dangerous forces in college football. Dangerous for his opponents because it's driven Meyer to a 128-25 record in a dozen seasons as a head coach, two national championships at Florida and two undefeated seasons elsewhere. It's also a danger to himself because, if left unchecked, that competitive streak nearly drove him out of the game completely before his 50th birthday.
After leaving Florida and spending a year with ESPN, Meyer famously signed a contract with his family before accepting the Ohio State job, pledging that things would be different this time around. Ever the seasoned coach's wife, Shelley Meyer knew that Urban couldn't prove until the Buckeyes suffered their first loss. A marriage doesn't really start until the first fight, and a coaching tenure doesn't start until the first loss.
"That was what I was waiting on this whole time," Shelley Meyer said. "At the end of the first season I looked at him and I said, 'Really? You had to go undefeated the first year? Now what?' I kept saying, 'Okay, I want to see how you handle that first loss.' Because that's what really sends him over the edge, quote, losing. He can't stand losing."
As fate would have it, Urban made his wife wait an extraordinarily long time before his first loss. Two full regular seasons, in fact. And if one loss could ever justifiably send a coach into a funk, the Buckeyes' 34-24 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship was it. A 24-game winning streak up in smoke, along with Ohio State's spot in the BCS National Championship.
How did Urban handle it?
"He was okay. He didn't come home and just stare for 24 hours and roll around in the bed and have to get up at 4:30 the next morning and go back in the office and watch the film. He had different perspective," she continued. "It is a game. I know that's hard for some people to get, but it is a game."
As the First Lady of Ohio State football, Shelley insisted the Meyer family would not wear another team's colors any time soon. "This is the last job. I mean, no matter what people stay on Twitter or message boards. This is the last job," Meyer said. "This is the job."
And that's because Shelley believes her husband is much closer to his last game than his first. "I really honestly don't believe he will coach that long," she said when asked if Urban would coach into his 70's. "It's just too hard. He just goes too hard. Maybe some other guys can do it, but he can not."