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Have a look at Auburn's summer workouts

Good, short video here giving a look into the summer workout program at Auburn. 

Seven Lakes - Uniform reveal

The Seven Lakes football team in Katy, TX revealed new uniforms yesterday and was nice enough to send us a link to the video. 

Have to think the team was pretty juiced when they saw these for the first time. Good look.

Each NFL team will bring in at least $181 million by 2016 on TV alone

As it sits right now, the Big Ten Network is the measuring stick of major college conference TV deals. However, recent numbers that were brought to light regarding the NFL's television deals make the estimated $45 million per university in earnings from the new Big Ten Network TV deal look like chump change.

During 2013, the NFL distributed an impressive $131 million per team in TV money. According to the Sports Business Journal, each NFL team will get a 20% increase in national TV money this year compared to 2013, which shakes out to around an additional $27 million per club. The resulting increase is due to new TV contract figures for the league that begin next month.

The article goes on to explain that over the next two seasons the increases will total $23 million per club...minimally. So by 2014 the minimum amount that the NFL will distribute is $181 million per team...and that doesn't include a reworked DirecTV deal that's entering its final season. That reworked deal could push the total split per team well over the $200 million mark.

Think about that for a second. Between CBS, DirecTV, ESPN, NBC, Fox and CBS the NFL is raking in some serious coin.

Just to help put things in perspective, the Packers reported earlier this month that of their $187.7 million in revenue that they earned in the fiscal year ending at the end of March, $131 million of that money came from TV deals.

SEC Media Days had a great showing last week, and I'm certainly interested to see how the SEC Network benefits each university, but this is a great reminder that the NFL is still king. No doubt about it.

Read the full piece here. 

Video: You've got to see the new Atlanta Stadium in action

By now you've seen all the renderings of what the new Atlanta stadium is going to look like. Breathtaking and modern would be an understatement. 

The only stadium it could compare to would be the Cowboys' AT&T stadium, and even compared to that, it's still very impressive.

To get a better idea of what fans in Atlanta are in for, the Falcons released this video explaining their vision as the plans became a reality, and everything looks relatively normal until about the one minute mark. That's when the stadium opens up (and then subsequently closes) like a high tech piece of origami like you've never seen before.

The sheer size and mechanics involved are enough to make your eyes pop wide open and force you to say "Wow" out loud. Well played Atlanta...well played.. 

Charlie Weis: "If you don't have a mobile QB, you're playing 11-on-10 football"

A year after his still-hard-to-believe-he-actually-said-that "pile of crap" comment at 2013 Big 12 Media Days, Charlie Weis' Kansas Jayhawks still look like a pile of.... the same stuff they looked like last year.

"We haven't done a thing since I've been here," Weis said Monday. Four wins against 20 losses. One Big 12 win in 18 tries. Zero wins away from Lawrence. Weis knows all the stats. He also knows that has to change, soon, or change will be forced upon him. 

Asked if he had any expectations for his third season as Kansas' head coach, Weis said, "I think it's really, really important that your team's expectations must be clearly defined.  For me to get up here and say 'this is what my expectations are for you' would not be smart. But our team clearly knows what our expectations are."

Weis went back to the drawing board this off-season, hiring John Reagan away from Rice to serve as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, and naming Montrell Cozart as his team's starting quarterback well in advance of fall camp all in hopes of igniting an offense that placed last in the conference in total offense, yards per play, scoring offense, total touchdowns (a whopping 15 less than ninth-place Iowa State, and 69 fewer than league leader Baylor), passing offense, passing efficiency, first downs and red zone offense.

Weis will still be involved in the day-to-day of the Jayhawk attack, but more in a consulting role. "My involvement with the offense will take place during the week," Weis said. "I will not be involved in game day. I'm in a different route. I'm more of an advisor right now. I like to think I'm a good person for him to use as a sounding board. I'll stay out of the way on game days." His only role in play calling, Weis says, will be to jump in with suggestions if Kansas is getting hammered in the run game, for example. 

Cozart, a true sophomore that threw just 63 passes against 66 rushes last season, appears entrenched as the Jayhawks starter, mostly because Weis sounded like a coach that has played his last drop-back quarterback. Part of that is philosophical: "Anytime you don't have a mobile quarterback, you're playing 11-on-10 football. The quarterback being one of the guys that can carry the ball puts much more stress on the defense."

But mostly, it's out of necessity. Kansas just isn't good enough anywhere else. "I think the true dropback quarterbacks have gotten exposed. The only position you could say have been a true Big 12-caliber have been running back," he said. "When you're playing with marginal talent everywhere but running back, you get exposed. A mobile quarterback hides a lot of sins. We've got to score more points to win more games."

 

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