Photo: Terry Bowden tweets a new white helmet for Akron

It's hard to have a distinctive look when your colors are white, blue and gold. That's a road pretty well traveled. 

Akron, wearers of white, blue and gold, had a pretty good look in 2013. Not great, but certainly nothing to be ashamed about.

Akron gold

Last month, head coach Terry Bowden unveiled a new gold Christmas-ornament helmet that looked like an exact replica of Baylor's gold chrome helmets.



But on Saturday, Bowden tweeted out yet another look that I really like. It's a white lid with a gold Z and a blue facemask. The colors work together in concert, and the Z stands out here unlike on any other Akron helmet.

There's nothing unique about white, blue and gold, but that Z sure is one of a kind.


Video of the Day: Here's Texas' hype video for Charlie Strong's debut season

This is pretty good from a program that had fallen way behind on stuff like this. 

Video: Camp at this Division III school looks fun

Most Division III schools wish they could have the video support of Linfield College. Heck, some Division I schools don't even have it this good. The Catdome Alumni folks behind the Wildcats' videos always make them look good, and this camp highlight video is no different.

Two FBS programs just scheduled a home-and-home series...all on Twitter

Earlier today Kansas State athletic director John Currie took the #Chillin4Charity challenge, and wrapped it up with a bit of a challenge of his own.

Just to be sure Stricklin saw it, Currie tweeted him the video. You can never be too sure with matters like this, and it might have been the best use of Twitter all day, if it weren't for that LeBron James character and his announcement.

Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin heard him loud and clear, and the two teamed up to tackle what may be Twitter's last unconquered frontier; scheduling an FBS football game via the social media platform.

"It takes a pretty savvy partner," Stricklin told ESPN late tonight. "John's a pretty sharp guy. It was kind of a fun way to do it. There's a younger generation of guys out there that communicate through these mediums."

The whole conversation went like this:

How awesome is that? No ink has been put to paper yet, but looks like the two programs will meet in Manhattan, KS in 2018 and then in Starkville in 2019 when they get the paperwork done.

Seriously, is there anything that Twitter can't do?

Want your players to work harder? Hud suggests leading by example

Lousiana-Lafayette's Mark Hudspeth is on the short list of head coaches that you'd undoubtedly want on your side in a bar fight, or bench pressing competition.

As if you needed any further proof other than just watching him in action on the sidelines, take a look at this video from almost a year ago. Hud can throw around some serious weight. In a recent interview with Bruce Feldman, Hud said he's benching 380 right now, and hopes to hit the 400 mark by the start of the season.

While working out has it's obvious advantages for his own personal health and well-being in a profession riddled with high profile coaches with various health issues, Hud says his passion for staying in shape goes beyond that; it's also a powerful motivational tool for his team.

"My favorite quote of all time is 'the speed of the leader is the speed of the pack,' and that's why I try to bring a lot of energy and a lot of juice, chasing guys around."

"Same thing in the weight room. I want them to see me in the weight room. See me running, see me "protecting the house" as I run around the stadium, because I want them to think I'm all in with them. Not just some big, overweight coach that's got a dip in that's telling his guys to 'play hard and to work out hard.' I believe that if they respect you and they see that you work hard and they see the energy and passion that you have hopefully that'll rub off on them."

Listen to Hud's comments at about the 8:30 Mark. On another interesting note, just before that, Hud talks about trying to run off the strength and conditioning coordinator Rusty Whitt, whom he inherited for the final six months of Whitt's contract upon taking the UL job. However, when it was all said and done, Whitt eventually earned Hud's admiration and respect.

Overall, a solid listen. Well worth some time.

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