Les Miles rappels down a 24-story building: A photo / video journey
If you woke up this morning and were told an FBS head coach would be rappelling down a 24-story building, you would no doubt be surprised. Wait, let me rephrase that. If you found out any FBS head coach other than Les Miles would be rappelling down a 24-story building, you would be surprised.
To benefit the Louisiana Family Forum's "Over the Edge for Adoption" campaign, Miles steadily lowered his body down the 24-story One American Place building in Baton Rouge on Thursday. Thankfully, the Internet stepped up to the plate to document his journey.
Before the ascent:
Coach Miles putting on equipment before he heads to the top of the building to rappel down. twitter.com/LSUfball/statu…— LSU Football (@LSUfball) May 30, 2013
No turning back now"
The man himself in progress:
Drawing a crowd:
Here's video from some people at work seeing Les pass by. Thank goodness for camera phones.
God bless Les Miles.
Video: The creative process behind Baylor's new uniforms
If there's anything we like to see more than new uniform reveal videos, it's getting a peek behind the creative process.
Baylor released their new unis recently, and the video below provides a look behind the scenes with equipment manager Jeff Barlow. Barlow provides a quick history lesson on how the Bear mascot and the colors were chosen, as well as why they decided to add a matte black helmet.
"What we like to say is 'if you look good, you feel good, you play good.' That all kind of translates into recruiting, and these guys all want to be able to look good, feel good, and play good." Barlow explains in the clip.
SoCon to add VMI, East Tennessee State and Mercer in 2014
The Southern Conference, more commonly known as the SoCon, will add Virginia Military Institute (VMI), East Tennessee State and Mercer to its ranks in time for the 2014 football season. East Tennessee State and Mercer have formally accepted the league's invitations, and VMI is expected to do the same on Friday.
“The addition of these three institutions will solidify the Southern Conference and ensure our position as a vibrant league with a bright future,” commissioner John Iamarino said in the SoCon's official statement. “We are delighted to invite three quality institutions, two of which are returning to a home they previously enjoyed for many years."
The Keydets, Bucs and Bears will join a remaining SoCon roster of Wofford, The Citadel, Samford, Chattanooga, Furman, Elon and Western Carolina.
VMI comes to the SoCon from the Big South, while East Tennessee State and Mercer will arrive from the Atlantic Sun. Both of the latter schools are in the process of launching their football programs, East Tennessee State will resurrect its program in 2015 after a 12-year absence, while Mercer begins play this fall as a member of the Pioneer Football League after originally dropping the sport in 1941.
The SoCon adds the trio in the latest in a long game of dominoes started years ago at the highest level of FBS. VMI, East Tennessee State and Mercer join the SoCon to replace departing members Appalachian State and Georgia Southern, who are headed to the Sun Belt to help mitigate the loss of Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky and North Texas, who are replacing SMU, Houston, Tulane, Memphis, East Carolina, Central Florida and Tulsa in Conference USA, who joined the Big East to fill the void left by Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Louisville and Rutgers, and so on and so forth. Clear as mud, right?
So, what we're saying is, if you're a Keydets, Bucs or Bears fan, make sure you thank a Pittsburgh, Syracuse or Louisville fan today for your good fortune.
Middle Tennessee's 2013 hype video is top-notch
With non-conference road games against teams like North Carolina, and BYU there should be no shortage of excitement in Murfreesboro.
But just in case, this season hype trailer for the Blue Raiders' 2013 season should provide an extra jolt of excitement surrounding Rick Stockstill and his program.
Who has the best grass field in college football?
If you've ever watched a game and thought to yourself, "Man, this grass field looks amazing," you aren't alone. In fact, the SportsTurf Managers Association got together and voted on whose field looks the best and, for the 2012 season, Iowa State's Jack Trice Stadium came out on top.
“It’s always good to be recognized by your peers,” Iowa State athletics turf ground manager Tim Van Loo said in reaction to the win. “It’s also quite humbling.” As part of their prize, Van Loo and his five-man student staff will appear on the cover of an upcoming issue of SportsTurf Magazine. Not bad for a group of guys putting in yeoman's work in a thankless job.
The win marked Iowa State's second victory in the history of the award, the first coming in 1996. Dating back to 1991, the STMA has doled out the honor on a semi-annual basis since then. Northwestern took home top honors in 2011 in the first time the award was given since Virginia Tech claimed the prize in 2008. Panther Stadium at Oregon Unified School District in Oregon, Wisc., won the prize in the Schools and Parks Division.
Unfortunately for traditionalists, this is a field with dwindling competition. In the Big 12 alone, seven of the 10 schools utilize artificial surfaces.
One look at Jack Trice Stadium and it's easy to see Van Loo and his crew were deserving winners.
Rate Lane Kiffin's acting skills in this USC promo
USC is in the midst of its Coaches Tour 2013 - a chance for Trojans fans of California to have their favorite school's coaches brought to them for some quality face time. To get the word out, USC used its two most recognizable coaches to shoot a promotional video.
In one corner we have head football coach Lane Kiffin, a face undoubtedly known to 100 percent of this audience. In the other corner sits new Trojans head basketball coach Andy Enfield. College basketball fans may remember his starring role in the 2013 March Madness hit - "Dunk City: A Florida Gulf Coast Story".
The gist of this promo is that Kiffin is to explain what the USC Coaches Tour is all about to newcomer Enfield. We can't decide what we like more, Kiffin's deadpan line, "I'm sure they'll be there to see our wives and not us," or that you can see USC's video crew and equipment in the reflective glass on the wall behind Kiffin and Enfield.
Considering the Trojans' proximity to Hollywood, maybe they should outsource this stuff to the professionals next time.
American Athletic Conference releases their logos
The new American Athletic Conference has released their primary logos.
Commissioner Mike Aresco, who has been vocal in staying away from the "AAC" acronym. stated that the logo featuring the classic letter "A" and unique star inside was unanimously chosen.
"It's a bold look. Obviously this is a media world we live in, and we wanted to make sure we had the kind of mark that would be distinctive and would make an impact when people saw it. We wanted it to be something people would like and remember, but the notion really was to make it as simple as possible but also strong." Aresco told USA Today.
We definitely don't see this unique logo being confused with any others out there.
What are your thoughts?
Just as a reminder, the American Athletic Conference will be a 10 team league in 2013 (Louisville, Rutgers, UConn, South Florida, Cincinnati, Temple, Houston, SMU, Central Florida, Memphis). In 2014, Louisville will depart for the ACC and Rutgers will leave for the Big Ten, but the conference will add East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa.
(H/T to USA Today for the logos)
Video: PJ Fleck passionately explains his vision for Western Michigan
As a first time head coach leading a MAC program, and the youngest head coach in the FBS, PJ Fleck has developed a very good vision for the Western Michigan program and has really embraced getting the word out through the use of technology.
In this sit down, coach Fleck explains the "Row the Boat" philosophy that is now entrenched in the Bronco program and how some adversity in his own life influenced him to embrace that quote and philosophy for his new program.
"What 'Row the Boat' basically means is that, when you row a boat, you're facing the opposite direction that the boat is actually going. When you're rowing it, you have to row at the same efficiency, the same power, same speed, same energy as the other people in the boat to get effectively from point A to point B, as fast as possible," Fleck explained.
"A is where we are at right now, and B is the goal. If we can get everyone in the boat rowing at the same speed, efficiecny and power, we'll get there a lot faster. Now if one person in that boat decides to slow down, and not row and do their job like everyone else, then we'll zig-zag to point B. If one side of the boat stops rowing, then we'll just go in a circle and four years from now they'll be a new head football coach here, they'll be a new belief and a new method and a new saying around here."
"So anyone that comes in contact with the Western Michigan team, we want them to grab an oar and start rowing."
Hear coach Fleck talk more about his extensive philosophy and vision, including his plan to have an oar in every hospital, bank, bakery, and dorm in Kalamazoo, in the clip.
Young coaches take note. It's this type of clear vision for a program, and passion that's needed to become a become a young head coach.