It's baseball, but Mississippi State's new ballpark renderings look tremendous

Mississippi State is about to reset the market among college baseball facilities with the new renovations of Dudy Noble Field, which were released on Tuesday.


Watch this video and you will truly get a feel for how impressive this upgrade will be. Pay attention around the 1:11 mark. Yeah, those are individual grills out there in the "Left Field Lounge". 

Seating capacity has not yet been determined, but it should not change much from the current totals of 7,200 seats and 15,000 total seats. The project is projected to cost (only) $40 million, and ground won't break until the Bulldogs have secured half of that in donations.

Outside of creating an aesthetically pleasing ballpark, Mississippi State and Populous have found a way to improve what could objectively be called the best stadium in college baseball. In fact, that's already been done. Stadium Journey rated Dudy Noble as its favorite stadium in college baseball last year. And it also holds the NCAA-record for on-campus attendance at 15,586.

The Bulldogs greatest accomplishment, however, is finding a way to actually improve upon the Left Field Lounge. For those unaware, the Left Field Lounge is Dudy Noble's version of the Wall at Fenway, Monument Park at Yankee Stadium, or Howard's Rock at Clemson. It's their untouchable shrine, simply because it's always been there and therefore always will be. Any renovation would have to take the Left Field Lounge into account. 

Mississippi State has found a way to not only incorporate the Left Field Lounge into account, they modernized it and improved upon it. The 86 rigs will be transformed into 86 permanent lounges that will basically serve as year-round tailgating apartments. According to Mississippi State's official blog, lounge owners will have the option to personally customize their lounge, equipped with electricity and storage, and will be open in the fall and spring for both football and baseball tailgating.  

If there's a lesson here for football programs across the country - other than that the SEC has now reset the market for both football and baseball stadia - is to not let your stadium's sacred cow from pushing into the future.

Scott spoke with Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin this afternoon about this project. Have a listen while taking in the images below. Truly an impressive project.

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Kurt Roper has a simple rule for young quarterbacks

7-on-7's at the high school level have become just as much a part of the game as two-a-days, but according to first year Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, except as he sees it, there is one major difference; the bad habits that the 7-on-7's are creating in young quarterbacks.

"What ends up happening so much in high school is that there is so much 7-on-7 that is played at a four second pace, that it really ends up training some bad habits."

"Nobody is getting hit, nobody is in front of them, they're blowing a horn at four seconds...and that's not the real world. When you have a guy like Clowney rushing you, that is below three seconds and then he's bringing 270 pounds of pain. So they have to understand, in order to stay healthy, they've got to throw the football."

Then Roper talked about his one rule for young quarterbacks, which I found especially interesting.

"I have a very simple rule for young quarterbacks when they come in; When we call a pass, I want them to throw the ball, and that's hard for a young guy to do because they don't know what the route concepts are and their first inclination is to keep it and run, well you're not running past guys like (Gators defensive ends) John Bullard and Dante Fowler."

"So simple rule; when I call a pass, throw it. Make a decision and throw it. We'll learn from our mistakes, but be decisive. If a guy can't be decisive, it's going to be hard to play."

Video: Buffalo will be in all black for the Baylor game

Buffalo gets defending Big 12 champion Baylor at home on Friday, Sept. 12 for the all-too-rare ESPN broadcast. To mark the occasion, the Bulls will be in these new black helmets, and they're asking their fans to follow suit.

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This is also the most artistically rendered helmet reveal video I've ever seen.

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Imagine how that technology, if done right, could change television broadcasts, game & practice film review, teaching tape, etc...

360Fly.com - The website says the camera will be ready in "3Q 2014" and suggests an MSRP of $449. 

We just saw this and wanted to share it with you. Let us know your thoughts as to how you might utilize this new technology.

This could be a game changer.


Professional billiards player, meet Dabo Swinney's face

If I told you at 8 a.m. today that a video of professional billiards player Loree Jon Jones using Dabo Swinney's face as a prop would surface today... would you believe it?

Who am I kidding, of course you would. 

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