Video: #ArizonaFast is the new normal

This off season has been all about speed. New Bowling Green head coach head coach Dino Babers has coined the hashtag #FalconFast, Gus Malzahn has #AuburnFast, and now Rich Rod and Arizona have Arizona fast.

From the looks of how they're doing things on campus down in Tucson, Arizona's breakneck speed has become "the new normal"...for everyone involved in the football program.

As the folks over at Fox Sports point out, these type of recruiting centered YouTube clips (including the Arizona Speed hit) have made the quite the impression on prospects.

“I’ve had so many guys just from seeing our videos say, ‘I already feel like I know you’ (once they get to campus for a tour).” Matt Dudek, Arizona's director of on-campus recruiting and player personnel told Fox Sports. “That’s the biggest compliment we can get as a coaching staff. It just encourages us to keep doing more fun stuff.”

Read, and see more from Fox Sports on the thought process behind Arizona's creativity here...but first you'll want to enjoy their most recent masterpiece.

Welcome to TDECU Stadium. What is TDECU Stadium?

Maybe this says more about us than the University of Houston, but the first thought Doug and I both had upon seeing the name of the Cougars' new stadium was, "Wait, what does East Carolina have to do with this?"

The Houston Chronicle reported Monday that the Cougars had struck a deal to name their new stadium TDECU Stadium. To a couple of goofs like us, that read as "Touchdown East Carolina University Stadium". In reality, TDECU stands for Texas Dow Employees Credit Union. According to the paper, "Texas Dow Employees Credit Union is the fourth-largest credit union in Texas and the largest in the Houston area with more than 186,000 members and excess of $2 billion in assets, according to the company's website."

After a December 2012 ground breaking, the stadium was constructed for $120 million. It will hold a capacity of 40,000, which includes 25 suites, 42 loge boxes, 766 club seats, four party patios and two open-air suite decks. All premium seat is sold out, according to the school. 

TDECU will pay $1.5 million per year over the next decade for naming rights to the stadium, which is above what Minnesota (TCF Bank Stadium) and California (Kabam Field) received for recent naming rights agreements.

The move represents a landmark moment for the program, which has been somewhat nomadic since its 1948 inception. The Cougars are set to embark on their second season in the American Athletic Conference, after playing 17 seasons in Conference USA, two decades in the Southwest Conference, a decade and a half as a I-A Indepedent, nine years in the Missouri Valley, two years in the Gulf Coast Conference and three seasons in the Lone Star Conference. The American figures to be Houston's home until it's not, which is all anyone can say in this current climate where conferences are only as strong as their latest TV contract.

As Houston has bounced from conference to conference, it has also traversed Space City looking for a suitable place to play its home games. The Cougars originally played in Public School Stadium, renamed Robertson Stadium when the university took control of the structure, but bounced between Rice Stadium and the Astrodome until Robertson's 1998 renovations. The Cougars alternated between the Houston Texans' Reliant Stadium and the Houston Dynamo's BBVA Compass Stadium during TDECU Stadium's construction. 

Houston joins a growing roster of Lone Star State programs that have constructed entirely new stadiums - SMU, North Texas, Baylor, Abilene Christian, Mary Hardin-Baylor - or essentially built new stadiums on top of their existing homes - Texas Tech, TCU, Texas A&M. 

The Cougars will open TDECU Stadium against UTSA on Friday, Aug. 29 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU. 

Photo: Under Armour to launch flavored mouthpieces

This is just too awesome to be real. 

Under Armour has launched a line of flavored mouth pieces that, don't you worry, are both kosher and gluten free. 


I don't know about you, but I'm usually done with a piece of gum after 15 minutes. I can't imagine how awesomely horrendous an orange mint mouthpiece will taste in hour three of a game. 

(HT @UniWatch)

Video: Baylor's training highlights feature the culture Art Briles has created

Art Briles and his staff have helped turn Baylor from an afterthought in the Big 12, to a perennial contender for the conference title and home to one of the most fun offenses in the country.

A large part of the reason that they've been able to accomplish that is because of the culture that they have created in Waco. They've cultivated an environment where players have fun, play freely, and WANT to work hard. Nothing they've released seems to illustrate that quite like this video that captures their approach to off season training.

How many other programs out there have created an environment where players enter the weight room with the same kind of energy they bring on a Saturday afternoon in the fall and enjoy busting their tails like this? For Baylor that's what they call a typical Tuesday in the weight room.

Canada 91, Kuwait 0

By now you're certainly aware of FIFA's World Cup of international futbol going on right now in Brazil, but did you know that's not the only international football competition going right now? Indeed, the IFAF is holding its Under 19 World Championships right now in Kuwait.

The IFAF stands for International Federation of American Football, and it's exactly what it sounds like. Spread across six continents, each of the IFAF's 64 member nations has its own national organization of American football, and they come together every so often to decide a world champion. 

Unlike the World Cup, though, American football is not celebrated on the same level globally as futbol. In yesterday's opening round, Austria topped France 24-7, the United States beat Mexico 49-14, Japan defeated Germany 48-20, and Canada bested Kuwait 91-0.

Yes, 91-0.

Canada scored 36 points in the opening frame, added 14 in the second quarter, scored 27 in the third quarter, and then hit the 91-point barrier with 9:10 to go in the fourth quarter. 

The box score is even more ridiculous. Our friends up north held a 17-1 advantage in first downs, out-rushed Kuwait 177-(-66), held Kuwait to a grand total of four passing yards on 22 attempts, held an absolutely absured 319-24 advantage in quarterback rating, out-gained Kuwait 376-(-62), scored six touchdowns in six red zone chances, all while holding the ball only 15:53 of a possible 48 minutes. 

Here is the drive chart:

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Considering the outcome of another 91-0 final score from October, I can only assume that a bullying charge from a Kuwait parent is imminent.

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