Sumlin explains how they mentally prepare for their bowl game

Some coaching staffs like to grind it out on the field with their guys when it comes to preparing for a bowl game, while others want to have fun, stay focused, spread their practices out, and enjoy the experience.

Yesterday, Kevin Sumlin explained that he likes to keep things light and fun at practice and that it's important to not begin bowl prep too early on in the process..

"I use the approach that we have a lot of practices, for not very long." Sumlin said, noting that their last practice went for about a hour.

The primary focus for the Aggies was to get healthy, after playing their 12 game schedule in 12 straight weeks (including 8 SEC games), most of the older guys enjoyed some much needed down time to get healthy, while the younger players got some extra reps. The combination of those two approaches allows for both sides to get amped up for the bowl game.

Sumlin says that the real excitement starts when you actually arrive on site for the bowl game.

"You can implement your game plan too early. People get bored. Believe it or not there's a lot of practices without a whole lot going on."

"It's all about how you handle your preparation before you get to the bowl site." Sumlin explained.

Sumlin and the Aggies will take on Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl on January 4th at 8pm ET on FOX. Both teams come into the game at 10-2.

'The only difference between guard and tackle is three inches'

NFL draft experts spend hours and hours on breaking down film of offensive lineman each season. Everything from their burst off the line to the measurements of their arms are broken down and evaluated to see how they "measure up". 

As we all know, the interior guys at guard have different standards than the guys that play a foot or two away at tackle. 

In Chip Kelly's mind that's ridiculous.

"There's no difference between guards and tackles. I think that you just see things a little differently."

"People make too much about that. You actually move three inches from one side to the other side. When you're a tackle you've got a guy on your head and when you're a guard in a 4-3 defense you've got a guy on your head. So I think the way Wood (Steve Greatwood) coaches those guys it's a little easier transition going from guard to tackle."

"It's not like you're going from offense to defense." Kelly explained.

Asked where he sees one of his guys playing at the next level, Kelly responded by saying, "I don't know. I'm not a 'next level' kind of guy."

David Shaw: 'We'll never stop building here'

David Shaw signed an extension yesterday that is the start of, what he hopes, will keep him at Stanford for a very long time.

"Let's put it this way. I want to coaching here until my kids graduate from here...and I have a two year old."

That is the sentiment that he shared yesterday after practice, noting that they're in the process of doing something special at Stanford that's far from over.

"We're in the process of building something special here, that's not done of course. And the best thing about it is that I don't think it ever will be done. It's something that's continual. We never stop building, we never stop growing and I'm excited to be a part of that process for a long time to come."

Thursday TV - Poinsettia Bowl

The streak of bowl games (with the exception of a few days) gets rolling tonight with BYU and San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl. Read our take on the game here.

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Houston planning for a new stadium

Based on the initial outline and illustrations, Houston has plans to open a new $105 million on-campus stadium set to be ready by the 2014 season opener. The location of the stadium will be the same place that they have played since 1995, where Robertson Stadium currently sits.

The University has reportedly been in talks with Reliant Stadium to use as their home field during the 2013 season while the new field is being built. A decision on that should be made by the end of the month.

As far as the new stadium goes, the orientation has been changed to an East to West layout in order to provide fans and the TV audiences with a view of the Houston skyline, and ease some of the sun exposure that fans seated on the east side of the stadium previously had experienced in Robertson Stadium. Seating capacity wise, the stadium will initially seat 40,000 with a design in mind to allow it expand to a future capacity of 60,000. 

A new and more efficient parking system will also be put in place.

According to My Fox Houston, the Board of Regents have approved an initial financial package of $85 million, with the rest of the $15 million to be raised later on.

More pictures on the project can be seen below.







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