In 2011, Harding University (D-II) was coming off a strong 6-4 season where all 4 of their losses came by seven points or less. Last season, despite finishing with the top rushing offense in the country and a top 25 scoring offense they ended up 4-7, losing a handful of close games.
However, with brand new facilities now in place, Harding should be primed to do some big things in the years to come. The facilities put the University near the top tier of D-II schools in terms of facilities, and overall athletic support.
The new facilities include meeting rooms, a 4,000 square foot locker room facility that house 130 lockers, 7,000 square foot weight room (a major upgrade from the former 2,000 square foot space), and a 5,000 square foot athletic training area complete with rehab space, and a hydrotherapy room. Previously the athletic training facility occupied two rooms that didn't combine for 1,000 square feet. Definitely some major upgrades.
LSU is getting started early with their preseason hype videos, releasing this one last night.
The video matches up audio from the Avengers movie which will be released soon. Very cool.
LSU produces all of these videos from within the football staff. Very, very impressive. Just another reason for 17-18 year old athletes to want to come play at LSU. Somebody is working overtime in that building.
"The BCS as we know it, the exact same policies, will not continue" he explained. "I can take the status quo off the table."
Don't hold your breath waiting for this one though. There is still plenty to be worked out, and conference commissioners and Hancock are trying to iron out the details of some major changes to come after the 2014 season.
We're confident all the major media outlets (ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, etc.) will keep us informed as to how this all plays out.
Purdue is making a slight change to their Boilermaker logo on team apparel for future products, at the request of Nike.
Associate athletic director Tom Schott explained the change saying that it was a decision driven by their apparel provider, Nike. "Nike had come to us a while back with some suggestions. Nike said the train logo we used was not good on apparel. The smoke didn't work on shirts and hats. They recommended this slight revision."
As you can see below, no drastic changes. Just a minor change in the view and some other slight revisions.