Baylor's new alternate uniforms
While there is no word from Baylor whether these uniforms have officially been added to the lineup, a recruit tweeted out the picture below over the weekend.
The fact that they're showing it to recruits has to count for something. As you can see, there are a few minor changes, including the darker helmet, from their 2011 version.
Kevin Wilson notes interesting stat
As Kevin Wilson spoke during the Hoosier's media day presser late last week, he noted that in order for the program to take significant strides forward this year, they need to have improved play from the quarterback position.
Then Wilson noted an interesting stat on completion percentage.
"Last year as a program, I think we were at 57%." Wilson said. "When I was a player I think our goal was 58%. We thought that was a great passing performance. Well last year if you were 60% you were 60th in the nation, and there's 120 teams."
"In this day and age of high percentage passing and protections the way that coaches have evolved the passing game, all those guys (quarterbacks) have to play better."
While it's no secret that completing a large percentage of your passes normally equals wins, we decided to take a look at some stats over the weekend.
When you take a look at teams that comprised the top ten in completion percentage in 2011 (Boise State, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Houston, USC, Arizona, Toledo), those teams went a combined 98-31 last season, and only Northwestern (6-7) and Arizona (4-8) finished with below .500 records.
At this point, the Hoosiers have nearly a week of practices under their belts and are starting to jell, as this camp highlight video shows.
Addazio: "We have to find our edge"
After practice over the weekend, Steve Addazio was asked to share some of his thoughts on entering a new chapter in the Big East. What he said should strike a chord for many coaches around the country entering their own respective camps.
"This new chapter means that we have to find our edge. What's going to give us that edge? As we roll into this new conference right now, what's our edge? How can we make ourselves different. We talk a lot about that."
"One of the things that we can do is all the things that don't take talent, we can do them really well. Tremendous physical conditioning, mental toughness, great assignment knowledge, attention to detail. Those things don't require you to be faster, bigger, stronger, they just require a little bit more mental toughness." Addazio explained.
Video: Texas A&M linebacker drills
Nice video here from Texas A&M's fall camp highlighting linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt and their linebacker drills.
A solid 4 minutes of footage covering everything from agility work to pass rushing and coverage drills.
UNC's welcome back video
As players reported to camp in Chapel Hill, they were reminded of the hard work that they put in during spring ball.
Well done video here.
Goodell wants football featured in Olympics
Roger Goodell joined The Dan Patrick Show and guest host Mike Florio earlier today and was asked his thoughts on whether he would like to see football featured in the Olympic games.
Goodell notes football's growth and interest worldwide as one of the key factors. Goodell said he "absolutely" wanted to see Football played in the Olympics.
"We're already taking steps to gain that IOC recognition. We have, I think, 64 countries that are playing American football now, and that's one of the requirements. That's been growing dramatically. I think it was 40 just five years ago."
Interest from international cities such as London to host NFL games has also influenced Goodell's outlook.
"Our point is just to keep growing the game. We're having a tremendous reaction in London and the UK for the game of football, our regular season game over there is sold out again this year, we are seriously contemplating as early as 2013 playing two NFL games next season and I think we'll do that. It's a response to the tremendous fan reaction and the growth of the game. If we can continue to grow the game there and have the fan reaction that we have, there very well may be a franchise in London."
Taking a step back to process all of that information, we at FootballScoop still don't expect to be covering Football in the Olympics anytime soon. Perhaps Roger is a little caught up in the Olympic fever at the moment.
Solid "Day One" video from Ole Miss
The guys over at Ole Miss have done a great job producing quality videos all off season.
Their latest addition, entitled "Day One" is no exception. Bottom line is that to accomplish any of their goals, there must be a "Day One." That's where it all starts.
Possible rule enforcement changes coming
The NCAA Division I Board of Directors met last night and endorsed a few recommendations that will change how they punish schools that break the rules.
While an official vote will not take place until the board reconvenes in a few months, Oregon State president Ed Ray assured everyone that, "Our intention is to make this real in October."
Some of the recommended changes include:
- A four tier structure that would address violations ranging from a Level IV violation which would be classified as an isolated incident that does not result in a competitive advantage, to a Level I violation, a serious offense that "seriously undermines or threatens the integrity of the NCAA enduring values." This structure would replace the current two tier structure that only includes major and secondary violations.
-Teams that commit Level I violations could be subject to postseason bans of up to four years, and have to forfeit all of the revenue generated during the years of the violations.
- According to the Detroit Free Press, depending on the severity of the offense, coaches could be subject to a show-cause penalty of up to 10 years.
- An expansion of the Committee on Infractions, that would allow it to handle a higher case load in a timelier manner. The Committee currently carries 10 members and would be upgraded to as many as 24.
According to Ray, who also serves as a chair member on the group that proposed the changes, coaches have approached him and want to see some changes in how the NCAA deals with rule breakers.
"Coaches come to me and say, 'I feel like a chump. I am trying to do things the right way and I have peers who laugh at me because I don't play the game and bend the rules the way they do.' "
"That has got to stop. Most coaches are terrific people who love their student-athletes, try to do it the right way, try to have the right values and succeed. They are very frustrated. This has got to stop. I think most coaches are saying it's about time. We want a level playing field." Ray explained.