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Upgrade: Wyoming reveals new uniforms and helmets

Wyoming will be rocking some new threads once the 2011 season begins.

Today, head coach Dave Christensen and the athletic department revealed the new pants, jerseys, and helmets.

New is a brown on brown look, pants and jerseys.  A brown helmet could potentially go along with that particular look.

According to the press release, “Home uniform options feature a traditional combination of brown jersey with gold or white pants, as well as an option of brown jersey and brown pants. The brown home jerseys feature the traditional "WYOMING", in white letters, across the front of the jersey and a gold panel down the sides.”

“Gold jerseys may also be worn for home games. The gold jerseys can be paired with brown, white or gold pants. The gold jersey features the letters "WYO" in brown, outlined in white. There is no secondary color panel on the side of the gold jerseys.”

“Road uniform combinations are built around a newly-designed white jersey for 2011. The redesigned white jersey features the letters "WYO" across the front and gold panels down the side of the jersey. The "WYO" letters on the white jersey are in brown, outlined in gold. They replace the word "WYOMING", which was in brown on the previous version of the road whites. The road white jerseys can be combined with brown, gold or white pants, and when paired with the new brown helmet give a very modern, distinctive look to the Cowboy uniform.”

Personally, we like the all brown (UPS look) or all gold looks. The brown pants with white jerseys and brown helmet looks good, too. We ask you this..."What can brown do for you?"

Here’s the video of the new styles for the Cowboys:

Wyoming

 




Video: Gruden endorses Thibodaux, LA after the Manning Passing Academy

Jon Gruden spent this past weekend in Thibodaux, Louisiana at the Manning Passing Academy.  Thibodaux is a small Cajun community in LaFourche Parish about an hour southwest of New Orleans.  It’s the home of Nicholls State University and Rox's Bar.

Gruden joined thirty-six starting D1 quarterbacks as camp counselors along with Mike Mayock, Eli Manning, and Peyton Manning to name a few.

Some of the notable college players that served as counselors were Andrew Luck, Kellen Moore, EJ Manuel, Jordan Jefferson, Landry Jones, Kirk Cousins, Tino Sunseri, AJ McCarron, Jacory Harris, and John Brantley.

Gruden, who rocked his FFCA (Fired Football Coaches Association) visor throughout the weekend, enjoyed instructing some of 1200 campers through individual drills, but he may have enjoyed the food from south Louisiana as much as anything.

By the end of the camp, he may have also become the spokesman for LaFourche Parish, who received a ringing endorsement from the always positive Gruden.

Watch this.  It's good stuff from Gruden.

 




Going up: Sunday night bar tabs at the AFCA convention

DI coaches are set to consider a proposal to allow all forms of electronic correspondence to be sent to recruits beginning at the same time that phone contact is allowed.

This would give coaches the opportunity to text message and email recruits, something most coaches find as a more efficient way to communicate with recruits.

The electronic communication would have to be sent directly and privately to the prospect or his parents / legal guardians.  Thus, coaches would still not be allowed to post on the Facebook “wall” of a recruit.

Coaches are also expected to vote on whether to eliminate the limits on the number of phone calls to prospects. Currently, many coaches put pressure on recruits to call coaches.  Coaches will email a recruit to simply say, "Call me."

During a recent cabinet meeting, the members of the DI Recruiting and Athletics Personnel committee also proposed to eliminate the contact period for D1-AA programs in recruiting between New Year’s Day and the AFCA convention

A quiet period is a time when the college may not have any in-person talk with the prospective student-athlete or the parents off the college’s campus. The coach may not watch the prospect play or practice. The prospective student-athlete can visit college campuses during this time and a coach may write or telephone.

In other words, coaches work their tails off.  A little break would be nice.  Every once in a while, even coaches, want to forget about work and drink some Miller Lite with their buddies.  So let us pack our stuff on Sunday morning and catch a flight to the convention.

In the past, many coaches haven't arrived at the convention until Monday morning instead of Sunday afternoon.  

The 2012 AFCA convention is set for January 8-10 in San Antonio.   




Steve Addazio talks about "that edge."

Temple head coach Steve Addazio is hoping his team will develop “that edge.”

After six seasons with Urban Meyer at Florida, Addazio admitted this morning that he was pleasantly surprised at the talent level at Temple after leading the Owls through spring practice.

This morning, Addazio told 990 AM The Sports Animal, “I think we are talented.  I don’t think we have as much depth as we might have had at Florida, but we are a very, very talented football team.  I think we have to be a mentally tough and physically tough football team.”

“What’s our edge?  We talk about being ‘Temple Tough.’  Maybe it’s part of my background being an offensive line coach, but I want a tough football team.”

“I want a team that loves the game of football.  I want a team that respects the game of football.  We’re going to play hard and play with intensity.  We are talented.  There is no question about that.  We want to develop that edge…that edge that can separate you and help you win a championship.”

Addazio admitted he’s glad that very few of the MAC programs recruit the Philadelphia area and surrounding region.  He also believes that Temple will be able to sign four or five players each year out of the state of Florida.

The 2011 season begins with Villanova.  After a trip to Akron, the Owls will host Penn State.  The final non-conference game will be at Maryland in week #4.  Addazio said that his program wants to continue to play a couple of BCS programs each year in the non-conference schedule, something some of the MAC programs don't like to do.




Tim Beckman facing logistical headache with 2011 schedule

Toledo head coach Tim Beckman is facing a major challenge this year in regards to the Rockets’ schedule.

This season, Toledo will play two Tuesday night games, a Thursday night game, and three Friday night games.

This morning, Beckman told 990 AM The Sports Animal, “I guess I’m kind of an organizational freak.  You have to be able to adjust and adapt.  I take it just like a game as a defensive coordinator, being able to adjust and make a call.”

In other words, the logistics and practice scheduling become a pain in rear.  The positive is the television exposure.  In fact, Toledo will play eight games this season on television.

As Beckman said, “That’s a quite a few for a MAC, non-BCS football team.”

Toledo opens on a Thursday night against New Hampshire.  The Rockets will play back-to-back Tuesday night games against Northern Illinois and Western Michigan.  Boise State comes to town for a Friday night game.  There are also back-to-back Friday night games against Central Michigan and Ball State to end the season.

FYI: In case you planned on attending the Toledo / Miami (OH) game on October 8, the game has been moved to October 22 to avoid a conflict with the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.




Ole Miss launches video in effort to create excitement of 2011 season

In effort to create excitement about the 2011 season, the Ole Miss athletic department has launched a new marketing video featuring senior tailback Brandon Bolden.

Bolden has a unique talent due to some nifty film editing.  (See video below)

This is the first video Ole Miss has produced highlighting a specific player.  In recent weeks, we have seen South Carolina and USC produce videos of similar nature.

In addition to the video, Ole Miss is also utilizing interstate billboard space throughout the state of Mississippi and around the Memphis, TN area to help generate anticipation of the season.

This year, Ole Miss doesn’t appear to have a national spotlight type of player such as Eli Manning, Patrick Willis, Mike Wallace, Michael Oher, or Dexter McCluster.  One of the ways Ole Miss has tried to get fans to look forward to the season is publication of the 100 improvements that fans will see on game day this season inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

The schedule, from a fan’s perspective is pretty good as well.  The home schedule begins with BYU on September 3, 2011.  The other home games include Southern Illinois, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, LA Tech, and LSU.

Here’s the video of Bolden and his unique talent:

"Preparation" - Ole Miss Football Spot from UM Media Documentary Projects on Vimeo.

 




Edsall gets his own ice cream flavor named "Rockin' Randy"

After 74 career wins as a head coach, Randy Edsall finally has his own ice cream flavor.

The University of Marlyand on-campus ice cream parlor name The Dairy has created “Rockin’ Randy.”

Some media members have joked that since Edsall closed most of the spring practices, this was one way the team could create a buzz about the new head coach.

The flavor mixes vanilla chocolate chip ice cream with chocolate marble swirl, Reese’s, and Heath Bar pieces.

Sounds like a delightful concoction.

We have heard both Maryland graduate assistant coaches will be chillin’ in the film room during August practice with a bowl of “Rockin’ Randy.”  Neither grad assistant will be allowed to coach on the field due to self-imposed penalties during the first sixteen practices.

We’ve yet to hear if Fridge has tried “Rockin’ Randy.”

Edsall




QB boxing this summer in advance of brutal early season schedule

Tulsa enters their first season under new head coach Bill Blankenship, who served last season as the Golden Hurricanes’ special teams coordinator / running backs coach.

Former Northern Colorado assistant Greg Peterson will serve as the offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach.  His quarterbacks coach will be grad assistant James Kilian.  You don’t see that often…a grad assistant coaching the quarterbacks.

But you don’t see this often, either.  Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinnie is preparing for August camp by stepping in the ring and boxing at Cecil Pettigrew's Team Lethal Boxing Gym.

Kinnie told the Tulsa World, "Endurance has been (a big benefit). I run the ball. I'm not just a pocket passer and we go at a fast tempo.  Footwork and endurance are probably my two biggest things."

Kinnie is one of several players using boxing to train for the season.

Tulsa offensive lineman Jacob Rader explained, “As an offensive lineman, we hit with our hands. If you make contact with your shoulder or head, you are doing something wrong. Hand placement and hand speed are something that I've gained a lot of experience in coming to the gym."

In the meantime, Kilian still remains the only quarterbacks coach in D1 football without a website mugshot photo.

Come on, Tulsa.  Give the guy some love.

FYI: Tulsa has a pleasant early-season schedule.  The Golden Hurricane open at Oklahoma.  A week later they travel to New Orleans to play Tulane in the Superdome.  After hosting Oklahoma State in the third week, Bill Blankenship get his first shot against Boise State on the Blue Turf. Not exactly the first four opponents you'd like to see as a first-year head coach.