Uniform roundup: Lots of new reveals from the weekend

A number of new uniforms across college football dropped over the weekend. None are newsworthy enough for their own post, so we've combined them all into one super post.

First off, Middle Tennessee unveiled a new uniform set, including the black alternate you see at the top. 

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Marshall has a new set of all green uniforms, and as you can see the players seem to be thrilled to be in them.


Toledo has a new blue set, with its white counterpart coming.


Stepping outside FBS for a moment, we have new uniforms at Northern Arizona...


... and a new white uniform for Georgetown, with its blue sibling sure to come.


Finally, we'll save the best for last. These new UTSA helmets are sweet. I'm digging that orange facemask.

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As always, thanks to @PhilHecken and @sbnuniforms for tracking this stuff down.  

Update: San Jose State will also have new helmets.

Les Miles downs a grass smoothie in the new ESPN CFB playoff commercial

ESPN has a new College Football Playoff commercial out featuring Jerry Jones and a "subtle" Arkansas national title celebration, Urban Meyer downing his fifth cup of coffee of the day, JJ Watt guarding the entrance to Camp Randall with a giant axe, and Les Miles downing a grass smoothie like it's going out of style.

Gotta love this!

Jim McElwain's extension makes no sense

Jim McElwain has done a very nice job at Colorado State since arriving following the 2011 season. Today he was "rewarded" with a lengthy contract extension. 

From the release:

McElwain guided the Rams’ football program in 2013 to its most wins in a single season since 2002, including a victory in the New Mexico Bowl. His team’s 8-6 record marked an improvement for the second year in a row after taking over a program that had posted 3-9 records for three consecutive seasons before his arrival.

“Jim McElwain has breathed new life into our football program,” Morris said. “Last season’s exhilarating come-from-behind victory in the New Mexico Bowl illustrated all of the positive attributes McElwain and his staff have infused in their student-athletes—the perseverance to never give up and the unique bond to support one another on every play. That was a moment that all Rams fans are extremely proud of, and it provided a glimpse of where this program is headed.”

So here's what I don't get. Mac's initial contract (signed nearly 3 years ago) included a base salary of $1.35 million. This multi-year extension only came with a $150,000 raise from that base contract.

McElwain’s initial five-year contract, signed upon his hire in December 2011, included base salaries of $1.35 million with the potential to earn a bonus of $150,000 related his team’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) score. His new five-year contract increases his base salary to $1.5 million with the same bonus structure. Those bonuses are contingent upon having no major NCAA violations. It also includes optional extensions for up to five seasons beyond the initial term of the contract.

Oh, and then it gets worse... 

McElwain’s new contract also includes substantial increases in the amount he would have to pay CSU if he leaves before his contract is up. This includes an initial buyout of $7.5 million, and possible future buyouts of $7.5 million or more as long as he would have five years remaining on his contract, depending upon possible extensions and/or increases in his base pay.

So, a minimal increase in compensation; but a brutally expensive new buyout. Aye, yai, yai. That, um, is not usually a great deal for a young, upwardly mobile coach. I haven't spoken with him about this; but I'm guessing we can all take this as a sign that Mac is truly happy at Colorado State and has no plans to leave as long as they will have him. 

Dana Holgorsen's quote he will almost certainly regret

Dana Holgorsen is under contract as West Virginia's head coach through the 2017 season. Assuming he would like to remain on the job through the life of that contract and into the next one, he will have to do a good bit of recruiting. If he wants to continue recruiting - which he says is going better than it ever has since he arrived in Morgantown - he's going to have to explain this quote to recruits, or rival coaches will do it for him.

I would expect some sort of clarification from Holgo at some point soon but, then again, maybe not. 

Update> Perhaps the following tweets add a little perspective.

Video: An SID tries to return punts, and it does not go well

As a former SID myself, I can report the gap between Sports Information Directors and Division I athletes is about equal to the distance between the peak of Mount Everest and the bottom of the Marianas Trench. Western Illinois has confirmed that for all of us with their fall camp series #WHATSITLIKE.

The Leathernecks' communications staff has taken turns strapping on a GoPro camera and trying to duplicate what their athletes do on the field. One of them caught passes, another stared down opposing linebackers, and this time it's Kyle Bradt's turn to (attempt to) return punts.

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