UC Davis has written a football-themed rap song
More often than not, when sports-themed anthems are, well, they're bad. It takes a special skill to work football nomenclature into verse form without sounding like a complete cheeseball. Click here if you don't believe me.
But this UC Davis rap anthem "Go Hard" is, dare I say, pretty good. Don't expect to see Rev Marc and Mo Grant accept a Grammy for this one, but they get the job done.
It's too bad the team only has a couple more days to enjoy it. The 4-7 Aggies close the 2013 season at Sacramento State on Saturday.
'This is what makes us unique at Ole Miss'
Every video that Ole Miss churns out is top quality, and this one is no exception.
It starts with Hugh Freeze explaining the traits that make Ole Miss a special place to play and go to school, and then rolls into some highlights of players having fun and ballin' out.
This is really good stuff, and sums up the environment and culture that Hugh Freeze and his staff have created for their players in Oxford.
Video: All-Access inside meetings at Louisiana-Lafayette
Go inside the weight room and meeting rooms with the Louisiana-Lafayette staff in this video from the good folks over at ESPN.
After losing their first two games to Arkansas and Kansas State, the Ragin Cajun's have ripped off eight straight wins. Six of those eight wins have been by double digits.
The key to their success over the last few seasons under head coach Mark Hudspeth and his staff comes down to two things; working hard, and having fun.
"We work hard to try to be the hardest working team in the country, but also, we try to have a great time with our players." Hud explained.
There's a good reason why Hudspeth's name comes up every offseason when it comes to high profile job openings, and this clip highlighting how him and his staff operate is a great peek into why athletic directors have him on their short list of guys they want to see running their football program.
Thursday TV - Four college games and an NFL game
At the beginning of the year, most NFL fans had the New Orleans vs. Atlanta match up circled on their calendars, and while the Falcon's hadn't had the type of year that they'd hoped for, this one should still be interesting. The last three meetings between these two franchises have been decided by ten points or less.
All times Eastern.
New Orleans at Atlanta - 8:25 - NFL Network
Nicholls State at Southeastern Louisiana - 7 - ESPN3
Rice at UAB - 7:30 - Fox Sports 1
Rutgers at UCF - 7:30 - ESPN
UNLV at Air Force - 9:30 - ESPNU
The Top Ten Athletics Directors You Need to Follow on Twitter
Twitter is great. Never before have you - the fan, the alum, the employee, the coach, the spambot - enjoyed the access to your favorite school's athletics director. With a few pecks at the keyboard, you can share your joys or frustrations in mere seconds. Like one Mississippi State fan did after viewing North Dakota State's season highlight video on our site and wanted to know why his school - an SEC school, in case you forgot - couldn't do the same.
Again, what's not to love about Twitter?
We decided to rank our top 10 Twitter follows among FBS athletics directors.
1. Greg Byrne
Followers (approximate): 15,500
Reason: There are multiple. He is No. 1, after all. There was the time he trolled an Arizona State fan, or the time he announced the hiring of Rich Rodriguez over Twitter, or the time he invited two fans to take part in the Arizona football pre-game, or the time he agreed over Twitter to speak to an LSU sports management class via Skype. If that's not enough, he has Ron Swanson as his avatar.
Update: Thirty-six hours after the fact we received further confirmation that Byrne is indeed a deserving No. 1:
The real D Beebe emailed after being named #1 AD on twit. “Good work GB, but the fake @DanBeebe has over 21K followers. U need 2step it up!”— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) November 22, 2013
2. Scott Stricklin
School: Mississippi State
Reason: Stricklin wrote the book on fan engagement on Twitter.
@CroomDiaries IMO, big board should enhance, not dominate, game experience. We’ve crossed that line. It’ll get fixed— Scott Stricklin (@stricklinMSU) November 17, 2013
3. Jeff Long
Reason: Hard to imagine an AD with a more eventful 18 months than Long. He survived the Bobby Petrino mess, snuck Bret Bielema out of Wisconsin in a giant wheel of cheese (presumably), joined the College Football Playoff selection committee, and still finds time to be a situational comic.
4. Bill Byrne
School: Nebraska, Texas A&M (retired)
Reason: The older of the two Byrne athletics directors, Greg's father is no longer working. But that only gives him more opportunity to throw out hot sports opinions without worrying about the repercussions.
Watched it happen too many times. When tu needs a call, they get it. Clearly a fumble. Call goes for tu.— Bill Byrne (@Bill_Byrne) October 4, 2013
We all new BU was overrated & OU had lots of injuries, but this is hard to watch. I wonder what is on the LHN. Probably a volleyball replay— Bill Byrne (@Bill_Byrne) November 8, 2013
5. Danny White
Reason: One of the hot young names in the business, it's only a matter of time before the son of Duke AD Kevin White changes his handle to something like @OhioStateDannyWhite.
6. Mark Hollis
School: Michigan State
Reason: "Stress relief -- that's the reason I tweet," Hollis said earlier this year. "When you see a bunch of tweets come up from @MSUAD, it's because I'm either stressed about something or I'm extremely bored. I don't use it real well as a means for marketing. I use it more to get things off my chest when they're bothering me. Perhaps somebody in my role shouldn't do it that way, but that's the way I roll. If you know me, that's what I do."
When one of the most creative minds in the business has time to wander, you need to be there.
7. Ross Bjork
School: Ole Miss
Reason: Bjork offers plenty of worthwhile content daily across the Ole Miss athletics spectrum - like here - but his feed really gets good whenever his seven-year-old son gets ahold of Dad's iPad:
8. Kirby Hocutt
School: Texas Tech
Reason: Hocutt announced the hiring of Kliff Kingsbury over Twitter. We only hope the next time the Red Raiders are ready to introduce a head coach that Hocutt remembers to tell his trusty camera man to turn his cell phone sideways.
9. Jay Jacobs
Reason: A former walk-on on the Tigers' offensive line, Jacobs holds two degrees from Auburn and has spent all but one year of his adult life in Auburn. He's as War Eagle as it gets. Which is why we can't tell if he's serious or sarcastic in this tweet, but either way it's just as great.
10. Barry Alvarez
Reason: Technically this is a fake account, although if the top Badger did tweet, we all know he'd have fired off something similar after the Arizona State officiating fiasco.
If those refs are allowed to officiate anything more than a thanksgiving morn football game, then there is no justice. Hang up the stripes.— Barry Alvarez (@BeingAlvarez) September 15, 2013
James Franklin at halftime...
With his team leading Florida 17-3 at halftime at the Swamp, James Franklin had a message for his team.
"It is 0-0; and that is not coach speak...We have got to go out and take this second half..."
His guys went out and outscored the Gators 17-14 in the second half as well.
Another solid video here from Vanderbilt.
Video: Actor Michael Chiklis does his best post-game Bill Belichick impression
After losing to Carolina on a controversial no-call on Sunday night, Bill Belichick got in front of the cameras and talked to reporters like only he can.
The interview got plenty of play on ESPN, and today I came across actor Michael Chiklis (who has starred in the TV show "The Shield", and the movie "The Fantastic Four") impersonating Belichick's now infamous presser as part of a piece on ESPN's SportsNation.
Chiklis nails it too, from the nonchalant emotions, all the way down to the cut-off sweater.
The only actor I can think of that would do a better stone-faced post-game Belichick would be Bruce Willis, and I don't see that video going viral anytime in the near future.
Garrick McGee: "Give us an offseason"
Sometimes a tweet says it all. Heading into Game 23 under Garrick McGee, this is the state of UAB football with a nationally televised game versus Rice on Thursday night:
UAB asking fans to sit on same side of football stadium to make it look good for TV http://t.co/wbyqb2yVng (H/T steveggerken)— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) November 20, 2013
Sure, the Blazers play in an antiquated cavern of a stadium, but they were talking championships in Birmingham this offseason.
UAB is 5-17 in McGee's nearly two full seasons at the helm, and 2-8 this season. After Rice, UAB closes at home with Southern Miss so a 3-9 finish is likely, but a win on the final day of the season to match last year's 3-9 campaign does jive with the dictionary's definition of "progress."
"Regardless about what anybody says about our program, we're able to go out and getting kids that are preforming, that are able to perform as well as anybody in Conference USA," McGee told AL.com.
UAB ranks 75th or lower nationally in six of the eight major offensive and defensive metrics. The Blazers have one win against FBS competition this year, a 27-24 Oct. 12 win over Florida International, who itself needed a 24-23 victory over Southern Miss the week prior to earn its only win of the season. That doesn't come close to dampening McGee's outlook, though.
"Give us an offseason," McGee said. "We're going to continue to push forward. Our kids will be bigger, faster stronger and we're going to add another recruiting class plus about 17 guys that are injured and not able to play and will help us next year. I think the future is bright for us."