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Photos: Arkansas has unveiled new uniforms

April is officially New Uniform Month on the college football calendar. After new looks revealed this month at Syracuse, MiamiIllinois, Florida State and Washington, now Arkansas has taken its turn to debut its new kit. Each of those half-dozen schools wears Nike. Coincidence?

Speaking of Nike, its creative types like to use a lot of brand-speak, where they talk about how a team's history and it's style of play can somehow inspire a uniform font. They do get one thing right, however, and that's unifying a look throughout an entire athletics department. 

As for the football uniforms, not much has changed here. Many won't even notice a change since the helmet (rightfully) remains untouched. The Hogs have moved away from the odd shoulder striping employed for the past two seasons.

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The Hogs have created a pretty sharp landing page containing everything you'd ever want to know about all their new uniforms. Check it out.




When taking a job at a state school, consider the hidden benefits

Nick Aliotti put in good work for the University of Oregon for a long time, and now the state of Oregon is going to reward him for the rest of his life.

According to a public records request by the Oregonian, Aliotti will receive a state pension of $20,594.30 a month (nearly $250,000 a year) for the rest of his life. The state of Oregon's Public Employee Retirement System allows someone of Aliotti's service level (26 years) to receive 45 percent of salary averaged out for his final three years of employment. Aliotti was the Ducks' defensive coordinator from 1999 through 2013, also served in separate stints in Eugene from 1978-79 and 1988-94 and worked as Oregon State's running backs coach from 1980-83. 

At a normal life expectancy rate, Aliotti will bank a total of $6.6 million through 2040. (On an aside, Aliotti's pension payed him a bump after converting his whopping 1,304 hours of accrued sick leave. At a normal, 40-hour-a-week job, that's 32 weeks of paid "vacation" right there.)

While Aliotti will certainly make off well in retirement, he's got nothing on his former boss. Former Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti, who last coached in 2008 and left the university for good in 2010, hold's the top pension payout in the state of Oregon at more than $513,000 a year. Again, that's half a million big ones for the rest of his life, and it's on top of the money he makes as a TV analyst.

For a coach in his 20's or 30's, this is definitely something to consider when choosing jobs. Did Bellotti or Alliotti turn down jobs in their careers that would have taken them out of state, and thus out of Oregon's state pension system? Most certainly. Did they do it with those pensions in mind? Only they can say for sure, but probably not.

But you can bet that right now they're darn glad they did. 




Colorado's 'Proving Grounds: Uncommon' will be the best thing you watch all week

A year ago, Colorado's "The Boulder Experience" video was a finalist for FootballScoop's Video of the Year award. Time will tell whether or not "Proving Grounds: Uncommon" earns the same honor, but one thing is absolutely certain: the Buffs know how to shoot a video. Every shot in this 9 minute, 34 second video is a work of art. 

The title of the video is derived from Colorado's program mission of finding uncommon players to lead the Buffaloes back to prominence. 

"Our young men have to have uncommon effort with an uncommon competitive edge every single day of their life," says head coach Mike MacIntyre. 

A three-win bump from 2012 to 2013 shows MacIntyre may be locating that uncommon edge. 

Proving Grounds: Uncommon from CU Football Video on Vimeo.




Video: Larry Fedora spoofs ESPN commercial

Few companies do commercials that live up to ESPN's quality and knack for drawing a few laughs during a 30 second spot. Take the one that the Manning family starred in for example.

Just as the best coaching ideas are borrowed from other coaches and programs, the same can be said for commercials, as Larry Fedora illustrates here. 




Alabama set to sign one of the richest multimedia rights deals in college sports

Alabama doesn't have its own television network, but it's about to make TV network money, Sports Business Journal reported Monday.

The Crimson Tide are set to re-sign an agreement with Learfield Sports to Alabama's multimedia rights for a 10-year deal worth between $15 or $16 million a year. For those keeping score at home, that's matches the cut Texas gets for the Longhorn Network.  

Alabama's multimedia rights agreements covers basically everything except television rights. Learfield will sell radio rights, corporate sponsorships, print advertising and the like. The school's relationships with Learfield stretches beyond that of a typical multimedia rights deal, as Learfield also handles rights to beverages (Coca-Cola), sports drinks (Gatorade) and concessions within Bryant-Denny Stadium.

“We’ve been there a long time,” Learfield CEO Greg Brown said of the relationship with Alabama. “In the early days of the relationship, football wasn’t as good and there were some challenges. But even then, the business did very well and we’re very confident in the long-term strength of the brand. When you think about Alabama’s stability and continuity, it’s almost unlike any other in college sports.”

Alabama could earn beyond the $15-16 million a year mark if sales pass a certain threshold, SBJ reported. This, of course, comes in addition to the money Alabama earns through CBS and ESPN for football television rights through the SEC. The new contract will push the Tide beyond any school in terms of multimedia rights earnings except Notre Dame and Texas, both of whom have individual television rights contracts.

The Alabama athletics department earned $143.4 million for the 2012-13 fiscal year. 

Read the full story here.




We really like seeing new staffs do this

For nearly a decade, Chris Petersen has been the face of the Boise State football program. Now that Petersen has moved on to Washington, the reigns have been handed to Bryan Harsin, a former Boise State quarterback turned assistant coach who has climbed the coaching ranks to become the head coach of his alma mater. Now Harsin is in charge of one of the most wildly successful programs of the past decade.

Harsin is a "Boise guy" through and through, and the majority of his staff already has solid ties to Boise State and the state of Idaho. However, just as all coaches who take over new programs, the Bronco staff has to get the "Bryan Harsin message" out to all the high school coaches. In order to do that, all nine of the full time assistants hit the road hard this morning.

The mission is to get the nine full time assistants into 130 Idaho high schools over the next four days, which is what the mysterious horseback tweet meant over the weekend.

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It's not going to be easy (even in cars), but high school coaches will appreciate the tenacity and passion that these guys are hitting the road with.

If you're a new staff, it's vital to get your message out there to high school coaches, especially within your own borders. Harsin understands that, and that's why his coaches currently on the road guzzling coffee and caffeine and spreading the good word behind the new direction of the Boise State program.




Wrapping up the Todd Hoffner saga, where a GA becomes head coach

Last week, former Minnesota State-Mankato head coach-turned-Minot State head coach Todd Hoffner announced his intention to turn to Mankato as head coach following a two-year ordeal in which he was wrongfully removed from his job as the Mavericks' head coach.

After a one-day boycott, the Mankato players and coaches got on the same page, and this chapter of the saga appears to be closed, at least for now.

However, there was a gaping hole left in the Minot State program. 

Coming off a 2-9 season, the Division II Beavers now had to hire their second head coach in three months. To do that, Minot State plucked away another head coach, pulling Tyler Hughes away from Southern Virginia. Hired at Southern Virginia in March, Hughes spent the 2013 season as a quality control assistant at Ohio State. Prior to that, Hughes went 20-4 in two seasons as the head coach at Snow College in Utah.

At Southern Virginia, now faced with hiring its second head coach in a two-month span, the Division III Knights have promoted defensive coordinator Jason Walker to head coach. Walker spent the past four seasons as a graduate assistant at BYU. Prior to that, he was the defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator at Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah. 

The dominoes of the coaching profession fall in strange ways sometimes, and now both Hughes and Walker have huge opportunities in front of them. Here's hoping each coach makes the most of his. 




Video: Arizona isn't the only coaching staff with acting skills

Willie Fritz and his staff at Georgia Southern have a little fun with hitting the recruiting trail by creating a video called the "Eagle Invasion". Fritz got his whole staff in on the action, and they definitely had some fun with this one. 

After watching this a time or two, I couldn't help but admit that Arizona no longer has a stranglehold on the "Best Coaching Staff in a 'Short Film'" category at the Oscars (at least when that category is finally added to the docket).

Excellent idea here.

Eagle Invasion from Georgia Southern Football on Vimeo.