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Bill Snyder's building blocks: #5 - Be Tough

Another great installment from Kansas State and Bill Snyder's building blocks for a program.

This one highlights #5 - "Be Tough" and (as always) has some great examples of it in action on game day.

Northwestern planning lakefront facility

PurpleWildcats.com is reporting that Northwestern is planning to put $300 million into a new multi-sport athletic and recreational facility in order to make some much needed upgrades to their current facilities.

The new facility would house the football offices for Pat Fitzgerald and his staff, as well as a new turf practice field. 

The new facility, which is currently pending approval from the boards of trustees, would be built on the shore of Lake Michigan and (as long as everything falls in line) should be completed by the fall of 2014, with original groundbreaking coming this fall. 

Les' latest commercial

Les is back at it again...showing his acting range .

Case in point, his latest appearance in a commercial for college football's NCAA 13 video game which will be released July 10.

In the newest version of NCAA 13, users are able to select players from a pool of Heisman legends to play on any current team as they go through a season and try to win the Heisman again. The video is classic Les.

Leach's letter to the fans

On September 29th Washington State will take on Oregon at Seattle's CenturyLink field, and Mike Leach wants to make sure that the crimson and gray outnumber the green and yellow in the stands.

The Wazzu athletic program has been reaching out to season ticket holders and donors to make sure that their presence is felt in Seattle when they arrive, but just to be sure, Leach addressed a letter to fans to be sure that they understood the importance of their presence in Seattle.

The letter reads:

Dear Cougar fan,

On September 29 our football team will host the Oregon Ducks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. I can't wait to see our fans in the stadium for this game and for the entire 2012 season. As a team we are excited and focused on the upcoming season and are currently working to improve in every area of the game.

Since the Ducks are so close to Seattle, I have heard on multiple occasions that there will be just as many Oregon fans at the game as Cougar fans. I refuse to even fathom that notion. I have great confidence in our fans and I know on September 29 CenturyLink field will be full of Crimson and Gray.

This is our game, Seattle is our town, and you as a Cougar fan have exclusive access to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. Once tickets go on sale to the general public on August 4, we will not be able to control who buys after that date. I want to give you exclusive access right now to get online and get your seats secured. Bring your friend and family as we continue The Seattle Game tradition. Thank you for being on board as we build something great.

Sincerely,

Mike Leach
Head Coach

Hey, sometimes the pot needs to be stirred just a little bit.

Google+ hangout at Arizona

Athletic director Greg Byrne and Arizona put together a Google+ hangout yesterday inviting fans to talk about Arizona athletics.

A month or so ago Skip Holtz answered some fan questions via the Google+ platform, but Arizona's is believed to be the first to feature a Division 1 athletic director interacting with fans. As an added bonus (and also believed to be the first time) Pac 12 commissioner Larry Scott joined the hangout while overseas in Dublin to talk about all the changes that the Pac 12 has seen over the past year, and all the exciting new changes on the horizon.

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