You'll love this - New facility at Tennessee has a MMA Cage
Tennessee is a few months away from finishing a new $45 million, 145,000 sq. foot practice facility...that will "feature a mixed martial arts cage"! As Dooley puts it, "so we can go in and fight and all that stuff."
The new 22,000 sq. foot weight room referred to as a "multilevel thunderdome of power" in the promotional video below looks pretty nice.
The new facility includes the thunderdome of power, a "restaurant" for the team, plenty of meeting space, coaches' offices, a hydro therapy room, the MMA fighting cage, a recruiting "museum of sorts" that will feature a "Peyton Manning Room", etc...
All in all, this place will be nice.
Update on the Pac 12 network
Following suit with the Big Ten Network, The Longhorn Network (and the list goes on and on...), the Pac 12 broke ground on their new studio and construction in the new San Francisco location.
The project is scheduled to be completed this summer and will utilize 70,000 square feet that will televise 850 live sporting events each year.
2 great videos
Take your pick.
We normally would go with Hatch throwing plates around like they're nothing "that was actually my 100th rep"; but we think he'd agree with us on this one, the video at the bottom might be slightly more impressive.
Big 12 schedule released
After much deliberation over the past few weeks, the Big 12 schedule for 2012 was finally released earlier today.
Charlie Weis and Kansas will kick the Big 12 slate off against TCU at home on September 15th, and Bill Snyder and Kansas State will look to keep their Big 12 momentum going when they open up with Bob Stoops and the Sooners on September 22nd in Norman. Defending Big 12 champs Oklahoma State will face their first conference opponent September 29th against Texas.
Take a look at each teams conference schedule below, including new member West Virginia, who opens their conference schedule up with Baylor.
|Baylor||Iowa State||Kansas||Kansas State||Oklahoma|
|Sept 22||at Oklahoma||Kansas State|
|Sept 29||at West Virginia||Texas Tech|
|Oct 6||at TCU||at Kansas State||Kansas||at Texas Tech|
|Oct 13||TCU||Kansas State||Oklahoma State||at Iowa State||vs. Texas *|
|Oct 20||at Texas||at Oklahoma State||at Oklahoma||at West Virginia||Kansas|
|Oct 27||at Iowa State||Baylor||Texas||Texas Tech|
|Nov 3||Kansas||Oklahoma||at Baylor||Oklahoma State||at Iowa State|
|Nov 10||at Oklahoma||at Texas||at Texas Tech||at TCU||Baylor|
|Nov 17||Kansas State||at Kansas||Iowa State||at Baylor||at West Virginia|
|Nov 24||vs. Texas Tech ^||West Virginia||Oklahoma State|
|Dec 1||Oklahoma State||at West Virginia||Texas||at TCU|
|Week||Oklahoma State||TCU||Texas||Texas Tech||West Virginia|
|Sept 15||at Kansas|
|Sept 29||Texas||at Oklahoma State||at Iowa State||Baylor|
|Oct 6||Iowa State||West Virginia||Oklahoma||at Texas|
|Oct 13||at Kansas||at Baylor||vs. Oklahoma *||West Virginia||at Texas Tech|
|Oct 20||Iowa State||Texas Tech||Baylor||at TCU||Kansas State|
|Oct 27||TCU||at Oklahoma State||at Kansas||at Kansas State|
|Nov 3||at Kansas State||at West Virginia||at Texas Tech||Texas||TCU|
|Nov 10||West Virginia||Kansas State||Iowa State||Kansas||at Oklahoma State|
|Nov 17||Texas Tech||at Oklahoma State||Oklahoma|
|Nov 24||at Oklahoma||at Texas||TCU||vs. Baylor ^||at Iowa State|
|Dec 1||at Baylor||Oklahoma||at Kansas State||Kansas|
* Game played at Cotton Bowl Stadium; Dallas, Texas
^ Game Played at Cowboys Stadium; Arlington, Texas
It takes money to make money
Next season, Charley Molnar and UMass are scheduled to travel to Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin in their first season as a member of the Mid American Conference.
Their game against the Buckeyes puts them in line for $1 million payday, and the game at the Big House will earn the Minutemen $650,000.
The payday for their game against Wisconsin has not been formally announced, but we can guess that payday will be pretty hefty as well.
The athletic department also recently announced a $33 million fundraising campaign, which will aim to enhance capital, fundraising, endowments and sport specific goals over the next six years.
Update on renovations to Kyle Field
Texas A&M President, R. Bowen Loftin recently met with a local radio station to talk about some renovations and possible expansions to to Kyle Field.
Loftin said that they are currently looking to renovate the 90 year old lower decks of the stadium, and are also considering the concession and rest room areas. Loftin said that they will take input from all areas of campus including faculty, students, and alumni on the possible changes.
"Many college fans want more amenities than they once had," Loftin said. "We're going to look at a large variety of options from a selected vendor, well known in the sports venue field."
Loftin expanded by saying that they will not use any state or tuition dollars for the renovations, and stressed to the students that any construction will not effect availability for student tickets "Typically you'll find 6-8-10 thousand student tickets available, usually in the corner or end zone for students to utilize but that's not how it works here." The Aggie students take up approximately 30,000 of the 85,000 seats at Kyle Field.
Signing Day NAIA Style
Signing day at Southern Oregon isn't all that different from what some of our guys have been through at some smaller D1 programs. Clearly, this program is on the rise!
Well done video by quarterbacks coach Matt Adkins.
The most interesting man in college football
Honestly, we go back and forth...is it Les or is it Leach? For this one day, we believe we have the answer...
Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman wrote up a very interesting interview with Mike Leach. You should really read the whole thing...but a couple of quick ones...
Leach is starting to settle into the environment up in Pullman, even though he has yet to see the house that his wife picked out for them. "I've heard it's nice." Leach said.
Bohls asked Leach when they would be ready to beat the Oregon and USC and win the Pac 12, to which Leach responded "It depends, during the season, if you ask me on a Sunday how we're going to do, I'd say I don't know if we can beat Pullman High. By Friday, I'm pretty sure we can beat the Giants."
Possibly the most "Leach" thing in the article is a brief note that Leach rode his bike 3 miles to his first interview with Washington State AD Bill Moos. On this day, we proclaim Mike Leach the most interesting man in college football.
The ball is now in your court Les!