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Photos: Houston has new uniforms. Again.

Who's up for some new Houston uniforms... again? 

First, let's take a little guided tour through the recent history of the Houston football program.

Here's what the Cougars wore during the Case Kennum days, which ended in 2011:

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Now here is Houston a year later. You'll notice the jersey stayed the same while the helmet decal has changed:

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The Cougars made a more radical change in 2013, exchanging red home jersey with white piping for red home jerseys with massive white shoulder yolks.

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And now, once again, the Coogs are changing their look again for 2014. Thanks to the Twitter account of Houston chronicle beat writer Joseph Duarte, here is how Houston will look this fall. You'll notice the jersey has changed, but again the helmet decal endures.

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So, is the fourth time a charm?

 

Bob Stoops wants to change college football's overtime system. Is he on to something?

Maybe it's the way Oklahoma finished last season, with with a comeback win to deny Oklahoma State a Big 12 championship, and then a come-from-behind stomping of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Maybe it's Oklahoma's status as the Big 12's pre-season favorite. Maybe he's just all hopped up on Mountain Dew.

Either way, Bob Stoops tapped into his fiesty side during media events Tuesday and Wednesday in Dallas and the ESPN mothership in Bristol. 

Stoops has fired the cannons at Texas A&M's non-conference schedule: 

The excuses people made for Alabama following the Sugar Bowl:

And proponents of the 10-second rule:

"I'm here to speak about whatever you ask me," Stoops told SVP & Russillo said when asked about his out-spokenness, "and if you ask me I'm going to give you my honest answer the best I can. And that's it. So it may not be what you want to hear. If it isn't, don't ask me."

Taking a break from pounding his chest, Stoops was asked what he would like to change about college football. "I don't really see that there's a lot that needs to be changed. In the end we've got a very popular game. I'm always careful to say don't change our schedule, be careful what you wish for sometimes, and all of a sudden you don't know the ramifications when it comes to even changing the recruiting calendar and what the ramifications would be for that. At the end of the day I like where we're at," Stoops concluded.

And then a lightbulb flickered on. 

"You know what needs to be changed? The overtime rule," Stoops said. "Instead of the 25, where you're already in field goal range, you need to get to field goal range, so you ought to start at the 40 or 45, and you have to earn your field goal. I think it would shorten games where you're not in a field goal contest because it doesn't reward great defense. You may get the ball at the 25, you get zero yards and you kick a field goal. The other team may gain 15 and miss a field goal. At the end of the day you should have to earn your field goal."

Bingo.

Overtimes are tricky. The goal should be to end any overtime contest in no more than two periods. Marathon games rarely turn into extended thrillers like Syracuse and Connecticut's six overtime game from the 2009 Big East Tournament.

More often they feel like boxing matches taking in place inside a sauna, where one competitor is waiting for the other to collapse. 

I think 40 is the magic number here. I agree with Stoops that offenses should have to earn a first down before being in field goal range, but pushing the starting line to the 45, with the corresponding 35-yard line first down marker, equates to a 52-yard field goal. That's an iffy proposition in college football. Starting at the 50, at least in my opinion, goes too far the other way where teams could just as easily trade zeros through overtime periods.

We through the idea out on Twitter and got a range of responses:

Photos: Temple's locker room has undergone an impressive transformation

Temple has poured some serious resources into giving the players a new locker room, and from the looks of what it used to look like, it was much needed. Our friends over at Hollman Lockers continue to crush it in the locker room department. 

Here's a look at what they were working with before the transformations:

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And here's a look at what the players will be using now.

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Quite the transformation by any standard. Judging from the players' reaction, they're pretty jacked, and more than grateful of the new digs.

Art Briles' in-state recruiting pitch is fantastic

We are blessed with a number of Hall of Fame raconteurs and quote-worthy coaches in college football. Les Miles, Mike Leach and Steve Spurrier immediately come to mind, but there are more of them out there than the numerous "We are excited about this season" quotes would lead you to believe. 

Take for instance, Art Briles

Maybe he's emboldened by Baylor's status as the reigning Big 12 champions, or maybe he has always been this way if we'd only bothered to ask, but Art Briles' tongue has been one of the stars of Talking Season, as Spurrier likes to call it.

It started Monday with this: 

And then continued with the odd connection of Bryce Petty, Dairy Queen and the city of Salem, Ore., that has taken on a life of its own:

And then there was this answer, during ESPN's Big 12 recruiting roundtable (unfortunately it falls behind ESPN's Insider pay wall, so I can't link it here). I'll take more where this came from. 

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(HT @max_olson)

Video: Everyone wants to eat. Who's willing to hunt?

Nice video here from Arkansas State profiling their hard work in the off season under Blake Anderson and his new staff.

The guys at Arkansas State may have seen four head coaches over the course of the past four seasons, but one thing that hasn't changed is their pursuit of a championship caliber program during the season, and in the off season.

These guys understand how to compete and get after it, and that's an excellent sign for Blake Anderson and his staff.

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