Oklahoma State needs a win tonight to get to .500
No, a win tonight won't get them to .500 for this season (the Cowboys won in week one 61-34 over Louisiana Lafayette), it will get them to .500 overall.
OSU's overall record is currently 520-521-47. Hard to imagine that after playing football for 110 years, that their overall record would be .500. Odds?
Under Gundy's watch, the team is 48-29.
Their facilities are pretty good for a .500 team.
Yes, this is the last time we expect to refer to Oklahoma State as a .500 team.
Reminder, OSU hosts Arizona tonight at 8 on ESPN.
ESPN & NFL reach mega-deal
This morning, ESPN and the NFL announced a new eight year agreement (2014-2021) through which ESPN will pay $1.9 billion per year for a broad set of rights.
Included in the agreement are:
- Monday Night Football
- The Pro Bowl
- The NFL Draft
- Highlight rights for TV and ESPN.com
- 3D distribution rights
- Enhanced International Rights (including the Superbowl)
- A wild card game option
- Rights to simulcast ESPN's coverage on tablet devices
In making the announcement, ESPN also took the opportunity to announce some changes to it's NFL coverage.
Sunday NFL Countdown will now be 3 hours long (used to be 2) and NFL Live hosted by Trey Wingo will now be 1 hour long (used to be 30 minutes).
ESPN is also rolling out a new show called NFL 32, hosted by Suzy Colber and Mort. 32 will be year round and is slated for 1 hour of programming beginning at 6PM EST.
They also announced NFL Kickoff, a Friday night show scheduled to air Friday's at 7 on the deuce. A one hour look at all 16 games for that week. Berman will host the first two and then Wingo takes over.
For a little perspective, ESPN is paying $1.9 billion for the package above. Media reports put the media rights package for the entire NBA season at $930 million.
We have a feeling that a few points will be scored tonight.
All times Eastern. Check regional listings for other games available in your area.
Saints at Green Bay - 8:30 - NBC
Arizona at Oklahoma State - 8PM - ESPN
Florida A&M at Hampton - 7:30 - ESPNU
Newberry at Valdosta State - 7PM - CST
Central Washington vs. Humboldt State - 8PM - CBSSN
Beer sales shockingly low at Holgorsen's opener
You might have heard that West Virginia has begun selling beer at their stadium during games.
Kind of ironic that the first game at which beer was sold was Holgorsen's debut; but we'll move past that.
This afternoon West Virginia officials released that beer sales during the game totalled $75,000. We understand that they were priced at $7 and $9. Assuming the low end ($7), that's about 10,000 beers sold at the game. Over 60,000 people attended the game. An average of 1 beer per every 6 fans. What? And to make it worse, the report added that the concession stands were open through most of the lightning delays.
Earlier in the week we noticed some reports of long lines at the beer stands.
Just a reminder, LSU is coming to town in three weeks. You might want to order a few more kegs....OK, like several thousand more.
Mentoring young men
If you coach to improve the lives of young men, this is a story for you.
Oregon wide receivers coach Scott Frost works as hard as any of us. Ask the other coaches on the staff. Frost is there early and stays late. He's young, single, loves football, coaching and improving the lives of young men. The guy doesn't have much time in season for any hobbies.
However, Frost says he credits his college coach, Tom Osborne, with instilling in him the importance of mentoring young men. Frost spoke this off-season at a community event that featured Tony Dungy speaking on the same topic.
Frost said that men that are accomplished, are disciplined and that don't have problems have a common trait...having a strong father in their home. Kids that have problems did not have dads...or had weak dads that weren't involved. These kids need mentors.
Frost went on to explain that when he came to Oregon he got involved with a Big Brother type organization that set him up as a mentor to a foster child. They got along great and Frost saw the importance that he played in the young man's life.
In his opinion, Frost didn't have nearly the time that he would have liked to devote to the young man; but he certainly saw the positive impact that he was making on him. When the foster situation the young man was in imploded the state asked Frost to take the young man in. As Frost put it, "I had all sorts of excuses why I didn't want to do that. I'm single. I'm living in a place by myself. I work 14 hour days...and I've never cooked a meal other than macaroni and cheese."
The young man ended up living elsewhere for a few months...and then that fell through. Again, the state asked Frost to take him in. This time Frost agreed, "I need to stop making excuses and live up to this. I took him in...I've been a foster parent since December, and it's the best thing I've ever done." Frost added, "Don't make the mistake of doing nothing because you can only do a little. I'm not there for Chris as often as I'd like to. But because I'm there for Chris, I've seen changes. Not only that, it's been one of the best things I've ever done for me....My point is: Stop making excuses why you shouldn't."
Oregon State adjusts practice time
Oregon State, fresh off of a stinging overtime loss to Sacramento State, travels to Wisconsin to play in Camp Randall this weekend.
Kickoff is set for 11AM local (Wisky), which equates to 9AM pacific. Not a normal gametime for the Beavers.
To help / force his guys to adjust, Mike Riley moved practice from it's traditional afternoon slot (2-4PM) up to 9:30 this week. We like that move.
Riley and his guys didn't need to lose that first one as they are facing a brutal remaining schedule....
At Wisky, UCLA, at Arizona State, Arizona, BYU, at Washington State, at Utah, Stanford, at Cal, Washington and at Oregon to finish. Anyone want to trade schedules?
Pat Fitzgerald thinks the NCAA is going to kill two-a-days
After practice today Coach Fitz spent some time speaking with the local media. Fitz says he wants to look at ways to structure camp better next year to not burn out his guys.
Watch the video below and you definitely get the sense that he thinks the team is "sick and tired of practicing" by the time the first game rolls around and that then impacts how they play.
Fitz does acknowledge that they are undefeated in openers so he probably won't do anything drastic; but...
"Some of it was our passion...you operate on game day the way you create your habits during the week...it's happened every year when you get to that first game and guys are just sick and tired of practicing...it takes us the first half to get to the level of emotion that it needs to be at..."
"We got to play better in the opener...I got a feeling that we're going to get mandated by the NCAA to go to one-a-days anyway...I just anticipate that happening."
Just fyi, the wind kicks up after about the first 1:30 of this video and you can't hear much thereafter.
Sketching plays on napkins, pizza boxes
If you know Al Borges, you'll enjoy reading this.
If you've ever been furious when someone (perhaps even your mother in Borges' case) threw away one of your plays / napkins, you'll enjoy reading this.
Michael Rothstein of "Wolverine Nation" wrote a great article today about Borges' life. The article is filled with stories of Borges drawing up plays on anything...paper, napkins, pizza boxes, etc...
Borges shares his philosophy on scripting plays, having a handful of "bread-and-butter" plays for when you need them and the importance of footwork drills.
If you spend more time than you might want to admit drawing up plays, you definitely want to read this one.