Gary Pinkel on if no-huddle offenses increase injuries: "I think it's fiction"

Last year, about this time, a lot was made of Bret Bielema and Nick Saban's push to slow offenses down. Most Almost the entire coaching profession was caught off guard by a proposed rule change supported by Bielema and Saban that purportedly was proposed to help players avoid additional injuries caused by having to continuously use energy on the field (man, can't believe basketball, lacrosse and soccer players weren't fighting for this same rule change). 

When word broke about this proposal, nearly every coach questioned whether any data supported Bielema's claim that hurry up / no huddle offenses were causing increases in injuries on the defensive side of the ball. 

Well, this morning at SEC Media Days, Pinkel didn't just question it. No, he simply stated that this is "Fiction". 

Next up on the podium, Bret Bielema...

Photos: UCLA unveils new black #LASteel uniforms

Word leaked earlier this summer that UCLA may switch back to their traditional Clarendon fonts that so endeared the Bruins to so many uni-lovers throughout college football. 

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But that isn't the only piece of uniform-related news to emerge from Westwood in advance of the 2014 season. Adidas has released UCLA's black look for this season, which they're calling LA Steel.

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This isn't the first time Adidas has dressed UCLA in black, and knowing Adidas' propensity to use uniforms as a form of publicity, it certainly won't be the last.

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Everything you need to know from SEC Media Day: Day 3

Day three of SEC Media Day picks up at 9am CST with SEC Coordinator of football officials Steve Shaw, followed by Gary Pinkel (9:30am), Les Miles (1pm), and Bret Bielema (2:30pm).

9:00am - SEC coordinator of football officials Steve Shaw

9:30am - Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel

1:00pm - LSU head coach Les Miles

2:30pm - Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema

Matt Rhule is the latest example of when keeping it real goes wrong

In a recent interview with Bruce Feldman, Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspeth revealed that he is currently benching 380 pounds and wants to work up to 400 by the start of the season. This isn't the first piece of evidence regarding Hudspeth's feats of strength. 

Here's a video of him putting up 25 reps of 225 from a year ago:

Hudspeth told Feldman it ties back to his philosophy of leading by example. "My favorite quote of all time is 'the speed of the leader is the speed of the pack,' and that's why I try to bring a lot of energy and a lot of juice, chasing guys around."

"Same thing in the weight room," Hudspeth continued. "I want them to see me in the weight room. See me running, see me "protecting the house" as I run around the stadium, because I want them to think I'm all in with them. Not just some big, overweight coach that's got a dip in that's telling his guys to 'play hard and to work out hard.' I believe that if they respect you and they see that you work hard and they see the energy and passion that you have hopefully that'll rub off on them."

Temple head coach Matt Rhule apparently heard the podcast, and Hudspeth's words affected him. So much so that he decided to run with his own team. 

It didn't work out so well for him.

Rhule should have quite the icebreaker at American media days later this month. 

Two NC State coaches rescued a young lady last night

North Carolina State receivers coach Frisman Jackson and defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable were riding together last night when they came across a rolled over car with a young lady stuck inside. According to Frisman's tweet, him and coach Hux teamed up to pull the young lady out.

The sad part is; who knows how many people drove past the scene without ever thinking of stopping to help out. Major props to coach Frisman and coach Hux for doing the right thing and not only lending a helping hand, but then tweeting a picture of the real life consequences of texting and driving. 

This one tweet has numerous lessons in it for all of us.

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