Professional billiards player, meet Dabo Swinney's face

If I told you at 8 a.m. today that a video of professional billiards player Loree Jon Jones using Dabo Swinney's face as a prop would surface today... would you believe it?

Who am I kidding, of course you would. 

How North Carolina uses GPS technology to plan its practices


Ten, five, maybe even two years from now, GPS technology will be a fact of life in the NFL and major college football. For now, though, the technology is still in its infancy, and North Carolina is the latest program to incorporate it into its training camp.

The Tar Heels have equipped 10 players with Catapult GPS units, a light compression with a GPS pouch that rests between a player's shoulder blades. The Catapult records all sorts of data, and then compares those numbers with the reports it collected back in the spring and summer. 

“I definitely can see the value in it, to be able to know what kind of loads you’re putting on your team on a daily basis, how much recovery they need,” head coach Larry Fedora said. “We know what our numbers are, but what do those numbers really mean? How does it translate? So as we gather that data and we start figuring out being able to track guys and watch when they’re getting their maximum velocity and all these different things, and how much of that is happening in practice, then we can alter our practices accordingly so that we peak on Saturday and not on Thursday or not on Tuesday. That’s what we’re trying to do.”

UNC's coaches use the information to determine how hard to push players on a given day, period or rep. It's also useful in the injury recovery process.

“They’ll show you if you're cutting to one side harder than the other, or if your’e favoring one side,” said running back Romar Morris. “When I had my knee injury, they were showing my progression to see if I was cutting on each knee the same.”

The information is great, but it's up to the coaches to implement it.

“This technology really helps to tell us when we need to pull back on somebody or a group and when we need to give a little more,” said offensive lineman Chris Kapilovic. “That’s big.”

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Trailer: Washington has a new web series called "The Pursuit"

Washington is taking an up-close, behind-the-scenes look at Chris Petersen's first season as the head Husky with "The Pursuit". The new web series will follow the Huskies throughout the fall and, if it's anything as good as the trailer below, we're all in for a treat."

"I always say this," Petersen tells the camera, "'This will probably be the toughest, hardest four-to-five years of your life. But I promise you this, if you do it, it will be the best four-to-five years of your life.'"

Mack Brown interviews Urban Meyer

Though his hiring has been known for a while now, it's still jarring to see Mack Brown be the one interviewing someone else. It's fitting that his media career begins with an interview of Urban Meyer, a friend, and someone who interviewed him back during Meyer's 2011 coaching sabbatical. 

Mack is full Mack throughout the interview, telling Meyer, "you go to Florida and win two national championships. I told you to leave after the first one, it's nearly impossible to win two at one school and you did that." Brown asks what separated his 2004 Utah team, his two title winners at Florida and his 2012 undefeated Ohio State team from the rest. 

"It's not the style of offense, defense," Meyer said. "When I hear people criticize, 'They have bad players, they have this.' Everybody has good players. It's when you get that team that everybody dreams of, that hungry team that cares about each other."

Meyer was then asked about the four days he spent with Chip Kelly. While the schematic conversations were surely enough to make the layman's head spin, Meyer said the most he learned from Kelly was the importance of hydration. "Coach Kelly and I have been friends a long time. I was at Utah when he was at New Hampshire and he came and saw us," he said. "I think he's an extremely intelligent person. He's a push-the-envelope guy when it's talking about student-athlete welfare or the player welfare, and so the sports performance part is incredible. About dehydration, the brain is 80 percent water, your body's 75 percent water. I'm a football coach, and now that I know that, you're not allowed to practice here if you're not hydrated. We do testing every day with our players. We are so sold on this, my entire program, our staff is."

What unites Brown and Meyer, what makes their respect so mutual, is their all encompassing love and devotion to football. These two men have suffered for football, tortured themselves for the game they love. And they'd do it all again in heartbeat, because they know no other way. Theirs is an understanding that only the people who climbed that mountain can realize. 

"I think the year off made me realize how much I love players," Meyer said when asked why he continues to coach. "I love being a part of the journey with them, and team-building. This is my favorite time of year. Most people say it's awful. "I live in a hotel with our players. I see them before they go to bed, I see them when they wake up. I see their families, I can tell when something's wrong. There's certain parts of coaching I can't stand; I just learn to move on. I'm not going to let that get in the way. I'm going to have fun now. I'm going to walk out after this, go hug my players, make sure they're eating, go take pictures with their families and all that. I'm not going to let someone take that away from me."

Video: Go inside a Boise State position meeting

Here's a solid look inside of the tight ends room during Boise State's camp with tight ends coach Eliah Drinkwitz and his guys.

The video also provides a look at some of the fun stuff that the staff does early on in camp to keep things fresh and exciting, like hosting a bowling night.

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