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There have been 68 NFL coaching changes in the last decade

As I read through my Google Alerts this morning, I came across an article from the Lakeland (Fla.) Ledger on Lovie Smith that unearthed an astounding statistic: in the 10 seasons from 2004 through 2013, there have been 68 head coaching changes in the NFL. 

In a league with 32 teams, that's more than two coaching changers per team over the decade. It's not news to anyone that there's a high turnover rate among NFL head coaches, but an average of 2.125 coaching changes per decade is enough to raise some eyebrows.

The Ledger also stated that the average lifespan of an NFL coaching tenure is 38 months. 

Over the last 10 years, only three franchises - the New York Giants (Tom Coughlin), New England Patriots (Bill Belichick) and Cincinnati Bengals (Marvin Lewis) - have employed one head coach. Eight more clubs check in with only two head coaches over the past decade - Baltimore, Carolina, Chicago, Houston, Green Bay, New Orleans, Seattle, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. 

Three franchises push the average upward with five full-time head coaches over the past decade - the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins. And then there are the Oakland Raiders, outpacing the entire league with six full-time head coaches over since 2004: Norv Turner, Art Shell, Lane Kiffin, Tom Cable, Hue Jackson and Dennis Allen.

It should come as no surprise that the 40 combined seasons those four teams have played have accounted for zero playoff victories.

Video: Jennifer Lawrence introduces Louisville to the ACC

It's moving day in college athletics, as a number of schools have their bags packed and ready for life in greener pastures. At the stroke of midnight tonight, Maryland and Rutgers officially join the Big Ten, Tulane, Tulsa and East Carolina join the American Athletic Conference, Western Kentucky joins Conference USA, Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Idaho and New Mexico State join the Sun Belt, and Louisville becomes the 14th member of the ACC.

To formally introduce Louisville to its new conference, and vice versa, the Cards have tabbed their most famous fan, Louisville native and America's sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence to narrate a video that culminates decades of hard work from Tom Jurich and company.

 

Arizona AD Greg Byrne turns to Twitter to help with stadium branding

There may only be a select few FBS athletic directors that utilize Twitter, and social media in general, as well as Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne). Yesterday, Byrne provided a shining example of that.

Arizona is installing a new, high quality video board in the north end zone, and because Twitter is one of the most efficient, and effective ways to reach loyal fans, Byrne pitched a few ideas and solicited feedback from the fan base.

Judging from the responses and amount of favorites on each of the tweets, option #2 for the design on the back of the video board was the most popular. So in a matter of 24 hours, Byrne pitches a question and a throws out a few ideas and he quickly has a pretty solid cross section of the fan base to move forward with.

Whether you're a high school AD, or just an aspiring coach hoping to occupy an AD office one day, you can learn a lot on social media from Byrne.

Video: South Alabama goes through grueling SEALFit training program

Nothing builds a bond and camaraderie among teammates quite like working yourself to the point of exhaustion and having your brothers right there next to you encouraging you and struggling right along with you. It's one of the basic tenets behind team building and what makes football so great.

South Alabama, like many other programs across the country, put their players go through a Navy SEALFit training regimen recently. The workout looks absolutely grueling, and definitely pushed players beyond what they thought their body was capable of, but it also helps sort out the strong from the weak (mentally and physically) and who the true leaders are going to be heading into the 2014 season.

With non-conference games scheduled against Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Navy on the schedule on top of their Sun Belt opponets, this training could prove to be extremely valuable (and necessary).

'Selling all my Adidas ND apparel'

Notre Dame recently made the switch from Adidas to Under Armour. 

Like many in that situation, the Notre Dame assistants (all sports) had a closet full of Adidas branded gear that by contract they can no longer wear. Well, what does one do in that situation? 

Mike Elston is selling his, out of his garage!

 

 

All proceeds to the church, naturally. 

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