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:


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





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. 

Briles answer

(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.

Watch the ECU equipment staff drown in boxes of new gear to prepare for camp

Camp report day for colleges around the country is just around the corner...it will be here before you know it. While coaches are trying to enjoy their last few weeks off putting the finishing touches on their plans for camp, the equipment guys are busy preparing for the arrival of 100+ players. 

At the FBS level that's an enormous amount of work. ECU provided a glimpse of what that process looks like with this video.

"Over the last three weeks it's been absolutely incredible in here...we've received over 1,000 boxes." director of athletics equipment Erik Lewis shares in the video, noting that not all of them are full as he pulls one pair of gloves from a box that could probably fit at least 50 pairs.

Lewis and his staff probably spent a day (or perhaps a few) unloading the boxes and organizing and taking inventory ofeverything in the boxes anticipating report day. Imagine what this same process looks like at someplace like Alabama or Oregon.

Ed Orgeron: "I don't know where I'll be coaching, but come December I'm going to be with somebody."

For the first time in 21 years, Ed Orgeron will spend a fall away from the sidelines. Back then, he was in between jobs as Miami's defensive line coach and Nicholls State's linebackers coach. This time around, he's taking his time and weighing his options after a 6-2 run as USC's interim head coach. 

Though he is not coaching at the moment, Orgeron is not done coaching. Not in the least bit. "I have the itch. I miss it," Orgeron told "Culotta and the Prince" on WNXX-FM in Baton Rouge. "I miss the grass. I miss being with the players. I definitely want to coach next season. I don't know where I'll be coaching, but come December I'm going to be with somebody."

Following his successful run as USC's interim head coach, Orgeron was in the running for the full-time job that ultimately ended up going to Steve Sarkisian, Orgeron's colleague under Pete Carroll from 2001-03. The Trojans ripped off five consecutive wins soon after Orgeron was handed the reigns, culminating in a 20-17 upset of then-No. 5 Stanford and Orgeron claiming something of a people's champion status within the coaching search. Orgeron could have returned to USC under Sarkisian, but chose to try his luck at finding a head coaching job elsewhere. 

His search didn't work out. After sitting the upcoming season out, Orgeron will seek his second full-time head job (he was 10-25 in three seasons as the head coach at Ole Miss) or an assistant job in which he feels comfortable. 

In the meantime, he waits. Even when Orgeron isn't working, though, he's still working.

"I'm always looking at the top recruits," he said. "I always have a plan for where I may be next year. I'm keeping up with the recruits, the commitments, the guys that are great players. If I see a player at 7-on-7 I'm obviously going to evaluate him. I'm able to go to high schools. I'm really spending a lot of time with high school coaches, talking to them about football and helping them out if I could and I really enjoy that part."

Until the next job comes around, Orgeron is playing catch-up back at home. His family remained at their home in Louisiana while Orgeron lived in a Los Angeles hotel for his stint at USC. He's doing now what he couldn't have then. "I look forward to watching (son) Parker play, watching the Mandervillle Skippers play, I think they have an outstanding program," he said. "My other son Cody is a tennis player, I got a chance to watch him play last year. My oldest son Tyler is working at LSU, so I go up and see him on the weekends. It's just been fantastic taking time off and being a parent."

A few other notes:

Orgeron, on recruiting high-end prospects: "It's a solid three-year process. Sometimes their ninth grade year but mostly when they're a sophomore. It's just a process. You've got to stay with it for three years, try to be first and offer them, get to know the champion, who is that person, who's the decision-maker, and recruit that person just as hard as you recruit the recruit."

Orgeron on New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton: "One of the greatest coaches I've ever been around. The greatest offensive mind I've ever been around, there's no question about it... They do a tremendous job of evaluation in the draft, especially lower draft picks. He's a winner. Those guys have a great attitude. They recruit great guys with character. I just was totally impressed with his program."

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