Last week of NFL preseason games, and we'll get some college football action later this week.
Eastern time listed.
San Francisco at Denver - 4 - FOX
Carolina at New York Jets - 8 - NBC
Alcoa (TN) at Maryville (TN) - 12 - ESPN2
University School (FL) vs Trotwood-Madison (OH) - 3 - ESPN
Gilman (MD) vs Moeller (OH) - 7 - ESPNU
North Texas' OL & DL does "Call me maybe"
A day after releasing that great video of Sean Payton speaking to the North Texas team...
Here are several North Texas offensive and defensive linemen performing "Call me maybe". Reminder, North Texas opens at LSU one week from today!
Solid D-II video from Tusculum
Solid video here from Tusculum highlighting their off season efforts, weight room testing, and fall camp so far.
Last season Tusculum finished in the top ten in the nation, and led the conference, in both passing offense (#7 nationally - 311 ypg) and pass defense (#4 nationally- 141 ypg).
The staff tells us that camp has gone very well and that they are looking forward to opening up with Urbana (D-II - OH) next Saturday up in Ohio.
Plenty of high school action and a few NFL games on today.
Eastern time listed.
Indianapolis at Washington - 4 - NFL Network
Detroit at Oakland - 7
Pittsburgh at Buffalo - 7
St. Louis at Dallas - 8
Houston at New Orleans - 8 - CBS
American Heritage (FL) at Cocoa (FL) - 12 - ESPN
Staley (MO) at Lee's Summit West (MO) - 3:30 - ESPN
Byrnes (SC) at Oscar Smith (VA) - 7 ESPN
Ensworth (TN) at Lexington Catholic (KY) - 9 - ESPNU
Santa Margarita (CA) at Brophy Prep (AZ) - 10 - ESPN2
Sean Payton speaks to the North Texas players
It's 21 minutes of Sean Payton. Sit back, grab some popcorn and your favorite beverage and enjoy.
Motivational talk; but Payton includes plenty of real life humor as expected. One of the more humorous lines opens with, "I called my friend Jon Gruden, I called him up and I said, 'Gru-dog...man we just gutted this [6th grade] team...'".
Here's what those extra strength coaches can do
LSU's compliance staff somehow found the strength to put together this enlightening video showing what those coaches "outside of the 5" can and can't do within the current NCAA rules.
Just a hint of mockery in here. Nice touch LSU. Impressive restraint.
Why the Michigan - Alabama match up almost didn't happen
When Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon was first approached with the idea of playing the Crimson Tide down at Cowboy Stadium, he considered it quite a reach from a financial standpoint.
Brandon told the decision makers with the Cowboys stadium organization and ESPN, "This is a terrific idea but you can't afford it...it's never going to work."
On Brandon's mind was the $4.8 million in estimated admissions, and another $2.3 million in personal seat licenses and premium seating revenue that they'd be missing out on from playing a game somewhere other than The Big House.
"They went, 'You're right, we can't afford it,' so early on I didn't think they'd make it work. But ESPN worked with Jerry Jones and the Cowboys organization, and they figured out a strategy where they could make it work."
In the contract that Michigan signed back in October of 2010, the Wolverines agreed to be paid $4.7 million dollars, thus minimizing their overall financial loss.
"ESPN wanted it to be us, Alabama wanted it to be us, two historic programs, that's what we do. I wasn't going to tell them no, if we could work out the details to make it financially viable for us. When we give up a home game, that's a significant impact on our budget and our year, (so) the fact that we were able to work out something and smooth that over made it a very viable opportunity."
"There's probably a slight (financial) loss by virtue of we're playing the game in Dallas and not here, but some of the greater good in terms of excitement and interest, the travel parties, the development opportunities, the merchandising, there's going to be a lot of positives, too."
"I'm glad we're going, we're excited." Brandon added. "This game has gotten more attention than any game I can remember in the preseason, and that's good. That's what we do."
The logistics behind Notre Dame's trip to Ireland
When we see Notre Dame take on Navy in Ireland next weekend at 9am, the anticipation of the college football season will finally have started to ease with prior games on Thursday and Friday.
However, the logistics surrounding the trip probably won't come to mind. All the time and energy spent packing everything up, double and triple checking it, getting it all through customs, loading it onto the plane, unpacking everything at the stadium, and then packing it all up after the game, within an hour, to catch the plane back to South Bend will be a mere afterthought.
That's not the case for third year head equipment manager Ryan Grooms, whose shoulders the responsibility of making sure everything goes smoothly.
"It's a lot of similarity to a bowl game, with the extra items we're taking (for two practices)". We're taking everything and anything. We're basically taking the (Gugliemino Athletics Complex's) equipment room with us, just to be safe."
"There's no chance of fixing anything."
On Wednesday, Grooms will take about 35 trunks through customs and load it into the plane. Each trunk has an estimated $20,000 in equipment and they total about 15,000 pounds, plus the 222 passengers on board. The weight total doesn't even count the medical and video supplies.
Oh yeah, and once they arrive on site, the team will have share a dressing room of 28 lockers along with a makeshift locker room area.
Just to be safe, two sets of cleats are being packed for each player, a molded cleat and detachable surface cleat, because of the uncertainty surrounding the weather and the different style of grass that makes up the playing surface.
The worst item you could forget according to Grooms?
"The worst thing you could is forget a player's helmet or jersey. There are two jerseys for every player. There are backup helmets. Knock on wood, I have not forgotten one of those items in my career. It could end a career, if you do."