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This Ohio State video will have you ready to suit up

As if coming off a 12 win season isn't exciting enough Buckeye fans, this video will definitely have you asking yourself how long it is until college football season kicks off again.

For the record...it's 176 days away. Not that we're counting or anything.

Oregon State debuts new logos and uniforms

If you want to unveil new uniforms, you send out a press release and tweet photos of your school's new look. If you want to completely re-brand your entire athletic department, you do what Oregon State did on Monday: hold a night-time event, with flashy lights, an emcee, a overflow crowd and live stream it on the Internet.

Make no mistake about it: in 2013, logos and uniforms are serious business.

"It's about the three r's: recruiting, recruiting and recruiting," said Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis.  

DeCarolis said tonight's rebrand was two years in the building, with the department's entire look - the Beaver head, fonts, the whole kit - up for an overhaul. 

(As an aside, if there was one school that seemed like a lock to be an Adidas school it would be Oregon State considering the company is headquartered in Beaverton, Ore., and the Beavers' intrastate rival is Nike's golden child, but what do I know?)

Nevertheless, the orange and black colors survived (to a round of applause from the crowd) but everything else has been modified or updated. The font, which Nike is smartly applying to all uniforms across the athletic department, features marks hearkening to beaver marks on a tree and the new cursive Beavers wordmark is a "modern approach to a classic script," as the Nike executive on hand described it. 

Without further ado, here is the new-look Oregon State athletic department. 

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View the full Nike press release here. Oregon State's press release can be seen here.

Gary Andersen: 'I brought the wrong guy here'

Jay Boulware was hired to coach tight ends and special teams at Wisconsin on January 9. Jay Boulware was hired to coach tight ends and special teams at Oklahoma on Friday.

Those two facts do not sit well with Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen.

"It's upsetting," Andersen said Monday in advance of Wisconsin opening spring practice on Saturday. "I brought the wrong guy in here. ... I don't like the timing of it. I don't like the situation at all.

"I failed the kids in this situation. It's important. We talked about building a family environment."

Andersen stated he hopes to have the new tight ends coach hired before the Badgers open spring practice, which means the new hire would be in place before the end of the week. Special teams duties will be paramount because, Anderson noted, though secondary coach Bill Busch has experience coaching special teams, he doesn't want to overload any defensive coaches since the Badgers have only four coaches on that side of the ball.

"It's my responsibility to get the right coaches here," Andersen said. "When something like this happens, I look at myself first. We'll move forward and find someone."

 

Bobby Bowden weighs in on Saban's success

It's not often you get to hear a pioneer in his field speak on the factors that led him to reach greatness. Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay aren't speaking about being the first climbers to summit Mount Everest any time soon. Michelangelo isn't giving any more interviews about the Sistine Chapel.

But the college football equivalent happened Sunday in Birmingham, when Bobby Bowden spoke to the Over the Mountain Touchdown Club about winning at an elite level for an extended period of time, and a certain coach in that state who seems to have mastered the art in recent years. 

Bowden's Seminoles remain the paragon of consistency in the ultra-modern era of college football. Every year from 1987-2000, Florida State won at least 10 games, never losing more than two, including eight 11-win seasons and two 12-win seasons that brought the school's two national championships. For 14 straight seasons, the Seminoles closed the season ranked in the Top 4, a college football record.

Nick Saban's Alabama program has emerged as the latest challenger to Florida State's unyielding consistency. Beginning in 2008, Saban's second year in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide ripped off a string of winning that has seen the Crimson Tide go 61-7 with three national championships, three SEC championships and year-end AP rankings of No. 6, No. 1, No. 10, No. 1 and No. 1. The numbers don't exactly match up with Florida State's standard, but Alabama has already notched more hardware than the Seminoles did in their run.

Most importantly, Bowden doesn't see the Crimson Tide's roll slowing down any time soon.

"I think it’s amazing what’s happened three of the last four years, but I tell you something, it’s easier to get to the top (than) stay there," Bowden said. "The amazing thing is so far -- and I say so far because I know it and he knows it -- it can end any minute."

Bowden speaks with a voice that only a coach who's faced that challenge knows exactly how many pitfalls it encompasses. 

"He’ll have his hands full next year, people don’t understand that," he said. "When he loses a lot of people, and the chemistry and everything is so important, you know? Can he get the chemistry again of 'let’s go after the boys?' It’s a task, and I’m being honest with you, if I was an Alabama man I’d rather have it in his hands than anybody else I can think of."

Saban may have his hands full, but it's a problem that 124 other head coaches would certainly love to have.  

Mark Mangino handles his first presser at Youngstown with poise

Mark Mangino was introduced at a press conference late last week, officially joining the Youngstown State staff as the assistant head coach and tight ends coach, as well as handling the responsibilities of recruiting coordinator. For Mangino, a man that has coached at places like Kansas State, Oklahoma, and Kansas, this coaching stop marked a first for him.

"All my career, I've really taken jobs where there is rebuilding work to be done." he explained. "This is the first time I can remember in a really long time that I am taking a position that is in pretty good shape, and is poised to move to the next level. This isn't a rebuilding job here."

For Mangino, the opportunity to be back around family and friends (he grew up in nearby New Castle, Pennsylvania and graduated from YSU before starting off his college coaching career with the Penguins) and work under a former player as highly regarded as Eric Wolford was simply too good of an opportunity to pass up.

Mangino explains that he took the past few seasons away from coaching taking advantage of the extra time to travel with his wife, and watch some Florida high school football games and practices. He added that he also got out to visit four or five NFL training camps, as well as 10-15 Division I schools and staffs.

Mangino getting back into coaching is big for both him and Youngstown State. The new gig allows him to return to a familiar area and a school that he's passionate about, and YSU gets a coach that has a proven track record of winning (in some tough environments), including numerous coach of the year awards at Kansas from their outstanding 2007 season.

The press conference has a lot of good material in it, including some tough questions from the media about Mangino's exit at Kansas. From beginning to end, Mangino handles the presser with poise and class.

"It's either your glass is half full, or it's half empty," Mangino explains at the 16:13 mark . "So if you watch my work, your glass is half full. If you just listen to second hand information, and sources that are not close to me than you may have a different opinion." 

"Here's a guy that played for me," Mangino added, pointing to Wolford. "I couldn't believe that he would hire someone without having the utmost faith in his ability to coach and deal with people. He's a smart guy, and he didn't have to offer me this position."

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