43 starts up front ranks last in the Big 12
We saw a tweet from Jake Trotter, an ESPN writer out of Oklahoma, a while ago that had an interesting stat.
"Unreal stat via
@Ivan_Maisel: OU's 43 returning starts on the o-line is now tied for last in the Big 12."
So the Sooners average 8.6 starts per position along their front five, and that's not even enough to crack at least the middle of the pack in the conference?
It's important to note that entering the season, the Sooners returned a combined 102 starts on the offensive line, but have since lost their center (Ben Habern - 30 Starts) and guard (Tyler Evans - 29 starts). With those two guys, they would have ranked seventh the among returning starts in the Big 12. So with those two injuries they lose 59 combined starts and are now tied for dead last in the conference.
Offensive line coach James Patton will be focused on getting some fresh faces ready to take on UTEP in El Paso before coming home to play Florida A&M. After that, they have a week off before entering conference play against Kansas State in Norman.
NCAA and pro sports file suit against NJ
The NCAA and MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL have filed a federal lawsuit against New Jersey state officials in an effort to stop sports gambling.
According to the NCAA website, a complaint was filed against the state officials in federal court that aims to stop the state from implementing sports betting on professional and collegiate contests.
"The leagues and the NCAA assert that the state’s recently announced decision to offer sports betting violates long-standing federal law. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (“PASPA”) became law in 1992 and prohibits states from operating a lottery or betting scheme based on pro or college games."
Apparently, back in 1993 a one year window of opportunity was provided for New Jersey to authorize sports betting, but the state declined that opportunity and has since been barred by federal law from participating in sports betting.
Graham and Rich Rod have a rich history
This fall won't be the first time that Rich Rod and Todd Graham face off against each other on opposite sidelines.
As Graham shares in the clip below, their paths have crossed (and at times joined) during each of their coaching journey's. Graham even notes that his no huddle option offense while he was at Allen HS (TX) was modeled after Rich Rod's attack.
Pretty neat story here.
Dantonio: The other 351 days as a coach...
As a major college coach, your lucky to coach 14 games a year. During media day at Michigan State yesterday, one reporter asked Mark Dantonio to talk about the importance of the other 351 days from a coaches perspective. Dantonio's response was right on the money.
"I honestly think you coach because of your love for people and you want to impact young people. You want to see people grow. You want to have people graduate. You want to have people get on with their life."
"There’s a lot of time, a lot of days where you’re not actively playing a football game. You’re just getting ready. But you’re getting ready for other things than just football. You’re getting ready for all those challenges that life is going to bring you. And those are the positive things."
"That’s what you have to draw from. Because if you just want to win, there’s only 14 opportunities, and you’re going to be so driven, and you’re going to be very depressed when you don’t win. And I’m not going to be built that way. Nor do I ever want to be defined here in terms of how many games we won."
"I’m not naive. But I also want to be defined in terms of what we’ve done for our players as people. I think that’s the way our entire staff is built, from Ken Manning, to our academics, to Todd Edwards, academically, to Jeff Monroe and Sally Nogle in our training area, to our secretaries. Our program is built like that. And it should remain like that if we do it right."
Speaking of how the program has been built, Dantonio went out to their first practice of fall camp with a little something extra on his shirt. Everyone ranging from the players, to the coaching staff, and even the managers donned a name tag. Yes, even Dantonio.
The message with the name tags is clear and is the same year after year. This is a new team, and a new year and the slate has been wiped clean.
Muschamp: "I'm the recruiting coordinator"
After the resignation of Aubrey Hill as the Gators wide receivers coach / recruiting coordinator last week, Will Muschamp and offensive coordinator Brent Pease knew exactly where to look a replacement.
Graduate assistant Bush Hamdan was the man chosen to take over the receivers, and is someone that is very familiar with Pease's offense after playing under him at Boise State.
"He's a very mature guy. He's an outstanding football coach. Bush has got a really great background with the offense. I feel very comfortable with that situation. I'm not at all worried. I never blinked." Muschamp explained.
As for also the role of recruiting coordinator, Muschamp notes that he's got that all under control.
"That title don’t mean a whole lot to me. I’m the recruiting coordinator. I handle all of that. I recruit every player we have."
Video: Bielema unveils new uniforms
Looks like Wisconsin will be sporting uniforms very similar to Nebraska's when the two teams face off on September 29th in the game being dubbed the "Unrivaled Game." Bielema also notes in the clip that the cleats that the Badgers will wear will be reflective.
Players were both surprised and excited for the change of pace.
What an official offer letter from 'Bama looks like
Alex Scarborough of ESPN tweeted out this picture earlier this morning of what an official offer letter for the class of 2013 looks like coming from Nick Saban.
As you can see in the second sentence, the scholarship is good for 4 years as a member of the Crimson Tide, "Your scholarship will be effective with the start of the fall semester of 2013 and is good through your four years of eligibility."
New roles for ESPN commentators
Roles for ESPN commentators have been shuffled around a bit for this season.
May familiar faces will take over new assignments. A full break down can be seen below. More information on the changes can be seen here.
- Saturday Night Football (on ABC): Brent Musberger, Kirk Herbstreit
- ESPN College Football Primetime: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
- ESPN Saturday Primetime: Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen, Jessica Mendoza, Shelly Smith or Shannon Spake.
- ESPN2 College Football Primetime: Mark Jones, Brock Huard, Jessica Mendoza or Shelly Smith
- ESPNU Saturday Primetime: Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb, Allison Williams
- ESPNU College Football Primetime: Rece Davis, Jessie Palmer and David Pollack, Samantha Steele
- ESPN and ESPN2 Friday: Carter Blackburn, Rod Gilmore, Jemele Hill
- ABC Saturday Afternoon: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, Quint Kessenich
- ABC Saturday Afternoon: Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Jeannine Edwards
- ABC Saturday Afternoon: Bob Wischusen, Danny Kanell, Maria Taylor
- ESPN College Football (Saturday Afternoon): Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, Jenn Brown
- ESPN2 College Football (Saturday Afternoon): Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway
- ESPNU Saturday Afternoon: Anish Shrof, Dan Hawkins
- ESPNU Thursday (HBCU): Joe Davis, Jay Walker
- ESPNU Late Saturday (HBCU): Joe Davis, Jay Walker
- ESPN Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
- SEC Network (ESPN Regional TV): Dave Neal, Andre Ware, Cara Capuano
- Big East Network (ESPN Regional TV): Eamon McAnaney, David Diaz-Infante, Paul Carcaterra