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Saints owner Tom Benson says he wants to buy the Times Picayune

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New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson recognizes the value of a newspaper (and an opportunity) and is stepping up for his city and to protect the value of his assets. 

Benson has sent the above letter to the owners of the Times Picayune stating his desire to discuss purchasing the paper. 

No downside at all to this letter. Smart move by Benson. 




Video: Richt lets loose

In an interview on Dan Le Betard's "Highly Questionable" Mark Richt took the opportunity to let his guard down a bit and talk about the good 'ole days.

Coach Richt talked about his playing days at Miami as a backup quarterback to Jim Kelly (as well as how he crossed paths with a few other legendary quarterbacks before he hung his cleats up), whether he's even considered to be the best quarterback in his family, and how a speech to the team from Bobby Bowden changed his life while he was a graduate assistant at Florida State.

Some good stuff in here, both light hearted, and serious.




Levine: "I threw a spiral, so I was happy with that"

Tony Levine is wrapping up a busy week after fielding a ton of questions and hosting numerous interviews during C-USA media days.

Last night, Levine threw out the first pitch for the Astros during their University of Houston Night.

Levine says that he normally likes to have some time to warm up, but his plane landed a half hour before the first pitch was scheduled to be thrown out, so they had to rush just to get him to the field. However...he was happy with the fact that the threw out a spiral.




Northwestern's new Under Armour uniforms

Twitter was buzzing this morning with a first look at Northwestern's new Under Armour look, first tweeted by Darren Rovell.

According to multiple reports that we read this morning, Northwestern was the first school to use stripes on their uniforms back in the early 1900's. In order to pay tribute to that, Under Armour and Northwestern planned to "Reclaim the Stripe".

If you take a closer look at the uniforms, you'll see some other creative ways that Under Armour payed tribute to Northwestern and their unique campus history, including inside of the numbers.

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Tons of "excitement" surrounding Arkansas State

Great video here from the "Red Wolves Revival" series talking about the history of Arkansas State football, and the excitement surrounding the football program and community after Gus Malzahn was named head coach.

Everyone from University President Dr. Charles Welch to Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe weigh in during the clip, as well as a handful of assistant coaches.

As President Welch puts it, "The day that we announced Coach Malzahn as the head coach, we talked about that next level, we talked about the level of excitement, we talked about him being a big hire...but I wouldn't be telling the truth if I said that I expected it to be like this."

 




Mountain West will not accept Idaho or NMSU

Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson stated today, "We've informed them [Idaho and New Mexico State] that  they will not be members of the Mountain West. Go onto Plan B, what ever Plan B may be."

Idaho and New Mexico State are the two WAC teams still without a home. 

Given that both the Sun Belt and Conference USA have both said no as well, it appears that the only option for these guys if they want to remain in FBS is to go Independent. Less than an ideal situation for these guys.  




Alabama A&M strength video is a must watch

If you're a fan of the SWAC (and honestly, who isn't), you will most definitely enjoy this video.

The first 40 seconds are fairly tame featuring head strength coach James Hester speaking about the workouts he presents for his players; but then...




Quality high school summer conditioning video

Pope John Paul II High School in Hyannis, MA played varsity football for the first time last year. Had an excellent first season and are looking to build upon that heading into this year. 

The players put in huge effort this Summer working towards their goals. The video below shows their grind and their effort...and their motivation.

Well produced video. Good job guys!