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Bill O'Brien's statement following sanctions

This morning the NCAA announced a number of sanctions against Penn State including a four year bowl ban, a $12 million penalty per year for five years, five years of probation and a loss of 10 scholarships per year for four years (as well as others). 

Head coach Bill O'Brien just released the following statement:

 

"Today we receive a very harsh penalty from the NCAA and as Head Coach of the Nittany Lions football program, I will do everything in my power to not only comply, but help guide the University forward to become a national leader in ethics, compliance and operational excellence. I knew when I accepted the position that there would be tough times ahead. But I am committed for the long term to Penn State and our student athletes.

"I was then and I remain convinced that our student athletes are the best in the country. I could not be more proud to lead this team and these courageous and humble young men into the upcoming 2012 season. Together we are committed to building a better athletic program and university."




Video: More to come

Cincinnati is coming off of a strong 10 win season and has won three out of the past four Big East titles.

According to this video...they're just getting started  and there's plenty more to come.




Rich Rod's reason for night practices

Rich Rod and the Wildcats open up the first three games of the season at night with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff (Pacific time).

Their first four opponents (Toledo, Oklahoma State, South Carolina State, and Oregon) put together a combined 40-11 record in 2011, and the Wildcats will face only two FBS teams on their entire schedule that did not finish with a bowl eligible record last season.

In an extra effort to make sure they are ready for a night kickoff, Rich Rod is planning to have practices in the afternoons, even if it means having to be flexible and occasionally fighting the weather (as Arizona's summer storms typically hit in the late afternoons and early evenings). Former head coach Mike Stoops opted for early morning practices to dodge the storms.

"I want our guys to be ready to play at 6 pm, because most of our games are at night. Now, I can see us getting frustrated with some monsoons and having to move some things around and adjust that. We'll see how that goes." Rodriguez explained.

 

 

 




Coach Speak: Iowa's LeVar Woods

Iowa has released their version of "Coach Speak", featuring linebackers coach LeVar Woods.

Woods, as you may remember, was promoted from a quality control role to defensive line coach just before their bowl game.

In the clip, Woods talks about what they look for in when recruiting linebackers and during film study, and why working at Iowa under Kirk Ferentz means so much to him.




Baylor is one step closer to new stadium

The Baylor Board of Regents have approved plans to build a $250 million on campus stadium along the Brazos river.

The original plans, which we originally told you about a few months ago, are impressive to say the least. Some of the unique features include a canopy that will provide shade to about half in attendance, as well as a bridge over the Brazos river connecting the stadium to campus.

While it is not final yet, city officials will cast a final vote on August 7th.

The Bears hope to have the stadium, which will seat about 45,000, ready for kickoff in 2014.




Video: Are you ready?

Nice season hype video here from Florida State.

The Seminoles will open up September 1st at home against Murray State.




Appalachian State gets new uniforms

Appalachian State unveiled Nike Pro Combat alternate uniform last night that they'll wear for their match up against Coastal Carolina on September 29th.

The new helmet features a vintage logo of their mascot "Yosef" on each side as well as on the sleeves of the uniforms.

After the game fans will be able to bid on, and purchase the uniforms through an online auction. The new helmets will also be auctioned off.

Take a look.

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Delany wanted authority to hire coaches as well

Just when you thought yesterday's news that Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is seeking authority to fire coaches couldn't get any stranger.....

Brad Wolverton of The Chronicle of Higher Education dropped this bomb, "he [Delany] thought it would be 'useful' if he had the authority to make hiring, firing, and evaluation decisions involving football and men's basketball coaches."

Wait, wait, wait. Did we all just read that right? Delany also wanted the authority to hire coaches for schools.  What? This is incomprehensible.  

You simply have to read Wolverton's article for yourself.