Illinois exploring new helmet options
While it is unclear whether the helmets will be used next year, Illinois has been prominently displaying a few new style helmets for recruits during their visits.
Sports information director Derek Neal says that "While our coaches have been displaying those for recruits, those are just options we’ve been exploring for new helmets, no decisions have been made yet on helmet, uniform changes, or if there will even be a change.”
The featured helmets highlight "Illini" in the same style that had been used previously for "Illinois" along the side of the helmet, and also features a matte blue style helmet with an Illinois "I" as well.
The helmets displayed also feature three different colors of face masks in navy blue, orange and white for an additional change of pace.
Unique bowl suggestion from an AD
Brett McMurphy of CBSsports.com recently talked with an athletic director (who spoke on condition of anonymity) with an interesting suggestion on how to modify the current bowl system.
His suggestion was that "only the best 16 bowl games should remain with the remaining 'bowl games' held on campuses of the remaining bowl eligible teams".
Under this scenario, once the top 16 bowl games are filled, every remaining team that is bowl eligible would play in an on campus bowl game. This would help control the money teams lose in the second tier bowl games and hopefully provide better attendance while allowing players and coaches the opportunity to spend their free time visiting family around the holiday season.
The AD also suggested that each team receiving the same bowl gifts paid from a pool of central funds from BCS bowls.
Attendance would be a concern for many universities since most bowl games take place during holiday break, but the AD suggests that it is better than the current system because it would provide a spark of excitement surrounding the games, and the hosting teams would be able to provide decent locker rooms, which many lower tier bowls often lack because of many of the stadiums use for other high profile events the rest of the year.
Video: Cal's new football facility
Cal's new football isn't quite finished, but it's shaping up to be a much needed upgrade.
The new facility houses the new football offices, meeting rooms, a 5,500 square foot locker room, a team theatre, dining facility, and a biochemistry performance lab.
Only Cal would call it a "biochemistry performance lab".
Ferentz takes the polar plunge
Kirk Ferentz took the polar plunge for the wrestling team yesterday, along with head strength coach Chris Doyle and wrestling coach Tom Brands.
The plunge into a local pond helped raise over $25,000 for the wrestling program to aid in travel funds, as well as training and coaching for Olympic and World Championship events.
When asked about the event a few weeks ago, Ferentz responded “How do you say no to those guys? They’ll break my arm or dislocate my shoulder."
Video: Tour Iowa State's new facility
Paul Rhoads and the Cyclones are getting some impressive new facilities this fall.
The impressive 60,000 square foot facility will be next to the indoor practice field and house the coaches offices, locker room, weight room and state of the art meeting rooms.
Associate athletic director Mark Coberley says that when its finished he can guarantee that "no place in the country, not collegiately or in the NFL, that has any more than we will have".
Take a look.
The Pro Bowl highlights tonight's schedule.
Pro Bowl - 7 - NBC
Football is making a brief comeback this weekend with the Senior Bowl today and the Pro Bowl on Sunday.
All times are eastern.
Senior Bowl - 4 - NFL Network
Video: Exciting time to be a 'Cane
Miami released a great video today outlining what it's like to be a part of the University community and the exciting changes surrounding the program.
Al Golden talks about the new buildings going up on campus, and a few players weigh in on what they enjoy doing for fun and lead you on a tour of their "crib" as well.
The video covers all the bases, and you can bet that recruits are taking notice.