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Iowa's throwback uniforms

Tom Dienhart of the Big Ten Network just tweeted a picture of the throwback uniforms that Iowa will apparently wear when Iowa State travels to Kinnick Stadium for their September 8th match up.

This one is definitely one of the more interesting uniform change ups we've seen for 2012.

SEC BeachFest (you'll want to see this)

Starting Saturday August 23rd and stretching through Tuesday the 26th, the SEC, partnered with Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism, is hosting a beach party featuring numerous activities as well as the likes of Les Miles, Nick Saban, and Gene Chizik.

The event features a golf scramble, concert, 5k walk / run, as well as an area entitled "FanFare" where visitors will be able listen to life lessons and take part in games under the watchful eye of legendary SEC coaches like Phil Fulmer, Vince Dooley, and Gene Stallings.

Bryan Fischer of CBSSports.com had an idea (see below) to add to the SEC's planned activities that would certainly help increase attendance.

What Butch Jones learned visiting NFL teams

When you rack up three Big East titles in the past four years and four ten win seasons in the past five years sometimes a sense of complacency can start to creep in...but Butch Jones and Cincinnati certainly don't fit in that category.

This off season Jones has traveled to numerous NFL facilities (including the Bengals and Dolphins) to take a closer look at the differences between the two levels and what him and his staff may be able to tweak. "You can always take something from everyone and every place that you go. You always try to bring little things back. You always try to gain an edge, you always try to gain an inch in your development."

"Even though there's differences, there's a lot more similarities than differences. At the end of the day it's all about teamwork, it's about people doing their job, it's about execution. It's about playing hard. It's getting to have each individual on your team, whether it's 12 individuals or 105 individuals, to play to the best of their God-given ability and to get the most out of them. The competitive factor that goes into it, the motivation that goes into it. We covered all those things from A to Z. it's been great for me to sit and watch everything happen over the course of the playoffs."

After going 4-8 in 2010 and returning a lot of guys that faced adversity during that season, the Bearcats put together a 10-3 season last year. At the end of the day, Jones and the staff knew that staying the course would get them back on track. 

"You got to stay the course. You tweak things based on your personnel, but your fundamental values, the standards, the expectations, the formula for winning never change. Looking back on it we had a team that was very immature, inexperienced and we had a lot of players that had to step up and fill some very big shoes. Lot of times laying a foundation is very tough to do, but once you get that solid foundation, then things take off."

 

Fundraising idea: "Legacy Game"

T.R. Miller high school is one of the most successful programs in the state of Alabama. Despite being comprised of only around 300 students, Miller has the most wins of any high school in the state (regardless of classification) and an impressive 6 state titles.

To pay homage to their rich history, head coach Jamie Riggs and his staff put together a fundraising idea called the "Legacy Game" where former players are invited back for a reunion during a game, and members of the community will have the opportunity to buy a jersey and number, with the name on the back, to be worn by a current player during the game.

Players were given pledge cards and were asked to find supporters who would donate $25 or more to become "Jersey Backers" in order to get the honored players name on the back of the uniform. The goal is to have $200 collected for each jersey.

At the end of the Legacy Game, players will give the jersey to the former player of family that he honored. Those players and families will also be noted in the game day roster.

In the video below, Coach Riggs does a great job of explaining the project, and more on the logistics and timeline of the idea can be found here.

Video: See the Fargodome turf go down

Piece by piece, starting with the logos, the turf at the Fargodome is currently being laid down.

Interesting video below of the lettering and logos going down. With the prefabricated hashes, lines, numbers, and end zone lettering, the rest of the field should be down by Thursday morning and look like a finished product.

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