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IMG to field a high school team in 2013

IMG, the academy known for providing outstanding training and instruction to elite athletes in America and beyond has announced that they will begin fielding a football team starting the spring of 2013.

Chris Weinke, who also hold the title of director of football at the academy, shared his thoughts on the big announcement.

“Through our camps, clinics, combines and individual training, I have spent an incredible two years at IMG Academy working with some of the most talented young football players in the nation. I have been looking forward to the day we could announce the formation of a competitive team, and that day is finally here.”

“Student-athletes are enrolled in one of the most challenging and rewarding football development programs in the country. The college preparatory experience here is second-to-none, and we expect our first class of football student-athletes will take full advantage of the resources made available to them as they look to advance to the next level.” IMG athletic director Greg Phillips stated.

Not only will the student athletes enrolled at IMG have access to facilities that rival those of many colleges, but they'll also get coached up by the same guys who have provided instruction to players like Luke Kuechly, Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Eli Manning. 

While the official announcement came today, the schedule and logistics will be ironed out in the next few months.

It will be interesting to see how this idea takes shape over the next year. 

Below is a video highlighting the instruction and experience that IMG offers at the youth, high school, college, and professional level.

Transformation of facilities at Mississippi State

The now infamous company, Advent (also referred to as "James Franklin's secret weapon") took the lead of helping Mississippi State re-brand their athletic facilities.

Everything from tennis to football was addressed, and athletic director Scott Stricklin points out the great job that Advent has done with their facilities, even though they were built during an era where branding was not nearly as important.

"Facilities say a lot about what is important to you. Whether it's size and scope or aesthetics, or functionality" Stricklin explains in the clip.

"We try to tell a story when they see our facilities. It's really criticial that it tells the right kind of story and that people see that as something that reflects positively on your University, and Mississippi State we have a great story to tell, and Advent has really helped make that story come alive." 

"We're going to be like a fire department"

Last spring, Hendrix College announced that they were bringing football back after a 52 year absence. In March they named Louisiana College associate head coach Justin "Buck" Buchanan their new head coach.

With an extensive background as both a player and coach at the D-III level, Buchanan understands what small college football is all about.

“It’s real college football,” he explained during a recent speaking event. “The players may be an inch or two short or a second or two slow to play at another level. If you watch our games, you’ll see players who are going to be future doctors and lawyers and teachers and coaches and professionals who are playing the game like it’s meant to be played. You will be seeing players who will play as hard as any at a college level because they are playing it because of the love of the sport and each other.”

Buchanan went on to share a story about a small fire department that had been called on to respond to a large fire. The big departments were already on scene and had just started to set up when an old fire truck from the small department blasted through the barricades and put out the fire with only sand and old blankets. Buck used the story as an analogy for how him and his staff plan to get the Hendrix football program back on track.

We are going to be like that small fire department and just go rushing in and start working. We are going to build a great program with a great foundation and great young men, And just like that little fire department, we are going to reap the rewards. Our institution will reap the reward and our young men will reap those rewards.”

Longhorn's 2012 slogan: "RISE"

Mack Brown addressed the media during his summer press conference yesterday, and talked about a new position the offensive staff is working on, as well as the motto that the team has agreed on using for 2012.

Co-offensive coordinators Bryan Harsin and Major Applewhite, along with receivers coach Darrell Wyatt have been brainstorming creative ways to get the ball in the hands of their best players, and have come up with a hybrid position to utilize.

"We also are working on a new position as such, Bryan and Major and Darrell  are calling it 'T and Z' right now, which is part tailback, part Z receiver, for [RB] D.J. Monroe and [ATH] Daje Johnson. We feel those guys are speed guys and can get the ball in their hands and help us with explosive plays. They're working hard this summer on getting packages to get D.J. more involved".

Brown also talked about the importance of "RISE", the slogan that the team has decided to use this season. 

"We asked the players to come up with their own motto and slogan for the year. They came up with RISE. The R in RISE is for relentless, the I is for intensity. They want the S to be swagger. A number of our coaches and Bennie thought it should be sacrifice first, then you get your swagger. They said you don't come off 85 with swagger, you have to earn that right, you earn that through time. Then the E is for emotion.They even designed a logo for it. We do feel like last year's team was, again, all over the place and was not capable of doing some of this stuff themselves. Bennie and the staff came up with “brick-by –brick.” This is what we're going to do, this is how we're going to do it, keep your mouth shut and let's start earning our way back so we can work and get our team and credibility back."

Mack explained each coach went through each of the words that were chosen and told the team what the word mean to them before they actually decided to do it. When it came to the "S", each side had a different view. In the end, the coaches always win.

"They wanted to keep swagger. We're going to make them earn the 'S.' 'Sa' starts before 'Sw.' We're going to make them start with one to get to the other. Then we took the basic meanings out of the encyclopedia and put it up on the board so that everybody understood if this is who they wanted to be, if this is what they wanted to represent themselves with their Tshirts, armbands, whatever, but don't act like you have intensity unless you do. Don't say relentless unless you're going to be that way, don't say you're going to play emotion and play flat. You all brought it up, said it, now do it."

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