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Spring hype video at Jacksonville State

The video guys at Jacksonville State put together an impressive highlight of their spring practices.

This one will get your blood pumping. There's a good mix of team drills, and scrimmage clips. Very well done all around.

Saints release official statement

Just a little while ago, the New Orleans Saints released an official statement regarding the NFL's penalties.

The full statement from the organization can be read below.

Today, Commissioner Goodell apprised us of the severe penalties facing our club, as proposed by the NFL.

We recognize our fans’ concerns and we regret the uncertainty this episode has created for them. We are humbled by the support our organization has received from our fans today in the wake of this announcement, and we ask them to continue to stand with us, as they have done in the past, when both our team and our city have overcome greater adversities.

To our fans, the NFL and the rest of our league, we offer our sincere apology and take full responsibility for these serious violations.

It has always been the goal of the New Orleans Saints to create a model franchise and to impact our league in a positive manner.

There is no place for bounties in our league and we reiterate our pledge that this will never happen again.

Skip Holtz impressed with day 1

From the looks of it, Skip Holtz couldn't be much happier with how things went in their first spring practice. 

Holtz said that new defensive coordinator Chris Cosh was very accommodating to the idea of keeping the defensive structure and lingo from last season. A large reason for that was because they both believed it was much easier for Cosh to learn it, than to teach 50 guys something brand new, and Holtz says Cosh has learned it in a hurry.

Holtz comments multiple times how impressed he is with the work ethic, leadership and attitude of this years team.

Mack Brown not happy with new helmet rule

Mack Brown and the rest of the Texas staff met with officials yesterday to talk about the new rule changes for the fall, and left with a few complaints, starting with the new helmet rule.

The new helmet rule states that if a player loses his helmet during a play, he must sit out the next play, and depending on the situation, the play may be stopped, or the player without his helmet may not be allowed to continue playing.

As Mack explains "If I'm a defensive end rushing the passer, supposedly I can rush him, but quarterback steps up, I can't continue to rush or it's a penalty, if you lose your helmet, you have to come out of the game for a play, regardless. So, your quarterback could lose his helmet on the next to the last play of the game and he's out for the last play. And also if you lose your helmet within the last minutes of the half at the end of the game, you can have the 10-second runoff rule." 

The bottom line is that Brown thinks that more coaches should have input before the rules take effect. He explains that as it sits today, nine coaches from all different divisions meet with a committee to make the rule changes.

"I really wish we would have more input instead of just being told, because we didn't even understand some of these until yesterday. What we've done when we make rules and make the official's judgment in a tough spot, I think we're hurting ourselves because how in the world are you going to know when to blow that whistle?" 

 

Video: Winter workout highlights

The guys at UNC Pembroke, an independant D-II school located in Pembroke, North Carolina, sent us a well put together video highlighting their winter workouts.

Since bringing back football in 2007, head coach Pete Shinnick and his staff have put together some impressive teams, including an 8-3 finish last season and back to back 9 win seasons in 2008 and 2009. They were also an impressive 7-1 last year when scoring over 30 points.

The video is a good mix of weight room workouts, on the field agility and conditioning, and some interesting combat drills to take note of.

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