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Texas Tech has won the #IceBucketChallenge. Shut it down. Let's go home.

If you're one of the seven programs that hasn't made an #IceBucketChallenge video yet, there's no point in trying now. You're more than welcome to donate to the ALS Foundation, but you're not topping Texas Tech's video. You're just not.


Update> Wes Welker and the other Broncos have accepted Kliff's challenge and they have a group of Texas Tech challenges they are issuing themselves. Enjoy!

Here's the first segment in SEC Network history

If your Twitter feed is anything like mine, around 6 p.m. ET it was set ablaze with reactions to the opening segment upon the launch of SEC Network. While I tend to believe the network has been tremendously overhyped, there's no denying this is a fine piece of salesmanship. And it ought to be, after all, they had more than a year to put it together.

Although I do have to throw a flag on the network for interviewing former Missouri pitcher and current Detroit Tigers ace Max Scherzer. He played at Mizzou from 2004-06 and thus knows as much about pitching in the SEC as you and I do.

(HT Saturday Down South)

Video: Jerome Bettis gives a surprise speech to the Mississippi State football team

Deshea Townsend and Jerome Bettis were Pittsburgh Steelers teammates for eight seasons, culminating in a Super Bowl XL win over the Seattle Seahawks in Detroit. Bettis retired after that game into a career in the media. Townsend played through 2010 and then moved into coaching, serving as the Arizona Cardinals' assistant defensive backs coach from 2011-12, and as Mississippi State's cornerbacks coach since 2013.

Townsend brought in his old teammate to give a talk to his current team about what it means to be a champion. Good stuff here.

How Pete Carroll and the Seahawks have mastered the science of tackling

The Seattle Seahawks' 43-8 destruction of the Denver Broncos in February's Super Bowl was perhaps the best defensive performance, specifically in the back seven, I've ever seen given the opponent and the circumstances. Seattle rendered Denver's passing attack utterly useless. The Seahawks allowed Peyton Manning to complete 34 of his 49 throws, but for only 280 yards with two touchdowns - one for Denver, one for Seattle - plus an additional interception. Seattle defenders covered well and tackled even better.

None of this, of course, was an accident.

As Greg Bedard of TheMMQB.com writes, Pete Carroll - like many of his peers - initially resisted the NFL's new tackling rule limiting all contact above the shoulders in 2010. By 2011, Carroll reluctantly embraced the new rules and by 2013, Seattle was one of the best tackling teams in football. Bedard writes that, according to Pro Football Focus, the Seahawks missed one in every 11.94 tackle attempts, second best in the NFL. 

Carroll and his defensive staff are now sharing their secrets with the rest of the coaching world. Seattle recorded a video of how they teach tackling and shared it on Hudl. View it for yourself below.

Put simply, Carroll teaches his football players how to tackle like rugby players.

“I’ve always thought it’s an awesome game,” he said. “It’s the most natural game of football in that you don’t have pads on. I think we can make dramatic illustrations of how you can play the game without a helmet.”

The Seahawks teach tackling both in and out of season, in full pads or in shorts and a t-shirt. Through it all, they've executed proper, legal and safe tackling while maintaining their status as the league's most fearsome hitters. Exhibit A:

“Kam Chancellor, who is one of the toughest and most physical players in the NFL, has taken the teachings to heart. [His tackling] demonstrates how you can maintain your physical play and still do it the right way, within the guidelines of the league," Carroll said. "Really, they are the guidelines that all football should be following.”

Read the full story here.

Watch Texas A&M go nuts as Kevin Sumlin cancels practice for a trip to the movies

As Texas A&M approached the 20 practice mark of smashing faces against themselves, Kevin Sumlin thought it would be a good idea to give the team a morale boost.

Cancelling practice for a trip to the movies seemed to do the trick, don't you think?

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