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Brand new Levi's Stadium is already on its second playing surface

Jim Harbaugh's team has been outscored 57-3 through two preseason games thus far, but that jaw is undoubtedly clinched over another issue at the moment: the field at brand spanking new Levi's Stadium is atrocious. After only three events, including one 49ers home game, the new $1.2 billion facility is already working on its second playing surface.

According to CSN Bay Area, the field was so shaky that Jim Harbaugh had to halt practice out of concern for his players' safety.

"Several players lost their footing and large divots were created on seemingly every play. There were small patches of replacement sod that were discolored and looked uneven," writes Matt Maiocco. "Finally, when wide receiver Stevie Johnson hit the ground hard after slipping on a routine out-route, Harbaugh stopped practice."

As you can see below, the grounds crew spent Thursday morning ripping up the bulk of the field, stretching beyond the hashmarks and from goal line to goal line. 

Levis Stadium dirt

The original surface was put down in April, and apparently didn't have time to properly take root. Optimistically, the 49ers will have new sod down by Thursday afternoon. San Francisco hosts its second preseason game on Sunday. In the three weeks between the Niners' final home preseason game and regular season home opener, Levi's Stadium also hosts two high school football games on Aug. 29, and a Mexico-Chile soccer match on Sept. 6. And then the real stuff starts.

Thankfully there isn't much scheduled beyond 49ers games between September and February. Cal and Oregon play there on Oct. 24, and the stadium hosts the Pac-12 Championship on Dec. 5 and the San Francisco Bowl on Dec. 30. 

There's also this, from CSN Bay Area: "The Levi’s Stadium sod, known as Bandera Bermuda, was selected for its ability to hold up under frequent usage, the team announced at the time of its installation."

Chances are the 49ers this isn't the last time the 49ers will have to truck in that Bandera Bermuda this season.

If you can't create a safe, secure football field in four months when no one's using it, what hope do you have of installing a stable playing field for the duration of the season in two days?

Read more here.

Dear football coaches: Don't ever do this

Somehow, New York sports radio titan Mike Francesa got to debating the merits of college basketball coaches on Wednesday. The Yankees must have had a rain out the night before. Anyway, Francesa was discussing how he believed Kentucky head coach John Calipari is a great recruiter, a great motivator, and an average tactician.

Francesa then went to the phones, where - lo and behold - John Calipari was waiting to debate him. The exchange then devolved into sports radio banter you hear in every market in America, and then Francessa dropped John from Kentucky like he was no different than Jimmy from Long Island. And then he went back to talking about Calipari's mediocre ability as an Xs and Os coach, took another call and moved on like the most high-profile college basketball coach in the country hadn't just randomly called in and tried to disguise his voice.


Zach's take: Calipari doesn't even redirect Francesa's talking points. Francesa's mind isn't changed at all. Francesa goes right back to talking about Cal's perceived deficiencies like nothing ever happened. I don't like this at all.

Scott's take: I love that Calipari called in to speak up for himself. Clearly he and Francesa have some rapport and Cal had recently been on the show. I love when coaches speak up for themselves and don't act like they don't hear the public voices on radio, TV, the internet...and even in the local papers. Cal's a master at this stuff. The fact that Francesa just hung up on him is pure radio gold. Amazing radio interaction. 

(HT Sporting News)

You should be watching Cal's docu-series "The Grind"

I'm not saying Cal's "The Grind" is the best training camp docu-series in college football, but I will say there isn't one better than this. 

Outside of the content, which includes a talk from Herman Edwards and a whiffleball home run derby in addition to looks and practice and interviews with players and coaches, the cinematography is absolutely incredible.

"You have to invest, and when you invest your heart and soul into something it's very difficult for it to not be successful," head coach Sonny Dykes says. "You're going to fight and scratch and do everything you can to be successful, and I think that's the biggest thing our players have done is improve in that area. They're just more invested, and it's fun to see that. We still have miles and miles and miles to go, but we're progressing daily."

D-III program in Texas teams up with Nike for a complete uniform overhaul

The uniforms pictured above are what Trinity University (D-III - TX) wore last season, but after pairing up with Nike and going through a coaching change (offensive coordinator Jerheme Urban was promoted to head coach back in November), the program's look got a complete overhaul.

The new look is a bit more modern, and while it's nothing flashy, there are some nice details worth noting. The Trinity font across the from of the uniforms are one of those details, while the Nike Flywire design collar (the same design NFL use) is another nice uniform tweak that will have players buzzing.

Also, gone is the block "T" logo with the tiger in in, and replacing it is the simple branding of "Trinity" inside the outline of Texas. Simple but unmistakable branding.

Take a look at the new unis below.

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