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Purdue revises Boilermaker logo

Purdue is making a slight change to their Boilermaker logo on team apparel for future products, at the request of Nike.

Associate athletic director Tom Schott explained the change saying that it was a decision driven by their apparel provider, Nike. "Nike had come to us a while back with some suggestions. Nike said the train logo we used was not good on apparel. The smoke didn't work on shirts and hats. They recommended this slight revision."

As you can see below, no drastic changes. Just a minor change in the view and some other slight revisions.

Old logo on the left, new logo on the right.

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David Shaw: "Take a Stanford guy and you can't lose"

Head coach David Shaw spent just short of a decade coaching in the NFL, and with the NFL draft starting tomorrow, weighed in on Stanford football and the draft. Shaw will join Rich Eisen, Mike Mayock and Charles Davis on Saturday during the NFL Network's draft coverage.

Shaw explains the history of Stanford players having successful NFL careers is deep, and notes that this year's Stanford class is looking to build on that.

In Shaw's words, the choice is simple. "You take a Stanford guy and you can't lose".




Team building at NC State

A few years ago, NC State head coach Tom O'Brien hired Naval Academy graduate and Marine Eric Kapitulik to bring in some new training and team building ideas for the Wolfpack. In their first season under the new program in 2010, they finished 9-4 and pulled out a big mid season win over Florida State.

O'Brien added that the program is "all about leadership and accountability".

Kapitulik is the CEO and founder of "The Program", which is aimed at developing leaders, becoming more accountable, and handling mental fatigue. Every single NC State practice ends with the entire team doing a perfect jumping jack in unison. The training regime also includes a firemans carry with a teammate, carrying 35 pound to 70 pound sand bags, military like team workouts with huge log poles.

“It’s mentally tough to do,” he explained. “The guy next to you wants to check out and think about themselves, instead of the team.”

Last season, The Program helped train the Tufts University football team, a D-III program in Massachusetts. The video below captures the kind of stuff that NC State is doing now, and illustrates what makes Kapitulik's approach unique.

 




If you like Les, you'll love this

Les Miles is a great coach. He also happens to be a wonderful sound byte machine.  

He is incredibly sincere; just sometimes it comes out in a unique manner. In reality in this video he makes some great points. The fact that he adds his own personality to it just makes it that much better!

Listen and enjoy.




Video: Experience spring ball at Cal

Cal held their "Spring Practice Experience" over the weekend, inviting fans to meet the team and participate in a few select drills with the team.

The video captures the event very well. You get some helmet / coach cam footage as well as how the event felt for the die hard fans of Cal football.




9 years without a coaching change

Oregon is the only FBS program without a change within it's coaching staff since 2009. Tough profession.

Up in East Lansing though, Michigan State's defensive staff has been able to stick together since 2003, when Mark Dantonio assembled them after being introduced as the head coach at Cincinnati. Going into this season, the staff has been together an impressive 9 seasons. That's unheard of.

In the video below Dantonio explains that the continuity on the staff has allowed them to take the team to new heights. Also, having the defensive staff stick together for so long has allowed them to try out some different things as spring ball has progressed as well.

Keeping the same staff together on the defensive side of the ball has helped them put together back to back 11 win seasons and rank in the top 10 nationally in most every major defensive category (#7 in sacks, #6 in total defense, #9 in rushing defense, #10 in scoring defense).

The Spartans will be put to the test, especially defensively, in their season openers the next few seasons. They'll open up with Boise State this year and next, followed by their season opener against Oregon the following two seasons.




Oregon Authentic

Everyone knows that Oregon and Nike have a fairly close relationship. In fact, we've heard one coach refer to the University as "Nike's test lab in Eugene". Unquestionably, Oregon strolls out more uniform combos than any other football team in the country (at any level). So, have you ever wondered what happens to all of those Oregon jerseys / pants / lids once they have moved on to the next set?

Well, the Oregon athletic staff had a creative idea to help turn that "used" (which they wisely have up-sold as "authentic") equipment into very real fresh dollars for the department.  

Yesterday Oregon launched a new website, OregonAuthentic.com. The website will auction off things such as game-worn jerseys, helmets, cleats, etc. from all sports.

Craig Pintens, Oregon’s Senior Associate AD for Marketing and PR, announced the launch of the site via twitter (see tweet above).

Pintens a few hours later went on to tweet, “Crazy to think every item in http://oregonauthentic.com started at $1...”

It certainly is crazy, considering the jersey set that was worn vs. LSU last season has a current bid of $932, less than a day after the website launched. At that same time, a game-worn LaMichael James jersey (pictured) is pushing $700.Screen Shot_2012-04-25_at_6.12.49_AM

This idea wouldn't work for every team. First, you have to have the "authentic" inventory; and most programs reuse those things for a few seasons. Oregon’s well-documented history with Nike allows them to have a large quantity of things to auction off. This serves them a dual purpose of raising money for the athletic department and cleaning out the crowded equipment room to make space for new gear.

We think this is a great idea for Oregon and we hope it generates some more novel ideas within other athletic departments across the country. We saw that Pintens shared some love with Row27 last night via twitter for their excellent work in designing and building the site. Row27 is a marketing / creative firm that is doing some very cool things for athletic programs across the country. 




Georgia Southern's plan to move to FBS

Georgia Southern has started to put their five phase plan in motion to go from an FCS member to a full fledged member of the FBS.

The move, which would undoubtedly gain a ton of additional national exposure for football on television, is aimed to help the University “move from a regional university to a national university,” and keeping their current coaching staff intact as much as possible.

As the Statesboro Herald explains, the plan to move to the Football Bowl Subdivision, also called the "Soaring to Victory Campaign" has been split into five phases; Phase I: “Stabilizing the Program” ($15.5 million); Phase II: “Enhancing The Student Athlete Experience” ($2.85 million); Phase III: “Upgrading Athletic Facilities” ($7.5 million); Phase IV: “Improving the Fan Experience” ($10.5 million) and Phase V: “Expanding the Technology Infrastructure ($275,000). Note from FootballScoop> That $275k for Technology Infrastructure seems a little light.

Phase I will focus on paying coaches in all sports at or above the Southern Conference median salary. Athletic Foundation President John Mulherin explained “There’s no reason Georgia Southern should be the training ground for good, young coaches. If you've got a good, young coach, you want to keep them.”

Right now the operating athletic budget at the University is about $12 million. In order to rank amongst the bottom FBS schools they will need to come up with a minimum of $4.4 million just to cover everything from travel expenses to the additional 22 scholarships. Their budget right now ranks them 95th out of 125 other fellow FCS schools.

Amongst the other changes are increasing the seating capacity by 6,300 seats, and adding a 57,000 square foot football ops building to improve the current facilities. “We need the very best facilities so we can to do the very best job we can, and that’s why this Football Operations Center is so important for us, and that’s important for us whether we decide to move anywhere or not. Our locker room is atrocious. It’s embarrassing. It’s so embarrassing we don’t even take our recruits to show them. It’s awful, by any standard. It’s just awful. It’s rusted out. It’s dim. It’s dark. I wouldn't want to take my mother in there, that’s for sure. I think we’re doing our players a huge disservice. And that’s not our fault. We've just not had the resources to do something with that.” University President Brooks Keel explained.