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MNF switching to a two man booth

ESPN announced earlier this morning that Ron Jaworski has signed a 5 year extension to appear on "other programming on the network" and would no longer be accompanying play by play commentator Mike Tirico and color commentator Jon Gruden in the booth for Monday Night Football.

Numerous reports say that Jaworksi will appear in various other ESPN studio shows year round.

This will mark the first time in 15 seasons that Monday Night Football will enter the season with a two man lead team in the booth.

Sounds like Gruden really will be staying off the sidelines for a while. 




Bud Foster wants his defense to be like Bama's

Bud Foster sat down with Andy Bitter who covers Hokie football for the Roanoke Times yesterday, and shared some thoughts on his plans before the start of spring ball, and improving the Virginia Tech defense in 2012.

Foster says that they always try to get out somewhere to visit as a staff, and this year they plan on going down to Jacksonville to visit with the Jags as well as the Missouri staff, who will be down there as well.

"We’ve known them [Missouri] for years. And they were at Toledo when [Gary] Pinkel was there and they’ve been down there, I’ve been out there [giving clinics] at Missouri. We went to Indianapolis a couple years ago and met them. It’s a chance to visit with an NFL club and they’re similar, but also get a chance to visit with a group that we’ll share ideas with.”

Foster says he enjoys visiting with the Missouri staff because they saw a lot of spread looks from their time in the Big 12, and they want to be prepared for up tempo offenses like Clemson and the newest addition of the spread in the ACC with Larry Fedora at UNC. "We’ll pick their brain a little bit. How do they defend? What do they think is good? What do they like on certain situations or certain looks?" Foster and the staff go down there with an agenda on the types of things that they want to look at, not limited to different pressures and coverages. 

Foster's main goal is to get back to the type of defense that they had in 2005. "I want us to be a defense like Alabama. That’s my expectations. And we’ve been there before. We’ve been, whatever it was, 2005, we walked on the field and I knew we were going to go out and play our tail off and it was going to be a long day for that group on the other side."

 

 

 

 




Cinci strength program mirrors offensive philosophy

Cincinnati released a video last night highlighting how they mesh their weight room tempo with their offensive strategy.

"Coach Lawson and I talk a lot about the fruits of his labor showing up on game day." Offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian said of his conversations with head strength coach Dave Lawson.

Bajakian expands in the video below by saying that they have a "big picture philosophy" where what they do in the weight room, and how they do it, goes hand in hand with what they do offensively.




Beckman: "The hardest thing I've ever done..."

The Big Ten Networks Gerry DiNardo caught up with new Illinois head coach Tim Beckman yesterday.

Beckman said that the hardest thing that he has ever had to do as a coach was going back to say goodbye to his players at Toledo, and then returning for the senior banquet later because he felt he needed to say goodbye to not only the seniors, but also the parents.

"Probably one of the toughest things too was reading some of those tweets." Beckman said of the Twitter storm that circulated after news had leaked that he had taken the Illini job. "I had a couple players that were crushed. Those players understand why, now, I made that decision."

DiNardo and Beckman also talked about the reason behind his offensive philosophy, the new off season program, and how he finds balance in life as a coach.




You'll love this - New facility at Tennessee has a MMA Cage

Tennessee is a few months away from finishing a new $45 million, 145,000 sq. foot practice facility...that will "feature a mixed martial arts cage"! As Dooley puts it, "so we can go in and fight and all that stuff."

Oh goodness.

The new 22,000 sq. foot weight room referred to as a "multilevel thunderdome of power" in the promotional video below looks pretty nice. 

The new facility includes the thunderdome of power, a "restaurant" for the team, plenty of meeting space, coaches' offices, a hydro therapy room, the MMA fighting cage, a recruiting "museum of sorts" that will feature a "Peyton Manning Room", etc...

All in all, this place will be nice. 




Update on the Pac 12 network

Following suit with the Big Ten Network, The Longhorn Network (and the list goes on and on...), the Pac 12 broke ground on their new studio and construction in the new San Francisco location.

The project is scheduled to be completed this summer and will utilize 70,000 square feet that will televise 850 live sporting events each year.

 




2 great videos

Take your pick.

We normally would go with Hatch throwing plates around like they're nothing "that was actually my 100th rep"; but we think he'd agree with us on this one, the video at the bottom might be slightly more impressive.




Big 12 schedule released

After much deliberation over the past few weeks, the Big 12 schedule for 2012 was finally released earlier today.

Charlie Weis and Kansas will kick the Big 12 slate off against TCU at home on September 15th, and Bill Snyder and Kansas State will look to keep their Big 12 momentum going when they open up with Bob Stoops and the Sooners on September 22nd in Norman. Defending Big 12 champs Oklahoma State will face their first conference opponent September 29th against Texas.

Take a look at each teams conference schedule below, including new member West Virginia, who opens their conference schedule up with Baylor.

 


Week

Baylor Iowa State Kansas Kansas State Oklahoma
Sept 15 TCU
Sept 22 at Oklahoma Kansas State
Sept 29 at West Virginia Texas Tech
Oct 6 at TCU at Kansas State Kansas at Texas Tech
Oct 13 TCU Kansas State Oklahoma State at Iowa State vs. Texas *
Oct 20 at Texas at Oklahoma State at Oklahoma at West Virginia Kansas
Oct 27 at Iowa State Baylor Texas Texas Tech
Nov 3 Kansas Oklahoma at Baylor Oklahoma State at Iowa State
Nov 10 at Oklahoma at Texas at Texas Tech at TCU Baylor
Nov 17 Kansas State at Kansas Iowa State at Baylor at West Virginia
Nov 24 vs. Texas Tech ^ West Virginia Oklahoma State
Dec 1 Oklahoma State at West Virginia Texas at TCU
Week Oklahoma State TCU Texas Texas Tech West Virginia
Sept 15 at Kansas
Sept 22
Sept 29 Texas at Oklahoma State at Iowa State Baylor
Oct 6 Iowa State West Virginia Oklahoma at Texas
Oct 13 at Kansas at Baylor vs. Oklahoma * West Virginia at Texas Tech
Oct 20 Iowa State Texas Tech Baylor at TCU Kansas State
Oct 27 TCU at Oklahoma State at Kansas at Kansas State
Nov 3 at Kansas State at West Virginia at Texas Tech Texas TCU
Nov 10 West Virginia Kansas State Iowa State Kansas at Oklahoma State
Nov 17 Texas Tech at Oklahoma State Oklahoma
Nov 24 at Oklahoma at Texas TCU vs. Baylor ^ at Iowa State
Dec 1 at Baylor Oklahoma at Kansas State Kansas

* Game played at Cotton Bowl Stadium; Dallas, Texas
^ Game Played at Cowboys Stadium; Arlington, Texas