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  • Florida starts April Fools Day bright and early with McElwain and UF President switching jobs

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    The Independent Florida Alligator

    Florida didn’t waste any time this morning rolling out their April Fools Day prank that included university president Dr. W. Kent Fuchs and Jim McElwain.

    While settling into my morning routine, before realizing what day it was – and well before my morning dose of caffeine -this tweet rolled across my feed and I couldn’t seem to make any sense of it at first.

    Then after clicking on Fuchs’ profile, it slowly started to dawn on me.

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    McElwain got in on the good, clean, fun too.

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    Come to find out, The Alligator rolled out an entire story this morning on President Fuchs and McElwain permanently switching places, in a sort of Freaky Friday twist, and the article was appropriately titled “Fuchs takes Field, McElwain takes pay cut”.

    The actual article, which can be read here, includes some funny notes about Fuchs and McElwain, and some even funnier of pictures of McElwain in all-out presidential garb. They even put together a quick clip of a day in each other’s lives.

    So now that Florida has got the ball rolling (and I fully realize what day it is), I’m looking forward to what other April Fools shenanigans programs try to cook up today.

  • Video of the Day – Mic’d up with Butch Jones

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    Wednesday April 1, 2015

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  • Former NFL QB: “It’s amazing agents keep sending their guys to George Whitfield.”

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    Shaun King knows a few things about playing quarterback. He once led Tulane to an undefeated season, setting the NCAA’s single season passing efficiency mark in 1998. Read that last sentence again.

    King, a second round pick by the Bucs, played in league for six seasons and then spent some time in the CFL and Arena Football League before retiring in 2007. Though he now makes his living doing something other than throwing a chunk of oblong pigskin, King still knows a thing or three about playing quarterback.

    And what King knows stands in direct conflict with what George Whitfield teaches.

    The differences of opinion (to put it ever-so-lightly) came to a head Tuesday during Jameis Winston’s pro day workout in Tallahassee.

    As for the “foolishness” King was describing?

    Anyway, let’s dive back in:

    Whitfield and his staff of six list Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Johnny Manziel, Bryce Petty, Landry Jones, Tajh Boyd, Taylor Kelly, Braxton Miller, Connor Cook, Logan Thomas, E.J. Manuel and Marquise Williams among its clientele.

    We haven’t seen anyone ask Whitfield for a response; but found King’s take interesting. Any thoughts?

  • Video: “I don’t teach wins and losses. I teach the process of winning”

    Most videos that come out this time of year are aimed a creating a buzz for a program that will carry a fan base through the long summer months before fall, but this one from Old Dominion caught my eye for a very different reason.

    This clip, featuring Monarchs head coach Bobby Wilder (who has won 14 games in the program’s first two seasons in their transition from FCS to FBS), has one obvious objective: to get to know coach Wilder in under a minute. It’s an interesting idea any program can emulate, and one that ODU executes to perfection.

    Fifty seven seconds after pressing play, someone with zero knowledge of Bobby Wilder the football coach will have a much clearer picture of him and what he (and his program) are all about. This approach could pay some big dividends for recruits unfamiliar with Wilder and ODU who press play, and it also has a message that’s capable of picking up a new fan here or there.

    “I’m a football coach. My office is 100 yards of grass, and my only tool is a pigskin.” Wilder opens up saying.

    “The funny thing is, I don’t teach wins and losses, I teach a process. The process of winning. Sure, we do it with drills, and formations and repetition, but it’s not about the score, it’s about life.”

    “If I have anything to do with it, those 105 young men that walk onto my field every season will leave with the understanding of process and how that will make a difference in their lives, on and off the field. That’s why I coach, to make a difference in their lives and to create winners.”

  • FootballScoop Top 10: Locations for new bowl games

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    Bowl season is growing. Again. According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy – the Edward R. Murrow of the bowl industry – Tucson, Ariz., will apply for a new bowl game this season and Little Rock, Ark., has strong interest in joining them before Wednesday’s deadline to take part in the 2015-16 postseason circus. Orlando is also getting a third bowl game this winter, the Cure Bowl, bringing the total to 42 games.

    McMurphy also reported that considered applying for approval to play a bowl game in Melbourne, Australia, but has tabled discussions until 2016.

    Australia. Forty-two bowl games. Eighty-four bowl teams. The hallowed tradition of bowl season was discarded 20 years ago, and now any semblance of sanity has been blown to smithereens. It’s time to embrace the gleeful insanity of bowl season and add these 10 new games to the lineup.

    1) Philadelphia: The largest metro area in America without a bowl game, it’s time Philly got its own bowl game. If Shreveport and Little Rock can, then dog gone it, so can Philadelphia. Working Title: The Real Liberty Bowl. Tie-ins: ACC vs. AAC Winner Gets: The Liberty Bell.

    2) Buford, Wyoming: With a population of one, Buford is the smallest city in the United States (and, technically, the entire world.) Working Title: The Buford Bowl. Tie-ins: MWC vs. Sun Belt. Winner Gets: Buford’s lone resident must come home with the winning team and live in its trophy case for one month.

    3) Green Bay, Wisconsin: The Rose Bowl hosts a bowl game. Yankee Stadium hosts a bowl game. It’s only fitting professional football’s most famous venue also hosts a bowl game. Yes, Green Bay is a terrible host city, and a Lambeau bowl game would be a miserable experience. But bowls are now purely television events and the players’ and spectators’ misery only fuels my enjoyment as a consumer. Working Title: The Tundra Bowl. Tie-ins: Big Ten vs. MAC Winner Gets: A free pass to deny one all of the interview requests from Dennis Dodd.

    4) Orlando, Florida: Yes, there are already three bowl games in Orlando. That’s the entire point. We’ll play all three games simultaneously on top of each other. Florida plays Penn State in the Citrus Bowl while Clemson plays Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl while at the same time Temple plays Florida Atlantic in the Cure Bowl. This is the type of entertainment I demand as a bowl game connoisseur in 2015. Tie-ins: SEC vs. Big Ten vs. ACC vs. Big 12 vs. AAC vs. Sun Belt. Working Title: Bowl in a Bowl in a Bowl. Winner Gets: First in line at the MRI machine, and also half off DisneyWorld access for a year.

    5) Barrow, Alaska: Located 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, this is the northernmost football field on Planet Earth. If a high school team can do it, so can the Big Ten’s ninth-place team and the ACC’s 11th-place team. Working Title: Top of the World Bowl. Tie-ins: Big Ten vs. ACC. Winner Gets: To fly home.

    6) Beijing, China: Larry Scott and Steve Patterson are running first and second in a race against no one else – to capture the hearts and minds of 1.3 billion Chinese to buying American college sports memorabilia and watching American college sports on fringe cable networks. So they get what they want. Every year. (In fact, this game already exists on the hardwood. Texas and Washington will meet in China this November.) Working Title: The #GlobalBrand Bowl. Tie-ins: Pac-12 vs. Texas. Winner Gets: All the revenue.

    7) Dubai, UAE: This one has actually been in the rumor mill for a year and a half now. Except we’ll bring this one on top of a skyscraper. Better bring your running game.

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    Working Title: The Dubai Bowl. Tie-ins: MWC vs. AAC. Winner gets: To choose a new location for the 2018 World Cup.

    8) Somewhere in the Pacific Ocean: College basketball can not be allowed to get the upper-hand in the “wheels off and totally unnecessary sporting events” department. This one will be played on an aircraft carrier while on a normal deployment out at sea. The kicking game and downfield passing will be a challenge. Working Title: The Pacific Bowl. Tie-ins: Pac-12 vs. C-USA. Winner gets: To fire one missile at a target of its choosing.

    9) The Great Pyramids of Giza: Instead of playing on a level playing surface like the rest of these games, this one is actually played on the pyramids. Winning the coin toss and securing higher ground during the fourth quarter is of tantamount importance. Working Title: The Desecration of History Bowl. Tie-ins: C-USA vs. AAC (or Army). Winner Gets: To exhume one pharaoh.

    10) The Moon: It’s a bowl game on the moon. Working Title: A Bowl Game on the Moon. Tie-ins: SEC vs. Pac-12. Winner Gets: To go home.