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  • Video: Mizzou’s new Nike uni “feels like it gives you superpowers”

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    For their game on Saturday against Indiana, Missouri will be wearing a brand new Nike uniform combination.

    “It feels like it gives you superpowers” defensive lineman Lucas Vincent noted while modeling the unis in a quick 14 second spot.

    While that may be an exaggeration, if you believe in the “look good, play good” mantra, it should mean good results.

    More pictures will be added as they become available.

  • Texas A&M is spending $300,000 to replace their field for four games

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    Leading up to Texas A&M’s game against Rice, the Aggie playing surface saw nearly 5 inches of rain in less than a 24 hour span. The field was such a mess that you could catch people from the grounds crew running onto the field during breaks with buckets of sand to fill holes and tears in the grass throughout the game.

    If that doesn’t give you a clear enough picture of what the field conditions were like Saturday, Rice head coach David Bailiff was reportedly seen arguing with Aggie AD Eric Hyman on the way into the locker room at the half about the condition of the playing surface.

    After the game, and a few injuries to players (which team doctors did not attribute to the field conditions), the administration decided that a change to the playing surface was needed, and grass from a North Carolina’s sod farm would be the replacement.

    The new sod, which is coming in on 24 refrigerated trucks according to The Eagle, is based on a much thicker sod base which will allow it to take root and provide a firm base for their next home game on October 11 against Ole Miss.

    The decision to replace the field at the cost of $300,000 may seem like a monumental mid-season decision, but Carolina Green (the company selected for the replacement) has replaced playing surfaces for NFL franchises like the Eagles and Redskins in recent years, as well as at Tennessee, Kentucky and South Carolina, all during the season, effectively making the decision much easier. Just last week they replaced the surfaces at for the Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans with a one week turnaround before kickoff.

    More importantly, the last thing that you want as a coach or athletic director is the field conditions being discussed as a possible reason for a sustained injury to any of your players. That’s something you simply can’t risk (see Robert Griffin III).

    Once the field is down, Texas A&M will get four games in on the new surface (Ole Miss, ULM, Missouri, and LSU) before it is torn up for the second part of the $450 million renovation to Kyle Field.

    Read more here.

     

  • Florida HS coach delivers an emotional “I am a champion” speech honoring his late son

    Three years ago, Barbara Goleman HS (Miami, FL) defensive coordinator John Murillo lost his son, Ricky Quintanilla, to cancer. During Ricky’s battle, he would often sit in front of a computer and watch videos of coaches delivering his favorite pregame speech titled “I am a champion” to draw inspiration.

    Yesterday, before taking the field, coach Murillo delivered an emotionally charged “I am a champion” speech to his team in memory of his son, and you can tell it came from a special place in his heart. He’s made it a tradition after his son’s passing, with this being the third year he’s done it according to Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald.

    Read more of the story behind the speech here.

    This serves as a great reminder of the personal battles we all struggle with off the field and how, as coaches, our team is an extension of our family.

    (H/T Manny Navarro)

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  • Why was the grim reaper at Florida Atlantic’s practice on Thursday?

    The Plains Hotel, located in historic downtown Cheyenne, Wyo., is haunted. According to the website HauntedHouses.com, legend has it one person was murdered at the hotel by being pushed out a fourth floor window. On another occasion, a newlywed bride found her husband in bed with someone other than her, and disposed of all three of them. All four sprits supposedly now haunt the 103-year old structure.

    According to those who are inclined to believe such things, the bride can be seen wandering the second floor in a blue gown. The other woman supposedly haunts brides. The murder victim casts feelings of dread on some guests. Reports of screaming can be heard from a certain room. You know, wholesome kind of stuff.

    What does in the world does this have to do with football?

    Florida Atlantic is staying in the Plains Hotel this weekend for its road trip to Wyoming.

    Head coach Charlie Partridge decided to spook his team by having the grim reaper show up at practice on Thursday morning.

    (HT Sporting News)