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  • Wednesday’s One Minute Warm Up

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    – Did you know cartoonist Chuck Jones created rules for himself to follow while illustrating the Road Roadrunner and Coyote cartoons? Now you do.

    – Loved this tweet from Penn State offensive line coach Herb Hand:

    – They sculpted Urban Meyer into butter at the Ohio State Fair. That’s a higher honor than being made governor up there.

    – Tom Brady’s four-game Deflategate suspension was upheld by the NFL yesterday. But you knew that already. The big winner here? NBC. They get the Patriots’ opener (a Thursday night affair against the Pittsburgh Steelers) and Brady’s return at Indianapolis – what a coincidence! – on Oct. 4.

    – Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is the early front-runner for Strangest Quote of Training Camp:

    In Case You Missed It:

    – Iowa athletics director Gary Barta says he does not regret giving Kirk Ferentz a 10-year contract extension before the 2010 season. The Hawkeyes are just 34-30 (and 19-21 in the Big Ten) since the extension.

    – If you haven’t seen Oregon’s 360-degree view of what it’s like to be a Duck in Autzen Stadium, fix that immediately.

    – Wyoming’s new recruiting pitch will be a big hit with recruits.

    – When Pat Narduzzi downplayed the Backyard Brawl, Dana Holgorsen came in off the top rope.

  • When Pat Narduzzi downplays the Backyard Brawl, Holgo comes in off the top rope


    Pittsburgh and West Virginia used to be big rivals. Still are big rivals. Whatever tense you find most appropriate, the Backyard Brawl was one of college football’s hottest feuds dating all the way back to 1895 through 2011, when both schools split from the Big East and stopped playing annually.

    Administrators from both schools have done the “We should totally get together sometime” dance in the four years since, and that’s through multiple athletics directors on both sides and multiple head coaches at Pitt. To the outside eye, the Backyard Brawl feels much closer to revival than Texas-Texas A&M or Kansas-Missouri.

    But speaking to Brett McMurphy at ESPN’s ACC car wash Tuesday, new Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi used the opportunity to throw some passive-aggressive shade at the Mountaineers, straight out of the UT-A&M and KU-MU playbooks.

    Pittsburgh has played West Virginia 104 times previously (Pitt holds a 61-40-3 lead) and Penn State 96 times (the Nittany Lions hold a 50-42-4 edge). The schools played annually through the early 1990’s, but Joe Paterno put the rivalry on the back-burner after Penn State joined the Big Ten. They’ve played just four times since the 1993 season, and not since 2000. They will a four-game home-and-home beginning in 2016 and running through 2019, however. No games with WVU currently sit on the books according to scheduling clearinghouse

    Sitting in his office (or his kick ass 8,000-square foot house), West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen flew into the conversation with an grand slam of a subtweet.

    Just figure out a way to settle it on the field, guys.

  • Tom Brady suspension upheld, agent says it “diminishes the integrity of the game.”

    HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 01:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots waits near the bench during the first half of the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

    Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his part in the New England Patriots’ Deflategate scandal was upheld on Tuesday. The league cited Brady’s decision to destroy his private cell phone, which he was not required to surrender, as “new evidence” justifying its decision.

    In the statement, Yee lambasts the NFL’s judicial process, claiming the Brady team was not given proper notice to prepare witnesses and was denied access to evidence.

    It is widely expected Brady will now challenge the NFL’s decision in federal court.

    “The Commissioner’s decision is deeply disappointing, but not surprising because the appeal process was thoroughly lacking in procedural fairness.

    Most importantly, neither Tom nor the Patriots did anything wrong. And the NFL has no evidence that anything inappropriate occurred.

    The appeal process was a sham, resulting in the Commissioner rubber-stamping his own decision. For example, the Wells investigative team was given over 100 days to conduct its investigation. Just days prior to the appeal hearing, we were notified that we would only have four hours to present a defense; therefore, we didn’t have enough time to examine important witnesses. Likewise, it was represented to the public that the Wells team was ‘independent’; however, when we requested documents from Wells, our request was rejected on the basis of privilege. We therefore had no idea as to what Wells found from other witnesses, nor did we know what those other witnesses said.

    These are just two examples of how the Commissioner failed to ensure a fair process.

    Additionally, the science in the Wells Report was junk. It has been thoroughly discredited by independent third parties.

    Finally, as to the issue of cooperation, we presented the Commissioner with an unprecedented amount of electronic data, all of which is incontrovertible. I do not think that any private citizen would have agreed to provide anyone with the amount of information that Tom was willing to reveal to the Commissioner. Tom was completely transparent. All of the electronic information was ignored; we don’t know why. The extent to which Tom opened up his private life to the Commissioner will become clear in the coming days.

    The Commissioner’s decision and discipline has no precedent in all of NFL history. His decision alters the competitive balance of the upcoming season. The decision is wrong and has no basis, and it diminishes the integrity of the game.”

  • Video: Get the full 360 degree experience of taking Autzen field as an Oregon Duck


    Hop on your mobile device and view the video below because Oregon is providing everyone the opportunity to experience taking Autzen field as a player. Watching the video from your desk top is cool, but the mobile experience is where it’s at for this one.

    The Ducks have come up with the ultimate fan / recruit experience here. Tilt your phone down, and the camera looks down as if you’re in the helmet, turn it right, and you actually look right. You really get the full 360 degree experience of taking the field as an Oregon Duck in this video.

    Now all you need to do is hook your phone up to some surround sound and crank it all the way up to get the full effect of taking Autzen on game day in the fall.

    Thank you Oregon for always being on the cutting edge because this is awesome

  • Iowa AD Gary Barta on Kirk Ferentz’s 10-year contract extension: “I don’t regret it at all.”

    On Sept. 2, 2010, Iowa announced it had extended head coach Kirk Ferentz for the entirety of a decade that had just started, through the 2020 season. “I’ve said publicly, and privately to Kirk, that it would be my goal to have him retire at Iowa,” Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said at the time. “This contract is a statement supporting that commitment.”

    Before going any further, let’s first put ourselves back in that place and time. And at the time, Iowa football was humming along quite nicely. The Hawkeyes were fresh off an 11-2 season in 2009, a year in which they won the Orange Bowl and earned a No. 7 final ranking in both polls. Ferentz, 55 at the time, had led Iowa to four double-digit win seasons and four top-10 finishes in the previous eight years. The Hawkeyes had won nine games or more five times in that span and only missed the postseason once. From 2002 to 2009, the only Big Ten program more successful than Ferentz’s Hawkeyes was Ohio State.

    And, at the time, there was no thought Iowa’s success would not continue. Iowa entered the year ranked ninth by the Associated Press, trailing only Ohio State in the Big Ten. But the Hawkeyes went only 8-5 in 2010, the first of a new trend in which the program teetered on either side of mediocrity. Since then, Iowa has suffered only one losing season (2012), but it hasn’t won more than eight games or recorded a top-25 finish, either. As Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette points out, since Iowa offered Ferentz a contract that would pay him $3.65 million a year through the next decade, and still leave $9 million guaranteed on the table after the 2015 season, the Hawkeyes are 34-30 overall, 29-30 against the FBS and 19-21 in Big Ten play.

    Still, Barta told the paper he doesn’t regret offering Ferentz the deal.

    “Kirk was still being sought after, by both professional teams and by a particular collegiate team at the time,” he said said. “I never have and may never again give a coach a 10-year contract, but it wasn’t just about winning. It was the way he went about his business. The graduation rates, the approach to his students in life, creating them to be future leaders and, yes, the winning. All of that combined.

    “He already had a great contract structure that was put together by (former athletics director) Bob Bowlsby. There came a point where he and I had great discussions and I said, ‘There’s going to be other people across the country who can pay you more money. I’ve put everything on the table but one of the things I’m willing to provide because of your longevity so far, the way you carry yourself, your great fit at Iowa, is a 10-year contract.’ I don’t regret it at all.”