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  • The Twitter 6 pack of things I didn’t expect to see during the first round of bowl games

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    Another weekend with just enough football to keep us hungry for more means another craft brewed #Twitter6Pack for your enjoyment.

    This weekend actually had more entertaining nuggets than I expected. Thank you football God(s).

    1) It was great to see Lance Leipold’s outstanding tenure at Wisconsin-Whitewater end on a high note, but this was the highlight of that game for me.

    …Yes, that’s the kicker laying the wood

    2) Well that’s an interesting fourth down call

    3) South Alabama head coach Joey Jones took a nasty foot to the face in the Camellia Bowl

    4) There were a number of “Uh…what?” moments by the media over the weekend

    5) If you plan on placing any bets on Florida State, here’s the only piece of information you may need to know

    6) This from yesterday’s Rams vs. Giants game is sick

    Bonus: The best news of the entire weekend

  • Photos: Rice announces new end zone facility project

    The stadium economy in the state of Texas is booming.

    Texas A&M is essentially building a brand new Kyle Field right now. TCU did the same with Amon Carter Stadium. Baylor, SMU, North Texas and Houston have built new stadiums. Texas, Texas Tech and Texas State have put significant work into their existing structures. Even FCS Abilene Christian and Division III Mary Hardin-Baylor have built new stadiums.

    And then there’s Rice.

    The Owls play in historic Rice Stadium, which opened in 1950, hosted a historic John F. Kennedy speech in 1962 and Super Bowl VIII in 1974. Problem is, Rice Stadium hasn’t changed much since then. The Owls have made the best of what they have, installing FieldTurf in 2006 and dropping capacity from 70,000 to a more realistic 47,000.

    Still, Rice needs a home that matches the product it puts on the field. That Bailiff has posted two 10-win seasons, a Conference USA championship and now three straight bowl appearances speaks to his coaching ability. And now, thankfully, help is on the way.

    The university has announced a $31.5 million end zone facility, which will begin construction toward the beginning of next year and open in time for the 2016 season. At 60,000 square feet, the facility will house a new weight room, locker room, coaching offices, a players lounge, meeting space, and all the other creature comforts of modern football headquarters. Athletics director Joe Karlgaard has described it as “the first in a series of upgrades to our stadium.” It’s a start, and a start that was a long time coming.

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    (Photos courtesy @Chronicle_Owls)

  • Video: Gary Pinkel’s coaching gear swag sends meeting room into a frenzy

    Gary Pinkel walked into the Mizzou team meeting room over the weekend with the swagger of a professional wrestler, and his custom coaching gear for the day played a major role.

    As part of their NFL Day, where players get to wear whatever they want to the last practice in Columbia before leaving for Citrus Bowl prep in Orlando, Pinkel walked into the meeting room decked out from head to toe in yellow and gold, with a yellow sweat suit, and gold shoes that would make former Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson jealous.

    The best part of this entire video is the reaction from the players sitting closest to the aisle as Pinkel walks in, especially when they see those gold kicks he’s rocking.

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  • Video of the Day – Mizzou receives their bowl gear

    Monday December 22, 2014

    Video of the Day

    Mizzou receives their bowl gear

  • Video: Tom Herman’s first 24 hours as Houston’s head coach

    The phrase “burning the candle at both ends” was invented with coaches like Tom Herman in mind.

    From the end of last week through New Year’s Day – or January 12, depending on what happens in the Sugar Bowl – Herman will wear two important, all-consuming hats: offensive coordinator of an Ohio State team striving for a national championship, and head coach of a Houston program looking to re-tool in its quest to become the premier Group of Five program in college football.

    Cameras followed Herman as he took off his scarlet and gray hat for his Cougar red hat, flying from Columbus to Houston for a day of introductions as Houston’s head coach.

    Finally, you know a coaching hire is important to a university when the athletics director, president and the chancellor show up to make statements at the introductory press conference.