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  • Saban shares a key to his success: “Don’t think much about the past and don’t worry about the future”

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    Years down the road, when Nick Saban decides to hang up his whistle, he will be forever remembered as one of the best coaches that college football has ever seen. Without a doubt, future coaching generations will study Saban’s approach, and try to duplicate it, just as current coaches already do.

    One of the things that sticks out about Saban’s approach to coaching is his focus on the present. He doesn’t get hung up on his 177-59 overall record as a head coach (86-17 at Alabama), or his four national titles, or the desired outcome of this coming season. Instead he’s continually focused on what’s next, as it’s all part of his famed “process”.

    “Well, I don’t really think much about the past, and I don’t really worry a whole lot about the future, so I can’t say how gratifying it is because I’m worried about what’s next. I think that’s one of the keys to being successful, to keep thinking about what I can do right now, because what comes next is most important.

    “So the challenge that we have in front of us, with the players that we have now, the team that we have now. That’s the fun of it. That’s what I enjoy the most.” Saban told CBS Sports.

  • 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.

  • Video of the Day – SDSU behind the scenes at MW Media Day

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    Wednesday July 29, 2015

    SDSU behind the scenes at MW Media Day

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

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    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 FBSchedules.com.

    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.”