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.
— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) December 21, 2014
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.
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.
Watch the West side of Kyle Field come crashing down
Back in February of 2013, Texas A&M announced plans for a $450+ million renovation of Kyle Field that would appropriately take one of the most iconic stadiums in the country into the 21st century.
This morning the renovations of Kyle Field started a new chapter – literally with a bang – as crews used dynamite to implode of the West side of the stadium.
Hundreds gathered to see the historic moment, and while it is a bit sad to see history torn down, the renderings of what the Aggies are upgrading to make this moment more exciting than sad…at least to most.
Here’s a video of the implosion, along with a few reactions from Twitter.
Kyle Field’s west side is no more. https://t.co/Qu2T8kGPRy
— TexAgs (@TexAgs) December 21, 2014
— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) December 21, 2014
My dad and son waiting on final minutes of Kyle Field west side: pic.twitter.com/KMthN9nURj
— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) December 21, 2014
Colorado State-Pueblo wins its first Division II national championship
Minnesota State-Mankato entered Saturday averaging more than 42 points and 450 yards per game. They didn’t come close to hitting either average in the Division II national championship, as Colorado State-Pueblo stormed the Mavericks for a 13-0 victory.
Meeting at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday’s tilt was the first Division II national championship game for either program. The win gave CSU-Pueblo not only its first football national title, but its first national championship in any sport.
The ThunderWolves won by mimicking a brick wall on defense, holding MSU to 265 yards of total offense, nearly 195 yards below their average and only 105 rushing yards, less than half their season average.
Chris Bonner threw for 191 yards, including five connections for 84 yards and the game’s only touchdown to Paul Browning, and Cameron McDondle ran for 113 yards to power the ThunderWolves’ offense.
Every national championship is monumental for a head coach, but this one is especially head coach for CSU-Pueblo’s John Wristen. He played quarterback at the school, then known as Southern Colorado, in the early 1980’s, then watch the program get disbanded in 1985. Wristen resurrected the program in 2007 and has served as its head coach ever since, leading the ThunderWolves step by step and inch by inch until taking the ultimate step on Saturday.
“Our defense was outstanding. Our offense made the plays they needed to,” Wristen said. “I was convinced if we understood the process, played as hard as you can and play for each other — and not being perfect, but fixing your mistakes — we had a chance to be here.”