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  • Video: Sweat Equity

    The single most invested thing for any successful football program over the course of an off season, beyond time and effort even, is probably sweat (if only there was a means to measure it).

    The film department at Marcus HS (Flower Mound, TX) set out to capture that investment this past off season with this video entitled “Sweat Equity. With a film department of eight girls that handle everything from Hudl to highlights, they were able to put together this very well done clip.

    The narration in the clip is all done by players on the roster, and this one is full of really good quotes like; “The more you sweat, the luckier you get,” or “the more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle.”

  • Video of the Day – LA Tech coaches read tweets from players

    Video of the Day

    Wednesday May 6, 2015

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  • Big 12 puts title game talk on hold – again

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    Thirteen may be greater than 12, but two is definitely much larger than one.

    After emerging from annual College Football Playoff meetings just one week ago touting his league’s need for a conference championship game under the logic that “13 data points are better than 12,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby met with reporters Tuesday evening following at his conference’s spring meetings in Phoenix and admitted a title game had not been rubber-stamped by the Big 12’s athletics directors and head coaches.

    And, really, that’s all that needs to be said. Extraordinary, unprecedented circumstances pushed Ohio State past Baylor and TCU for the fourth and final spot in last season’s tournament, and we more than two decades of data says that will not happen again. While a championship game would indeed give one extra Big 12 team an impressive win, as Bowlsby himself has said in the past, there’s no guarantee it’s the right team. Just ask 1996 Nebraska, 1998 Kansas State, 2001 Texas or 2007 Missouri.

    One sticky wicket that did appear to be ironed out Tuesday, however, was the ridiculous and embarrassing co-championship policy that got the conference tied up last fall like Andy Serkis playing a solo game of Twister.

    A league championship is the most precious honor a conference has to bestow, and diluting its own product as the conference did in 2012 (with Oklahoma hoisting a trophy after losing head-to-head with Kansas State) and last fall (TCU-Baylor) never made any sense – other than to spread the bonus money wealth for the league’s coaches.

    Bowlsby said league will still pursue NCAA approval for deregulation of conference championship games – as it should, because the history of conference championship games is extremely arbitrary – the earliest a Big 12 title game could even be held even if it received unanimous approval today would be the 2016 season.

    With that fact hanging in the air, there was no reason to nail down a hard stance today unless a unanimous consensus existed on one side of the debate or the other.

    Though I have gone on record stating the Big 12 should avoid an annual title game, the CFP era is too fresh to draw any hardline stances. The same goes for the other side of the issue as well. For a conference that doesn’t have a long history of harmonious decision making, agreeing on that is progress enough.

  • The College Football Playoff was a windfall for everyone except the American

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    The joyous death of the Bowl Championship Series and long-awaited birth of the College Football Playoff was a tremendous financial boon to everyone in college football. Everyone except the American Athletic Conference.

    In moving from the adults’ table of the BCS to the kids’ table of the CFP, the American saw its payout drop by $12 million from 2013 to 2014 while every other conference gained money, according to sports business reporter Kristi Dosh (via Yahoo Sports).

    As an automatic qualifier under the BCS system, the American took home nearly $28 million in the 2013-14 postseason. For those who don’t immediately recall the 2014 BCS cycle, that was when Central Florida upset Big 12 champion Baylor, a year after Big East champion Louisville took down SEC power Florida. In fact, the Big East/AAC always fared well in the BCS; its 9-7 all-time record bested the Big 12, Big Ten and ACC.

    But its total roster turnover lost the American a seat at the table in the changing of the guard from the BCS to CFP, and the Big Six became the Power Five. Without an automatic spot reserved, the AAC joined the Mountain West, MAC, Conference USA and Sun Belt among the Group of Five, five leagues sharing one automatic spot in a New Year’s Six bowl.

    Last spot was claimed by Boise State in 2014, and those Broncos took home an extra $8 million or so for their conference in addition to their Fiesta Bowl victory over Arizona.

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    American commissioner Mike Aresco insists his league views itself as the sixth Power Five conference. His conference went 8-31 against the rest of the FBS in 2014 and, as you see above, took home the seventh-largest playoff payout. If it plays like a mid-major and gets paid like a mid-major, Mr. Aresco, it’s a mid-major.

  • Wake Forest unveils new uniforms

    In a busy spring on the new uniform circuit, Wake Forest became next in line with a much more modern look than the Demon Deacons previously sported.

    The new kits come equipped with 28 new combinations, which can be seen here.

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    As a reminder, here’s how Wake Forest dressed up through 2014. It’s a design straight out of 2005:

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    What do you think?