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  • Video: See Andrew Luck as Joe Namath and Gronk as a toothless hockey player

    Back in the day, athletes didn’t care about how they trained or what they put in their bodies.

    But now, world-class athletes like Andrew Luck, Gronk, Richard Sherman, James Harden, Mike Trout, Buster Posey and Skylar Diggins watch everything they put into their bodies. And because they care so much, you see, they drink Body Armor – not be confused with UnderArmour.

    (HT Fox Sports)

  • OSU AD: “We’re not making any money. We’re spending it all on the athlete.”

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    According to figures released recently by USA Today, Oklahoma State made $117,803,302 and spent $109,648,000 in 2013-14 – good for a tidy $8,155,302 profit. But in a recent interview with John Hoover of the Tulsa World, Oklahoma State AD Mike Holder says that number might as well be zero, noting “college athletics is not a business you would want to invest in.”

    “We’re not making any money. We’re spending it all on the athlete,” he said. “I would say that the facility is good for the athlete. I would say first-rate coaches, that’s good for the athlete. Academic support, that’s good. Whatever you spend on food, whatever you spend on lodging. We’re spending a lot of money, it’s just all in an effort to aid that student-athlete.”

    We can personally attest to the Cowboys’ investment in their dining and training facilities.

    The numbers on both ends never stop going up. The College Football Playoff has proven to be an increase over the BCS, TV contracts only keep rising, and ticket prices never get any cheaper, either. But on the other end, cost of attendance scholarships are coming, not to mention the moneys needed to cover the O’Bannon and EA Sports trial results.

    “We’ll manage to find the money somewhere. We always seem to,” Holder said of COA scholarships (may I suggest that $8.1 million in profit?). “It’s always a challenge to balance your budget in college athletics. We’ve been fortunate enough to pay our own way. We don’t make a lot of money, but we’re not losing any. College athletics just has an insatiable appetite for capital. There’s just never enough. It’s amazing.”

    Read the full story here.

  • “If I could change one thing, I’d like to slow down the recruiting process”

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    The question was simple: if you had a magic wand to change one thing in college football, what would it be? USA Today’s Nicole Auerbach posed that query to Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre and Colorado State’s Mike Bobo.

    Here’s what they said:

    Bobo: “If I could change one thing, I’d like to slow down the recruiting process. You officially can’t offer a kid until the fall of his junior year with a written offer, but I would say we can’t offer freshmen, 10th graders, eighth graders. I think it’s getting out of hand.

    “It’s one thing that we’re on top of it and ahead of the game, but I think it hurts the young athlete more than it helps them. It’s hurting high school coaches, having to deal with athletes at a young age already getting offers and think they’ve arrived and don’t want to listen to their high school coach. To me, the high school coach is the most important guy in these athletes’ growth.”

    MacIntyre: “My 10th grade boy came home and said, ‘Did you see LeBron James’ boy is getting stuff from colleges and LeBron said, ‘Stop it now’? To me, that’s what I’m saying. It’s kind of gone crazy a little bit. Recruiting is your lifeblood, you need players, and all of that. But if you had a magic wand, that is something I would like to fix. So young people can grow up.”

    I’ve gone on record before on this subject, but the way to fix this issue is to follow the Pelini Plan and remove the verbal offer entirely, and make every scholarship offer immediately NLI-ready on the spot.

  • Video of the Day: Louisville summer conditioning

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    Tuesday June 2, 2015

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  • UAB is “taking steps to reinstate football”

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    UAB football is no longer dead, but it is not yet fully alive, either. School president Ray Watts, athletics director Mark Ingram and a host of others announced Monday the program has received pledges for the $17 million it needed to remove its operational deficit, but $13 million more is needed to construct facilities deemed necessary by last year’s Carr Sports Consulting report. “As of today we are taking steps to reinstate the football, bowling and rifle programs,” Watts said. But, he added, “there is still work to be done.” Watts, however, was short on specifics.

    Before we get to Monday’s announcement: let’s briefly run through the last 17 months of UAB football. Following a 2-10 2013 season, and a 5-19 mark in two years, head coach Garrick McGee left for the offensive coordinator job at Louisville – reportedly acting on information he learned on the Blazers’ impending doom. Two weeks later, UAB hired Bill Clark, a longtime Alabama high school coach fresh off an 11-4 debut at Jacksonville State. Clark led the program to a 6-6 mark in 2014, far from a conference championship, but still one of the best seasons in school history.

    On Nov. 5 of last season, a letter from former players emerged, voicing the group’s well-founded fear that the University of Alabama system was working to kill the program. Four controversial weeks later, the program was dead.

    And now it’s alive again.

    How Watts is around to make the announcement is just one of the astounding aspects of this story. The irony here, of course, is Watts and the U of A leadership made UAB football more popular in death and near death than it ever was in life. The drive to bring back the program has generated pledges from the city of Birmingham and the UAB student government and a reported $6 million in donations from Blazers supporters.

    The dueling irony here is that while the program has acquired a new infrastructure, putting the team in a better position to succeed than it ever was previously, the team itself has been completely depleted. Sources tell FootballScoop that the vast majority of players with offers to play elsewhere have taken those offers, meaning head coach Bill Clark will essentially take over an expansion program.

    Clark is well-liked in the coaching community, and building a competitive staff will not be an issue. Fielding a competitive team will be.

    If Monday’s event played like an announcement thrown together at the last minute, that’s because it was. Watts said he made the decision to revive the program “today.”

    The press conference was long on buzzwords – “balanced budget” and “moving forward” were said a dozen times more than “football” – and short on details. A number of questions still abound. When will the program play again? Ingram said 2016 “may be” the target date, but that UAB will work with Conference USA and the NCAA to work through the logistics of reviving the program. “We are very pleased with the decision to bring back the football program at UAB,” C-USA said in a statement.

    Where will the team play? Watts said the city of Birmingham and the Birmingham business community would work together to create a facility the Blazers could use. How quickly will the program need to raise the $13 million required for additional facilities, and what happens if those unspecified deadlines aren’t met? Check back later.

    And the most glaring question: why didn’t UAB do everything in its power to raise the $17 million needed before killing the program? Watts said donors came out of the woodwork that had never before donated to the program and athletics department with their checkbooks in hand. As if it was a surprise cutting a football program wouldn’t play well in Birmingham, Alabama.

    Essentially, in Ray Watts’ world, killing the program was just what UAB needed to save its football program. Go figure.