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  • Jim Mora wins the day. By a million points.

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    Scout national recruiting director Brandon Huffman and his family are waiting on a miracle.

    In case you weren’t already aware, the Huffmans revealed Tuesday their six-year-old daughter Avery, the third of their three children, has been diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an inoperable, malignant tumor in her brain. Life expectancy for those with DIPG ranges from one month (with no treatment) to two years (with the maximum amount of treatment.) Just as you would do if this particular brand of lightning struck your family, the Huffmans are doing everything they can to provide Avery with the maximum amount of treatment.

    Part of that means setting up a donation page on Caring Bridge, and part of it means leveraging the hell out of Brandon’s work connections. Enter Jim Mora.

    The UCLA head coach has stepped up to offer a number of packages for those willing to donate to Avery’s campaign.

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    Again, this money doesn’t go to UCLA, all of it – up to $20,000 if all four packages are sold – goes straight to the campaign to save Avery Huffman’s life.

    And if you’re a UCLA fan that always wanted a behind-the-curtain experience and the means purchase one of these packages, well, why in the world wouldn’t you?

  • Photo: The most, uh, creative helmet design in college football

    Division II Virginia State unveiled new helmets on Thursday. Normally we wouldn’t devote a post to a Division II helmet reveal, but these are not normal helmets.

    First, here is how the Trojans dressed in 2014:

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    And, now, here is how they will dress in 2015:

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    We’ve seen lots of chrome helmets before. And thanks to the Jacksonville Jaguars and mid-aughts San Diego State we’ve seen two-toned helmets before. But I’m not sure we’ve ever seen both on the same helmet.

  • Diddy won’t be charged for kettlebell incident

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    The story of the month offseason year millennium broke last week as Diddy was arrested for allegedly attacking UCLA strength coach Sal Alosi with a kettlebell after Alosi kicked the rap mogul’s son, Justin Combs, out of a workout for poor effort.

    The Diddy camp responded by claiming self-defense. Of course they did.

    “The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate,” Combs Enterprises rep Nathalie Moar said. “What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son.”

    And now, realizing they have absolutely nothing to gain from this, the UCLA staff decided not to pursue the allegation further, leading to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office declining to press charges, according to Variety. “We are thankful that the District Attorney rejected Felony charges in this matter,” Diddy’s lawyer Mark Geragos said in a statement. “This case never should have been part of the criminal justice system to begin with.”

    Here’s hoping the two sides can make up by letting Diddy sign Jim Mora to a record deal.

  • Barry Alvarez on the difficulty of hiring a head coach without head coaching experience

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    It’s a dilemma that all of us run into at some point in life, whether it be as a 16-year-old first-time job seeker or a 40-year-old with nearly 20 years experience in the work force. At some point, all of us apply for jobs we have no experience doing that require “3-to-5 years experience” doing that same job.

    “But how does anyone gain experience in a job unless someone hires them to do that job?” you ask as you slam your head against your desk.

    Here’s an answer from the other side of the equation. With longtime head coach Bo Ryan retiring after this season, Wisconsin athletics director Barry Alvarez is faced with a protracted coaching search in the Badgers’ most successful sport. At the top of the list is Greg Gard, a top Wisconsin assistant with no head coaching experience. Alvarez said Gard will be considered for the job, but he feels he owes it to the university to conduct a full search.

    “It is a challenge, because every person that moves from that position – and I did it – you’re in that job for two weeks and the first thing you hear is, ’You didn’t tell me about all this stuff. You never prepared me for any of this,’” told the Associated Press.

    “Everybody thinks they can make the move, but you’ve never been in a position where the buck stops here and that final decision is yours and you’re responsible for everybody and everything that’s done with the program. You’re always going to have some things come up — there are always going to be curveballs and some things you have to deal with that you haven’t been prepared for.”

    For what it’s worth, Alvarez wouldn’t be where he is today if not for Wisconsin hiring a head coach with no head coaching experience, as it did with him in 1990 to spectacular, program-changing results. And on top of that, Alvarez’s very first hire was to promote a longtime lieutenant to his first head coaching position. Following his retirement from coaching in 2005, Alvarez, already in place as Wisconsin’s AD, chose Badgers defensive coordinator Bret Bielema as his replacement. In his first head coaching position, Bielema went 68-24 with three Big Ten championships and six top-25 finishes in his seven seasons on the job.

  • Video of the Day: Youngstown State summer conditioning

    Video of the Day

    Friday July 3, 2015

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