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  • If you’re looking to renovate your suites, here’s what you should be looking at

    Earlier today we came across this piece from The Big Lead profiling the luxurious suite of Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt.

    If you didn’t know any better, you’d probably think it was a millionaire’s house…it’s legitimately that nice.

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    The website of one of the designers behind the Arrowhead Stadium Improvements (Lori Larson Peterson), which were completed back in 2010, also boasts some pictures of the renovations and the new look it has incorporated throughout, including the suites.

    Overall it’s a very clean, classy, and modern feel from top to bottom.


    Club Concierge



    Signature Suite Concierge Lounge


    Signature Suite


    Club Suite


    Owner’s Suite

    The blueprint that these pics provide should be clear to athletic directors everywhere: If you’re looking at renovating your suites, here’s what you should be looking at. This is where the bar has been set.

    As part of their $450 million renovation of Kyle Field, Texas A&M renovated one side of the stadium before this season, and will complete the renovation following this season. We’ve already seen some of the suites (here and here for example); will be interesting to see what they have planned for the other side. Surely some heavy hittin’ Aggies would be willing to commit the resources necessary for something like this, right?

  • Taking stock of the 25 undefeated teams left in college football


    One-hundred twenty-eight FBS teams started the season undefeated on Aug. 30 or thereabouts. By the early morning of Sept. 22, 103 were no longer undefeated. From now through Selection Sunday, we’ll take a look at the undefeated teams remaining in college football and forecast how many teams can run wire-to-wire without suffering a loss.

    The maximum number of undefeated teams the schedule allows by season’s end is nine, but history tells us the final number will be much closer to one or zero.


    Cincinnati: 2-0
    Next game: at Ohio State
    Best chance for a loss: at Ohio State
    Prognosis: The Bearcats have taken the odd tactic of trying to black out the stadium… while on the road. If the Fighting Tubervilles find a way to escape the Horseshoe alive, games against Memphis and Miami will be interesting.


    Duke: 4-0
    Next game: at Miami
    Best chance for a loss: at Miami…. or never?
    Prognosis: We keep looking at the name on the uniforms and not the players inside them. Who had any idea Duke has won its last 12 regular season games? There are zero ranked opponents left on the schedule. The Blue Devils won’t go undefeated, but I think I’d take them straight up in every game remaining.

    Florida State: 3-0
    Next game: at N.C. State
    Best chance for a loss: vs. Notre Dame (Oct. 18)
    Prognosis: If the Seminoles can’t lose on Saturday, playing with their backup quarterback, with the opponent having the ball in the red zone in a tie game with two minutes to play, when will they lose?

    Georgia Tech: 4-0
    Next game: vs. Miami (Oct. 4)
    Best chance for a loss: vs. Miami (Oct. 4)
    Prognosis: The Yellow Jackets made it to late September unbeaten a year ago, and then lost three straight. Saturday’s win over Virginia Tech was impressive, but this team isn’t undefeated material.

    N.C. State: 4-0
    Next game: vs. Florida State
    Best chance for a loss: vs. Florida State
    Prognosis: I’ll be completely honest, I was astonished when I looked at the standings and saw N.C. State was undefeated. Enjoy it while it lasts, Wolfpack.

    Big 12

    Baylor: 3-0
    Next game: at Iowa State
    Best chance for a loss: at Oklahoma (Nov. 8)
    Prognosis: Granted, there are about 85 teams that would be undefeated to this point against Baylor’s schedule (SMU, Northwestern State, at Buffalo), but the Bears are extra undefeated. Current scoreboard: Baylor 178, Everybody else 27.

    Oklahoma: 4-0
    Next game: at TCU (Oct. 4)
    Best chance for a loss: at TCU (Oct. 4)
    Prognosis: TCU has struggled in the Big 12, but the Frogs have given Oklahoma every thing they wanted each of the past two years. TCU played Oklahoma to a 24-17 score in 2012, and 20-17 in 2013.

    TCU: 2-0
    Next game: at SMU
    Best chance for a loss: vs. Oklahoma (Oct. 4)
    Prognosis: Gary Patterson said Monday he expects SMU’s best game on Saturday. So, Horned Frogs 40, SMU 10?

    Big Ten

    Nebraska: 4-0
    Next game: vs. Illinois
    Best chance for a loss: at Michigan State (Oct. 4)
    Prognosis: How do you think Nebraska gets to four losses this season. Do they go the 2013 model and get them all out of the way in the regular season, or do they opt for the 2010 and 2012 models, where the Huskers post a 10-2 regular season but drop the conference championship and the bowl game?

    Penn State: 4-0
    Next game: vs. Northwestern
    Best chance for a loss: vs. Ohio State (Oct. 25)
    Prognosis: James Franklin has already done something Joe Paterno never did. With Saturday’s 48-7 defeat of Massachusetts, Franklin became the first Penn State coach to win his first four games since Dick Harlow did it in 1915.

    Conference USA

    Marshall: 4-0
    Next game: at Old Dominion (Oct. 4)
    Best chance for a loss: at Old Dominion (Oct. 4)
    Prognosis: Everyone’s favorite Group of Five undefeated candidate is still undefeated. That Old Dominion game is fascinating. I’d expect a pretty good atmosphere in Norfolk.


    BYU: 4-0
    Next game: vs. Utah State (Oct. 3)
    Best chance for a loss: at Central Florida (Oct. 9)
    Prognosis: I don’t know what to think about this team. Taysom Hill is really good, and the Cougars have the ability to physically overwhelm every opponent left on their slate. But I don’t think the defense is 12-0 material, and they commit too many penalties.

    Notre Dame: 3-0
    Next game: vs. Syracuse at MetLife Stadium
    Best chance for a loss: vs. Stanford (Oct. 4)
    Prognosis: I think Notre Dame is underrated nationally, but we’ll know exactly where they stand by the end of the year with this bear of a schedule: Stanford, Florida State, Arizona State and USC, plus Louisville, Navy, North Carolina and Saturday’s date with the Orange.


    There are zero undefeated teams remaining in the Mid-American Conference. #SadMACtion.

    Mountain West

    There are zero undefeated teams remaining in the Mountain West Conference. #SadMWaction.


    Arizona: 4-0
    Next game: at Oregon (Oct. 2)
    Best chance for a loss: at Oregon (Oct. 2)
    Prognosis: No team is more fortunate to appear on this list. Three of Arizona’s next four games are against Top 20 teams. This will be a theme from here on out.

    Arizona State: 3-0
    Next game: vs. UCLA (Thursday)
    Best chance for a loss: vs. UCLA (Thursday)
    Prognosis: The Sun Devils’ next three games are against Top 20 foes, then they get to navigate the minefield that the bottom half of the Pac-12 is, plus a November date with Notre Dame. Get well soon, Taylor Kelly.

    Oregon: 4-0
    Next game: vs. Arizona (Oct. 2)
    Best chance for a loss: vs. Arizona (Oct. 2)
    Prognosis: Somehow Oregon has only two dates with ranked foes left on the schedule. That has to be against Pac-12 bylaws. Anyway, the offensive line and defense need to improve quickly, or Oregon is going to lose once Marcus Mariota stops being perfect.

    Oregon State: 3-0
    Next game: at USC
    Best chance for a loss: at USC
    Prognosis: A year ago, Oregon State started 6-1, and finished 1-5. Here’s hoping they avoid a similar fate in 2014.

    UCLA: 3-0
    Next game: at Arizona State (Thursday)
    Best chance for a loss: at Arizona State (Thursday)
    Prognosis: I think we all had the Bruins unscathed at this point, but not by scores of 28-20, 42-35 and 20-17. Brett Hundley should return to action Thursday, which means I’d favor UCLA to get to 4-0.

    Utah: 3-0
    Next game: at Washington State
    Best chance for a loss: at UCLA (Oct. 4)
    Prognosis: Put Utah on the list of most underrated teams in the country. The Utes’ ascension, aided by the arrival of new offensive coordinator Dave Christensen, makes the Pac-12 South the best division in college football outside the SEC West.

    Washington: 4-0
    Next game: vs. Stanford
    Best chance for a loss: vs. Stanford
    Prognosis: Concurrently true facts about the Washington Huskies – this is a team that at one point led a Big Ten team 35-5 (albeit, Illinois), and also trailed Hawaii 10-0 while holding on for a 17-16 win, trailed Eastern Washington 45-44 through three quarters and hung on for a 59-52 win, and trailed Georgia State (GEORGIA STATE!) 14-0 before racing by the Panthers for a 45-14 win.


    Alabama: 4-0
    Next game: at Ole Miss (Oct. 4)
    Best chance for a loss: at Ole Miss (Oct. 4)
    Prognosis: FIVE

    Auburn: 3-0
    Next game: vs. Louisiana Tech
    Best chance for a loss: vs. LSU (Oct. 4)
    Prognosis: TEAMS

    Missississippi State: 4-0
    Next game: vs. Texas A&M (Oct. 4)
    Best chance for a loss: vs. Texas A&M (Oct. 4)
    Prognosis: ENTER

    Ole Miss: 3-0
    Next game: vs. Memphis
    Best chance for a loss: vs. Alabama (Oct. 4)
    Prognosis: ONE

    Texas A&M: 4-0
    Next game: vs. Arkansas at AT&T Stadium
    Best chance for a loss: vs. Arkansas at A&T Stadium
    Prognosis: SURVIVES

    Sun Belt

    There are zero undefeated teams remaining in the Sun Belt Conference. #SadFunBelt

  • D-II fans storm the field as team that went 1-11 last year starts 2014 at 3-0

    St. Anselm (D-II – NH) head coach Patrick Murphy and his staff had a rough year in 2013, going 1-11. So far, the 2014 has been a far different story, as the Hawks have flipped to script to the tune of a fast 3-0 start.

    The 2014 team has already matched the 2012 (2) and 2013 (1) team combined win total and done so in rather dramatic fashion. Their three wins this season (against Bowie State, Southern Connecticut State, and Bentley) have come by a combined 8 points.

    Their latest win against Bentley (D-II – MA) on Saturday was historic because not only did they score 14 points in the fourth quarter for the come from behind win, but it also marked the first time in school history that the Hawks had notched a win over the visiting Falcons.

    Judging by the enthusiastic reaction from the fans as the clock hit 0:00, that was rather well known on campus.

    Great win for coach Murphy and his program. Having the fans storm the field Saturday had to be quite the feeling and it looks like it could shape up to be a special season for him and the Hawks.

  • Video: Stanford DB coaches up their press, and press-bail technique

    This new video series of Stanford players teaching techniques is one of my favorite new series of the year. When players are able to teach the technique that coaches drill daily, it shows their retention and understanding of what is being emphasized, and these Stanford guys get it.

    Here, corner Alex Carter teach the Cardinal press, and press-bail techniques.

    At this point in the season, Stanford’s pass defense ranks #1 in the country, allowing just 66 yards per game, with zero passing touchdowns allowed, and 3 interceptions. The Cardinal secondary also lead the country in pass plays allowed of 10+ yards (7) and are one of only three teams in the country yet to allow a 30 yard pass completion.

    That’s as impressive as it gets.

  • Reminder to coaches: Rely upon your experts

    Hawaii v USC

    On Sept. 22, 2012, USC cornerback Brian Baucham took the field against California, collapsed on the field during the fourth quarter and was taken to a local hospital by ambulance, where he spent several days on a ventilator.

    Now, nearly two years to the day later, he is suing USC and then-head coach Lane Kiffin, claiming that the school and coach knew he was ill and forced him to play anyway.

    “USC and head coach Kiffin were clearly negligent and acted with conscious disregard for Brian’s welfare and safety by forcing him to play … despite his verified medical history and seriously ill condition,” said Baucham’s attorney, Bruce M. Brusavich.

    Bauchum, who had suffered a concussion two months prior, claims he has since suffered from “cardiopulmonary damage” and “brain injury with neurocognitive deficits” since taking the field that September day.

    We do not have the slightest clue on the merits to this case, and the point of this article isn’t to lean one way or the other. We have no idea. We are putting this out there to remind coaches that if a player says he is sick or can’t go, don’t play him. Listen to your medical experts on staff. (And, again, we’re not saying Kiffin failed to do that in this case.)

    As Doug on our staff said: The days of telling players to suck it up and play through it are coming to an end.