Inside Scoop: Rich Rod has something up his sleeve
This past Saturday, the University of Arizona had the pleasure of hosting College GameDay and a nationally televised home game vs. UCLA. During the broadcast, Chris Fowler and crew highlighted the pre-game Haka that many of Arizona’s players perform.
With a strong lineage of Polynesian players, 5+ years ago, several Arizona players got together before their games to perform a ritual they were familiar with, and one made globally famous by New Zealand’s All Blacks, the Ka Mate haka. Now, I’m not going to profess to know the full history of the haka; but I do know that over the past few years, the number of Arizona players joining in the pre-game “ritual” has grown and Arizona fans have embraced their own form of the dance.
So, with a global, primetime audience comes a lot of scrutiny. A number of New Zealanders apparently reached out to Arizona officials to complain that Arizona’s version of the haka was not being performed correctly and some New Zealanders found that insulting. Dr. Christina Campbell, an associate professor at Cal State Northridge, who is from New Zealand but lives in California, even went so far as to start a petition to stop Arizona from performing this specific haka.
Earlier this week, Arizona officials relayed to the New Zealand Herald that Arizona would no longer be performing the ka mate haka before games saying, “Even though that intent [to show pride in their Polynesian heritage] remains the same today, we’ve been made aware that a segment of the population is unhappy that the haka is being performed. As a result, we have decided to discontinue the activity.”
In response to this news, Dr. Campbell told the Herald, “I hope that they are able to move forward and find a way that their Polynesian students can celebrate their culture more appropriately – maybe having a haka written for them…”
Well, ladies and gentlemen, I bring good news. Sources tell FootballScoop that Arizona is indeed working on their own haka. We don’t know when Wildcat fans will see the new war chant created specifically for Rich Rod’s guys; but we think the fan base will like it.
Quick response and smart solution. We believe this news will be well received by everyone, including the Kiwis. Everyone respects a unique war chant!
Saban admits on radio show to helping players cheat on the Wonderlic test while in the NFL
In rather interesting news for a Friday during the fall, Nick Saban admitted on his weekly radio show to helping players cut corners on the NFL’s famed Wonderlic test.
When promising players high on the organization’s draft board performed poorly, Saban would request that the player be allowed a re-take of the test, and he would then administer the re-take with the player himself.
“I hate to admit it now, but if I really liked a player, I would actually take the test out, look at it, tutor the guy a little bit, alright, before he took it. Maybe lose a few minutes on the timing part of it, so he had a little extra time… and they would do better,” Saban said on the air, as SEC Country pointed out.
“We were trying to create opportunities then, just like we’re trying to create opportunities for people now.”
Saban didn’t detail which of his NFL coaching stops this occured at (he spent time as an assistant with the Houston Oilers and Cleveland Browns before becoming the head coach of the Miami Dolphins), but it’s a wildly interesting story line nonetheless.
Could you imagine the media circus that would ensue if Bill Belichick came out tomorrow and said that he’s done the same thing?
Also of note from that same weekly radio show, a caller who is training to be a truck driver called in and asked career advice from Saban on not burning out the clutch on his rig. Saban, who had a summer job during college driving a Coca-Cola delivery truck and burned three clutches in three summers, offered the following advice, per AL.com:
“I think you should do what your instructor is telling you, he’s your coach. But I’ll tell you the hardest part is the hills, you know? When the truck wanted to roll back. I mean, when you have a big heavy truck and it rolls back and you have a car behind you and you have one foot on the brake, one foot on the clutch, how are you going to get the gas without taking one of those some other kind of way. So you have to do it quick and if you don’t lean on the clutch, you’re going to roll backwards.”
Take the field with NC State with a new, immersive, interactive 360 degree experience
Following the lead of Oregon, NC State has released a fully interactive video experience that allows you run through the fog with the team on game day at Carter-Finley Stadium.
As you play the clip, click and drag around to change where you look to get the full experience. This another one of those experiences that fans and recruits will both love.
Other notable programs with iconic entrances need to tackle this by using the 360 degree technology from LEVR Studios. We’re looking at you Clemson, Tennessee, and Georgia.
Georgia’s pregame video for Bama breaks the mold as part hype, part art
Georgia’s hype videos over the past few years have been known to rest on the fringes of the more traditional hype videos that find themselves filled with upbeat music and inspirational movie quotes.
The Bulldogs’ latest hype video for their tilt against Alabama on Saturday is part hype video, and part art.
Now, we realize that art isn’t something you’d normally pair with a hype video, especially for such a big game, but Georgia breaks the mold with this one and not only finds a way to make it work, they knock it out of the park.
“We grew a nation from three pillars, two words, and one heart. #BeatBama”
“We grow Champions here,” the video proudly proclaims.
Video: Bryan Harsin, the Boise PD, and community provide a special day for kid with cancer
Eight years ago, Rashid came to Idaho as a refugee from Iraq, and a few months ago he was diagnosed with an aggressive and terminal form of cancer.
Doctors told him that he wouldn’t survive the summer, but he defied all odds and did, and after attending Camp Rainbow Gold (a cancer camp for kids) he inspired one of the counselors there to pick up the phone. That call turned into a tidal wave of support for the little fella, starting with the Boise Police Department, because Rashid mentioned at the camp that he wanted to grow up and be a police officer.
The police department took Rashid under their wing for a day of life-changing fun, as the department took him through various police drills including simulated chases, arrests, and a ceremony where he received his police badge. That was just the beginning.
Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin and the team got in on the action by staging a crime scene at the football facility where a perpetrator stole the Boise Hammer, and Rashid was tabbed by the police department as the lead detective in charge of returning the iconic Hammer to coach Harsin and the team. The investigation led them to the zoo, where Rashid found the Hammer, and brought it back to the team during a team meeting to a standing ovation from the Boise State staff and players.
The video is full of heartwarming moments, and not only helps to serve as a reminder to keep everything in perspective, but it also illustrates what a great community Boise is as well, because not every city would be able to band together to pull something like this off.
Take a look below.