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  • Why was the grim reaper at Florida Atlantic’s practice on Thursday?

    The Plains Hotel, located in historic downtown Cheyenne, Wyo., is haunted. According to the website HauntedHouses.com, legend has it one person was murdered at the hotel by being pushed out a fourth floor window. On another occasion, a newlywed bride found her husband in bed with someone other than her, and disposed of all three of them. All four sprits supposedly now haunt the 103-year old structure.

    According to those who are inclined to believe such things, the bride can be seen wandering the second floor in a blue gown. The other woman supposedly haunts brides. The murder victim casts feelings of dread on some guests. Reports of screaming can be heard from a certain room. You know, wholesome kind of stuff.

    What does in the world does this have to do with football?

    Florida Atlantic is staying in the Plains Hotel this weekend for its road trip to Wyoming.

    Head coach Charlie Partridge decided to spook his team by having the grim reaper show up at practice on Thursday morning.

    (HT Sporting News)

  • Steve Addazio’s Vine account is fantastic and needs to be examined

    Boston College head coach Steve Addazio’s entire mantra is “Be a Dude.” No matter what you believe about it, the man is committed to getting as many dudes at Boston College as possible, and it appears to be working.

    For one day this summer, the folks at Boston College decided the best way to spread that message was through Vine, Twitter’s social video offshoot. I say one day, because Addazio’s Vine account posted seven Vines on that day… and that’s the only activity it’s ever seen.

    Major hat tip to EDSBS for discovering this.

    I just… I don’t know.

  • How’s this for a promotion? Duke will have a Throwback Day on Saturday

    Duke will hold one of the most inventive promotions we’ve seen this side of minor league baseball on Saturday: Throwback Day.

    The Blue Devils will wear helmets harkening back to the Steve Spurrier days:

    Duke throwback helmets

    … and best of all, the Wallace Wade Stadium scoreboard will go back to the 8-bit display of yesteryear.

    Duke throwback

    The Blue Devils host Tulane Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET. A win gives Duke its first 4-0 start in two decades.

    (HT @DukeFBEquipment@DopeStallion)

  • Miami tops the list of the top 13 hometowns of NFL players

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    While the top one is unlikely to surprise most people, NFL / New England Beat writer Ben Volin of the Boston Globe has done some research and uncovered the top 13 hometowns of NFL players and Miami, FL tops the list by a wide margin.

    As we profiled around draft time, St. Thomas Aquinas HS (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) dominated the draft with 4 selections (more than all but 11 FBS programs), and Volin notes that the prestigious South Florida high school now has 10 players in the NFL, followed by Pahokee HS (FL) and Glenville HS (OH) with 5 players each.

  • Texas Tech makes a change at defensive coordinator

    Texas Tech has made a change at defensive coordinator, as Matt Wallerstedt is out and co-defensive coordinator/outside linebackers coach Mike Smith has been promoted to defensive coordinator. A formal announcement should be made later today. Update: The school announced the move at 3:58 p.m. CT. The school has also announced that quality control assistant Matt Brock has been promoted to inside linebackers coach.

    “I have submitted my resignation to Coach Kingsbury effective immediately because I want the best for the Red Raider program, and this will allow them to go in a different direction on defense,” Wallerstedt said in a statement. “I love our players and this school and have only their best interest in my heart and mind. I wish Coach Kingsbury every success this season.”

    “We appreciate all Coach Wallerstedt has done at Texas Tech and we wish him the best,” head coach Kliff Kingsbury said.

    The move comes following a 49-28 home loss to Arkansas on Saturday in which the Red Raiders surrendered 438 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 68 carries. The Red Raiders are off to a 2-1 start in head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s second season, and rank 96th nationally in total defense, 127th in rushing, 104th in yards per carry allowed, and 109th in scoring. Texas Tech opened the season with a 42-35 win over Central Arkansas and a 30-26 win over UTEP. Texas Tech ranked 99th in rushing defense and 84th in yards per carry allowed in 2013.

    Wallerstedt signed a three-year deal worth $425,000 annually upon joining the staff in 2013. According to Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Wallerstedt’s contract calls for a 90 percent buyout value should he be fired without cause. It is unclear whether that would apply in this case. The Red Raiders are off this week, and open Big 12 play a week from Thursday night at Oklahoma State.