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  • North Dakota wants your help picking a new nickname

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    North Dakota has been the Fighting Sioux since 1930. But not anymore. Despite an entire mountain of controversy, the NCAA has forced North Dakota to change its nickname to something less “native.”

    And now they want your help. North Dakota is soliciting help throughout the entire month of April in finding a new moniker. If history is any indication the new nickname will have “Green” involved, following the footsteps of similar nickname-changers Stanford (Cardinal), Marquette (Golden Eagles) and St. John’s (Red Storm).

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    The folks at Reddit have a suggestion that we think won’t make it past the first round of cuts.

    If you’re so inclined, please join me in creating a groundswell to honor the immortal mid-90’s Disney classic by dubbing North Dakota the Big Green.

    To suggest your own nickname click here.

  • Florida starts April Fools Day bright and early with McElwain and UF President switching jobs

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    The Independent Florida Alligator

    Florida didn’t waste any time this morning rolling out their April Fools Day prank that included university president Dr. W. Kent Fuchs and Jim McElwain.

    While settling into my morning routine, before realizing what day it was – and well before my morning dose of caffeine -this tweet rolled across my feed and I couldn’t seem to make any sense of it at first.

    Then after clicking on Fuchs’ profile, it slowly started to dawn on me.

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    McElwain got in on the good, clean, fun too.

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    Come to find out, The Alligator rolled out an entire story this morning on President Fuchs and McElwain permanently switching places, in a sort of Freaky Friday twist, and the article was appropriately titled “Fuchs takes Field, McElwain takes pay cut”.

    The actual article, which can be read here, includes some funny notes about Fuchs and McElwain, and some even funnier of pictures of McElwain in all-out presidential garb. They even put together a quick clip of a day in each other’s lives.

    So now that Florida has got the ball rolling (and I fully realize what day it is), I’m looking forward to what other April Fools shenanigans programs try to cook up today.

  • Video of the Day – Mic’d up with Butch Jones

    Video of the Day

    Wednesday April 1, 2015

    Mic’d up with Butch Jones

  • Former NFL QB: “It’s amazing agents keep sending their guys to George Whitfield.”

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    Shaun King knows a few things about playing quarterback. He once led Tulane to an undefeated season, setting the NCAA’s single season passing efficiency mark in 1998. Read that last sentence again.

    King, a second round pick by the Bucs, played in league for six seasons and then spent some time in the CFL and Arena Football League before retiring in 2007. Though he now makes his living doing something other than throwing a chunk of oblong pigskin, King still knows a thing or three about playing quarterback.

    And what King knows stands in direct conflict with what George Whitfield teaches.

    The differences of opinion (to put it ever-so-lightly) came to a head Tuesday during Jameis Winston’s pro day workout in Tallahassee.

    As for the “foolishness” King was describing?

    Anyway, let’s dive back in:

    Whitfield and his staff of six list Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Johnny Manziel, Bryce Petty, Landry Jones, Tajh Boyd, Taylor Kelly, Braxton Miller, Connor Cook, Logan Thomas, E.J. Manuel and Marquise Williams among its clientele.

    We haven’t seen anyone ask Whitfield for a response; but found King’s take interesting. Any thoughts?

  • Video: “I don’t teach wins and losses. I teach the process of winning”

    Most videos that come out this time of year are aimed a creating a buzz for a program that will carry a fan base through the long summer months before fall, but this one from Old Dominion caught my eye for a very different reason.

    This clip, featuring Monarchs head coach Bobby Wilder (who has won 14 games in the program’s first two seasons in their transition from FCS to FBS), has one obvious objective: to get to know coach Wilder in under a minute. It’s an interesting idea any program can emulate, and one that ODU executes to perfection.

    Fifty seven seconds after pressing play, someone with zero knowledge of Bobby Wilder the football coach will have a much clearer picture of him and what he (and his program) are all about. This approach could pay some big dividends for recruits unfamiliar with Wilder and ODU who press play, and it also has a message that’s capable of picking up a new fan here or there.

    “I’m a football coach. My office is 100 yards of grass, and my only tool is a pigskin.” Wilder opens up saying.

    “The funny thing is, I don’t teach wins and losses, I teach a process. The process of winning. Sure, we do it with drills, and formations and repetition, but it’s not about the score, it’s about life.”

    “If I have anything to do with it, those 105 young men that walk onto my field every season will leave with the understanding of process and how that will make a difference in their lives, on and off the field. That’s why I coach, to make a difference in their lives and to create winners.”