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  • Uniform Round-Up: New jerseys at App State and Arizona State, NFL throwbacks

    A lot of uniform news to get to, so let’s start in alphabetical order.

    First, Appalachian State has a new yellow alternate jerseys that shows the Pittsburgh Steelers how a black-and-yellow alt should look.

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    The full set will come out later today, but here’s a sneak preview of Arizona State’s new Adidas uniforms. At first glance it appears to lack the hallmarks of recent #teamadidas work.

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    This kind of tease just isn’t right, Sun Devils.

    Next, a pair of throwbacks in the NFL.

    First, the Miami Dolphins. They’ll wear the 1966 throwbacks on Dec. 14 against the Dolphins, but we can all agree they’d be better off trashing their current look and wearing this full time, yes?

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    And, finally, there’s the Green Bay Packers. They’ll don an “Acme Packers” look harkening back to the 1940’s. Throwbacks exist to sell jerseys to people who already own jerseys, but I wonder who’s actually buying this.

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  • Video of the Day – Ball State’s Pete Lembo at MAC Media Day

    Video of the day

    Thursday July 30, 2015

    Ball State’s Pete Lembo at MAC Media Day

  • Thursday’s One Minute Warm Up

    – Racing and Ohio go together like peas and carrots, so this helmet from Buckeye fan and racer Graham Rahal makes sense.

    – In “this can only happen in baseball” news, word leaked that the Mets had traded Wilmer Flores (who signed with the team a day after his 16th birthday) during an actual game. He finds out from fans after being sent back into the game and understandably gets emotional. The trade ended up fizzling out, but c’mon guys!

    – Former MLB hotshot Jose Conseco is showing his support for Caitlyn Jenner…by living as a woman for a week.

    – Mike Leach appeared on EPSN today and dished about a 64 team playoff, the Kardashians, The Royal Family, and American Society. Coach Leach, please never change.

    – The NFL pre-draft process is perplexing to everyone, but this just makes no sense at all.

    More of what you missed yesterday:

    – Tom Herman promises to hold “the hardest training camp in the history of college football.”

    – One special Division III game day environment is going to include kids activities, a foam party for students and a BEER GARDEN!

    – Nick Saban shares a vital key to his success: “Don’t think much about the past, and don’t worry about the future.”

    What to look forward to today:

    – Big Ten coaches (Dantonio, Beckman, Chryst, Edsall, Wilson, Ferentz, Meyer) and Pac-12 coaches (MacIntyre, Graham, Andersen, Mora, Petersen, Shaw) take the podium at their respective Media Days today.

  • Tom Herman promises “the hardest training camp in the history of college football.”

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    Tom Herman was hired away from Ohio State to replace Tony Levine, who was fired after posting a 21-17 overall record and a 15-10 mark in 2013 and 2014. That isn’t normal for the coaching business.

    But as the largest university in the largest city of America’s largest talent-producing and football-mad state, Houston brought in Herman to take the next step as a football program, and to use the football program to take the next step as a university. There’s a new stadium that must be filled. There’s a new conference that must be won, a valuable bowl entry that must be claimed. Beyond the horizon, there’s another shifting of the landscape that many believe is coming, and Houston wants to position itself as the primary choice to leap into a new stratosphere.

    There’s a lot to be won and with, again, a roster that won 16 games over the past two years, the winning must start now. With that in mind, Herman promised Cougar fans at a Touchdown Club of Houston meeting in nearby Pearland on Wednesday something that will surpass what happened 61 years prior and 300 miles to the west in Junction, Texas.

    That’s not to say Herman is all bluster and gusto. Working with its fifth offensive line coach in as many seasons, Herman admitted something most of his peers would not at this time of year.

    The honesty of the second statement should make Cougars players brace for the reality of the first.

  • Video: Take a drone-led tour of the (almost) finished Kyle Field

    When Scott, Mike from Overtime Software and I visited Texas A&M’s football facilities in March, I can report firsthand I came away anywhere from thoroughly impressed and blown away. Nowhere that I’ve seen (and I understand Oregon, Alabama and a handful of others have something to say about this) can match Texas A&M’s grandeur of an old, expansive college football program with the nicest creature comforts money can buy.

    We weren’t allowed inside Kyle Field, though, for obvious reasons.

    With the season nigh upon us, A&M’s near half-billion dollar investment in Kyle Field is nearly finished. Thanks to Auburn fan Kerry Thach, we have a bird’s eye view at what the SEC’s largest venue will look like upon completion.

    With Kyle Field’s renovation complete and John Chavis snatched away from LSU, the only thing left for Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies to do now is just win an SEC and national championship. The pieces are certainly in place.

    (HT SDS)