Photo: Take a look at Texas Tech's new all-black helmet
Texas Tech has primarily worn black helmets every year since 1975 - they've sprinkled in some white and gray in recent years - but never have they gone to this extreme.
This is a photo tweeted by Texas Tech safeties coach Trey Haverty on Thursday morning. Haverty has tweeted a bunch of different prototypes, so it appears he's just having some fun. But, in my opinion, the all-black option below wouldn't be a bad look to use in real life.
What do you think?
ESPN announces another ground-breaking idea, especially for FCS programs
Fresh off the success of its BCS Megacast for last month's BCS National Championship, ESPN has announced its latest plan to super-serve the college sports market.
On Thursday, ESPN announced plans for 15 new conference networks spanning across Division I. They are, in alphabetical order: ACC, America East, Atlantic Sun, Big South, Big West, Central Intercollegiate Athletic, Horizon, Mid-American, Metro Atlantic Athletic, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Southern, SWAC, Sun Belt and Southland. The Big Ten and Pac-12 already have their own networks, the SEC is in the midst of launching its own and the Big 12 schools individually own their own networks or quasi-networks, which is why they aren't included. But virtually everyone else in Division I is.
Here's the catch, these aren't traditional networks that may be seen on terrestrial television. They'll be streamed through WatchESPN via Apple TV or Roku, which does limit the audience. But, still, if you're the Northeast Conference, this is a boon for you.
“These new conference channels on WatchESPN will showcase the breadth and depth of our college sports coverage,” said ESPN vice president of college sports programming Rosalyn Durant. “But most importantly, they will allow us to better serve the fans.”
Each network will cull together content shown on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, clips and on-demand video from ESPN.com, etc., as well as show live content and replays of previously aired games. The networks will launch today and ramp up to conference tournament season, but expect, for example, football games between Nicholls State and McNeese State to be shown on the ESPN-owned and branded Southland Network this fall.
John Harbaugh will get his own statue in April
John Harbaugh is set to join the famed Miami (Ohio) Cradle of Coaches, the school announced Wednesday.
After graduating from high school in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his father, Jack, was an assistant on Bo Schembechler's staff at Michigan, John Harbaugh headed south to play defensive back at Miami (Ohio). After graduating in 1984, Harbaugh immediately jumped into coaching at Western Michigan, and climbed the ladder from there to eventually win a Super Bowl as head coach of the Baltimore Ravens.
And for that, his alma mater will induct him into one of the most exclusive coaching fraternities in football.
Harbaugh will join the likes of Earl "Red" Blaik, Paul Brown, Carm Cozza, Paul Dietzel, Wilbur "Weeb" Ewbank, Ara Parseghian, John Bont, Woody Hayes, Jim Tressel and Schembechler (Bill Narduzzi and Rick Carter are in the college version of the Cradle). All nine - and now 10 - coaches have either won a college national championship or Super Bowl, entered the College or Pro Football Hall of Fame, or earned recognition as the collegiate or professional coach of the year, and graduated from Miami University. Harbaugh joins Brown and Ewbank as the only Cradle members to hold NFL championships.
At age 51, Harbaugh will be the youngest Cradle member by a decade and, short of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a recipient of perhaps the most prestigious honor he can possibly attain.
Harbaugh will be immortalized with a statue in Miami's Cradle of Coaches plaza outside of Yager Stadium in a ceremony on April 19. The statue will be designed to depict Harbaugh on the sidelines of Super Bowl XLVII. His image will also be added to the RedHawks' Cradle of Coaches mural on Yager Stadium's south end zone scoreboard. The public is encouraged to attend.
Kliff Kingsbury can rap?
I'm sure you've heard of Kliff Kingsbury being featured as a Jeopardy question by now, and he can score points with the best of them, but did you know he can also rap (well kind of)?
Kingsbury is no Rick Neuheisel behind the mic, but seriously...is there anything he can't do?
His players will definitely share a laugh with him about this one, and it's just part of the reason that players relate to him so well.
Video: Pete Carroll holds a field goal attempt for Will Ferrell
It's probably never happened before; a comedy icon and Super Bowl winning coach pair up for a field goal attempt. Only in Los Angeles is that even a possibility.
At a USC speaking engagement last night, Pete Carroll (who was there to talk about the Super Bowl victory) took a wobbly snap and got it down for Will Ferrell, who then attempted a "field goal."
If you're looking for a kicker, it looks like Ferrell has got quite the boot. Somebody give him a scholarship. I have a feeling he'd do wonders for team and staff morale.
(H/T Lindsey Thiry for the video)
Video: Oklahoma State is giving away secrets again
First it was Mike Gundy explaining how they coach up four verts, this time it's defensive line coach coach Joe Bob Clements teaching the tackle-end twist game.
Again, this is a defensive line stunt that 99% of teams do, but opening your doors to a chalk talk sessions helps the fan base connect with the coaching staff and it requires very little production, editing or most importantly time. This probably took a total of five minutes with coach Clements.
The bottom line is this is very simple, and just as effective. There's no reason your program can't be doing this as well.
Side note: I really like the moveable offensive players. Can't say I've ever seen those used, but have to imagine they're easy enough to make/get your hands on and are much better than strictly drawing for your defensive staff.
Poll: 73 percent of FBS head coaches against proposed 10-second rule
What will 19.5 percent of something get you? For Major League Baseball players, a .195 batting average gets them sent down to the minors. And for the NCAA's football rules committee, it's about to get the proposed 10-second rule rejected.
ESPN's Brett McMurphy reached out to all 128 FBS head coaches for their opinion on the rule change. The vast majority (93) stated they were against the rule, while 25 were in favor and seven remain on the fence.
In @ESPN poll of 128 coaches about 10-second rule proposal, 73% opposed, 19.5% in favor, 7% undecided— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) February 26, 2014
Numbers fell pretty much the same way among the five power conferences and five mid-majors.
In @espn poll, only 11 of 65 "Power 5 Conference" coaches favor 10-second rule proposal— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) February 26, 2014
McMurphy noted that no conference featured more than a third of its membership in favor of the new rule.
The rule comes up for a vote on March 6 by the NCAA's rules oversight panel. The 11-member committee is comprised only of athletics directors, but you can bet their coaches' thoughts - and well-publicized polls like this one - will be heard.
Every school should steal this idea from Ole Miss
In case you haven't noticed, Twitter is now a visual medium. It's as much about photos and videos as the words on the page. That's how accounts that post nothing other than historical pictures, cool shots of nature or photos of puppies can build massive followings.
Ole Miss has hopped on that train, driving @OleMissPix to more than 11,000 followers. It's nothing more than attractive, timely pictures of Ole Miss athletics events. The Rebels have found a way to capture the moment and include their fans in what's going on around Ole Miss athletics. And they haven't spent an extra dime to do so.
Here are some recent shots of the Ole Miss baseball team.
Beautiful Swayze! pic.twitter.com/gVUvXV55Ls— OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) February 26, 2014
Every school employs an in-house photographer so, as such, every school should have its own Twitter photo account soon.