Photos: The Bucs new uniforms
Last week Tampa Bay unveiled their new "enhanced logo" helmet, and this morning we get a peek at their new uniforms.
Personally, the oversized logo has grown on me over the years (especially with Boise's approach) so I like that addition, but the numbers seem like something directly out of the XFL and that's never a compliment. They'll definitely stick out among other NFL uniforms, that's for sure.
The Bucs have released their reasoning behind the uniform design elements. Read it here.
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Video: 'Inches make the champion' at Tennessee
The University of Tennessee held their annual strength clinic recently, and the guys at ASAP Athletic Strength and Power were there to capture some quality nuggets for both coaching staffs, and their strength guys within Butch Jones' opening remarks.
Coach Jones started off with what separates their training philosophy from what other programs may be doing, from his perspective.
"What separates us a little bit in our strength and conditioning program is that 'your on the field product', and your 'in the weightroom product' is exactly the same. They are training them the way that we want to play football here."
Jones went on to explain that they decided to buy a bunch of heart monitors the last two weeks of the season to monitor. The objective was to have a means to measure when players were actually working as hard as they possibly could.
"It was amazing, because now we can tell when kids are loafing, and not going hard. Now, with your heart rate, football is meant to be played within the 80th and 90th percentile with your heart rate. So as a football coach, they come off and they already have all their data on this big flat screen TV, and now I can when we go team periods, and some other things, what kids are not giving their all for Tennessee." he explained.
"It also lets me gage, as a coach, it was amazing to see that our wideouts, even in individual, did more taxing work, and more running than most all of our position combined."
Jones then explained that the monitoring system informs them of how much recovery time each player is projected to need, and noted to the strength coaches in attendance of how that is a perfect example of how the strength coaches work hand in hand with the goals and vision of the coaching staff.
To wrap things up, Jones reminded strength coaches that their last name is their brand.
"We're all strength coaches in here. What makes you different? What is your personal brand? Your last name is your personal brand, so what does that stand for? How are you preparing your kids differently to give them the edge? The inches make the champion to go succeed on game day."
Lots more quality content in the video below.
What's up with Miami's new 80's style practice shorts?
Kliff Kingsbury has creative control over their uniforms down in Lubbock, and after seeing Miami's choice of shorts for spring ball practices, I can't help but wonder If Richard Simmons or Tom Selleck are among the 80's icons that have had their hands in designing the 'Canes practice wardrobe.
I first noticed the shorts while looking at the practice video below, but after some research it looks like they've got a few different color combinations to choose from. Why they decided to go this route for practice uniforms is a mystery. Perhaps in an effort to prepare everyone for the NFL Combine (aka the Spandex Olympics)?
Maybe I'm crazy, but I don't see this catching on as the newest uniform trend. But crazier things have happened.
The Sun Belt has announced its 2014 conference schedule
The Sun Belt announced its 2014 conference schedule on Saturday. While it's obviously a big day for the conference, it's also notable across the college football landscape as today's news completes the entire 2014 FBS schedule; the Sun Belt was the 10th of 10 FBS leagues to unveil its 2014 slate.
Here are the highlights, plucked from the conference's official release:
- Appalachian State will be making its first trip to Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., since 2007 when the Mountaineers won a 34-32 game over the No. 5-ranked Wolverines. The Mountaineers, ranked No. 1 in the FCS at the time, blocked a game-winning field goal in the waning seconds to secure the historic win at Michigan.
- Breakdown of matchups by conference: AAC (1), ACC (4), Big 10 (2), Big 12 (0), C-USA (4), MAC (3), MWC (5) PAC 12 (1), SEC (10)
- UL Monroe hosts Wake Forest in a rematch of last season's matchup in Winston-Salem, N.C., where the Warhawks held on for a 21-19 victory.
- Georgia State and Georgia Southern, rivals in many other sports, will play the first football game in series history on Oct. 25. The Eagles will make the three-hour drive up the interstate to begin the football rivalry with the Panthers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. Georgia Southern will also travel to Atlanta to take on another in-state foe, Georgia Tech, on Sept. 13 for the first football game in that series.
As a reminder, Western Kentucky has departed the Sun Belt for Conference USA, while former independents Idaho and New Mexico State and FCS immigrants Georgia Southern and Appalachian State have joined the conference.
The schedule opens Wednesday, August 27 with the first game of the FBS season - Abilene Christian at Georgia State - and closes with five games on November 29.
Video: Nick Saban speaks on the 10-second rule for the first time
Nick Saban spoke to the Georgia Minority Coaches Association on Friday, which gave the reporters in attendance their first crack to ask him about the NCAA's proposed 10-second rule and his role in getting the rule on the table.
Saban denied having anything to do with the idea of a 10-second rule, even though he was one of two non-voting members meeting with the rules committee earlier this month in Indianapolis (you know who the other one was by now).
Saban stated he favors the rule because referees should control the pace of play (instead of the opposing offense) and that a slowed-down game is a safer game. Clearly he hasn't read the results of this pace of play study.
Video: How Pat Moorer prepares Texas for spring ball
Longhorn Network provided a glimpse Thursday night at new Longhorns' strength coach Pat Moorer's efforts to prepare his new team for spring football.
As the trusted lieutenant for no-nonsense head coach Charlie Strong, Moorer's workouts are as serious as a trip to the principal's office.
Let's take a closer look at Bobby Petrino's contract
Louisville released the highlights of Bobby Petrino's contract on Friday, and the big ticket item from January - the $10 million buyout - made it in the final version. Should Petrino take another job on or before June 30, 2017, he (or, more accurately, his next employer) would be on the hook for $10,000,000. The buyout decreases by $1.5 million a year from there. If, say, Petrino leaves after the 2016 season, Louisville would have actually made $1 million for his three years of service (minus bonuses). It's worth noting, however, that the buyout decreases by 50 percent if Cardinals athletics director Tom Jurich vacates his post.
As for the rest of the deal, Petrino is signed to a six-year contract with a base salary of $3 million a year. His predecessor, Charlie Strong, made $3.7 million in 2013, while Petrino banked $855,600 at Western Kentucky according to the USA Today coaching salary database.
Petrino can also earn a $500,000 bonus if Louisville posts an APR score of 935 or higher. The Cardinals scored a 924 in 2011-12, but registered consecutive years of 952, 947 and 943 from 2004-06 under Petrino, Louisville's three highest scores since the APR system debuted a decade ago.
From there, Petrino's bonuses range from $25,000 for a conference championship, a top 25 finish or a team GPA of 2.5 to 2-74 up to a $200,000 bonus for a national championship. Petrino can earn up to $4.05 million in one season.
Ready for some MACtion? MAC releases 2014 schedule
Beating only the Sun Belt to the punch, the MAC became the ninth FBS conference to release its 2014 schedule on Friday. As we've come to expect, it's packed full of the midweek madness known to the layman as MACtion.
But let's hold off on the MACtion for now because there's plenty to digest beforehand.
Major non-conference opponents: MAC foes will nearly a quarter of the 2013 year-end top 25. Miami (Ohio) opens the season at home versus Missouri; Baylor hosts Buffalo in a nationally-televised Friday night affair on Sept. 12; Massachusetts travels to Vanderbilt and Kent State pays a visits to Ohio State on Sept. 13; Bowling Green visits Wisconsin and Eastern Michigan visits Michigan State on Sept. 20. Other Power Five foes visiting MAC campuses this season: Boston College (at Massachusetts, Aug. 30), Colorado (at Massachusetts, Sept. 6), Syracuse (at Central Michigan, Sept. 13) and Indiana (at Bowling Green, Sept. 13).
All told, the MAC will play 11 games against the Big Ten, five games apiece versus the ACC and SEC, three Big 12 foes and one Pac-12 opponent.
New coaches: The MAC breaks in four new coaches this season. Their respective coaching tenures will kick off as follows: Mark Whipple (Massachusetts) vs. Boston College, Chris Creighton (Eastern Michigan) vs. Morgan State, Chuck Martin (Miami, Ohio) vs. Marshall on Saturday, Aug. 30. Dino Babers (Bowling Green) opens two days earlier at Western Kentucky.
MACtion, MACtion, MACtion: The MAC has super-served fans of weeknight football this year, scheduling a total of 14 games on Tuesday or Wednesday nights. In fact, ESPN2 and ESPNU will each show a MAC game every Tuesday or Wednesday night of November except for Nov. 26, the night before Thanksgiving.
The MAC championship will be held Friday, Dec. 5 at Detroit's Ford Field and broadcast on ESPN2. Bowling Green will hope to defend its 2013 MAC title following last year's upset of Northern Illinois.