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Impressive D-II facilities

In 2011, Harding University (D-II) was coming off a strong 6-4 season where all 4 of their losses came by seven points or less. Last season, despite finishing with the top rushing offense in the country and a top 25 scoring offense they ended up 4-7, losing a handful of close games.

However, with brand new facilities now in place, Harding should be primed to do some big things in the years to come. The facilities put the University near the top tier of D-II schools in terms of facilities, and overall athletic support.

The new facilities include meeting rooms, a 4,000 square foot locker room facility that house 130 lockers, 7,000 square foot weight room (a major upgrade from the former 2,000 square foot space), and a 5,000 square foot athletic training area complete with rehab space, and a hydrotherapy room. Previously the athletic training facility occupied two rooms that didn't combine for 1,000 square feet. Definitely some major upgrades.

We've got a few pics below; but an in depth look at the finished facilities can be found by going here.

 




LSU 2012 Teaser Trailer

LSU is getting started early with their preseason hype videos, releasing this one last night.

The video matches up audio from the Avengers movie which will be released soon. Very cool. 

LSU produces all of these videos from within the football staff. Very, very impressive. Just another reason for 17-18 year old athletes to want to come play at LSU. Somebody is working overtime in that building. 

 




BCS changes coming

BCS executive director Bill Hancock emerged from a 10 hour session with conference commissioners with one simple message about the current BCS system that has taken so much heat recently.

"The BCS as we know it, the exact same policies, will not continue" he explained. "I can take the status quo off the table."

Don't hold your breath waiting for this one though. There is still plenty to be worked out, and conference commissioners and Hancock are trying to iron out the details of some major changes to come after the 2014 season.

We're confident all the major media outlets (ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, etc.) will keep us informed as to how this all plays out.




Purdue revises Boilermaker logo

Purdue is making a slight change to their Boilermaker logo on team apparel for future products, at the request of Nike.

Associate athletic director Tom Schott explained the change saying that it was a decision driven by their apparel provider, Nike. "Nike had come to us a while back with some suggestions. Nike said the train logo we used was not good on apparel. The smoke didn't work on shirts and hats. They recommended this slight revision."

As you can see below, no drastic changes. Just a minor change in the view and some other slight revisions.

Old logo on the left, new logo on the right.

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David Shaw: "Take a Stanford guy and you can't lose"

Head coach David Shaw spent just short of a decade coaching in the NFL, and with the NFL draft starting tomorrow, weighed in on Stanford football and the draft. Shaw will join Rich Eisen, Mike Mayock and Charles Davis on Saturday during the NFL Network's draft coverage.

Shaw explains the history of Stanford players having successful NFL careers is deep, and notes that this year's Stanford class is looking to build on that.

In Shaw's words, the choice is simple. "You take a Stanford guy and you can't lose".




Team building at NC State

A few years ago, NC State head coach Tom O'Brien hired Naval Academy graduate and Marine Eric Kapitulik to bring in some new training and team building ideas for the Wolfpack. In their first season under the new program in 2010, they finished 9-4 and pulled out a big mid season win over Florida State.

O'Brien added that the program is "all about leadership and accountability".

Kapitulik is the CEO and founder of "The Program", which is aimed at developing leaders, becoming more accountable, and handling mental fatigue. Every single NC State practice ends with the entire team doing a perfect jumping jack in unison. The training regime also includes a firemans carry with a teammate, carrying 35 pound to 70 pound sand bags, military like team workouts with huge log poles.

“It’s mentally tough to do,” he explained. “The guy next to you wants to check out and think about themselves, instead of the team.”

Last season, The Program helped train the Tufts University football team, a D-III program in Massachusetts. The video below captures the kind of stuff that NC State is doing now, and illustrates what makes Kapitulik's approach unique.

 




If you like Les, you'll love this

Les Miles is a great coach. He also happens to be a wonderful sound byte machine.  

He is incredibly sincere; just sometimes it comes out in a unique manner. In reality in this video he makes some great points. The fact that he adds his own personality to it just makes it that much better!

Listen and enjoy.




Video: Experience spring ball at Cal

Cal held their "Spring Practice Experience" over the weekend, inviting fans to meet the team and participate in a few select drills with the team.

The video captures the event very well. You get some helmet / coach cam footage as well as how the event felt for the die hard fans of Cal football.