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NFL now requiring live mics on linemen

Beginning with today's games, the NFL is now mandating that each team have two offensive linemen wearing microphones.

The starting center (and his backup), or both starting guards will now be wired for sound by NFL Films.  

According to the NFL, the mics will only go live once the players break the huddle or approach the ball and the mics will turn off a few seconds after the snap.

The NFL says (with fingers crossed???) that the mics will not be on while the players are on the sideline, in the huddle, or in the locker room.  They also say that these mics will only be used to add "live ambient audio mix" during the broadcast and will supposedly not allow the networks to isolate and record the audio at any time. 

Anybody else think maybe, just maybe the NFL will change their mind on this (shortly) and begin allowing everyone to hear what's really going on in the trenches?  

 




Defense wins

Remember the article from a few days ago talking about Florida's explosive offensive playmakers vs. Alabama's stingy defense?

Well, we're pretty sure who won that battle.  

Alabama held Florida's "Rainey and Demps" to 8 yards on 14 carries....and Alabama didn't allow a Florida running back to rush for longer than 7 yards on any play (backup quarterback Jeff Driskel did have one run for 31 yards...the longest rush Alabama has allowed this season).  

Alabama's defense dominated this game...which Bama went on to win 38-10.  In total, Alabama's defense allowed just 15 yards rushing on 29 attempts. After the first play of the game (on which Florida connected for a 65 yard touchdown pass), Alabama held Florida's offense to a total of 3 points on 15 yards rushing and 142 yards passing.  

Coach Muschamp's post-game comments below.

  




Sunday TV

Wow some good football was played yesterday.  Today, we return to the NFL....

All times Eastern.

NFL:

Regional Coverage on CBS and Fox for the 1PM and 4:15 games

Jets at Ravens - 8PM - NBC

College: 

None

High School:

None




Video: Tom Osborne and Barry Alvarez

For those of you that love these guys (or one of them) and have a few minutes...

Coach Osborne and Coach Alvarez sat down and spoke about what they miss, why they coached, what they believe in and how they see the current landscape of college football.  Fairly candid remarks throughout.  

 




BYU beats Utah State on the last play

Watch these two short videos and you'll understand.

Friday night started out so well for Utah State

 

But ended so badly

 

We're pretty sure no athletic directors are calling Utah State to schedule out of conference games anymore. 




Friedgen: I've burned my diploma...flying a Ga Tech flag now

Former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen went on Baltimore radio yesterday and spoke with host Glenn Clark about a number of topics.

Most of the interview was as expected...spent time talking about some of his players in the NFL, the kids I recruited are working hard, we stay in touch, I'm proud of them, I miss the players, I don't miss all of the stuff though, etc...

But at the 9 minute mark it got weird:

Host: Is it tough for you to watch?  Have you sat down and watched any Maryland games...I know it has to be a little painful.

Friedgen: Well, it's not painful because I watch it for the kids. I could care less about Maryland. I've burned my diploma. I'm flying a Georgia Tech flag right now.

Host: [laughing] That's hurtful. I don't want to hear that Coach. I'm a Maryland alum.  

Friedgen: Well, they talk about Maryland pride. They didn't show me a whole lot of Maryland pride, either getting the job or getting fired. 

Friedgen also shares a great moment about not being able to get the game on TV at his house so he went to a sports bar to watch..."I never knew all that stuff went on...they've got people cheering for all this stuff....geez, this is a whole new experience."




Friday TV

In case you missed it, there were a whole lot of points scored last night in the Houston vs. UTEP game.  Highlights on our homepage in the Video of the Day.

All times Eastern.

NFL:

None

College:

Utah State at BYU - 8PM - ESPN

High School:

Chaparral (AZ) at Notre Dame (AZ) - 8PM - ESPN2

Servite (CA) vs. Bishop Gorman (NV) - 10PM - ESPNU




Saban would have had a heart attack

Yesterday we brought you an article pointing out that Alabama has only allowed 3 runs of over 10 yards this season (none reaching the 20 yard mark).  

Well, let's just hope Coach Saban wasn't watching last night's Houston / UTEP game (final score 49-42 Houston). 

In that one, the two teams combined for 9 touchdowns that were 20 yards or longer.  Over 1,250 total yards in the game.

We honestly don't think that Nick could watch such a game.