Thursday night was good. Friday has potential. Saturday could be special.
All times Eastern.
Raiders at Seattle - 10:30PM - NFLN
Youngstown State at Michigan State - 7:30PM - BTN
TCU at Baylor - 8PM - ESPN
Evangel Christian (LA) at Union (OK) - 8PM - ESPNU
Kiffin puts Scout team in powder blue and gold
Lane Kiffin has his guys run through some situations today against the scout or "service" team.
To aid in differentiating the offense from the defense, Kiffin thought it was a good idea to put one set in a different color jersey. Makes sense. Then Kiffin added a little twist; he put the "service" team in powder blue jerseys with gold numbers.
Reporter: "What was the thinking behind using the powder blue jerseys"
Kiffin: "There's a rivalry around here....hopefully they'll be motivated to get off of service team so they won't have to wear the powder blue.
Reporter: "So kind of symbollic message?"
Kiffin: "Not really, we were bored."
Auburn's new indoor practice facility
This offseason Auburn built a new indoor practice facility.
Nice video here focusing on the graphics added to dress the place up. Pretty nice looking.
A Class Act
Kent State (Saban's alma mater) opens up at Alabama this weekend. Tough opponent, difficult circumstances.
Hopefully, we all remember the tornadoes that tore through Tuscaloosa back in late April, devastating portions of the town. Well, here's a part of the rebuilding that you might not have heard about.
In late July a number of players from Kent State's team travelled on their own down to T-Town to help in the rebuilding process. They joined with players from Alabama's team in rebuilding a house for a family that had lost everything.
These games count (well the college ones at least). Nearly a full slate of final NFL pre-season games and a host of great college games tonight. TV listings below; plus links to the full list of games.
All times Eastern.
Colts at Cincinnati - 7PM - NFLN
Denver at Arizona - 10PM - NFLN
Murray State at Louisville - 6PM - ESPNU
UNLV at Wisconsin - 8PM - ESPN
Mississippi St. at Memphis - 8PM - FSN
Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky (in Nashville) - 9:15PM - ESPNU
Fees for scheduling home games
A couple of notes caught our eye recently regarding the fees teams are receiving to play on the road.
This season, Tennessee has Montana, Cincinnati, Middle Tennessee and Buffalo all coming to play in Neyland Stadium. Associated price tags: $500k for Montana, $950k for Cincinnati, $750 for Middle Tennessee and $900k for Buffalo....totalling $3.1 million.
In 2009, the Vols paid out a combined $2 million to Western Kentucky, UCLA, Ohio and Memphis. In 2010, the total was $1.45 million to UT Martin, UAB and Oregon.
In 2009, Ohio State paid Navy $1.4 million to play them at Ohio Stadium and this season they are paying Colorado $1.4 million for a home game. Last season, Auburn paid Arkansas State $1 million and this year Kent State will receive $1.2 million for playing at Alabama.
This season, Nebraska will pay a combined $1.075 million for 3 home games ($300k to Fresno State, $300k to Washington and $475k to Tennessee Chattanooga). Those numbers are well down from what the Huskers have paid in prior years (in 2010 they paid $800k to South Dakota State and in 2009 they paid a combined $2.1 million to 3 Sun Belt teams).
Other recent reportings include Georgia paying Louisiana Monroe $1.2 million for a home game in 2015.
What dreams are made of
A new high school in Tennessee (Summit) fielded a football team this season for the first time ever.
The school, which only has freshmen and sophmores currently, opened their season with a bang (see video). The young team didn't get the win; but those will come. What a great way to open a program.
Good luck to coach Scott Keasler building a program.
A&M makes it official
Texas A&M just put out the following release:
TEXAS A&M TO SEEK AFFILIATION WITH ANOTHER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
NEWS RELEASE - August 31, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M University today officially notified the Big 12 Conference that the institution will submit an application to join another athletic conference. Should this application be accepted, Texas A&M will end its membership in the Big 12 Conference effective June 30, 2012.
There was plenty more thereafter; but that's what you need to know.