We saw an interesting article on Wisconsin-Whitewater athletics today and how they seem to be dominating the D-III landscape in most sports.
We all know the success that the football team has had (seven straight appearances in the National title game, and four national titles in the past five seasons, including the past three in a row), the men's basketball team just won the national title after coming back from an 18 point deficit in the title game, and last season the baseball team made it all the way to the D-III World Series.
A fascinating note that we saw in the article...head coach Lance Leipold has won more National titles (four) than he has total losses as the head coach (three). Leipold is 72-3 as the head coach and is carrying a historic 45 game winning streak into next season (the longest winning streak in all of college football).
Over the last few months we heard Leipold's name in the wind for some jobs. It will be interesting to see how Whitewater tries to entice him to stay with the program long-term.
No NCAA team has ever won National titles in football, basketball, and baseball in the academic year. Whitewater is two thirds of the way there.
The article is a truly interesting read. You can read the whole thing here.
Mike Leach operating the crane
Anytime we get video of Leach operating heavy equipment, it's going on the site. Deal with it.
Short video below from WSU in which Leach, AD Bill Moos and several others sign their names on "the last beam" just before it was set in place (thankfully Leach wasn't actually operating the crane when placing it). Good view of the overall progress on the project as well. Anyone else think the guy waiving the flag on top of that final beam up in the wind is insane?
We didn't get to make it to Pullman on our recent Pac-12 tour as the staff was on Spring Break; but there will be a trip up there soon enough, and yes we will come back with video of Leach operating something...don't know if it will be heavy equipment or not; but we're quite certain you will want to see it. Stay tuned.
TCU's new uniforms
TCU unveiled their new uniforms today, and the changes have a lot of black added.
The new number font and color schemes are very unique and futuristic.
A viewer sent us a note about possible new helmets as well. We found this image; although we have not seen anything from TCU about using this version.
We're not gonna have any finesse DB's
New Aggie defensive coordinator Mark Snyder got mic'd up as he led his defensive backs through some individual work, and the Oklahoma drill yesterday.
Snyder said that he is more impressed with the toughness this secondary than any group that he has ever been around. That's impressive considering the Aggies have gotten through just their sixth spring practice.
"It's amazing, some of the programs that I have been in, DB's think they're cool and they backpedal and all they do is cover. Well we'll have no finesse DB's" Snyder said after practice.
Mic'd up in Corvallis (Coach Cav)
Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh got mic'd up for spring practice in Corvallis yesterday and the results are worth taking a look at.
Coach Cav, who is in his eighth year at Oregon State, has got a thin group to work with in this spring and he says his guys are getting a ton of reps and he's been able to slow things down as well and work in some extra "teach periods" during practice.
Spring highlights at Indiana
Indiana has done a good job all offseason highlighting their off season workout efforts and spring practices, and with their spring game on Saturday they were able to put together a nice highlight of the team getting after it on the practice field.
Well done video starting with the nice serene Bloomington community in the spring, before cutting to the guys putting in work on the field.
When you win championships, you get rings
While the Bearcats were out practicing yesterday in their final practice before the spring game, the Big East championship rings arrived and the team was surprised afterwards with their new bling.
"It's all about, in all sports, is when you win a championship, you get a championship ring because that ring tells a story. It tells a story of all the trials and tribulations that go into winning a championship and the way we do things here is we're going to do things first class." Butch Jones added afterwards
The Bearcats defense finished in the top ten nationally in rushing defense (#6), turnover margin (#9), sacks (#2) and tackles for loss (#1), and you can tell from the interviews with the players in this clip that the coaching staff has them hungry to add another ring this season.
Spurrier up to old antics
Steve Spurrier, entering his eighth season at South Carolina, is ten wins away from becoming the schools all time winningest head coach. He recently sat down with ESPN's Chris Low and in classic Spurrier fashion, just let it rip.
The old ball coach talks about the raised expectations of the South Carolina faithful, his plans for retirement, who has the hardest coaching job in the country, and some fascinating insight on who he thinks is the best coach in the SEC and why.