- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
With less than one month to go until the 2014 college football season kicks off, a number of programs have begun to roll out alternate uniforms that will be worn at some point during the season.
Air Force is one of these programs, and the new alternate uniform the Falcons unveiled today is one of the best we’ve seen this offseason.
Take a look:
More pictures of the new 2014 Alternate Football Uniform! pic.twitter.com/9NtbYqEk9I
Check out the new 2014 Alternate Football Uniform! Which game do you hope to see them this season? pic.twitter.com/6wMjjscYoL
The light blue helmets with the lightning bolt logo make for an especially sharp look. Per Air Force’s Twitter, the team will wear the new uniforms for at least one game in the upcoming season.
Coming off a disappointing 2-10 season, the Falcons’ season opens up at home against Nicholls State on August 30.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
As part of the major renovation of Kyle Field, Texas A&M also rebuilt the Bright Football Complex, and the results are extremely impressive.
The Bright Complex sits in the south end zone of Kyle Field and has undergone a 36,000 square-foot overhaul which is supposed to modernize and “create the most forward-thinking, technologically-advanced” facility in the country, according to the program. Everything from the locker room to the players’ lounge to the sports medicine facility have been upgraded.
The total cost of the project cost a whopping $20.8 million. Take a look at the photos, provided by A&M.
Here's what the Entrance to the Bright Complex looks like:
The Hagner Auditorium:
Players-only access to the locker room, training room and more:
Customizable video display upon entry:
The hallway leading to positional rooms:
An Adidas uniform display:
A hydrotherapy pool in the new sports medicine area. It features eight HDTVs mounted inside the walls.
The door to the players' locker room:
Team locker room:
Each locker has LED screens with player information:
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
It was reported earlier this month that as many as eight members of South Carolina’s 2014 recruiting class would not qualify academically to enroll in the school and join the football team. Now it appears that two of those players will make it to Columbia, after all.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
It’s not easy being No. 1.
Florida State, last year’s national champion, sits atop the recently released coaches poll in an unenviable position. No preseason No. 1 in the coaches poll has gone on to finish with that ranking since USC in 2004, and five of the past six preseason No. 1s have finished their season ranked No. 8 or lower.
There are just too many things that happen during the year that can change the outcome of the season. From injuries to disciplinary issues, the composition of a team can change in an instant and any hope of winning a national title can go down the drain with it.
That’s not to say I disagree with ranking Florida State at No. 1. It is, after all, coming off an undefeated season and does have the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, who was far-and-away the best player on the field a year ago.
But to understand my dismay with preseason polls, one only has to look back to the top five that started last season and the top five that ended it.
Here’s what the 2013 preseason coaches poll looked like (with each team’s poll finish in parentheses):
And here’s what the coaches poll looked like at the end of the season (with each team’s preseason ranking in parentheses)
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
Wake Forest’s running game took a hit Thursday when the school announced that running back Dominique Gibson had been indefinitely suspended from the team.
An undisclosed violation of team rules was the only reason given for the discipline.
Gibson was the team’s top returning rusher with 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He and senior Orville Reynolds, who returned to running back after spending the past two seasons as a flanker, were in line to either battle for the starting role or become a two-back tandem as Wake Forest tried to resuscitate one of the nation’s more anemic offenses.
Wake Forest ranked 118 th nationally in total offense last season and 116 th in rushing offense with just 94.1 yards per game. The offense had just two games with more than 124 yards rushing and those games came against Presbyterian and Army. Of the Demon Deacons’ 24 offensive touchdown, 11 came on the ground.
For more Wake Forest news, visit DeaconsIllustrated.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
As Auburn opens up fall practice on Friday, the program will honor a fallen member of its family.
The official Twitter account of Auburn athletics revealed Thursday that No. 43 has been painted in the end zone on the team’s practice field to honor former tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, who was killed in a car accident on June 29.
Lutzenkirchen, along with University of Georgia student Joseph Davis, were killed in a single-car crash when Davis, who was driving, failed to stop at a stop sign of a T-intersection. The car then crossed another road and “impacted multiple ditches” before hitting a fence and going airborne. Lutzenkirchen, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Do you smell bread in the oven? Possibly. The smell could also be Oregon's 2014 season tickets.
The school known for its flashy uniform combinations is breaking out scented tickets for this season. All season tickets will have a scratch-and-sniff marker that smells like hamburger buns. Seriously.
The hamburger icon is sponsored by Carl's Jr. If you're wondering why it's bun-scented instead of burger-scented, the chain is highlighting its bread and Craig Pintens , Oregon's senior associate athletic director for marketing, told Yahoo Sports that "the burger scent doesn't translate real well on scratch-and-sniff."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner is putting Brady Hoke’s job security squarely on his shoulders this fall.
During Big Ten media days earlier this week, Gardner was asked several times about Hoke and whether the fourth-year head coach is fighting for his job this season.
"My job's to make sure he's not on the hot seat," Gardner said. "I'm going to make sure we win enough football games. And I’m going to play as hard as I can with my teammates, and I’m going to encourage my teammates, and my teammates are going to encourage me, and we're gonna make sure that's not a talking point."
Hoke came to Michigan with high expectations, and those expectations were heightened when he won 11 games his first season, the first 11-win season for the Wolverines since 2006. But since then, Hoke's teams have steadily declined. Michigan won eight games in 2012 and then struggled to 7-6 last year, which included a paltry 3-5 Big Ten record.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Florida State is starting 2014 where it ended the 2013 season: atop the Coaches Poll.
The 2014 preseason Amway Coaches Poll was released on Wednesday and the Seminoles are No. 1 ahead of Alabama and Oklahoma, last year's participants in the Sugar Bowl. Oregon is No. 4 while the team that FSU beat in the BCS Championship Game, Auburn, is No. 5.
Florida State garnered the vast majority of first-place votes with 56 of the 62 available. Oklahoma received 3, while No. 6 Ohio State, Oregon and No. 9 South Carolina each received one. It's the first time since 2009 that Alabama has not received a first-place vote in the preseason Coaches Poll.
In case you were wondering who voted South Carolina No. 1, it was not coach Steve Spurrier.
Steve Spurrier: "(Heck) no I didn’t vote for us No. 1. Somebody voted us No. 1?"
In what's likely a mere coincidence, or a sign that college football coaches can't accurately predict a season, the top team in the preseason poll hasn't ended the year in the top spot for 10 seasons.
Report: Oklahoma has not filed waiver request for Dorial Green-Beckham, waiting on 'paperwork' from MizzouSam Cooper at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
When the news came out that former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was transferring to Oklahoma, it was also reported that Oklahoma intended to pursue a waiver that would grant the star wideout immediate eligibility to suit up for the Sooners, instead of sitting out for a season per normal transfer rules.
At Big 12 Media Days, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said that the program was awaiting word from the NCAA on Green-Beckham’s status, but Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World reported Thursday that the school has not yet been able to file the waiver request.