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By Steven Lassan, 22 hours 30 min ago
Rivalry games are a huge part of college football, but recent conference realignment has changed the outlook for some of these annual matchups. Missouri-Kansas and Texas-Texas A&M aren’t scheduled to play anytime soon, and Pittsburgh-West Virginia – known as the Backyard Brawl – is also in hiatus.
The Backyard Brawl is among the best rivalries in college football, but it’s future is up in the air.
New Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi was asked about the future of the rivalry when the ACC coaches visited ESPN this week:
Pat Narduzzi responding to Dana Holgorsen’s “we’re begging to play Pitt” comment: “I never beg"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 28, 2015
Pat Narduzzi on WVU series: “I’d love to play WVU someday but our instate rivalry (Penn State) is bigger than an out-of-state rivalry”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 28, 2015
After Narduzzi’s comments were circulated, Holgorsen took to Twitter to issue a (rather perfect) response:
Mountaineers don't back out of a Brawl! #SweetCaroline...— Dana Holgorsen (@Holgorsendana) July 28, 2015
While the back-and-forth between the two coaches makes for excellent offseason discussion, there’s no reason for either program to avoid scheduling the other to renew the rivalry. After all, scheduling this game would meet two criteria: Better non-conference games and selling tickets.
Sounds like a win-win proposition doesn’t it?
Let’s get this game scheduled as soon as possible.
By Steven Lassan, 2 days 19 hours ago
With fall practice right around the corner, coaches and players are trying to squeeze in the last bit of free time or vacation before the season begins in force. Even though Ohio State is focused on winning another national championship, there’s still plenty of time for the Buckeyes to relax and get away from the summer heat.
Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones is locked into a tight battle for the starting quarterback job with J.T. Barrett, but the junior isn't one to be bothered by pressure.
On Sunday, Jones and a few teammates were hanging out at a pool. And needless to say, just a simple hangout at the pool wasn’t in order for Jones. Instead, the quarterback had a little fun and put a couple of WWE moves on a child at the pool.
Teammate Tyvis Powell captured the wrestling moves on video:
By Steven Lassan, 2 days 20 hours ago
USF is searching for improvement in coach Willie Taggart’s third season, and the Bulls hope their quest for a turnaround is bolstered by some sharp new uniforms for 2015.
Some of these designs have been used before, but USF appears to have a new alternate, which features yellow and green stripes on the shoulders (along with bright yellow numbers).
Check out USF’s sharp new uniforms for the 2015 season:
By Jasmine Watkins, 6 days 15 hours ago
Ole Miss will have a tough time in the SEC West this season but by the looks of things, they're ready.
The Rebels are giving an inside look at their summer workouts and they're pretty intense. UT Martin will be in for a tough time on September 5th. Hugh Freeze is definitely whipping his players into the best shape of their lives.
By Jasmine Watkins, 1 week 15 hours ago
The SEC West is a monster.
Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, and Mississippi State are some of the toughest teams in all of college football. Grant Wiley created a "Vengeance" hype video to get people pumped for an amazing 2015 season. Judging by this video, that's exactly what it will be.
Good luck getting out of this division alive.
By Jasmine Watkins, 1 week 2 days ago
If Georgia Tech is going to succeed this fall, they're going to do it as a family.
The program has released a hype video to show just how hard the Yellow Jackets have been working this offseason, and it's no joke. Narrated by Derrick Moore's speech, the Orange Bowl Champions have their sites set on bigger goals in 2015.
By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
Miami officially joined forces with Adidas on Saturday night at the Fontainebleau’s LIV nightclub. The Hurricanes unveiled their new uniforms under the Adidas banner, and the new designs aren’t a drastic switch from the color scheme the program has used in previous years. Miami will have orange, white and green uniforms and alternate looks are expected during the year.
Even though the Hurricanes have made a few alterations to their uniforms in recent years, the “U” is still one of college football’s most recognizable helmets. While the color scheme didn't change much, these uniforms are much closer to the design the top Miami teams wore in the 1980s and 1990s.
Here’s an overview of Miami’s new uniforms with Adidas for 2015:
By Jasmine Watkins, 1 week 6 days ago
Penn State is reverting to the nameless jerseys and fans couldn't be happier about it.
To commemorate such an occassion, the program released a video of former players discussing the importance of having no name on the back of the jersey. The old sayings ring true, it's about team and unity.
"Christian Hackenberg has so much respect for the 14's before him."
Ending an image of the name being torn from the jerseys is Penn State's way bringing back what never should have left.
By Josh Hamburger, 1 week 6 days ago
Having grown up and lived in Mississippi for most of his life, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze stated how the pride he has for his home state. However, that didn’t stop him from stating his opinion that the state flag, which displays the Confederate emblem in the corner, should be changed in some fashion.
Freeze noted how some groups have used the Confederate Flag as a symbol of hate, which has sparked a national debate. At the SEC Media Days, Freeze was asked about his opinion on the issue, and he made his stance clear. Meanwhile, Mississippi State Head Coach Dan Mullen didn’t give a straight answer when asked about the matter, rather explaining the diversity at his school.
See Freeze's post about SEC Media Days:
It is an honor to represent RebelNation and our great University and players at SEC media days. I am blessed and living a dream! #GoRebs— Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) July 16, 2015
By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 14 hours ago
College football’s media days are usually filled with a bunch of coach speak or comments that aren’t bulletin board material for other teams in its conference.
However, that wasn’t the case for Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.
Arkansas finished its 2014 season with a blowout win over Texas in the Texas Bowl. But that’s not the highlight of Bielema’s comments about the game from SEC Media Days.
Bielema on kneeling on the 2-yard line vs. Texas: "It was a proud moment. Borderline erotic."— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) July 15, 2015
Bret Bielema on the erotic comment: "Did that go viral already?"— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) July 15, 2015
That's certainly an interesting way to describe the ending of a huge victory for Arkansas.
But should we surprised? Here's a comment from Bielema last year on one of his defensive tackles:
Bielema on Bijhon Jackson: "He has an incredible, incredible ass." http://t.co/MNcajxnWuL— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) July 18, 2014
And after putting its offensive line on the media guide, Bielema had this to say about this group:
Bielema: This group was an extremely handsome group (on offensive linemen being on the cover of Arkansas media guide)— Tide 99.1 (@Tide991fm) July 15, 2015