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  • By Steven Lassan, 7 hours 31 min ago

    Miami’s quarterback situation is one of the biggest uncertainties in the ACC this year. However, the Hurricanes appear to have some clarity about their quarterback battle, as redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen has been suspended for at least one game due to a failed drug test. The news was reported by Adam Kuperstein of WQAM.

     

    With Olsen suspended for the opener, Kansas transfer Jake Heaps is expected to start against Louisville. Heaps began his career at BYU but transferred to Kansas after two seasons in Provo.

     

    Heaps was touted as one of the top quarterbacks in the 2010 signing class but struggled at BYU and Kansas. Heaps completed only 49 percent of his passes and tossed 10 picks to eight touchdowns with the Jayhawks in 2013.

     

    The Hurricanes were slated to start Memphis transfer Ryan Williams in 2014. However, the senior suffered a torn ACL in spring practice and is out indefinitely. Williams is expected to return early in the year, but a return date has not been set.

     

    True freshman Brad Kaaya ranked as the No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the 247Sports Composite for the 2014 signing class. Barring a return by Williams for the opener, Kaaya will likely serve as Heaps’ backup.

     

  • By Steven Lassan, 12 hours 50 min ago

    Nebraska is set to honor 125 years of football on its Sept. 27 home date against Illinois. The Cornhuskers will take the field against the Fighting Illini wearing alternate red jerseys.

     

    Alternate jerseys are becoming more prominent in college football, and Nebraska wore a black jersey for a home game against UCLA last season.

     

    The red jerseys certainly aren’t a bad look, but the best part of the unveiling wasn’t the uniform. Coach Bo Pelini (yes you read that right) decided to unveil the uniform by modeling it to the team.

    Below are the photos and video from Nebraska’s alternate uniform unveil for 2014:

  • By Steven Lassan, 14 hours 59 min ago

    Air Force is the latest school to unveil an alternate jersey and helmet design for 2014.

    The usual white or blue uniforms for the Falcons are some of the best designs in the Mountain West, and the alternate look for 2014 is another awesome uniform for Air Force.
     

    Here are some photos of Air Force’s new uniform for 2014:

     

  • By Steven Lassan, 2 days 11 hours ago

    Louisiana Tech is planning a one-game switch for its helmet design in 2014.

    The Bulldogs usually wear a helmet with the state of Louisiana headlined by a “T” at the top.

    In 2014, Louisiana Tech will wear a red helmet with a Bulldog logo for its red out game against UTEP on Oct. 4.

    Here’s a look at the alternate helmet:

  • By Steven Lassan, 1 week 1 day ago

    Washington quarterback Cyler Miles has been suspended for the 2014 season opener against Hawaii. Miles’ suspension was announced on Thursday at Pac-12 Media Days by first-year coach Chris Petersen.

    Miles was involved in an off-the-field incident in February and missed all of spring practice.

    The sophomore was reinstated to the team in May and is slated to compete for the starting job in fall practice with Jeff Lindquist and Troy Williams.

    Miles is considered a rising star in the Pac-12 and should reclaim the starting job in time for the second game against Eastern Washington.
     

    Williams and Lindquist will compete in the fall to start against Hawaii, and the Huskies are big favorites against the Rainbow Warriors.

    While the opener shouldn’t be too much of a challenge for Washington, getting Miles acclimated into the offense will be something to watch early in the year.

    After missing spring practice, the sophomore is already playing catch-up this fall. With Eastern Washington, Illinois and Georgia State on the schedule before playing Stanford, Miles will have time to transition into the starting role before the Huskies step into the heart of their Pac-12 slate.

     

  • By Steven Lassan, 1 week 1 day ago

    Houston is expected to be one of the top contenders for the American Athletic Conference title in 2014, and the Cougars will have a new uniform design as they push for the conference crown.

     

    Houston released an updated look at its uniforms for the upcoming year on Wednesday, which is just a slight alteration on its 2013 design.

    Here’s a look at the 2014 uniforms:

     

  • By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago

    TCU defensive end Devonte Fields has been separated from the school after allegations stemming from a domestic disturbance case. Fields is under investigation, but no charges have been filed in the case so far. The Star-Telegram reported the details on Fields' status on Tuesday.

    Fields is indefinitely separated from TCU pending the outcome of the investigation into the allegations.

    The off-the-field incident comes at a bad time for Fields, as he was picked as the Big 12 preseason defensive player of the year for 2014.

    Fields played in only three games due to injury in 2013 and recorded two tackles for a loss. In 2012, Fields was voted as the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and won AP Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors.

    If Fields returns in time and at full strength for the season opener, he has a chance to be one of the top defensive ends in the Big 12 once again.

    Even without Fields, TCU’s defensive line will be among the best in the conference. The Horned Frogs return experience at end with James McFarland and Terrell Lathan, with Chucky Hunter and Davion Pierson anchoring the interior.

     

  • By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago

    Notre Dame is switching from natural grass to FieldTurf in 2014, and the Fighting Irish will also have a new field design.

    The traditional blank field with diagonal striping in the endzones has been a staple at Notre Dame Stadium, but there will be a slight alteration to the FieldTurf in 2014.

    The FieldTurf will feature a Notre Dame logo at the 50-yard line, along with shamrocks at the 35-yard line for kickoffs.

    Check out the school’s release for more information on the new field design for 2014:

  • By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago

    UCLA’s uniforms haven’t changed much in recent seasons, but the Bruins used an alternate “LA Midnight” look last season and recently unveiled a new “LA Steel” uniform for 2014.

    These uniforms are quite a change from the classic UCLA jersey and helmet and feature metallic design additions to the shoulder pads and around the numbers, which is a tribute to the bright lights of Los Angeles.

    According to the release on the official school website, this will be the first gray uniform in school history.

    Here’s a look at UCLA’s new alternate jerseys for 2014: 

  • By David Fox, 2 weeks 4 days ago

    HOOVER, Ala. — Will Muschamp opened his meeting with the media in Hoover with an 11-minute filibuster, acknowledging the business of his future employment but still putting off any real questions.

    “There will be a lot of chatter about hot seat business,” Muschamp said, unprompted. “That's part of it. The way you combat that is having a winning football team and winning football games, which is what we're going to do.”

    The “hot seat” is the media cliche of the preseason — who is on it, who is off, what does a coach need to do to get off of it or get fired.




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    After a 4-8 season, Muschamp draws the hot seat straw in the SEC this year, joining names like Derek Dooley, Joker Phillips and Houston Nutt (twice).

    “There was never any time in my mind that I didn't think I would be retained,” Muschamp said.

    After home losses to Vanderbilt and Georgia Southern and one of the worst offenses in the country, Muschamp isn’t defending record as much as he’s trying to instill hope.

    The record includes a Sugar Bowl but also the worst Florida season since 0-10-1 in 1979. The hope is that the offense won’t be ranked around teams like Eastern Michigan, Memphis, UConn and Idaho.

    For that, Muschamp added Duke’s Kurt Roper, his third offensive coordinator in four seasons. The move is expected to add more shotgun offense, more quick passes and more running opportunities for quarterback Jeff Driskel, recruited in the spread option under former coach Urban Meyer.

    The hope is also that Florida will stay healthier. Driskel was lost for the season in September. The injuries continued with Driskel’s backup, Tyler Murphy, and a host of other players on offense.

    By the end of the season, trainer Paul Silvestri visited Muschamp in the defensive coaching room at 10 p.m. one day game week. Silvestri was rarely in the football office at that time of night. He was this night to tell to coach that offensive lineman Tyler Moore injured his elbow in a scooter accident.

    “I can't tell you exactly what I said, but it wasn't good,” Muschamp said. “That was at a point where, you know, I asked him, You got to be kidding?  That was a point where, you know, it was just very frustrating.”

    Was it the injuries? Was it the offense? Was it bad luck? Or was it Muschamp?

    Florida may find out this season.

    “I’ve mentioned it multiple times today, there is no pressure,” Driskel said. “Every coach is on the hot seat.”

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