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Posted on: February 14, 2012 3:13 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 9:44 am
 

New Tennessee weight room features MMA cage

Posted by Jerry Hinnen



It's Valentine's Day, so what do you get for the new college practice facility that's already got everything? If you're Derek Dooley and Tennessee, you get it a mixed martial arts fighting cage.

That's not an exaggeration or a typo; among the many details revealed regarding the Volunteers' new $45 million practice facility during the Knoxville News-Sentinel's Dooley-guided tour is that the Vols will be able to sharpen their MMA moves against each other from the comfort of their own weight room. From the News-Sentinel story: 

Players will be able to walk straight from the 120-yard practice field into the new weight room — a 22,000 square foot "multilevel thunderdome of power," as it's called in UT's promotional video for the facility. Along with the standard free weights, machines, cardiovascular training equipment — which will be situated on a deck that overlooks the weight room — and a nutrition bar, it will feature a mixed martial arts cage "so we can go in and fight and all that stuff," Dooley said.

The important details for Vol fans are all covered in the story -- the facility will open in July, feature a "Peyton Manning Room" that will document and celebrate the Volunteers' "tradition in winning," and, yes, should be more than state-of-the-art enough to give Dooley's recruiting efforts a boost -- but it's that paragraph we keep coming back to. So many questions need answering:

1. So Dooley not only isn't forbidding his players from fooling around with amateur martial arts combat, he's actively encouraging it within the walls of his own practice facility? Apparently, unless there's some hidden disapproval we can't find when he says the cage is there for them to "fight and all that stuff." 

2. What happens if a player is injured in the cage? We have no idea, but if it happens, the fallout should be ... interesting.

3. Was this Dooley's own personal idea? The News-Sentinel reported that Dooley asked for a number of changes to the facility's plans upon his hire in 2010, some of which "initially rubbed prominent donor Charles Anderson, who pledged $8 million toward the project, the wrong way." Not that Dooley shouldn't have had a major say in the final construction (it being his future offices, after all), but the image of him poring over blueprints and asking Anderson "But where's the mixed martial arts cage?" is one we find irresistible.

4. The "multilevel thunderdome of power"?!? It appears, to coin a phrase, you can separate the program from Lane Kiffin ... but you cannot separate the Lane Kiffin from the program.

Of course, the only question that matters for Dooley is whether or not the facility -- MMA cage and all -- is going to help him win the games he needs to keep his job, and from here it appears that answer is soundly in the affirmative. And if one of the defensive linemen can pick up a bit of additional footwork while grappling with a teammate in his downtime, so much the better.


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Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:38 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 1:39 pm
 

Report: Oklahoma State WR suspended for 2012

Posted by Chip Patterson

Oklahoma State could be without junior wide receiver Michael Harrison for the entire 2012 season, according to a local report.

Citing a source, Tusla World is reporting that Harrison has been suspended for the entire season. Rumors had been swirling that the talented outside receiver had been dismissed from the team, but The Oklahoman reported on Tuesday that was not true. However, a source did tell the paper on Sunday that the Cowboys are "not counting on [Harrison]" playing in 2012.

Harrison recorded 20 catches for 255 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore in 2011, despite missing time due to injury. He was considered by many to be the likely replacement on the outside for star wide receiver Justin Blackmon.

The Big 12 conference schedule was released on Tuesday, and the Cowboys will host conference newcomers West Virginia and TCU. For more, check out Tom Fornelli's breakdown of the schedule.

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Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:18 am
 

Big 12 schedule finally released

Posted by Tom Fornelli

America, your long wait is over! On Tuesday morning, barely two hours after West Virginia officially joined the conference, the Big 12 finally released its schedule for the 2012 season.

It's everything you could have hoped for. It has games on it, scheduled to be played on certain dates between specific opponents!

There are just too many great games on the docket to go over all of them, but here are the major dates.

- TCU will play its first Big 12 conference game in Lawrence against Kansas on September 15th. Can the Horned Frogs overcome Charlie Weis' decided schematic advantage? We'll find out! TCU's first conference home game will be on October 6th against Iowa State.

- Baylor will be the first Big 12 team to play a conference game in Morgantown, facing West Virginia on September 29th. West Virginia's first road test comes a week later, and will not be easy, as the Mountaineers head to Austin to face Texas on October 6th.

- Oklahoma and Texas will get together for their annual Football Hate And Fried Foods Festival in Dallas on October 13th.

- Oklahoma State will begin it's Big 12 title defense against Texas in Stillwater on September 29th. Five of Oklahoma State's first seven conference games will be at home, but the Cowboys finish the regular season on the road against Oklahoma and Baylor.

- Texas Tech and Iowa State are the only two teams in the conference who won't have a bye week between conference games, playing every weekend from September 29th through November 24th.

- Texas won't be playing anybody on Thanksgiving night, but will play TCU in Austin the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

You can see the entire Big 12 schedule here

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Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:54 pm
 

BYU announces 2012 schedule, new scoreboards

Posted by Chip Patterson

Unlike the Big 12 or the Big East, BYU does not have to wait for any legal proceedings to release their 2012 football schedule. Preparing to enter their second season as an FBS football independent, BYU announced the dates of their 2012 schedule on Monday.

Coming off an 10-3 season and a No. 25 finish in the Coaches Poll, the Cougars will have plenty of opportunities in their schedule to make a statement to prove themselves on a big stage. BYU faces Boise State, Notre Dame, and Georgia Tech on the road, while hosting Mike Leach's return to college football when Washington State comes to Provo on Sept. 1. Seven opponents return from the inaugural independent schedule - Utah, Oregon State, Utah State, Hawaii, San Jose State, and New Mexico State - for the next contest in the series. The matchup with the Fighting Irish on Oct. 20 will be the first of six scheduled games between the independents.

Check out the full schedule below:

Sept. 1
Washington State

Sept. 8
Weber State

Sept. 15
at Utah

Sept. 22
at Boise State

Sept. 29
Hawai'i

Oct. 5
Utah State

Oct. 13
Oregon State

Oct. 20
at Notre Dame

Oct. 27
at Georgia Tech

Nov. 3
Bye

Nov. 10
Idaho

Nov. 17
at San Jose State

Nov. 24
at New Mexico State

It was a big day for the BYU PR department, also announcing plans to replace the video walls and scoreboards in LaVell Edwards Stadium. Sounds pretty cool, according to the release.

"The project will include state-of-art LED video walls in the north and south end zones, as well as LED ribbon boards across the top of both end zones."

Artwork below, via BYUCougars.com. Like it? Hate it? Really wishing football was going on in that stadium RIGHT NOW? Let us know in the comment section below.



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Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:04 pm
 

PODCAST: The Doddcast, Feb. 13

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's too late in the month to talk recruiting, too early to talk spring practice (unless you're at Army). But that's not going to stop Dennis Dodd, who joined CBSSports.com's Adam Aizer to discuss all the latest college football news: the Mountain West-Conference USA merger, Nevin Shapiro's threats in Miami's direction, Ohio State and athletic director Gene Smith, and even Dodd's favorite lyrics from the Denard Robinson Valentine's Day song that's taken the Internet by storm. And more.

To listen, click below, pop the podcast player out in a new window, or download the mp3. And remember that all of the CBSSports.com College Football Podcasts can be downloaded for FREE from the iTunes Store. Enjoy: 

 
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:13 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 6:35 pm
 

Gators hire Utah's Davis to coach offensive line

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The usual post-Signing Day position-coaching shuffle has continued across the SEC, with Florida the latest to make a move by naming Tim Davis their new offensive line coach.

The Gators announced Monday that Davis would be taking over for former line coach Frank Verducci, a who spent only one season in Gainesville after being hired, in part, due to his familiarity with the now-departed Charlie Weis. Davis arrives from Utah, where he held the same position.

The Gainesville Sun reported Monday that Verducci was fired by Muschamp after interviewing for the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive line position.

Despite the Utes' long-held reputation as one of the FBS's leading spread practitioners, Will Muschamp -- as he has been with all of his offensive staffing hires -- was quick to point out Davis's pro-style bona fides. Davis worked alongside Muschamp with the Miami Dolphins and has spent time with some of the country's most recognizable pro-style programs at Wisconsin, Alabama and USC.

"Tim is a perfect fit for our program - he has a history of coaching in a pro-style offense and shares the same program philosophies," Muschamp said in a statement. "It will be a seamless transition for our players and staff ... He understands the values that we put on the line of scrimmage and he will help us get where we want to be at that position after Coach Verducci made a decision to pursue other interests. We wish Frank the best of luck and appreciate his efforts towards the Gator program."

Like Verducci, Davis likely received his offer to join the Gator staff based not only on his familiarity with Muschamp's preferred style of offense, but the rest of the staff as well. In addition to his time alongside Muschamp in Miami, Davis worked with current Florida running backs coach Brian White at Wisconsin and tight ends coach Derek Lewis with Minnesota.

"I'm excited to work with Coach Muschamp again and join the Florida football program," Davis said. "Like most assistant coaches, I've been on a number of coaching staffs and usually there is a transition period when you join a new staff. I don't look at this as joining a new staff, having worked with Coach Muschamp, Dan Quinn, Brian White and Derek Lewis in the past. I understand the shared philosophies of the staff and look forward to being part of the Gator Nation."

Davis has work cut out for him--despite Muschamp's emphasis on a powerful Crimson Tide-like running game, the Gators finished 73rd in rushing in 2011.

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Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:39 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 5:47 pm
 

Report: Wazzu long snapper Zack Koepp arrested

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The offseason, that wonderful time of year when college football players find themselves with a whole lot of free time, and decide to spend that free time by acting like college kids. Also known as doing dumb stuff and sometimes getting in trouble for it.

The latest player to find himself in this situation would be Washington State long snapper Zach Koepp. According to The Spokesman-Review, Koepp was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with obstructing a public servant.

What exactly does that mean?

Well, it means police were called to the Pi Kappa Alpha frat house at 12:31 am Sunday morning after a complaint that somebody was throwing rocks at the house. When police showed up on the scene, Koepp was there and fled. Unfortunately for Koepp, he's a long snapper and not a more agile wide receiver. Which could explain why he slipped in the mud and hit his head on a metal grate covering a gas meter.

Though police did say that any injuries he suffered weren't believed to be serious. However, it should be pointed out that Koepp suffered a concussion in Washington State's game against Arizona State last season and missed the last two games of the season because of it.

So whether the injury happened in a comical fashion while evading police or not, it is somewhat concerning when a person with a concussion history hits their head on anything.

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Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:13 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 12:53 pm
 

North Texas coach Dan McCarney suffers stroke

Posted by Jerry Hinnen



North Texas 
head coach Dan McCarney has been hospitalized and is undergoing tests to address "medical difficulties" encountered this past weekend.

Those medical difficulties were rumored to have been a stroke, rumors which McCarney confirmed to the Des Moines Register on Tuesday.

"I was just sitting down to eat a sandwich when my left side went numb," McCarney told the paper. "Talk about a scary feeling. Something happened on the left side in the back of my brain. My left side -- all of a sudden everything went numb."

"I've got too much Irish in me to stay down very long. I feel good right now. I've got a little tingling feeling, but hey, if that's the worst of it, I'd say I'm a pretty lucky guy. Nothing wrong with me that a little Grey Goose won't cure."

McCarney is 58 years old and coming off his first season as head coach of the Mean Green, in which he led them to a 5-7 record (their best season since 2004) and 4-4 Sun Belt mark. He is best known for his 12-year tenure as head coach of the Iowa State Cyclones, where he finished 56-85 between 1995 and 2006.

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