BYU and Houston Wearing Patriotic Helmets In Honor of 9/11 Game Thursday

When BYU and Houston meet up this Thursday night on ESPN both will be sporting a patriotic look in honor and remembrance of 9/11. A fitting tribute as a reminder of those impacted and gave their lives 13 years ago and those in the armed forces serving for us across the world.

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Utah Ute Players Loving The New White Helmet

It’s a common video that surfaces from college football programs these days. Team meets. Coach unveils a new uniform. Players freak out. It happened with the Utah Utes program as head coach Kyle Whittingham showed off their latest uniform featuring a new white helmet. Like many programs these days the Utes have a variety of uniforms they have shown off in recent years. I will say in my opinion that the white helmet is very sharp and perhaps better thank the red and special black one they’ve worn in the past.

Here’s the video with a variety of angles showing the players getting excited.

Steve Spurrier Says Jadeveon Clowney Needs Drivers Training

Nov 23, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) sits out the game against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers with an injury during the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY

Javdeveon Clowney has been ticketed for speeding…..again.  That is the second time this month and the moving violation could cost the potential first round draft pick his driver license.

According to The State, Clowney was flagged for illegal driving procedure on Thursday morning by the Columbia South Carolina Police Department.

This time Clowney was going 84 in a 55 MPH zone, a ticket that reportedly cost the Gamecock Defensive End $355 dollars. And that’s not all because of the accumulated points, Clowney faces possible suspension of his driver’s license.

Steve Spurrier, Clowney’s head coach for at least another week, commented on the latest driving episode during a press conference saying “at least he will have enough to pay for it n another week or so.”

Clowney is expected to declare for the NFL draft after the Gamecocks appearance in the Capitol One Bowl.

The old ball coach continued, commenting on the need for his defensive end to have some additional instruction behind the wheel.

Don’t expect Jadeveon Clowney’s latest brush with the police to effect his game day status. Apparently the speeding ticket does not qualify as a violation of team rules as their was no suspension announced.

Sports Mashup doesn’t condone speeding.  However it is somewhat refreshing that he wasn’t ticketed for speeding and not driving under the influence. Clowney may have a need for speed but at least he doesn’t have a need for weed.

2013 Utah State Football: Three Fall Camp Storylines

After posting one of their best seasons in program history, the Utah State Aggies enter the 2013 campaign with 18 returning starters but also with a new coach entering a new conference. Here are three fall camp storylines:

1. New head coach: Matt Wells goes from offensive coordinator to replacing the popular Gary Andersen who left for Wisconsin. The positive is that Wells is clearly familiar with the program and the personnel. The concern is adjusting to the pressures on and off the field as being the head coach and living up to filling the shoes of Andersen. In addition how will the players respond to new coordinators and coaches such as Kevin McGiven (OC/QB coach), Luke Wells (Co-OC/TE coach), Todd Orlando (DC) and Mark Weber (Assistant head coach/OL coach). All indications point that the transition is going smoothly. A win over Utah in the opener would do wonders to convince the fan base all will be well.

2. Finding playmakers: As long as quarterback Chuckie Keeton stays healthy big plays shouldn’t be a problem. But definitely some receivers need to emerge after losing top producers Matt Austin and Chuck Jacobs along with tight end Kellen Barlett. In addition can Joe Hill continue the run of Aggie 1,000 yard rushers following in the footsteps of Robert Turbin and Kerwynn Williams. With all five offensive linemen remaining intact from a year ago chances of that happening are good.

3. The secondary: Anytime you lose a cornerback that was taken in the third round of the NFL draft replacing that player is difficult. In addition to Willie Davis departing, the Aggies also must fill the shoes of free safety McKade Brady. Having corner Nevin Lawson back will definitely help matters.

Western Michigan Football Coaches Walk On Fire And Glass

I have to admit I like the fact that college football coaches and programs are embracing social media creating their own content, videos etc. However the Western Michigan football coaches may have taken things a tad too far. They created a video in which coaches were walking on glass and hot coals. As a Central Michigan graduate, with Western as our arch rival, it doesn’t surprise me. They aren’t the brightest bulbs in Kalamazoo. Another reason why we proud Chippewas call them “Wastern Michigan!”

Utah Athletic Director Chris Hill Announces Rivalry With BYU Will Be Back

University of Utah Athletic Director Chris Hill took to YouTube Tuesday to explain that an official announcement will be coming soon regarding the return of the football rivalry with BYU after the final game that is currently scheduled in 2016. After this year’s game the series will inexplicably take a two year hiatus. According to Hill, Utah and BYU will play in September in 2017 and then will be the last game of the year in 2018 pending Pac-12 approval.

Obviously this is good news. Just too bad Hill couldn’t have figured out how to make it work for 2014 and 2015.

BYU Football Coach Bronco Mendenhall Gets Face Painted

BYU Football coach Bronco Mendenhall continues to show more of his human side. First he decided to embrace social media opening up his own twitter account. He also has been more available to the media this off season and now he’s getting face painted. Mendenhall got face paint at BYU’s Fan Fest in Sandy, Utah Wednesday.

Personally, I like the new friendlier Mendenhall. It actually shows he has a personality as opposed to being so robotic as many have accused him to be over the years. While I commend him I also believe it’s orchestrated considering the heat he receive from the disappointment of last season. In the end though, it will take more than face paint to win back the bitter fans that hold him responsible for the offensive struggles last season and the loyalty he showed to a clearly injured quarterback in Riley Nelson.

Putting the Pac-12 Football Programs In Tiers

On Tuesday’s edition of the radio show I cohost, Gunther and Graham on 1320 KFAN in Salt Lake City, we talked with San Jose Mercury News Pac-12 columnist Jon Wilner. During that interview he mentioned that Washington was in the second tier of the Pac-12 and that Steve Sarkisian needs to take the program up into the first tier to keep his job long term. That sparked an idea to create and place the Pac-12 programs in tiers.

In all I created four tiers and listed all the Pac-12 football programs appropriately:

TIER 1: (National Championship contenders; regular appearances in the top 10)

-Oregon: The Ducks clearly are considered an elite program with nine winning seasons and three Pac-12 titles in the past 10 years including an appearance in the BCS Championship game.

-Stanford: The Cardinal has become a regular top 10 program doing it the old school way.

-USC: Despite last year’s disappointing season the Trojans have six Pac-12 titles in the last 10 years and is still regularly considered the leagues most talented program.

TIER 2: (Pac-12 league title contenders)

-UCLA: This is a school that clearly gets talent but hasn’t seemed to have the coach to corral it all with great results on the field. With Jim Mora it appears they have finally found their guy.

-Oregon State: After a couple down years Mike Riley has the Beavers back on the upswing.

-Washington: After leading the Huskies to three straight winning seasons Sarkisian is under pressure to take the program to the first tier.

TIER 3: (Middle of the pack, average teams in the Pac-12)

-Arizona State: Another program that is considered to have talent but has posted just five winning seasons in the last 10 years. Year one was good to Todd Graham. Curious to see if he can sustain it.

-Arizona: Wildcat fans are putting their faith in Rich Rodriguez to get this program into a higher tier and the hope to one day win a Rose Bowl.

-California: Under Jeff Tedford, the Golden Bears posted eight winning seasons including one Pac-12 championship in the last 10 seasons. Definitely enough to warrant at least a Tier 2 designation. Problem is Tedford is gone and now the program begins to rebuild under Sonny Dykes.

TIER 4: (Schools with limited hope to contend in the Pac-12 in the near future)

-Utah: After going 7-5 in year one of a down conference, the Utes went backwards in year two and have yet to post a signature league win (have failed to even post a victory over a Pac-12 team with a winning record). Add in that they will finally have to play Oregon and Stanford after being left off the schedule the first two seasons it will take time for the Utes to move into a higher tier.

-Washington State: With only one season with a winning record in the past 10, I’m not sure even Mike Leach can get this program to respectability.

-Colorado: Entering their third season the Buffaloes are already on their second head coach. Like Utah, it will take time to build.

Manti Teo’s Fake Girlfriend Makes Maxim’s Hot 100

This year’s Maxim Hot 100 features a woman that doesn’t even exist. Well for everyone except Manti Te’o! Maxim included Te’o’s fake girlfriend No. 69 in this year’s list. Have to give them credit for their creativity. Meanwhile, I can’t give them credit for putting Miley Cyrus No. 1. Hannah Montana? Really?!

Arizona Wildcats Debut New Football Uniforms

Another day, another college football team debuting new uniforms for the upcoming season. This time it’s the Arizona Wildcats. As is the case for most they’re sharp. It also appears they have seven different combinations. At the rate that schools are going they might as well have a different uniform for every game. The always popular uniform video is below: