Could the “Quarterback Cam” be the next big thing in college football?
Clemson posted a photo on the team’s official equipment Instagram account on Friday of a football helmet with a camera installed above the facemask. The caption reads:
The new age of football tech. @schuttsports cameras built into QB’s helmets. #stateoftheart #Clemson @schuttvision
Schutt Vision is an in-helmet camera product put out by Schutt Sports. According to the company, Schutt Vision is “the first high definition video camera to be integrated into the football helmet itself — allowing others to see exactly what a player is seeing on the field.”
Nebraska has signed coach Bo Pelini to a contract extension, Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com reports. According to Doyel, the school extended Pelini for five years, which would keep him with the Cornhuskers through the 2018 season.
A Nebraska spokesperson confirmed the news to ESPN’s Mitch Sherman. With the extension, Pelini received a $100,000 raise, bumping his salary to $3.075 million.
Pelini has been a consistent winner at Nebraska, but his critics point to his inability to get over the hump. In six full seasons in Lincoln — three in the Big 12 and three in the Big Ten — Pelini has won at least nine games each year but never more than 10.
In 2013, the Cornhuskers lost to Minnesota, Michigan State and Iowa. Most notoriously, they also blew an 18-point lead in a 42-21 loss to UCLA on Sept. 14.
Pelini found himself in hot water last year after Deadspin released a two-year-old, profanity-laced audio tape of the coach calling out Nebraska’s fans.
The NCAA is considering establishing an early signing period for college football, Mitch Sherman of ESPN.com reports.
Thanks to the changing landscape of recruiting in recent years, the NCAA’s Conference Commissioners Association is considering an earlier date for prospects to sign — if they choose to do so — one that could fall as early as the summer before their senior years. Recruits who plan to enroll in college in January are already allowed to sign financial-aid agreements on Aug. 1 of their senior years.
Though many coaches don’t support an early signing period, Sherman’s report says that some coaches would prefer an earlier date in order to secure written commitments from recruits who verbally commit months before National Signing Day in February.
Susan Peal, the NCAA’s associate director of operations, told Sherman that while an early signing period has been discussed before, today’s recruiting regulations have given new life to the debate.
The College Football Hall of Fame announced its enormous list of nominees on Thursday, but one thing stuck out: To even be considered for a spot, players are required to have previously been named a first-team All-America. According to National Football Foundation president and CEO Steven J. Hatchell, that slices the pool down from a hair under five million people to just around 1,500.
A smaller group of candidates makes it a lot easier to actually settle on who belongs in the hall and who doesn’t. Without some kind of qualifiers, the NFF would have too many candidates to sort through, and the hall would probably be empty. (Have you ever seen five people try to decide where to go to lunch? It takes like an hour). But, as a result, the hall is missing those elite bastions of statistical outliers. The people who made the game truly incredible. The forgotten heroes.
I brought on college football historian and sandwich artist Celebrity Hot Tub to help discuss five players who (probably) won’t ever make the College Football Hall of Fame (as well as one bonus coaching candidate), but have earned a place in the Super Official People’s Hall. (There are plenty more, but hey, we have to start somewhere. No one enjoys reading a list of 100 names all at once. That app that lets you read books super fast isn’t available to everyone yet.)
In 2013 college football teams were penalized 15 yards when assessed a targeting penalty, even if that penalty was overturned on review. In 2014, teams won’t have to worry about those 15 yards if the call is reversed.
According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, the NCAA’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a change to the rule Thursday so teams won’t be penalized 15 yards when a targeting call is overturned upon review.
Last month the NCAA Football Rules Committee recommended the rule change, which awaited approval from the Oversight Panel.
The NCAA is already dealing with the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit and the Northwestern football players’ movement to unionize. Now, another issue has been dropped on the pile.
Former West Virginia running back Shawne Alston, who played from 2009-12, has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit alleging that the NCAA “violated antitrust laws by agreeing to cap the value of athletic scholarships below the actual cost of attending school and ‘far below’ what the free market would produce,” according to Jon Solomon of AL.com. The NCAA, SEC, ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten are named as defendants.
The NCAA Football Rules Committee has withdrawn a controversial “10-second” proposal, the NCAA officially announced on Thursday.
Ole Miss has suspended linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche for the Rebels’ opener against Boise State on Aug. 28, reports Hugh Kellenberger of Jackson’s Clarion-Ledger.
Nkemdiche also won’t participate in spring practice as part of punishment stemming from his arrest last month on charges of disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct and failure to comply with a police officer. A redshirt junior who garnered All-SEC Second Team honors in 2013, Nkemdiche played in 10 games and made 35 tackles last fall.
The NCAA is considering a new governance model that could include direct input from student-athletes.
The NCAA announced Tuesday that it is discussing various changes to its current governance model, including the size and composition of the Board of Directors and the NCAA’s decision-making bodies. One proposal would include a 38-member group tentatively named “the Council,” which would be comprised mostly of athletic directors but would include two student-athletes.
The NCAA is also considering adding a student-athlete vote to the Board of Directors.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has suspended four players for the Tigers’ first game of the 2014 season due to a violation of team rules. Defensive end Corey Crawford, offensive linemen David Beasley and Shaq Anthony and defensive back Gary Peters will all miss the opener against Georgia.
“I am disappointed to announce that these young men will miss the 2014 opener at Georgia,” Swinney said.
“A huge part of our program is teaching accountability, responsibility and that there are consequences for your actions. These are four good young men, but they broke a team rule and as a result, they will each miss a game. I am hopeful that they will learn and grow from this and have a great 2014 season on and off the field.”