By Zac Ellis
Boise State is set to introduce some upgrades to its field and its stadium. Plans are underway to install a new video board at Bronco Stadium, and the field will feature a redesigned logo this season, the Idaho Statesman reports.
The proposed 60-by-33 foot video board will replace the existing structure installed in 2001. On Wednesday, the State Board of Education approved the school’s plans for the $2 million project, which will include room for ads and audio equipment, though a timeline has not yet been provided.
“We are constantly and aggressively looking for ways to enhance the fan experience at Bronco Stadium,” athletic director Mark Coyle said in a statement. “A new video board is a priority for us, and one of the first steps in moving in that direction is gaining approval from the State Board of Education. We appreciate the Board’s support as we move forward.”
A new midfield logo is also set for the Broncos’ trademark blue turf. It will not include the words “Boise State” in the design.
All right, now we’re just free-associating anything having to do with the word “Joker.” This is no slight to his abilities as a head coach, but we like Joker Phillips better right now than we ever have. We are sure this brings him great comfort, and cannot wait to see the forthcoming mockup of all Florida’s offensive assistants dressed like characters from the Riverbottom Nightmare Band.
Sleeper hit of this image construction: The terrifying carnelian eyes of the gator lurking in the background. Nice layering, Joker(‘s graphics interns).
By Zac Ellis
The Big Ten reported record revenue in the league’s latest federal tax returns, upstaging even the SEC in profitability.
According to a report by Steve Berkowitz of USA Today, the Big Ten brought in more than $315 million in revenue for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012. That was $42 million more than the SEC reported for the fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2012.
By Zac Ellis
Florida and Miami might have one of the more exciting in-state rivalries in college football, but that Sunshine State matchup might be coming to an end.
Miami athletic director Blake James told reporters at this week’s ACC spring meetings that no discussion has taken place with Florida regarding a continuation of the series, ESPN.com’s Andrea Adelson reports. James pointed to scheduling concerns as a potential obstacle in future meetings.
“I haven’t spoken with Jeremy or the University of Florida about future games and I don’t know how it would fit into their schedule or fit into ours right now. There hasn’t been any conversation and there isn’t anything on the schedule for the future.”
The two schools are slated to meet this season on Sept. 7 for the first time since 2008, and SI.com’s Stewart Mandel ranked the game as one of the season’s non-conference games to watch. The matchup will wrap up just the second home-and-home series between the programs since 1987, when the schools snapped a streak of annual meetings dating back to 1938.
Florida already plays an annual non-conference matchup with Florida State, and the SEC’s proposal to move to a nine-game conference schedule could further complicate the future of the Hurricanes-Gators series.
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LSU blog And The Valley Shook has an interview up with Ginger Guttner, director of public relations for the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, concerning life with Mike the Tiger. The whole thing is worth a read, but we know what you’re thinking:
So he doesn’t actually do the tweeting himself?
No, Mike’s not able to tweet himself. While he does have wifi in the habitat, I don’t think any computer we would give him would survive.
That clears that up. Read on.
By Zac Ellis
TCU sophomore defensive end Devonte Fields has been suspended for the first two games of the 2013 season, the team announced Wednesday.
In a short release, the Horned Frogs said Fields’ suspension comes on the heels of a “violation of university and team policy.” TCU coach Gary Patterson offered no comment on the suspension.
Field will miss TCU’s season-opening matchup with LSU at Cowboys Stadium on Aug. 31 and the team’s home opener against Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 7. The suspension leaves the Horned Frogs with even less experience across the defensive line, where they had already lost starter Stansly Maponga to the NFL.
Fields started all 13 games for TCU as a freshman last season and recorded 53 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks, garnering Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year honors and landing on the All-Big 12 First Team. But Fields struggled this spring and had been one of the players singled out by Patterson for his efforts during workouts.
Look, we weren’t there, so we can’t accurately assess Florida O-line coach Tim Davis’ tone, but does this kindasorta sound like a compliment to anybody else?
“I’ve always wanted to work with Will,” Davis said. “Will’s got a plan. Will coached under the devil himself for seven years. I only did three. He did seven. And his DNA is not any different than Nick.”