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Tennessee To Bust Out The Gray Uniforms Again

tennessee-grey-playingWhen Tennessee announced in the preseason that it would be breaking out a new all-gray uniform in 2013, the plan was to wear the ensemble once.  The Vols did where it once… in an overtime loss to Georgia.

Now they’re going with the “Smokey Gray” uni again and you can bet more than a few Volunteer fans will be upset.  Do it once, and it’s a change o’ pace recruiting ploy.  Do it twice and the hardliners will say that the school’s traditional colors (orange and white) are being left behind.

First-year Vol coach Butch Jones says his team made the call to bring back the uniforms for Senior Night against Vanderbilt this week.  “It was their decision.”  He also said that switching unis is not “a big deal,” which in and of itself will be seen as a big deal by the traditionalists in the UT fanbase.

We’ve said it before, but this whole craze toward multiple uniforms has gotten ridiculous.  It’s now impossible to flip past a game and know exactly who is playing.  From Tennessee’s gray to Duke’s black to Maryland’s comic book look to Northwestern’s bloody flag attire (ya know, the flag is not supposed to be part of a sports uniform) to Oregon’s… well, whatever the hell Oregon wears from week to week.

Look, the recruiting angle makes sense.  But taking it too far is a bad thing.  And it’s currently such a bad thing that you’d better believe fans of tomorrow will someday look back at the garish mix-and-match numbers of college football today in the same way we look back at the nonsensical designs sported by Major League Baseball teams in the 1970s.  Polyester pullovers with shorts, anyone?

This uniform silliness has become an epidemic.  It’s awful all over.

But in the case of Tennessee, specifically, take a good look at their grays this weekend.  If the Volunteers fall to 0-2 in those threads — including a home loss to Vanderbilt — you’ll never ever see them again.

 

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Arkansas’ Walton Arena Flooded; Practice Starts Soon

bud-walton-floodArkansas coach Mike Anderson and athletic director Jeff Long would like to see the school build a new practice facility for the Razorback basketball team.  In the past seven days, they’ve gotten some help in their push for the $20 million-plus building… from Mother Nature.

UA senior associate athletic director Kevin Trainor confirmed this week that last Friday, Bud Walton Arena “experienced water infiltration on some portions of the playing floor and areas surrounding the playing floor following heavy rains overnight.”  “Water infiltration” is a fancy way of saying the floor of the arena flooded.  Trainor also stated in an email that “the floor will be unavailable while the athletic department works to remove any excess moisture and completes a full assessment of any potential long-term damage to the playing surface.”

Arkansas’ men’s and women’s basketball teams are holding individual workouts at the school’s rec facility for the time being.  Practice officially begins early next month.

While this appears to show the need for a new practice facility, there are two things that come immediately to mind:

 

1.  Where would a practice facility be built?  Obviously, if one building can flood, so could a new practice facility.  Better put the new structure on higher ground.

2.  Be glad this didn’t happen during the season.  College basketball isn’t like Major League Baseball.  Re-scheduling a game for a later date isn’t easy.

 

Arkansas AD Jeff Long will no doubt use the flooding at Bud Walton Arena to kickstart his campaign for a new practice facility.  He recently said that he had received more “resistance” to the project than expected from fans and donors.  Perhaps last week’s heavy rains will help change a few minds.

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Florida Quarterback Jeff Driskel Signs With Boston Red Sox

Sep 8, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) throws a pass against the Texas A&M Aggies in the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRETaken in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Boston Red Sox, Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel signed with the club on Wednesday.  The deal was first reported by a Boston radio station and later confirmed by Driskel’s father,  who says his son will continue to play football at Florida.

As long as deal is baseball specific and he doesn’t sign any commercial endorsement deals, Driskel can remain NCAA eligible in football and on scholarship

Driskel’s mother denied the report Wednesday night but his father confirmed it an hour later.  ”Heck yeah he signed,” Jerry Driskel said. “If football doesn’t work out, he’ll play baseball, but he’s still playing football [at Florida next season].”

When Driskel was drafted last month the news seemed to surprise even him.  ”Got drafted by the Red Sox today. Did not see that coming,” he wrote on Twitter.

Update: Driskel posted this to his Twitter feed this morning.

 

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Quarterback Winston Chooses FSU Over Alabama

Quarterback Jameis Winston from Hueytown (Ala.) High School has committed to Florida State over Alabama.

Winston, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 1 quarterback by ESPN, said Alabama was a “very close” second to Florida State.

“I love all those Alabama fans,” Winston said. “I’m from Alabama. I love them. Tuscaloosa is just 35 minutes down the road. I’m going to have to live with that, but I can.”

But can Florida State get Winston to Tallahassee? That will be the question next spring when the Major League Baseball draft rolls around.

Winston is ranked the nation’s No. 22 prep baseball prospect by Perfect Game, a high school baseball scouting service. Winston has made it clear he will consider going pro in baseball if he’s drafted high enough.

“I don’t think too many (college) fans will get mad at me if I go into the draft,” Winston said.

Alabama has 14 commitments for the class of 2012 but none at the quarterback position.

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