The ACC is ready to begin a new era. But is Florida State going along with that?

The Seminoles have absolutely owned the ACC since Jimbo Fisher's second season as head coach. Between 2012-14, FSU has gone 26-1 against conference teams, including the past 24 in a row and also won three conference championship games.

But this season promises to be different. Jameis Winston is gone and there's a lot of uncertainty on both sides of the ball for Florida State. So at the ACC's just-concluded Media Days in Pinehurst, N.C., the members of the media overwhelmingly picked Clemson to supplant the 'Noles (101 first-place votes to 56) as the next ACC champion.

Will Clemson fulfill that prediction? And what else have we learned at the Media Days?

1. The Tigers are embracing the hype

Dabo Swinney's past three seasons at Clemson would've been a raging success if it weren't for the pesky detail that his teams couldn't beat Florida State and therefore couldn't even win the division. The Tigers went 20-4 in ACC play from 2012-14 with three of the losses against the Seminoles.

But Clemson is now predicted to claim its first conference title since 2011, and Swinney, with preseason ACC player of the year Deshaun Watson in tow, is ready to take on that challenge.

"He's as advertised," Swinney said of his sophomore quarterback. "You all are picking him to be the preseason player of the year and all that stuff based on what you all have seen. He's beyond what you've seen.

"Our guys realize over the next 46 days we got a lot of work to do to have a chance to do just that. So looking forward to it. ... I love our team. I love our roster. I definitely think we have as good a shot as anybody out there."

2. Jimbo Fisher's got more serious issues than rebuilding his roster

Besides having to figure out who'll play quarterback, Fisher had the mother of all offseasons when a number of FSU players got in legal trouble. Most notably, quarterback De'Andre Johnson was shown on surveillance video striking a woman in the face at a bar and has been dismissed from the team. It's gotten so out of hand that Florida State president John E. Thrasher felt compelled to give his football team a talking-to recently.

Fisher says he has a zero tolerance policy for hitting women. And that he's shouldering the blame for the Seminoles' troubled offseason.

"Just like it is anywhere else in the country, you as the head coach take responsibility, and you continue to educate," Fisher said. "You hope (the players) don't make mistakes, and when they do, you punish and adjust and continue to educate so they don't do it again.

"I don't think what's happened at Florida State is relative to just Florida State. It happens all over the country. We get more attention because of the success of our program, and we accept that, and our players have to accept that responsibility."

3. ACC sports has its own TV network -- you just don't know it

The SEC, Big Ten and Pac-12 all have their respective television networks, available on different cable and satellite providers, but the ACC doesn't. Or does it?

ACC commissioner John Swofford says his conference does have its own network, sort of.

"You mean a channel? We have a network," Swofford said. "A 24/7 channel? I think that we had -- you have to evaluate your own league and where you are in the marketplace, and timing always comes into play, what's happening in the marketplace when your contracts are up. So far, at each turn, our best decision has been to do what basically we've been doing. ... We've got the right format to take us into future decades, literally."

You can find the "ACC Network" through syndication on different local channels and also streaming platforms. But it doesn't appear there'll be a stand-alone network anytime soon.

4. Somehow, Nick Saban's name is invoked

Even though he coaches in the SEC, the Alabama coach is always in the news, no matter which conference Media Days you're attending. At the ACC Media Days, Louisville coach Bobby Petrino, who, like Saban, had a cup of coffee coaching in the NFL before scurrying back to the college ranks, had this to say about his one-time pro rival:

“We try to steal new schemes,” Petrino said. “Saban’s the master at it. When he has a job opening, he’ll bring in a couple guys to interview he has no, no thoughts of hiring them, but he wants to know what they’re teaching at that university, what are you doing against the blitz, what are you doing against this, just to learn and gather information.”

5. ACC really needs to hire a good proofreader

But the thing that got the most attention coming out of the ACC Media Days had nothing to do with the coaches, players or cost of attendance, but this page of the conference media guide:

Yeah, somebody should've caught that before it went to press.

-- Samuel Chi is the managing editor of RealClearSports.com and proprietor of PlayoffGuru.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ThePlayoffGuru.

The Big 12 Conference needs more bodies. Between its current lack of a conference title game and its loss of several prominent members the past few years, the conference's finest product -- football -- has suffered greatly.

In last year's inaugural College Football Playoff, the Big 12 was home to two one-loss programs that had great qualifications to make the four-team field. In the end, neither of them made it.

The Big 12 watched for the sideline as the SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and even the comparatively weak ACC were represented in the playoff bracket.

Getting shut out of the championship field was as clear a message as any that the Big 12, in its present state, is not a finished product. A conference title game is needed, but what may be more essential is the expansion from its present membership.

Right now, the Big 12 fields 10. The Big Ten? It's home to a whopping 14 schools. And at the center of that powershift is Nebraska, the first school to defect from the Big 12.

It was a shrewd move by the Huskers that captured a much larger league-revenue share while spurning the Texas-favoring Big 12 and protecting its interests ahead of a massive restructuring of the college football landscape.

Now, the Big 12 is looking for bodies. Speaking at Big 12 Media Days, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder offered a solution.

"Let's bring Nebraska back and a few others, one other maybe," Snyder said.

An interesting thought, and one the Big 12 would probably be eager to jump on. After all, Nebraska currently ranks as the 10th most valuable football program in the country, with an estimated worth of $536 million. Those types of programs are hard to come by -- the teams currently hoping to wiggle their way into the Big 12 don't have nearly that kind of financial clout.

And that's a prime reason why Nebraska shouldn't -- and won't -- go back to the Big 12. When it jumped to the Big Ten, it joined a more progressive conference that offered greater stability, an elevated academic reputation and much better league revenues. Nebraska's annual share rose from around $7 million per year to more than $22 million.

Of perhaps even greater value -- at least to the minds of administrators and fans -- is the comfort Nebraska enjoys in the Big Ten, where the future of the conference has never been in doubt.

It aligned its own fate with that of Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State, two of which trump Nebraska's own considerable value.

The Big 12 can't even begin to offer such stability -- it nearly fell apart during the college football realignment years ago, and with an uncertain future and a current image problem, the conference remains a work-in-progress.

Nebraska has no incentive to take on such a risk. If it left the Big Ten now, it likely wouldn't have an offer to return should the Big 12 go south. Nebraska has yet to realize on-field success in the Big Ten, but that's not something that a conference move would solve.

The rivalries in the Big 12 Conference are memorable, sure. Oklahoma and Kansas State represent thrilling chapters in Nebraska's football history.

But so does Colorado, which is now in the Pac 12. Gone, too, are Texas A&M and Missouri, replaced by TCU and West Virginia.

That's a lot of unfamiliarity for a football program that used to call the Big 12 home. But that's the thing about leaving home: It keeps changing, even when you aren't there.

But that's not why the Huskers would turn down any offer from the Big 12. The rationale is much simpler: The Big Ten hasn't given them any reason to leave.

While the 2015 college football season is still more than a month away, the Power 5 conferences are already holding their respective preseason Media Days. That's right, "days," as in plural, because one day of hobnobbing with the media just won't do.

Leading off the festivities of course is the SEC, the biggest, baddest, and also richest conference -- the first among equals. And of course its Media Days stretched over four days, just so we don't miss a single soundbite coming out of Nick Saban.

But what did we learn exactly about the SEC and its teams from the gabfest? Here's our quick review -- the first of five as we work our way through each conference in the next couple of weeks.

1. Nick Saban did a lot of whining, but what's the ulterior motive?

Never one to practice economy of words, Saban likes to talk. The Alabama coach did a lot of talking -- and complaining -- during the Media Days. Starting with his displeasure with satellite camps (chief target: Michigan's Jim Harbaugh) and "level playing field" and then with his weak explanation about why the Tide lost to Ohio State in the national semifinals last year. He blamed it on his players worrying about their NFL draft status.

But the most curious thing Saban did was expressing his admiration for the NFL, a league in which he spent only two seasons as a head coach and that was nearly a decade ago. Maybe he's just sniping at the NCAA, but maybe there's more to it than that?

2. SEC takes on the Rebel flag of the Confederacy

The Stars and Bars flag is very much in the news of late and the SEC coaches and administrators were asked about where they stand. Ole Miss's Hugh Freeze took a strong stance while his in-state rival Dan Mullen sidestepped the question. While the Confederate flag is not displayed in any official capacity on SEC campuses, it is still nonetheless embraced by a segment of their teams' fans.

Most of the players downplayed the question, choosing not to be involved in a political controversy. One notable exception is Ole Miss lineman C.J. Johnson, who said, "for me personally, growing up in Philadelphia, Mississippi, where there's been a lot of racism particularly in the (1980s) and early (1990s), I feel like it should come down. Although it represents some people's history, there are still a lot of people out there who use it to show hatred or ill will to other people."

3. Steve Spurrier still owns the podium

The Ol' Ball Coach turned 70 this year and retirement (and more golf) beckons. But for now he's not slowing down. "I breezed right through age 60, breezed right through 65, and I'm going to try my best to breeze right on through 70. I can still remember just about everything. ... I forgot to get fired and I'm not going to cheat."

But of course he couldn't help himself but to tweak the other coaches in attendance. Speaking of South Carolina's disappointing 7-6 season, Spurrier took his shots: "We were 7-6, the same as Tennessee, the same as Arkansas, and I think they're celebrating big seasons last season so we were celebrating also. We were doing cartwheels and high-fiving after that Independence Bowl game."

4. Greg Sankey has big shoes to fill

In Mike Slive's 12 years as the SEC commissioner, he took the conference to unprecedented heights. Not only did he make the SEC the premier football conference through the machinations of the BCS, he struck shrewd media deals that enriched the conference schools' coffers and made the right calls on expansion by adding Texas A&M and Missouri.

The task of maintaining that runaway success now falls to Greg Sankey, who maintains such a low profile that there's not yet a Wikipedia entry about him. Like Slive, Sankey is a native New Yorker who's nevertheless well immersed with the ways of the South, having joined the SEC office in 2002 and served as the Southland Conference commissioner for six years before that.

5. SEC is filthy rich, but money can't buy ...

According to Forbes, last year the SEC finally jumped the Big Ten as the most valuable conference in college sports. Each school raked in $34 million, ahead of the Big Ten's $28 million per and dwarves the payouts for the other three Power 5 conferences. A good chunk of it came from the media deals that included the launching of the SEC Network in 2013, a blockbuster deal Slive struck with ESPN.

But what the loaded Brinks trucks didn't bring is the championship trophy. The SEC failed to make the inaugural College Football Playoff championship game and now has been shut out of the national title for two years. If the SEC fails to claim the football championship for a third straight season, then all the talk about being the premier conference will start to ring really hollow, like how it used to be with the Big Ten.

The simple answer for flagging student attendance at college football games has been to blame technology. Students want to be on their phones all day, so they need better Wi-Fi in stadiums. They want screen time, not time in the sun.

These theories, it turns out, are dead wrong -- at least according to one study. The National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators polled a whopping 24,000 college students, asking them about why they do or don't attend college sporting events, and why.

It turns out Wi-Fi and smartphones have very little to do with those decisions: personal technology ranked dead last in order of importance, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. That begs the question: what matters most to college students?

The answer might have something to do with restrooms.

At the moment, restrooms garner more importance to students than phone service. This likely involves the typical restroom considerations: cleanliness, accessibility, and so on.

Apart from that major study, individual universities are finding similar results through their own investigations.

"Our data tells us that the most important things for fans coming to the game are parking, restrooms and concessions," said Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin to the WSJ, who also noted that fans care about "The nuts and bolts. They still want the basics."

That implies that college football stadiums are getting worse at meeting basic expectations. The WSJ notes that, between 2009 and the start of the 2014 season, attendance at college football games nationwide dropped 7.1 percent.

Some colleges suffered more than others, such as Michigan, which used a ticket-giveaway partnership with Coca-Cola to bring student butts into the seats.

But the selling points that have mattered for decades still affect student decisions to attend the game or watch from home. Considerations like lower ticket prices and seating locations during games are all more important than Wi-Fi and cell service when inside a stadium.

To be sure, venues recognize that Wi-Fi does make a difference to some fans -- and that it could become more influential in the future. But outfitting a stadium with adequate cell service won't solve the more fundamental problems that are driving today's students to stay home for the game.


College football now has a true free agency market, as certain players can move freely from one FBS team to another without having to sit out a season. The graduate transfer rule has been a godsend for teams in desperate need for a quick fix.

Or is it really?

It's of little surprise that the graduate transfer market is dominated by quarterbacks. There are two simple reasons for this:

1) Quarterbacks, generally the smartest guys on the field, are most likely to graduate in four years or even a semester or two early, to take advantage of the rule.
2) An upperclassman quarterback with playing experience is much more likely to immediately help a team than a player at any other position.

The graduate transfer rule actually has been around since 2006, but in its first five seasons only 11 quarterbacks used it. That changed after 2011, when Russell Wilson, who had a mostly pedestrian career at N.C. State, led Wisconsin to a Big Ten title and Rose Bowl berth while finishing his college eligibility as a Badger. The grad transfer market boomed after that.

Following Wilson, who has gone on to lead the Seattle Seahawks to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, a throng of quarterbacks took advantage of the rule and jumped ships. Last season alone 15 quarterbacks went to new schools and played immediately, and five of them led their respective teams to bowl appearances.

This year's market is headlined by several big names leaving high-profile programs. Everett Golson, who led Notre Dame to the 2012 BCS championship game, just picked Florida State this week and will be vying for the job to replace Jameis Winston. Jake Rudock, Iowa's former starting QB, jumped at a chance to play for Michigan's new coach Jim Harbaugh. Jeff Driskel, the face of the ill-fated Will Muschamp regime at Florida, has landed at Louisiana Tech.

But the most intriguing free agent is still in the market. Braxton Miller has a couple of months to decide whether he wants to return to Ohio State or go lead another program in 2015. Miller was a preseason Heisman candidate in 2014 before a shoulder injury in camp forced him to miss the entire season. He has since been usurped by both J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones, who led the Buckeyes to the inaugural College Football Playoff championship. Would Miller, who already graduated, return to Ohio State to be merely the, gulp, third stringer?

So far, Miller has decided to stay put, as did Stanford's Kevin Hogan. But the transfer window remains open all the way until fall camp in August and more than a handful of quarterbacks are still deciding their destinations.

The question, then, must be asked. Does a grad transfer QB really help a program?

A former starting quarterback takes advantage of the grad transfer rule typically for two reasons:

1) He lost his job either because of injury, substandard performance or disagreement with his coaches;
2) He's not good enough to be a top NFL prospect.

Of all the grad transfer quarterbacks since the rule was enacted, only Wilson has had any kind of an NFL career. And he was only a third-round pick and not nearly as highly regarded coming into the draft as fellow QBs Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill. You're very unlikely to get a can't-miss talent with a grad transfer, mostly you're looking for serviceable.

And since a grad transfer QB typically only has a year (at most two) of eligibility left, he can't be much more than a quick fix. Most of the time, it's a bridge-the-gap situation where a coach isn't quite willing to trust a true freshman or a former backup with little playing experience.

Some of the quarterbacks did post respectable numbers and helped their teams to winning seasons:

-- Ben Mauk led Cincinnati to a 10-3 record in 2007 after transferring from Wake Forest.
-- Tyler Murphy led Boston College to a 7-6 record in 2014 after transferring from Florida.
-- Clint Trickett actually started 18 games over two seasons (2013-14) at West Virginia after transferring from Florida State.

Those are exceptions, however, as many more grad transfers failed to pan out. Some managed to torpedo an already floundering program (Dayne Crist, Notre Dame to Kansas; Drew Allen, Oklahoma to Syracuse) while others simply couldn't win the job even against mediocre competition (Danny O'Brien, Maryland to Wisconsin; Jake Heaps, Kansas to Miami).

This season promises to bring more scrutiny to the grad transfer QB market simply because of the presence of household names at marquee programs. Besides Golson, Rudock, Driskel and possibly Miller, there's still Jacob Coker, who left FSU to go to Alabama last season only to be beaten out by Blake Sims. He's back for his final year of eligibility to fight for the right to start for Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin.

We know the rule appears to be here to stay despite opposition from the ranks of administrators and some coaches. The NCAA, already under siege from multiple lawsuits challenging its authority, can ill afford to rescind whatever little freedom it's granted the student-athletes. And most coaches, being what they are, will try to exploit every rule to their advantage.

So the grad transfer market will only become more popular even given its so-far pretty paltry output. But just heed this warning: Buyer Beware.

-- Samuel Chi is the managing editor of RealClearSports.com and proprietor of PlayoffGuru.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ThePlayoffGuru.

Cincinnati is betting that the way to recruits' hearts is through their mouth. And the magic key?

Chipotle.

According to this tweeted photo of a mailed recruiting flyer, Cincinnati's unique sales pitch is to inform recruits of the football stadium's proximity to the closest Chipotle.

Breathe easy, potential Bearcats: It's less than 2 blocks away.


This particular mailing was sent to Ben Skowronek, a three-star wide receiver from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He hasn't announced his decision yet (Rivals reports he has multiple scholarship offers from schools including Boston College, Purdue, Northwestern and North Carolina State) but if Skowronek is a burrito lover, maybe Cincinnati just tipped the scale.

Less than two blocks, Skowronek. You could throw a football and hit the Chipotle. Better yet, you could throw a burrito.

The NFL draft is all about procuring the best talent from college football. And what happens at the draft tells so much about not just the past college football season, but the upcoming one as well.

Granted, the best college football players don't always turn out to be great pros and some Canton enshrinees had very pedestrian college careers. But taken with totality through history, the NFL draft provides a very good indication on the relative strength of college football conferences and programs. You don't win championships -- at any level -- without talent.

So it should come as no surprise that for the ninth year in a row, the SEC led all conferences in total draft picks. This not so coincidentally mirrored the SEC's dominance in college football. In those nine years, the SEC won seven consecutive BCS titles (from 2006-2012) before finally vacating the perch the past two seasons.

But the SEC's two-year national title drought may not be coming to an end this next season, and that's among several interesting revelations from the 2015 NFL draft:

1. The SEC's talent advantage is shrinking

Despite leading all conferences with 54 players taken in the draft, the SEC got there not so much with top-end talent but with many second-day role players who may or may not make it on the Opening Day roster. The Pac-12 and the ACC had more first-round picks (nine each) than the SEC. And the Pac-12 led all conferences with 25 picks in the first three rounds, three more than the SEC. (And keep in mind that the Pac-12 has two fewer programs than the SEC's 14.)

Using the methodology Draftpoints, with draftees weighted based on where they were selected, only four SEC schools were ranked in the top 15, topped by Florida at No. 4. That the Gators grossly underachieved despite considerable talent under Will Muschamp is no secret -- and hence why he was canned after four years. But overall the SEC just isn't consistently recruiting and developing the best players as it did in the late 2000s and early 2010s. 

This trend is expected to continue and therefore it would not at all be a surprise if the SEC fails to win the national title for a third straight year and miss out on the championship game for a second consecutive season.

2. Florida State has a rough road ahead

First, let's just acknowledge that the Seminoles' two-year run of 27-1, with one national title and another national semifinal appearance, was no fluke. FSU led all schools with 11 draftees, including the top pick quarterback Jameis Winston, and dwarfed everyone in the aforementioned Draftpoints system. 

And not only just that the Seminoles were as good as advertised, they actually dominated a conference that was considerably underrated by college football pundits. The ACC finished second overall to the SEC with 47 total draftees and tied with the Pac-12 with nine first-rounders. The top three schools according to Draftpoints all came from the ACC - FSU, Miami and Louisville -- with Clemson checking in at No. 12.

The bad news for the Seminoles here, of course, is that most of Jimbo Fisher's great hauls in 2011 and '12 is gone and there's a daunting rebuilding project ahead. Never mind replacing  Winston at quarterback, Fisher will have to find replacements for nearly half of his starting lineup in 2015.

3. TCU and Baylor will dominate a weak Big 12

Neither TCU nor Baylor made the inaugural College Football Playoff field despite finishing as co-champions of the Big 12. While not having a conference title game was a factor, that they dominated a soft conference didn't help, either.

Both TCU and Baylor will have a vast majority of their starters returning, with only two players taken in the draft from each school (though one was Baylor QB Bryce Petty). But while both teams relied heavily on underclassmen last year, their Big 12 opponents clearly did not possess an abundance of talent. Only two Big 12 players were taken in the first round, seven in the first three rounds and 25 overall -- all dead last among Power 5 conferences.

The perception that the Big 12 is a weak conference surely won't be bolstered by the draft and that will influence the selection committee's decision at the season's end. Either TCU or Baylor might need to run the table to avoid another playoff snub.

4. Pac-12 is the most balanced and competitive conference

Oregon was favored to end the conference's decade-long national title drought, only to be denied by Ohio State in the national title game. But the Ducks had to battle through an absolute gauntlet as the Pac-12 has proved to be the toughest conference from top to bottom.

In the 2015 Draft, the Pac-12 led with picks in the first round and also the first three rounds (despite having two fewer teams than the SEC, ACC and Big Ten). In terms of Draftpoints, the Pac-12 placed six schools in the top 15, more than any other conference. And Arizona isn't even among them as the Wildcats didn't have a single player drafted since the bulk of their starters will return from a team that won the Pac-12 South last year and played in the Fiesta Bowl.

The Pac-12 is surging in this armed race with its old standard-bearer returning to the national championship race. USC had two first-round picks in the draft, pushing its all-time total to 79 and overall draftees to 489 -- both No. 1 in the history of NFL draft. But with the Trojans unchained from NCAA sanctions and having a full complement of scholarships for the first time in four years, they already reloaded with the nation's top-ranked recruiting class this spring.

5. Ohio State has a good chance to repeat as champions

The Big Ten had a pedestrian draft, with three first-round picks, 15 in the first three rounds and 35 overall, all placing fourth among Power 5 conferences, only ahead of the Big 12. The school that performed best in the draft is Ohio State, with five players selected, the highest being WR Devin Smith going in the second round.

This is all great news for the defending national champions, who will be shortlisted for the playoff once again.

The Buckeyes already return a team with at least 15 starters, including Heisman candidate RB Ezekiel Elliott and a trio of quarterbacks that all could be starting for another FBS program. They do not face a stiff competition in the Big Ten especially with their archrival Michigan wallowing in mediocrity. The Wolverines, though still the winningest program in college football history, just went a school-record five years without a first-round pick and has had only one first rounder since Jake Long went No. 1 overall in 2008.

Help is on the way for Michigan, though, via the NFL. Jim Harbaugh will turn the fortunes of his alma mater around and reboot the rivalry. It's just a matter of when -- but maybe not in 2015.

-- Samuel Chi is the managing editor of RealClearSports and proprietor of PlayoffGuru.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ThePlayoffGuru.

University of Alabama at Birmingham Football is no more. In a sport without player salaries, money put the final nail in the UAB Blazers' coffin.

On the surface, the conversation of the Blazers' gridiron death has revolved around UAB President Ray Watts, the University of Alabama Board of Trustees and UAB boosters. The forgotten actors: The students.

Two senior UAB digital media students, Kourtney Cowart and Michael Shikany, wasted no time capturing the immediate effects of the football program cancellation. As part of a project for ethnographic filmmaking, Cowart and Shikany produced a 12-minute documentary short on the end of UAB Football called "4th Down."

4th Down by Kourtney Cowart & Michael Shikany from UAB Media Studies on Vimeo.

The video highlights the final season of UAB football with interviews with players, coaches, faculty, students and fans. Former UAB star and current Carolina Panthers running back Darrin Reaves is among those interviewed.

Cowart and Shikany also put into perspective the origins of UAB Football and other Blazers athletic programs. The documentary updates the public on recent events at UAB since the cancellation and depicts the #FreeUAB movement. Some individuals in Birmingham still believe UAB Football can make it back as early as 2016.

"The events of the cancellation have really been the biggest rally for unity all across campus," Cowart told ThePostGame. "I would say it even extends across the Birmingham community. When there's an injustice, people come together to fight for what they believe in and that's exactly what we're doing."

Cowart and Shikany debuted "4th Down" to the public last Thursday. Cowart, who has family members employed by the university and has been around UAB since her childhood, says the immediate response on campus has been "phenomenal."

Adds Shikany, who worked as a student assistant from 2011 to the team's demise: "It's just something I felt very passionate about, and people need to know who it's affecting and how it's affecting them."

Cowart and Shikany took "4th Down" to UAB Faculty Athletics Representative Frank Messina before showing it to the public. Messina insisted he watch it twice.

As for the future of the video, Cowart and Shikany are hoping to gain exposure for both themselves and the UAB community. "4th Down" is a student voice for the Blazers' football cancellation.

"No one from either the NFL it NCAA has contacted me," Cowart says. "I would love for them to do so! There are so many layers to this story that people don't realize. Michael and I joke about making it on to ESPN's "30 for 30," [and] I think that a national spotlight will help bring justice. How about it, ESPN?"

As for 2015, it is definite that UAB will not have a football program. Cowart and Shikany graduate in December, so in their final fall, the "4th Down" developers will attend a Blazers Football game.

On a side note, here is former UAB linebacker Derek Slaughter wearing his helmet over his cap Saturday's UAB graduation:


Props to this UAB football player at the morning commencement. Congrats, class of 2015! #FreeUAB

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Some say he's crazy and others believe he's "clinically insane," but Michigan Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh is nothing if not determined.

The former Stanford and San Francisco 49ers coach, who will do just about anything to motivate his players, showed serious perseverance in scoring a date with his wife, Sarah.

Harbaugh opens up about his courtship in an interview with HBO Real Sports correspondent Andrea Kremer. He says he met Sarah, whom he married in 2008, at a restaurant. He asked for her number and proceeded to call her nine -- yes, nine -- times before getting a return call.

"I could tell she was a winner all the way," Harbaugh says.

That is dedication. The fact that Harbaugh remembers the exact number, he called her nine times, might mean it's something he's proud of. And he should be, seeing as he got what he wanted.

The couple has two daughters and a son. They've also starred in this hilarious Dockers commercial after Jim received some criticism for his less-than-stylish wardrobe:

Incidentally, Harbaugh was asked about his khakis during his interview with Kremer. He said he wears them mostly because of convenience.

"I like the khakis," Harbaugh says. "If I wear them every day, I don't have to spend time thinking about what to wear. It saves 5-10, at least five minutes, maybe 15 if you're just standing in front of your closet, trying to think of, otherwise, what the right or appropriate outfit is to wear."

For another clip from the special, in which Harbaugh talks about growing up in Ann Arbor while his dad served as an assistant coach for the Wolverines, see here.

Jim Harbaugh's homecoming to Ann Arbor as Michigan coach will be one of the major storylines in the upcoming college football season. Even before Harbaugh became a star quarterback for the Wolverines, he was a fixture on the sideline because his dad, Jack, was an assistant coach at the school.

After a messy split with the 49ers, Harbaugh gets a fresh start to restore Michigan football to glory. The Wolverines' on-the-field struggles exposed an even larger management failure within the athletic department. But getting the football program back on the beam will go a long way to solving many of those problems.

Here's a preview of the Real Sports report with correspondent Andrea Kremer that premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT:

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