Jim Delaney to Add 33 New Teams to Big 10.

July 26, 2007

In an effort to increase viewing of the Big 10 Network outside of the upper-Midwest, Jim Delaney, president of the Big 10, has announced plans to add 33 schools, bringing the conference total to 44.

“We hope that by adding teams like Florida, Texas, Nebraska, USC, Harvard, and Boise State, that not only will the Big 10 be indisputably the best league, but will also become relevant and must-watch for the entire country,” Delaney said at a press conference today.

The new Big 10 logo?
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H2DN 2007 Preview – Temple Owls

July 26, 2007

If you don’t count lacrosse as a sport, Philly as a city has been sans championship for 20-some years. Their hero is a fictional boxer whose most famous match is a loss.

For a college football program, Temple is about as perfect as a match for Philadelphia as you can get.

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H2DN 2007 Previews – Tulsa Golden Hurricane

July 23, 2007

 Editor’s Note: Because the Mid-Major writers of our own staff our too lazy, we have outsourced a few previews to certain generous posters from the Something Awful forums.  Today “drunk leprechaun” teaches us about his Adopted Mid-Major, Tulsa:

When Tulsa moved from the WAC to Conference USA in 2005, Tulsa was expected to contribute more to basketball, not football. However, Steve Kragthorpe’s squad took the conference by surprise and won the conference in their first year. Kragthorpe has moved on to Louisville, but the Golden Hurricane has brought in several great coaches. Todd Graham was Tulsa’s DC from 2003-05 when he left for the head coaching job at Rice. He lead the Owl’s to their first bowl game since 1961, and has now come back to help Tulsa become a dominant program in CUSA West. He is joined by Gus Malzahn, the former OC of Arkansas who was part of the Springdale drama-bomb. This year he is supposed to implement his no huddle spread offense, but we all know how that went down at Arkansas. Herb Hand comes from WVU to be co-OC and o-line coach. It will be interesting to see what Tulsa can do with these shifts in the coaching staff, and if they can avoid any drama related to Springdale, Malzahn, and Arkansas.

Golden Hurricane
Seriously that is a Golden Hurricane? It looks more like the offspring of Superman and a carrot.
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H2DN 2007 Previews – Oklahoma Sooners

July 21, 2007

Bob Stoops is looking forward to his 9th season as coach of Oklahoma and after last year’s debacles, is probably ready to get this thing started. The losses of Rhett Bomar, Adrian Peterson and against Oregon and Boise State made every fan find last year forgettable despite being the Big 12 champion. It also made them drunk – very drunk.

While Stoops’ appeal to ban trick plays has been denied, he still has much to look forward to this year. He leads a talented team versus a favorable schedule. Miami, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, and Missouri all come to Norman. But they still have the stigma of faltering in their bowl games. The Sooners have had their fair share of shit sandwiches the past 4 years and I heard from a good source “they are tired of eating shit.”

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H2DN 2007 Preview – Michigan Wolverines

July 20, 2007

Michigan is fresh off its traditional end of season treat, back to back losses to Ohio State and USC. It has long been speculated that Lloyd Carr has massive gambling debts and can only repay them by continually losing the last two games of every season. Either that or he’s just a shitty coach, no one is really sure.

The 2006 season looked bright with an 11-0 start including a complete dismantling of Charlie Weis’ Fighting Irish; Michigan fans had hope. It wasn’t long before a matchup of two unbeaten titans, two powerhouses, two great rivals came to pass. Surely this would be the game that put us over the top, that ended the misery, that brought us forward into a new era of dominance! Unfortunately we’d forgotten one thing, one team was coached by Lloyd Carr, and the other by Jim Tressel. Also, Ohio State happened to have this guy named Troy Smith, but I’m doing my best to forget he ever existed. (This should be easy as long as I don’t watch the CFL)

All in all it was a very strong season considering Michigan had been 7-5 the year before, but losing to Ohio State (again) and in a Bowl Game (again) made it a largely forgettable year. Some signs of a bright future did present themselves, an attacking defense that crushed everyone… Except Ohio State. And USC. More talented young players on offense…who were often injured or booted off the team… The emergence of Alan Branch as an unstoppable rampaging monster…who promptly left for the NFL. And the arrival of much talked about 5* recruit Ronald Joh….oh he went to USC. Certainly it was a season of good and bad, delight and soul crushing disappointment, essentially the true Michigan football experience.

Lest we forget

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Friday Night Lights Hooks Small Fish, Big Fish

July 20, 2007

Break out the duster and slide that Peabody aside – NBC’s football drama Friday Night Lights has received two Emmy nominations. Although some are calling this a snub, we couldn’t be more thrilled. Sure they’re minor categories and the show has no shot of winning, but we’ll take what we can get and hope for better next year.

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H2DN 2007 Previews – Illinois Fighting Illini

July 19, 2007

Darth Zook

Give yourself to the Illini. It is the only way you can save your friends. Yes, your thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them are strong. Especially for… quarterback. So, you have a running quarterback. Your feelings have now betrayed him, too. Your coach was wise to hide him from me. Now his failure is complete. If you will not turn to the Illini… then perhaps he will…

If he could be turned, he would be a powerful ally.

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