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July 24, 2013

Briles gushes about Baylor's new stadium

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Dana delivers: Perhaps even better with a quip than Briles is West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, who was asked about some coaches across the nation — like Alabama’s Nick Saban — who have expressed, dubiously perhaps, their belief that injuries are up in the college game as a result of so many uptempo offenses.

“Yeah,” Holgorsen said, “I’d tell them to get over it because it’s not going to change. It’s going to the NFL for crying out loud … Don’t see it changing any time soon, so you you better learn to adapt to it.”

Mack makes news: Hearing from Mack Brown that Texas plans to join the pack and go to an uptempo, fast-break offense is no small thing on many levels.

It means Texas is once again going with a new scheme or approach on at least one side of the ball and it clearly puts more pressure on quarterback David Ash, who’s experienced at this point, but has yet to thrive. Still, the most interesting thing was Brown’s belief that the new approach would help his defense even more than his offense. There’s even merit to his reasoning.

“Last year, I saw … defenses in our league having trouble getting defensive calls in the game because nobody was substituting (because) the ball was being snapped so quickly,” he said. “I also saw that players were getting very tired across our league on defense … We felt like it was  areal disadvantage to our defense that they didn’t get to see tempo at any time during practice.”

Strange schedule in Ames: How strange? Well … Iowa State opens against Norhtern Iowa Aug. 31. Then the Cyclones have an off-week before meeting Iowa Sept. 14. Then they have an off-week before playing Tulsa on a Thursday, Sept. 26, before playing Texas on the following Thursday, Oct. 3, before getting back on a Saturday schedule, 10 days later, at Texas Tech.

“It isn’t until the second half of our season that we’re playing normal Saturday to Saturday football games,” ISU coach Paul Rhodes said. “And that will be a challenge for our staff and our kids.”

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