Smith: “We’re covered up. Our guys are wearing long-sleeve shirts, hats, rubber gloves and masks. The only thing uncovered is our eyes. One of the things that helped me in the transition is I’ve always had a lot of equipment. The No. 1 piece of equipment for anyone in the front seven is the pop-up bag. What I’ve been able to do is created work station for every individual. If I have four clients, which is the max that I’m doing, everyone has a pop-up bag with four cones, a ball, arms that attach to it, all the components you would need. It’s spread our four yards apart. They can get all the individual attention safely in a group environment. We make sure we wipe everything down thoroughly, not just a spray. People are comfortable and they don’t have to touch each other. … [Read more...] about Training Days: How trainers are scaling the CFB conditioning gap
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This situation is undeniably a Catch-22 one and there is popular belief that saliva must be used to shine the ball, else the bowlers are pretty much out of the game. Interestingly, the white Kookaburra ball doesn't swing much, and with small-sized grounds and inventive batting techniques, the bowlers will suffer. This could call for a controlled form of tampering the ball but since it would be a first, it could end up in controversy should there be any form of ambiguity with regards to the dos and don'ts. … [Read more...] about View-Counterview: Should cricket move towards controlled ball tampering?
82. Ohio State at Michigan State (Nov. 8): In the new Big Ten East, this figures to be the game that will determine the division's representative in the Big Ten title game. The Wolverines will always be the Buckeyes' primary rival, but the Spartans are more of a threat to Big Ten title hopes in 2014. … [Read more...] about 100 Day Countdown: Stories, names, games, teams and more for 2014
4. High-pressure seasons for well-paid coaches: There was a huge investment in coaching in the SEC West right as conference expansion exploded and new media rights deals were being inked. Three years of the coaching carousel (2011-13) resulted in changes at more than half of the division's schools, and at the start of 2016 every coach in the SEC West was making at least $4 million per season while one coach, Saban, seems to be doing all the winning. Auburn's Gus Malzahn is the only coach to win the SEC West besides Saban in the current division lineup, while Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze, Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin and Arkansas' Bret Bielema continue to work toward their stated goal from that introductory press conference that was now four or five years ago. … [Read more...] about 100 days away, here are 100 things to fire you up for college football in 2017
It's not often that an active NFL player will publicly admit that he didn't like a move that his team made during the offseason, but that's exactly what Adrian Peterson did during a recent interview. The running back has watched the Redskins make plenty of moves this offseason: From hiring a new coach (Ron Rivera) to signing multiple free agents to drafting Chase Young, Washington has been busy over the past few months. Of all the moves the Redskins made this year, the one that Peterson took issue with was the team's decision to trade left tackle Trent Williams to the San Francisco 49ers. … [Read more...] about Adrian Peterson admits he ‘didn’t really like’ one key move the Redskins made this offseason