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New Hotness

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The UMass logo is up on the performance center. Look at that new hotness. Breathe it in. Feel it surround you. 17 days til BC.

49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh Praises Former NIU DB Jimmie Ward During Press Conference

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After a scrimmage with the Baltimore Ravens, 49ers HC Jim Harbaugh had nothing but compliments for 1st-round draft pick Jimmie Ward, calling him a first-class competitor, and saying Ward is "coming along" in terms of his development. Ward is currently looking to earn a starting spot in a loaded 49ers defense.

Eastern Michigan Football Goes Mountain Climbing

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First-year coach Chris Creighton flew his coaching staff and 16 seniors to Colorado to climb the 14,114-foot Pikes Peak.

Name That College Football Trophy Quiz

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Friend of the Belt, Bill Bender, has put together a fun little visual quiz of college football's rivalry trophies. Two MAC trophies are featured in the quiz, can you guess which ones?

Miami vs Western Michigan at Soldier Field in February

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MiHockey has announced that Soldier Field will once again host Miami and their conference foe this year as they'll take on fellow MAC and NCHC rival Western Michigan on February 7th as part of the Coyote Hockey Classic.

Miami last played in Chicago two seasons ago in one of the last CCHA games against Notre Dame. Last year, Western Michigan won the GLI against Michigan and Michigan Tech, with both games being played at Comerica Park.

Bowling Green is also set to play outdoors this season, heading to Fifth Third Field in Toledo, marking the first time in recent memory that all three MAC schools will be playing outdoors in the same season

JUCO recruit visiting Ohio

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According to Jason Arkley of the Athens Messenger, JUCO recruit Daviyon Drape is in Athens and visiting the Bobcats. Draper, a 6'7" California native, would fill a spot vacated by Kendall Crute seemingly leaving the team.

D'Metrius Williams Kicked Off UMass

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Per Bob McGovern Jr. of the Maroon Musket, starting safety D'Metrius Williams was kicked off the Minutemen today. Reasons were not disclosed, but it was referenced that it wasn't just one thing, but a multitude of issues. Quick Analysis: This is a huge blow to the Minutemen, who lose a starting safety in D'Metrius Williams. Williams was one of the most experienced Minutemen, playing since his freshman year two years ago, and was a possible breakout candidate this year. Early reports from Bob McGovern suggest that Trey Dudley-Giles will be moving to safety.

Majority of Power Five Coaches Want Power Five-Only Schedules

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The Worldwide Leader polled the Power Five conference head football coaches on whether or not they'd like to see their teams only play other P5 teams in non-conference play, and unsurprisingly the majority said yes.

But in the ACC and B1G—serial poachers of the MAC's coaches—things were a little more balanced. Noticeably against this notion? Urban Meyer, Tim Beckman, Dave Dorean, Dave Clawson and Brian Kelley (FIRE UP CHIPS!).

The push for autonomy is real, and I won't be shocked at all if in a few seasons this actually becomes true. That's why I say the MAC and other G5 teams should pull their heads out of the sand and breakaway before they're left in the dust.

Former Ohio QB Phil Bates Rising Up In Seattle's WR Ranks

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It's been awhile since Phil Bates name has been heard 'round these parts. (OK, except for when he and Richard Sherman tussled last fall. But it appears that could change quickly.)

In a nice profile on Bates in The Seattle Times, it seems after two seasons on the 'Hawks practice squad, Bates may be ready to make the next move. There's some nice quotes about how he's transformed himself into an NFL-caliber receiver in here.

(h/t @Beau1u)

Toledo Will Face Oregon/Host Bucknell This Fall

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Toledo's assembling quite the nonconference schedule. Duke, VCU and now Oregon and Bucknell. These recent two may not carry the same name-power that Duke and VCU do, but Oregon is a rising program out west, and Bucknell is a solid mid-major program coming off a down year after three consecutive 25+ win seasons. The Rockets host the Bison.

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