This video from CBS is the first I've seen of Ron Zook as a TV commentator. He's very good for a rookie, better than most coaches actually, but he always was a good talker.
Bobby Petrino gave his first interview to ESPN after his tumultuous ouster at Arkansas. This is only part of it; the full interview I believe is going to be on this evening's SportsCenter.
It's July, so that means uniforms are about it for new news that isn't related to arrests. Texas A&M is going with a retro '70s look with stripes coming down vertically over the shoulders. It's a style that, as far as I know, is unique to the school. I dig it. The A&M logo inside the state outline on the hip of the pants is pretty nice too. I'm not digging the fake bevel on the numbers however, but no uniform manufacturer is batting 1.000 these days. What do you think of the fresh look for the new guys?
OK, yes, we're happy for you to be here too, Ags. Here's the thing: the whole conference solidarity thing is only done in relation to outsiders. The "S-E-C" chant covers that part just fine. We don't do other schools' cheers or hand signs or whatever except in a mocking fashion. Promoting the conference as the best is mostly done with self-serving intent, so that our individual teams can get the benefit of the doubt when it's their turn to be good in a given year. I hope that clears it up. You're still new, so we'll let this one slide. No more of it in the future, please.
Trent Richardson took leukemia survivor and Bama fan Courtney Alvis to the Hueytown High School prom. He heard about Alvis via his mother, who has also battled with cancer. This is a really cool story.
The Taiwanese news animators strike again. I can't decide what I like best: the apparent insinuation that Jessica Dorrell is an Alabama double agent or the giant charging hog that ejects Petrino from Jeff Long's office. I hope the new SBN Studios can contract these folks to do regular college football news recaps.
Here's a nice practice/interview video with new Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury as he installs the new offense there. I have to say, it feels weird hearing that name associated with A&M because I remember him well as Mike Leach's first Texas Tech quarterback. (H/T Steve)