July 7th Round-Up

Profile on K.C. Keeler from the Huntsville Item

The Huntsville Item has been around since 1850, quite a run there Huntsville Item. K.C. Keeler's run starts this season in 2014.

The Item ran a profile on Keeler on Sunday, read it all here. Bullets here:

  • Keeler passed out a player manual upon arrival in the spring, it had exactly one game on the schedule: The opener against Eastern Washington.
  • 6 COUNT'EM 6! FBS quarterbacks inquired about transferring to Sam but Keeler passed on all of them. He's comfortable with the current guys on campus. Or at least that's what he's saying.
  • Keeler would ideally like to see 100 plays per game out of the Bearkats' offense, but he doesn't see that happening for at least 4-6 games.
  • Nearly the Bearkats’ entire roster was on campus during the university’s first summer session. New NCAA rules allow the coaching staff eight hours per week over an eight-week period to  have mandatory weight training and conditioning sessions and meetings.

  • GearHead will be interested to note that Sam Houston is moving from Nike to Underarmour this season so new unis will be in the works.

We'll go out on a limb and say that for as big as the Eastern Washington game is for the potential number 1 ranked Eagles, it's as big if not bigger for Keeler who's replacing Willie Fritz and 14 starters.

UNT Benefits from Move to CUSA.

Brett Vito of the Dallas Morning News and the Denton Record has a great part 1 of a series on CUSA's impact on UNT athletics.

Read it here.

The move to CUSA helped shore up a bowl bid as well as allowing the Mean Green to flex their muscles at the Heart of Dallas Bowl. The Bud has always thought UNT could be a Boise State of the 2000's or a Southern Miss of the 1990's.

With the facility upgrades and the recruiting infrastructure, big things might be going down in Denton. 

Attendance and revenue are up as well.

"UNT’s move to C-USA also will have a long-term financial impact, because of its television contracts with Fox and CBS that pay $1.17 million to each member school per year. Teams in the Sun Belt receive less than $100,000 per year in television revenue."

UTEP Picks up First 2015 Commit.

Jairus Hall, a two-star defensive back out of Mesquite Horn, is the first commitment for Sean Kugler and his 2015 class.

Hall plays safety for Horn and looks like a kid with decent ball instincts who isn't afraid to come up and tackle. At 5-11 175, Hall brings the wood.

Sam Houston's Donald Jackson Named Preseason All-American

 Donald Jackson

Donald Jackson

Donald Jackson was one of 8 Southland players, and the only one among the Texas schools named to the TSN's Preseason All-American team. Jackson, a junior out of Kilgore, was an All-Southland selection in 2014 and has 25 career starts under his belt.

Your Top 10 Scoreboards in College Football.

You know, just in case you're interested. ESPN has pulled together a list for you. Texas is number 1, A&M is number 2. Baylor made honorable mention. The full list is here.

The U made the list even though they play in the Dolphins' stadium. I guess they can take credit for it. This list will almost certainly change next season when everything gets bigger. Always bigger.

A Writer from the Des Moines Register Says Baylor's Non-Conference Schedules is...Lacking.

Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register took the holiday weekend to take a shot at Baylor's non-conference opponents.

Your now-popular Top 10 football program isn't facing anyone within the Power Five this non-conference season? You've opted instead to christen your beautiful new stadium nestled on the banks of the Brazos River against the likes of Southern Methodist, Northwestern State and Buffalo?

Iowa State on the other hand gets to take a loss at the hands of North Dakota State, a war with Toledo and the Battle for ALL the corn against Iowa.