CFS Daily Hot Reads: Thursday, March 28
Virtual practices? It will soon be a reality for Kansas and Charlie Weis. The school has purchased something called an ICube from a company called EON Reality. It’s a 10’x10′ room that simulates virtually any game or practice setting. (You can get an idea of how it works with this VIDEO on the company’s website.) Here’s a description from KU’s release about how they plan to use it:
Once the software is fully developed, student-athletes will be able to step into a 10 feet by 10 feet room and be immersed into simulated-game action. The experience makes the user feel as if they are standing on an actual playing field, complete with crowd noise, realistic game speeds and football player avatars running real plays.
The student-athlete will be able to experience game action of any play desired. The virtual reality football simulator is at the forefront of a growing trend of applications using virtual and augmented reality within the sports industry.
Dustin Hockensmith of PennLive.com posted a breakdown the Big Ten non-conference schedules. The verdict? Darrell Hazell may have some sleepless nights this summer. The three non-conference FBS opponents on Purdue’s schedule — Cincinnati, Notre Dame and Northern Illinois — combined to go 34-6 last season. All won 10 or more games and two went to BCS games. (FCS foe Indiana State went 7-4.) On the flip side, Nebraska’s three against FBS opponents went 13-25 and FCS opponent South Dakota State was 9-4.
Another day, another revelation of unethical behavior from the NCAA in the Miami case…
Rutgers will be sporting new helmets and jerseys to honor victims of Hurricane Sandy at its April 27 spring game. Instead of players’ names, the names of ninety affected cities will be printed on the back of the jerseys. Proceeds from the game will go directly to the Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. Earlier this week, the school announced that it had raised nearly $150,000 through sales of the ‘R Strong’ t-shirts.
Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi wants more turnovers and scoring from his defense this fall, and he’s trading notes with John Chavis at LSU for new ideas on how to do it.
At Auburn’s first spring practice, a new coaching staff means lots of new positions, especially in Ellis Johnson’s 4-2-5 defense.