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Social media helping college teams start new traditions

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:25:53 UT

In an era when it's increasingly difficult to get fans in the stadium, it apparently isn't so hard to get them into new rituals. Average attendance at the Football Bowl Subdivision level has dipped nearly 6 ½ percent over the last six years — from 46,632 in 2010 to 43,612 last season — and lagging student interest during the digital age is considered a factor. But in a sport that loves its history, the same technological advances that tempt fans to stay home also make it easier for programs start their own game-day traditions. It has become apparent in Florida's last two games, as the Gators have mixed practices old and new. As is customary, Gator fans sing "We Are The Boys From Old Florida" at the end of the third quarter.

Hopkins brings new defense, culture to Washington

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:07:02 UT

SEATTLE (AP) — First-year Washington men's basketball coach Mike Hopkins hopes to install more than the trademark zone defense he learned during his long tenure as an assistant at Syracuse. Hopkins, who worked at Syracuse for 22 years under Jim Boeheim, succeeds Lorenzo Romar, who was fired after 15 seasons. Despite having Markelle Fultz, the one-and-done guard who became the No. 1-overall pick in the NBA draft, the Huskies finished 9-22 and closed with a school-record 13 consecutive losses en route to an 11th-place finish in the Pac-12 last year. "Whatever happened last year, is last year," Hopkins said Tuesday at the team's media day. "We're looking forward. We're always moving forward.

For the Pac-12, parity is both a good and a bad thing

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:47:40 UT

Big upsets in the Pac-12 Conference point to more parity across the league than perhaps ever before. That's good for the conference, right? Certainly it's good for fans. But for now only this is certain: This season the Pac-12 will have no undefeated teams. And that could mean a tougher path to the College Football Playoff for the league. "We eat each other," UCLA coach Jim Mora said. "And I don't mean that rhetorically. We just gobble each other up. Every game's just a complete battle for survival." This weekend was particularly brutal for the Pacific Northwest. Previously undefeated Washington State — which knocked USC off in a memorable game on the way to a 5-0 start — stumbled dramatically last Friday in a 37-3 loss at California.

Washington St's Leach has no plans to follow AD to Nebraska

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:16:13 UT

Washington State coach Mike Leach said Monday he was as surprised as anyone when he learned athletic director Bill Moos had taken a new job at Nebraska. But Leach said he has no plans to follow Moos, noting Nebraska already has Mike Riley to lead the football program. Some Cougars fans have expressed concern that Moos may try to lure Leach away. "I wish Bill the best and we just move forward," Leach said. Leach said his No. 15 Cougars (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) are concentrating on Saturday night's game against Colorado (4-3, 1-3). He called Moos the best athletic director he ever worked for, in part because he was so honest. Moos hired Leach before the 2012 season to turn the Cougars program around.

Nebraska picks Washington State AD to head athletics program

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 01:14:08 UT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska football fans longing to recapture the Cornhuskers' glorious past can be assured that the school's new athletic director knows his history. One of the first anecdotes Bill Moos told at his introductory news conference Sunday was about tuning into those classic Nebraska-Oklahoma games when he was growing up on a ranch in eastern Washington in the 1960s. "Never missed one," he said. "It's a storied, storied athletic program and a very prestigious institution." Moos comes to Nebraska from Washington State, where he's been athletic director since 2010. The 66-year-old agreed to a five-year contract with a base annual salary of $1 million, plus incentives. He'll start his new job Oct. 23.