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Nike wants Jimbo Fisher to not let his son wear Under Armour

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Jimbo Fisher and his son shared a great moment back in November after Florida State came away with a huge win over Miami. You would have to be cold-hearted to not crack a smile watching 9-year-old Ethan sprint into his dad’s arms. The folks at Nike were frowning.

The Wall Street Journal has uncovered an email exchange that took place between a Nike official and Florida State administrators hours after the Seminoles’ Nov. 2 victory. After congratulating FSU on their big win and thanking them for “everything you all do for us,” Nike assistant director of football sports marketing Mark Dupes had an interesting favor to ask.

“Hey got a text from the USA Director of Sports Marketing last night telling me of how good things look w FSU and our players and sideline staff, exposure for the Brand was exceptional. Then 5 min later I rec a new message…Said ABC cameras were on Jimbo and his Son ad end of the game…His son was Wearing Under Armour FSU sweatshirt! Ouch. Can we please ask Jimbo to eliminate that from the son’s wardrobe in the future! Let me know if I can help w anything. Thx guys. MD”

Yes, Nike was concerned about a 9-year-old wearing an Under Armour sweatshirt. The Wall Street Journal asked FSU’s senior associate athletics director Monk Bonasorte about the request, and he said FSU administrators interpreted it as a “joke.”

“What am I going to do, go to coach and say, ‘Hey can you take that shirt off him?’” Bonasorte said. “I’m not going to call Jimbo Fisher and tell him what his son can wear.”

Nike said in a statement that its relationship with FSU athletics does not extend to the coach’s family and Fisher declined to comment. For what it’s worth, Ethan was shown wearing Nike brand apparel during and after subsequent games — including when the Seminoles defeated Auburn in the BCS National Championship Game.

We know Nike is protective of its powerful brand, but that seems like a bit much.

Playbook loaded onto iPad for Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt is exactly what you would expect

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We’ve seen an increase in NFL teams opting to distribute playbooks to players on tablet computers recently and the trend can be seen in college football as well. The Oklahoma Sooners are among the schools utilizing Apple’s iPad.

As the new season nears, members of Oklahoma’s football program have received their playbooks loaded onto Apple’s popular device. With a kicker’s job pretty self explanatory, you probably wouldn’t expect senior Michael Hunnicutt to see much when he logged into take a look at his.

And you would be right.

Hunnicutt posted the above photo to his Twitter account on Wednesday which showed the very simple phrase “Kick the ball through the uprights.”

That about sums it up.

Hunnicutt hasn’t had much trouble kicking the ball through the uprights during his first three seasons as a Sooner. In 2013, he converted 24 of 27 field goal attempts and was an All-Big 12 Second Team selection.

H/T Big Lead

Ex-Tennessee players rip Derek Dooley, call him a loser

Derek DooleyTo say that some former Tennessee players are not fond of Derek Dooley would be a massive understatement.

A number of ex-Vols had unpleasant things to say about Dooley while working a football camp over the weekend. Dooley went 15-21 over three seasons as head coach of Tennessee before being fired during the 2012 campaign — his third consecutive losing season.

Troy Fleming, Al Wilson and Corey Larkins were among the ex-Vols who helped out at Eddie Moore’s youth camp and participated in a Q&A Friday. When asked about Butch Jones turning around the program, the players took that as an opportunity to fire shots at Dooley.

Here are some of their comments via the Times Free Press:

“I just want to see some fight. I’ve seen our guys for the last few years not only get beat to the ground, but then the other players push up off their chest to go back to the huddle and our guys just got up and walked back to the huddle,” former running back Corey Larkins said. “I want to see some guys with some fight and defend the program. That mentality came from the guy we had before Coach Jones. Derek Dooley was a loser. He’ll always be a loser and he rubbed off on the program and created a losing attitude.”

Former Vols and Titans fullback Troy Fleming agreed with Larkins and said Dooley “did very little.”

“With Coach Jones, when you walk into the facility now it’s like you never left. The guys who have worked around the program for years are at ease now, which tells you things are good again. The biggest thing about Coach Jones is he actually does his job. Unlike that guy we call Derek Doolittle, who really did very little,” he said per the Free Press.

Wilson, who was a program icon and star linebacker for the Denver Broncos, was just as harsh on Dooley.

“I really don’t even want to say the names of the two guys who were there between Coach Fulmer and Coach Jones. They don’t deserve to have their names mentioned with Tennessee football.”

Tell us how you really feel, folks.

Wilson unhappiness with the program is understandable. The guy led the Vols during their glory days in the ’90s. They went 45-5 during his four seasons. Dooley lost at least 7 games in each of his seasons.

Maybe the guys were ganging up because they were in a group and it was easy to bash Dooley, but this just reminds us how bad of a hire that was by Tennessee and how optimistic the players are about the future under Jones.

Helmet smack to Dr. Saturday

Female student accuses Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon of breaking her face with one punch

Joe MixonA female student at Oklahoma is accusing incoming freshman running back Joe Mixon of breaking her face in four places with one punch during an incident at a restaurant early Friday morning, according to a report.

No arrests have been made in the situation and police are only investigating the claims of the 20-year-old woman, The Oklahoman reports.

The newspaper spoke with the alleged victim, who said Mixon was “harassing” her and some of her friends at a cafe before the incident.

“He punched me one time. He broke my face in four places … my nose, my sinuses … they’re broken,” the alleged victim told The Oklahoman.

The woman is speaking out despite fear of backlash from the school’s football fans, saying she wants him to go to jail.

“That’s what he deserves,” she said. “I don’t care if he’s the star running back or not.”

Mixon was a highly-touted recruit out of Northern California. He committed to the Sooners in January after also considering UCLA, USC, Cal and Wisconsin.

Texas media guide typo leads to funny TexsaSports.com website

Texas had a major typo in the footer of their media guide where TexasSports.com is accidentally misspelled TexsaSports.com. As you could imagine, the internet took quick notice of the error and got to work.

First, here’s a look at the typo at the bottom of the page:

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Well, the Texas media guide told readers to visit TexsaSports.com, so an Oklahoma fan decided to take it upon himself to create a TexsaSports.com website poking fun at Texas:

Texsa Sports

TexsaSports.com — your one-stop shop for all things Longhorns sports.

Helmet smack to Eye on College Football

Georgia DT Jonathan Taylor kicked off team after allegedly choking girlfriend

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Georgia defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor was kicked off the team Wednesday about three hours after he bonded out of jail for a felony assault/family violence charge.

According to police, Taylor, a redshirt sophomore, allegedly “choked and struck his girlfriend several times with a closed fist after an argument in a Georgia residence hall room early Tuesday morning.”

The police report says the girlfriend told police she was physically assaulted by Taylor.

According to the Savannah Morning News, the police report said the victim had “visible scratches and red marks to her neck and bruises on her arm and leg.” The reporting officer wrote he determined that Taylor “had offensively used his hands to choke her and had also struck her several times with a closed fist.”

Taylor was arrested by school police and held overnight until bonding out. He met with Georgia coach Mark Richt soon thereafter, and his dismissal from the program was later announced.

Taylor was also arrested in March for misdemeanor theft charges. He is the third Georgia defensive player kicked off the team this offseason.

Notre Dame’s Jonathan Bonner predicted his future with letter in 8th grade

Jonathan-Bonner-Notre-DameFreshman defensive end Jonathan Bonner committed to Notre Dame the day he received his scholarship offer last June. The decision was a no-brainer, as the Missouri native has dreamed about playing for the Irish since he was a kid. And he has the letter to prove it.

Bonner wrote himself an incredibly mature letter as he was wrapping up 8th grade and heading off to high school. The letter, which starts off “Dear self,” was written from the point of view of an 18-year-old Bonner speaking to himself with a parental tone. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end tweeted the proof back in May.

The full text of the letter is below, courtesy of the South Bend Tribune:

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