PHOTO: Brian Kelly rocks hilariously loud suit at Notre Dame presser


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Brian Kelly is a great salesman and a great face for the Notre Dame football program. That’s part of the reason he’s such a great recruiter. Unfortunately, the top athletes are usually not the top character guys. Week one went well, as ND crushed a very weak Rice team into many little pieces, but the schedule gets much tougher, starting this week with the Michigan Wolverines.

Luckily, Kelly has raised the game of his wardrobe in order to match the challenges in front of him:

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Have we seen the best of Trevor Siemian at Northwestern?


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Before he suffered his “lower body injury” in 2013, Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian was one of the best pure passers in the Big Ten. However, his production slipped in midseason as his ankle/foot etc slowed him down. His accuracy and efficiency declined. In a couple games, Siemian made the critical mistake of staring down his primary receiver when near his own South end zone. Those plays were critical in home losses to Minnesota and Ohio State.

Trevor got right versus Illinois, but then again who doesn’t? The Illini corners were very young and showed zero progress as the season went on in 2013. Trevor Siemian put up 4 bills + on one of the worst secondaries in college football.

Still, throwing for 400 yards was a great way for Trevor Siemian to end this season on a positive note, and to be optimistic for this year.

What happened in week one versus Cal makes everyone less optimistic.

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Wisconsin shuts down starting QB Joel Stave indefinitely


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Now we know why Wisconsin played QB Tanner McEvoy all game in the loss to LSU. The true starting QB, Joel Stave, is lost indefinitely. He’s shut down for a very long time, and don’t be shocked if he doesn’t return at all this season.

UW head coach Gary Andersen announced Tuesday, regarding Joel Stave:

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Man United loan Tom Cleverley to Aston Villa for the season


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Manchester United supporters won’t have Tom Cleverley to kick around anymore; at least not for this season. The midfielder has been loaned to Aston Villa for the season, so Red Devils fans don’t need to hurl any further online abuse his way. There were online petitions to get Cleverley removed from both his club and country teams.

Tom Cleverley had to shut down his Twitter account due to the amount and severity of abuse he was receiving from United fans. Why such vitriol?

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Attendance more serious an issue than losing for Illini football


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Only 36,000 and change paid to see the 2014 Illini football opener versus Youngstown St. Of course, the true number of butts in the seats was much lower, meaning that Memorial Stadium was essentially close to half empty.

That’s a huge problem for the job security of Tim Beckman and the state of the Illinois Fighting Illini football program. Yes, winning cures everything, and winning would solve this issue. Yes, Beckman’s 7-18, 1-15 in conference record has a lot to with why people aren’t showing up. Ultimately, it’s probably revenue at the gate, more than winning percentage in the standings that will force the hand of Athletic Director Mike Thomas.

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Oregon Ducks vs Michigan St: Brutally honest preview


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Like Kermit the Frog told us, “it’s not easy being green.” It’s the primary color of both teams playing the primary college football game of the preconference. Well, sort of. The Oregon Ducks now have about 1,345 different team colors; because Oregon rolls out a new uniform for just about every drive of every game of every season.

The University of Nike Product Development and Marketing Focus Groups has a foil in Stanford. If the Cardinal wore green instead, you’d have the Michigan State Spartans. The college football pundits at FOX Sports agree with me.

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Randy Gregory: way more important than Bo Pelini’s cat


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(Update: Randy Gregory is doubtful for this week with a knee injury)

If you want a great example of how Big Ten Media Day was a ton of talking, but very little, if any actual news, look no further than how much play my question got to Bo Pelini about his cat.

Now I love cats as much as the next person, but everybody talked about Pelini’s cat, but no one at all mentioned the actual subject of my my question, the real question, which Nebraska defender Randy Gregory, who could be a DE/OLB at the next level, and very likely a top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

First, we’ll begin with the transcript of my question to Pelini, the cat, and the Randy Gregory portion:

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Illini QB Aaron Bailey really needs to convert to WR or DB


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The talk from Illini Nation around QB Aaron Bailey reminds me of the talk from Chicago Cubs Nation surrounding Javier Baez. Or Jorge Soler. Or Kris Bryant. Or Albert Almora. Or (insert another Cubs blue chip Minor League prospect’s name here). It’s the same sentiment- accepting that losing, and really bad losing at that, is inevitable in the present.

Therefore, instead look to the future and focus on the can’t miss prospect.

Well, the future is now, and Bailey needs to get on the field. Just like Baez is now playing for the Cubs, Aaron Bailey needs to start playing a significant role. If he has to switch positions, so be it. The Illini are severely undermanned, and they need all hands on deck to actually compete in the Big Ten this year.

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Unexciting, blah Tottenham Hotspur transfer window


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As far as summer transfer windows go, this was among the least exciting and interesting at Tottenham Hotspur. The North London side took awhile to name Mauricio Pochettino as the successor to Tim Sherwood. Then it took a real long time to add a single player at all. And in the end, there’s nothing about their transfer activity that makes you believe Tottenham could move up from the Europa League to the Champions League.

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Recapping a very eventful Liverpool FC transfer window


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It was about as interesting a summer transfer window as possible for Liverpool FC. They sold the best player in the entire Premier League to Barca, for a huge sum. And it all happened in the wake of an international controversy and extreme disgrace. The Reds then went on a buying spree with all that new cash. And one of their buys is another headcase/problem child in Mario Balotelli.

However, that comparison isn’t all that fair, because Suarez always gets it done on the field. His teammates like him, as he works hard and maintains focus. And then he bites people and hurls racial slurs.

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New possible Manchester United Starting XI by ESPN FC


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Manchester United, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (MANU), the professional sports team in the world that is publicly traded, spent around $250 million on players since finishing seventh last season, with Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria joining last week for a British-record fee of 59.7 million pounds (then $99 million).

Versatile Netherlands international Daley Blind completed his move from Ajax for 14 million pounds ($23 million) on Monday as Radamel Falaco’s deal was being closed. They spent over 156 million pounds, nearly as much as Old Trafford has spent over the past five years combined.

Now the question is, what does Louis van Gaal do with Daley Blind and all of his new signings? Where does everyone play in the 3-5-2 system?

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Man United unveil Daley Blind, the new £14m buy


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Manchester United signed Daley Blind for £14 million from Ajax, trying it repair the disaster in the back line right now. All in all, Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward spent more than £156 million this summer – almost as much as the club have spent in total over the previous five years. Here is Blind undergoing his medical at Old Trafford. 

Also today, Blind picked up the Golden Shoe at the Dutch Player of the Year awards. Soon after his new club manager, and course country manager, LVG was presented with a lifetime achievement award for his services to the beautiful game.

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