1. Hard Edge

You have to love college football's offseason. With recruiting battles, hope for the coming season and hype galore, there's something for everyone. Arizona's football coaching staff cut a, well, strange video set in the theme of the Wild West called "Hard Edge" in Old Tucson. Rich Rodriguez and his crew appear to be having fun with the endeavor and the head coach's wife Rita even gets a producer credit at the end of the #ontothenextone productions piece.

In the Youtube, Twitter and viral era of recruiting, videos like these lend a hand in connecting with the target audience, which any more is 14-yeard-olds. Will "Hard Edge" help the Wildcats in their quest for the Rose in 2013-14? Doubtful. Most preseason rankings have Arizona chasing UCLA, USC and Arizona State in the Pac-12 South. The Buffs host Rodriguez and the Wildcats on Oct. 26 at Folsom. It might even be a shootout.


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2. "... you have to try to fail"

File this one under "what not to say while committing to play football for a school." South Carolina has to be pleased with the verbal it received for its 2015 recruiting class from 6-5, 198-pound Georgia defensive end Arden Key, but the Gamecocks can't be happy with the way Key expressed his interest in academics at his future school. "The academic part, it's like you have to try to fail," Key said to Palmetto Sports. Ole ball coach Steve Spurrier surely hopes Key will find better words when he finally lands on campus in Columbia.

3. Slow down the uptempo?

Arkansas football's new coach Bret Bielema is pushing for a rules change that would give teams a 15-second gap to substitute players after each first down. Bielema, a member of the NCAA's Playing Rules Oversight Panel, says the rule would be player-safety related, but it's likely due to the uptempo, no-huddle offensive trend that's taken over the college game. Johnny-Football-led Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Oregon and other teams that thrive on a fast pace would prefer to keep things the way they are.

"Not to get on the coattails of some of the other coaches, there is a lot of truth that the way offensive philosophies are driven now, there's times where you can't get a defensive substitution in for 8, 10, 12 play drives. That has an effect on safety of that student-athlete, especially the bigger defensive linemen, that is really real," Bielema said in an interview with AL.com

4. No honeymoon for Alford

ESPN's Andy Katz writes today about UCLA's hoops coach Steve Alford. Alford has received a ton of press this offseason, some of it not in the best of light for a new guy in a big city. It's only going to get tougher for the Bruins head man, NCAA Championships or bust in Westwood.

5. Links

Should have included this yesterday, but Bill Husted had an interesting interview with University of Colorado President Bruce Benson in the Denver Business Journal. ... B.G. Brooks writes for CUBuffs.com about the progression of QB Connor Wood, the pistol and CU coaching.