The Univ. of Alabama is "promising improvements and changes" to the Tide Loyalty Points app, which is designed to keep students at football games, according to Michael Casagrande of the BIRMINGHAM NEWS. Complaints were "immediate for users" of the app during the school's home opener against New Mexico State. The app was "designed to create incentives for students to stay all four quarters with access to regular and postseason tickets but the app was overwhelmed by demand in its debut." Students "posted screenshots of the malfunctioning app after staying the full game in temperatures in the upper 90s," as the "bonus 250 points for staying four quarters had not reached students’ accounts by the middle of the week." Alabama said that a "full review was conducted after technical issues led to the failure of the app designed by FanMaker." The company said that it was "securing extra server capacity to handle the workload for future Alabama home games." The school said that the "estimated efficiency is expected to be 10 times greater for the Sept. 21 game." All students who swiped in for the game "will receive the full 350 points" (BIRMINGHAM NEWS, 9/12).
SMU's new "Dallas" jerseys are "just one piece of a larger branding project by the football program to better connect" the school to the city, according to Sam Blum of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. After wearing the jerseys on Saturday at home against North Texas, it is "possible the team wears the uniforms again for road games at TCU and Houston." SMU coach Sonny Dykes said the school wants to brand itself as "Dallas' football team." He said, "We started to talk about it as we put the branding campaign together. We thought this makes a lot of sense and fits into our vision for our football program in terms of trying to win over some of the neutral folks in Dallas." On the uniforms, the "Dallas" was in script as an "homage to the retro Dallas Texans logo, which was also in script." For the helmets, SMU "wanted to put the team logo in the middle of the City of Dallas logo." In order to do that, they "had to call City of Dallas government to get permission, and promise that they wouldn't look to profit off of its usage." SMU Chief of Staff Anthony Crespino said, "We wanted to implement that with the pony, just to show the unity that (Dykes) wants to bring to Dallas. With Dallas and SMU kind of being one. Just being Dallas' college football team" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/11).