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  • Video: Jacksonville State takes you inside their “Championship Mindset”

    For the past decade or so, and the past few seasons in particular, Jacksonville State has one of the top FCS programs in the country. Earlier this season, at his pre game press conference before their home opener, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn noted that the Gamecocks “aren’t your average 1-AA team” – and we all know now that Auburn went on to squeak out a win in overtime, 27-20.

    John Grass took over the program in 2014 after Bill Clark left for the UAB job, and Grass has helped lead the program to new heights, which includes a second round appearance in the FCS playoffs last season.

    Filled with great motivational sound bytes, and sandwiched in between a heavy dose of highlights, this video takes you inside the “Championship Mindset” of the staff and players at Jacksonville State

    A few highlights from the clip:

    “If we’re going to take it to the next step, if we’re going to take it a little bit higher, if we’re going to chase that ring, you’ve got to believe that you can do it. Because I can tell you right now, if you don’t believe it, it’s not going to happen”

    “To be one of the greatest athletes, to take your school’s program to a place it may have never been to, you’re going to have to have a motivation that nobody else has.”

    “People that are hungry are willing to do the things that others wont do, in order to have the things that others wont have. People that are hungry are relentless. People that are hungry are unstoppable. People that are hungry refuse to give up. In order to make this happen, no excuse is acceptable.”

  • Tuesday’s One Minute Warm Up

    To get the blood pumping:

    -I’ve never seen anything like this happen during a preseason game. Damn you preseason!

    -This is so true and worth jotting down to share with your players.

    -Last night, Le’Veon Bell rushed for 80 yards on 11 carries when facing at least eight defenders in the box. How about that for a stat?

    -This is pretty cool

    -Interesting nugget here. Alabama and A&M square off this weekend.

    The best from yesterday:

    -No it wasn’t a bad dream, Steve Spurrier has decided to retire. Relive some of his best stories and quotes here.

    Steve Sarkisian was officially let go at USC yesterday.

    Could a 5-Hour energy cause a failed NCAA drug test?

    -At UCF, George O’Leary to step down as interim AD to “refocus” on duties as head coach

    -What is Pat Haden’s role in the Steve Sarkisian saga?

    Bielema flops to draw a flag against Alabama over the weekend

    -The #Twitter12Pack is loaded – including tearaway jerseys at Kansas State?

    On tap tonight:

    -Arkansas State at South Alabama – 8pm EST – ESPN2

  • Video of the Day – Colorado State vs. Boise State highlights

    Video of the Day

    Tuesday October 13, 2015

    Colorado State vs. Boise State highlights

  • Breaking: Steve Spurrier to retire

    NCAA Football: Georgia at South Carolina

    The Head Ball Coach is hanging up his visor effective immediately, FootballScoop can confirm. Sports Illustrated first reported the news Monday evening.

    An interim head coach will be named Tuesday morning at 8:30 ET.

    A true original in every sense of the word, Spurrier won a Heisman Trophy as a Florida quarterback in 1966, then returned to his alma mater in 1990 and turned the Gators into a juggernaut. His Fun ‘n’ Gun system was ahead of its time, plowing through SEC defenses to the tune of eight top 10 finishes in a dozen seasons, a school-record 122 wins and a national championship in 1996.

    After a brief stint with the NFL’s Washington Redskins, Spurrier returned to the college game at South Carolina in 2005 and took to the Gamecocks to heights previously unreached, peaking with an unprecedented SEC East championship in 2010 and three straight 11-2 seasons from 2011-13.

    That peak saw a steep drop off, though. South Carolina slid to a 6-6 regular season in 2014, though Spurrier insisted an Independence Bowl victory over Miami had re-energized him. After an offseason spent picking fights with Arkansas, Tennessee and Georgia (this is the Head Ball Coach we’re talking about), South Carolina sputtered to a 2-4 start with blowout losses to Georgia and LSU. Two Sundays ago, Scott wrote that this felt like this would happen now. He did not want to be right.

    With possible setbacks to Vanderbilt, Florida and Clemson on the horizon, it appears Spurrier decided to call it a day. And for that, we are all worse for it.

    South Carolina becomes the fifth FBS program to make a head coaching change this season – and fourth this week, following Illinois (announced in August), North Texas (Saturday night), Maryland (Sunday) and USC (earlier today). As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.


    From Dan Wetzel: wetzelspurrier

  • USC fires Steve Sarkisian

    Steve Sarkisian

    Steve Sarkisian’s indefinite leave of absence lasted less than 24 hours. On Monday afternoon, USC AD Pat Haden announced he had fired Sarkisian after posting a 12-6 mark in a season and a half in Los Angeles.

    Haden’s statement:

    “After careful consideration of what is in the best interest of the university and our student-athletes, I have made the decision to terminate Steve Sarkisian, effective immediately.  

    “I want to thank Clay Helton for stepping into the interim head coach role, and I want to add how proud I am of our coaching staff and players and the way they are responding to this difficult situation.  

    “Through all of this we remain concerned for Steve and hope that it will give him the opportunity to focus on his personal well being.”

    USC is the fourth FBS program to announce a coaching change in 2015, and third in the last 48 hours, following Illinois, Maryland and North Texas. Needless to say, the Trojans jump to the front of the line for any and all available coaches.

    The immediate question: is Haden the right guy to make that hire? The highlights of his now five years running his alma mater include hiring Lane Kiffin, then firing him at the airport; hiring a basketball coach based off one successful NCAA Tournament weekend, only to see him go 23-41 in his first two seasons; sustaining a fine for what Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott called attempting “to influence the officiating, and ultimately the outcome of a contest” at Stanford last season; mismanaging Sarkisian over the past two months; and now firing him after 18 underwhelming games as head coach.

    And, in a more important angle to this sad story, it’s obviously been a devastating end to a tumultuous year for Sarkisian. Here’s hoping this proves to be the catalyst that Sark uses to quickly become the best version of himself that he can be.

    As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.

    Update> SB Nation is reporting that Sark has checked himself into a residential treatment facility. A source told SBN, “He’s grateful for all the support that will help him get through this difficult time.”