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  • NBC is reviving everyone’s favorite 90’s coaching comedy

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    After nearly twenty years since the last episode aired, word has leaked that NBC is picking up 13 episodes of a spin off of the TV show Coach, which originally aired from 1987-1997 on ABC.

    The original version starred Craig T. Nelson as the head coach of the Minnesota State University Screaming Eagles (and later the NFL expansion team Orlando Breakers), with Jerry Van Dyke serving as his lovable loyal assistant Luther Van Dam (who is now 83 years old). Other characters you may remember include assistant coach Michael “Dauber” Dybinkski (played by Bill Fagerbakke), and Fox’s wife Christine Armstrong (Shelly Fabares).

    According to People Magazine, the new show will center around Craig T. Nelson coming out of retirement to help his grown son, who is coaching a newly formed college football team in Pennsylvania. Selfishly, I hope there’s a cameo or two from characters from the original show.

    Personally, I remember growing up watching this show every chance I had, and I’m sure that in some subconscious way, it fueled my passion to become a coach. With that said, it’s good to see it being brought back for younger generations to enjoy.

    For those that enjoy a trip down memory lane, I’ve included the opening theme of the original show, and a few short clip to enjoy below.

  • Video of the Day – Champions are made in the Spring

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    Friday March 27, 2015

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  • Stanford subtweeted its top quarterback recruit throughout Thursday afternoon

    We’ve seen countless examples of programs using their Twitter accounts to recruit all the players, but what about devoting the account to the recruitment of just one player?

    That’s what Stanford did on Thursday.

    At first it was this:

    Then this:

    And then this:

    Why so many quarterback-related tweets?

    Ah, it all makes sense now.

    The Cardinal landed Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., quarterback K.J. Costello, ranked as Rivals’ No. 2 ranked pro-style quarterback and No. 25 overall player. “I had to pick the one that was best for my future and that was Stanford,” Costello saidafter making his decision. “Stanford always felt like home for me from the beginning and I think it’s the best overall fit for me on and off the field.”

    NCAA rules prevent Stanford from publicly commenting on Costello until he signs, but it’s pretty clear who the Cardinal were talking about all Thursday afternoon. It didn’t hurt they beat Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines and conference foe USC for Costello’s services.

  • What’s the going rate for a guarantee game these days?

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    The cost of everything is going up these days, including the price of a guaranteed victory.

    According to open records obtained by the Columbia Tribune, Missouri is on the hook for nearly $5 million in guarantee games over the next six seasons. Here’s how it breaks down:

    – vs. Southeast Missouri State, Sept. 5, 2015: $385,000
    – vs. Eastern Michigan, Sept. 10, 2016: $1.3 million
    – vs. Missouri State, Sept. 2, 2017: $400,000
    – vs. Idaho, Oct. 21, 2017: $1.3 million
    – vs. Southeast Missouri State, Sept. 21, 2019: $425,000
    – vs. Eastern Michigan, Sept. 26, 2020: $1.1 million

    Bryan Maggard, Mizzou’s executive in charge of scheduling, told the paper that guarantee games with MAC and Sun Belt programs like Eastern Michigan and Idaho would have gone for $800,000 or less as recently as a few years ago. In 2012, Missouri paid a total of $700,000 to bring Murray State, Toledo and Arkansas State (though the Tigers returned the trip to Toledo in 2014, driving costs down) to Columbia. They’ll pay nearly double that next season just for the Eastern Michigan game.

    Maggard said prices are going up because mid-major programs’ costs are going up as well. Oh, and they’re just as aware of reports like these as the rest of us:

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    “It’s indicative of the fact that your midmajor programs have greater needs from a financial standpoint,” Maggard told the paper. “And with TV, the revenues generated by all these networks that everybody’s aware of, it’s just driven the price up. I do believe the midmajor programs are looking to support their programs in the various needs — whether it be cost of attendance, things like that — through guarantee monies.”

  • Rex Ryan is surprised the Bears didn’t hire him

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    Get a Ryan in front of a microphone and good things are bound to happen. Our latest example? The time Rex Ryan expressed disbelief that the Chicago Bears didn’t hire him to replace Marc Trestman.

    Ryan told the Chicago Sun-Times he expected a call that never came.

    “I actually did, but they got a great coach there with John Fox,” Ryan said. “I did. I thought, It made sense to me. But apparently it never made sense to them. So that’s the way it is.”

    Ryan served as the Bears’ ball boy as a high schooler during his father Buddy’s stint as the club’s defensive coordinator. Ryan joked that was the source of the club’s lack of interest in him. “I don’t know. “I must have done a bad job as a ball boy there or something,” he said.

    Ryan, who earlier this week said his brother Rob’s hair and stomach are keeping him from getting an NFL head job, was hired as the Buffalo Bills’ head coach in January after a 46-50 six-year stint as the New York Jets’ head coach.