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  • Bill Snyder sent the kicker at that beat him on a last second field goal a note of congratulations

    The Big 12 has started a new sportsmanship initiative across the conference. The league would be wise to name it after Bill Snyder.

    Snyder and Kansas State spent Saturday losing to Oklahoma State in a game that, one could argue, Big 12 officials stole from them. The zebras awarded the Cowboys a first down they did not earn, leading to a touchdown just before halftime and eventually allowing Ben Grogan to nail 37-yard game-winning field goal with 32 seconds remaining.

    The loss dropped the Wildcats to 3-1 on the season (0-1 Big 12) with TCU, Oklahoma and Baylor all heading to Manhattan over the next month. There’s a chance that call, and the loss the followed, could be the difference between a bowl and an empty winter for Kansas State.

    And yet, Snyder took time to fashion one of his famous hand-written notes for Grogan this week.


  • Why was Dartmouth head coach Buddy Teevens on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” last night?

    Dartmouth head coach Buddy Teevens appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” last night to promote the Big Green’s Mobile Virtual Player, a moving tackling dummy that we debuted on FootballScoop a few weeks ago.

    Dartmouth does not tackle in practice, but the MVP allows the Big Green an outlet to work on their form without banging on each other. Teevens says Dartmouth has enjoyed an 80 percent injury reduction since utilizing the MVPs. “Most concussions occur in practice, more so than in games,” he said.

    The segment provided some great exposure for Teevens and Dartmouth, and ended with Colbert giving the dummy a try himself.

  • James Franklin pranks team by switching places with Key from “Key and Peele”

    You’ve seen Key and Peele’s popular (and hilarious) East / West College Bowl skit, as well as a number of their other hilarious skits, but you’ve never seen comedian Keegan-Michael Key in a role quite like this.

    For homecoming week, James Franklin decided to prank the team, and switched places with Key during a team meeting. Key, a master of impersonations, is a PSU alum who was back in town to serve as the Homecoming Grand Marshal.

    It took all of two seconds for the players to realize that it was no longer their head coach addressing them, but Key kept the act alive and did a pretty spot on impression of James Franklin, right down to his handshake.

    Enjoy this one, it’s hilarious.

    The real challenge is going to be not spending the rest of your Friday work day searching YouTube for more Key and Peel videos. Good luck with that.

    (H/T Josh Gattis for the video)

  • Minnesota has developed their own Sports Science segment called “Gopher Physics”

    Minnesota has released a few videos over the last 24 hours similar to ESPN’s Sports Science series, with College of Science and Engineering professor Dan Dahlberg taking you through how physics play out on the gridiron.

    If you enjoyed those Sports Science segments, these will be right up your alley. These are full of good nuggets for both the science nerd deep down in all of us, and the coach in us.

    On the physics of punting:

    On acceleration during a kick return compared to the top track sprinters in the Big Ten:

    On the physics of kicking:

  • Friday’s One Minute Warm Up

    To get the blood pumping:

    -Mary Hardin-Baylor (D-III – TX) set a new NCAA record for sacks (15) last weekend against Hal Mumme’s Belhaven (D-III – MS) squad, and made an Instagram video to commemorate the occasion.

    -As you’ve all heard by now, a report surfaced yesterday that Randy Edsall would not be Maryland’s head coach beyond this weekend. What you might not have seen is this tweet from him during all the speculation.

    – Olive Branch HS (MS) beat DeSoto Central HS (TX) last night in triple-OT 87-86 after DeSoto’s two-point conversion failed.

    -Ohio State’s trailer for the Maryland game is worth two minutes of your time.

    -Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell came to the rescue of a few Notre Dame fans after the game this past Saturday when their car broke down. The best part of the story is that the two ND fans had no idea who Caldwell was, and had to look him up on the internet when they got home.

    -After last night’s game, Houston QB Greg Ward Jr. is now tied with LSU RB Leonard Fournette for the most rushing TDs on the season (11).

    -Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield almost gave up football to become a….professional Halo player…?

    The best from yesterday:

    Maryland will reportedly part ways with Randy Edsall after the Ohio State game

    -The USA Today coaches salary database has been released.

    -Every coach in America can learn from St. Xavier HS (OH) head coach Steve Specht

    -Clemson uses ESPN anchors and Carrie Underwood to impress a recruit.

    “When you play an aggressive defense, you better be aggressive offensively”

    On tap tonight:

    -Southern Miss at Marshall – 7pm EST – CBSSN

    -North Carolina State at Virginia Tech – 8pm EST – ESPN