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  • Chances are pretty good you slept through the most exciting finish of the weekend

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    Sure, Saturday’s action saw Florida State squeak by Boston College with a late field goal, and Minnesota’s late surge to knock off Nebraska was exciting, but the craziest finish of the night took place while most of us were sleeping.

    Out West, Hawaii and UNLV was the very last game to wrap up Saturday night, and it ended in dramatic fashion with plenty of controversy.

    With 15 seconds left, UNLV took a 35-31 lead with a 7-yard touchdown pass, but were flagged for TWO excessive celebration penalties while celebrating the touchdown. That helped Hawaii get the ball on the Rebel 42 yard line with all the time they needed. A few plays later they found themselves at the 20 heading in.

    Then, with 5 seconds left, Hawaii threw an incomplete pass over the middle of the field, leaving one (very controversial) second left for a final shot at the end zone.

    Here’s how that final second played out, with both the TV angle, and a view from the field.

    The win brought Norm Chow’s squad their fourth win, to improve to 4-8 on the year, and the loss for UNLV dropped them to 2-10.

    (H/T CBS Sports)

  • Video: Southern Miss has some fun at practice during their bye week

    With a bye week on their hands last week, Todd Monken put together some offense vs. defense competitions to help his staff and players unwind a bit.

    First, everyone from the big fellas to the skill players took their shot at punting…and while most of it wasn’t pretty, Monken may have found the punter of the future with a 50 yard bomb.

    Then the coaching staff gets in on the action by catching punts, and when they make it look too easy, they start doing it one handed and have no shortage of swagger.

    After that, it’s on to attempting a 30 yard field goal, which wasn’t pretty.

    Things get really interesting when the offensive lineman take on defensive lineman, one-on-one from the five yard line trying to catch a touchdown pass. Skip to the 4:36 mark to see the highlight of that showdown.

    #61 may be coaching the receivers somewhere next year with those moves.

  • Video of the Day – D-II West Georgia’s playoff hype video

    Monday November 24, 2014

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    West Georgia’s hype video before beating Tuskegee

  • Update at Michigan

    Yesterday, interim AD Jim Hackett met with local reporters and announced that he would be the one making the decision regarding Brady Hoke’s future as head football coach at Michigan.

    Umm, what’s that?

    Yes, Jim Hackett, who when announced as the interim AD stated that he would not be a candidate for the post on a permanent basis, just said that he would be the one making the decision on Brady Hoke’s future. In fact, when introducing him, Michigan President Mark Schlissel said, “I am confident Jim will immediately begin the process of moving the department forward including working closely with me to develop a plan to identify and recruit Michigan’s next permanent athletic director.” The plan was not for Hackett to be in this position long-term.

    Well, that has changed folks. Per source, Michigan’s board of regents met recently and Hackett told the board that he has not found a person or persons that he would recommend the board consider for the permanent athletic director post. Accordingly, he advised the Regents that he would be the one making the decision on Hoke’s future following the season. The Regents per source, recognizing the potential issue this could present when trying to hire a new head coach, asked Hackett if this meant he was prepared to stay on “at least two years” in order to provide stability when, potentially, attempting to hire a new face of Michigan football. Hackett told the Regents he was prepared to do so.

    Wow, how about that? Michigan gets rid of the business type CEO to purportedly bring in a “professional athletics director” type…only to once again have a business type CEO running athletics again. Maybe Hackett will bring rational thinking and stability to Michigan athletics. Hopefully he will. By all accounts he is a wonderful and very smart guy. Hopefully it all works out. Just seems like an odd turn of events from all that was said when Hackett was hired just three weeks ago.

    So, what does this mean for all of the coaches out there? Well, Hackett will be the one making the decision on Brady Hoke’s future with Michigan football. If Hackett decides to make a change, Hackett will be your new boss, likely for the first two years and maybe more. While this is different than what the coaching community had been hearing prior to yesterday, honestly, this isn’t a bad thing if Michigan needs to hire a new head coach. Uncertainty at the top in a coaching search is recipe for disaster. Hackett took that uncertainty off the table yesterday and effectively said “I will be accountable for this decision”. I like that part.

    As always, we’ll keep you posted on The Scoop as things progress.

  • The FCS playoff brackets have been announced

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    Yesterday marked the final weekend of the regular season for the Football Championship Subdivision, and today the playoff match ups were announced.

    The top four teams that earned a first round bye with their body of work during the regular season were New Hampshire (#1 overall seed), North Dakota State (#2), Jacksonville State (#3) and Eastern Washington (#4). Chattanooga, Illinois State, Coastal Carolina and Villanova rounded out the other four teams enjoying first round byes.

    Coastal Carolina, who was the #1 team in the country heading into Saturday, got knocked off by Turner Gill’s playoff bound Liberty squad. Liberty drew James Madison in the first round.

    First round games will take place this weekend (November 29th) and continue every weekend through December 19th or 20th. with the title game played January 10th in Frisco, TX.

    Here’s a full look at how the bracket shaped up:
    *All times are Eastern

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    See the full interactive bracket here, courtesy of the NCAA.