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  • Take a quick sneak peek at Syracuse’s new indoor facility

    Syracuse and athletic director Dr. Daryl Gross provided a quick sneak peek of the newly finished indoor facility before it has officially opened, and talked about what it means for Scott Schafer’s program moving forward.

    “It’s exciting to see that we’re going to be able to enhance the football culture, and that atmosphere and everything that goes along with it to see if we can become one of those elite football programs as well. This is a great start to it.” Dr. Gross noted.

    “Our goal is to get our program to where we’re a top 25 program consistently and sustainably, and I think this offers to that.” he added. “We feel like we should be a bowl team every year, and now we can enhance that and improve on that and this is going to give us an opportunity to do that.”

    You can see the potential here, and once they put up some graphics, and add a few other things here and there to impress recruits and current players, it should really help to make the facility “pop”.

  • Video: Wisconsin welcomes home Paul Chryst

    Paul Chryst was born and raised in Wisconsin, and went from delivering papers around campus and sneaking into the empty stadium to play, to eventually playing quarterback and then becoming the offensive play caller while leading his hometown program to two straight Rose Bowls.

    Chryst is Wisconsin football to his core, and while leaving his first head coaching job at Pitt had to be difficult, Chryst is truly home in Madison, and that’s a sentiment he shared over and over again during his introductory presser yesterday as Wisconsin’s new head coach.

    Here’s a video that Wisconsin released following Chryst’s return to campus, and the clip highlights Chryst’s love for Wisconsin and the city of Madison, and features his first tour of the facilities since he left back in December of 2011.

     

  • Video of the Day – Illinois Football 2014 Senior Music Video

    Thursday December 18, 2014

    Video of the Day

    Illinois Football 2014 Senior Music Video

  • Shannon Dawson leaving West Virginia for Kentucky

    WVMetroNews.com

    WVMetroNews.com

    West Virginia offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson is leaving to take a similar post at Kentucky, FootballScoop learned on Wednesday evening.

    An original member of Dana Holgorsen’s staff at West Virginia, Dawson served as inside receivers coach in 2011,  was promoted to offensive coordinator/receivers coach in 2012 and then transitioned to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach over the past two seasons. The Mountaineers ranked 13th in yards per play and ninth in scoring in 2012, then fell to 69th and 79th in an injury-plagued 2013 season before improving 20 and 41 spots, respectively, this season.

    Dawson’s offenses made stars of wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, in 2011-12, and Kevin White this season.

    Dawson will stay on with West Virginia through the Dec. 29 Liberty Bowl against Texas A&M before reporting to Lexington.

    Moving to Kentucky gives Dawson an opportunity to run his own show on offense, an opportunity that was not available while working under Dana Holgorsen at West Virginia. Dawson replaces Neal Brown, who accepted the head job at Troy on Nov. 30. The Wildcats finished 66th in scoring and 77th in yards per play in 2014, improving from a 2-10 debut under head coach Mark Stoops to 5-7 this fall. Dawson made $251,000 in 2014, while Brown earned $550,000, according to the USA Today coaching salary database.

    Dawson served as offensive coordinator at Millsaps (D-III – MS) and Stephen F. Austin before landing at West Virginia.

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

  • Steve Pederson will not return as Pittsburgh’s AD

    Steve Pederson

    At the very moment his former head coach was being introduced at Wisconsin, Steve Pederson was let go as Pittsburgh’s athletics director.

    We wrote Friday that changed remained the only constant at Pittsburgh, and now that change extends beyond the head football coach up to the athletics director’s office.

    The Panthers will hire their fourth permanent head coach in roughly as many years in the coming days and weeks, and now a new athletics director will make that hire. The school also recently hired a new chancellor as well; Patrick Gallagher took over on Aug. 1.

    Pederson served as Pitt’s AD from 1996 until he left for Nebraska in 2002, where fired Frank Solich and hired Bill Callahan, and then returned to Pitt in 2007. Pederson helped the Panthers move from the Big East to the ACC and, among other things, issued a brand initiative to change the school’s identity from Pitt to Pittsburgh.

    Pitt will have competition in searching for its new AD as its Backyard Brawl rival West Virginia saw Oliver Luck step down to take a leadership position with the NCAA today.

    As always, check The Scoop for the latest.