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  • James Franklin has a simple plan for keeping freshman in the program

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    In nearly every level of college football, there is a certain level of attrition. A freshman recruiting class of 25 is bound to lose a handful of guys for a variety of reasons that life throws their way.

    James Franklin and his staff spend countless hours on the phone, on the road, and in the living rooms of those same players, so he and his staff have a plan in place to help keep freshman in the program.

    Franklin and his staff start off by meeting with each freshman about once a week throughout the course of the season just to touch base and continue to build rapport with kids going through a very challenging transition.

    “The freshman meetings are important because something that I noticed as an assistant is that you recruit these guys, you love them up, you bring them in, and then 90% of them redshirt and they just kind of get pushed off to the side…and then I would see that you have attrition.”

    “Then you’d have guys leave, guys struggling with the transition. So those meetings are; How are you doing academically? How are you doing socially? Is there anything that we need to know? Anything that we can help you with? Who’s homesick? Is there anything that we can help you with? You know, whatever it may be.”

    “It’s usually a pretty good dialogue both ways, I ask them what they’re learning from a football and academic perspective, we talk about a lot of social issues and problems that we have right now in our society and the importance of making great choices. Just trying to reinforce that over and over again.”

  • #VoteTretola for Heisman – Arkansas has some fun with their fat guy TD pass

    Sebastian Tretola is a name you had probably never heard before last weekend. But following the offensive lineman’s crazy trick play against UAB that went for a rather surprising touchdown, his name was plastered all over places like our site, as well as ESPN and every other sports outlet.

    When the season is over, the play will go down as one of the most memorable plays of the entire season. It was that good.

    Now, Arkansas has released a video having fun with the moment, in a 30 by 30 type short where Tretola, his other teammates involved in the play, and offensive line coach Sam Pittman give him some love as a Heisman dark horse candidate.

    It’s nice to see the Razorbacks having some fun with this one.

    You can’t help but laugh.

  • Video of the Day – All-access with Texas DL coach Chris Rumph

    Thursday October 30, 2014

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    All-access with Texas DL coach Chris Rumph

  • ESPN takes you on a tour of Les Miles’ office

    What would be more surprising to you: if Les Miles had an owl and a thumb-sized container of grass in his office, or if he didn’t?

    This is Les Miles, after all. Of course he does.

    It was The Hat’s turn in ESPN’s ongoing series of touring coaches’ offices, where we learned that Les makes sure his SID keeps some grass on hand whenever LSU goes on the road.

    This office visit took place during the offseason, so the grass in the box was dead. But when the Tigers are preparing to play at a domed stadium or at a venue with artificial turf, Miles said he entrusts sports information director Michael Bonnette with refilling his grass supply. He keeps the little box in his pocket during games in case he needs to get a quick fix of lush Tiger Stadium Green.

    “It’s used to cut a dry taste in your mouth. I get it in there occasionally,” Miles said. “If I’m in a home field, I obviously don’t bring it. If I’m on an artificial turf, obviously I need to bring it. Sometimes if I’m away and it’s a grass turf, it doesn’t make any difference to me. But I’ve enjoyed it.”

    As for the owl? Apparently a parliament of owls (look it up) had taken nest on the roof of Les’ porch, so LSU’s facilities staff installed an owl decoy to scare off the real ones.

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    Miles, who unlike other coaches did not shoot any videos for his tour, has a number of personal memorabilia pieces ranging from the truly heart-felt (a game ball from the game after his father died, the program from Bo Schembechler’s final game) to the the nutty, like an ad for a local chicken joint that the entire Miles clan appeared in…

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    … or a five-foot walking stick an LSU fan gave him. “Somebody put this thing together so that I could have a weapon, I guess,” Miles said. “The Mad Hatter stick with the little [uprights]. It’s kind of cool.”

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    The whole thing is just so positively Les. We encourage you to check it out.

  • Video: Coaches, don’t ever let your team lose a game like this

    Well, this is just heartbreaking.

    In a high school playoff game last night in Utah, Spanish Fork held a 14-11 lead over Maple Mountain with just 3.7 seconds left to play, and Spanish Fork had the ball. You don’t need a computer to tell you Spanish Fork’s odds of winning in this situation were as close to 100 percent as they could possibly be.

    Spanish Fork quarterback Jason Money accepted a shotgun snap and rolled to his right. As the 3.7 seconds expired, it appears Money believe the game was over once the clock hit zero. That’s the only explanation for what happens next, because Money stops running, and Maple Mountain defender Jason Blanthorn knocked the ball out of his hand, and Brandon Beebe scooped it up and ran it into the end zone.

    Final score: Maple Mountain 17, Spanish Fork 14.

    Money could have done any number of things to prevent this. Step out of bounds, take a knee, throw it or just punt it into the stands if you’re feeling frisky. Instead, Money learned a very, very hard lesson that football is not basketball.

    (via CBS SportsThe Big Lead, KSL)