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  • Video of the Day – Tour the memorabilia inside the office of Utah athletic director Chris Hill

    Friday December 19, 2014

    Video of the Day

    Tour the memorabilia inside the office of Utah AD Chris Hill

  • A state senator wants to pass a law to cut the number of teams making the Texas high school football playoffs

    The term bracket creep was invented to define the inevitability that if a playoff bracket exists, it’s going to expand. The NCAA Tournament grew from 64 to 68 teams in 2010, Major League Baseball expanded its playoffs from eight to 10 teams in 2012, and the NFL playoffs could grow from 12 to 14 teams as early as 2015. There was talk of expanding the College Football Playoff from four to eight teams before the College Football Playoff even existed.

    Playoffs make a lot of money for a lot of people, and the only thing people like more than making money is making more money.

    As those brackets continue to grow, there is no bracket creep quite like the Texas high school football playoffs.

    This weekend the University Interscholastic League – the governing board of Texas high school football – will crown the last of its 12 state champions across six classifications. Each of its classifications, from 1A to 6A, is split into two divisions, and each division has its own state champion. The number of teams qualifying for the playoffs varies from two (in the smallest classification) to four (in the four largest classifications). All told, a total of 672 teams participated in the Texas high school football playoffs this fall.

    Texas state senator Charles Perry thinks that’s entirely too much.

    Last week, Perry filed a bill to limit only two teams per district in all classifications to be eligible for the playoffs.

    “Current UIL rules allow 50 percent to 74 percent of football teams to make the playoffs.We have truly watered down competition to the point that 0-10 and 1-9 teams are able to make the playoffs in some districts,” he said in a release.

    He added: “This not only devalues the hard work of the first- and second-place teams in a district, but it costs our school districts thousands of dollars that could be spent in the classroom. The cost is especially high in rural areas. Some schools in my district are spending an upwards of $8,000 per playoff game.”

    Perry isn’t alone, but he isn’t in the majority, either. One group that disagrees with him? The UIL. “UIL member schools believe the current playoff system best serves the schools and students of Texas.”

    While there is plenty of evidence across sports of playoff brackets expanding, I can’t think of one playoff field getting smaller. One thing about bracket creep – once those extra teams have been invited to the party, it’s incredibly difficult to kick them out.

    Coaches, what do you think? Does a larger playoff field serve the greater good, even if it means a few 2-8 or 3-7 teams sneak in every year? Or does an expanded field water down the accomplishment for everyone?

  • P.J. Fleck is now the MAC’s highest-paid coach

    PJ Fleck Western Michigan

    Just a year after posting a 1-11 debut, P.J. Fleck is set to become the highest-paid coach in the Mid-American Conference.

    The Broncos announced a six-year contract extension, keeping Fleck signed through the 2020 season, worth $800,000 annually, plus incentives. The new contract will make Fleck the MAC’s highest-paid coach, nearly 45 percent higher than second place Frank Solich ($554,500), according to the USA Today coaching salary database.

    “This is a wonderful time to finalize this contract extension and thank Coach Fleck for his commitment to the Bronco program,” said WMU President John M. Dunn said in a statement. “Success on the playing field, achievement in the classroom and engagement with the community have been the team’s hallmarks over the past year. The pride and excitement generated by our scholar- athletes, their coach, assistant coaches and staff are reflective of the very best in collegiate athletics. Using any measure, this is a successful program and one we want to continue and build upon for years to come.”

    Western Michigan posted a seven-win improvement in 2014, leaping from 1-11 to 8-4 and a berth in Saturday’s Famous Idaho Potato Bowl versus Air Force. The Broncos finished one game shy of sharing their third MAC West Division championship. Combined with a number of facilities updates, Western Michigan is making a significant investment to a program that still looking for its first bowl victory and has won just one MAC title in the last 44 years.

    Fleck signed what has been called the highest-rated recruiting class in MAC history in 2014 and could be even better in 2015.

    Check The Scoop for the latest.

  • The Harbaugh to Michigan possibility now has its own hype video

    Following news yesterday that Michigan has reportedly floated a rather ridiculous offer to Jim Harbaugh (6 years – $48 million), one Michigan fan put together a hype video to honor the possibility with audio from HBO’s “True Detective” serving as the narration.

    The one-minute clip, titled “Sometimes you have to go back…to Michigan” currently has just short of 1,900 views, but considering the calls for Jim Harbaugh in Ann Arbor from day 1, I could easily see this blowing up.

    Potential coaching news now warrants hype videos? This has the potential to make things very interesting…

    Stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest on the Michigan head coaching search.

  • Ed Warinner – 2014 Offensive Line Coach of the Year



    Ed Warinner – The Ohio State University


    FootballScoop is proud to announce that Ed Warinner (Ohio State) is the 2014 FootballScoop Offensive Line Coach of the Year presented by ProGrass.

    It was another outstanding year for Ed Warinner in 2014, good enough to make him the first two-time winner of the FootballScoop Offensive Line Coach of the Year. Warinner joins Mark Helfrich, Kliff Kingsbury and Philip Montgomery as the only two time winners of a FootballScoop Coach of the Year award.

    To understand how Ohio State won the Big Ten and reached the College Football Playoff with second and third-string quarterbacks and a first-time starter at running back, it all starts – where it always does – up front.

    Warinner had to replace four starters from the 2013 season finale to the 2014 opener, and built an offensive line that paved the way for perhaps the most balanced offense in major college football.

    The Buckeyes ranked 11th nationally in rushing at 260.7 yards per game, 10th in yards per carry (5.78) and 14th in rushing touchdowns (34). Through the air, Ohio State threw for 246.8 yards per game, ranked sixth in yards per attempt (9.2), fifth in touchdowns (39) and second in passing efficiency (172.37).

    As a group, Ohio State ranked eighth nationally in total offense (507.6 yards per game), fifth in yards per play (7.04), sixth in plays of 10-plus yards (232), third in third down conversions (51.52 percent), fourth in scoring offense (45.2 points per game) and second in total touchdowns (79).

    Put simply, J.T. Barrett does not set Ohio State records for total offense (3,772 yards) and touchdowns (49) and Ezekiel Elliott does not burst on the scene (1,610 total yards, 12 touchdowns) without Warinner’s offensive line.

    Individually, Buckeye offensive linemen Pat Elflein (first team) and Taylor Decker (second team) earned All-Big Ten honors from the league’s coaches.

    “Ed is the most organized and detail demanding coach I’ve ever worked with,” said Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman. “The preparation he puts in with his players is evident in the results on the field.”

    An original member of Urban Meyer’s Ohio State staff, Warinner lettered in football and baseball at Mount Union from 1979-83. He jumped into coaching as Akron’s running backs coach in 1984, and has since worked at Michigan State, Army, Air Force, put in two stints at Kansas, Illinois and Notre Dame before arriving in Columbus in 2012.

    The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by ProGrass are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football. The finalists (Alex Atkins [Georgia Southern], John Hevesy [Mississippi State], Alex Mirabal [Marshall], Mark Staten [Michigan State], T.J. Woods [Wisconsin] and Warinner) were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. The prior winners selected this year’s winner.

    Warinner will receive his award and be recognized at an event at the AFCA Convention in January.

    Previous winners of the Offensive Line Coach of the Year award are Steve Greatwood (Oregon, 2008), Tony Wise (Pittsburgh, 2009), Bob Bostad (Wisconsin, 2010) Greg Studrawa (LSU, 2011), Warinner (2012) and Mike Bloomgren (Stanford, 2013).


    5th Nationally – Yards Per Play          2nd Nationally – Total Touchdowns
    6th Nationally – Plays of 10+ Yards          10th Nationally – Yards Per Carry
    6th Nationally – 3rd Down Conversions          6th Nationally – Yards Per Attempt


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