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  • Chip Kelly: “I’m not Mr. Miyagi, just tell me if they can go or not”

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    Chip Kelly is a lot of things; an innovative offensive mind, a very successful head coach, and bluntly honest with the media.

    One thing that Chip Kelly is not is Mr. Miyagi.

    “Just tell us who’s up, who’s down, and who can go…that’s all it is” Kelly told reporters on what he looks for from the Eagles’ training staff.

    When a reporter asked about all the detailed information, like sleep patterns, that he has access to, and why he doesn’t want specifics details from the training staff he responded by explaining, “I can affect their sleep habits. I can’t affect their injury though.”

    “If a guy tears a muscle, I’m not Dr. Miyagi, I can’t put my hands together, rub them together, and touch his leg and make it all better…so just tell me who can play and who can’t play.”

    “I’m really good at deciphering what we can control, and what we can’t control, and we can’t control that, so let’s go play.”

  • Dave Brandon will reportedly resign as Michigan’s AD

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    There was really only one conclusion to be reached when word out of the Michigan football beat circuit reported Friday morning that the Wolverines would hold a Friday afternoon press conference to discuss athletics director Dave Brandon.

    They weren’t gathering the press together to announce a contract extension.

    Moments later, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy dropped the hammer.

    Simply put, it’s been a disastrous fall for Brandon. On top of the football team’s 3-5 start, there was the Coke-for-free tickets fiasco, the Shane Morris fiasco, and the sarcastic email fiasco. For a guy whose approval rating has been on a steady decline for the past 18 months, it was too much to overcome – especially when maize and blue mega-donor Stephen Ross announced he wouldn’t interfere with Brandon’s employment status one way or the other.

    We wrote earlier this week that sources close to high-level football coaches – coaches Michigan would certainly want to talk to – would be interested in the job, as long as Brandon was gone. And now that shoe has dropped.

    New Michigan president Mark Schlissel is admittedly unfamiliar with managing a major athletics department, leading one to believe the Brandon’s replacement will be one that has total control over that side of the university. We said yesterday that Oklahoma athletics director Joe Castiglione is the name to keep in mind here.

    For what it’s worth, the other name that coaches tell us has been actively working on the job is Warde Manuel (UConn’s AD).

    Listen below (Brandon audio begins around the 11-minute mark):

    Michigan’s press conference is set for 1:30 p.m. ET. We’ll have more updates as they become available.

  • Photos: Texas Tech’s Lone Star uniforms

    Texas Tech wore its first edition of Lone Star uniforms for the Longhorns’ visit in 2012, a sharp departure from their usual look.

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    With Texas headed back to Lubbock Saturday night, Texas Tech will apparently again don Lone Star uniforms. Nothing from any official Texas Tech accounts, but we’ve been told they’re legit.

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  • Video: Minnesota is looking to upgrade their facilities for “more than just recruiting”

    Prior to Jerry Kill’s arrival, the facilities at Minnesota hadn’t changed much in the last 30 years, but since he’s arrived on campus a number of changes have taken place to make the facility more modern and appealing to the athletes of today.

    More upgrades are in the works, and athletic director Norwood Teague talks about the plans for a new athletic village in the latest episode of “Brick by Brick” outlining the upgrades that the university is aiming to make.

    “All the facilities that our football team uses now, whether it be the indoor facility, to where they have their training room, or where they have their sports medicine or their day to day locker room, or where they have their meeting rooms were all built 30 years ago and they are small, and they are outdated on a number of different fronts. So we need a new building for football.” Teague explains in the clip.

    “Most of our competition has built one, and has probably remodeled theirs by now since we built one 30 years ago.”

    “So we’ve got to get up to date, for a number of different reasons…not just for recruiting, but also just because of space issues, and keeping it modern and more efficient.”

    The renderings featured in the video are really, really nice.

    Hopefully they’re able to get this done because it could turn out to be huge for Jerry Kill and the Gopher program. Just look at the turnaround they’ve had just tweaking the facilities…

  • The best Halloween costumes of 2014: Coaches edition

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    Last year we put together an article tracking all of the best coaching costumes that were donned on Halloween, and it was so popular and entertaining that I decided to do the same this year.

    Take a look at the best ones from last year, including baby Andy Reid, toddler Holgo, and baby Mike Ditka.

    Remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    Many coaching costumes will hit the streets and various festivities over the weekend, so think of this as the one place you can go to see all of the best ones. Noteworthy costumes donned by head coaches and coordinators may also make the cut, just as they did last year.

    I encourage you to tweet us (@FootballScoop) with any coaching costume that you come across over the next night or two, and check back in as this article will continue to update throughout the weekend.

    But before we get into this year’s costumes, enjoy this clip that ESPNU put together of toddlers dressed up and reenacting the greatest college football coaching rants of all time, including Mike Gundy’s “I’m a man! I’m 40″ bit. Of course Les Miles and John L. Smith are included as well.

    Can any college football coaches out there top Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano? His costume game is pretty strong.

    The staff at Kansas Wesleyan dressed as Hulk, Tony Stark, Heisenberg, Jesse Pinkman, one of their captains in uniform, and then (of course) Ditka.

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    We received this picture via text with the caption: “My mother in law as Gundy”

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    FAU had Ron Burgundy (assistant director of academic advising) as a special guest on their road trip today.

    This one of @FauxPelini is my favorite one yet…

    Not necessarily coaching related, but this one is pretty awesome