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

    Thursday October 30, 2014

    Video of the Day

    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)

  • Photo: Wisconsin wins gesture of the week

    Minnesota and Wisconsin have played football against each other since 1980, and competed for Paul Bunyan’s Axe since 1948. Their 123 all-time meetings are the most in college football.

    Any rivalry spread over a one and a quarter centuries between neighboring states -where each school is the only major college football program within state borders, and a heated, long-standing NFL rivalry carries the animosity over from Saturday to Sunday – is going to build up its share of bad blood.

    But when the Badgers and Gophers gather in Madison on Nov. 29, the red-hot anger will be complimented with a touch of purple.

    The clubs will wear purple “1 in 26″ stickers promoting Lily’s Fund, a charity that works to raise awareness for epilepsy. Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill lives with epilepsy and donated $100,000 to start a charity with the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota in May.

    “To show support of Minnesota Coach Jerry Kill and the 1 in 26 people who will develop epilepsy in their lifetime, Badger and Gopher players will mark epilepsy awareness month by wearing purple  stickers on their helmets. Coaching staff will also be sporting purple gear, and fans are encouraged to wear both their team colors AND something purple,” the website reads.

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    Well done, Badgers and Gophers.

  • June Jones tells SI: “The SMU gig is going to be tough for the next guy too”

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    Sports Illustrated sat down for a Q&A session with former SMU head coach June Jones and published a nice piece today where Jones talks about his health issues that led to his resignation following their slow start to 2014, as well as his coaching aspirations for the next few years, and how he’s spent the past few weeks away from the sidelines.

    Asked about the personal reasons behind his resignation, Jones explained that “he was trying run the whole thing, get everything right,” and hadn’t been sleeping hardly at all. We’re talking like a few hours of sleep a night. Jones said, “I just kind of had a couple of weird things happen, but that was just because I hadn’t been sleeping.” Jones added that he he hadn’t slept much over the past 20 years; but “then all of a sudden started sleeping about an hour every night.”

    I don’t care how healthy you are, at 61 years old, that’s a recipe for disaster.

    One interesting note that Jones touched on directly related to SMU’s search for a new head coach was his thoughts on SMU’s shortcomings that may make the job tougher for whoever they tab as their next head coach.

    “They’ve got to help the kids.” Jones explained. “They’ve got to get some tutors, academics more toward the student-athletes. They’ve made strides in that area, but they’ve got to go a lot further … The campus is unbelievable.”

    “It’s just a tough gig. It will be tough for the next guy, too.”

    Jones went on to explain that he plans to coach for another five to eight years, hopefully as head coach, before hanging up his whistle for good.

    Let’s not forget that Jones took SMU to four straight bowl games for the first time in school history and is still highly regarded as an offensive mind. He’s got a lot of good coaching years left ahead of him. There’s no doubt in my mind that he lands on his feet somewhere either as a head coach or coordinator the question is simply where and at what level.

    Take a few minutes and read the full piece from SI here.