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  • Arkansas State’s “play dead” trick play was inspired by a YouTube video with 1 million hits

    Prior to being named head coach at Arkansas State, Blake Anderson was serving as the offensive coordinator at North Carolina under Larry Fedora. It was there that a popular practice prank involving 21 of the 22 offensive and defensive players (all except quarterback Bryn Renner) took place, and garnered over 1 million YouTube hits in a matter of days.

    Here’s how that prank played out.

    Then, last night, a Vine of Arkansas State’s fake punt from Saturday caught on like wildfire on Twitter. Watch it enough and something will start to look very familiar.

    Before you ask, the faint was planned.

    While the play didn’t work as well as Anderson and his staff had planned on, he shared some of the inspiration behind the play with College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread.

    “Because of the formation we were in for that fake punt, Booker was covered up and couldn’t go downfield, or it would be a penalty. So we said, ‘What do we want to do with him? Do we want to bubble him or peel him out?'”

    “Someone said let’s just let him be a fainting goat. I loved it, so we just put that in. His job on that play was basically to not get a penalty by going downfield, because the fake was on the backside of the play. These kids have had five head coaches in five years, so we try to let them have fun.” Anderson told Goodbread.

    Read, and see more on the play here.

  • Wake Forest’s latest recruiting pitch for an in-state DL includes Kim Kardashian?

    Wake Forest has their sights set on Kengera Daniel, who happens to be one of the state of North Carolina’s top defensive lineman.

    Like so many other schools have done the past few off seasons, Wake Forest thought it would be appealing to put Daniel on a mock cover of People Magazine…with his arm around Kim Kardashian.


    While I certainly admire the creativity involved pairing a top recruit up with a celebrity, it’s an interesting tactic considering Kim is married to rap superstar Kanye West.

  • Eastern Kentucky’s intro video is straight out of a science fiction thriller

    Eastern Kentucky’s intro video might as well be called “Tron: Football”. I don’t know what the Colonels spent on this, but it was worth it.

  • Steve Axman will join the staff at Nicholls State

    Steve Axman

    FootballScoop has learned Steve Axman will join the staff at Nicholls State. Sources tell us he will be the interim head coach and is on the ground in Thibodaux now.

    Axman has an extensive coaching history, with four decades in the game as an assistant, coordinator, and head coach across college football, and with a stint in the USFL. He is generally known as a creative play-caller and an accomplished quarterbacks coach, claiming Troy Aikman and Marques Tuaisasopo among his former pupils.

    The head-scratcher – none of his experience is in the South, and Nicholls State is extremely southern. Axman most recently coached at Idaho, and has experience at UCLA, Montana, Washington, Minnesota, Northern Arizona, Maryland, Stanford, Arizona, Illinois, Army, Albany State, East Stroudsburg (Pa.) State, and with the USFL’s Denver Gold.

    Axman was most recently an assistant at Simon Fraser University in Canada.

    The move comes after head coach Charlie Stubbs resigned due to health concerns on Sunday. Associate head coach/special teams/running backs coach Chuck Hepola was named interim head coach.

    Axman’s full chronological bio:

    Idaho (2007-11)
    Montana (2006)
    Washington (2004, 1999-02)
    UCLA (2003, 1997-98)
    Minnesota (1998)
    Northern Arizona (1990-97)
    Maryland (1989)
    Stanford (1986)
    Arizona (1980-84)
    Illinois (1979)
    Army (1976-78)
    Albany State (1975)
    East Stroudsburg (1974)

  • NC State takes you inside the work it takes to get the field ready for gameday

    It’s easy to walk into a stadium on game day without even thinking of all the work that goes into getting the field ready for two teams to collide on it.  Hundreds of thousands of fans (and coaches) do it every weekend without a second thought.

    This video profiling the grounds crew at NC State’s Carter-Finley stadium sheds some light on the enormous amount of work that goes into getting the field ready, and its just short of backbreaking.

    “For the first game, we’ll come in the Sunday prior to the week of the first game and get all the logos down, then we’ll go ahead and take those off and line them off…so they’ll be down all week.” Derek Liles, the Wolf Pack’s director of on-campus facilities explained.

    “Then on Thursday, we’ll come in and we’ll do lines, and numbers, and the hashes, and the white in the end zones, and we’ll have a little black we’ll have to do. That takes all day…probably 9-10 hours and 65 gallons of white to do.”

    That’s a lot of meticulous attention to detail, while being bent over at the waist for hours on end.

    “On Friday, we’ll come in and do all the red. That’s the only thing that we do on Friday and that’ll take 6 hours and probably 100 gallons of red.”

    Next time you look out on a finished field, think of the work that went into it, and be sure to thank your facilities guys.