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  • Video from South Carolina will have you reflecting on your first CFB game with your dad

    South Carolina’s Here: It’s great to be a Gamecock series of videos has been one of the more refreshing approaches to videos a college football has embarked on in years.

    The series is so well done, and their approach is so unique that you can’t help but enjoy every release.

    Their most recent video Here: Memories tackles the experience that South Carolina football provides to fathers and their sons, and it’s guaranteed to make you feel nostalgic and reflect on your first game with your dad.

  • The time Pat Narduzzi pranked Scott Shafer into having an allergic reaction

    First year Pittsburgh head football coach Pat Narduzzi, center, talks with the team before their NCAA college Blue Gold spring football game, Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

    Before they were ACC head coaches, Pat Narduzzi and Scot Shafer were defensive assistants at Rhode Island. Narduzzi handled the linebackers and Shafer the defensive backs.

    On Wednesday’s ACC teleconference, Narduzzi shared a story of his ACC bunk mate and former coworker that stands as the best teleconference story of 2015, hands down.

    Narduzzi story

    (via @Matt_Fortuna)

  • Check out 13 of the Big Ten Coaches “Traditions” video promos from BTN


    The Big Ten conference is full of fun, rich college football traditions from white outs at Penn State to Wisconsin playing “Jump Around” at Camp Randall.

    Here, the Big Ten coaches have some fun with their team “Traditions” promo from the Big Ten Network

    Ohio State’s is strong, Northwestern’s had me laughing out loud, and Wisconsin’s is pretty good too, but which one is your favorite?




    Penn State

    Ohio State




    Michigan State





  • FootballScoop Predicts: Biggest Non-Coaching Surprises of 2015

    EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 6: Devon Allen #5 of the Oregon Ducks heads toward the end zone on a 70-yard touchdown reception in the first half of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Autzen Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

    Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

    In case you missed our Biggest Coaching Surprises of 2015 predictions yesterday, you should rectify that immediately. If you didn’t miss them, then you’ll understand the context for our Biggest Non-Coaching Surprises of 2015.

    Scott (@FootballScoop): Within a year we will see at least one current “Group of 5″ FBS program either stop playing football, or opt to move down to FCS.

    The economics of fielding a competitive full squad at the FBS level -if you aren’t in a Power 5 conference – are simply becoming difficult to make work unless you have a sizable, loyal, giving and growing fanbase. To remain competitive requires financial investment and while the Power 5 guys are reaping the benefits of what at some point felt like never-ending TV money (and it feels like that ship is slowing, too), Group of 5 programs are not all rolling in new TV money. Tough decisions lay ahead. Here’s a bit of unsolicited advice to university presidents out there: find yourself an athletic director who is aligned with your vision for your university and invest in that person. Together, develop your plan and stay the course, but be willing to make minor course corrections as needed (sometimes even to get ahead of the competition). Keep him (or her) happy and watch his or her roots grow and your university will see the benefits for years to come.

    Zach (@Zach_Barnett): One conference gets two teams in the Playoff AND the Heisman winner comes out of nowhere.

    I’m technically cheating here with two predictions, but that’s because I’m so sure in each of these that I’d venture to label them “guarantees.”

    I had one bet-the-farm pick in 2014 – four separate conferences would make the inaugural Playoff. With so many competing agendas and so little trust in the new system, spreading the wealth as far as possible was a lock last year. Now that we’re a year in and college football has not exploded from within, the committee stretches its legs a little and leaves two conferences out of the semifinals.

    As for my second prediction, let’s look at the recent history of Heisman winners. Before Marcus Mariota took the Heisman home to the West Coast last year, the last preseason favorite to actually win the stiffarm statue was… Troy Smith in 2006? In fact, prior to Mariota, three of the last four winners (Newton, Manziel, Winston) were in their first year on the field with their respective teams. So I’d actually put money on a guy like UCLA true freshman quarterback Josh Rosen before Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott or TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin.

    Doug (@CoachSamz): Only one of the four teams from the 2014 playoff field will appear again in the 2015 playoff.

    Ask college football experts around the country who is going to make the college football playoff this season, and their opinions are going to be all over the place. Some say LSU, others say Michigan State, or Clemson or Arizona State. There are just so many quality teams this year that pose a real threat.

    I think the biggest surprise in the 2015 playoff field is that only one team will be making a repeat appearance, and I think that team will be Ohio State. Oregon and Florida State both have to replace big-name quarterbacks and other firepower on both sides of the ball, and I’m not confident that Alabama will even win the loaded SEC.

  • How coaches and parents can help the HS to college transition, according to an Olympian


    For college freshman student-athletes, adjusting to life away from home can present a set of unique challenges. College coaches know this all too well, as year after year they’re tasked with helping a handful of freshman through the growing pains of both training camp, and homesickness.

    Earlier today, the website Swim Swam released an article with thoughts from 4-time Olympian Jill Sterkel on how parents, and coaches can better prepare their kids for the transition from high school to college, and it’s a very interesting read. Sterkel coached the Texas swim team for 14 years and is a parent herself.

    While the parellels between swimming and football may be few and far between, as coaches (and parents) we all face similar issues, and with the 2015 season very young, and the 2016 season right around the corner, Sterkel’s thoughts will carry significant meaning for many of us as assistant coaches, coordinators, and head coaches.

    “I have a theory. It’s not scientific. It’s my own theory I’ve cooked up in my head, for what it’s worth,” Sterkel started off telling Swim Swam.

    “I think parents who have raised their children and have given them the leeway to make mistakes, and have corrected them along the way, have kids that fare far better in college than the kids who have been forced to do this, do that, ‘because I said so.’”

    “You’ve got to teach independence, with boundaries. When they can experience a problem and work through it to the other side, there is a sense of accomplishment. There’s a sense of “Wow!” They are adding to their toolbox. It’s easier for us to jump in and fix it. We can fix a problem in two seconds and we’re done, but that doesn’t teach them a whole lot.” Sterkel explained.

    Finding a way to do that as a coach can be a challenge. Many coaches have an open door policy with their guys, while other programs match them up with an upperclassmen or big brother of sorts to be their mentor and guide. There’s many ways to approach it, but the best way to keep your retention rate high is to spend time building quality relationships with your young guys.

    For the coaches out there who are also parents, this advice is invaluable, because before you know it, your little ones will be making the all-important transition from high school to college, and when they do, you may want to take another look at Sterkel’s advice.