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  • Blake Anderson’s two years out of college football helped shape his coaching philosophy


    Back in 2005 Blake Anderson had to make a life altering decision, according a recent piece in The State; continue in the coaching profession and watch his marriage and family life crumble, or walk away from coaching and focus on his life off the field.

    It’s a decision that hundreds of coaching face every year.

    Anderson walked into the football offices at Middle Tennessee State the morning after being confronted with that decision and submitted his resignation, walking away from life as a college football coach.

    “That moment in my life, at my worst, has really allowed me to grow and become better to the people around me. I care more about taking care of them than I do taking care of me. They don’t work for me; we work together.” the first year Arkansas State head coach explained.

    After resigning at MTSU, Anderson spent the next two seasons away from coaching altogether, selling insurance for his father’s business in Texas and reconnecting with his wife, daughter, and two sons. It was those two years away from football that transformed his approach to coaching.

    When the 2007 season rolled around, Anderson got back into coaching at Louisiana-Lafayette with the blessing of his family and the promise that he wouldn’t go back to his old coaching ways. This time around there would be a healthy balance of football, family and faith.

    Back in December of 2013, Anderson was announced as the fifth head coach in five seasons at Arkansas State. it marked his first opportunity to run his own program, and his approach to running the entire program reflects the changes he vowed to make.

    For example, The State points out that staff meetings don’t start until 8:15 so that his assistants can take their kids to school. Assistants get over 5 weeks of vacation during the summer, and are not allowed to work weekends during the spring. Also among the changes are two days a week (Wednesdays and Thursdays) when coaches leave the facility as soon as the final whistle blows at practice.

    In Jonesboro, Anderson is doing things his way, but really had to face some harsh realities before being given the chance to run his own program, his way.

    “If it means we don’t get it done, and they fire me, then you know what, then my way didn’t work this time.” he explained.

    “It doesn’t mean it won’t work somewhere else. To me, it’s worth the risk.”

    Read The State’s full piece here.

  • Mark Helfrich and Mike Riley teamed up for an “Emmy Award worthy” commercial?

    Six months ago, over the summer, Mike Riley and Mark Helfrich got together to shoot a regional commercial with Smokey the Bear about “Teaming up to tackle wildfires.”

    Right on cue, the two sneak in some clever football puns; Riley with a “kickoff your burn early in the day…” and Helfrich’s “don’t fumble while leaving the burning pile unattended…”

    The result of the commercial, which has been airing out West since the beginning of football season, is something that Helfrich is quite proud of, even pointing out to the Oregonian that he is of the belief that his performance was “Emmy Award worthy.”

    I’m no expert, but I’m not so sure of that one coach.

    However, if they’re still searching for lead roles for the next season of True Detective, look no further than the state of Oregon’s two premier head coaches and their performance here. The on screen chemistry is hard to deny…?

    The two coaches will face off in the Civil War rivalry at 8pm EST tomorrow night.

  • Video of the Day – Finish the Fight

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    Friday November 28, 2014

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  • Chad Morris will reportedly be the next head coach at SMU

    June Jones stepped down as SMU’s head coach on the afternoon of September 8. Within minutes of word breaking, Scott tweeted the following:

    The following day, Scott wrote an article surmising the candidates at SMU, and led off with this:

    I expect Chad Morris to be offered and to accept the position.  I also expect Morris to deny interest in the position until he is offered the job. Morris has quietly sought out other jobs, most recently he pushed for the Vanderbilt opening which went to Derek Mason, and this is one he will push hard for. Morris would love the opportunity to return to Texas and the bravado that comes with being a head ball coach in Dallas. Morris would thrive in this environment and would interact well with Mustang boosters. In my opinion, Hart has plenty of time and will perform his diligence but I believe Morris is likely on top of the list already and won’t be surpassed.

    And on Thursday night, Clint Brewster of Clemson’s 247 site reported that Chad Morris will be the next head coach at SMU.

    Chip Brown of, an SMU alum, corroborated Brewster’s report.

    We can confirm that Morris left the office around 3 p.m. on Thursday, and that the Clemson staff believes he will accept the job at SMU.

    Should the news become official, SMU would be the first school to fill an opening in the 2014-15 hiring season.

    Update> Sources tell FootballScoop that the deal will become official following Clemson’s final game this weekend vs. South Carolina.

    This is obviously a developing story, so keep it tuned to @FootballScoop and The Scoop for the latest.

  • The NCAA has denied Georgia Southern’s waiver to appear in a bowl game


    In their first season of FBS competition, Georgia Southern is off to an impressive 8-3 start, and a win against ULM this weekend will bring them the outright Sun Belt Conference title.

    Back in early November, Zach wrote an article urging the NCAA to “not leave Georgia Southern hanging”. The NCAA wasn’t listening, and today they denied Georgia Southern’s waiver request to compete in a bowl game.

    On the heels of their success, Georgia Southern submitted a waiver to the NCAA asking to participate in bowl season but athletic director Tom Kleinlein recently announced that the NCAA’s legislative review committee’s decision to deny the waiver.

    Jump a class, reload with a whole new coaching staff, (perhaps) win the conference in your first year…and none of that is impressive enough to overlook an arbitrary rule to recognize the accomplishments of Willie Fritz and his guys.

    According to the NCAA, bending the rules to allow Georgia Southern into the field of bowl teams would prevent a worthy team of making a bowl trip. Evidently eight or nine wins isn’t enough to justify a bowl trip over a six win team? C’mon man.

    Kleinlein did share with the Savannah Morning News that he plans to file an appeal to the NCAA membership committee and expects to hear a decision on that appeal later this week, or early next week.

    Until then, keep your fingers crossed.

    What these guys have been able to accomplish in a “transitional year” is extremely impressive and the staff and team deserve a bowl trip.