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  • Here’s a new trick for your next highlight video

    Here’s a new trick for you video creators. If you’re not one of those, enjoy this Matrix-like touchdown pass by Arkansas’ Brandon Allen, which our videographer here says was taken on an iPhone 6.

  • Video: You’ve never seen a game end quite like this

    Texas Lutheran defeated Louisiana College 38-32 on Saturday after the Bulldogs fended off Louisiana College as the Wildcats marched to the five-yard line with 6.9 seconds to play. How they got there, though, is wild.

    When our play-by-play man on the scene throws in the line of , “Correct interpretation of the rules hasn’t really been a mantra of the game,” it makes me feel like we need to see the entire game.

    Unfortunately for Louisiana College, a poorly timed miscommunication had doomed the Wildcats whether or not head coach Dennis Dunn ran on the field.

    “We were out of timeouts… (Quarterback Easton Melancon) was running up to spike it, and it was fourth down,” Dunn said following the game. “We could not spike it at that point. I was just trying to get his attention to not spike it. He was gonna spike it and game over. It was an end of the game situation where you practice those things, but you never think they’re going to come back to bite you.”

    (HT @D3Football)

    Watch the final sequence play out here, with comments from Dunn.

  • Mississippi State center explains stomping on LSU defenders. We good here?

    Saturday night was an incredible one for Dan Mullen and Mississippi State. Maybe Mullen’s best in his six seasons in Starkville. His Bulldogs outclassed LSU in every phase of the game, racking up an unheard of 570 yards at night in Death Valley, as Mississippi State powered to a n0t-nearly-as-close-as-the-final-score 34-29 win. He called an incredible game.

    The only downer of the night (other than the final three minutes, which Mullen said took 7-10 years off his life) were two plays by Bulldogs center Dillon Day, who stomped on Tigers defenders in the aftermath of two plays.

    See for yourself below:

    Today, Day released an explanation, and it appears he will not face punishment. His explanation was retweeted by a member of Mississippi State’s sports information staff. Day’s explanation sounds sincere – or, at least, at sounds as if Day sincerely believes his explanation – but he’s not the only lineman that faces a similar situation throughout the course of a game.

    Read Day’s explanation below.

    Dillon DayCoaches, what do you think? Is Mullen right for standing by his player, or should he have some sort of punishment for his starting center?

     

  • FootballScoop Study: Why you want a coordinator in his early 40’s

    JeremyPruitt

    We’re nearly a month into the college football season, which means hiring season is closer than we’re all ready to admit. When hiring a coordinator, are you better off seeking an experienced mind, or rolling the dice with a bright, young mind? While there are certainly a number of success stories on either end of the spectrum, the numbers we found indicate you’re better off veering younger.

    We looked at the  coordinators for the top 10 scoring offenses and defenses over both the 2013 and (admittedly young) 2014 season, and our numbers indicate the target area for coordinator hiring is somewhere around the late 30’s or early 40’s.

    The logic behind that makes sense. At 40, a coach is entering the sweet spot of his career. He’s experienced enough to develop a firm idea in his identity and his scheme, but still young enough to stay on the cutting edge schematically and relate to players and recruits.

    Offensive coordinators, 2013 top 10 scoring offenses

    CoordinatorSchoolAge
    Philip MontgomeryBaylor42
    Jimbo FisherFlorida State48
    Tom HermanOhio State39
    Scott FrostOregon39
    Jake SpavitalTexas A&M29
    Dave SchrammFresno State51
    Bill LeggMarshall51
    Chad MorrisClemson45
    Lincoln RileyEast Carolina31
    Mike NorvellArizona State32

    Median age: 40.5

    Offensive coordinators, 2014 top 10 scoring offenses

    CoordinatorSchoolAge
    Philip MontgomeryBaylor42
    Jake SpavitalTexas A&M29
    Jim ChaneyArkansas52
    Mike BoboGeorgia40
    Scott FrostOregon39
    Dave WarnerMichigan State54*
    Mike NorvellArizona State32
    Dave ChristensenUtah53
    Tyson HeltonWestern Kentucky37
    Bill LeggMarshall51
    Tim BeckNebraska48

    Median age: 41

    Defensive coordinators, 2013 top 10 scoring defenses

    CoordinatorSchoolAge
    Jeremy PruittFlorida State40
    Vance BedfordLouisville56
    Pat NarduzziMichigan State48
    Kirby SmartAlabama38
    Mike ElkoBowling Green37
    Dave ArandaWisconsin37
    Todd OrlandoUtah State42*
    John SkladanyNorth Texas65
    Phil ParkerIowa51
    Derek MasonStanford44

    Median age: 43

    Defensive coordinators, 2014 top 10 scoring defenses

    CoordinatorSchoolAge
    Lance AndersonStanford40*
    Phil BennettBaylor58
    Dave WommackOle Miss58
    Brian VanGorderNotre Dame55
    Dick BumpasTCU64
    Bob ShoopPenn State48
    Jim KnowlesDuke49*
    Mark SnyderTexas A&M49
    Phil SnowTemple58
    Kirby SmartAlabama38

    Median age: 52

    * Estimated age

    The median age jumps a decade, but this one needs to be chalked up to sample size issues. That is, unless you believe Duke, Texas A&M, Temple and others will end the season ranked around where they are now.

    Let’s check again in a couple months and see what the numbers say.

  • Nick Saban shares advice on personal finance and women’s fashion in a new commercial

    Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about Nick Saban, Regions Bank comes out with this commercial where he talks sound financial advice, AND a little women’s fashion.

    Next stop for Saban; New York Fashion week?

    The Tide are off this week, and will head to Oxford to take on Ole Miss October 4th.