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  • Video: Here’s the craziest touchdown of the bowl season… or ever

    Here’s the situation. Central Michigan trailed Western Kentucky 49-14 through three quarters of the inaugural Bahamas Bowl, but the Chippewas fought back to pull within 49-42 with one second left. Central Michigan had the ball, except it was 80 yards away from the goal line.

    No problem. Quarterback Cooper Rush dialed up a touchdown pass that can only be described as the love child of David Tyree’s helmet catch, Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary and the Stanford-Cal play.

    Dan Enos elected to go for two and the win, but the Chips, well, we’ll let Twitter take it from there.

    As far as glorified exhibition games sponsored by a drive-thru chicken joint pitting two 7-5 teams played before a crowd of hundreds on a tropical island on Christmas Eve afternoon, this was without a doubt the greatest in college football history.

  • Video of the Day – Fresno State’s bowl hype video

    Wednesday December 24, 2014

    Video of the Day

    Fresno State’s bowl hype video

  • Update on Jim Harbaugh’s future

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    Following Adam Schefter’s report last night that the “pendulum” has seemingly swung a bit back towards Michigan, I made some calls today.

    NFL sources tell me that the 49ers have told Michigan that if they reach a deal with Jim to become their next head coach, that the 49ers will release him from his contract and seek no compensation. Why? Well, per sources, if Jim isn’t going to be the Niners head coach next season, the 49ers front office would prefer to have him in the college ranks to avoid having to deal with…

    If Jim decides he wants to remain in the league, NFL sources tell us the most likely landing spot is the Raiders. Problem is, the 49ers organization is less than excited about the possibility that their head coach could be coaching across the bay next season. Per sources, if Jim were able to get the Raiders to the top, some within the 49ers organization would look very foolish for allowing this to happen while he was under contract.

    So, what are the Niners thinking? Per NFL sources, if Jim chooses to remain in the league, the Niners plan to ask for “a King’s ransom” and aren’t all that confident the Raiders would meet such demands. If this were to play out, this could make for a serious game of career poker. Who blinks first? If the Niners terminate his contract, he goes wherever he wants with no further compensation due to the Niners. That option seems unlikely; but sources tell us you can’t rule out any of these possibilities at this time.

    Multiple college sources tell us that if Harbaugh winds up choosing to go to Michigan, Florida defensive coordinator DJ Durkin is likely to join him; if not, perhaps Texas A&M is where Durkin will wind up; but that remains to be seen.

    We expect this all to play out next week. As always we’ll keep you posted on The Scoop.

  • Pat Narduzzi has finalized the deal to become Pitt’s next head coach

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    Christmas Eve Update > Multiple outlets are confirming that Narduzzi and Pitt have finalized the deal. Details to come on The Scoop.


     

    Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi will be the new head coach at Pitt, barring any “eleventh-hour breakdown” according to a report from Sports Illustrated.

    SI, as well as sources we’ve spoken with, both stress that it is not a done deal at this point; but we do expect this to get done.

    Narduzzi has led some of the top defenses in the country the past few years for the Spartans, and has been a loyal assistant to Mark Dantonio for the past decade, starting at Cincinnati in 2004.

    Dating back to 2011, the Spartan defense has ranked 13th or better nationally in scoring defense, rank in the top ten in numerous major defensive categories and finished second in total defense last season.

    His performance last season, capped with a victory over Stanford in the Rose Bowl, earned him the 2013 FootballScoop Defensive Coordinator of the Year award. Narduzzi also took home the coveted Broyles Award last season that goes to the nation’s top assistant coach in college football.

    Narduzzi was born in nearby Youngstown, OH and is more than familiar with the lay of land in the area surrounding Pitt. His coaching career has taken him from Miami (OH) as a grad assistant and receivers coach, to Rhode Island (LBs and DC), to Northern Illinois (LBs), back to Miami of Ohio (DC) and then to Cincinnati (DC) and Michigan State (DC). This will be his first opportunity to run his own program.

    Over the last few seasons, Narduzzi has been approached with numerous opportunities and it sounds like this one felt like the best fit for the longtime defensive coordinator. He will take over for Paul Chryst, who left for the Wisconsin job last week. Pitt went 19-19 in three seasons under Chyrst’s leadership.

    Once word becomes official, Michigan will be the only FBS job that remains open.

    As always, stayed tuned to The Scoop for the latest developments.

  • Oregon’s ball boy is so vital to effective practices, they put him on scholarship

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    Up until an interesting turn of events around this time last year, being a ball boy ranked right down there with being an offensive lineman on the list of thankless roles in football.

    But that all changed a year ago when Florida State’s ball boy, “Red Lightning,” came out with his very own highlight video, followed by Sports Science’s feature on Red Lightning and Auburn’s ball boy back in September.

    This morning ESPN published a piece on Kwame Mitchell, Oregon’s ball boy, and the process that he had to go through to earn the job. The tryout to earn the job started during spring practice and the “final exam” took place during the spring game.

    Mitchell also had to pick up his workout routine to keep up with the demands during practice; spring was one thing, but it amped up to a whole new level in the fall.

    None of that was particularly surprising, but there was one sentence in the article that really stood out. After making the cut, the university put Mitchell on scholarship.

    That right there tells you how important Oregon feels that their managers are to effective practices. The price of effective practices goes well beyond paying the man a small stipend, or hourly wage. Given the means, I’m confident that most coaches would do the same (or something similar) for their managers.

    First a scholarship, then a trip to the first ever college football playoff, and now an ESPN article – it’s only a matter of time before Mitchell has his own highlight video.

    Read the full article here.