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  • Tom Herman and his staff have taped SMU jerseys to the floor around the facility


    The battle between two of Texas’ first year college head coaches on Thursday night just got a little more interesting, thanks to an interesting motivational tactic by Tom Herman and his staff.

    Walk around the football facility at Houston, and you’ll notice jersey’s with “SMU” across the chest taped to the ground in the higher traffic foot areas. The message that sends? We’ll leave that up to you to decide.

    Houston beat writer Joseph Duarte tweeted a few pics and a video of the creative approach.

    On Thursday night (8pm EST kickoff), Houston (4-0) and Herman will look to remain unbeaten, while a much improved SMU (1-4) squad , led by Chad Morris, are looking for win number two on the year, and their first conference win in the American.

  • The #Twitter12Pack of things I didn’t expect to see this weekend

    1. Six teams have taken a 13+ point lead in every single game so far this season. Five of them have an undefeated record…and then there’s Tennessee

    2. Can anyone explain what is going on here?

    3. Weird moment running into a coordinator at the urinal during the game

    4. This is the best looking QB sack you’ll see for a while, and it comes courtesy of the HS level

    5. I’ve never seen someone as excited about a made extra point as Iowa State’s holder

    6. Gary Patteron catapulted a pre game zinger Texas’ direction, and then backed it up with a 50-7 win.

    7. The best GameDay sign of the week goes to…

    8. UCLA’s Jim Mora willingly took a safety and gave up two points in the hopes of gaining better field position to mount their comeback. Not sure how I feel about this one.

    9. If you’re an FCS program (Eastern Kentucky) that has played toe-to-toe with an SEC program (Kentucky), how do you pass up a chance to win with less than a minute left and opt instead for overtime?

    10. You may be able to say that you saw one of these coming, but no chance anyone saw all five.

    11. A combo I didn’t expect to see this morning: a hot dog and cotton candy (infused with mustard).

    12. Houston takes their secrecy in the press box pretty seriously, so don’t try any of this glass wall divider business when they’re in town.

  • Dan Campbell, 39, to be named interim head coach of the Dolphins


    Dan Campbell, at age 39, is expected to be named interim head coach of the Dolphins shortly per multiple media reports.

    Campbell played tight end at Texas A&M before spending ten seasons in the NFL with the Giants, Cowboys, Lions and Saints. In 2010 he began his coaching career as a coaching intern with the Dolphins.

    From 2011 through yesterday, Campbell served as the tight ends coach for the Dolphins. A “players coach”, Campbell is now in charge of refocusing the players on just playing football. Giving their full effort and letting the results follow.

    A source familiar with Campbell told FootballScoop that Campbell has “incredible work ethic. He gets the most out of his players and they respect him. He’s very passionate about his job.”

    With head coach Joe Philbin out, and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle reportedly out as well (per Jason Cole), Campbell needs to make this about the players and let them do their thing. Will be very interesting to see how this one plays out.

    As always, keep an eye on The Scoop for all the latest news.

    Update> The Dolphins have now announced Campbell as the interim head coach.


  • Video: The Swamp hosted an emotional military reunion on Saturday

    A Florida family was surprised with a military reunion at The Swamp on Saturday during the Old Miss game.

    Chief Warrant Officer Kristian Denkins arrived back on American soil after a fifth tour of duty in Afghanistan and surprised his wife and four children during the game. Of course, the ESPN cameras were there to capture the emotional moment.

    At first, they just showed Denkins on the big board, and the family didn’t realize he was less than a hundred yards away until he started to jog out of the tunnel towards them and that’s when the moment hit them.

    Not only did this family experience the moment of a lifetime in front of a hundred thousand fans, but the Gators went on to stomp Ole Miss 38-10 to put the icing on the cake.

    USA! USA! USA!

  • Oregon’s newest uniforms will pay tribute to the explorers Lewis and Clark and the Oregon Trail

    Just when you thought Oregon couldn’t do anything else to surprise you with their uniform combinations, they’ve collaborated with Nike to create new Pioneer uniforms that emphasize the rich history of the state of Oregon.

    “For this inspiring new uniform, we want to celebrate the state and its great founders and innovators,” as Todd Van Horne, the creative director of Nike Football, explains in Nike’s official release.

    The details that went into this one are unlike any uniform out there, and the way they’ve found a way to pay tribute to the state history is really cool as well.

    Nike’s website has all the finer details, but here’s an overview.



    That subtle little squiggle pattern you see in the uniform is a sublimated tonal pattern of the Oregon Trail. Each uniform actually has it’s own unique pattern and showcases a different area of the map.



    A silhouette of Lewis and Clark is located on the side of the helmet, alongside the Duck, and the decal wraps around the lid.



    The back of the helmet features a 33-star flag, representing Oregon’s acceptance into the union in 1859.



    See more pictures, and read more of the details, here.