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  • Video: Southern Miss has some fun at practice during their bye week

    With a bye week on their hands last week, Todd Monken put together some offense vs. defense competitions to help his staff and players unwind a bit.

    First, everyone from the big fellas to the skill players took their shot at punting…and while most of it wasn’t pretty, Monken may have found the punter of the future with a 50 yard bomb.

    Then the coaching staff gets in on the action by catching punts, and when they make it look too easy, they start doing it one handed and have no shortage of swagger.

    After that, it’s on to attempting a 30 yard field goal, which wasn’t pretty.

    Things get really interesting when the offensive lineman take on defensive lineman, one-on-one from the five yard line trying to catch a touchdown pass. Skip to the 4:36 mark to see the highlight of that showdown.

    #61 may be coaching the receivers somewhere next year with those moves.

  • Video of the Day – D-II West Georgia’s playoff hype video

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    West Georgia’s hype video before beating Tuskegee

  • Update at Michigan

    Yesterday, interim AD Jim Hackett met with local reporters and announced that he would be the one making the decision regarding Brady Hoke’s future as head football coach at Michigan.

    Umm, what’s that?

    Yes, Jim Hackett, who when announced as the interim AD stated that he would not be a candidate for the post on a permanent basis, just said that he would be the one making the decision on Brady Hoke’s future. In fact, when introducing him, Michigan President Mark Schlissel said, “I am confident Jim will immediately begin the process of moving the department forward including working closely with me to develop a plan to identify and recruit Michigan’s next permanent athletic director.” The plan was not for Hackett to be in this position long-term.

    Well, that has changed folks. Per source, Michigan’s board of regents met recently and Hackett told the board that he has not found a person or persons that he would recommend the board consider for the permanent athletic director post. Accordingly, he advised the Regents that he would be the one making the decision on Hoke’s future following the season. The Regents per source, recognizing the potential issue this could present when trying to hire a new head coach, asked Hackett if this meant he was prepared to stay on “at least two years” in order to provide stability when, potentially, attempting to hire a new face of Michigan football. Hackett told the Regents he was prepared to do so.

    Wow, how about that? Michigan gets rid of the business type CEO to purportedly bring in a “professional athletics director” type…only to once again have a business type CEO running athletics again. Maybe Hackett will bring rational thinking and stability to Michigan athletics. Hopefully he will. By all accounts he is a wonderful and very smart guy. Hopefully it all works out. Just seems like an odd turn of events from all that was said when Hackett was hired just three weeks ago.

    So, what does this mean for all of the coaches out there? Well, Hackett will be the one making the decision on Brady Hoke’s future with Michigan football. If Hackett decides to make a change, Hackett will be your new boss, likely for the first two years and maybe more. While this is different than what the coaching community had been hearing prior to yesterday, honestly, this isn’t a bad thing if Michigan needs to hire a new head coach. Uncertainty at the top in a coaching search is recipe for disaster. Hackett took that uncertainty off the table yesterday and effectively said “I will be accountable for this decision”. I like that part.

    As always, we’ll keep you posted on The Scoop as things progress.

  • The FCS playoff brackets have been announced

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    Yesterday marked the final weekend of the regular season for the Football Championship Subdivision, and today the playoff match ups were announced.

    The top four teams that earned a first round bye with their body of work during the regular season were New Hampshire (#1 overall seed), North Dakota State (#2), Jacksonville State (#3) and Eastern Washington (#4). Chattanooga, Illinois State, Coastal Carolina and Villanova rounded out the other four teams enjoying first round byes.

    Coastal Carolina, who was the #1 team in the country heading into Saturday, got knocked off by Turner Gill’s playoff bound Liberty squad. Liberty drew James Madison in the first round.

    First round games will take place this weekend (November 29th) and continue every weekend through December 19th or 20th. with the title game played January 10th in Frisco, TX.

    Here’s a full look at how the bracket shaped up:
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    See the full interactive bracket here, courtesy of the NCAA.

  • Dabo was asked about the Florida job yesterday, and responded in total Dabo fashion

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    Like seemingly every coach in college football with an above .500 career record, Dabo Swinney was asked about the Florida job following Clemson’s 28-0 defeat of Georgia State on Saturday, and he responded in total Dabo fashion.

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    He managed to affirm his commitment to Clemson while also not denying he could leave at some point – and spread it over two emails. Well done, Dabo.