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 using the new slo-mo feature.
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.”
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.
FootballScoop Study: Why you want a coordinator in his early 40’s
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
Coordinator School Age Philip Montgomery Baylor 42 Jimbo Fisher Florida State 48 Tom Herman Ohio State 39 Scott Frost Oregon 39 Jake Spavital Texas A&M 29 Dave Schramm Fresno State 51 Bill Legg Marshall 51 Chad Morris Clemson 45 Lincoln Riley East Carolina 31 Mike Norvell Arizona State 32
Median age: 40.5
Offensive coordinators, 2014 top 10 scoring offenses
Coordinator School Age Philip Montgomery Baylor 42 Jake Spavital Texas A&M 29 Jim Chaney Arkansas 52 Mike Bobo Georgia 40 Scott Frost Oregon 39 Dave Warner Michigan State 54* Mike Norvell Arizona State 32 Dave Christensen Utah 53 Tyson Helton Western Kentucky 37 Bill Legg Marshall 51 Tim Beck Nebraska 48
Median age: 41
Defensive coordinators, 2013 top 10 scoring defenses
Coordinator School Age Jeremy Pruitt Florida State 40 Vance Bedford Louisville 56 Pat Narduzzi Michigan State 48 Kirby Smart Alabama 38 Mike Elko Bowling Green 37 Dave Aranda Wisconsin 37 Todd Orlando Utah State 42* John Skladany North Texas 65 Phil Parker Iowa 51 Derek Mason Stanford 44
Median age: 43
Defensive coordinators, 2014 top 10 scoring defenses
Coordinator School Age Lance Anderson Stanford 40* Phil Bennett Baylor 58 Dave Wommack Ole Miss 58 Brian VanGorder Notre Dame 55 Dick Bumpas TCU 64 Bob Shoop Penn State 48 Jim Knowles Duke 49* Mark Snyder Texas A&M 49 Phil Snow Temple 58 Kirby Smart Alabama 38
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.