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  • Video of the Day – Houston vs. SMU football teaser

    Video of the Day

    Wednesday October 7, 2015

    Houston vs. SMU teaser

  • Drones: The future of football film

    Spend a minute watching this video and you will quickly see the benefits of using a drone to film practice.

    As the video shows, the picture quality is excellent (“Stunning 4k video”). With flight time of several hours, no issue using this thing for an entire practice. Obviously, the system is completely mobile, allowing the operate to film from any angle and at any height. Take a look and imagine the possibilities.

    This video comes compliments of our friends at SidelinePower.

  • Dino Babers and an athletic trainer saved a woman from burning car on way back from road trip


    On the way home from their game at Buffalo on Saturday (a 28-22 win to bring the Falcons to 3-2 overall), a car swerved in front of the caravan of Bowling Green team buses on I-90 and hit the center divider. Moments later the car caught on fire right in front of the first team bus.

    Luckily for the driver involved, Dino Babers and an athletic trainer saw it all happen and were quick to respond.

    “The bus driver asked for permission to stop the bus, and I gave it to him – but I told him not to stop the other three buses,” Babers told the Toledo Blade.

    “Then he asked to go check out the car and see if the driver was hurt. I told him no, because if he was hurt there wouldn’t be anyone to drive the bus home.”

    It was then that Babers and athletic trainer Chelsea Lowe got out of the bus to check on the driver and those in the car. That’s when they noticed the smoke. “We knew whoever was in the car wasn’t just going to walk away and have everything be okay,” Lowe noted.

    Babers and Lowe dragged the driver, a 25-year old local woman, about 30 feet away from the car, to a safer location. Lowe attended to the injured woman, while Babers went back to the car to retrieve the woman’s purse, keys, and other valuables.

    Interestingly enough, the Blade points out that Babers was in a similar situation where a good samaritan came to the rescue when he packed up a U-Haul to drive from Arizona to Illinois for a coaching job at Eastern Illinois. Babers spent a lot of time and energy trying to pay the couple back for rescuing him, but instead had to settle on promising the who helped save him that if he was ever driving driving and saw someone in trouble on the side of the road, he would stop and assist.

    Big ups to Babers for coming to the rescue here, and even more impressive is the fact that he wouldn’t let the bus driver help out because “if he was hurt there wouldn’t be anyone to drive the bus home.” That’s some really sharp thinking in the face of adversity.

    Read the full story from The Blade here.

  • Video: Sumlin brings in former 9-time All Pro Brian Dawkins for the pre game speech

    Whether it’s a guest speaker, or someone already in the locker room, every program should identify their pre game hype man and let him loose.

    At Texas A&M, Sumlin may have found one of those guys for the Aggies in the form of former nine-time Pro Bowl Safety Brian Dawkins. He was a legend delivering the pre game speeches as a player, so Sumlin had to figure what better person to get in front of his team now?

    Teh video above shows Dawkins, who played his college ball at Clemson before a nice NFL career with the Eagles and Broncos, bringing the juice in the Aggies pre game meeting in the team meeting room before taking on Mississippi State. He does a great job of getting some give-and-take with the team before ending it with a “TAKE IT!” sign off.

    You’re going to love this. It’s short, sweet, and gets your mind right.

  • Does icing the kicker work?


    Coaches that have decided to ice the kicker during a pivotal kick have been handsomely rewarded so far this season compared to statistics from previous seasons.

    According to piece done by STATS, when a timeout has been called by a coach this season before a field goal attempt to tie the game, or to go ahead, in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter, kickers have gone on to make just under 37% of their attempts (7 of 19).

    Compared to previous season totals, that’s way, way down. Under those same circumstances in 2012, kickers made just under 82% of their kicks, in 2013 it was 64%, and last season kickers nailed 80%.

    According to the article, Butch Jones and his staff did some historical research on when and (more importantly) who to ice during his time in Cincinnati. His findings? “What we found is if it was a younger kicker, you’d want to ice him and call timeout right before the snap. If it was a veteran kicker, if you’re going to ice him, you’d ice him early.”

    Take that and do with it as you please.

    Doing some quick research and math, we found this rather interesting.

    We’ll have see how this one continues to play out over the remainder of the season, but if the trend continues (for whatever reason), you have stats pretty heavily on your side that support saving a timeout late in the game to ice a kicker who could tie, or win, the game.

    Having that info in your back pocket could prove to invaluable.

    Read the full piece here.

    One reader brought up a really good point that would be interesting to see.