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  • Jimbo Fisher is college football’s latest $5 million man

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    Make room, gentlemen. Jimbo Fisher is college football’s newest $5 million man.

    Thanks to an open records request by the Tallahassee Democrat, Florida State revealed that Fisher will earn $5 million a year in 2015, and the coach will receive a $100,000 a year bump through the 2022 season. Fisher, who earned $3.6 million in 2014 according to the USA Today coaching salary database, joins Alabama’s Nick Saban, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin, Texas’ Charlie Strong and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh in college football’s $5 million club.

    Of course, the most important figure in any coaching contract is the buyout. And there is a significant one here. Fisher would owe a cool $5 million should he leave before Dec. 31, 2016, a more manageable $3 million if he left between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2018, and a minuscule $1 million thereafter.

    Fisher is eligible for bonuses ranging from $50,000 for reaching a non-College Football Playoff bowl game to $250,000 for reaching certain team GPA or other off-the-field benchmarks. He’ll make $200,000 if the ‘Noles win a national championship. Fisher will also receive a $1.2 million longevity bonus should he remain in Tallahassee through the life of the contract.

    The new deal also provides an extra $750,000 for Fisher’s assistants. The group earned nearly $3.4 million in 2014, good for 12th nationally and third in the ACC. The new pool would rank them just behind Auburn for fifth nationally.

  • Stanford has an innovative blueprint for renewing season tickets: Roll out the red carpet

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    It seems like every since the invention of the oversized HDTV fans have been passing up the game day experience to sit in the comfort of their own home and watch sporting events.

    Since that point, ticket sales have dwindled, college athletic programs have formed focus groups with fans to improve the gameday experience in an effort to fill the stands, and season ticket sales are down for many programs, even those with a past history of selling out without a hitch.

    Stanford has developed an interesting,and somewhat innovative, plan for season ticket holders to renew their ticket packages, complete with a long list full of VIP worthy incentives that they become eligible for upon renewing.

    Check out this tweet from Stanford assistant athletic director for communications and public relations Kurt Svoboda to see more. I’ve blown up the picture to make it easier to read.

    StanfordSeasonTicketIncentiveIt looks like Stanford is willing to leave no stone unturned to convince their season ticket holders to renew as fast as humanly possible.

    Lock yours up before February 4th and get the red carpet virtually rolled out for you with a lunch with NFL alums, a day with Stanford football, a photo with coach Shaw after the spring game, a training table visit during the off season with the team, a tour of the facility, a pregame field pass for the Oregon game….read the rest for yourself, the list goes on and on.

    Pretty smart strategy here from the folks in Palo Alto. None of these break the bank for them, but each and every one of them provides those who buy season tickets the opportunity to be a VIP for a day – or on 13 separate occasions.

     

  • Send us your best National Signing Day graphics

    We’re a week out from the biggest date on the college football calendar between the national championship and opening day: National Signing Day.

    With the big day rapidly approaching, programs are promoting their signing classes through some pretty inventive graphics. Consider this page your official graphics home for NSD 2015. If you’re a brand new Division III program or the defending FBS champions, we want to see what you’ve got for Signing Day.

    Tweet us @FootballScoop and we’ll get them in here.

    West Georgia

    Mercer NSD

    Washington NSD

    Penn State NSD

    Kennesaw State NSD

    UNC SND

    MSU NSD

    Iowa State NSD

    GASO NSD

  • Southern Oregon raising funds to buy NAIA championship rings

    What’s the one thing that unites every champion, regardless of sport? If a member of the 1970 New York Knicks and 2012 North Dakota State Bison met at a bar, what’s the one thing they would have in common?

    A championship ring.

    Fresh off its first NAIA national championship, Southern Oregon is looking for help to purchase its set of championship rings. The Raiders have set up a fundraising drive in hopes of raising $37,000 to buy 150 rings for players and staff.

    “Unlike the NCAA Division I level – where the championship rings are already paid for – the Raiders have to purchase their own. Each ring costs approximately $250,” the page reads. “You can honor a player or position group by donating to the “Ring ‘Em Up” campaign. Your gift will help create a lasting memory for our National Champions.  Help us commemorate (and decorate) this historic group of SOU student-athletes.”

    Athletics director Bobby Heiken told the Associated Press said that Southern Oregon has raised $14,000, putting them about 40 percent of the way there.

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    (via NBC SportsCBS Sports)

  • FootballScoop crowns the statistical champions of the 2014 season

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    We’re all a bunch of liars.

    When a coach or media member refers to a team’s pass rush or third-down offense as “the best in college football,” that person is probably incorrect. More often than not, that all-encompassing term “the best in college football” references only the FBS, the game’s highest-profile subdivision but still less than 20 percent of its total population, rather than the entire sport at large.

    So we decided to examine all five divisions of college football, 746 programs in all between the NCAA and NAIA, to find the best in 26 different statistical categories to determine once and for all who had the best first downs defense in 2014.

    OFFENSE

    Scoring Offense
    FBS: Baylor – 48.2 points per game
    FCS: Eastern Washington – 44.1 points per game
    D2: Texas A&M-Commerce – 54.1 points per game
    D3: Mount Union (Ohio) – 58.5 points per game
    NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 55.5 points per game

    Touchdowns Per Game
    FBS: Baylor – 6.31
    FCS: Alcorn State – 6.08
    D2: Texas A&M-Commerce – 7
    D3: Mount Union (Ohio) – 7.53
    NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 7.92

    Total Offense
    FBS: Baylor – 581.5 yards per game
    FCS: Yale – 571.5 yards per game
    D2: Texas A&M-Commerce -535.4 yards per game
    D3: Mount Union (Ohio) – 589.9 yards per game
    NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 662.2 yards per game

    Yards Per Play
    FBS: Marshall – 7.59
    FCS: Alcorn State/Illinois State – 6.91
    D2: Texas A&M-Commerce – 7.47
    D3: Mount Union (Ohio) – 7.85
    NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 8.18

    Passing Offense
    FBS: Washington State – 477.7 yards per game
    FCS: Idaho State – 348.1 yards per game
    D2: New Mexico Highlands – 388.5 yards per game
    D3: Whitworth (Wash.)/East Texas Baptist – 368.1 yards per game
    NAIA: Southern Oregon – 383.0 yards per game

    Passing Efficiency
    FBS: Oregon – 180.78
    FCS: Villanova – 175.25
    D2: Harding (Ark.) – 188.13
    D3: Guilford College (N.C.) – 176.39
    NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 193.6

    Yards Per Attempt
    FBS: Oregon – 9.9
    FCS: Eastern Washington – 8.73
    D2: Texas A&M-Commerce – 10.31
    D3: Delaware Valley College (Pa.) – 10.11
    NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 11.48

    Rushing Offense
    FBS: Georgia Southern – 379.9 yards per game
    FCS: Cal Poly – 351.8 yards per game
    D2: Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) – 416.3 yards per game
    D3: Maine Maritime – 393.9 yards per game
    NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 354.8 yards per game

    Yards Per Carry
    FBS: Georgia Southern – 7.11
    FCS: Alcorn State – 6.42
    D2: Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) – 6.57
    D3: Heidelberg (Ohio) – 6.67
    NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 6.54

    First Downs Per Game
    FBS: Baylor – 30.1
    FCS: Idaho State – 27.9
    D2: Colorado Mines – 29.1
    D3: Mount Union (Ohio) – 28.6
    NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 29.8

    Third Down Conversions
    FBS: Georgia Tech – 57.9%
    FCS: Yale – 51.7%
    D2: Ferris State (Mich.) – 56.2%
    D3: Guilford (N.C.) – 58.1%
    NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 53.2%

    DEFENSE

    Scoring Defense
    FBS: Ole Miss – 16.0 points per game
    FCS: Harvard – 12.3 points per game
    D2: Colorado State-Pueblo – 12.8 points per game
    D3: Amherst College (Mass.) – 8.9 points per game
    NAIA: Northwestern (Iowa) – 15.2 points per game

    Touchdowns Per Game Allowed
    FBS: Ole Miss – 1.85
    FCS: Harvard – 1.5
    D2: Colorado State-Pueblo – 1.53
    D3: Amherst (Mass.) – 1.13
    NAIA: Northwestern (Iowa)/Tabor (Kan.) – 2

    Total Defense
    FBS: Clemson – 260.8 yards per game
    FCS: Bethune-Cookman – 237.5 yards per game
    D2: Northwest Missouri State – 213.1 yards per game
    D3: Wesleyan (Conn.) – 220.8 yards per game
    NAIA: Northwestern (Iowa) – 247.5 yards per game

    Yards Per Play Allowed
    FBS: Clemson – 4.03
    FCS: Bethune-Cookman – 3.97
    D2: Northwest Missouri State – 3.58
    D3: Wesleyan (Conn.)/Linfield (Ore.) – 3.59
    NAIA: Northwestern (Iowa) – 3.58

    Passing Defense
    FBS: San Jose State – 117.8 yards per game
    FCS: Samford – 139.1 yards per game
    D2: Newberry (S.C.) – 120.1 yards per game
    D3: St. Lawrence (N.Y.) – 114.5 yards per game
    NAIA: Edward Waters (Fla.) – 111.5 yards per game

    Pass Efficiency Defense
    FBS: Clemson – 98.3
    FCS: Southeastern Louisiana – 94.3
    D2: Oklahoma Panhandle State – 84.3
    D3: St. Lawrence (N.Y.) – 76.8
    NAIA: Northwestern (Iowa) – 71.5

    Yards Per Attempt Allowed
    FBS: Clemson – 5.3
    FCS: Bethune-Cookman/Southeastern Louisiana – 5.45
    D2: Indianapolis – 4.61
    D3: Wesleyan (Conn.) – 4.59
    NAIA: Northwestern (Iowa) – 4.60

    Rushing Defense
    FBS: Michigan State – 88.5 yards per game
    FCS: Bethune-Cookman – 79.9 yards per game
    D2: Shepherd (W. Va.) – 44.3 yards per game 
    D3: Wabash (Ind.) – 66.3 yards per game
    NAIA: Robert Morris (Ill.) – 75.8 yards per game

    Yards Per Carry Allowed
    FBS: TCU – 2.78
    FCS: Sacred Heart – 2.43
    D2: Shepherd (W. Va.) – 1.63
    D3: Wabash (Ind.) – 1.91
    NAIA: Robert Morris (Ill.) – 2.22

    First Downs Per Game Allowed
    FBS: Clemson – 14.2
    FCS: Bethune-Cookman – 14.0
    D2: Shepherd (W. Va.) – 11.5
    D3: Trinity (Conn.) – 12.6
    NAIA: Siena Heights (Mich.) – 13.3

    Third Down Conversions Allowed
    FBS: Clemson – 27.4%
    FCS: Bethune-Cookman – 25.0%
    D2: Shepherd (W. Va.) – 23.2%
    D3: Adrian (Mich.) – 21.1%
    NAIA: Northwestern (Iowa) – 24.9%

    Sacks Per Game
    FBS: Utah – 4.23
    FCS: Grambling – 3.75
    D2: Humboldt State (Calif.) – 4.5
    D3: Wabash (Ind.) – 4.58
    NAIA: Georgetown (Ky.) – 4.0

    Tackles For Loss Per Game
    FBS: Clemson – 10.08
    FCS: Grambling – 10.1
    D2: Texas A&M-Commerce – 10.8
    D3: Bethany (W. Va.) – 10.9
    NAIA: N/A

    OTHER

    Turnover Margin
    FBS: Oregon – 1.53
    FCS: Albany – 1.25
    D2: Bloomsburg (Pa.) – 2.31
    D3: Redlands (Ca.) – 2.44
    NAIA: N/A

    Penalties Per Game
    FBS: Navy – 2.54
    FCS: Gardner-Webb – 3.58
    D2: Michigan Tech – 2.55
    D3: Buena Vista (Iowa) – 2.90
    NAIA: Benedictine (Kan.) – 4.45