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  • Video: An ONSIDE PUNT got returned for a touchdown last night in CFL action

    During last night’s CFL game, with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats punting to the Toronto Argonauts, the Argos punt returner (AJ Jefferson) briefly forgot one of the wackier rules of the Canadian Football League.

    As I learned last night, when you’re punting in the CFL, if you have a few players lined up behind the punter, they can actually recover a punt just like you would we would recover an onside kick on our side of the border.

    From the looks of how the situation played out, Jefferson (a rookie defensive back from Fresno State) wasn’t aware of the rule and acted like he was fielding a punt back in the states. That prompted a Tiger-Cats defender to pounce on the loose ball up, and roll a time or two before popping up and sprinting into the end zone.

    Crazy, right? In Jefferson’s defense, he didn’t look like the only guy who didn’t know what was going on.

    You have to wonder if this was just a product of a rookie making a mistake and not knowing the zany rule differences between the CFL and football in America, or if it was a strategic coaching decision to use the CFL rules to their advantage when they saw a rookie punt returner back there.

    Either way, it was something exciting that we’ll never see once college football (and the NFL) comes back on in a few weeks, so appreciate it while you can.

  • Recruit creates his own Monopoly board to announce his college decision

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    This past off season, we’ve seen recruits introduce some crazy ways to announce their college destinations. It all seemed to reach a whole new level when one recruit made his announcement by pulling a bus, then the nation’s #1 kicker short music video on a private jet to let the world know where he was headed. Some recruits have even teamed up with Bleacher Report for a more professional look.

    Now, the ante has been raised even further, as Rockhurst HS (KS) athlete AJ Taylor decided to make his announcement with a custom made Monopoly board, dubbed COLLEGEOPOLY – AJ Taylor Edition for the big event.

    Apparently Monopoly was a favorite game in the house as Taylor grew up, so incorporating it into his announcement seemed appropriate.

    The custom game board had schools that had offered him in place of properties, “chance cards”. and green houses and red hotels, just like the real Monopoly game. Taylor staged a bit of a game for a little while, placing houses on several schools that he was considering including Northwestern and Missouri, but when he drew a chance card that said “Advance to the College of Your Choosing” the gig was up, and Taylor advanced to the Wisconsin spot on the board to announce his selection.

    There is clearly no limit to the creativity of recruits, so what’s going to be next?

    (H/T Randy Withers)

  • David Cutcliffe on how technology has changed college football

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    Duke head coach David Cutcliffe has been coaching for nearly forty years. He is renowned for his “play book” which is basically a calendar for the next 365 days showing what every coach, player and administrator needs to do, by day, by practice, by hour, by period and so on for their program to succeed.

    The man obsesses over details because he knows how important they are to building a successful program. Cutcliffe loves efficiency. If there is a better way to do something, he wants to learn how, understand why they weren’t doing this in the first place, and then implement the improvements as effectively as possible. In short, Cut does it right and is always looking to do it better.

    Cutcliffe understands that without great people, few organizations can thrive. Accordingly, Cutcliffe has always set out to hire the best possible people for his programs. “Once you hire great people, I think the biggest thing is keeping those people on task and pointed in the right direction.”

    The video above, produced by Teamworks, shows Cut discussing how he feels Teamworks helps Duke football be such an efficiently run and well-organized program. Cutcliffe closes with, “Surround yourself with great people and have great organization and that’s how you win.”

    Have a listen as Cutcliffe describes the importance that he places on “seconds, not just minutes.” The lesson here, for all coaches, is to use technology to create efficiencies and improve your program.

    That is how you build – and maintain – a winning program.

  • Tuesday’s One Minute Warm Up

    To Get Your Blood Flowing:

    – Good news for all defensive linemen and running backs wearing Under Armour: you are now ungrabbable (or your money back!)

    – The things Rory McIlroy can do with a golf club are pretty amazing:

    – Lee Corso said Monday he’s no longer allowed to wear Florida State head gear, and it’s Bill Murray’s fault.

    In Case You Missed It:

    – The Green Bay Packers detailed the insane cat-and-mouse system NFL teams must play with defenses (and TV viewers) in order to make calls at the line of scrimmage.

    – Jim Mora downplays the P. Diddy kettle bell incident. “You know, those things happen.”

    – Carolina Panthers special teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven’s inspiring reason why he chose to coach this season in spite of a cancer diagnosis.

    – A by-the-numbers look at football that you’ll want to share with your players.

    Up Today:

    The American media days are up and running in beautiful Newport, R.I.

    Far more importantly, players are reporting all over the place, and pads are starting to pop. Yes, football is in the air my friends. Enjoy.

  • Video of the Day: Texas Tech’s 2015 Hype Video

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    Tuesday August 4, 2015

    Texas Tech: “COMING SOON – September 5, 2015″