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  • Video: We should all be like Ernie Johnson when we grow up

    This has nothing to do with football, but everything to do with life.

    Ernie Johnson won the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Studio Host/Personality last night, beating out giants in the industry such as Bob Costas, Keith Olbermann, Rich Eisen… and Stuart Scott. Scott, of course, passed away in January after a long bout with cancer. His death rocked the entire sports media industry.

    Johnson overcame his own bout with cancer and, as you’ll see below, encouraged Scott in his struggle with the disease. Instead of accepting the award and taking it back to Atlanta with him, Johnson gave his award to Scott’s daughters, Taelor and Sydni.

    Here’s a trailer for the E:60 piece Johnson references in his speech:

    We should all be like Ernie Johnson when we grow up.

  • Doc Holliday says the NFL is making the job of high school and college coaches “much harder”

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    The days and months leading up to the NFL Draft were littered with news of positive drug tests, allegations of domestic abuse, and a bunch of other character related issues attached to a handful of top draft prospects. For the most talented prospects, the red flags didnt stop NFL teams from calling their names on draft day.

    As Marshall head coach Doc Holliday explained during his draft show held at Recovery Sports Grill, the NFL is making the job of college and high school coaches much harder. Why? Because they’re talking out of both sides of their mouth.

    “The NFL is talking all the time about how they’re taking so much character into consideration.”

    “You know, every time that I talk to our football team, the last thing that I tell them every time before they walk off the field is that every decision you make has consequences. Well I’m anxious to see, in this draft, some of the decisions that some of these top 10 players have made, does it have a consequence?” Holliday explained

    “For a guy like me who sits there and tells kids that everyday after practice, and then a guy with all the issues in the world gets drafted as a top five pick – that just makes our job harder.”

    “The NFL talks out of both sides of their mouth. They talk about wanting to draft character guys, and how important character is and all that, but then they turn around and the first player taken in the draft has all these issues. It just sends the wrong message to the type of kids that I’ve had to deal with and it send the wrong message to high school players.”

    Holliday has a great point. It’s tough for any coach to stand in front of their team and preach character and the importance of good decision making if you have the dream of one day playing in the NFL, when the NFL is clearly willing to overlook certain character flaws in the name of talent.

  • Video: Sweat Equity

    The single most invested thing for any successful football program over the course of an off season, beyond time and effort even, is probably sweat (if only there was a means to measure it).

    The film department at Marcus HS (Flower Mound, TX) set out to capture that investment this past off season with this video entitled “Sweat Equity”.

    With a film department consisting of eight girls that handle everything from Hudl to highlights, they were able to put together this very well done clip.

    The narration in the clip is all done by players on the roster, and this one is full of really good quotes like; “The more you sweat, the luckier you get,” or “the more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle.”

  • Video of the Day – LA Tech coaches read tweets from players

    Video of the Day

    Wednesday May 6, 2015

    LA Tech coaches read tweets from players

  • Big 12 puts title game talk on hold – again

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    Thirteen may be greater than 12, but two is definitely much larger than one.

    After emerging from annual College Football Playoff meetings just one week ago touting his league’s need for a conference championship game under the logic that “13 data points are better than 12,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby met with reporters Tuesday evening following at his conference’s spring meetings in Phoenix and admitted a title game had not been rubber-stamped by the Big 12’s athletics directors and head coaches.

    And, really, that’s all that needs to be said. Extraordinary, unprecedented circumstances pushed Ohio State past Baylor and TCU for the fourth and final spot in last season’s tournament, and we more than two decades of data says that will not happen again. While a championship game would indeed give one extra Big 12 team an impressive win, as Bowlsby himself has said in the past, there’s no guarantee it’s the right team. Just ask 1996 Nebraska, 1998 Kansas State, 2001 Texas or 2007 Missouri.

    One sticky wicket that did appear to be ironed out Tuesday, however, was the ridiculous and embarrassing co-championship policy that got the conference tied up last fall like Andy Serkis playing a solo game of Twister.

    A league championship is the most precious honor a conference has to bestow, and diluting its own product as the conference did in 2012 (with Oklahoma hoisting a trophy after losing head-to-head with Kansas State) and last fall (TCU-Baylor) never made any sense – other than to spread the bonus money wealth for the league’s coaches.

    Bowlsby said league will still pursue NCAA approval for deregulation of conference championship games – as it should, because the history of conference championship games is extremely arbitrary – the earliest a Big 12 title game could even be held even if it received unanimous approval today would be the 2016 season.

    With that fact hanging in the air, there was no reason to nail down a hard stance today unless a unanimous consensus existed on one side of the debate or the other.

    Though I have gone on record stating the Big 12 should avoid an annual title game, the CFP era is too fresh to draw any hardline stances. The same goes for the other side of the issue as well. For a conference that doesn’t have a long history of harmonious decision making, agreeing on that is progress enough.