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A&M makes it official

Texas A&M just put out the following release:

TEXAS A&M TO SEEK AFFILIATION WITH ANOTHER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

NEWS RELEASE - August 31, 2011

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M University today officially notified the Big 12 Conference that the institution will submit an application to join another athletic conference. Should this application be accepted, Texas A&M will end its membership in the Big 12 Conference effective June 30, 2012.

There was plenty more thereafter; but that's what you need to know. 




Are you allowed to play 11 fullbacks?

Might just be us here at FootballScoop but does anyone else think that Kevin Wilson would put 11 fullbacks on the field at any given time during the game?  

Yep, probably is just us; but we've been watching what he's doing at Indiana and speaking with guys up there and the fact is he has reinvigorated that program.  No, they probably won't win a pile of games this year; but we're pretty sure they will battle on every play.

The program is headed in a good direction.  

"It's not your daddy's IU no more"?

 




"You've never seen anything like this"

Charlie Weis sat down and spoke with some reporters yesterday.  He spent a few minutes gushing about the speed of running backs Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey.  

Weis says the two are almost the same guy...and they are fast.  

Question from reporter, "You say you've never had two guys that quick...you're just talking about at the college level, right?"

Weis: "Not close.  No I'm talking period.  Not college level, period.  Period.  And you know, everyone that comes in, all my boys from that other level, I say the same thing to them...you've never seen anything like this..."

 

Sounds like FAU is going to be seeing quite a bit of Demps and Rainey this weekend.




Wednesday TV

Might be the last day for quite a while that you will read this; but no live games tonight.  

Check back tomorrow for the full slate of Thursday games.  Good lineup on TV; plus a huge number of overall games for the first Thursday night.  




UCONN's opener postponed

UCONN and the Paul Pasqualoni era were scheduled to open up at home Thursday night against Fordham.  

That game, unfortunately, has been postponed.  

UCONN's announcement:

The University of Connecticut vs. Fordham football game scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 1 has been postponed due to Rentschler Field being unavailable for use. The stadium is currently being used by the Connecticut National Guard for use as a commodities distribution center to provide towns and cities of the state that are in need of essential supplies in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

UConn is hopeful to receive confirmation that the game will be rescheduled to Saturday at Rentschler Field.

We will update this post as word comes about rescheduling this game.

Wednesday Update> We have been notified that the game will now be played Saturday at noon at Rentschler Field.  




Spurrier: "What are you watchin them dudes for?"

At his press conference today, the head ball coach was explaining to the congregation that this week's opponent, East Carolina, is "pretty dang good."  

Spurrier touted that this is basically "Mike Leach's offense" that East Carolina is running and you know what that means, "they go up and down the field every year against about anybody".  

Spurrier noted that ECU's defense wasn't particularly good last season and that the rumor is they have moved to a 3-4 scheme.  Spurrier added his offensive staff has been watching video of Air Force and BYU's defense because they believe that is who the ECU staff has learned the most from in implementing their new defense.  

"So you say, 'What are you watchin them dudes for?' well that's because we think this is what they're going to look like."  

 




We video our own sideline

Jerry Kill takes the field Saturday afternoon for the first time as the head foootball coach for the University of Minnesota when his team opens at USC.  MN_truck

The truck is packed and on it's way and Kill held his Tuesday presser just a few minutes ago.

A couple of quotes from Kill...

"There's nothing like game day...I might be the only coach in the country who videos the sideline; I want to see how people act." 

"Their focus has been very good...We still have so much to learn as a football team...It's new to everybody."

"We'll know a lot about our team when we play USC.  We have to make sure we're prepared for the Big Ten."

"Everybody on our football team has to be a leader right now...I don't judge anybody until your back's against the wall."

"You learn about who your true leaders are when you deal with adversity - anyone can jump in the fox hole when the going is good." 

"We're not going to build a program on sand, we're going to build it on concrete - that's how you build a program."

"Any coach in America will say there's an art to scheduling; there's an art to turning a program around."

"This is the way I'm going to do it, and I ain't changing!"

Regarding USC specifically, Kill offered,

"They're USC...They're going to have 500 tailbacks lined up and they all can play"

"Mis-alignments and mis-assignments will beat you long before mis-matchups"




When coaches return from war

In this morning's USA Today, you can find a powerful piece on Dwight Richins.

Richins is the head coach at Shelley High School in Idaho.  Shelley has won the state championship every odd year since 2003 with Richins at the helm.

Last year, Lt. Colonel Richins, an army reservist, spent the year in Afghanistan fighting to protect our freedom.  

It would be unjust for us to summarize the emotions within the article here, can only suggest that you find the time to read it when you can.  It will not only make you proud of Coach Richins, thankful for his service and for that of all of our brave men and women that work so hard and give so much of themselves to protect this country; but also will remind all of us just how fortunate we are to get to coach young men and give them guidance in their lives.

USA Today's article by Rick Hampson