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"If you want to change the world, don't ever, ever ring the bell."

Last week, Admiral William H. McRaven was named the chancellor of the University of Texas system. Before he was the chancellor, Admiral McRaven - a 1977 Texas graduate - was asked to give the commencement speech at his alma mater. 

This is how McRaven, a former Navy SEAL, opened his address: "Every day during training, you were challenged with multiple physical events. Long runs, long swims, obstacle courses, hours of calisthenics, something designed to test your mettle. Finally, in SEAL training there is a bell - a brass bell that hangs in the compound for all the students to see. All you have to do to quit - all you have to do to quit - is ring the bell. Ring the bell, and you no longer have to wake up at five o'clock. Ring the bell, and you no longer have to do the runs, the obstacle course, the PT, and you no longer have to endure the hardships of training. All you have to do to ring the bell to get out.

"If you want to change the world, don't ever, ever ring the bell."

McRaven's speech has become the rallying cry of UCLA football in 2014.

Put simply, this video is outstanding.

We are told UCLA is working to make this video embeddable, but in case the player does not work yet go ahead and click here. Trust us, it's worth three or four clicks.

Video: Georgia gives us the first pancake footage of 2014

Yes, it's just a drill, and yes it could have happened to anybody...but it's been forever since we've had quality football that included fat guy touchdowns, trick plays, last second heroics and (my personal favorite) pancakes.

Leave it to Mark Richt and Georgia to give us our first footage of a dude getting laid out...and during a pass protection drill for running backs for crying out loud! Here's running back Nick Chubb doing work.

24 days until college football really gets heated. If you don't at least crack a smile while watching this, you're not human...and we can't be friends.

The 2014 FootballScoop High School Video of the Year is...

After another close vote, our panel has decided that Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) has won the 2014 FootballScoop High School Video of the Year award.

Bishop Gorman is the second consecutive program from the Southwest to claim the honor, following the inaugural winner from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. Here's our story about Chaparral's winning video, and the remarkable rise for the coach who made it.

In the end, Bishop Gorman garnered three of a possible four first-place votes from a group of six finalists.

"I loved what Shiloh Christian brought to the table and the high school football feelings it brought back, but Bishop Gorman gets my pick as No. 1," wrote Bleacher Report lead columnist Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs). "The sound of cleats on concrete was a brilliant way to start of the video, and anyone who played (or even followed) high school ball in any capacity knows this sound. From there, it only picked up. Again, I struggle to fathom that this is a high school production and not from a college given the presentation. The addition of Eminem throughout much of the highlight portion of the video was a huge boost."

The production value was so absurdly high in this video, we felt compelled to throw in some of our favorite still shots:

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Grantland contributor Chris Brown (@smartfootball) also selected Bishop Gorman as his winner and Shiloh Christian (Springdale, Ark.) as his runner-up. "What a great video! Maybe the best technical video out of all them, even those from the colleges, complete with beautiful crane shots over the stadium and Matrix-style pans with stopped time," he wrote. "It also had a great tone and feel, keeping the action moving forward while quickly investing you in the team."

Brown also had nice things to say about Shiloh Christian's work. "They took a very traditional highlight style video but by integrating older clips (nice shot of Gus Malzahn getting a Gatorade shower) and great editing gave it a timeless feel."

As with his votes in the two other categories, Sports Illustrated columnist Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) cast a dissenting opinion. He gave praise to three other finalists, Aurora Central Catholic (Aurora, Ill.), Perkiomen Valley (Collegeville, Pa.), and MacArthur (Aldine, Texas). "This was the toughest choice," Staples wrote. "I loved McArthur’s take on the Maserati Super Bowl ad. It was short, sweet, and it definitely got the blood pumping. Perkiomen Valley’s video also got me pumped. I can see how it would be especially effective to show the team before a game coming off a loss. But I have to give the nod to the Aurora Central Catholic video. First, that was a weekly video, not a season highlight or a preseason pump-up. The production value was fantastic for something put together after a game. Also, the video did a great job explaining to the viewer why that game was so important. So the payoff at the end actually meant something even for someone who didn’t know anything about either program before watching the video."

Our fourth panelist, SB Nation managing editor Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) picked Bishop Gorman as his winner and Aurora Central Catholic as his runner-up. "These are tough because the high school videos are so good. I've got Bishop Gorman first. Again, well-produced video that shows off a lot of things."

The FootballScoop staff would like to extend a special congratulations to head coach Tony Sanchez and his staff, video creator David Muscarella, and the entire Bishop Gorman program. We would also like to issue a heartfelt thank you to the five remaining finalists - Bethlehem Catholic (Bethlehem, Pa.), Aurora Central Catholic, Shiloh Christian, Perkiomen Valley, MacArthur, on the outstanding work that was submitted, and to our panel for taking their time to judge these outstanding videos.  

The FootballScoop staff continues to be blown away at the quality of video production at all levels of football, and we are especially thankful to all those who shared their work with us. Quite literally, this contest could not happen without you.

Here's to an even better 2015 Video of the Year contest. 

Brace yourself for the official LSU 2014 season trailer

Zach said last week that LSU has the hype video down to a science, and this release today is further proof that these guys are among the best in the business with the hype video genre.

You've got Les giving a passionate pregame speech in the background, then head strength coach Tommy Moffitt takes over as dudes start to fly around and make plays, combine all of that with some brilliant editing...what else could you possibly want?

LSU opens up 2014 against Wisconsin at Reliant Stadium in Houston. That should be a doozy.

Advice for your freshmen: "When you don't understand the terms, become tactical"

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Derek Mason is one of 20 new FBS head coaches leading new programs through fall camp. Over the coming days and weeks he's evaluating his new roster of players for the first time in pads, which prompts countless questions from every beat reporter wondering "How does so-and-so look so far?"

Yesterday at practice Mason was asked a question along those lines about a newly arrived freshman, and his response could not have been phrased any better, and is a message fitting for freshman everywhere as you begin camp.

"When these guys press a little bit, they all want to have a great showing, but it's not about pressing, it's about letting the game come to you."

"Football is a game that's meant to be played. You dictate the terms when you understand what the terms are. When you don't know what the terms are, you become tactical and you understand what your job is and you lead the men around you to do theirs. That's what we need from those guys right now."

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