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"We will do everything to defend this soil. It's that simple"

Early on in the season, it seems that Notre Dame (4-0) has started to turn a corner, and has the makings of a bigger, faster, and stronger team. 

Credit director of strength and conditioning Paul Longo with those strides. Take a look at the video above to see what the Irish are doing during the summer with the strength staff down in South Bend.

As Longo stresses in the beginning of the video during a summer workout session, they're focused on defending their turf. "Everything that we do has got to show on this soil, on Saturday's, at home...You've got to rise to another level."

The Irish are off this weekend, and will take on Miami (FL) next Saturday. The rest of Notre Dame's schedule includes Stanford, BYU, Oklahoma, Pitt, Boston College, Wake Forest and Southern California.




Playboy has their list...FootballScoop has ours

Yesterday, Playboy magazine released their "Top 10 Party Schools" list. Here's what they came up with:

  1. Screen Shot_2012-09-25_at_4.41.25_PMVirginia
  2. USC
  3. Florida
  4. Texas
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Georgia
  7. Vanderbilt
  8. Tulane
  9. TCU
  10. Ohio State

One could spend hours debating the accuracy of such a list; but at FootballScoop we've got other things on our mind (ok yes, we did spend a few minutes remembering some good nights in our past...).

The FootballScoop Staff spent countless hours researching our own Top 10 list (i.e. we made a few phone calls)...and came up with, the "Football Coaches Top 10 Party Staffs" list.

Now, we're not talking night clubs, frat parties, body shots....no we're talking places you want to go to talk ball, watch some tape, grill some steaks and maybe enjoy a few of your favorite adult beverages. Without further adieu, we present the list:

  1. West Virginia - You'll never forget your first time hearing Holgorsen explain his offense
  2. South Carolina - Spurrier and his staff can tell some stories and are very hospitable
  3. Michigan - Hoke, Borges and Mattison - that's going to be a fun trip
  4. Washington State - Leach alone is worth the trip; but he's got some good ball coaches on his staff
  5. Northwestern - A lot of coaches believe Fitz will go down as one of the best ever
  6. Missouri - Great group of guys who can tell some stories...and teach you some things about coaching
  7. North Carolina - Fun, smart group of coaches at UNC
  8. Oklahoma State - Get Monken and Gundy going, kick your feet up, sit back, relax and enjoy the show
  9. Ohio State - So much to learn from these guys technically. Find a seat between Vrabel & Fickell, trust us
  10. Vanderbilt - A young, high energy staff who enjoys talkin football. Let Herb Hand handle dinner plans.

We really wanted to include Stanford on this list because David Shaw has a great group of coaches on his staff and they are a whole lot of fun to hang out with...but putting Stanford on a "Top 10 Party" list just inherently seemed so wrong.

With that said, there truly are a lot of other staffs that just as easily could have made this list. Don't throw garbage next time we see you. Feel free to leave a comment below about those that we missed, or hit us up on Twitter @FootballScoop.  




"I thought it was a typo when I saw Chris Petersen's record"

Bob Davie and New Mexico welcome Boise to town on Saturday, and Davie noted that while he was looking over Chris Petersen's record since taking over the Boise State program, he first thought there was a typographical error.

"You know, I thought it was a typographical error when I was saw Chris Petersen's 75-7 record at Boise. Is that unbelievable? I mean 75-7...It's remarkable." 

Davie explains that the Broncos are the model to follow.

"I'm not talking about off the field or how many people you get to the stadium or all of those things. I'm talking about how they have implemented their systems, stayed in their systems, recruited the kind of kids that they can coach hard, and develop consistency." 

Davie notes that the Broncos lost 9 starters on defense last season, most of which went to NFL camps, and still return one of the top defenses in the country. Boise enters the game ranked in the top 25 nationally in pass efficiency defense, total defense, scoring defense, and pass defense.

Coach Davie also points out that the Broncos are the highest scoring team in the college football since 2000, averaging 42 points per game over that period.

Kickoff is scheduled for 6pm ET Saturday.




Nice brand new D-III facility

Take a look here at the new locker room at Benedictine University (D-III - IL), named the Borsellino Family Football Center. The new locker room had a $1.7 million dollar price tag and will be one of the nicest in the Chicagoland area.

This weekend, the Eagles (2-1) will be sporting some new all black uniforms with a black matte helmet for their home game against Northern Athletic Conference opponent Concordia Wisconsin (1-2).

There is a ton of excitement surrounding this program right now.




Al Golden reminds us what it's all about

One of this past weekend’s most gruesome injuries also provided one of the most uplifting coaching moments in recent memory. With the Miami Hurricanes leading Georgia Tech 12-0 late in the 1st quarter, driving for yet another score, highly touted freshman WR Malcolm Lewis made a catch inside the Tech 5 yard line. As he was corralled and brought to the turf, Lewis’ ankle snapped, dislocated, twisted almost 180 degrees.

A horrific injury.

Writhing around in pain on the field, his teammates were almost too sick to even look at his mangled leg. Trainers and medical personnel from Miami and Georgia Tech rushed to his side, and right there in the middle of it all, hugging, holding and consoling his young receiver was Al Golden.

Golden Lewis

Coming off what can only be described as a challenging first season as head coach of the Hurricanes, under the microscope of an NCAA investigation, and dealing with a self-imposed bowl ban, Golden and his staff put together a much heralded recruiting class. One of the top receivers in the nation, Lewis was an early commit, never wavering from Coach Golden and The U. And in that moment on Saturday, when Lewis needed his coach the most, he was right there with him.

“I knew he was scared,” Golden said, who held Lewis and spoke with him as the medical personnel set his severely dislocated ankle.  “We were just trying to be there for him and make sure he knows we’re there for him and that we’ll get through it”. It’s moments like this that show the bond between a coach and his players goes well beyond the final score. They’re not just X’s and O’s guys focused only on wins and losses, but instead father figures, role models and protectors. 




Wednesday TV - No games

No games tonight. Stanford and Washington tomorrow night.

Eastern time listed.

NFL:

No games

College:

No games

High School:

No games




Absolutely amazing stat...First time ever?

Menlo college in California is off to a great start this season under new head coach Mark Speckman. The Oaks are 4-1 through five games. We took a quick look back, the last time Menlo won more than 5 games total was back in 2003. 

This past weekend in their game vs. they did something that we're not sure has ever happened in college football before (or the NFL for that matter). 

In their game against La Verne University, Menlo had two players each account for one passing, rushing and receiving touchdown. Kind of mind blowing actually. 

The video below shows each of the touchdowns for quarterback Matt Pelesasa and receiver Mike Alexander.'

Has anyone ever heard of this happening before?




Feel good story of the week

Every once in a while have a story brought to our attention that deserves a little extra recognition.

The latest one is from Lackawanna College (JUCO - PA) and highlights the football team's effort to help a woman confined to a wheelchair move into her new place.

The players caught wind of Jessamyn Reinhard struggling to find a way to move all of her belongings to a new place and decided to pitch in and help out. What would have normally taken a few hours for Reinhard, the team had done in about 20 minutes.

As one player put it, “With 18 guys who can all bench press over 300 pounds, it’s really easy to move stuff and help people out.”

Head coach Mark Duda, who has been with the program for 19 seasons, noted that most of the group was comprised of offensive and defensive lineman.

"They’re all mostly offensive and defensive lineman. A 100 or 200 pound couch doesn’t mean much to them. They can do it really easily. You could tell they enjoyed it. When we were coming from the place with the pod they were asking what’s she like, what happened to her?” Duda explained.

Classy move by the players and staff at Lackawanna. Well done.