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Video: This is why you coach up the special teams rules

Not the best quality video, but here's a look at an exciting finish to a North Carolina high school game this past week.

Here's the situation. East Duplin HS (NC) is down 20-21 to Topsail (NC) and lines up to kick the game winning field goal.

Topsail blocks the kick (behind the line of scrimmage) and while they're celebrating what they thought was the win, an East Duplin player picks up the ball and runs it about 40 yards for the game winning score with no time left on the clock.

Final score was 26-21. Incredible finish.




Dantonio's press conference "Next Question"

To say that Mark Dantonio was a little upset after the Spartans narrow 23-7 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday would be an understatement.

His post game presser lasted just over two and a half minutes, with short answers to every question. 

"Next question."




Fake punt...throwback to the center!!!??!!!!!

The Scoop took in an FCS ballgame Saturday night at beautiful Strawberry Stadium, home of the Southeastern Lions. First year head coach Ron Roberts and his team had their hands full with Matt Viator's undefeated McNeese State Cowboys. 

McNeese opened up a good size lead early on; but Southeastern fought their way back in the second half. Southeastern scored a touchdown with about 2 minutes to play to cut the lead to one. After a penalty against McNeese moved the ball to just outside the 1, Roberts decided to go for two and the win...and they got it. Southeastern wins 25-24. 

But, let's talk about that fake...

With about 9 minutes to play, facing a 4th & 11 on their own 34 down 7, Roberts called a dandy of a fake punt...

Love the call. 

More thoughts on this game to come later in the week. 




Louisville staff didn't have headsets during victory on Saturday

Before kickoff on Saturday, Charlie Strong and the Louisville staff had to make some quick decisions after finding out that their headsets weren't working at Florida International.

"We knew right before the game started that we did not have headsets. They had them, but they weren't hooked up. So anytime one team doesn't have them then you have to take the headsets off."

"But it was critical because the guys in the box weren't able to see, like offensively they weren't able to see the blitzes and defensively we weren't able to see the sets." Strong explained.

The different vantage point undoubtedly changes the small details that your otherwise able to spot from the box. But having everyone on the sideline available to coach the players up as they come off the field is also an advantage because the finer details, like alignments, are relayed directly to the position coaches and adjustments can be made.

The details may be sacrificed a bit but you've got "all hands on deck" on the sideline, which can be used as an advantage as well.

Strong and the Cardinals (4-0, 0-0) went on to win 28-21 and will take on Southern Miss (0-3, 0-1) this weekend.




Jerry Kill: Without the crowd, we don't win that game

Jerry Kill and the Gophers moved to 4-0 on the season with a 17-10 win over Syracuse on Saturday afternoon. Three of their four wins (UNLV by 3 in triple overtime, Western Michigan by 5, and Syracuse by 7) have come by seven points or less.

The student section was packed, and Kill noted that the crowd of over 50,000 played a major role in the win. At the end of the game, Syracuse had racked up ten penalties, five of them being false starts. Two of those false starts came during a first quarter drive that forced the Orange to settle for a field goal.

“We appreciate the atmosphere and the support we had in the stadium tonight. Without that we don’t win.” Kill said.

The Gophers travel to Iowa this weekend to open up Big Ten conference play, and then see if the home crowd can rock TCF Bank Stadium again, when they take on Northwestern next weekend.




Quality video from Penn State

Good video here highlighting Penn State secondary coach and special teams coordinator John Butler.

In the clip, Butler explains the collaborative staff structure at Penn State, and his background with strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald and defensive coordinator Ted Roof.

"I like what we're doing. The way that the staff is set up, it's not one guy running the charge and everybody following the lead. You really have six guys leading independently, and everyone else is more invested, so you really have six total coaches involved."




Temple Tuff episode: Week 2 against Maryland

Another quality episode here from the Temple Tuff series.

This episode gets some thoughts from offensive coordinator Ryan Day on perimeter blocking from the receiving corp, having a two sport player at quarterback, and includes a passionate speech from Steve Addazio before their week 2 game against Maryland.




Monday TV - MNF

Green Bay takes on Seattle tonight in Monday Night Football action.

Eastern time listed.

NFL:

Green Bay at Seattle - 8:30 - ESPN

College:

No games

High School:

No games