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Dooley: I told the team, you can't pick what kind of adversity you hit

Derek Dooley noted during his press conference today that "you can't pick what kind of adversity you go hit", referring to the 21 point swing that they saw over the weekend against Florida, including two touchdowns that went for 75 yards or more.

As Dooley explains, "There was a moment there were there were too many people not listening to the voice of reason."

"I think it's fair to say that when we went down 14 there was a level, in everybody, of shock. We're sitting there in total command of the game and all of a sudden 21 points go on the board before we can even catch our breath." 




"The hardest thing to do on defense is tackle in the open field"

When Chip Kelly was the offensive coordinator at New Hampshire, he went down to visit the offensive staff at Clemson to figure out how to better use his one back scheme in the coming season.

The Tiger's offensive coordinator at that time was Rich Rodriguez. The two shared some ideas that evolved and eventually played a major role in how their offenses took shape over the years. Kelly returned to New Hampshire with the zone read, which is something that has continued to be a staple of his offenses for years.

This weekend, the two coaches will square of for the first time in their careers, and each of them will be bringing a ranked team with them.

“I think we traded a lot of ideas. He got our film and we got his film." Rodriguez said when reflecting back on that meeting. "We do some similar things, and then we do some things differently. Chip obviously has done a great job with it."

“I think philosophically, Chip is probably the closest to what we believe in offensively and how to go about it than anyone else out there.”

While they each have their own differences, Rodriguez explains that one principle remains the same.

"The main philosophy is us getting fast guys the ball in space. Whether you’re throwing it to them or handing off to them, you’re trying to get the guys the ball in space."

"The single hardest thing to do on defense is tackle in the open field.




Police escorts after the game

Many head coaches have a police escort off the field after the game. There are plenty of good reasons for this and we see virtually no downside to this when travelling. 

After BYU's loss Saturday night to Utah (which came down to the last second, a couple of times), Bronco Mendenhall was leaving the field (along with his escorts) when some Utah fan starts verbally taunting him and approaches him.  In the video below you'll see Mendenhall actually took a few steps towards the ____ before properly deciding to continue on into the locker room. 

Quick note to all coaches and game day operations folks...instruct your police escorts that if any fans of the other team approach you and the coach that it is their job as escorts to immediately defuse the situation. Don't allow the coach to get caught up in something this stupid. 

 




"If we blow up at least we will be swole"

A bomb threat was called into LSU's campus today. Hopefully this is a hoax. Based on the tweet above from LSU defensive back Jalen Mills, it looks like some of the players were working out when they got the news.

Strength coach Tommy Moffitt dropped the quote of the year, "If we blow up at least we will be swole!" 

Winna, winna, chicken dinna! 




Bo Pelini: I'm not a real stressed-out guy

Pelini spoke with the media this morning at his regularly scheduled press conference. The feedback was that he looks good and he said the same, saying "I have a clean bill of health. No problems.  I feel great. There are no issues."

That's great to hear.

Then, we just about lost it. Steven Sipple who covers the Huskers tweeted that Bo added, "I have tremendous balance in my life...I'm not a real stressed-out person." 

Let's just say, a couple of coaches that we traded texts with might disagree with that statement. One, who knows Bo well offered, "He's the most intense person in that state!" 

Good stuff. Anyway, we certainly all hope all is well with his health. Back to football...




Kyle Whittingham: We won that game 3 times

After being up 24-7 at one point, and then seeing BYU storm back to have a few chances to at least send it to overtime, Kyle Whittingham was almost speechless after their 24-21 victory over BYU on Saturday.

“Where do I begin? We should be 4-1 because we won this game three times.” Whittingham noted after the game.

This was definitely one of the wildest finishes yet this year.

With 5 seconds on the clock, a BYU pass fluttered out of bounds and the crowd thought the game was over, so everyone stormed the field to celebrate. After further review, one second was put back on the clock.

The fans clear the field, and BYU lines up for a long 51 yard field goal attempt. The kick gets blocked...but the fans rushed the field too early this time and get a 15 yard penalty. So BYU gets another field goal opportunity, this time from 36 yards out.

That attempt, with a totally different kicker, hits the upright and is no good, and the fans spill on to the field again, this time for good.

See how the last few possessions went down in the clip below. Wild.

 




Highlight video Mizzou watched before Arizona State win

Nicely done hype video here from Mizzou that they showed the team on Friday night.

The Tigers held on for a nice win 24-20 over Arizona State Saturday, fending off a 13 point fourth quarter rally from the Sun Devils to seal the win.




Video: Taggart and the staff call this for the win in OT

For those of you that didn't catch this on Saturday, Western Kentucky pulled off the win over Kentucky in overtime by going for 2 instead of kicking the extra point to send it into double OT.

To get the win, Taggart and the staff pulled this one out. Gutsy call, and very well designed.

Joker Phillips gave credit for the call and explained that they came out in man to man to defend the attempt, "We're in man to man coverage and the only guy you don't have a man accounted for is the quarterback. Great play."