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How many athletic directors would do this?

Many head coaches have the full support of their athletic directors, but we can bet that many coaches wish they had the type of support Mark Dantonio just got at Michigan State.

Spartan Stadium is about to undergo an $18 million expansion project, highlighted by a new, state-of-the-art welcome center to host recruits for all Spartan sports. In an impressive gesture of support of the efforts, MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis personally donated $1 million towards the upcoming renovations. “It sends a pretty good signal that we love this place” he said.

A native of Michigan, Hollis graduated from Michigan State in 1985, serving as a team manager for the basketball team as a student, and has been working in the athletic department since 1995. Hollis became AD in 2008 and recently signed a new contract which could be worth up to $750,000 per year. A Spartan for life, he felt this was the least he could do.

“It’s a message of what should be done,” Hollis said. “Is it easier to walk in a room? I met with an advisory board, which is made up of a group of donors. When I spoke to them about it, I was extremely emotional. I kicked the staff out. One of the members thought I was announcing my resignation as I started to break down. It’s an emotional process to think what impact you want to have on your alma mater.”

Before becoming AD, Hollis played a major role in the hiring of current head coach Mark Dantonio, who is 65-40 since taking over in East Lansing, highlighted by back-to-back 11 win seasons, the first time that feat has ever been accomplished at MSU. Now he is supporting his head coach and his staff in the most selfless way possible, by helping finance a facility that will directly impact their recruiting efforts.

"It’s a component that most of the competition has in place already," Hollis said of the new facility. "Postgame, it’s like jam yourself in the locker room, maybe high-five a player and a coach, and then leave. This gives them an opportunity to engage. Recruits at halftime can come in from all sports and talk with each other”.

Mark Hollis put his money where his mouth and his heart are, and the biggest winners will be the coaches at Michigan State.

Wednesday TV - No games

No games on tonight, but a triple dip of college action along with a NFL game tomorrow night. 

Eastern time listed.

NFL: 

No games

College: 

No games

High School:

No games

What coaches wives do at 3AM

UCLA plays Cal this weekend. In Jim Mora's morning chat with the media today he mentioned that upon waking up at 3am, he found his wife watching Cal's defense on Hudl in the bed (presumably on Hudl's iPad app). 

Our records indicate that if Mora had woken up at 2:45 he would have found his wife first perusing Footballscoop; but that's just poor timing on his behalf (FootballScoop viewership was up 72% over last September...not much of that coming at 2:45AM; but we do appreciate those that do). 

In all seriousness, a coach asked us the other day, "How much time do you think the average coach spends watching video on Hudl and checking The Scoop?" As American as apple pie! 

Broken play and improvisation lead to big D-II upset

St. Cloud State scored on a broken play with 3 seconds left to upset the #2 team in Division II on Saturday.

The Huskies went into halftime down 28-10 to Minnesota-Duluth before eventually battling back with 41 second half points and having a chance to win it with 3 seconds on the clock.

The clip below captures the last play of the game from field level. The final play breaks down and instead of staying in pass protection, the running back improvises and releases, and the quarterback scrambles and gets him the ball. The running back has just enough of an angle to make it into the end zone for the game winning touchdown as time expires.

You can tell from the crowd's reaction that the 51-49 win was huge for the St. Cloud State program, and you couldn't get a better angle than this field level view.

BYU's blackout uniforms

BYU is breaking out some black on black uniforms for their game against Oregon State on the 13th.

They've added some nice matte black helmets with the signature oval "Y" logo, and also kept the color scheme and outline on the numbers traditional. Overall a pretty good look.

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