Video: ECU ends spring game with 8 year old cancer patient scoring
We've seen a handful of teams bring a young fan battling adversity on the field to live out a dream a few times already this spring, yet everytime it gives us chills.
Over the weekend eight year old Noah Roberts, who is battling cancer was the latest spring game star, taking the final snap of ECU's spring game to the house.
As ECU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley pointed out after the scrimmage, it brought a tear to his eye, and we'd be willing to bet that he wasn't the only one in attendance fighting back tears.
"If you don't have goosebumps or a tear in your eye, you might want to check your pulse after that one." Riley added.
Head coach Ruffin McNeil also looks to Noah for inspiration noting, "When I think of Noah, I forget any kind of hurt of complaint or pain that I may have."
Video: Brian Kelly loses bet, puts defensive lineman at QB for a play
Earlier in the year Brian Kelly made an academic bet with nose tackle Louis Nix. As the spring game got closer, Kelly realized that he was going to end up on the losing end of the bet and asked Nix what he wanted in return.
Nix answered with what any 340 pound defensive lineman would want from their head coach....an opportunity to score in the spring game.
Kelly explained the situation in his post game presser, and video of the big man touchdown can be seen below.
Who doesn't like to see a big fella score (especially on a quarterback draw out of a five wide receiver set)?
West Virginia breaks out new uniforms
Until this year, West Virginia and Cal had always employed very similar uniform styles. Part of that is inevitable when two schools employ the exact same color scheme, but if the Mountaineers and Golden Bears ever met in a bowl game, things could have gotten confusing.
Cal has already done its part to change that by breaking out a new look earlier this month, and now West Virginia follows suit. Instead of a month-long build up and a flashy reveal by the athletic director and a Nike executive, the Mountaineers busted out their new kits via Dana Holgorsen's Twitter account.
Here is the debut video:
And another, explaining the details of West Virginia's new look, which offers 27 different uniform combinations.
Assumption College gives young fan a 'Jack Hoffman moment'
The star of the 2013 college football spring season is without a doubt seven-year-old Nebraska fan Jack Hoffman. Turns out, the Huskers aren't the only program to give a young fan a "Jack Hoffman moment".
First, a little backstory. The Greyhounds, a Division II program in Worcester, Mass., partnered with Team IMPACT, a Northeast-based non-profit organization based on improving the lives of children stricken with life-threatening diseases. Partnering with the program, Assumption drafted little Yan Perez, diagnosed with with a brain tumor called Choroid Plexus Carcinoma in August 2008 when he was just six months old. Not only that, they drafted his brother Jose, too.
The Perez family is from Florida, but travels to Massachusetts to seek treatment for Yan's tumor.
Now that the backstory is established, let's watch the magic happen at Assumption's spring game last Saturday.
The Scoop on What You Missed This Week
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The Starting Five: Our five best stories of the week
- What does Mike Leach have in common with Paul Johnson, and what does Pullman, Wash., have in common with England? Find out in 10 Questions With: Mike Leach.
- New Oklahoma State is getting a major, major raise in moving from Division II Shippensburg to Oklahoma State. How does 700% sound?
- Speaking of salaries, who is college football's latest million-dollar coordinator?
- Jim Bernhardt spent a lifetime as a college and high school coach, but he's never been busier or had more responsibility than he does now as Bill O'Brien's right-hand man.
- How Cam Cameron's experiences at the intersection of a very interesting life shape the way he coaches to this day.
The Film Room: We're going to split this up into categories this week.
The Best in Non-Coaching News: We at FootballScoop major in coaching news, but that doesn't mean we aren't aware of everything else happening in the college football world.
- You can officially make your weekend plans for the fall because the NFL regular-season schedule is now out.
- Speaking of schedules, the ACC has announced Notre Dame's five-game ACC slate for 2014-16.
- South Florida has announced home-and-home series with Maryland and Wisconsin.
- Big Ten presidents could approve a nine-game conference schedule for 2016 as early as next week.
- Marshall has announced plans for a new indoor facility.
- Iowa has issued a proposal to build an $8 million sound, video upgrade at Kinnick Stadium.
- Finally, at the end of a really crummy week, here's a great gesture from UMass at Saturday's spring game.
ACC announces Notre Dame's 2014-16 conference opponents
With all the conference shuffling and renaming going on over the last few months, it's easy to forget that Notre Dame is joining the ACC in all sports except football but, beginning next fall, the Fighting Irish will stage five games a year against ACC opponents. The conference and school jointly announced Notre Dame's five games for the 2014-16 seasons on Friday afternoon.
“The football partnership between the ACC and Notre Dame will not only enhance our league’s already ambitious football schedules but also will provide terrific fan excitement,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in the conference's statement. “One of the benefits, moving forward, is that almost all of our student-athletes will have an opportunity to play against Notre Dame during their ACC careers which is extremely special.”
The dates will be worked out in future years, but here are Notre Dame's future opponents:
vs. North Carolina
vs. Wake Forest
at Florida State
vs. Boston College
vs. Georgia Tech
vs. Virginia Tech
at NC State
Each full-time ACC school will see Notre Dame once except for Syracuse, which gets to host the Fighting Irish twice. The conference stacked the schedule appropriately, with each of the ACC's heavyweights (Florida State, Clemson and Virginia Tech) spread out to appear once per season. The Fighting Irish in Death Valley. Beamer Ball at Touchdown Jesus. Is there any way we can move this agreement up a year?
Here's an interesting way to make sure your fans feel appreciated
Without thousands of screaming fans in the stands, football games would have a much different feel in the fall.
Here's how Kansas State went about making sure that their students felt appreciated, while also creatively reminding them to get signed up for their football and men's basketball tickets. You can see that social media did a pretty good job of spreading the word once things got rolling.
Take a look at Louisville's new field design
Granted, teams change the design of their playing surfaces much less often than they alter their uniforms, but it's fun to take a look when changes do happen. This time around it's Louisville's turn to get a field makeover. As a point of reference, here is what the Cardinals have played on for the last 10 seasons.
The school expects this new look to be installed "around June 1".
On top of the new field news, word broke Thursday that the Cardinals could be on tap to face Notre Dame in 2014, the first season as members of the ACC. Let's see, a Sugar Bowl win, men's basketball national title, women's basketball national title appearance, a likely top 10 preseason ranking in football followed by a move to the ACC, with a game against Notre Dame waiting for them? It's never been a better time to be a Louisville Cardinal.