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Holgo's new contract

As we noted on The Scoop earlier today, Dana Holgorsen has signed a new contract that will take him through the 2017 season, with a starting salary of $2.3 million per.

By the end of the agreement in 2017, Holgo will make $2.9 million annually. A flat buyout is listed within the wording of the contract at $2 million. 

The entire contract can be read, word for word, here.

Other notable areas of the contract include:

- An annual retention bonus of $75,000 every December 8 that he remains the Mountaineers head coach. Also included are retention bonuses of $50,000 (March 1, 2013), and $300,000

- Two cars, a golf club membership and four guests on a charter flight to any road game are also included.

- The pool of money for his assistant coaches will begin at 2.6 million and increase at least 3% every year. If the Mountaineers make a bowl game, that pool will increase by no less than 5%.

-The list of annual performance based incentives can total no more than $600,000.






Great article on Urban Meyer

Anytime that Wright Thompson publishes an article for ESPN or ESPN The Magazine, get comfortable, grab a chair and dig in.

Earlier today, Thompson released an article that talks about Urban Meyer the man, as well as the coach. Interestingly enough, the article includes some of the books that make up Meyer's library and the impact that they impacted his coaching style.

Overall, Thompson provides some great insight into what drives Meyer, what makes him tick, and plenty of stories behind the media headlines of the past few years.

We could try to summarize it; but that truly wouldn't be justice for this one. When you have a few minutes, take a look for yourself.




Northwestern is updating their facilities

The team meeting room at Northwestern recently got a major face-lift. All of the work you see in this video was done in two days...total cost we hear was around $20,000. 

As you can see in the time lapse video above, players entering the meeting room for the first time during fall camp seemed pretty excited about the new look.

We hear Northwestern plans to keep things fresh throughout the season by using some Fatheads on the walls. Word is the first one up is of defensive backs coach / assistant head coach Jerry Brown back from his playing days. Great way to keep things fresh (and keep the players attention) without spending a lot of money. 

Update> Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune just tweeted this picture of the new look as you approach the football facility. Again, cool new look without a major investment. We like it. 

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Nice "Welcome back" video from NMSU

To welcome players to camp, the video guys at New Mexico State put together a highlight video that mixed the Aggies training in the off season to become iron men, with scenes from the movie "Ironman".

Interesting concept, and very well produced.




Saban to Julio Jones: We're going to win with or without you

When Julio Jones was coming out of high school in Alabama, he was one of the most sought after recruits in the country.

Normally to land one of the nation's highest ranked players your going to pull out all the stops. Send him 105 hand written letters in one day or fly to his game in a helicopter, or maybe address the recruit via a personal video when your out of town for a speaking engagement.

When you recruit high profile kids year after year like Nick Saban does, you have a knack for knowing how they'll respond to different tactics. Which is exactly what he did with Julio Jones, as Jones told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

"One of the reasons I liked Alabama was when I went to visit coach Saban, he said, ‘Well you know, we want you here. But we’re going to win with you or without you.’ I was like, that’s me. I just want to win. I don’t like stuff just given to me.”

Even as a highly touted recruit, Jones didn't relish the spotlight like so many receivers before him, and Saban recognized that and utilized it in his recruiting pitch.

"I really don’t care about the spotlight. That’s why going to a place like Alabama was good for me. When you put your pads on, you wouldn’t know who’s a walk-on and who’s a scholarship player.”




Herman: "Marotti is the best strength coach in America"

When Urban Meyer was hired down in Columbus, one of his first personnel moves was to bring on Mickey Marotti as the director of strength and conditioning.

After giving Marotti a full summer to work with the players, offensive coordinator Tom Herman has noticed a huge difference in the players size, speed, strength, and discipline and had plenty of praise for Marotti after yesterday's practice.




Relentless: Season 2

Last year Ohio University had a production crew create what wound up being an award winning series that followed the team's progress throughout the season. This is sideline, locker room, weight room, coaches' offices type stuff that most people never get to see (and that we all enjoy watching). 

The series "Relentless" turned out to be a huge success with their fanbase and with football fans across the country. 

Thankfully, their at it again, and tonight released episode 1 of season 2. This is movie quality stuff that you really have to see. Very well produced. Great investment by the university. 




Memphis' season hype video is good

Memphis' season hype video that they used at the Highland Hundred kickoff banquet was a good one.

Justin Fuente challenged fans in attendance to bring at least one friend to the home opener, saying "Maybe they used to be a fan and they haven't been recently. Maybe they have never been a fan. Maybe they went to another school, I don't care. If they live around here and they are friends with you, then they need to be friends with me."