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1st AP Poll (nothing to see here)

Irrelevant as it might be, the AP released their first poll of the season this morning.

No reason to even look.

Well, just in case you want to know where some of your buddies' programs are ranked, here's the poll.

1. Oklahoma
2. Alabama
3. Oregon
4. LSU
5. Boise State
6. Florida State
7. Stanford
8. Texas A&M
9. Oklahoma State
10. Nebraska
11. Wisconsin
12. South Carolina
13. Virginia Tech
14. TCU
15. Arkansas
16. Notre Dame
17. Michigan State
18. Ohio State
19. Georgia
20. Mississippi State
21. Missouri
22. Florida
23. Auburn
24. West Virginia
25. USC

Others Receiving Votes: Texas 114; Penn State 75; Arizona State 67; Miami (Fla.) 32; Utah 25; Southern Mississippi 20; Iowa 19; North Carolina State 15; Brigham Young 15; Air Force 14; Houston 13; Pittsburgh 9; Michigan 7; Tennessee 5; UCF 5; Northern Illinois 4; Hawaii 4; Tulsa 3; Maryland 2; Arizona 2; Northwestern 1; Nevada 1; Washington 1




BYU is ready

Bronco Mendenhall and his Cougars have an SEC opener when they open at Ole Miss Saturday September 3rd.  

Mendenhall says his team looks great at this point in camp.  In fact, he gave them the day off recently and said when he made the announcement it was the loudest he's heard his team respond in 6 years.  Mendenhall says he really likes this team.  

Ole Miss, be prepared.  BYU has 50 victories over the last 5 seasons (only 8 teams have more).  

Here's a quick video of Bronco speaking about his team and sharing a story about when he told the guys they were getting the day off and going to Provo Beach Resort.  

 




Vandy is going bowling

First of all, James Franklin has assembled a very good first year staff.  Part of the FootballScoop staff spent a few hours at the Vanderbilt football complex earlier this month and it's clear this is a staff that enjoys working together, has things headed in the right direction and believes in what it is trying to accomplish.  

One of the goals for this team is to go bowling in December (or January).  

Well, in a somewhat unrelated story, coach Franklin took his team bowling (round black balls striking pins) recently.  

As evidenced by this video, Franklin is teaching his players to work hard together, trust each other together, have fun together, that they will win together, etc...

 

Quite a few laughs in the video; but the Tennessee fan who walks into the bowling alley (around the 4:00 mark), sees the Vandy team and then leaves is worth sticking around for.




Saluting the military

We are all blessed to live in the United States and to have the freedoms that we do.  Without the brave men and women of our military our country would certainly be a far worse place.  

Those of us blessed enough to coach football players for a living should take the time to remind these young men about the far greater sacrifices that the men and women of our military make for the good of our country on a daily basis.  

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin recently invited a Lt. Colonel from the United States Army to spend a day with his team.  Below is a video of a short talk the Colonel gave to the team.  Good stuff Colonel Davis. Thank you.

Quick note> At the 1:50 mark of the video, Colonel Davis provides the history of the Army's call, "Hooah!"

 




Ironhead Jr.?

We're pretty sure this isn't the reincarnation of Craig "Ironhead" Heyward playing RB at Alma College; but watch what this back does to the DB in this video (30 second mark).  

 

D-III guys, prepare yourselves for this young man.

Thanks to the guys at Alma for alerting us to this video.  If your staff has a video you'd like to share with us, please email us a link ([email protected]).

 




Derek Dooley on players use of social media

Last week we brought you the story of CNBC's Darren Rovell ripping into coaches who took the easy way out and banned their players from using Twitter and other social media.  Rovell called this "ignorant and unfair" of the coaches. 

Today, Derek Dooley chimed in on this topic.  Dooley has established guidelines for his team; but does allow them to use social media.  

"Number one, we have a rule that prohibits any use of social media on gameday whether it's Facebook or Twitter. I don't think anybody should be worrying about that stuff on gameday....Number two is no foul language expressed or implied. The language is a real concern out there. Implied meaning s - asterisk -asterisk - ? or re-tweeting foul language in general....We don't want anything mentioned that puts us at a competitive disadvantage. We don't want them talking about player injuries. We don't want them talking about game plans or about what we are doing at practice. Anything as it relates to work as a team. That's the third big-picture thing."

Dooley stated that while banning players from using social media entirely would be easiest, that this wouldn't be the right way to teach young men, "Our job as coaches is that this is part of their growth process in their life. Social media is going to be there when they graduate. One way to look at it is to ban it and it's going to be someone else's problem when they get older. My belief is that we have a responsibility to educate them and teach them how to use it responsibility so when they get out of college they don't make a mistake that can get them fired....We are teaching them to be men when they are young. The best thing for our football team is for me to ban it. The best thing for what I believe is part of my job is to try to teach them how to use it responsibly. Now the risk with that is we are going to have some knuckleheads that use it irresponsibly and we are going to have to take away their privilege."




When should coaches hire an agent?

For a coach, the answer to the question, "When should I hire an agent?" is not always obvious.  

There probably are far more benefits than most of us realize for doing this earlier in your career than you think.  (If anyone wants our take on this feel free to email us)

But, one thing is certain, if you are interviewing for a collegiate head coaching position, you should have representation.  You are a great football coach, that's what you focus on.  

The best agents are always thinking about the best way to structure agreements.  They have thought of (or should have thought of) a million different ways to protect from things that you likely, and properly, have never dreamed of.  You need that guy with you at the table. 

Take the example of Al Golden.  Hired earlier this year to be the new head coach at The U.  This morning Golden came out with a statement that, "If they (Miami) knew this was percolating, I believe they had a responsibility to tell me and to tell (AD) Shawn Eichorst."  

We don't have our copy of Golden's agreement handy; but we hope his representatives had the vision to include appropriate protection for Golden for such a potential scenario. 




A new low for the NCAA?

The NCAA has been taking it's fair share of abuse over the past few years; but overall most people believe that they are good people who have a very challenging role.  With nearly unlimited resources, one would expect that they would hire the best possible people and afford them the best possible training.

Now as you might have heard, yesterday Yahoo Sports broke news of an investigation into NCAA rules violations at the University of Miami.  

Now here's the shocking part.  This morning, the NCAA's managing director of digital communications (Ronnie Ramos) tweets, "Notice how folks like Dan Wetzel and Pete Thamel post false statements and then never correct them.  Accountability a two-way street."  

For those that don't know, Wetzel is one of the lead reporters at Yahoo Sports and Thamel is the national college sports reporter for the New York Times.   

As Brian Fischer (CBS Sports - college football and recruiting) was quick to point out, "NCAA bashing some of the people that do the investigating for them...Hilarious that they just don't get it."

NCAA guy Ramos responded via twitter that he was referring to something having to do with Mark Emmert not having called another summit on something.... How many more summits can we have?

So, let me get this straight.  Yesterday Yahoo Sports breaks the story on what they say is an 11 month investigation.  Today, the NCAA's managing director of digital communications calls out one of the lead Yahoo Sports reporters for, "making false statements and then never correcting them".  Really, NCAA?  That's how your going to role?