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4th and Goal from the 1 in double OT. What's your call?

Tied at 20 in double overtime on Friday night, Syracuse head coach faced a fourth and goal from the Villanova one-yard line. The Orange had tried three straight runs up the middle to no avail, something that had become a theme all night. 

This is what Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer dialed up.

Villanova scored on the ensuing possession and then, as all road underdogs should do when given the chance, opted to go for two and the win. It never had a chance.

I don't want to point out that Syracuse needed a fake field goal and a stuffed two-point conversion to beat an FCS team at home in double overtime... but Syracuse needed a fake field goal and a stuffed two-point conversion to beat an FCS team at home in double overtime.

Hard-nosed, indeed. 

Kliff Kingsbury signs massive contract extension at Texas Tech

Texas Tech began this Football Eve Friday with the announcement of a major stadium and facility construction project, and closes it with a lengthy contract extension for head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Kingsbury has signed a seven-year contract extension, running through the 2020 season, the school has announced. The extension worth a minimum of $24.2 million and as much as $34.7 million, according to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.

Kingsbury is eligible for $1.5 million in bonuses per season, including $250,000 if he coaches a Heisman Trophy winner.

"This is where I want to be and I couldn't be happier," Kingsbury said. "I can't wait to take this thing to the next level."

Beginning this season, Kingsbury is set to average $3.5 million per season over the life of the deal. According to ESPN's Joe Schad, Kingsbury is set to earn $3.1 million in 2015 and $4.1 million by 2020. Seventeen coaches made at least $3.1 million in 2013 according to the USA Today Coaching Salary Database; Kingsbury ranked 53rd nationally at $1.855 million. 

Following the initial news break, the common reaction by many national media members was something akin to this:

A few points to consider:

- A compelling argument can be made that Kingsbury was underpaid before this contract, and perhaps vastly so. Kingsbury's initial contract called for him to be the second-lowest paid Big 12 head coach, ahead of only Iowa State's Paul Rhoads. On top of that, Kingsbury's second-year salary was below what Tommy Tuberville earned in his second year in Lubbock. Who proved more valuable to Texas Tech through year one, Kliff or Tubs?

- A $3.1 million salary puts Kingsbury in the top 20 nationally in 2015, and a $4.1 million salary keeps Kingsbury in the top 20 nationally by 2020. Assuming Kingsbury remains at Texas Tech through the end of the decade, his contract is getting ripped up once if not twice by then.

- Finally, re-read the first sentence of this article. Texas Tech clearly has the wherewithal to make a major commitment to football. That doesn't happen without Kingsbury, and Tech needs him to stay in Lubbock to sustain this newfound momentum.

Kingsbury is 8-5 heading into his second season as Texas Tech's head coach. The Red Raiders open the 2014 season Saturday versus Central Arkansas (7 p.m. ET, FSN). 

 

Frank Solich was once a legendary running back at Nebraska, and here's video proof that he's still got it

Most of you probably don't realize it, but back in the mid-60's Frank Solich was a standout fullback at Nebraska, where he eventually earned the nickname "Fearless Frankie". By his senior year he was an all conference selection and captain, and eventually was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

Long story short, the man could play.

At a recent practice, Solich's playing instincts kicked into full gear when an Ohio center rifled a snap over the quarterback's head. Solich plucked it out of the air and...well the rest (a juke, lowering the shoulder, and a celebratory spike) is proof that the 69 year old still has some gas left in the old tank.

Interview with Todd Berry on ULM's successful Camo Night

Marketing types dubbed Louisiana-Monroe's Camo Night promotion a success as soon as it was announced. How can anyone with a sense of humor not love this? What could not be known until Saturday, though, was whether or not the target audience, the people of Monroe and northwest Louisiana, would buy in.

With 21,003 in attendance, we can now say for certain that ULM's first of its kind Camo Night promotion was indeed a success. Excluding games against local programs Louisiana-Lafayette, Grambling and Tulane and the exceedingly rare home date with Baylor in 2012, the Warhawks have averaged 14,419 fans over the past two seasons. Thursday's win represented nearly a 50 percent attendance jump. Oh, did we mention that ULM won? The 17-10 defeat of Wake Forest, televised nationally on ESPNU, was undoubtedly the most important contributor to a successful night.

Duck Dynasty phenomenon Willie Robertson even made his scheduled appearance and, better yet, guaranteed further exposure for ULM football by bringing a camera crew of cable television's highest rated show along with him. The only thing left to do now is put those jerseys in a box and ship them somewhere far, far away. [Insert from Scott: Zach has lost his mind. Those jerseys were a hit!]

FootballScoop's Scott Roussel spoke with ULM head coach Todd Berry about the Camo Night success and where the ULM program goes from here.

Baylor's epic new McLane Stadium hype video

Art Briles has called brand spanking new McLane Stadium "the best in America." I'm not sure I'd go that far but, coming from the football wasteland that was Floyd Casey Stadium, I can't blame him for thinking that.

On Friday, Baylor released this epic video of the new joint is truly remarkable. The Bears appear to have gotten every bit of the $260 million construction cost.

We promise this will be the last video we post on the opening of Baylor's new stadium.

Of course, after Sunday, McLane Stadium becomes a used stadium and instantly loses half its value the moment toe hits leather. That's how that works, right?

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