Announcing the FootballScoop FBS Video of the Year Finalists

We at FootballScoop continue to be amazed on the quality of work video and creative professionals are able to produce in football programs across America. In receiving dozens of videos at the FBS level alone, it's clear the profession moves forwards by leaps and bounds on an annual basis. Choosing half a dozen finalists was difficult, but we feel strongly in the six that were chosen.

FootballScoop is proud to announce the 2014 FBS Video of the Year finalists: Army, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska and Ole Miss. 

As a refresher, here's the reigning champion, produced by 2014 finalist Ole Miss. It's a nice reminder of the unbelievable standard set by last year's contest. 

The 2014 finalists will be judged by a representative of the Ole Miss video staff (honor system, Rebs!) and our esteemed celebrity panel. The winner will be announced early next week.

Adam Kramer (aka @KegsnEggs  Kegs100 Lead college football writer for Bleacher Report and advocate of fat guy touchdowns.  
 Andy Staples  Andy Staples  Senior writer for Sports Illustrated. One of the great story tellers of his generation.   
 Chris Brown (aka @SmartFootball)  smartfootball  Editor of Smart Football, Grantland contributor & author of The Essential Smart Football  
 Brian M Floyd  Brian Floyd100  Managing editor for SB Nation. A jedi master on Twitter. Learn from him.   

Our staff would like to extend a sincere thank you to all who submitted videos this year. This contest (quite literally) could not happen without you, and we feel confident the third Video of the Year contest will raise the bar even higher. 

Without further ado, the 2014 finalists:

Army: 2013 Army Football Highlight

Arizona: Arizona Speed

Colorado: Seasons

Iowa: Forever Hawkeye

Nebraska: Be Ready

Ole Miss: The Journey, Chapter 2


Video: Tour Baylor's new locker room inside McLane Stadium

Former Baylor running back Terrance Ganaway provides a nice player's perspective of the new players locker room inside of McLane Stadium here in Baylor's latest video showcasing the new stadium and facility.

The locker room itself spans over 7,000 square feet and features the Baylor logo branded into every locker and a giant lit "BU" logo over the middle of the locker room that completes the "wow" factor. The lockers themselves are loaded with all the updates players will love (phone chargers, lots of elbow room, etc).

As you can see, our friends over at Hollman Lockers continue to do some pretty amazing work on every locker room / renovation they get their hands on across the country.

Baylor will open the new McLane Stadium this season with two straight home games against SMU and Northwestern State to kick things off.

Video of the Day - The Hunt with the Northwestern WRs

Sandy Barbour will be the next athletic director at Penn State

With such a tightly-lipped search, the name Penn State announced as its new athletics director was guaranteed to be a surprise. And this one certainly delivered on that promise.

Former Cal athletics director Sandy Barbour will be Penn State's next AD, the school has announced. 

Barbour was the head of the Golden Bears' athletics department from 2004 until she was replaced less than a month ago. Her final day as AD was just 11 days ago. Instead of moving over to the academic side of Cal's sport management program (Barbour earned a master's degree in sport management from Massachusetts in 1983), as was planned, Barbour will now run one of the most high-profile athletics departments in the country.

Though she experienced a number of successes in her decade leading the Golden Bears, the Cal football program bottomed out in recent years. Cal's 44 percent graduation rate was the lowest among major conference football programs, leading to the ouster of head coach Jeff Tedford. Under Tedford's replacement, Cal finished a Pac-12 worst 1-11 in the first year under new head coach Sonny Dykes. Additionally, Barbour secured a new football training facility and a much-needed renovation of Memorial Stadium, but university then had to take "drastic measures" to manage the project's debt (estimated at $445 million just 13 months ago) after the financing plan collapse,.

Overall, Cal football is 16-33 since 2010. 

At Penn State, Barbour will be charged to work with new head coach James Franklin, hired in January, to continue to move Penn State forward from the horrific ending of the Joe Paterno era, and all that came with it.

"Sandy is an excellent fit for Penn State and the Big Ten," Penn State president Eric Barron said in the university's announcement. "She stood out among a highly qualified pool of candidates. I am excited by her energy, her experience and her knowledge of intercollegiate athletics. I look forward to working with her to further strengthen Penn State's rich athletics tradition and student-athlete success."

So surprising is this move that there isn't much left to do but shake your head in amazement. Not only did Barbour land another job before Cal could hire a replacement, she got a $100,000 raise in the process. After earning $600,000 over her final year in Berkeley, Barbour will make $700,000 at Penn State, equal to what Mark Hollis receives at Michigan State.

Surprising, indeed.

Three and Out: The No. 1 rule of being a defensive coordinator, a live alligator, and Scott's Christmas present

Doug: The No. 1 rule of being a defensive coordinator (and offensive line coach): don't smile.

Zach: Committing to Florida with a live alligator? Committing to Florida with a live alligator!

Zach (Scott is on vacation, so you get a double dose of me today): The Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League will don these jerseys for Military Appreciation Night. I know what I'm getting Scott for Christmas.


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