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Two FBS programs just scheduled a home-and-home series...all on Twitter

Earlier today Kansas State athletic director John Currie took the #Chillin4Charity challenge, and wrapped it up with a bit of a challenge of his own.

Just to be sure Stricklin saw it, Currie tweeted him the video. You can never be too sure with matters like this, and it might have been the best use of Twitter all day, if it weren't for that LeBron James character and his announcement.

Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin heard him loud and clear, and the two teamed up to tackle what may be Twitter's last unconquered frontier; scheduling an FBS football game via the social media platform.

"It takes a pretty savvy partner," Stricklin told ESPN late tonight. "John's a pretty sharp guy. It was kind of a fun way to do it. There's a younger generation of guys out there that communicate through these mediums."

The whole conversation went like this:

How awesome is that? No ink has been put to paper yet, but looks like the two programs will meet in Manhattan, KS in 2018 and then in Starkville in 2019 when they get the paperwork done.

Seriously, is there anything that Twitter can't do?

Want your players to work harder? Hud suggests leading by example

Lousiana-Lafayette's Mark Hudspeth is on the short list of head coaches that you'd undoubtedly want on your side in a bar fight, or bench pressing competition.

As if you needed any further proof other than just watching him in action on the sidelines, take a look at this video from almost a year ago. Hud can throw around some serious weight. In a recent interview with Bruce Feldman, Hud said he's benching 380 right now, and hopes to hit the 400 mark by the start of the season.

While working out has it's obvious advantages for his own personal health and well-being in a profession riddled with high profile coaches with various health issues, Hud says his passion for staying in shape goes beyond that; it's also a powerful motivational tool for his team.

"My favorite quote of all time is 'the speed of the leader is the speed of the pack,' and that's why I try to bring a lot of energy and a lot of juice, chasing guys around."

"Same thing in the weight room. I want them to see me in the weight room. See me running, see me "protecting the house" as I run around the stadium, because I want them to think I'm all in with them. Not just some big, overweight coach that's got a dip in that's telling his guys to 'play hard and to work out hard.' I believe that if they respect you and they see that you work hard and they see the energy and passion that you have hopefully that'll rub off on them."

Listen to Hud's comments at about the 8:30 Mark. On another interesting note, just before that, Hud talks about trying to run off the strength and conditioning coordinator Rusty Whitt, whom he inherited for the final six months of Whitt's contract upon taking the UL job. However, when it was all said and done, Whitt eventually earned Hud's admiration and respect.

Overall, a solid listen. Well worth some time.

It's not the "what" or "why" of LeBron-to-Cleveland that's most interesting, it's the "how"

LeBron James is once again a Cleveland Cavalier. Perhaps you've heard by now.

For the "what" and the "why" of this discussion, you can head to ESPN, Grantland, Yahoo, and every other sports website on the planet. I'm most interested in the "how."

After the unmigitated public-relations disaster that was "The Decision", it was beyond a given that LeBron would go a different route this time around. Most assumed it would be on his own website LeBronJames.com, or if not, it'd be broken by Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo, Marc Stein or Chris Broussard at ESPN, or Sam Amick at USA Today. No one predicted this.

In the end, LeBron informed the world he was going home through a letter as told to Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated. Clearly this was a calculated decision - every decision LeBron has made since age 15 has been calculated - and, this time around, it was the right one.

After referring to his four years in Miami as his "college years" LeBron clearly learned from the way his entrance to Miami was presented. No television special, no pep rally. LeBron made the announcement in his own words, and that's it.

LeBron letter

As for another tentacle of this far-reaching story, what a win for Sports Illustrated. It beat Yahoo, it beat the Worldwide Leader and, following Michael Sam's announcement back February, SI has now positioned itself as the place for news-making athletes to speak in their own words. 

LeBron has the power to turn the Eastern Conference completely on its head.

He could do the same to the shoe market if he switched from Nike to Adidas. And his power stretches to the people who cover him, as well. Who else could make a magazine this relevant in 2014?

LeBron is undisputably the most powerful athlete of his generation. It's nice to see he's learned how to use it. 

Frank Wilson on LSU's recruiting success: "The most important thing we do is listen."

There's nothing like fishing to get good conversation flowing.

I'll never forget the time that my dad told me he wasn't really my.... well, that's a story for another time. LSU coaches Cam Cameron and Frank Wilson appeared on "Paradise Louisiana", a longtime fishing show on Cox Sports TV in Louisiana. 

The conversation begins with Cameron and the early days of his football career. Cameron mentions his stepfather guiding him into football, and then playing at Indiana (for both Lee Corso and Bob Knight), and then to the number of talented quarterbacks he has coached. 

Then it was Wilson's turn in front of the camera, and that's when the conversation really got interesting. 

"Our greatest asset is that is the ability for prospects to see us as husbands, as fathers," Wilson says. "That's what we do best, and naturally that's who we are. Our program is that way. Les Miles is that way as a father with his kids and a husband with his wife, and our staff is built that way. Every time we have the opportunity to spend quality time, like today, we do so. It's critical for us."

Wilson then spoke about what makes the LSU staff successful recruiters.

"The most important thing we do is listen," he said. "To be attentitve and to listen to the need of the parents, of the prospect. And when we hear their desires, it allows us to make come to fruition. When we're in the homes, generally, the parents want to talk about academics, they want to talk about internships, they want to talk about job opportunities post graduation in spite of sport. The type of athletes that we recruit are sound kids in every phase, but if you come to LSU and you don't have a desire to be great and you don't want to be a pro, then you would be a minority because the kids who come there have a strong desire to be the best players that they can be, and that's the type of players we recruit - that want to be pros. We have a system in place that puts them on track to be NFL ready when their time comes."

"Kids go to school for various things. They go to medical school, they go to dental school, they go to law school. When they come to LSU they have a major academically, but they're also majoring in football. Coach Cam likes to say they're getting an advanced degree, a Master's degree, in football. When our guys get ready to go in front of NFL organizations, whether it be the combine or a workout at those places, those head coaches, those scouts come back and say to us, 'Those guys are NFL ready.' We've been very fortunate to have the number of kids go to the NFL that we've had the last several years."

Both Cameron and Wilson said that their perfect day, if it didn't involve football, would be spent fishing. Turns out it was a great day to do both. 

Video: K-State AD goes Chillin 4 Charity, challenges Mississippi State to come to Manhattan

The Chillin' 4 Charity meme - which FootballScoop proudly helped get off the ground - is still running strong in college athletics. For those unfamiliar, Chillin' 4 Charity is a promotional tool for the Kay Yow Foundation to raise attention and money for its fight to end women's cancers. A coach or administrator gets dunked, makes a donation, and then challenges friends at other schools to do the same. And on and on it goes. 

Kansas State athletic director John Currie's Chillin' 4 Charity video is one of the best we've seen yet. He challenges three fellow ADs, brags on Kansas State's athletes and its cancer research department, takes his medicine like a champ, and then challenges his friend Mississippi State athletics director Scott Stricklin to bring his team to Manhattan. 


Update: It's happening!

If their Twitter accounts are to be believed, Kansas State and Mississippi State will play a home-and-home later this decade.

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