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Video: Super Soaker drill

During what would become one of head coach Robin Pflugrad's last practices with the Grizzlies, the coaching staff had a little fun with the punt returners with some fully loaded super soakers.

"The Super Soaker drill is all about distracting the punt returner or the kickoff returner" Pflugrad told the local media covering the practice.

Pflugrad said that they came up with the idea during a hot summer practice trying to think up ways to distract the returners. The original idea was a firehose, but luckily for the players, they settled on Super Soakers (and occasionally volleyballs) instead.

Players have mixed feelings about the drill throughout the year. Early on in fall camp they love it, but as the season wears on and temperature drops, they enjoy it a less and less.

Pflugrad is a big fan of the drill, and said that a lot of coaches that have observed the Grizzlies practice have borrowed the drill for their own use. We're sure it will get plenty more borrowers after today.



Spring football movie trailer

Ole Miss has taken a unique approach to their off season highlight tape.

The Rebels have put together a movie trailer compromised of a few of their off season highlights for some added spring ball hype.

Impressive approach..and a great idea. The credits at the end are worth pausing the video to take a closer look at.

D-II video: "Guys are having fun in the weight room"

Shorter University, located in Rome, Georgia, started off as an NAIA program in 2005 and is currently transitioning to become a D-II member of the Gulf South conference. Regardless of affiliation, these guys know how to get after it.

The strength video below not only has some great footage, but it also takes the time to sit down with head coach Phil Jones, and strength and conditioning coach Ben Lampkin to talk about what their goals are during the course of the off season program.

Lampkin does a great job talking about the strength program in depth and how he utilizes it to build a great foundation for players to remain self motivated to continue the workouts through the summer.

James Franklin explains "We-fense"

James Franklin was impressed with Vandy's practice yesterday, guys were running around, they were competing, they had fun..and there were a few fights.

Franklin says he doesn't mind the scuffles during spring ball, in fact he loves it, and would like to see more of it. After spring ball is over they all get together, sing some "kumbaya", and hug it out, but until then, Franklin explains it should be a war with the offense and defense...or what he likes to call "we-fense" during spring ball.

The staff also had some fun distracting the kickers with an air horn and splashing them with water while they were trying to nail field goals.

The first couple minutes of this video is front loaded with great content from Coach Franklin.

D-III video: Bound by brotherhood

Ohio Northern put together a very good video mixing their off season training with quotes and clips from HBO's infamous 2001 miniseries "Band of Brothers".

Impressive footage and the movie quotes fit in seamlessly.

Video: Pflugrad - "I'm stunned, I'm shocked"

This afternoon Robin Pflugrad sat down for one interview to discuss what transpired today. 

Pflugrad says that neither he nor the AD had any idea this might be coming. Tough to watch; but he does a very good job explaining what transpired. 

Pflugrad and AD released at Montana

As we told you on The Scoop, Montana has decided to part ways with athletic director Jim O'Day and head coach Robin Pflugrad. Associate athletic director Greg Sundberg sent an email out this morning notifying faculty and staff of the decision.  

The University didn't state the exact reasons for the action; but according to reports, this morning the University also released the results of a months long investigation into sexual assault issues on campus (at least one of which reportedly involved a player on the football team). 

The University has released a statement saying: 

"The University of Montana has determined not to renew the contracts of Athletics Director Jim O'Day and head football coach Robin Pflugrad. The University will announce an interim athletics director and interim head coach by the end of the week. Further details about the search for permanent replacements will be released as the process develops. We thank Jim and Robin for their dedicated service to the University, and we wish them the best."

In a classy move, The Missoulian reported that O'Day sent an email out this morning to many supporters of Montana athletics stating: 

"Thanks so much for all the hard work and support I've received from each of you the past 8 years as athletic director and 6 years prior to that with the GSA and UM Foundation. It has been quite a ride. While this comes as a shock to both Robin and myself, it is part of today's global picture of intercollegiate athletics across the country. I realized that when I took the job.’ Good bad or indifferent I will miss him. He is my friend and always will be.”

The football program has been dominant over the past decade, earning the title of winningest program in all of college football in the first decade of the 2000's (119 total wins), including back to back national champions  national title game appearances under former head coach Bobby Hauck in '08 and '09.

In 2010, his first season as head coach, Pflugrad went 7-4 including a 71 point victory in his debut against Western State and a critical win over Northern Arizona. Each of his four losses that season were by single digits. Pflugrad went 9-2 this past regular season (11-3 including the playoffs), winning a share of the Big Sky conference title and rattling off 9 straight wins before losing in the national semi-finals to eventual runner-up Sam Houston State.


MAC schedule released

The Mid American Conference released their schedule today, and it includes nine games scheduled for ESPN prime time.

New Akron head coach Terry Bowden will get welcomed back the FBS when they take on Central Florida at home and will follow up with games with at FIU, at home against Morgan State and at Tennessee before starting the MAC schedule with Miami (OH).

Matt Campbell and Toledo will start out with road games at Arizona (that one could be a high scoring affair), and Wyoming before their first conference game with Bowling Green. Week 4 the Rockets will head to Conway, South Carolina to take on Joe Moglia in his first season at Coastal Carolina.

Conference newcomer UMass and Charley Molnar will kick off their new FBS membership with games against Big Ten schools in two of their first three games (Indiana in week 2 and at Michigan in week 3) after kicking things off at Connecticut in week 1.

If last season was any indication...expect there to be plenty of great weekday MACtion again this season.

Full schedules, split by divisions, can be found below

2012 MAC Football Schedule (composite by school)
All times listed ET
*Conference Game
#ESPN Multiple-Game Selection Date (an ESPN weekday multiple-game selection date will be announced 12 days prior to the listed date.  One (1) game will be selected by each ESPN service listed).


30 Central Florida
8 at Florida International
15 Morgan State
22 at Tennessee
29 *Miami
6 *Bowling Green
13 *at Ohio
20 *Northern Illinois
27 *at Central Michigan
3 *at Kent State
10 *UMass
20 *at Toledo, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN2)

Bowling Green
1 at Florida
8 Idaho
15 *at Toledo
22 at Virginia Tech
29 Rhode Island
6 *at Akron
13 *Miami
20 *at UMass
27 *Eastern Michigan
7 *at Ohio, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2)
17 *Kent State
23 #*Buffalo, at Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio (ESPNU/ESPN3)

1 at Georgia
8 Morgan State
19/20 *Kent State, TBD (ESPNU)
29 at Connecticut
6 *at Ohio
13 *at Northern Illinois
20 Pittsburgh
27 *Toledo
3 *Miami
10 *Western Michigan
17 *at UMass
23 #*at Bowling Green, at Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Kent State
30 Towson
8 at Kentucky
19/20 *at Buffalo, TBD (ESPNU)
29 *Ball State
6 *at Eastern Michigan
13 at Army
20 *Western Michigan
27 at Rutgers
3 *Akron
10 *at Miami
17 *at Bowling Green
23 #*Ohio, (ESPNU/ESPN3)

30 at Connecticut
8 Indiana
15 at Michigan
22 *at Miami
29 *Ohio
6 *at Western Michigan
20 *Bowling Green
27 at Vanderbilt
3 *at Northern Illinois
10 *at Akron
17 *Buffalo
23 #*Central Michigan, (ESPNU/ESPN3)

1 at Ohio State
8 Southern Illinois
15 at Boise State
22 *UMass
29 *at Akron
6 at Cincinnati
13 *at Bowling Green
27 *Ohio
3 *at Buffalo
10 *Kent State
17 *at Central Michigan
23 #*Ball State, (ESPNU/ESPN3)

1 at Penn State
8 New Mexico State
15 at Marshall
22 Norfolk State
29 *at UMass
6 *Buffalo
13 *Akron
27 *at Miami
1 *Eastern Michigan, 6:00 pm ET (ESPNU)
7 *Bowling Green, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2)
14 #*at Ball State, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)
23 #*at Kent State, (ESPNU/ESPN3)


Ball State
30 *Eastern Michigan
8 at Clemson
15 at Indiana
22 South Florida
29 *at Kent State
6 *Northern Illinois
13 *Western Michigan
20 *at Central Michigan
27 at Army
6 *at Toledo, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2)
14 #*Ohio, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)
23 #*at Miami, (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Central Michigan
30 Southeast Missouri
8 Michigan State
22 at Iowa
29 *at Northern Illinois
6 *at Toledo 
13 Navy 
20 *Ball State
27 *Akron
3 *Western Michigan
10 *at Eastern Michigan
17 *Miami
23 #*at UMass, (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Eastern Michigan
30 *at Ball State
8 Illinois State
15 at Purdue
22 at Michigan State
6 *Kent State
13 *Toledo
20 Army
27 *at Bowling Green
1 *at Ohio, 6:00 pm ET (ESPNU)
10 *Central Michigan
17 *at Western Michigan
23 #*Northern Illinois, (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Northern Illinois
1 Iowa (at Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.)
8 Tennessee-Martin
15 at Army
22 Kansas
29 *Central Michigan
6 *at Ball State
13 *Buffalo
20 *at Akron
27 *at Western Michigan
3 *UMass
14 #*Toledo, 9:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)
23 #*at Eastern Michigan, (ESPNU/ESPN3)

1 at Arizona
8 at Wyoming
15 *Bowling Green
22 Coastal Carolina
29 *at Western Michigan
6 *Central Michigan
13 *at Eastern Michigan
20 Cincinnati
27 *at Buffalo
6 *Ball State, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2)
14 #*at Northern Illinois, 9:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)
20 *Akron, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN2)

Western Michigan
1 at Illinois
8 Eastern Illinois
15 at Minnesota
22 Connecticut
29 *Toledo
6 *UMass
13 *at Ball State
20 *at Kent State
27 *Northern Illinois
3 *at Central Michigan
10 *at Buffalo
17 *Eastern Michigan