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Brian Kelly wants to face the SEC in a BCS game

Last week during a speech to a Notre Dame alumni chapter in Alabama, Brian Kelly made the statement, "Notre Dame will be taken serious when they beat an SEC team."

On Monday, Kelly did it again.

During a speech in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Kelly said, “Our (goal) at Notre Dame is to get back to a BCS game that hopefully draws an SEC team, so we can start to reverse that trend of where they think the best football is in the country because the SEC can hold that (claim) right now.”

The 2012 BCS bowl schedule is set up as follows:

January 2 - Rose Bowl (Pasadena)
January 2 or 3 - Sugar Bowl (New Orleans)
January 3 or 4 - Orange Bowl (Miami)
January 4 or 5 - Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, Ariz.)
January 9 - National Championship Game (New Orleans)

What if Notre Dame runs the table and plays Alabama in New Orleans for the national championship?  Do you think that would be a cheap ticket?

Eddie Gran wants the 'Noles to "Take Doak Back"

A year ago, Florida State was 6-1 playing inside Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee.  In Jimbo Fisher’s first season as head coach, FSU defeated Samford, BYU, Wake Forest, Boston College, Clemson, and Florida.  The only hiccup in Tallahassee was a 37-35 loss to North Carolina.

The home schedule this season includes ULM, Charleston Southern, Oklahoma, Maryland, NC State, Miami (FL), and Virginia.

Not only does FSU running backs coach Eddie Gran want to run the table, but he also wants to “Take Doak Back.”

During a recent radio interview, Gran reiterated the need to fill the stands and to create a powerful environment at Doak.  Gran admitted the crowd on two separate Saturdays last year created that special goose bump feeling, but that was just two of seven opportunities.

Gran said, “There were five games where I didn’t feel you…we need to take that stadium back.”

And let’s be honest, having coached in the SEC for over ten years, Gran know the advantage the home team crowd can bring to the table.

Perhaps this is what Gran is hoping to see week in and week out:

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Art Briles as confident as ever, praises Phil Bennett

Baylor head coach Art Briles is usually a glass half-full type of guy.  Today, that glass may have been completely full, as Briles seemed downright giddy about his football team.

The Bears are coming off their first winning season since 1995, but did lose two first-round draft choices and a number of players on defense.

During an interview with Brian Smith of Fox Sports Southwest, Briles said, “We've got some guys (receivers) who can play, no doubt. We've got some playmakers, some difference makers. They're going to be counted on and they're going to make plays for us. But we'll still be tough and aggressive up front. We've got a great offensive line coming back this year, and we'll run the football effectively also.”

“Through the years, if you'll check the stats, we've been very productive throwing and rushing the football. We've been one of the few teams in America over the years to have a 3,000-yard passer, a couple of 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher. We're really one of only five or six teams to do that nationally.”

“We're always going to run the football. We'll be very effective running the football. We have our own style of play that we're not altering. We've had great success in how we've been able to do it. We finished 12th or 13th last year in total offense in America. We'll continue to do what we do, and we'll continue to get better as we're doing it.”

Coach, is Phil Bennett going to be able to rebuild and restructure the Baylor defense?

“There's no 'try' to it; he's already done it. He's a doer and he's a proven commodity. That's what I love him.”

Baylor opens with three consecutive home games against TCU, Stephen F. Austin, and Rice.

Will college coaches be required to sell season tickets?

In lieu of salary cutbacks or furloughs, the Oakland Raiders’ organization is requiring coaches to sell new season tickets that total at least 10% of their salaries during the length of the NFL lockout.

Raiders chief executive Amy Trask believes, “A very strong argument can be made that this is something that staff members of every team should be doing all the time."

Oakland assistant coach Chuck Bresnahan told USA Today, "Everybody's trying to get creative in their own way. I know I've got something to talk about at every establishment I set foot in — every restaurant, every store, every winery."

Here in the towers at FootballScoop Headquarters, the story makes us wonder if certain college athletic departments should require their assistant coaches to meet a quota for season ticket sales.

Of course, we are thinking mostly about the mid-major programs and a few of the BCS programs that would undoubtedly greatly benefit from an extra 4,500 season ticket sales.

Each program has nine assistant coaches, so that would leave each assistant coach responsible for 500 ticket sales.

Here’s a great point by SI.com writer Peter King, who wrote today in his Monday Morning QB column, “I love the Raiders asking their employees (including coaches) to sell tickets in an attempt to make sure their salaries aren't cut. Jarrett Bell wrote about this in USA Today last week, and I wanted to shake my head and say, "Typical Raiders.'' But I couldn't. It's actually pretty smart. And don't you think coaches would be great ticket sellers out in the community, particularly when they can regale some Chamber of Commerce audience with stories from the gridiron. Nice job, Amy Trask.”

It should be noted that college coaches do help season-ticket sales by their various speaking engagements.  Since head coaches can no longer recruit away from campus during the spring, their time has been consumed by fundraising and speaking engagements.  There is not, however, a college that currently mandates a quota of ticket sales from a head coach or any assistant, at least not that we are aware.

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Ready for year #4, Pelini explains his philosophy

Bo Pelini is entering his fourth season as the head coach of the winning-est college football program in the last fifty years, both in number of wins and percentage wise.  Under Pelini, the Nebraska has finished 9-4, 10-4, and 10-4.

ESPN’s College Football LIVE has the Huskers ranked #13 in their pre-season poll.

Recently, Pelini talked about his philosophy with Randy York.

Pelini explained, “Part of my philosophy is, I think, you gotta be black-and-white all the time. You gotta be honest. You gotta be the same all the time. I hear people say that some guys are players' coaches, but at the end of the day, your kids have to believe in and trust in you having their best interests at heart - on the field and off the field - in everything you do.”

“Being a players' coach doesn't mean telling a player what he wants to hear all the time. You have to be honest with them, hard on them, push them and try to get the best out of them in a lot of different ways, but at the same time, players have to understand that what you are asking them to do is in their own best interests.”

Although the Huskers have lost some outstanding players the last two years to the NFL, Pelini sees more than one advantage.

“You're looking now at 90 to 95 percent of this team being guys you've recruited. I've gone into their homes, and I haven't made any promises to anybody. All I've told them is we will give them an opportunity, and it's up to them what they do with that opportunity. I've always felt it's important to set the stage for that right up front, so they know what kind of coach and what kind of system they're getting themselves into. There are no surprises. When that happens, you're all on the same page from the start. They're not coming in here with any false sense of reality about what they're being asked to do on a daily and weekly basis.”

Discipline.

Pelini explained, “I don't know if we've had a guy make a bad decision or the same mistake twice because they all know the standards. Slowly but surely, that becomes the culture and the expectations in the locker room. It gets to a point where you don't have to police them because they police themselves. That's when you get really strong.”

Nebraska opens with three consecutive home games against Chattanooga, Fresno State, and Washington.

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