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Holgorsen explains his plan during unusual presser

In case you missed the news, it’s understandable.

Dana Holgorsen was introduced as the West Virginia head coach on Friday evening while you were out to dinner.  Before your waiter even brought your appetizer to the table, the press conference was over. (Less than 14 minutes)

Holgorsen did have time to acknowledge, “This is the chance of a lifetime.  I understand that.”

He explained, “I will say that nothing will change offensively, nothing will change defensively, nothing will change from a special teams standpoint.  We’re going to go on as we were in the last practice of the spring.”

So what’s your message to the team going to be?

“Stay the course….nothing is changing,” said a typically relaxed Holgorsen.  “The one thing that will be stressed everyday is unity.  Everyone needs to be in this thing together.  That’s from a player’s standpoint, coach’s standpoint, administrative standpoint, and fan’s standpoint.”

He added, “The West Virginia University football team is way bigger than me.  It’s way bigger than any former coach, player, former player, any of that.”

“The timetable had been set in December, it’s just been accelerated a little bit.”

“We’ll be united as coaches, players, administrators, and fans to bring championships here to Morgantown.  I look forward to many, many days to singing Country Roads through a whole bunch of wins here in the near future.”

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck did not address much at all regarding Bill Stewart stepping down.  He did blame the distractions of the last few weeks as the reason for asking for Stewart’s resignation.

Here is the press conference video:




Players eligible for frequent-flyer miles on team flights

On this unusually slow Friday morning, we’d like to send a salute to Cleveland Plain Dealer writer Bill Lubinger, who uncovered some good stuff, and has subsequently reported the information in his article this morning.

Lubinger asks you to consider the following: “A university arranges for its players, not the college, to earn frequent flyer miles for road trips.”

NCAA violation?

Answer: Permissible.

According to NCAA compliance, “Student-athletes may earn frequent-flier miles when traveling for practice or competition, depending on the university. But staff members can't roll their miles over to a student-athlete.”

Of course, most teams charter a plane, so frequent-flyer miles are not available.  In the NFL, the teams pay for the flights, but the individual players are able to add the frequent-flyer miles, not the teams.

Still, presumably, a number of director of football operations (DFO's) are hoping this article slides down the FootballScoop homepage before their head coach becomes aware of the benefit.  Talking about a nightmare for DFO's.  Paper work, questions, procedure, compliance, etc.

Our guess, look for an Andy Staples special next week to see which schools are providing this benefit.

According to this frequent-flyer comparison chart, you would be smart to take advantage of the benefits offered by either United or Alaska Airlines, the only airlines to rank with over “A” rating.

Here are 7 programs that could take serious advantage of frequent-flyer miles this year:

San Jose State will fly to: UCLA, Colorado State, BYU, LA Tech, Utah State, and Fresno State.

Stanford will fly to: Duke, Arizona, Wazzu, USC, and Oregon State

New Mexico State will fly to: Minnesota, San Jose State, Hawaii, Georgia, LA Tech, BYU

Navy will fly to: Western Kentucky, South Carolina, Rutgers, Notre Dame, SMU, and San Jose State

Boise State will fly to: Atlanta (Georgia game), Toledo, Fresno State, Colorado State, UNLV, and San Diego State

Southern Miss will fly to: Marshall, Virginia, Navy, UTEP, and East Carolina

Tulane will fly to: Duke, Army, East Carolina, SMU, Rice, and Hawaii

Syracuse will fly to: USC, Tulane, Louisville, Pitt




Notre Dame AD talks future scheduling and primetime kick-offs

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick says the Irish will “look to look to do an off-site game with an SEC opponent at some point, but we don’t have one on the immediate horizon.”

This comes on the heels on last month's statement by head coach Brian Kelly that Notre Dame will not be taken seriously until they beat an SEC opponent.

What about night games?

The Irish will host USC in a primetime kick-off this season in South Bend, but don’t expect multiple night time kick-offs in the near future.

Swarbrick said, “No. I think that’s highly unlikely. We’ll evaluate this after this one-year experiment and see how it goes. And if it works well, we’ll do another one, but I don’t see multiple ones.”

Right now, if you have an extra $1782, you can visit StubHub and buy two sideline tickets near the fifty yard-line for the USC game.

Swarbrick said, “Our approach to game day has changed pretty dramatically, generally. There’s a whole different structure, different way we approach it. And I think in the past year especially – perhaps the past two years – you could really see a difference in the atmosphere around game day and the experience people are having. So I felt comfortable, with that infrastructure in place, with that altered approach in place, it was time to try it (primetime kick-off) again.”




Writer calls out the NCAA, makes interesting points

College Football News writer Pete Fiutak has called out the NCAA.

In a lengthy breakdown, Fiutak has provided the NCAA with several options to turn around the negative attention currently surrounding the world of college football.

The most interesting part of Fiutak’s report deals with his prediction that the large TV deals will soon lead to the TV networks having power over the NCAA.

Fiutak writes, “Even stickier will be the lucrative TV deals, because very, very soon the networks that paid billions of dollars for the rights to the biggest college football games and the top showcase teams will demand to have some say in the matter about how the Ohio States and USCs of the world are punished.”

“Imagine telling Fox that the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are on probation and probably won’t be good enough to make the playoffs over the next three years. What if a major network bought the rights to the AFC only to later find out that Pittsburgh and New England were ineligible to win the Super Bowl? Eventually there’ll be a butting of heads considering so much money and so much exposure is at stake, and at some point some TV executive is going to break something tasteful if another top BCS program gets crushed because some dopey booster gave a kid a car.”

Fiutak suggests that one option is the NCAA should say, “Play time is over, boys.” 

“The NCAA should come out and say that anything and everything that happened before June 1, 2011, and isn’t currently being investigated, will be forgotten and forgiven. Congratulations everyone, you got away with it. More power to you. However, going forward, play time is over.”

Take a look at the options that Fiutak suggests including The Right Way, The Wrong Way, and My Way.




Guys sleeping in tents

The Cameron Crazies do it when UNC comes to town.  iPhone fanatics are known to do it on launch day.  We're sure there are better examples; but that's what we've got this morning.

People sleep in tents when they are passionate about the experience and can't wait to be the first to experience the feeling.

Well, for football coaches; about the closest opportunity we have for this feeling is coming next week...the Angelo Football Clinic.  

The preseason magazines have all rated this the best speaker lineup of this Summer and where else do you get the opportunity to spend a few hours one on one with this caliber of speaker after they finish speaking to the group as a whole?  Great format, something everyone should experience.  

Update>>>> The leadership of the clinic has called to inform us that there actually are a few number of hotel rooms still available so no need for the camping equipment this time...unless you really just want to.  If you do decide to camp out, remember to pack heavy on the Keystone Lights.  You never know who might join you to talk ball.  




Bob Stoops has a great message for college players

Imagine the life of Terrelle Pryor right now.  Imagine the legacy he will have in Columbus, Ohio.  For the matter, think about the legacy he’ll leave in college football.

Speaking in general, not about Pryor, that was part of the message that Bob Stoops delivered yesterday during a speech to 1200 Oklahoma fans during the Sooner Caravan.

Stoops is glad the NCAA is starting to drop the hammer.

Stoops explained, "When these things are realized, then they're dealt with. And at the end of the day, your legacy is dealt with as well, what you did, how you handled yourself. You stood for something."

"If this sends a message for other people that all of a sudden, your season didn't exist, maybe it's a strong enough message that I'm gonna be loyal to my team, my teammates and do things right or am I gonna be loyal to myself. That's a question for everybody."

It's a good point by Coach Stoops and one that reminds us of the Edgar A. Guest's poem "Your Name."

You got it from your father,
t'was the best he had to give,
And right gladly he bestowed it
It's yours, the while you live.

You may lose the watch he gave you
and another you may claim,
But remember, when you're tempted,
to be careful of his name.

It was fair the day you got it,
and a worthy name to bear,
When he took it from his father
there was no dishonor there.

Through the years he proudly wore it,
to his father he was true,
And that name was clean and spotless
when he passed it on to you.

Oh there's much that he has given
that he values not at all,
He has watched you break your playthings
in the days when you were small.

You have lost the knife he gave you
and you've scattered many a game,
But you'll never hurt your father
if you're careful with his name.

It is yours to wear forever,
yours to wear the while you live,
Yours, perhaps some distant morn,
another boy to give.

And you'll smile as did your father,
with a smile that all can share,
If a clean name and a good name
you are giving him to wear.




Not kidding, Trooper has chest bumped Barack Obama

If you follow us on twitter @footballscoop, you would have read our tweet this morning around 9 am EST that said, “Auburn will visit Barack Obama at the White House today. Do you think Trooper will rock the backwards hat? Chest bump the President?”

As you may have heard, the Auburn Tigers visited the White House today to receive congratulations from President Barack Obama on the undefeated National Championship season.

In regards to our tweet, we were sort of kidding when we thought Auburn wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor would chest bump the President like he does most players following a touchdown.

Apparently, after reading our tweet this morning from his iPhone, President Obama decided, "What the heck, I'll sky high for a chest bump myself." 

Here’s the latest:

@WarBlogle has just tweeted, “Trooper Taylor just gave the President of the United States a chest bump. I'm not kidding.”

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Should these guys get paid?

The bio for South Carolina defensive end read Devin Taylor reads, “Talented playmaker who exploded on the scene last fall... earned all-conference accolades as a sophomore... expected to raise his game to the next level after spending another season in the weight room... has made 19 career starts.”

After the YouTube commercial launched today by South Carolina, perhaps the bio should include, “Featured personality in pre-season commercial to boost ticket sales.”

Undoubtedly, Taylor participated in the video for free.  South Carolina can’t pay him for his appearnace in the commercial.  Yet, the university is using him to help boost season ticket sales.

At the least, it's an interesting subject to us.

Surely, South Carolina fans are eager to see Taylor, all 6'7 and 248 lbs, line up opposite of the nation's #1 recruit, Jadeveon Clowney.

South Carolina is the second school in recent weeks to use a star player in a commercial to boost ticket sales.  USC did it a couple of weeks ago with quarterback Matt Barkley.

Should these players be compensated in any way for their appearances in these types of commercials?