Jimbo Fisher lost 40 pounds this offseason and turned it into a coaching point

Now, I don't want to be accused of studying Jimbo Fisher's physique, but I didn't really think the fifth-year Florida State head coach had 40 extra pounds to lose. But, he found them... and then lost them all.

"I've let myself go since I've been here. I've been making excuses and doing the wrong things. I got tired of it and said, 'I'm going to start eating right and I'm going to start exercising,'" he told the Tallahassee Democrat. "I feel much better and feel healthy."

In typical Jimbo fashion, he managed to turn his dieting into a coaching point.

"I got tired of making excuses. It's like I tell players, its priorities," said Fisher, of his motivation to strive for a healthier lifestyle. "Also, I started feeling bad. I think your energy level as a coach, your energy level to do things (improves when you're in good shape). And I think when you're in shape you're much more sharp mentally."

The Democrat notes that Florida State will most likely not make the customary trip to the White House that reigning national champions usually enjoy, so our first chance to see the svelter Jimbo probably won't come until ACC media days next month. 

Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll has passed away

Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll passed away in his Pittsburgh-area home on Friday night. He was 82. 

Noll is best known for his extended tenure as the Pittsburgh Steelers' head coach, guiding the franchise to a 193-148-1 (16-8 postseason) mark from 1968-91. He led the Steelers to four Super Bowls, winning each and every one of them. Noll was named the Second Team All-Decade coach for both the 1970's and the 1980's, and was inducted into Canton in 1993, just two years after his retirement. He won Coach of the Year honors in 1972 and 1989.

After playing at Dayton and then with the Cleveland Browns, Noll coached for the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers and the Baltimore Colts before ascending to the head coaching position in Pittsburgh. 

Photo: USC borrows from the Dallas Cowboys, adds on field suites

USC is often referred to as Los Angeles' pro football team, so it only makes sense that the Trojans would attempt to treat their fans to the pro football experience.

After gaining control of the Los Angeles Coliseum for the next century back in September, USC agreed to plunge $100 million in improvements into the 90-year old structure. One of those improvements, the school announced Friday, will be to add on-field suites beyond the east end zone, and an upscale tailgating scene called the Peristyle Club outside the east end of L.A. Coliseum. 

The Peristyle Club will offer "all-inclusive upscale food and beverage", a cash bar and shaded lounge seating. The Field Club consists of 10 on-field suites contains an "unprecedented VIP experience", which is basically an in-game extension of the Peristyle Club. 

The on-field suite experience continues a trend popularized by the Dallas Cowboys at the opening of AT&T Stadium in 2009. Much like Jerry World, the Trojans will walk through the Peristyle Club and the Field Club on their way to the Coliseum floor.

No pricing has been released, but understand that if you have to ask, you can't afford it.

Video: Staffer with 31 years at one program gets a very special send off

The name Brad "Spider" Caldwell may not be as well known as Nick Saban or Les Miles, but that doesn't diminish the impact that he had during this 31 years as a staff member at Penn State, most notably running the equipment room for the Nittany Lions under Joe Paterno, Bill O'Brien, and James Franklin.

Back in late May, Spider accepted the activities director position at Fair Haven Union HS (VT), and to send him off right, the video guys got with a ton of Penn State players, and staff members like strength coach Dwight Galt, who all sent him off with a special memory or message.

This is something Caldwell will cherish forever.

Video: Bob Diaco may be Herb Hand's biggest competition...in the kitchen

As a first year head coach there's no limit to the limits you'll go to in order to get your face in front of your fan base. James Franklin once said that he'd go to a kid's birthday party and blow up balloons.

For Bob Diaco, those limits don't include hopping on a cooking segment. Diaco proudly admits he does the cooking in the house, and shares during the segment that if he didn't get into coaching, culinary school was another option that he seriously considered.

As I watch Diaco work his magic in the kitchen, which is something he's obviously passionate about, I can't help but flash back to Herb Hand's TV cooking premier on chopped a few nights ago and drool a bit as thinking up the dishes the two could whip up for the entire Scoop staff.

...Yes. I'm officially throwing my name (as well as Zach and Scott) in the ring as judges if the people over at Food Network ever come to their senses and have a cook off featuring strictly college coaches.

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