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Dabo proposes scrimmaging other teams in spring

Dabo Swinney wants to take a page out of the book of other NCAA sports, and have the ability to scrimmage an opponent during the spring.

Swinney told the Atlanta Journal Constitution, "I don’t know if it will ever happen but it’s fun to think about.”

If Swinney has his way, there would be a few guidelines. You would have the option of scrimmaging yourself, or another team. If you choose to scrimmage another team it must be an out of conference opponent and within reasonable driving distance. The head coaches would set the structure of the scrimmage and other parameters beforehand.

“Personally, I think it would be a good thing for college football to do, college football takes in a lot of money. I think it would be an opportunity to give something back to your school or a charity."

Dabo went on to say that last season they were missing over 30 guys for spring practices, but will have more guys on hand this spring. But still, every time you scrimmage yourself, you've got 22 of your own guys out on the field at one time.

"Every time you practice against each other in a scrimmage, you’re 100-percent invested with your personnel, as opposed to if you go and scrimmage somebody else. You’re scrimmaging their defense, while your defense is on the sidelines. When your offense is out there, your defense is on the sidelines. You’re not 100-percent vested with what’s going on. I just think there’s something good with that" he explained.

Swinney went on to suggest that the NCAA could put a limitation on the miles away from campus you could travel, perhaps 100 or 200 miles (for the record, the University of Georgia is 75 miles away from Clemson's campus).

“I think it would be fun. I think the players would enjoy it. I think the fans would enjoy it. But that’s just one guy’s opinion” Swinney added.





Virginia: Offensive line work

University of Virginia offensive line / tight ends coach, Scott Wachenheim, had the camera crew on him for a recent practice, and they came away with some great practice footage.

Wachenheim says that their main points of emphasis under his guidance are footwork and hand placement. He expects to make big strides in their second year under the same scheme. In the clip he talks about getting better every practice, so at the end of the year they've got a ton of practices under their belt where they've gotten better each day. 

Take a few minutes and take a look at this link. It's full of great practice footage, and it's evident that Wachenheim is having a blast and feeling right at home out on the practice field.

Lane Kiffin to Jim Mora: Welcome to the neighborhood

Everyone thank twitter for this gem....

Guess who just bought a house right around the corner from Lane? Yep, UCLA head coach Jim L. Mora. 

Mora said in an interview, "He (Lane) sent me a text...'Standing in front of your (new) house. You know you're in Trojan Country!'"

Not sure we could afford the real estate; but wouldn't it be fun if the FootballScoop guy bought the other house for sale in that block? Donations?  

Ball State making impressive strides

Ball State has made some impressive strides off the field in Pete Lembo's first year at the helm, largely in part to new strength coach and conditioning coach David Feely.

In March of last year, the Cardinals had 31 players benching 300 plus pounds, and four players benching 400 plus pounds. 

This season, those numbers have doubled. 60 players are benching 300 plus pounds and 8 guys are putting up 400 plus pounds. Similar gains have taken place in the squat rack and the Cardinals have also added the power clean to the workout regimen for some added versatility..

One player, Keenan Noel, who is making the transition from fullback to nose guard, has been more than impressed with the changes. "Looking at people when they first come in to now, it's ridiculous just the way people's bodies have changed, shoulders have got wider, chests got bigger, legs got bigger, everything toned up. Now you look and you're like, we're big. We're a football team."

"Inside the Lines": RB coach Bobby Erhardt

Running backs coach / special teams coordinator Bobby Erhardt, the newest addition to the Bronco's staff, was the featured coach in Western Michigan's latest release of their "Inside the Lines" series.

Erhardt says that words cannot describe how happy he is to be back in Michigan and working under Bill Cubit. The phone call to join the staff really "rejuvenated" him, he said.

This is another good addition to the series with some great practice clips mixed in with the interview.

Big East schedule released

The Big East schedule was released earlier today. 

Paul Chryst will start his head coaching career at Pitt with a game against Youngstown State, before kicking off September with a Thursday night game at Cincinnati. Chryst will also make a trip to South Bend in early November to take on Notre Dame.

New Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood will kick of his season against first year head coach Curtis Johnson in New Orleans when they take on Tulane Saturday, September 1st. Flood and the Scarlet Knights will also have to travel to USF, Arkansas, Temple, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

All in all there looks to be some solid Big East action this fall, especially on the weekdays. Full schedules can be seen below. 

Thu., Sept. 6 PITTSBURGH (8 p.m., ESPN)
Sat., Sept. 15 Delaware State
Sat., Sept. 29 vs. Virginia Tech - 1
Sat., Oct. 6 Miami (Ohio)
Sat., Oct. 13 Fordham
Sat., Oct. 20 at Toledo
Sat., Oct. 27 at LOUISVILLE (8 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2)
Sat., Nov. 3 SYRACUSE
Sat., Nov. 10 at TEMPLE
Sat., Nov. 17 RUTGERS
Fri., Nov. 23 USF (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)

1 - at FedEx Field, Landover, Md.
Thu., Aug. 30 Massachusetts
Sat., Sept. 8 North Carolina State
Sat., Sept. 15 at Maryland
Sat., Sept. 22 at Western Michigan
Sat., Sept. 29 Buffalo
Sat., Oct. 6 at RUTGERS
Sat., Oct. 13 TEMPLE
Fri., Oct. 19 at SYRACUSE (8 p.m., ESPN)
Sat., Nov. 3 at USF
Fri., Nov. 9 PITTSBURGH (8 p.m., ESPN2)
Sat., Nov. 24 at LOUISVILLE
Sat., Sept. 1 Kentucky
Sat., Sept. 8 Missouri State
Sat., Sept. 15 North Carolina (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)
Sat., Sept. 22 at Florida International
Sat., Sept. 29 at Southern Mississippi
Sat., Oct. 13 at PITTSBURGH
Sat., Oct. 20 USF
Fri., Oct. 26 CINCINNATI (8 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2)
Sat., Nov. 3 TEMPLE
Sat., Nov. 10 at SYRACUSE
Thu., Nov. 29 at RUTGERS (7:30 p.m., ESPN)
Sat., Sept. 1 Youngstown State
Thu., Sept. 6 at CINCINNATI (8 p.m., ESPN)
Sat., Sept. 15 Virginia Tech
Sat., Sept. 22 Gardner?Webb
Fri., Oct. 5 at SYRACUSE (7 p.m., ESPN)
Sat., Oct. 13 LOUISVILLE
Sat., Oct. 20 at Buffalo
Sat., Oct. 27 TEMPLE
Sat., Nov. 3 at Notre Dame (3:30 p.m., NBC)
Fri., Nov. 9 at CONNECTICUT (8 p.m., ESPN2)
Sat., Nov. 24 RUTGERS
Sat., Dec. 1 at USF (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)

Sat., Sept. 1 at Tulane

Sat., Sept. 8 Howard
Sat., Sept. 15 at USF (date subject to change)
Sat., Sept. 22 at Arkansas
Sat., Oct. 13 SYRACUSE
Sat., Oct. 20 at TEMPLE
Sat., Oct. 27 Kent State
Sat., Nov. 10 Army
Sat., Nov. 17 at CINCINNATI
Sat., Nov. 24 at PITTSBURGH
Thu., Nov. 29 LOUISVILLE (7:30 p.m., ESPN)
Sat., Sept. 1 Chattanooga
Sat., Sept. 8 at Nevada
Sat., Sept. 15 RUTGERS (date subject to change)
Sat., Sept. 22 at Ball State
Sat., Sept. 29 Florida State (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)
Sat., Oct. 6 at TEMPLE
Sat., Oct. 20 at LOUISVILLE
Sat., Oct. 27 SYRACUSE
Sat., Nov. 17 at Miami (Fla.)
Sat., Sept. 1 Northwestern
Sat., Sept. 8 Southern California - 1 (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)
Sat., Sept. 15 Stony Brook
Sat., Sept. 22 at Minnesota
Fri., Oct. 5 PITTSBURGH (7 p.m., ESPN)
Sat., Oct. 13 at RUTGERS
Fri., Oct. 19 CONNECTICUT (8 p.m., ESPN)
Sat., Oct. 27 at USF
Sat., Nov. 3 at CINCINNATI
Sat., Nov. 10 LOUISVILLE
Sat., Nov. 17 at Missouri
Fri., Nov. 23 at TEMPLE (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)

1 - at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Fri., Aug. 31 Villanova
Sat., Sept. 8 Maryland
Sat., Sept. 22 at Penn State
Sat., Oct. 6 USF
Sat., Oct. 13 at CONNECTICUT
Sat., Oct. 20 RUTGERS
Sat., Oct. 27 at PITTSBURGH
Sat., Nov. 3 at LOUISVILLE
Sat., Nov. 10 CINCINNATI
Sat., Nov. 17 at Army (CBS SN)

*All times Eastern; all dates and times subject to change
*Additional television arrangements will be announced as they become available and are subject to change




Video: Dooley on Install philosophy

Derek Dooley talked a bit about Tennesse's philosophy with installation of the offensive and defensive schemes during spring ball and what is important to keep in mind during spring ball with the media after practice earlier today.

"We put a lot in every day...and it keeps growing and growing. The amount of mental decisions that you have to make and it's hard on the young guys. But it's kind of whole part, whole teaching 'em. You throw a lot at 'em and see what sticks, and then you kind of pick up the pieces and throw some more at 'em" Dooley said.

Dooley explained that the important part of that approach is that is that players recognize the incredible amount of mental energy and mental effort it takes to be a good football player even when your not on the field.

Dooley also took some time to cover with importance of understanding what is said, and not necessarily how it's said with the staff. It's important to understand the message and not be affected by how it is said.

One reporter, excited about the amount of players practicing with the defensive backs asked Dooley how he felt about the luxury of having that many guys in the secondary. "Don't confuse the word depth with being good" Dooley told him.

With many new faces on the staff, Dooley says that one of the biggest transitions for those guys was getting used to the practice schedule and where to be in a whole new environment. Because the players have been through that already, many of the them were coaching the coaches on where to be and the nuances of the practice schedule.

Video: Fresh start at New Mexico

New Mexico released a very well put together video late last night highlighting their spring practices so far under Bob Davie.

"The thing that you can't duplicate is getting a chance to be a part of this process" Davie told the media after practice. He explained that they are lucky, as a staff, to be somewhere where the people and players really care and are excited for the opportunity to establish something special. 

Very well put together video below providing a glimpse inside of practice and a few clips from players excited about the fresh start.