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Duane Akina shares his coaching philosophy in Stanford's latest "Coach Speak" installment

During Duane Akina's nearly three decades of coaching defensive backs (perhaps most notably 2001-2010 and 2011-2014 at Texas) he's coached three Thorpe Award winners, and 20 of his defensive backs have gone on to play in the NFL.

It's no wonder why Texas had been considered "DBU" during his time in Austin, and that is largely due to Akina's tutelage and guidance in the secondary. When Stanford brought him on board this off season, they hit a home run.

Here, in Stanford's latest "Coach Speak" session, Akina (and some of his players) share some notes on his approach and overall philosophy when it comes to practice and defensive back play.

Photos: Louisville WRs coach Lamar Thomas trolling his alma mater in recruiting

Before he became Louisville's wide receivers coach, Lamar Thomas was one of the greatest wideouts in the history of Miami football. Playing from 1989-93, the Gainesville, Fla., native helped the Hurricanes win two national titles and earned two All-Big East recognitions. He still holds the school record for career receptions, and left school trailing only Michael Irvin in career receiving yards and touchdown grabs. He was inducted into the Miami's athletics hall of fame in 2013. Again, he's one of the greatest Hurricanes ever.

And now he's going after his alma mater in full force. 

Thomas' Twitter account is protected, so we can only show you the re-tweets of his original tweets. But rest assured, this is some flaming hot trolling here. 

Really, Ohio State? Really?

Ohio Stadium has always been one of the most intimidating atmospheres in college football. I remember the buildup to the 2005 Texas-Ohio State game and repeatedly reading how no one ever won .... in the Shoe ... at night. The Longhorns won that game, but the Horseshoe's status as one of the game's most rambunctious atmospheres remains intact.

Given that reputation, Ohio State fans have been known to cross the line from rowdy to dangerous a time or three, so the Buckeyes have launched a program that allows fans to report unruly fans to security through their cell phones. We're all for a safe stadium environment, right? Here is a screenshot of the new protocol in full, via WBNS-TV in Columbus. Read the third sentence carefully.

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I'm hoping no one actually gets kicked out of Ohio Stadium for excessive standing, or we'll have to change Ohio State's name to Nanny State. 

(I will now show myself out.)

Update: Much to the delight of Shelley Meyer, standing is still allowed in the Horseshoe.

(via CBS Sports)

ESPN has a new interactive feature taking you inside the office of coaches. Mark Dantonio goes first

ESPN rolled out a cool new interactive feature today where they provide a look inside the office of head coaches. First up was Michigan State's Mark Dantonio.

What's interesting about the way that ESPN has the piece set up is that each "+" sign has a story behind it, so you're able to get some background and purpose behind some of the well thought out office decorations.

Some may prefer a video tour, but this is a decent alternative, and certainly a cool way to portray a lot of good information a video may not be able to get across as effectively. Writing about it doesn't really do it justice so see the full interactive display here.

What's your Week 2 upset pick? The FootballScoop staff weighs in

The FootballScoop Upset of the Week is back. Each week, the three of us will give you the game we see as the best chance for an underdog to dump a bucket of ice cold water on their opponents' (and Vegas') heads. Last week, Scott was right with Cal over Northwestern, while Zach and Doug whiffed on Rice over Notre Dame and Utah State over Tennessee, respectively. 

Zach: Western Kentucky over Illinois

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I have no idea why Western Kentucky is a touchdown underdog here. The Hilltoppers were a better team than Illinois a year ago, and nothing appears to have changed through one week of 2014. Western Kentucky opened their season by committing assault with a deadly weapon against Bowling Green's defense as quarterback Brandon Doughty hit 46-of-56 passes for 569 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions, and Illinois started their season by falling behind Youngstown State 17-14 midway through the fourth quarter. The Illini didn't put the Penguins away until the game was nearly 58 minutes old. They won't have that opportunity on Saturday. Give me the 'Toppers. (I have no idea if people refer to WKU as the 'Toppers but, if not, I'd like to start that movement right now.)

Scott: Colorado State over Boise State

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Colorado State found their running game (and their identity) in the second half of last week's win over Colorado in Denver. I expect Colorado State to pound the rock right at Boise State in what I think will be a good game. I like CSU to pull the upset and love them plus the 10.5.

Doug: Virginia Tech over Ohio State

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As far as upset picks go, week two's pickings were pretty slim. That's why I decided to go big. As a Midwesterner and fan of Big Ten football in general, one top team that failed to impress me in week one was Ohio State. With Braxton Miller out with an injury, and Carolos Hyde and Ryan Shazier now playing in the NFL, they're just not the same team that they were a year ago. This will be an epic match up of two of college football's best coaches, and I feel like Beamer and his gang will have just enough offensive firepower, defensive prowess, and special teams efficiency to pull this one out.

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