Which players will be getting the bowl gifts?
The Sports Business Journal came out with an interesting look at what players will be receiving as bowl gifts this season.
Some of the gifts include Oakley sunglasses, winter coats and gloves (yes...really), $420 Best Buy gift cards, and iPad mini's.
For a full list of what each bowl is giving out, follow this link.
Some of these gifts are perfect for college aged kids, while others can only be described as head scratchers. My top gifts (in no particular order) are:
- Oakley Dispatch II sunglasses - Beef O'Brady Bowl
- $420 gift certificate to Best Buy - Russel Athletic Sports Bowl
- 32 inch flat screen (that should be fun to pack on the way home) - Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl
- Fossil watch - Numerous bowl games
- Access to gift suites at the hotel - Numerous bowl games
- iPad mini - Valero Alamo Bowl and Military Bowl
- Nike FuelBand - Kraft Bowl
-Jawbone Jambox - Beef O'Brady's Bowl
-Beats by Dre headphones - R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
VIDEO: Take a look at BYU's football offices
A few weeks ago we showed you the work Advent had done with USC's McKay Center. Their latest project is with the football offices at BYU. Once again, Advent has hit it out of the park.
Personally, I love the way they used the the negative space in the Wall of Letterman to create the BYU logo. Bronco Mendenhall wanted to show recruits, donors and any other visitors the story of BYU football, and I'd say the lobby does that and then some.
What do you think?
A look at offensive coordinator contracts in the SEC
With Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost resigning yesterday, Dave Matter of the Columbia Daily Tribune, took a look at the salaries of offensive coordinators from around the SEC to see where Yost ranked among current play callers, and what kind of contract Mizzou may have to pony up to get a the right guy on board.
Yost's salary ranked eighth out of 13 SEC offensive coordinators last season, making $354,750.
Doug Nussmeier, Alabama: $590,000 three years
Jim Chaney, Tennessee: $550,000 three years
Greg Studrawa, LSU: $500,000 three years
Scot Loeffler, Auburn: $500,000 two years
Brent Pease, Florida: $490,000 three years
Paul Petrino, Arkansas: $475,000 one year
Kliff Kingsbury, Texas A&M: $400,000 three years
Randy Sanders, Kentucky: $338,000 two years
Mike Bobo, Georgia: $335,00 one year
Matt Luke, Ole Miss (co-coordinator): $285,000 three years
Les Koenning, Mississippi State: $275,000 two years
Dan Werner, Ole Miss (co-coordinator): $231,667 two years
Every coach needs this!!!
You guys have heard us reference "The Coach Tracker" for years on FootballScoop. The Coach Tracker is a database of nearly 15,000 high schools in the country that play football. At each school, the database contains contact information for the head coach (and sometimes for some of the assistants). They track the coach's cell phone, office phone, email, twitter handle, etc... and have the school's phone, website, address, etc...
Over 100 college teams subscribe to the service provided by The Coach Tracker; but today, they unveil new Android and iPhone apps available to every college and high school coach!
Imagine being anywhere and having near immediate access to the contact information for practically any high school coach you could want. Yeah, that's now available through this app. If you didn't already do it, watch the video above!
The contact data is updated daily and can even be updated directly through the app itself. There is nothing else like this database!
Both the Android App and the iPhone App are now available!
Thanks to a partnership with FootballScoop, the App has been priced so that every coach can afford it ($9.99 for high school coaches & $24.99 for college coaches). Tremendous value in our opinion.
Tuesday TV - No games
No games until Thursday night, and then the Army and Navy game on Saturday.
Eastern time listed.
VIDEO: Spend game day with Oregon AD Rob Mullens
The Oregon athletic department has provided a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what a home football game day is like for Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens.
Mullens starts the day off by making the rounds through the stadium and into the tailgating scene, getting face time with many of the Ducks' long-time supporters. I would love to see a statistic on what occurs more on a fall Saturday at Autzen Stadium: hands shaken by Mullens or Puddles the Duck push-ups after a score by the home team.
One of the hands Mullens shakes is former Oregon head coach Rich Brooks. Brooks was Oregon's head coach from 1977-94 before moving on to the St. Louis Rams, a defensive coordinator role with the Atlanta Falcons and, finally, the head coaching job at Kentucky from 2003-09. Brooks makes his home in Oregon and, after five decades of coaching, it's great to see him enjoy a game day like a normal civilian.
As game time approaches, Mullen migrates to the field for more conversations with those on hand. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott on this night traveled to Eugene to see Oregon face Washington. During the game, Mullens journeys up to the suite level to say hello to more VIPs and watches part of the game with his wife and sons.
At halftime, Mullen greets the media covering the game and visits with ESPN's Joe Tessitore and Matt Millen, who called the game for a national audience. He then watched the fourth quarter on the field and attended the Ducks' post-game press conference. Then, it's time for one last trip to his office to check in with his staff before Mullens shuts the door and heads home.
It's just one day's work for the athletic director at a college football powerhouse.
Brian Kelly offers advice to coaches looking to build a program
In just three seasons, Brian Kelly has taken Notre Dame from disappointing finishes to the national title game.
For those unfamiliar with Kelly's resume, this isn't his first quick turnaround of a program. In his first three seasons at D-II Grand Valley, Kelly went 41-2, followed eventually by back to back national titles in 2002 and 2003. He later led Central Michigan to a 9-4 finish in his third season before heading to Cincinnati where he compiled a 34-6 record and led the Bearcats to a #3 ranking in the BCS standings.
To put it simply, Coach Kelly knows how to turn things around and win the right way.
Yesterday, Kelly was asked what the blueprint would look like if someone wanted to accomplish the same things that Kelly has been able to accomplish in three short years with the Notre Dame program.
Kelly responded by saying that the first thing you have to do is "set a bar".
"You have to challenge your players to reach and exceed that bar. That requires a consistency, and a clear, concise communication of what the goals and objectives are on a day to day basis, and that you're not going to settle for anything less."
"There also has to be an environment where your players really enjoy the process. Coming in here and wanting to improve on a day to day basis. Having energy and enthusiasm to be the best that they can be, and it's not in a Gatorade bottle. It's something that takes time and takes a commitment frome everybody in the room."
"Those are things that you really can't put your finger on as much as you develop over time and I think that's what we're seeing happen here."
VIDEO: Take a look at Kansas State's stadium renovations
Bill Snyder built Kansas State football up from the ground, and in turn the school named the stadium after him. Snyder retired after the 2005 season and returned in 2009, taking the Wildcats back from mediocrity to the 2012 Big 12 champions.
In concert with the resurrected football program, Kansas State has released plans to renovate the west side of Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
In addition to a Top 5 team, Kansas State coaches will have new club seating, a new press box press box and an updated west side facade to sell to recruits.