Excellent highlight video from Utah State

 Excellent video here from Utah State that was used during their football banquet.

The clip has heavy praise for the seniors, who graduated as the winningest class in school history, and various other team accomplishments from their 11-2 season.

Video: Malzahn explains that 'winning is a choice'

Taking over a program and getting guys to buy into the vision of you and your staff is a challenge that every new coach faces when he takes over a program, and it all starts in the off season.

Down at Auburn, Gus Malzahn and his staff are bringing a ton of energy this winter to get the most out of their guys, and Malzahn explained after a workout late last week that winning is a choice, and his staff has a plan for success.

"Winning is a choice. It isn't easy. So when we're pushing you, and your coaches are pushing you and saying 'stand up straight' and 'be a man, don't show any weakness' that is all part of winning...and it isn't easy. We've got a plan and we know how to be successful and how to win. So I encourage you to buy in."

That speech is followed up with some quality highlights from the Auburn national title season as a reminder that the glory days of Auburn football aren't as far away as they may seem.

Jackson State looking to build 50,000 seat, $200 million domed stadium

Domed stadiums have their place in college football. Those places include Syracuse, N.Y.; Moscow, Idaho; Fargo, N.D. and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Locales chased indoors by a constant threat of snow in the later months of the year. But if officials at Jackson State get their way, you can add Jackson, Miss., to the list of college football domes.

JSU officials announced their plan to build a 50,000 seat domed stadium on Friday, at the projected cost of $200 million. The school hopes to get up to $75 million through public funding; the bill is currently sitting in the state government.

"Young people today enjoy nice facilities," Jackson State head coach Rick Comegy told the Jackson Free Press. "I think (the dome) is going to make a great impact on our program when kids come up and visit and see the modern stadium and the technology that hopefully will be in there."

If approved, the stadium would be nearly double the capacity of the SWAC's second-largest stadium.

The Tigers' current home, the 60,492-seat Veterans Memorial Stadium, appears to be on its way out regardless of whether or not Jackson State gets its state-of-the-art dome. Constructed in 1950, the stadium sits in the way of the city of Jackson's proposed medical and health corridor. 

Jackson State Vice President of Business and Finance Michael Thomas said the dome would also be home to the Tigers' basketball team and, all in all, would be in use close to 200 days per year. 


This is how you do an impact freshmen video on the D3 level

Earlier this week we showed you LSU's always excellent "Impact Freshmen" video. This weekend we came across the "Impact Freshmen" film that Rose-Hulman, a Division III program in Terre Haute, Indiana, put together.

The Fightin' Engineers are quite proud of their 2012 freshman class and here's why: 31 freshmen played, 13 started, four were named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week and two made the All-HCAC team. The freshmen combined to produce 196 total tackles with five interceptions and four sacks on defense to go with 14 total touchdowns and three linemen that paved the way for 17 rushing touchdowns.

"As a football coach that understands the importance of a good education I would highly recommend that all high school football coaches let their strong academic players know about Rose-Hulman and urge them to strongly look at attending school there," a high school coach that sent one of those impact freshmen to Rose-Hulman told us. "Not only do the players at at Rose receive a good education but they are able to put this education to good use.  In fact, the football team has a 100 percent placement rate within six months of graduation, with the average starting salary being over $63,000 a year."

For anyone looking to play on the Division III level, Rose-Hulman puts together the total package. 

FootballScoop's Fifth Quarter

While you were out watching the NFL Combine and filling out your Oscars picks, we were compiling everything you need to know from the world of football this week:

The Top Five: here are the five best things we wrote this week.

- We had a chance to sit down with LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson on how they do business. We can all learn from Frank Wilson.

- Willie Fritz is in the NJCAA Hall of Fame, and led Divison II Central Missouri to its first playoff berth in 32 years and then took Sam Houston State to back-to-back FCS National Championship games. We spoke with Fritz's for this week's installment of 10 Questions With

- Here's a question we haven't seen anyone else ask about the Big Ten's proposed FCS scheduling ban: are we sure it will actually improve their non-conference schedules? And if not, what's the point?

- Cam Cameron's hiring as LSU's offensive coordinator was officially announced last week, and his salary was revealed earlier this week. Where his salary stacks up in the SEC and across the nation.

- Ed Orgeron is back at USC which, as he said this week, feels like home.

The film room: Every week we post a good number of videos from all levels across the country. Here's the best of the best.

- It's become an annual tradition at this point: LSU's "Impact Freshmen" video.

- Here's what David Shaw told his team after they won the Rose Bowl. 

- With a share of its first conference title and a move to the Big Ten on the way, the future is bright at Rutgers. Here's their excellent 2012 highlight video.

- While we're at it, here's what Toledo has going on.

- Georgia showed us what it's like in their preparation for spring football. 

- Division III Lycoming College does a great job of gearing its recruiting video toward its audience.

- Division III Elmhurst College also put together a very good highlight video.

The best in non-coaching news: Everything outside the coaching carousel that you need to know about.

- Houston could be getting a new set of helmets. 

- Texas A&M has big, big plans for its upcoming major renovations of Kyle Field. 

- The Big East at one time turned down a $1 billion offer from ESPN. The conference and the Worldwide Leader are now getting back together for the price of $130 million.

- Florida Atlantic announced the naming rights of its new stadium this week, and not everyone approves.

- The ACC has decided to get into the restaurant business.

- Though it recently pushed for the right to hold a championship game, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said this week his conference has no intention of actually holding a championship game. 

- Penn State and Syracuse will open the season at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands.

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