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767 colleges and universities will play college football in 2014

The National Football Foundation released its annual report Wednesday on the growth of college football across America. Not television ratings, or fan attendance, but literal growth. More than a handful of schools are adding football programs year after year. Seven new programs will embark in 2014, following the 12 that launched last year, the five that launched in 2012, the eight in 2011, the six in 2010, and so on. Nine more programs are set to begin over the next two years.

"No other sport contributes more to the vibrancy of a college campus than football, and the trend of adding programs continues full force,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “University and college presidents clearly see the value of having programs on their campuses, and we applaud them for understanding the role football can play in the educational experience of all their students."

The largest growth sectors have been the smallest divisions. Forty-five of the new football schools - 75 percent - have jumped into either NCAA Divisions II and III or NAIA. This is because, of course, the competition is lowest there, and it also speaks to the reason why these schools are adding football in the first place, namely to increase male enrollment and to build a bridge of attachment to their alumni and the public. Basically, they need a reason to bring people back to campus, and nothing does that better than staging a football game six Saturdays in the fall.

"We’re in the second largest city in Georgia and we don’t have college football here on a weekly basis," Paine College athletics director Tim Duncan, whose Augusta-based school joins the Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this fall, said. "Football is important in the South. It’s almost a religion here. I think it’s important in a state like Georgia that’s football crazy to have that option for our students and alumni. The response has already been tremendous. Last year we had three home club games that drew extremely well, and we only expect to see more fans as we start to play the big name schools in our conference."

New Schools by Division

"We’re going to hit 50 years in 2017, which for most academic institutions is fairly young," said West Florida athletics director Dave Scott. "Football will help increase people’s awareness and marketing of the university. You have kids that choose institutions because of traditions, and when you’re a young institution you’re trying to establish those traditions and establish that connection to your community."

With less than 500 schools sponsoring football a quarter-century ago, and nearly 800 schools offering the sport today, football is a sport whose appeal is growing, as Hatchell likes to say, coast to coast and border to border.

New Football Schools in 2014

- Arizona Christian University - Phoenix, Ariz. - NAIA (Independent)
- The College of Idaho - Caldwell, Idaho - NAIA (Frontier Conference)
- George Fox University - Newberg, Ore. - NCAA Division III (Northwest Conference)
- Limestone College - Gaffney, S.C. - NCAA Division III (Independent)
- Missouri Baptist University - St. Louis, Mo. - NAIA (Independent)
- Paine College - Augusta, Ga. - NCAA Division II (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)
- Southeastern University - Lakeland, Fla. - NAIA (The Sun Conference)

 

Study: Which head coaches truly "build a fence around the state"

Seemingly every single head coach that takes the podium at his introductory press conference talks about "building a fence around the state" to keep the most talented prospects from leaving the state to play their college football.

During the course of the long off season, one of the questions we threw around as a staff was; which current head coach (and his staff) are the best at keeping talent inside of the state borders? From there, FootballScoop intern-extraordinaire Joe Bowen dug into each roster that was returning a head coach for a fourth season.

Since the study included just taking a look at each roster, we did not determine how many walk-ons each roster included, but nonetheless, we came up with some interesting results.

Not surprisingly, Texas coaches dominated the top of the list. However, it was a bit surprising to find that the first head coach not from the talent rich states of Texas, California or Florida (who dominate the first 12 slots) was Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos, who narrowly (.01%) edged out Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer.

The first power five conference coach to make the list was Art Briles (82.29%), with Larry Coker topping the list of all coaches with nearly 90% of his players from coming inside of Texas. At the bottom of the list are Navy's Ken Nuimatalolo followed by Notre Dame's Brian Kelly, both of which recruit nationally and aren't located in the richest of talent beds.

 A couple of things, however obvious they may seem, are worth noting before diving into the numbers where you can draw your own conclusions:
-A program like Notre Dame is going to have a much bigger national draw outside of the borders of Indiana than a program like North Texas.
-A state like Texas obviously has enough talent to spread around...a few times over. Kansas and Nebraska don't have that luxury. Here's a look at where exactly college football talent comes from.

With those in mind, as a staff, we came to the following conclusions:
- Geography plays a big role: Les Miles and LSU (62.5%) and Mark Hudspeth with Louisiana-Lafayette (51.04%), both located more towards the middle of the state have significantly more Louisiana players than Louisiana-Monroe's Todd Berry (30.34%) where campus is closer to the border of Arkansas and Texas.
- Miami's percentage is a head scratcher: Florida programs run by FSU's Jimbo Fisher (74%), UF's Will Muschamp (68%) and UCF's George O'Leary (68.67%) are near the top of the list, but Al Golden's Miami program trails significantly (52.83%). That certainly clashes with the "Geography plays a big role" conclusion mentioned previously.

All programs from power five conferences (plus Notre Dame and BYU) have been bolded to make them easier to find.

*Only head coaches entering a minimum of their fourth year were included. We did this to ensure that the vast majority of the players on the roster were recruited by the current staff.

COACH                               

 # OF IN-STATE PLAYERS  TOTAL # OF PLAYERS % OF IN STATE PLAYERS
Larry Coker - UTSA  95   107 88.79%
Dan McCarney - North Texas   86  98 87.76%
David Bailiff - Rice  70   81 86.42%
Art Briles - Baylor  79  96 82.29%
Dennis Franchione- Texas State  82  100 82.00%
Rocky Long - San Diego State  66   89  74.16%
Jimbo Fisher - Florida State  74  100 74.00%
Mark Richt - Georgia  70  96 72.96%
Gary Patterson - TCU  81  118 68.64% 
George O'Leary - UCF  57  83 68.67%
June Jones - SMU  70  102 68.63%
Will Muschamp - Florida  68  100  68.00%
Dan Enos - Central Michigan  69  104 66.35%
Frank Beamer - Virginia Tech  67  101 66.34% 
Frank Solich - Ohio  64  99  64.65% 
Les Miles - LSU  65  104  62.50%
Paul Johnson - Georgia Tech  65  107 60.75%
Mike London - Virginia  55  91 60.44%
Ruffin McNeill - East Carolina   74   123 60.16% 
Dan Mullen - Mississippi State  65   110  59.09%  
Al Golden - Miami   56  106 52.83% 
Joey Jones - South Alabama  51  98 52.04% 
Matt Campbell - Toledo   54  105  51.43% 
Mark Hudspeth - Louisiana-Lafayette   49  96  51.04% 
Bill Snyder - Kansas State  50   101 49.50% 
Bill Blankenship - Tulsa  63  128 49.22%
Kevin Wilson - Indiana  50   102 49.02% 
Hugh Freeze - Ole Miss   49  105 46.67%
Larry Blakeny - Troy  52  112 46.43%
Dabo Swinney - Clemson   51  113 45.13%
Bo Pelini - Nebraska  61   139 43.88%
Bobby Wilder - Old Dominion  30  70 42.86%
Gary Pinkel - Missouri  49  118 41.53%
Brady Hoke - Michigan  41  99 41.41%
Randy Edsall - Maryland  35  87 40.23%
Mark Dantonio - Michigan State  36  92  39.13%
Paul Rhoads - Iowa State  36  92 39.13%
Steve Spurrier - South Carolina  38  101 37.62%
Pete Lembo - Ball State  44  117 37.61%
Bronco Mendenhall - BYU  36  100 36.00%
Kyle Whittingham - Utah  37  104 35.58%
Jeff Quinn - Buffalo  38  111 34.23%
Kirk Ferentz - Iowa  30  96 31.25%
Todd Berry - Louisiana-Monroe  27  89 30.34%
Nick Saban - Alabama   25   87  28.74% 
Pat Fitzgerald - Northwestern   30   110  27.27% 
David Shaw - Stanford  28

103 

 27.18%
Bob Stoops - Oklahoma  30  114 26.32%
Rick Stockstill - MTSU  30  121 24.79%
Bobby Hauck - UNLV  21  86 24.42%
Mike Gundy - Oklahoma State  22  99 22.22%
David Cutcliffe - Duke  23  104 22.12%
Charlie Weis - Kansas   16  73 21.92%
Mike Riley - Oregon State  17  83 20.48%
Dana Holgorsen - West Virginia  19  108 17.59%
Doc Holliday - Marshall  8  71 11.27% 
Troy Calhoun - Air Force   5  61 8.20%
Brian Kelly - Notre Dame   4  81  4.94%  
Ken Nuimatalolo - Navy  5  125 3.03%

Gary Pinkel on if no-huddle offenses increase injuries: "I think it's fiction"

Last year, about this time, a lot was made of Bret Bielema and Nick Saban's push to slow offenses down. Most Almost the entire coaching profession was caught off guard by a proposed rule change supported by Bielema and Saban that purportedly was proposed to help players avoid additional injuries caused by having to continuously use energy on the field (man, can't believe basketball, lacrosse and soccer players weren't fighting for this same rule change). 

When word broke about this proposal, nearly every coach questioned whether any data supported Bielema's claim that hurry up / no huddle offenses were causing increases in injuries on the defensive side of the ball. 

Well, this morning at SEC Media Days, Pinkel didn't just question it. No, he simply stated that this is "Fiction". 

Next up on the podium, Bret Bielema...

Photos: UCLA unveils new black #LASteel uniforms

Word leaked earlier this summer that UCLA may switch back to their traditional Clarendon fonts that so endeared the Bruins to so many uni-lovers throughout college football. 

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But that isn't the only piece of uniform-related news to emerge from Westwood in advance of the 2014 season. Adidas has released UCLA's black look for this season, which they're calling LA Steel.

LA Steel

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UCLA black jersey

Black UCLA unis

This isn't the first time Adidas has dressed UCLA in black, and knowing Adidas' propensity to use uniforms as a form of publicity, it certainly won't be the last.

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Everything you need to know from SEC Media Day: Day 3

Day three of SEC Media Day picks up at 9am CST with SEC Coordinator of football officials Steve Shaw, followed by Gary Pinkel (9:30am), Les Miles (1pm), and Bret Bielema (2:30pm).

9:00am - SEC coordinator of football officials Steve Shaw

9:30am - Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel

1:00pm - LSU head coach Les Miles

2:30pm - Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema

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