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Video: Stadium expansion at Mississippi State

A few months back athletic director Scott Stricklin introduced some exciting changes in Starkville, and today a detailed video of the stadium expansion project was released.

The renovations will total about $75 million and will increase the seating capacity to accommodate over 61,000. Also, changes will be made to the brick facade on the west side of the stadium and a premium field level area will be added.

See more of the changes below.

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Best season ticket video of the year

Justin Fuente and the guys at Memphis are redefining the Memphis football program and success will come in time.  

Not only are the rebuilding on the field; Fuente and the staff are looking to rebuild the fan base as well and are taking a very open approach with the community. Looks like they are using a new ad agency as well; because this video is unlike anything we've seen out of Memphis in quite a while.  Great job guys!




Great example of how to handle being let go

When Rick Stockstill was hired as the new head coach at Middle Tennessee State back in 2005, he held the typical exit interview with all of the assistants from the previous staff.

Most of the assistants were not retained, but one in particular left a lasting impression with Stockstill, and that was Glen Elarbee.

“He was very, very professional. I remember that. It’s tough on those guys, but a lot of coaches in that situation erase all their recruiting stuff. But he didn’t. He was very professional and told me who he was recruiting."

“He didn’t get rid of all his stuff. A lot of people do. He handled everything the right way.

As the Daily News Journal explains, years later when Stockstill was looking for someone to fill an offensive vacancy, Elarbee came to mind, and was eventually brought back to MTSU (where he also played and earned Sun Belt honors), in large part because of how he handled a situation seven years ago. 

Now Elarbee is back home coaching the centers and guards for the Blue Raiders. 

This is a great example of an assistant coach handling a difficult situation in a first class manner. 




Marrone does up-downs at practice

After a 5-7 season last year, the word of the off season seems to have been "accountability" for Doug Marrone at Syracuse.

So after a mistake during practice yesterday, Marrone held himself accountable and did a handful of down ups.

After forgetting what session came next, practice grinded to a halt while Marrone got his bearings. Next thing you know Marrone drops to the ground and reps out five down ups.

“I made a mistake. We hold the players accountable for their own actions, so if I make a mistake I have to hold myself accountable just like the players,” Marrone explained.

When a reporter asked the last time he had done up-downs, he had to flash back to his playing days.

“Probably when Coach Mac was here. We would have to do 25 before each practice. Coach Mac would’ve been proud. I don’t know if I could have done 25, but the ones I did were to Coach Mac’s standards.”




Arizona's leadership training

The Wildcats visited Fort Hauchuca over the weekend to participate in some team building activities to build team chemistry.

This stuff wasn't easy, but the players were forced to to think outside of the box to solve issues with their teammates, and looks like they had a ton of fun doing so.




Players explain Lou-phobia at UNC

During the first week of workouts under Lou Hernandez at North Carolina, players admitted to being sluggish and vomiting. 

Since then, players have adapted to the changes in philosophy and have come up with a few nicknames for the workouts (including our personal favorite "Lou-90x") as well as a name for the fear of the workouts, and Coach Lou himself, with Lou-phobia. Clever.

On a more serious note, hear Coach Lou explain the tempo and some specific philosophies of the weightroom in Chapel Hill in the clip.




Kentucky coaches & linemen doing flips at the pool

Joker gets his flips in early; but the big winner comes at the end of this clip. 

Grab your popcorn!




Tulane co-DC: "When my senior's not doing something right I'm gonna be choking him"

Good "mic'd up" video below featuring Tulane's co-defensive coordinator Jon Sumrall.

Sumrall's a great guy, excellent coach. His players are going to enjoy playing for him.

The entire video is good and shows a lot of his style; but we've got it tee'd up to show you the last 30 seconds or so in which he's got his defensive linemen circled up. Sumrall's constantly coaching them up throughout practice and here at the end he's telling them it's not personal; that he trying to get them to be as good as they can be...but with some humor thrown in he stresses that if his senior leader isn't performing then he's going to be on "top of him, choking him".

Again, we've got the last 30 seconds tee'd up below. At the end hit replay and watch the entire thing to learn more about Sumrall's style. Sumrall was an excellent hire by CJ.