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Georgia Southern planning $10 million upgrades

Georgia Southern is planning some major upgrades to their football facilities in an effort to make them more appealing for a potential future move to the FBS.

When asked if the planned $10 million football operations building was the first step in that process, GSU President Dr. Brooks Keel explained "Let’s put it this way, moving up requires stadium enhancement. We can’t even make a decision of whether we want to move up until we have the resources and facilities to handle everything else that goes with it.”

As it sits right now, the football facilities are scattered. When Jeff Monken was hired in 2010 that was one area he wanted to change. Now players meet with coaches for film sessions on the edge of campus, the weight room is nearby, and the training rooms and locker rooms are located in the fieldhouse about a half mile walk from the practice field. On game day the team dresses at the field house and hop on a bus over to the stadium and much of the equipment is taken over in vans.

When the new football ops building goes up, everything will be located under one roof in the east end zone of the stadium. The building will span 57,000 square feet and include the weight room, locker room, team meeting rooms, coaches offices, sports medicine rooms, and an area honoring the school's football hall of fame.

President Keel said that they have currently taken in $5.1 million in cash pledges so far, and have another $5.9 million in proposals from donors. When 80 percent of the proposals are accounted for, the University will only need permission from the Board of Regents and accept a bid from a construction company to begin to break ground on the new facility.

“We want to keep the guys excited about the football program and have them feel that every day they’re in a first-class athletic program, I know who we are. We’re not going to rival the University of Georgia or Tennessee or Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech. Those schools are a different level. But I want to be (a mid-major program) that people say, ‘If you’re going to do it, do it like Georgia Southern." head coach Jeff Monken explained.

Best way to get music on the practice field

So, we're looking for feedback on this one. A few weeks ago we watched Arizona practice. From the moment we walked onto the practice field, something caught our eye and our ear. It was their home grown music machine. 

We tweeted the picture to the right out about what we saw and some guys on the staff at Nebraska were quick to tout there own system. Both are impressive and were built by the staff. Each is mobile and cost far less than commercially available systems (we recently heard that one company quoted over $100,000 for such a system).  $100,000? OK, so that system was also fully integrated into the period / countdown clock and a mic system; but still we're talking $100,000.  

Pic above is from Arizona, video below is from Nebraska. Anyone else got a system they'd like to share? Let us know @FootballScoop or via email at  

"Another side of Coach Huber"

We've been hard pressed this off season to find a D-III school doing a better job with their videos than Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Head coach Rod Huber starts this video explaining his upbringing and why he believes that he is living the American dream, and spends the next four minutes covering everything from recent hardships in his personal life, to the message he tells parents when he is recruiting their sons.

The video below gives coaches, student athletes and parents an outstanding view of "Another side of Coach Huber". This one is very well done from the guys at Mount St. Joe.

Stanford Coach Speak: Wearing multiple hats

Stanford has continued to do a great job releasing videos highlighting their coaching staff all off-season.

The video below sits down with outside linebackers coach / admissions liaison Lance Anderson. Anderson talks about everything from the versatility that they expect out of their outside linebackers in their 3-4 scheme, to exactly what his role entails as the admissions liaison.

Video: Arkansas AD Jeff Long announces Petrino has been terminated

Never an easy situation, Jeff Long handled this press conference about as well as possible.

We can all learn something from watching this video.

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