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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. 

David Yost steps down as offensive coordinator at Missouri

In news that stunned the college football community, Dave Yost resigned as the offensive coordinator at Missouri on Monday. Yost had spent 17 years as a member of Gary Pinkel's coaching staff, beginning with a graduate assistant position at Toledo in 1996. Yost followed Pinkel to Missouri in 2001 and was promoted to offensive coordinator before the 2009 season.

The news is no doubt surprising to Pinkel, who stated that he expected no staff changes after Missouri's 5-7 debut season in the SEC. According to the school's press release, he will conduct a national search for Yost's replacement, but will also consider internal replacements. It will be interesting to see if he chooses to continue the Tigers' spread offense or use this opportunity to fashion the offense more like Missouri's SEC East rivals.

“It is very difficult to imagine not having David as part of our staff,” said Pinkel. “I asked him to reconsider, but I respect his decision. He has been such an instrumental part of our program and everything we‘ve built since we came here. There’s hardly an aspect of our program that he hasn’t had a hand in, and we’re going to miss his leadership and energy. He was responsible for a lot of things, and he did them all very well. He was an outstanding representative of Mizzou who busted his tail for our program. He’s going to be tough to replace."

Yost cited personal reasons for his decision to step down. 

“There are a lot of factors that played into the process of coming to my decision,” Yost said. “I feel like I’ve had a great run here and that it’s just the right time to turn it over to someone else. On one hand, it’s a really hard decision to make, but on the other hand, I feel good that it’s the right decision at the right time for me."

Yost was instrumental in shaping Missouri's spread offense, helping to turn Brad Smith and Chase Daniel into two of the most productive quarterbacks in school history, and molding Blaine Gabbert into a first round NFL draft pick. 

Yost also coached Missouri's place kickers and two of his players, Grant Ressel and Jeff Wolfert, went on to earn All-America honors during their time in Columbia.

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