Stump Mitchell out at Southern?
This past off-season there was plenty of noise in the wind about Southern head coach Stump Mitchell returning to an NFL staff. Didn't happen; but there were a lot of questions in Baton Rouge.
Last night, Southern lost to Mississippi Valley State and is now 0-2. After the game, athletic director William Broussard said, "No decision [on making a change] at this time."
This morning Broussard issued a statement saying, "For the record, there was no meeting with coach Mitchell this morning to ask him to resign."
It's never a good thing with the AD has to even address these kinds of questions. Doesn't sound like a good situation. We'll keep you posted.
Interesting high school uniform
This uniform is making it's rounds on Twitter and creating quite the buzz.
The interesting combination comes from Delray Beach Atlantic high school (FL), and is one of the....well... more "interesting" uniform combinations that we've come across here at The Scoop.
On the other hand, the helmet they plan to wear doesn't look too bad.
Quality video from Western Kentucky
Well done video here from Western Kentucky using highlights from their 35-0 loss to Alabama last week.
Although they got shut out, Western Kentucky did end an impressive streak for Alabama. Coming into the game, the Crimson Tide had forced at least one three and out in 77 consectutive games, dating all the way back to 2006.
That streak came to an end against the Hilltoppers.
Alabama led the country in three and outs in two of the past three seasons, winning a national title in each of those seasons.
This week, the focus for the Hilltoppers has shifted to Kentucky, as you can see in the video. The two teams will face off in Lexington tomorrow night at 7 on ESPNU.
Keep an eye on these two sets when West Virginia plays tomorrow
Tomorrow at 4:30, West Virginia heads up to Maryland to take on James Madison. If you remember, back in 2010 James Madison upset Virginia Tech in week 2 before the Hokies went on to rattle off 11 straight wins and finish 11-3.
ESPN Stats and Information put together some interesting statistics on Mountaineer quarterback Geno Smith since 2011 and found that when they come out in pistol and two running back sets, they are most efficient.
In two running back formations, Smith has thrown 17 touchdowns to only 1 interception, and all but one of those touchdown passes came out of the shotgun.
Out of their pistol formations, Smith has thrown 18 touchdowns and only 2 picks.
Thats an impressive 35 touchdowns to only 3 interceptions out of the combined pistol and two back looks.
Keep an eye on those two groupings come tomorrow.
Use of the no huddle in the NFL up 56% from last season
Last night, the Wall Street Journal released an interesting look at how the use of the no huddle in the National Football League is impacting television.
While the article emphasized how producers and commentators are scrambling to keep up, we noticed an few statistics worth noting.
Last week, in the opening week of NFL action, 14% of all NFL plays were run without a huddle. That's an increase of over 56% from last season, and 100% from five seasons ago.
The game continues to change and evolve.
Because of the increase in tempo, plenty of adjustments had to be made from everyone from the booth to the production team. Take a look at the full article to get the entire perspective.
Kelly: "We've gone over every trick play Michigan State could run"
After the fake field goal call that led Michigan State to an overtime victory over Notre Dame back in 2010, Brian Kelly isn't taking any chances.
Kelly briefly touched on their preparation of trick plays during his presser last night saying, "We've gone over every trick play that Michigan State could possibly run against us."
The Fighting Irish and Spartans square off in ABC's prime time slot tomorrow night at 8.
Urban expects "an inferno" from the Horseshoe tomorrow
With two games at the Horseshoe already under their belt, and another two coming up before they hit the road for their first away game up in East Lansing, Urban Meyer explains that he wants to see more out of their fans, starting tomorrow against Cal.
“I expect much more. I expect a stadium to be an inferno, I expect players to be diving over each other to hit quarterbacks, I expect the offense to score a multitude of points and be celebrating in the end zone."
"It’s nothing close.” he explained.
“It’s a journey, it’s a marathon to get it where we want it. What we’ve done the first two weeks is nothing close to what this place should be like. I think that stadium ought to be absolutely electric."
Urban noted their own performance as part of the reason that he has been unimpressed with the home field advantage in their first two wins.
“But we need to play better. You want to get a stadium going? Go hit a quarterback. You want to really get the stadium going? Put a hand on a punt. That’s when people come out of their seats.”
Ohio State and Cal kickoff tomorrow at noon on ABC.
Mike Norvell: I literally call plays in my sleep
Fox Sports Arizona did an interesting piece on Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell recently. In the article, Norvell admits that if you asked his wife, she'd tell you that he actually coaches in his sleep.
"There have been times where I have actually called out plays while I'm sleeping, but that isn't happening much right now because coaches don't sleep during the season." he explained.
Norvell admits to having his fair share of napkins with X's and O's occupying the empty space, but technology has changed that a bit.
"I can't stop thinking about it. I definitely have my fair share of napkin drawings, but that's the great thing about iPhones now. You've got notes, so you can always plug the ideas into notes."
Norvell notes that he entered the profession with limited coaching ties, and has worked his way up the coaching ladder by focusing on trying to become the best offensive coach in the country on a daily basis.
"I came into this business not knowing one person but I've been fortunate to get to the position I'm in today. I think that's because I've been able to work hard and focus in on each and every day as its own."
"I'd be lying if I didn't say that one day, down the road, I'd like to be a head coach. Since I got in the business it's something I've wanted to do. But the way I'm going to get there is by focusing on Missouri or whoever this week's opponent is."