Goodell wants football featured in Olympics

Roger Goodell joined The Dan Patrick Show and guest host Mike Florio earlier today and was asked his thoughts on whether he would like to see football featured in the Olympic games.

Goodell notes football's growth and interest worldwide as one of the key factors. Goodell said he "absolutely" wanted to see Football played in the Olympics. 

"We're already taking steps to gain that IOC recognition. We have, I think, 64 countries that are playing American football now, and that's one of the requirements. That's been growing dramatically. I think it was 40 just five years ago."

Interest from international cities such as London to host NFL games has also influenced Goodell's outlook.

"Our point is just to keep growing the game. We're having a tremendous reaction in London and the UK for the game of football, our regular season game over there is sold out again this year, we are seriously contemplating as early as 2013 playing two NFL games next season and I think we'll do that. It's a response to the tremendous fan reaction and the growth of the game. If we can continue to grow the game there and have the fan reaction that we have, there very well may be a franchise in London."

Taking a step back to process all of that information, we at FootballScoop still don't expect to be covering Football in the Olympics anytime soon.  Perhaps Roger is a little caught up in the Olympic fever at the moment. 

Solid "Day One" video from Ole Miss

The guys over at Ole Miss have done a great job producing quality videos all off season.

Their latest addition, entitled "Day One" is no exception. Bottom line is that to accomplish any of their goals, there must be a "Day One." That's where it all starts.

Possible rule enforcement changes coming

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors met last night and endorsed a few recommendations that will change how they punish schools that break the rules.

While an official vote will not take place until the board reconvenes in a few months, Oregon State president Ed Ray assured everyone that, "Our intention is to make this real in October."

Some of the recommended changes include:

- A four tier structure that would address violations ranging from a Level IV violation which would be classified as an isolated incident that does not result in a competitive advantage, to a Level I violation, a serious offense that "seriously undermines or threatens the integrity of the NCAA enduring values." This structure would replace the current two tier structure that only includes major and secondary violations.

-Teams that commit Level I violations could be subject to postseason bans of up to four years, and have to forfeit all of the revenue generated during the years of the violations.

- According to the Detroit Free Press, depending on the severity of the offense, coaches could be subject to a show-cause penalty of up to 10 years.

- An expansion of the Committee on Infractions, that would allow it to handle a higher case load in a timelier manner. The Committee currently carries 10 members and would be upgraded to as many as 24.

According to Ray, who also serves as a chair member on the group that proposed the changes, coaches have approached him and want to see some changes in how the NCAA deals with rule breakers.

"Coaches come to me and say, 'I feel like a chump. I am trying to do things the right way and I have peers who laugh at me because I don't play the game and bend the rules the way they do.' "

"That has got to stop. Most coaches are terrific people who love their student-athletes, try to do it the right way, try to have the right values and succeed. They are very frustrated. This has got to stop. I think most coaches are saying it's about time. We want a level playing field." Ray explained.

"We've definitely upped our talent level"

After Utah's first day of practice yesterday, one thing stood out to Kyle Whittingham.

Entering year two of Pac-12 competition, Coach Whit noted that the Utes have definitely upgraded their talent pool with the latest recruiting class.

McElwain helping to develop a mental edge

Every team in the country hits the weight room hard in the off season, but only a handful of teams are taking training to the next level in the off season.

Jim McElwain invited a mental training coach from IMG Academies to come on campus over the summer to help the Rams develop a mental edge.

According to Examiner.com, IMG came in and put every Colorado State player through a 16 class curriculum  that focused on "self reflection, teaching the young men accountability, social acceptance, character building and leadership." Colorado State was one of only six schools (Alabama, LSU, Oregon, Washington, Florida State) in the country to do that type of training.

McElwain talked about the mindset of the Rams and changing the culture during a press conference yesterday, which reinforced the importance of mental training.

“Anytime it's been a while since you've had success, you think, 'is it me?' Changing a mindset, changing a culture of thought, is something I think is very important.”

“What you do on a daily basis, and how you think, it only carries over into everything you do. It's habits that you do every single day.” McElwain explained.

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