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NCAA Reminder: Scouting services must register this month

The NCAA has asked us to remind all scouting services and potential users of their services that beginning on June 1st, Division I member institutions will only be permitted to subscribe to scouting services that are approved through the NCAA scouting service approval process. In order to be approved, the scouting service must apply no later than the end of this month. Details are below.

The NCAA has informed us that as of today only about 20 scouting services have applied.

"All In" at Northwest Missouri State

Division II Northwest Missouri State rode one of the most balanced offensive attacks in the country to an 11-3 record last season, before falling to eventual national champ Pittsburg State.

The Bearcats had the highest ranked scoring offense in the nation at almost 49 points per game and racked up over 495 yards per game (#4 nationally). The hype video that they used last season was pretty impressive. The message that opens it up sums up the whole highlight clip.

"The culture of Bearcat football that's developed over the past 17 years will not change. We're going to find special people, that are going to make special plays. That stuff will not stop...and that's what Bearcat football is about."

Google+ hangout with Skip Holtz

Earlier today, South Florida's Skip Holtz broke some major ground using Google+ and their social media platform to field some questions from fans, making him the first FBS head coach to use the platform in that manner.

Fans took the opportunity to ask Skip about everything from his coaching philosophy, to graduating his players, and what the players and coaches are up to over the summer months.

One fan even asked his thoughts on recruiting overseas, to which Holtz responded by saying "Being in the talent rich state of Florida, it's very difficult to pull yourself away from this state because your going to fly over a lot of good football players to get to wherever your going."

The hangout gave fans a unique perspective into Holtz's personality, very similar to what we do with our "Inside Scoop" series. Judging from the Twitter reaction from both the hangout and our "Inside Scoop" series, many more coaches will be looking for more avenues to reach the masses about their program.

Video of the "Hangout" is below. Whether or not you want to listen to the content; you might want to watch a minute or two of the video just to familiarize yourself with the platform. 

Inside Scoop: Jim Mastro - Washington State

Today we visit with Washington State running backs coach Jim Mastro (2010 FootballScoop Running Backs Coach of the Year). Quality content throughout; but Mastro's story about how Mike Leach got into coaching at Cal Poly back in the 80s is a must listen, "skinny, cutoff jeans, long hair..."

Mastro weighs in on the difference between coaching in the Pac-12 vs. in the WAC, Mountain West, etc..., how they are utilizing Pistol concepts in Leach's offense, the support from the administration, and much much more. 

We already had a very positive image of this staff; but after spending a few minutes with several of their assistants over the past week, you really have to tip your cap to Leach for hiring a great group of people. 

Cincinnati Coach: "I had to up my game"

Shannon Morrison accepted a position coaching the corners on Butch Jones' staff back in early March, and noticed that he had to "up his game" shortly after his arrival.

"The way practice is structured, the way practice is run, it's different than anywhere I've been. So I had to increase my intensity, increase my effort, increase a bunch of things there to catch up." he explained.

Morrison also talks about his coaching philosophy. "I'm going to put pressure on them in practice. Whether it's having races to the ball, whether it's chasing them, whether it's screaming at them...I'm going to put more pressure on them in practice so when Saturdays roll around, it's easy."

He also explains how the effort and structure in the weight room really sets Cincinnati apart. "The push that they have from the weight room. That in itself makes this place different, than anywhere I have been. I've been coaching 16 years and this place, and these kids that I have inherited in my position group, are different."

Plenty more from Morrison in the clip below, as well as some good footage of him coaching up a corner on reading a vertical route concept.

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