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Equipment guys, this one's for you

Don Barnes is the equipment director at Missouri.  Been that for quite some time.  

The man enjoys and takes great pride in the work that he and his staff do for the University.

In this video, Barnes describes a typical week for his staff during football season.  Professional.

Dan Mullen doing the news: Packers lose a playbook

The Packers lost a playbook and it wound up all over the streets of Green Bay.  Unusual; but not necessairily worthy of mention on FootballScoop right?

Well, we watched the video and thought our eyes were deceiving us...

When did Dan Mullen start doing local news broadcasts in Green Bay?  Huh?  See the video.  An uncle maybe?

 

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Value of the Student Section

If you've ever tried to call a game in Tiger Stadium, The Swamp, at Notre Dame, Penn State, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin or West Virginia you've felt the power, noise and excitement the student section can generate. 

At some stadiums, the student section is a distinct advantage for the home team.

UVA isn't currently one of those stadiums; but Mike London is making strides and recognizes the value in the student section.  In an effort to engage more deeply with the student body, London and his staff hosted "Virginia Football 101" last night.  As you can see below in a letter to the student body that Coach London sent out, he and the staff spent time educating the students about UVA football and trying to make them more knowledgeable and enthusiastic about participating on gameday.  

Nearly 1,300 students showed up (total undergrad enrollment per year at UVA is just over 3,000) and one lucky student won free tuition for the Spring semester (nearly a $6,000 ticket).  

Coach London clearly sees the value in the student section and is willing to invest his and his staff's time in cultivating a great gameday experience for his players and for the University.  

 

Dear UVa Students:

I would like to invite you to an exclusive, free student event to get you ready for the 2011 football season. Virginia Football 101 will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 5-6:30 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.  One student in attendance will win free tuition for the spring semester (in-state tuition)!

Virginia Football 101 will take you behind the scenes of the program.  The UVa football coaching staff will let you know what goes on the night before and the day of games, we’ll introduce you to our offensive, defensive, and special teams philosophies, and we’ll also talk about specific Virginia football strategies.

The first 750 students in attendance will receive a free Virginia Football t-shirt.  There will also be free food and Pepsi products while supplies last. In addition to the free tuition giveaway, we’ll also give away two, $250 gift certificates to help you cover your book expenses for the fall semester.

Please use the John Paul Jones Arena student entrance starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23.  Virginia Football 101 will start at 5:30 p.m.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Go ‘Hoos!

Sincerely,

Mike London

Head Football Coach

 

Below is video of the "white out" at Penn State.

 

 

Belichick: Extra points aren't a play

Bill Belichick went on local radio yesterday and inevitably the question came up about how he feels about the NFL changing the kickoff rules this season.  

In his response, Belichick introduced a whole new question of whether the league should do away with or alter the extra point play. 

Summarizing Belichick's words:

    Plays that are non plays shouldn't be part of the game.  It's not good for the game.  You know like extra points, when you're up to 99% on extra points it's not a play.  Let's move the ball back to the 15 or the 20 yard line and not make it a tap in, and least make them putt it.

The full interview is nearly 30 minutes long and can be heard here.  The discussion regarding extra points occurs around the 6 minute mark. 

Mizzou becoming QB U?

It would be hard for any program to match the success that the last 3 quarterbacks at Missouri have had.  Brad Smith, Chase Daniel and Blaine Gabbert are all in the NFL and each owns his own set of records back at Mizzou.  

This year, the Tigers are looking to James Franklin to take the reins.  Coaches Pinkel and Yost have been very positive about his performance thus far; but the real test comes on September 3rd when Miami (OH) comes to town.  

Mizzou's defensive front is stacked and every receiver is returning on offense.  Watch out for these guys.

As for Franklin, he's athletic (was a serious dual threat in high school); and quite possibly the nicest quarterback you'll ever hear speak.  Watch this video.

 

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