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Video: Miami puts James Coley in Google Glass for the spring game

Mic'd up sessions are nice and all, but this is a mic'd up session on steroids...even if it only lasts one drive. At Miami's spring game, they put Google Glass on offensive coordinator James Foley for a drive...and that got my wheels turning a little bit.

I couldn't help but wonder: Could Google Glass can help us evolve as coaches? There has to be some value in taking your exact sideline experience throughout the course of a game and being able to review that alongside tight and end zone copies of each play. 

Among out staff here at The Scoop, we've got a split opinion on whether this could catch on and what its exact applications could be in the coaching profession. Strictly speaking from my perspective, there's got to be some value down the road in this first person footage. Let me hear your point of view @CoachSamz and I'll share some of my ideas.

What do you think?

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Sark: 'Fear is the demise of execution'

During his first speaking engagement with the USC student body, more specifically the Delta Gamma's event "Lectureship in Values and Ethics" head coach Steve Sarkisian touched on a number of topics ranging including how his persistence led to his first FBS coaching opportunity, among other valuable topics.

Sark had a number of great lines, as ATVN chronicled, including;

How to achieve success: "Don't worry about the how,' just focus on what you want to become and continually talk about it."

On how he got his first FBS coaching opportunity: "I remember selling a product to Annenberg school, and it was the day that Pete Carroll got hired, and I got a chance to get in front of Pete that day, and I just said 'Hey, I think I want to coach.' At the same time I had been coaching Junior College football along the way as I worked in sales, and he said 'Well, I might be able to do something with a GA spot."

"Thinking back now, four and a half months ago, if some kid walked into my office right after I had done my press conference to get hired here, I would have been like 'Who is this kid? Get him out of here!'" But that moment spoke volumes to the type of mentor that Pete became to me moving forward."

On how he sees the USC program under his leadership: "We are forward thinkers. USC Football is forward thinking. We are thinking about the future like it is the present,"

All of those are great in their own respects, but one quote in particular stood out to me more than the others. It's a quote that summarizes Sark's coaching philosophy and really speaks to the type of coach that he is, and the type of staff he has surrounded himself with.

"I think fear is the demise of execution. When we perform out of fear, when we have a sense of fear inside of us, ultimately our execution is going to suffer. Fear is a distraction."

That's deep.

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See his speech, and read ATVN's take here.




Video: Caliendo does Gruden impression, alongside Gruden on the set of 'QB Camp'

The master of impressions, Frank Caliendo, has done his fair share of Jon Gruden (and Jay Gruden) impressions the past few years, but he's never done it quite like this.

Here, Caliendo takes on the Gruden persona with his subject, the star of "QB Camp" and the head of the Fired Football Coaches Association, sitting right across from him on his own home turf.

Impersonating the master in his own environment is a tall order, and Caliendo nails it like a pro.




These have to be the best Adidas uniforms out there

Moments ago we got a tweet from Micah Brown, owner of Second Wind Creative, or better known as the company behind great videos at programs like Kansas and Michigan State.

After both Scott and I watched the video (which can be seen below), we came to the exact same conclusion: Kansas has to have the best Adidas uniforms in college football. They aren't anything brand new for the program, so the presentation by Second Wind certainly helped the both of us come to that conclusion.

Is there any Adidas program, or Adidas uniform combination out there that can top this?

JAYHAWKS GEAR UP from Micah Brown on Vimeo.

 




This study should be shown to every player on your roster, and every recruit

Earlier today we came across an interesting study from a group of people at UNC that uncovered results that college coaches everywhere will be excited to share with both their current players, parents, and future recruits.

The study asked about 80 employers like AT&T, Deloitte, KPMG, and Northwestern Mutual to rate the value of experiences of more than a dozen different types of students. Those student experiences included debate-team captains, resident assistants, editors of the campus newspaper, and participating in college athletics.

The employers surveyed gave the highest marks to college athletes, particularly those who served as captains because, according the to The Chronicle of Higher Education, "the employers saw athletes as hard-working and goal-oriented with the ability to handle pressure."

The study found that just playing on a college team was seen as more valuable than managing a restaurant, or serving as the editor in chief of the school newspaper, and it also uncovered that employers saw no perceived difference between whether you played at the D-I or D-III level when hiring.

The results of that study are just as valuable for your outgoing seniors as they are for high school seniors considering playing for your program. Print this off and hang it on a bulletin board in your facility, or hand it out during a team meeting, either way, it's something that will show your guys how much you care about their life outside of football.

Read the full take from The Chronicle of Higher Education here.




These new Florida HS helmets are pretty sick

Andre Dobson and his coaching staff down at Faith Christian HS believe that their new helmet is one of the best looking new lids in the entire state of Florida.

With a matte black finish and giant silver logo, it certainly stands on its own two feet. Florida high schools have been on the cutting edge of the uniform revolution, and this is further proof of the commitment to stand out.

I have to say, these are very sharp looking. I'm a fan.




Video: Here's an interesting team building strategy

As part of their off season team building event, the staff at Central Washington set up an "Amazing Race" type event where the team was split into small groups that had to run around campus and the community in a race to complete tasks.

Some of those tasks required talent, others needed ingenuity, and one challenge called for the unique combination of team work and vocals like Whitney Houston.

Let me explain that one. At one of the stops the players had to choose a song to sing as a group before they could advance. It should be noted that when you allow your players to choose the song that they sing as a small group some are going to go conservative and boring with choices like "Happy Birthday" or the "ABC Song" (and not even the Jackson 5 version), while others will go for your heart and rip a page right from "Remember the Titans".

This looks like a lot of fun, and it's even more fun to watch. It's a nice twist to a team building activity.




NFL releases 2014 league schedule

After a prolonged (emphasis on long) wait, the NFL's 2014 schedule was finally released on Wednesday night. Seriously, can you imagine the SEC waiting until four and a half months before kickoff before putting out its conference schedule? Regardless, the slate is out and there's a lot to digest.

The biggest change this season is the beefing up of Thursday night football. Previously, Thursday night games were given to NFL Network, and the match-ups reflected the quality of the league's least-viewed television partner. No more. With games now on broadcast networks, the NFL has boosted its Thursday night package to rival the types of games given to NBC for its Sunday night affairs.

A few of the highlights:

- Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (Sept. 11)
- New York Giants at Washington Redskins (Sept. 25)
- San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (Oct. 23)

NFL Network takes control of the Thursday night schedule after Oct. 23, and its slate is highlighted by New Orleans at Carolina on Oct. 30 and Dallas at Chicago on Dec. 4.

Of course, the first Thursday night game is the annual kickoff game on NBC, where the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks will begin the 2014 season for the entire league by hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4. 

After Green Bay, the Seahawks visit San Diego on Sept. 11 and then host Denver in a Super Bowl rematch on Sept. 18. Bang, bang and bang. Seattle visits Carolina on Oct. 26, visits Kansas City on Nov. 16, and then faces a three-week stretch where they visit San Francisco on Thanksgiving night, visit Philadelphia on the following Sunday and then host San Francisco a week later. 

By the way, Brady-Manning XXXXIVIXI (or something like that) is set for Nov. 2 in Foxboro. 

Notable Monday night games:

- Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts (Sept. 15)
- New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs (Sept. 29)
- Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles (Nov. 10)
- Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints (Nov. 24)
- Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals (Dec. 22)

ESPN will show the first NFL playoff game in the history of the network in January.

And finally, noteworthy Sunday night telecasts:

- Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos (Sept. 7)
- San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos (Oct. 19)
- Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints (Oct. 26)
- Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles (Dec. 14)

The NFL has altered its flex policy, which means the league can now move premier match-ups from Sunday afternoon to Sunday night as early as Week 5. 

View the full schedule here.