Schiano: In the league, more NFL coaches fail than college coaches
Peter King of Sports Illustrated first pointed out Greg Schiano's attention to the little details when he wrote a story talking about how meeting rooms for his Rutgers team had to be set preciously at 70 degrees, even on the road when staying at hotels.
As Schiano explained to NFL.com, those type of small details make big differences.
"If you've ever been with a group of men in a meeting room, you know that if you put 70 guys in a room, the temperature goes up right away. That might make it harder to focus, if you're worried about trying not to suffocate. Those are the details most people don't tend to. I don't know if I put more on that than anyone else, but I make sure we're thorough. You can bitch about stuff when it doesn't go right. Or you can get out in front of it."
The man that ultimately hired him, General Manager Mark Dominik, says that kind of attention to detail is part of the reason he felt Schiano was the right guy for the job in Tampa.
"That speaks to the level of detail, the organization and how precise he thinks the little things need to be to get it right. I saw that (temperature) story as a positive, as him trying to find any advantage he can to make the team better. Whether it's the room temperature or the story about him allegedly wanting a certain kind of pasta, it shows how important all of it is to Coach Schiano. In any and all aspects of the operation, he wants it to be the best it can be."
Although Jim Harbaugh's first season out in San Francisco has been a huge success, much of the mainstream media won't hesitate to point out the college head coaches who make a leap to the NFL and come up short. Schiano doesn't see it quite like that.
"I'm not saying that I'm going to make it, even though I'm confident in our plan, but that's probably one of the most misleading ideas out there. There are way more pro guys that don't make it...six to nine jobs change every year, and most of them are filled by pro guys. It's just easier to point out the college guys who don't make it, but there are more NFL guys that fail. So I'm really not worried about the college-pro thing. Every coach has to be a head coach for the first time somewhere.
Sonny Dykes with some rational thinking
Sonny Dykes hears all the conference realignment talk, and understands it to a point, but feels it's happening for all the wrong reasons.
"It’s all money related. In some ways, it’s not great for our business. I don’t know how much sense it makes for Boise or San Diego State to be playing in the Big East. To me, I view it as a negative because of the lost rivalries. You look at Texas-Texas A&M, the traditional rivalries that aren't going to occur as a result. Some of the kids get compromised for money because now you’re dealing with extra travel, other sports are going to have to miss classes. You have a lot of headaches for your student-athletes."
Dykes is well aware of the travel implications involved. According to an ESPN article, New Mexico State was the closest WAC game for Louisiana Tech, and that came in at 935 miles. The average distance between Tech and their WAC opponents was 1,812 miles. All that will change when they start play in C-USA in this season where all the teams are regionally located. Their furthest opponent now will be UTEP at about 890 miles. That kind of logic makes the most sense to Dykes.
"The travel is really tough on players and tough on your coaches. When you’re getting back in the middle of the night and early morning on Sunday, it has an impact on your team. To me, college football is as popular as any sport in our country. I just think it’s sad we’re screwing with it as much as we are because I don’t think we have to. It’s a great product. It’s stood the test of time, and it’s stood the test of time because it’s been slow to change."
"Conference USA and commissioner Britton Banowsky, I think his model is probably the one that makes sense in college football. We want regional rivalries, we want regional games. With these conferences going all over the country to play each other for TV money...this is a model that has worked forever."
Dykes doesn't believe that money should be the force driving college football's major decisions.
"With the television money and the reluctance of those conferences to share revenue with other conferences, to me I’m not so sure dollars and cents should be driving college football and it is. So I think the end is going to be, some type of cutoff. The proposal to give student-athletes a stipend...people know some schools won’t pay that, choking out schools that won’t be able to pay it, to keep money away from schools that need money to continue their athletic programs. I’m a coach who loves the game. I just hate to see the differences are so big between schools like us and the University of Texas or whomever. They get bigger and bigger and it becomes more difficult for people like us to try and compete."
When it's all said and done, Dykes thinks everyone will come to their senses and realize that there's a better way go about this.
"I think at the end of the day, everybody will look back and say this doesn't make sense. Let’s blow this thing up and start over. They’ll say greed has cost us, let’s try to be a little bit more prudent in the decisions we make and keep the student-athletes in mind."
SEC finalizes their scheduling format
The SEC has approved a new scheduling format to accommodate newcomers Texas A&M and Missouri.
The new 6-1-1 format will have teams playing all 6 of their divisional opponents, one permanent cross-division rival, and one rotating cross-divisional opponent, which is expected to rotate each year.
Missouri's cross divisional rival will be Arkansas and A&M will face South Carolina annually.
When this format will officially take place is not exactly clear. The league still needs to approve the schedule for 2013 and the cross divisional games will need to go on for 12 years in order to make sure that each team plays a home game against an opponent within the rotation.
32 hours as a Wolverine
As a fundraising event, Brady Hoke and the staff invited a group of guys to the facility to experience what it would be like to be a Michigan football player for a 32 hours. The money went to a prostate cancer research fund.
The crew got the full experience of running routes, getting coached up by Al Borges and Greg Mattison, and even the opportunity to run out of the tunnel and hit the "Go Blue" banner on the block "M".
Overall, a nice idea to fund important research.
LSU's 2012 Season Trailer
For your viewing pleasure, this morning the football staff at LSU has released the trailer above.
Quality as always.
Summer workouts at Penn State
Summer workouts are underway at Penn State with strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald and his staff.
In a Q&A with the Patriot-News, Fitz explains their weekly schedule. Mondays are their speed day where they do a lot of NFL combine prep, Tuesdays are interval days, where players have to make the drill in a certain time, Thursdays are a hybrid day working on both speed and conditioning, and Friday the team is split up into 12 groups and they compete with each other through an agility circuit, with the winners at the end of the summer getting a steak dinner.
The clip shows some good drills for resistance work on a hill, as well as in a sand pit.
Rain delays: The difference between football and baseball
Most of us have seen the hilarity that ensues during a college baseball game rain delay. If not, just search for it on YouTube and then sit back and enjoy.
During Oklahoma State's visit to Tulsa this past season, kickoff was delayed over 3 hours and a Saturday night game became an early morning Sunday contest. The game, which was supposed to start at just after 9 pm, actually got started at 12:16 am and finally wrapped up at 3:35 am Sunday morning with an OK State 59-33 victory.
What happened in between, was adversity at it's finest. Get a bunch of guys all jacked up an ready to go, only to have to pull back on the leash and retreat to the locker room.
Gundy and his staff made sure the players spent their down time getting focused however they do best. Many of them chose to put on the head phones, a few chose to educate others on how to use an iPad to play games...and all were kept comfortable with a nice PB&J.
Leadership training with the Navy Seals
Brady Hoke, director of strength and conditioning Aaron Wellman, and the seniors of the Michigan football team took a trip out to California last week aimed at developing leadership skills and helping them grow as men. It is a trip that Hoke and Wellman have been taking since 2006 while together at Ball State.
"To watch the kids grow and see how they treat their teammates and influence their teammates is fun to watch. If they run the locker room, we're going to be OK. If I have to run the locker room, we're going to be in trouble." Hoke said.
The trip's itinerary consisted of leadership classes, a tour of the Rose Bowl, a youth camp completely organized and conducted by the seniors, and of course, training with the Navy SEALS. The full article can be found here and has some great insight from the players on developing leaders as well as a day to day itinerary of what they were up to.
Wellman talked about the trip during an interview with ESPN. Pay attention to his thoughts on how physical and mental conditioning are intertwined.