Inside Scoop: Jesse Minter - Indiana State
Indiana State defensive coordinator Jesse Minter confirms to us all of the great things that we have been hearing about the turnaround that Trent Miles and his staff has overseen at Indiana State over the past few seasons.
Listen to what Minter has to say about working with his dad a few years back and now how young their defensive staff is. Impressive group. They were one win away from the FCS playoffs this past season. Hopefully this is the year that the Sycamores get back in.
You can follow Coach Minter on Twitter @Coach_Minter
Nebraska is using iPads at practice to film & teach
Pretty innovative here. Watch the video and you'll see for yourself how Nebraska is using iPads to film practice field level...which the coaches and players can then watch immediately to review and improve.
Also have to share some love with Nebraska's video staff for tweeting this video to FootballScoop and CNBC's Sports Business reporter Darren Rovell. That's the world we live in today guys. Embrace it.
Inside Scoop: E.K. Franks
Southeastern Louisiana running backs / associate head coach E.K. Franks tells us how their staff spends a "regular" week in season.
Franks goes into significant detail about how they spend each day and he also shared some insight into why he chose to go up to Wisconsin with Bret Bielema earlier in his career.
Officials to wear wireless headsets during games?
We just saw this article from Jon Solomon of The Birmingham News and honestly found it pretty interesting.
Apparently both the SEC and the Big Ten tested a system this Spring in which officials would wear wireless communication devices during games. Plenty has to get worked; but logically a back judge 50 yards down the field calls interference, he could then simply tell the referee the call from back there rather than the two of them having to jog to each other to discuss first. Seems logical enough.
Solomon notes that this system has been used for years in European Soccer leagues very successfully.
Best part of the article is that Les Miles allowed the system to be used at LSU's Spring game; but only under one condition...that he be allowed to listen in (which he did). Gotta love Les!
Full article can be read here. Very interesting.
Delany: 4 team playoff should be for conference champs
Big Ten Conference Commissioner Jim Delany has been at the forefront of talks to bring a playoff of some sort to college football for quite some time now, but he doesn't believe that teams that don't win their division should be included in a four team playoff.
''I don't have a lot of regard for that team. I certainly wouldn't have as much regard for that team as I would for someone who played nine conference games in a tough conference and played a couple out-of-conference games on the road against really good opponents. If a poll doesn't honor those teams and they're conference champions, I do.'' Delany told the Associated Press.
While in Chicago last week, Delany bounced an idea off reporters that would put four conference champs that rank among the top six teams in the nation into the four team playoff format that is already being discussed. That way an at-large team could logistically still make the four team playoff.
''The polls don't always measure strength of schedule. Some conferences are playing nine games, some are playing eight. The Pac-12 is playing nine and then to go out and play a round-robin game against us, that's 10 and some of them are going to play Notre Dame. That's 11 difficult games. If they're ranked fifth in the country and they won a conference championship, I think that's quite an accomplishment. Some teams don't even win their own division. They started off highly in the rankings, lose early, don't play a championship game and they might end up at four.''
Delany and 11 other conference commisioners will meet with BCS Exectutive Director Bill Hancock to listen to arguments on anywhere between two and seven different playoff configurations in June and (hopefully) draft a proposal for University Presidents to approve by July 4th.
Pelini to Wilson: "Don't undervalue your walk ons"
Kevin Wilson and a few other Indiana head coaches hit the road to visit IU supporters on their tailgate tour starting in Indianapolis on Wednesday.
Last season Wilson and the staff played 32 freshman throughout the year. In all, 16 true freshman and 16 redshirt freshman saw the field for the Hoosiers last year. The one thing that Wilson likes about that in the off season is that they're now easier to coach because they've played. Wilson says that they are more aware of their weaknesses so they are better in the weight room, better with eating and better with attending class.
Wilson also spent a good chunk of time addressing recruiting, and their focus on getting quality in state walk ons.
"I'm talking to Bo Pelini the other day and he says to me 'Don't undervalue your walk ons, it helps us tremendously', and people say your not going to win the Big Ten with walk ons and he goes 'No, but we practice better, we've got a better program'". Barry Alvarez also echoed that same message to Wilson.
Reviewing the schedule, Wilson pointed out that they have 6 home games this season, and 8 in 2013. Their home conference slate this season includes Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa, and having those teams at home is a huge advantage Wilson explains.
"Four tremendous programs, and you want to play them in your house. If you're going to beat those cats, right now is when you beat 'em, at your place. When they're in that crappy visitors locker room, staying in that dumpy hotel, and we've got a great crowd coming out of the tailgate to get behind the team. This is the year you beat those guys."
Plenty more from Coach Wilson below.
Video: Rise of the Commodores
Great video here out of Vanderbilt. Starts with some good content from James Franklin's introductory press conference and then rolls into the season highlights.
While the highlight rolls, the best sound bytes from Franklin throughout the season chime in.
The video wraps up with this quote from Franklin, "Our kids fight and compete every single week. We are recruiting better than ever. The culture has been changed. We've still got steps to take like everyone in the country but the culture has changed. These kids have invested, the coaches have invested, we have competed and played against everybody, everybody in this league and we've been here 11 months. Wait until we''ve been here two years. You'll see real culture change...I can guarantee you that."
Inside Scoop: Rod Smith - Arizona
Arizona co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Rod Smith gives us a quick update on development of the team at Arizona. Smith touches on recruiting, the bond he has with Rich Rod, his quarterbacks and the overall strength program at Arizona.
Good insight from Coach Smith across the board.