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Withers: The value of experience

Everett Withers went from graduate assistant to defensive coordinator in one promotion. That promotion at age 24 forced him to mature quickly, and also allowed him an opportunity to get some great experience at a young age.

After all, it can't be easy directing a group of coaches older than you that wanted that same promotion.

It was then that Withers had to take his own advice. The same advice that he had been telling his players.

"We all say that football is probably the closest thing to real-life situations. The ups and downs and adversity, those things you go through in football are just like everyday life. When you learn how to deal with those situations on the football field, you're better prepared for real life."

Experience and adversity, eventually become knowledge.

"I think the value with experience is just dealing with different people and different situations, that's probably the biggest thing. What you try to do as a coach is try to put the good things and the bad things, the things you like and the things you don't like, evaluate them and see how you would run a program. As many experiences as you have, the better you are."

Well said.




Brady Hoke's edge in recruiting

Brady Hoke and the Michigan staff have been landing some of the top players in the country, and their efforts are getting plenty of attention in national recruiting publications and beyond.

Although for Hoke and his staff, selling the block "M" hasn't exactly been a steep uphill battle since they were hired. However, every once in a while the prestige surrounding the maize and blue scares some recruits off.

"Every time you walk in a school or call a coach or a parent of a prospect, that block M carries a lot of weight"

"We're the 14th-ranked university in the world (by U.S. News and World Report). We're the winningest program in college football history. That combination...the stadium's kind of big, 114,000 people...that's not for everybody. That scares some guys off, and I'm glad they tell me they get a little nervous about that."

"It's Michigan. I said that in my first press conference. No matter what anybody thought, this is Michigan still."

That's right...it's still Michigan.




Chris Tormey: "Don't tell coach Christensen..'"

In late December, Chris Tormey officially joined Dave Christensen's staff as the defensive coordinator out at Wyoming. According to Tormey, he's not sure why he even needed to negotiate a salary because he'd happily work for free.

"I've had a football season every year since 1966, so I feel fortunate to have been involved in the game that long and I feel like I'm not even working. I could do this for free...don't tell Coach C that..."

On a more serious note, in the clip below Coach Tormey talks about why he likes coaching college football, discusses his relationship with Coach Christensen, and breaks down the importance of spring ball, the summer off season, and fall camp from a development standpoint.




This is what happens to unused Super Bowl confetti

We all know that the pre-made "NFL Champion" t-shirts from the losing team get sent overseas, but have you ever wondered what happens to the confetti from the losing team?

Yesterday, in Boston, residents gathered at the Old State House to hear the Declaration of Independence read from the balcony, just as it was back in 1776.

After the reading from the balcony, the confetti cannons that were originally meant for the Patriots Super Bowl Champs parade went off in celebration of the holiday. 

Curt Nickisch of WBUR (a member radio station of NPR) tweeted out a few pictures of the Independence day celebration and confetti raining down.

There. Now you know.




Video: Red Wolves Revival - Eliah Drinkwitz

Ask Guz Malzahn about his running backs coach Eliah Drinkwitz and he'll tell you about his unique approach to coaching, the fact that he's a great recruiter and his familiarity with the offensive system (Drinkwitz spent the past two seasons with Malzahn at Auburn).

If you ask the running backs group the same question, they'll talk about the energy that he brings to the field and how they learn faster because of the way that he teaches the game.

As one player puts it, "He likes to get the job done, but he doesn't like to be bored and get the job done."

Plenty more about Coach Drinkwitz in the Red Wolves Revival feature below.




Want to coach in the NFL?

There are obviously a number of paths you can take when your ultimate goal is to coach in the NFL. For Chiefs assistant offensive line coach Steven Smith, that path included a number of internships...seven to be exact.

For Smith, his coaching journey started at the collegiate level before heading overseas to NFL Europe and then returning to intern in the league with Miami, Cleveland, Dallas (for four seasons under Bill Parcells), and New Orleans.

Smith took some time to talk to the Chief's official website about advice he would give for those coming up in the coaching profession. His advice in a nutshell? Network during every given opportunity, work your tail off, and be willing to do it for free (or very close to it).

"I would definitely say to do the internships because you get to meet the people who are in there already. You get to build the relationships. That's what I did. I started off in '02 in New Orleans and built relationships with Jack Henry and Jim Haslett and a lot of those guys. That's the thing. You go out and show those guys that you can work and that you're going to work hard and you'll do the job to the best of your ability. As that goes on and then guys start taking jobs and trying to talk to different people to help you make moves yourself."

 

 

 




Tulane seeing unprecedented recruiting success

To say that Curtis Johnson has hit the recruiting trail hard since being hired would be a huge understatement.

According to a tweet from Matt Schwartz (@MattSchwartz15), Tulane has secured more recruits under Johnson by July 4th (16) than they had signed in the previous 6 years combined!

Thats impressive.

Part of that success is due to his recruiting approach in New Orleans (and Louisiana in general) and he has some impressive data to back up why.

"You know what, this is what my base is. I want to stay and start an infrastructure here. I want everything to come from within. Two things I know: there are more players in the NFL per capita from Louisiana than anywhere else and Florida was the No. 1 signing state of high school football players. One out of every 120 high school players signed scholarships. Louisiana was actually the second state, one out of every 170."

Johnson went on to explain that they have, and will continue to, focus their recruiting in those areas, as well as branch out to Texas and the east coast because of the quality football and their heavy alumni bases in those areas.

Good things are happening down at Tulane. Johnson is just getting started and shows no signs of slowing down.




From the NFL to JUCO head coach

Back in mid December, Jones County Junior College (MS) hired Ray Perkins as their new head coach.

Perkins head coaching resume includes experience as the head coach of the New York Giants, Alabama, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 80's and his coaching tree includes guys like Bill Belichick, Romeo Crennel and Bill Parcells.

At 70 years old (and 20 years removed from his last head coaching gig), Perkins says that the status of a job is no longer important to him. He is looking forward to learning from his players just as much he is looking forward to coaching them up. Besides, the JUCO level allows him the time to keep his life in balance and fit in an occasional round of golf.

"It gives me an opportunity to have a little meaning, to hopefully teach something to these young people and also learn some things from them as well. These are two or three of the most important years in their life. The passion I've had for football has never wavered, so I really jumped at this chance."

Perkins has also gotten up to speed on what's important to his players by having young daughters, ages 14 and 8, who love to text.

"That's all those girls do...especially the 14-year-old. And that's all my players do. So it's been good practice."