"The better you are, the less you have to do"
Gary Nord worked under Howard Schnellenberger for a number of years, and also served as the offensive coordinator and eventually head coach at UTEP. The past three seasons, Nord has ran the offense for Danny Hope at Purdue.
The Boilermakers have struggled through numerous injuries to key players the past couple seasons, which prompted the Big Ten Networks Tom Dienhart to ask Nord what the playbook will look like in 2012.
Nord's response was simple and to the point, and should speak volumes to coordinators out there in similar situations as fall approaches.
"I’m not necessarily interested in having a deep playbook. Usually the better you are, the less you have to do. When you aren’t very good, you have to do a lot to keep them off balance and try to trick them all the time. That’s not the way you like to call plays. You like to be able to call them and be successful at them because you are better than the other team. The better you are, the less you have to do."
GA of the Day - Dan Lanning (Arizona State)
Ever considered driving 13 hours through the night to meet with a coach who has no idea you're coming...Dan Lanning did it...and it worked! That's determination.
Watch the video above and hear Lanning tell you his story. One of the best real life stories you'll ever hear about how a high school coach got his first college opportunity.
Video: Strength training at Army
On top of their numerous duties as cadets, the guys at Army still find the time and energy to get after it in the weight room.
Good footage below from the video guys of the guys putting in some major work in agility drills, hang cleans, and squats with chains (all with near perfect form), mixed in with season highlights.
FIU season ticket promo: Are You Ready?
FIU just released their 2012 hype video entitled "Are You Ready".
You can bet that Mario Cristobal and his guys have been getting after it this off season and are ready to build on their 8-5 record last year. They open up at Duke before coming home to take on Terry Bowden and Akron.
"Winning is a monster that never gets fed enough"
Really good video here from Randy Peterson of Hawk Central sitting down with Greg Davis one on one.
The interview is split up into three parts, but the most interesting clip is the one below. Davis talks about the environment at Kinnick, and how to deal with critics, as well as one thing about the coaching profession that he learned as a young coach at a coaching clinic from Tom Osborne.
"He said, obviously you didn't get into the business for money, and if you got into the business to win...you go into the wrong business because your never going to win enough."
"The only way that sustains you in the business is your love of the game and the people that coach it and that play it."
"...and he's exactly right. It's a monster that never gets fed enough."
The article also has an interesting lesson on cowboy boots that linebackers coach LeVar Woods learned from Davis while on the road recruiting in Texas.
New Arkansas uni's
The rumor of new Arkansas uniforms has prompted prototypes to circulate the web over the past few weeks, but last night a picture of running back Knile Davis and receiver Cobi Hamilton sporting the new threads leaked on Davis' Instagram account.
The new uniforms appear to feature a number that fades from lighter at the top to darker at the bottom, much like Boise State's uniform numbers which fade in the opposite manner.
The official press conference for the uniform unveiling is scheduled for tomorrow at 10 CST. Over the past few weeks, there have been pictures circulating of an alternate black uniform, with a design very similar to those pictured below that has excited the fan base. We'll keep you posted.
Barry Switzer: How to compete for a national title
Spencer Hall sat down with an interview with Barry Switzer, and what he got was a whole lot of good content from the legendary head coach.
When Switzer was asked about the current playoff talk and if he would consider sitting on a committee to determine the teams that would be selected, Switzer had one question...would it pay?
"First thing I'm asking is 'Do they pay?' I made $24,000 a year when I was a coach. Bob Stoops makes five million a year now. Think about that. I didn't make anything, we win two national titles back to back, have two undefeated seasons back to back, and I'm making $24,000 a year. Because I went to a bowl game, I got an extra month's salary."
Switzer also weighed in on the evolution of the game over the years and his take on how it's being controlled.
"I worry about the rules taking away the aggression of defensive football players. We want to protect players, but by golly don't take away 11 players on defense getting after one guy who's got the ball. You've got to chase it with a bad attitude. You're going to have that, and you're going to have injuries. Don't legislate away the aggressiveness and the toughness of playing defensive football. I worry about that a little bit."
He also sees a pattern on who wins the national title...teams that can run the football, like Alabama did last year.
"They do it with the running game. You can go deep with the ball if you want to, but you've got to be able to run the ball and play great defense. You take a team with a playbook like the one Tom Osborne had in the '90s, and you can compete for national championships every year."
"Line up and run the ball north and south out of the I-formation with a split end attack or a tight end attack, and run the option at the corner of the defense attacking the perimeters, and you've got the best offense there is with the play-action passing game. When you can run the ball like Tom Osborne did, you've got people running wide open. They don't do that anymore, and people who do that win football games."
Switzer added that the most successful team that operates that way in today's game is Oregon, and their success speaks for itself.
"I don't think you can line it up pure wishbone and run it every down like I did. We'd never ever throw and put up 500 yards on people. I don't think you can do that anymore, but I promise you the best play in football is the option, and being able to run the football and play defense gives you the best chance to win a football game. Control the clock, keep it way from those high-powered offenses. You do that by having great players and by sticking with it instead of just getting trendy and doing something else like everyone wanting to throw the football."
Memphis: New meeting room and locker room
A couple pictures of Memphis' new football facilities are making their way around Twitter and the web.
The meeting room looks impressive, and as if Coach Fuente's enthusiasm isn't contagious enough, those piercing Tiger eyes will make it impossible to doze off during team meetings.