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Steve Kragthorpe relinquishes OC role due to Parkinson's disease

On the same day that LSU is set to begin August camp, the university has announced that offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe has stepped down due to Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. It results from the death of dopamine-containing cells in a region of the midbrain; the cause of cell-death is unknown. Early in the course of the disease, the most obvious symptoms are movement-related, including shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty with walking and gait. Later, cognitive and behavioral problems may arise, with dementia commonly occurring in the advanced stages of the disease.

Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa has been elevated to offensive coordinator.  Kragthorpe will stay involved with the program and continue to coach the quarterbacks.

Kragthorpe told Randy Rosetta of The Advocate, "I hope for the next 8-10 or 14 years, I can be here coaching quarterbacks."

Please keep Coach Kragthorpe and his family in your thoughts.




After 15,000 rounds of blasting, college coach to appear on TV show "Top Shot"

Here’s one for you.

Following the 2010 season, we reported that New Hampshire defensive line / special teams coach Jake Zweig had left the staff.

We hadn’t heard much about Zweig since then, but now we know why.  Zweig has been in California for several months filming Season 3 of the elimination-style marksman competition, “Top Shot.”

In short, you will soon see Zweig “blasting” on TV.

Sounds like a bit of a stretch for the average football coach?  Not for Zweig. He is a military veteran and a former member of the elite Navy SEAL special forces.  In preparation for the show, Zweig shot 15,000 rounds of ammunition…in just two weeks. (That’s a lot of blasting.)

Now that the show has been filmed, Zweig is currently serving an internship with the Oakland Raiders coaching staff as part of the NFL Bill Walsh minority internship program.

Check out the preview to the show, which premiers on the History Channel on August 9th at 10 PM EST.

 




Mike Gundy reacts to 48 possible uniform combinations

Oklahoma State has forty-eight possible uniforms combinations.  Yes, that’s forty-eight.

Head coach Mike Gundy says he is a traditionalist, but he does like the new uniforms.

Gundy said, “I do (like them).  I think it’s the right thing to do.  It’s big for Nike to pick Oklahoma State for the new uniforms.  Our players are really excited about it.”

With so many options, Gundy joked the program is looking for a uniform coordinator.

“When you have 48 combinations, that is a lot for a guy like me.  There will be some thought that has to go into it.  We have a lot of uniforms the players are excited about in the dark colors, but we have to be a little bit cautious about wearing them in the heat.  There will be more thought that goes into it than we originally wanted, but it will be a really neat setup once it gets up a running.”




Brady Hoke reminds assistants of the key to August camp

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke wants his coaching staff to remember a simple little message before August camp begins on Monday.

Hoke reminded his staff, "Assume they know nothing, because you can get yourself in trouble."

Just how important is that message?

Hoke explained, "In '98, I had three starters back out of four on the defensive line, assuming those guys knew the expectations, technique and fundamentals, so I got a little more involved in scheme, and we lost our first two ballgames.”

"We got beat by Notre Dame down there in South Bend. And Donovan McNabb (of Syracuse), we made him a top-five pick. I blame myself for that, to this day. You can't assume. In fall and spring, we will never assume. I don't care if they've played 35 straight games."

In other words, “Top hand pressure, Denard.  Get the snap, first.”

Hoke said, “No matter if you’re the holder on PAT and field goal, the technique to holding and putting the ball where it needs to be.  When guys play with technique, it really enhances their ability to play the game.” (See video of Hoke explaining)

“Most teams that tackle well, most teams that are physical up front, most teams that knock people off the football…that’s where the game is played.  If you’ll attack the line of scrimmage, if you’ll take away the line of scrimmage, and you’re going to be physical…then you’re going to be a good football team.”

30 days until Western Michigan in the Big House...




Chris Petersen and Dan Patrick provide funny entertainment about uniforms and turf

The Dan Patrick Show typically provides some funny entertainment and today was no different.

Patrick talked today with Boise State head coach Chris Petersen about the new rule that will not allow Boise State to wear blue on blue uniforms during conference home games.

Peterson said the Broncos are going to change from a blue turf to orange turf.

Ok, he was kidding, but Petersen isn’t happy with the new rule announced last week at the MWV media day.

Wait a minute, though.  Are they really done wearing all blue?

What if Boise State just said the heck with it and went blue on blue during a Mountain West Conference game this year?

Petersen responded, “That is a great question because that hasn’t been answered.  Who knows, maybe we do show up blue on blue.  Maybe this year it’s TCU.  Everybody seems to want to see that game.  The good thing is the kids don’t care.”

The problem isn’t what you think it is, according to Coach Pete.

“When you analyze our tape, it’s tougher to see.  There is some truth to that.  That was the main complaint, the tape. But everyone is going to this high definition stuff anyway, so you’re going to be able to see better.  So that was more of the complaint…the tape, not the game.”

By the way, Petersen did promise, “The blue field is going nowhere, I can tell you that.”  Take that, Rocky Long!

 




Mario Cristobal: There is no ceiling. Our potential is sky high.

With a brand new contract, FIU head coach Mario Cristobal talked with 560 AM in Miami this morning.

Cristobal is pumped about the future of the FIU football program.

He said, “We are a blue-collar organization that stays very grounded because we do believe we have miles to go, but there is no ceiling.  Our potential is sky high.”

“I’ve had the most fun coaching than in the year-and-a-half, two years than I’ve ever had before, so I’m pretty fired up.”

“We can run, man.  We have some guys that can flat our run.  And we’ve really invested heavily in our offensive and defensive lines, which is really paying off.  We’ve now had a weight room for a year-and-a-half.  Now, you feel good about those battles.”

“A year ago at Texas A&M, we’re legitimately a possession from taking a significant step on beating a BCS opponent in a very short history for our program.  We’re getting better.  We’re committed to it.”

FIU opens the season by hosting North Texas.  The non-conference schedule includes at Louisville, UCF, Duke, and at Akron.




UVA offensive coordinator Bill Lazor ready for year #2

Virginia offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor has an important job to do during August camp.  The Cavaliers need a quarterback to step up and separate himself as the clear starter.

Looking at the Virginia schedule, the Cavaliers begin the season with William & Mary, at Indiana, at North Carolina, and Southern Miss.  That’s four new defensive coordinators.  Scott Boone replaces Bob Shoop at William & Mary; Mike Ekeler and Doug Mallory take over at Indiana; Art Kaufman will keep the same scheme at UNC; and Dan Disch takes over at Southern Miss.

That’s a lot of unknown, right there.

Lazor, however, seems to pride himself on having a plan for everything.  He told the Daily Press,”I have a plan if that quarterback gets hurt in the first series. We'll have a plan. If he fails miserably, we'll have plans — just like if the offensive coordinator fails miserably, coach (Mike) London has a backup plan, I hope."

And going by the comments of wide receiver Matt Snyder, Virginia fans should feel comfortable.

Snyder said, “Coach Lazor is a pro. You can tell by the way he game plans, by the way he commands practices and what he demands out of us during every practice. I don't think I've had a coach like him. He's brought an offense that's the same as some of these NFL teams run. He demands we run it just like they do. He doesn't accept anything less."

In 2010, Lazor's first season at UVA, the Cavaliers averaged 25.3 points per game.  That is higher than any Virginia offense has averaged since 2005.  

 




Rocky Long done griping about blue turf: We'll play them in a parking lot

San Diego State head coach Rocky Long doesn’t like the fact that Boise State plays on blue turf, but Long is done gripping about it.

Back in the spring, Long said the blue turf was an unfair advantage because it took the opponent a quarter or two to get use to the different field.

Today however, Long told the San Diego Union Tribune, “To me it’s no big deal. They can play in whatever they want to play in. We’ll play them in the parking lot if they want to play in the parking lot. It’s not near as big of a deal as we want to make it out to be.”

In case you missed the funny exchange between Chris Petersen and Dan Patrick, we recommend watching it.  As you probably know by now, Boise State will not be allowed to wear all blue uniforms at home this year during Mountain West Conference games.

Long actually commented on that as well.  He said, “You don’t see them near as well when it’s blue (uniforms). When you break down film, you can tell.”

Alright.  It’s over.  No more, blue on blue on the blue turf talk.

By the way, Boise State -19 over San Diego State in the parking lot.  Who ya got?