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Randy Edsall: My philosophy is 'Coach the Coaches'

Maryland head coach Randy Edsall says his philosophy is, “Coach the coaches.”

Edsall told CSN Washington writer Ryan O’Halloran that he learned the importance of delegating responsibilities while working under Tom Coughlan, George O’Leary, and Frank Maloney.

Going into his 13th year as a head coach, Edsall explained, “Especially now, things have changed so much, a coach has so much on his plate that he has to do, you can’t do everything by yourself, so you have to hire good people and give them the parameters for which you want to operate and how you want to get things done. My philosophy is, coach the coaches."

Edsall’s new staff at Maryland includes Gary Crowton, Todd Bradford, and Lyndon Johnson as the coordinators.  Andre Powell, Lee Hull, John Dunn, and Tom Bratten fill out the offensive staff.  Greg Gattuso and Keith Dudzinski will coach on the defensive side of the ball, along with Johnson.

“It’s a great staff that works well together. That’s one of the things people lose sight of, staff chemistry is important. They understand it’s all about team, it’s not about any bickering, it’s not, ‘The offense has to do this or the defense this.’ It’s all one. We’re evaluating the teams we play and sometimes the defense will have to pick the offense up or the offense will have to pick the defense up and the special teams will have to be special. It’s a great staff that works very, very well together.”

Maryland open with Miami (FL) and West Virginia, leading us to believe that Todd Bradford won’t have the most relaxing summer.

To see our list of the first-year coordinator that have the most difficult early season tasks, click here.

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Clemson coordinator receives contract incentive. Does it make sense?

Interestingly, Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris has a contract incentive for finishing in the Top 10 of total offense.

Many coaches, however, don’t agree that total offense is an important statistic as it relates to winning a championship.

If Clemson finishes the season 1st nationally in total offense, Morris will receive $100,000.  If Clemson finished 2nd-5th, Morris will receive $75,000.  If the Clemson finishes 6th-10th, Morris will receive an extra $50,000.

We wonder if the contract incentive should be more connected with the ultimate goal of winning.  

Consider the following:

In 2009, Alabama won the national championship and finished 42nd nationally in total offense.  The Crimson Tide defeated Texas, who finished 29th in total offense. In 2008, Florida won the national championship when the Gators finished 15th nationally in total offense.  In 2007, LSU won the national championship and finished 26th nationally in total offense.  The Tigers defeated Ohio State, who finished 62nd nationally in total offense.

Since 2007, of the teams that finished in the Top 10 of total offense, the average number of loses is 3.22 per season.

Since 2007, seven teams (18%) have finished with either six or seven loses including 2009 Texas A&M (7 loses), 2007 Nebraska (7 loses), 2010 Michigan (6 loses), 2009 Notre Dame (6 loses), 2008 Nevada (6 loses), 2007 Louisville (6 loses), 2007 Oklahoma State (6 loses).

Since 2007, the number of loses for teams finishing in the Top 10 of total offense:

0 loss teams: 2 times

1 loss teams: 8 times

2 loss teams: 4 times

3 loss teams: 6 times

4 loss teams: 9 times

5+ loss teams: 11 times

Top 10 in Total Offense (final record)

2010: Oregon (12-1), Boise State (12-1), Oklahoma State (11-2), Nevada (13-1), Tulsa (10-3), Hawaii (10-4), Auburn (14-0), Michigan (7-6), Arkansas (10-3), Oklahoma (12-2).

2009: Houston (10-4), Nevada (8-5), Troy (9-4), Texas Tech (9-4), Texas A&M (6-7), Florida (13-1), TCU (12-1), Notre Dame (6-6), Idaho (8-5), Boise State (14-0).

2008: Tulsa (11-3), Houston (8-5), Oklahoma (12-2), Texas Tech (11-2), Nevada (7-6), Oklahoma State (9-4), Oregon (10-3), Missouri (10-4), Texas (12-1), Rice (10-3).

2007: Tulsa (10-4), Texas Tech (9-4), Hawaii (12-1), Houston (8-5), Missouri (12-2), Louisville (6-6), Oklahoma State (7-6), Kansas (12-1), Nebraska (5-7), Oregon (9-4).

 

Mark Richt speaks from the heart about selling $1.99 million house

Mark Richt is selling his $1.99 million house on Lake Hartwell, a vacation house that he and his wife Katharyn purchased in 2009.

The decision to sell the family’s second home was based on being able to give more to the less fortunate.

Richt explained to Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “Within the last year, I read this book, “The Hole in Our Gospel,” written by Richard Stearns. He’s the president of World Vision, U.S. I think people understand who World Vision is but, basically, they help the poor. Through their organization, you can help children, you can help build wells, you can buy them donkeys, whatever people need. World Vision helps people across the world. Well, anyway, there was a lot of statistical data in there about the amount of people that live on a dollar a day around this world. Billions of people. So I’m reading this book and it really affected me. It helped me realize that what we have is way more than we need and that our ability to give is hindered by this property. I guess that’s the best way to tell you. We just wanted to be in a better position to give and bless people that don’t have anything. We felt like this was one way to be able to do that.”

Richt challenges you to read the book.  Read his heart spoken comments, right here.

He added, “Our ability to own this home, to have this home, that’s not an issue. It has absolutely nothing to do with anything that has to do with football. It has to do my wife’s desire and my desire to give.”

Richt took over the Georgia program in 2001.  The Bulldogs have won or shared the SEC Eastern Division title on four different occasions.  Georgia finished with a combined 21-5 record from 2007-2008, but the Bulldogs are 14-12 since then.

Hopefully, Richt will lead the Bulldogs back to another SEC championship this season.

All-Access films paying off in big fashion for 2 college programs

We picked up our first college football pre-season magazine yesterday.  It’s the Athlon Sports college football preview.

Inside the magazine, Athlon rates the best coaching hires in the off-season.

According to Athlon, of all the twenty-one head coaching hires, the best hire was Jerry Kill (Minnesota) followed by Al Golden (Miami).

Both hires, if you remember however, were met with much skepticism in their respective cities, Minneapolis and Miami.  There were few fans from either school that truly felt “great” about the hires.  It’s safe to say, nobody believed, “We hit a homerun.”

That’s where the athletic departments at Minnesota and Miami (FL) come in.  From the very first day when each coach was hired, both universities have marketed the heck out their respective head coaches.

Both Miami and Minnesota hired a company called 3 Penny Films to film a number of behind-the-scene videos that have been regularly uploaded to YouTube.  The films have become a huge hit.  The fan bases love them and they are excellent for recruiting.  

Most importantly, 3 Penny Films has been able to capture the personality of Jerry Kill and Al Golden.  If you didn’t know the coaches before, now you do.

Because of the films, it’s now hard to find a person in either city that isn’t excited about Kill or Golden.  Neither coach has changed.  It’s just that their personality, values, and leadership skills have been publicized.

FootballScoop talked this week with Miami (FL) director of football operations Tom Deahn, who said, “I call them (3 Penny Films) ‘Spielberg’ because they are the absolute best at telling a story.  We give them some story lines and they produce it terrifically.”

Deahn added, “Our fans love the films.  They are a huge hit.  Everywhere Coach Golden goes to speak, people talk about the films.”

Deahn explained to us that Al Golden was initially unsure about allowing the access to an outside company, but granted a half-hour meeting to the company that wanted to chronicle the revival of Miami football.

“After five minutes, Al said, ‘That’s it.  I’ve heard enough.  We got to do this.  It’s a no-brainer.’”

At Minnesota, the idea started when Jerry Kill said in a staff meeting, “This campus and the city of Minneapolis are unbelievable.  I can’t believe how nice this place is.”

Kill asked his staff for suggestions on the best and quickest way to show recruits just how nice of a city Minneapolis is.  That’s when defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys suggested 3 Penny Films.  Claeys had a connection with one of the producers at 3 Penny Films from years ago during his time at Southern Illinois.

Kill agreed and the Gophers hired the company.  Things have taken off, ever since.

Minnesota director of football operations Dan O’Brien told FootballScoop, “Coach Kill initially wanted people to see the city of Minneapolis and how incredible this place is.  He kept saying, ‘People have to see this place.’”

O’Brien said the first couple of films were so well received, the Gophers decided to keep going.   What a great decision by the Minnesota staff.

Now, the entire Gophers’ fan base, all the alumni, all the people in the city of Minneapolis know who Jerry Kill is, what he’s about, what his personality is like.  (Watch this video)

To us, it’s not a coincidence that the two schools that have done the best job of marketing their coaches in the last six month were listed at the very top of Athlon’s list of best off-season hires.  There is no question in our mind that neither coach would have been listed as high if it were not for the films, which have significantly helped the transition and created a ton of enthusiasm within both fan bases.

For that reason, FootballScoop would like to compliment the athletic departments at both universities for their creative thinking and willingness to budget for this type of marketing.  It’s well worth it.

The only thing we wonder is why more schools haven’t done the same.

------------ Here is an example of one of the Miami (FL) all-access films produced by 3 Penny Films:

New defensive coordinators prepare for summer film sessions

Over twenty-five programs have new defensive coordinators heading into the 2011 season.  Today, we take a look at the initial challenges that some of the new coordinators will face when the season begins.  

Our first seven coordinators may not have the most relaxing summer.  It appears to us that Todd Bradford, Jay Neimann, Dave Wommack, Pete Rekstis, Joe Tresey, and Stanford co-coordinators Derek Mason and Jason Tarver have the most daunting early season challenges.

Comparitively speaking, this summer, we would rather be in the shoes of Chad Glascow, Tracy Claeys, Mississippi State coaches Chris Wilson and Geoff Collins, or Vanderbilt coaches Bob Shoop and Brent Pry.

Not much time to relax this summer for these new defensive coordinators: 

Todd Bradford (Maryland): Maryland opens by hosting Miami (FL) and West Virginia.  Bradford, who served the last few years as the defensive coordinator at Southern Miss, faces the difficult task of coaching against Jedd Fisch and Dana Holgorsen in the first two weeks.  Fisch has a film log of 783 creative ways to get the ball into the hands of his best playmakers.  The Terps also must prepare for the “Power” and “Iso” from an Al Golden coached team.  You think Art Kehoe will have his offensive line amped up for the season opener?  Holgorsen could throw it 54 times.

Jay Neimann (Northern Illinois): Quite frankly, we could see where Jay Neimann may not have the most relaxing summer.  Northern Illinois opens against Army, at Kansas, against Wisconsin (Solider Field), and Cal Poly.  Nobody wants to spend a bulk of August camp preparing for the triple-option.  Without a sound game plan, you may look silly (Notre Dame vs. Navy).  Nobody wants to lose at Kansas.  From there, it’s safe to say that NIU head coach Dave Doeren will want a strong performance against his previous school, Wisconsin.  Then, you don’t want to lose to a D1-AA team, albeit a pretty solid program in Cal Poly.

Dave Wommack (Arkansas State): Wommack has never coached with any of the Arkansas State defensive assistants.  The Red Wolves open at Illinois, Memphis, at Virginia Tech.  So right out of the gate, Wommack gets Paul Petrino and a good quarterback.  In week two, Wommack can’t be sure what he’s getting because Memphis has a new play-caller (Kevin McGiven) and is moving more to a spread style system.  In week three, Mike O’Cain will call the plays for the Hokies for the first time and Virginia Tech will be different offensively with the loss of Tyrod Taylor.

Pete Rekstis (Miami, OH): Rekstis will coach against five straight offensive staffs that have experienced pretty darn good success.  The season starts at Missouri, at Minnesota, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, and Army.  Yost, Limegrover, Butch Jones, and Rich Ellerson have a ton of experience in their respective systems.  For Rekstis, it’s no easy task, here.

Joe Tresey (UCLA): Tresey and the Bruins hope to start fast at Houston, then against San Jose State and Texas.  Houston has a difficult system to defend and Case Keenum returns for the Cougars.  San Jose State was actually greatly improved offensively late in the year when John DeFilippo took over the play-calling.  Of course, Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin is as good a play-caller as anyone in the country.

Derek Mason and Jason Tarver (Stanford): Things aren’t as easy as they may initially appear.  Mason and Tarver open against San Jose State, at Duke, and at Arizona.  San Jose State’s offense greatly improved late in the year when John DeFilippo took over the play-calling.  Cutcliffe loves his quarterback and Duke promises to run the ball better than ever.  The Blue Devils could be primed for the first major upset in the David Cutcliffe era.  Mike Stoops says the Wildcats are loaded offensively and quarterback Nick Foles returns.  Plus, Arizona was embarrassed a year ago in Palo Alto, so the Cardinal will have the Wildcats' attention. 

I’d rather be this coach:

Chad Glascow (Texas Tech): Coming over from TCU, Chad Glascow will face Texas State, at New Mexico, Nevada, and at Kansas to begin the season.  Dennis Franchione takes over at Texas State, while Nevada has lost Colin Kaepernick and running backs coach Jim Mastro.  All things considered, Glascow and Texas Tech could start 4-0 and raise eyes.

Chris Wilson and Geoff Collins (Mississippi State): These two have been grinding already this summer.  After the season opener at Memphis, the Bulldogs get first shot at grabbing Gus Malzahn’s guru card.  A few days later on Thursday night primetime, Starkville will be rockin’ when Mississippi State takes on LSU and new offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe.  If Mississippi State upsets the Tigers, there will likely be a state of emergency back home in Baton Rouge.  Wilson and Collins could become heroes in Mississippi.

Tracey Claeys (Minnesota): Claeys gets first shot at Lane Kiffin in 2011.  The Gophers travel to The Coliseum to start the season.  The next three are home games against New Mexico State, Miami (OH), and North Dakota State.  New Mexico State hired a new coordinator, Doug Martin, just before spring practice.  Miami (OH) has a first-year coaching staff under Don Treadwell.

Bob Shoop and Brent Pry (Vanderbilt): Of all the new defensive coordinators, Shoop has one of the better schedules early on.  Vandy hosts Elon, UCONN, and Ole Miss to start the season.  The Huskies and Rebels are unsettled and unproven at quarterback.  Elon has a first year coaching staff.  The next three games, however, are a handful.  The Commodores are at South Carolina, at Bama, and then host Georgia.  Hopefully by that time, Shoop and Pry will have the Commodores feeling much more comfortable in the first year of their new defensive scheme.

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