Monte Kiffin: These guys will knock your socks off

Trojans360 took an inside look at USC assistant Monte Kiffin.

Monte Kiffin explained, “When I went to Tennessee probably the biggest shock I ever experienced was when I went in to our first recruiting meeting and Lane starts at me and says ‘Alright I’m going to turn it over to Coach O.’  These guys will knock your socks off.  Our board is like a draft board in the NFL.  It’s year round.  I’m sitting here ‘when are we going to get to offense – defense.  We meet every morning at 8 o’clock on recruiting.  It’s about recruiting.”

Asked about the difference between coaching NFL players vs. college players, Kiffin responded, “There isn’t as much difference as people think.  If you know what you’re doing, they will buy in.  If you’re a good coach (in the NFL), you’re going to extend their career.  You’re going to get them a new contract.” 

You can watch the entire interview right here.

Kiffin went on to say, “Pete (Carroll) is an unbelievable coach.  I hear statements like Pete might have went back to the NFL because he couldn’t defend the option.  Don’t give me that. Are you kidding me? This guy is a defensive guru.  Maybe they were off a little last year.  Well, how about a freshman quarterback?  They were young on difference.  He went back to the NFL because it was the right opportunity.  This guy is one great football coach.”

“Really it’s called Tampa 2 because we happened to win the Super Bowl and we were playing a lot of cover 2 in Tampa.  I get a lot of credit for Tampa 2, but I give a lot of that credit to Coach Dungy.  It’s not quite as conducive to college as it is the NFL.  You’re not going to see us play a lot of Tampa 2 against Oregon and those people who run the option.”

USC opens at Hawaii on September 2nd.  The Thursday night game will air on ESPN.


Coaches using water parks & pools for team building

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik is putting an emphasis on team building.  His players constantly talk about the importance of team with the media.

Chizik, Ron Zook, Gary Pinkel, and Mark Richt are just three of the coaches around the country that have taken their teams to the pool during in the midst of August camp.

In Athens, even the head coach Mark Richt went of the high-dive today.  You can see that photo in the FootballScoop Gallery.

Here’s the behind-the scenes video of Chizik’s team at the water park last Friday. Below that video, you can watch the Mizzou Tigers' day at the pool. 




Reporter loses job by wearing Florida hat to Petrino's presser

A reporter for Hog Sports Radio has lost her job after wearing a University of Florida hat to Bobby Petrino's post-practice media session on Saturday.

The reporter, a UF graduate, has tweeted today, “Was hoping to publicly apologize to coach Petrino and UA fans on the show today, but I won't get that chance now ... I've been fired.” 

She also said on the radio this afternoon that she was very surprised.

Here is the clip with Petrino saying, "And that will be the last question I answer with that hat on."


How would Bob Knight have responded to these post-practice questions?

Bo Pelini fielded questions from reporters immediately following Monday morning's practice. Pelini exhibited a great deal of restraint in responding to what seemed to be a long list of largely irrelevant questions.   

Watch the video of Pelini meeting with reporters here.

Below, we are listing a few of the questions Pelini responded to:

Question #3: Can you tell with the day off if the boys were a little fresher today?

Question #5: Bo, how was the unity council selected and how do fans find out who’s on it?

Question #7: How much more does the intensity get turned up for you guys when you go twice a day?

Question #8: Do you get more work done with the 2 go’s?

Question #9: When it comes to the Texas game, not from an opponent’s standpoint, but from an official visit standpoint, it seems like it’s becoming the popular game that kids want to come to. Do you have to manage that situation even before the season begins? 

We wonder how Bob Knight would have responded to some of these questions?  


Renderings of new TCU stadium

Gary Patterson has done his job.  Starting in 2005, TCU has gone 11-1, 11-2, 8-5, 11-2, and 12-1. 

Your reward, Coach Patterson....a $105 million stadium renovation.

TCU has announced a $105 million renovation of the west side and north end zone of Amon G. Carter Stadium to better enhance the football fan experience, upgrade amenities and transform the historic Fort Worth icon into the "Camden Yards" of collegiate football stadiums.

Construction will begin immediately following TCU's final home game (Nov. 13 versus San Diego State) in the 2010 season. After construction, Amon G. Carter Stadium will have a seating capacity of 40,000 that can be expanded to more than 50,000 seats.

You can see all the renderings of the new stadium right here.  This certainly looks first-class.


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