Would you ever stop recruiting a kid because he took a selfie?
The line in the sand has been drawn, and UT-Arlington men's basketball coach Scott Cross knows where he stands. Late Wednesday night, Cross declared that he would never recruit a player who had committed the unpardonable sin of taking a selfie.
Attention high school, JUCO, & AAU coaches: if u have a player that takes Selfies, please don't ask me 2 recruit him bc #SoftGuysGetYaBeat!— Scott Cross (@CoachScottCross) March 27, 2014
As you can see at the bottom, the tweet generated its own little firestorm, more than 1,600 retweets, almost 900 favorites and almost as many replies, most of them positive. When pressed that Kevin Durant has been known to take a selfie, Cross replied that it "shows a chink in his armor."
For those fortunate enough to not know what I'm talking about, a selfie is the act of snapping a picture of oneself with a cell phone or digital camera. As a crochety 26-year-old, I've never taken one and never had the urge to. But I've never known the selfie to be a reflection of character either.
Like most 16-year-olds, I was caught up in the trends of the time that would turn my ghost-white with embarrassment if I had to revisit them today (please, Lord, let no one ever find my Xanga). Had modern technology existed in the 1920's, I'm guessing there's a greater than zero chance that Bronko Nagurski would have taken a selfie. I'm also guessing that there's a greater than 50 percent chance that the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner has his cell phone in hand and his arm extended in front of his face at this very moment.
But maybe I'm wrong here. Maybe taking a selfie does reveal a player to be uncoachable and, thus, un-recruitable. Coaches, would you ever stop recruiting a player for taking a selfie?
UNC QBs coach Keith Heckendorff mic'd up, breaks down QB derby
Coaching is a funny business.
After spending three seasons as a player development assistant on Larry Fedora's staff at North Carolina, Keith Heckendorff had to leave Chapel Hill and spend two months in Jonesboro, Ark., to get a promotion at North Carolina.
In December, Heckendorff followed Blake Anderson to Arkansas State with plans on being the Red Wolves' tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. By February, Heckendorff was back in Tar Heel blue, serving as quarterbacks coach.
The Tar Heels "introduced" Heckendorff to their fan base with a little get-to-know-you interview, along with mic'ing him up for a recent practice and having him break down the battle between junior Marquise Williams and redshirt freshman Mitch Trubisky to replace departed quarterback Bryn Renner.
Video: D3 football player bowls a 300, entire team mobs him
This is the type of team building you like to see in the off-season.
Division III Utica College held its annual bowling excursion last night, and defensive tackle Mike Kata placed himself among bowling immortality by registering a perfect 300. Our mole embedded in the traveling party captured the final strike on video.
By the way the rest of the Pioneers mobbed him, you'd have thought Kata had busted through the line of scrimmage, intercepted a screen pass, trucked the quarterback and rumbled to the end zone to clinch the Empire 8 Conference championship.
Come to think of it, though, this may be more impressive than that.
You have to love the way Kata exalts his right arm into the air before the ball even hits the pins, like Prince Fielder admiring his latest opposite field bomb.
Video: Jeopardy! contests don't know much college football
We've previously documented on this site how the expansive minds of Jeopardy! contests have a dark spot when it comes to college football. Apparently, filling your brain with art history and potent potables and all other sorts of academic trivia leaves no room for the important stuff in life, like college football coaches.
Rivers in Africa? Medieval popes? 17th-century Scottish authors? Child's play. College football coaches? Absolutely terrifying.
The threesome didn't swing and miss on every question, Amy managed to get two correct. But, no, Emily, the eyes of Auburn aren't upon you.
(H/T Crystal Ball Run)
Miami has a new website that every high school coach will appreciate
Miami has launched UDrills.TV, a first-of-its-kind website that puts the ins-and-outs of the Hurricanes' program on the Internet for all to see.
It's a pretty simple site - many of the best ideas are - that embeds a drill of the day (see today's below) and a link to the 'Canes' "Mind Games" series below that. On the left panel, you can find a section of administrative links from head coach Al Golden, the drill of the day, links to different exercises Miami does in the weight room, links to Miami's training room, and a "coming soon" section for Miami's equipment room.
This is a smart idea by Miami on a number of fronts. First, it creates a nice inventory of drills for their own in-house use. Most importantly, though, it's a great marketing tool. For every coach that references this page, in addition to helping his own career he's bathing himself in orange and green. He's watching Miami coaches run Miami drills with Miami players and, all of a sudden, he now has a positive opinion of Miami football.
If you're a high school, middle school or youth football coach, you'll want to add this site to your bookmarks. Check it out.
Plea to football coaches: Tweet like The Mayor
I have a confession to make.
I've cheated on you, college football. I have a new favorite coach, and it's Iowa State basketball coach Fred Hoiberg.
With two NBA ready guards, his Cyclones one of the few college basketball teams that actually tries to put the ball in the basket in the first 34 seconds of the shot clock. They're my favorite team left in the NCAA Tournament to watch, so that's part of it.
But a large part of my growing admiration for Hoiberg is the way he carries himself. More specifically, it's the way he operates his Twitter account. With every @ISUMayor32 tweet that pops in my feed, I wish more and more that football coaches would tweet like him.
Hoiberg doesn't tweet that often - only eight original tweets this month - but every time he does tweet, he has something to say.
Hoiberg most often tweets about his family....
Happy 11th birthday to the twins, they told me they have one wish, and one wish only! pic.twitter.com/vONZ8QKUeU— Fred Hoiberg (@ISUMayor32) March 21, 2014
My favorite starting 5! pic.twitter.com/yspaY0EWtr— Fred Hoiberg (@ISUMayor32) March 16, 2014
Drops in some humor...
So proud of our guys but even more proud of myself for doing this on the plane ride home last night! pic.twitter.com/xWKuQ3fhQk— Fred Hoiberg (@ISUMayor32) February 4, 2014
Or a combination of the two, like this tweet on Oscar night...
My apologies to @PaigeHoiberg, apparently I wasn't supposed to fast forward through Channing Tatum.— Fred Hoiberg (@ISUMayor32) March 3, 2014
...or he can go heartfelt.
Thinking of the McCaffery family today. Hoping and praying for the best #TeamPat— Fred Hoiberg (@ISUMayor32) March 19, 2014
Cheers coach, that one was for you. pic.twitter.com/Kyfo5RNmPw— Fred Hoiberg (@ISUMayor32) March 16, 2014
Hoiberg supplements that with the rah-rah stuff you'd expect from a college coach - thanking the fans, well-wishing the other teams on campus and congratulating players for success in the classroom. But check out the retweets each of the above tweets garnered. His message is clearly getting through to people.
Compare that, though, with what all too often is the one-note Twitter strategy of many college football coaches:
"Great practice today! We got better out there!! #GoState"
"Go luck to the Lady Bulldogs basketball team tonight! #Woof"
It's almost like some athletics department personnel downloaded an auto-tweet app that alternates between the same five messages every day. There's nothing wrong with those types of tweets on their own, but they lack the personality and authenticity that Hoiberg gives his nearly 45,000 followers.
If you want to win me back, college football coaches - and believe me, I want you to, basketball coaches are strange - I ask but one simple favor: be more like The Mayor.
Photos: Louisville has black uniforms on the way
Black uniforms are popular. So popular, in fact, that teams without black in their color scheme often go out of their way to add a black alternate. That's why it's so strange that Louisville, wearing red and black as its primary colors, hasn't had a black alternate uniform in its rotation.
These photos popped up on Twitter Thursday night during Louisville's photo sessions. Considering the circumstances, you can mark these down as legit.
2014 Senior Class pic.twitter.com/FNUE7Qn8oj— LouisvilleFootball (@UofLFootball) March 27, 2014
Video: 'Work is the greatest remedy available'
It's hard to imagine a team with more incentive to work hard this off-season than Southern Miss. One of the proudest mid-major programs in college football has fallen on hard times of late, going 1-23 over the past two seasons. You may have heard something about that.
In their effort to erase recent history, Todd Monken's crew hopes hard work pays off.