How the iPad will make your job easier
Over the past two years we have seen broad adoption of the iPad as the dominant tablet in the US. The same can be said within the college coaching profession. Entire staffs are converting entirely to the Apple platform. Those who aren't converting entirely are still feeling the pressure to switch or have already switched to iPhones and iPads.
In our opinion, those who haven't yet, will soon enough. The platform is simply that good.
Perhaps some of you think we're talking about the basic apps that tell a little about your program that the marketing guys say "we have to have"; but that's really not what we're talking about at all...in fact, unless those are custom written we tend to think those just look like a website forced onto a tablet. What we're talking about are apps that make your job easier and your life better. We're talking about the game changers...
With that said, we've had the opportunity to meet and work with some of the leading companies working to ensure you get the most out of your iPhone and iPad experience.
As you saw recently, OT Software sponsored our Pac-12 Tour and their custom iPad software is so impressive that Mike and his team are already writing custom programs for multiple Pac-12 teams. This stuff is a game changer.
As most of you are aware, you can now watch and edit your videos on Hudl's iPad app (if it isn't already, this will become the most used iPad app for coaches nationwide very quickly). The guys at Hudl are on the cutting edge of video editing and delivery and more great things will come from this company.
Today we noticed the video below that showcases Jump Forward's iPad app which also is very impressive in it's capabilities. Watch the video and think about what a step forward that is from where compliance / recruiting software was two or three years ago...
At FootballScoop we're big believers in utilizing technologies that will make your jobs easier. If you are aware of another software or app that you feel we should share with our audience, please let us know @FootballScoop or via Mail@FootballScoop.com.
Video: New logos introduced at Houston
The University of Houston unveiled their new logos today with an accompanying video highlighting the changes.
The Cougar got the biggest makeover of all the, and they also introduced some new fonts and other minor changes to the lineup.
The updated logos will make their debut with the Cougars in the new look Big East.
Bustin'a move in Annapolis
Coach Ken Niumatalolo had been impressed with the way the Midshipmen have worked this spring.
During last season, the team ran between 800 and 900 live reps. This spring alone, the team has accumulated over 700 live reps.
Their 5-7 record didn't please the team last season and these guys have flat out been getting after it.
As a reward, Niumatalolo had the team warm up a little differently than normal...take a look.
Sumlin and staff sorting out the "pretenders"
The players at Texas A&M are adjusting to the new staff's expectations, and Kevin Sumlin and his staff have spent the first few practices sorting out the physical players from the pretenders.
“We’ve got some guys that, just like any other time, are coming to the forefront, physical guys that like to play. And we’ve had some guys that are pretenders. Not very tough, we’ve got to figure out a way over the next couple weeks to develop some mental and physical toughness.” Sumlin said last week.
After practice yesterday, he noted marked improvement in the attitude and held a meeting to talk about the direction that they're heading. Sumlin's message was simple, they may not be ready to take the field just yet, but their tempo and attitude have made significant progress in a handful of practices.
“By no means are we ready to play a game but our attitude was better, our tempo was better and I think our want-to was better.”
"Sometimes you have to yank 'em through the knot hole"
Chad Morris and the offensive staff down at Clemson have focused on improving in short yardage situations this spring, and Morris told reporters yesterday that he is has seen continued improvement so far.
The staff has specifically focused on changing the mentality in short yardage situations, putting the team in situations in scrimmages and practice where they have to fight for every inch. Morris believes that they are continuing to step in the right direction, but as he put it, "sometimes you have to yank 'em through the knot hole".
Morris has seen some improvement, and says that they have taken steps in the right direction, but he believes that they have a long way to go before they're ready to match up in short yardage situations with the best in the country.
Video: O-Line jugs machine challenge
Fun video here out of Northwestern where the offensive line takes on a challenge with the Jugs machine.
Seems simple enough...catch a punt from the Jugs machine. But as you can see...it's not that easy with the big fellas.
Borges: "There's nothing like doing"
Al Borges sat down with AnnArbor.com to share his philosophy on player development during spring ball recently, and talked in depth about two key concepts that he calls "body learning" and "functional intelligence".
He explains that body learning is the actual action of going through what it takes to play your position within the specific playbook. A lot of coaches talk about mental reps, but Borges is a believer that nothing compares to the real thing. "There's nothing like doing, I'm a big believer in 'body learning.' Just physically going through the trial-and-error part of it so you can fix the problem yourself. Mental reps are great, and you have to take them, but the 'body learning' is really important."
Borges explains that getting additional practices for bowl preparation is vital to the development of young players because it allows valuable extra snaps not running plays off of the other teams scout cards. He compares those practices to an extra set of spring practices for the young guys.
The second concept, functional intelligence, is "the ability to transfer what you learn in the film room, on the chalkboard or in the walk-throughs and practically apply it to the game. It's irrelevant what your IQ is when you take a test if, when it comes time to execute the responsibility, you're not able to do it."
Borges says that he is happy with the functional intelligence in the second year under the same offense. The real test will be at noon on Saturday when the Wolverines will see how they measure up during their annual spring game at the Big House.
New FCS program
Houston Baptist announced Vic Shealy as the first head football coach in the schools history at a press conference earlier today.
Shealy, who spent the past two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Kansas, will lead Houston Baptist into the FCS Southland Conference in 2014. The school has not ruled out playing an independent schedule in 2013.
At the 1:30 press conference today, athletic director Steve Moniaci said that the search committee knew Shealy was their man because of three things you won't find in his bio; the fact that he is a great Christian man, a great family man, and a great coach...in that order.
The new head coach took the podium briefly and touched on a few a few objectives both short term and long term of the program. Shealy's focus to build the program starts with pursuing championships and understanding the process that it takes, spiritually, mentally, and physically to compete at that level. The goal for the first year of the program is to have a winning record, and will be followed by winning a conference title, earning and FCS playoff spot, and winning a national championship in the years to come.
Shealy explained that he considers the job at HBU a great opportunity in part because it allows him to work under Dr. Robert Sloan, an administrator that is very highly regarded from his time as the President and Chancellor at Baylor, and is someone that Shealy described as an administrator that "gets football". Sloan told reporters today that the University plans to build an on campus stadium in the near future.
The presser was very short, and it was evident that Moniaci and Dr. Sloan are confident that they poured through the pool of applicants (said to be at about 100), full of qualified Texas high school coaches, former Division 1 head coaches and assistants and a handful of NFL coaches to find the right man for the job.
When the live feed ended, the press convened to ask questions and Shealy noted that he hoped to have one position on his staff filled by the end of the week.