(nearly) Live video from practice
Nothing incredibly memorable from the video below; but what caught our eye was the speed with which this was made available to the public.
This morning we noted that one of the guys who covers Kentucky football (Kyle Tucker) tweeted at 8:40 that Joker had opened the first 35 minutes of practice up to the media. He tweeted that there was an intense middle drill. "Video Coming"
Well, within minutes that video was available for anyone to watch. Quality isn't bad at all for being shot with a phone.
Technology is here and getting better daily. Embrace it.
Stanford coach: My job is to maintain
Stanford football went 1-11 in 2006. Last season, Jim Harbaugh's team went 12-1. Harbaugh went to the 49ers.
First year head coach David Shaw was asked this weekend about his role as the new head football coach. Shaw responded that he needs to "maintain" what Harbaugh built. "Our goal is consistency, we like high expectations."
Shaw says his staff will go coast-to-coast each year in search of "20 guys that are good students and good football players...and then you've got to convince them what we have is what they are looking for."
Below is video of Coach Shaw providing some insight into the 2011 season.
Coaches that have been a part of 15 different staffs
It takes a good man to devote his life to coaching and teaching young men. Only a special few are willing to pick and up and move every few years, for 30+ years in this profession, often sacrificing their own family time.
This weekend we saw an article about Maryland's offensive coordinator Gary Crowton who is now a part of his 12th staff and it got us thinking...how many active coaches out there have coached on 15 or more staffs throughout their career.
We immediately came up with a few that have 10+ stops; but 15 seems like a more elusive number. We'll ponder this one for a few days and see what we come up with.
Comments are welcome below or feel free to email us at Mail@FootballScoop.com
For the purposes of this article we are treating non-consecutive terms with the same team as different "staffs".
Um, Coach, the FBI is here
Thankfully, Randy Edsall had been expecting the FBI when they showed up to practice a few days ago. Edsall had invited an agent to come speak to the team about, "Gambling, bookmakers, and stuff in terms of social networking and really the whole gamut of things that can affect them. That they have to be careful with who they are associating."
Edsall went on to say he believes it's important to bring in outside speakers on a number of topics to help reinforce concepts with your team. He added that he plans to do this every year.
Quarterbacks wearing helmet cams
The AP put out an article this weekend discussing how the New York Giants are using a helmet cam to improve the performance of one of their young quarterbacks.
The camera, which mounts to the helment, is about 1.5 inches x 2.5 inches and weighs less than half a pound. It captures HD video and sound allowing coaches and players to see what the quarterback saw and hear what he said and heard.
Tom Coughlin said, "It just shows you where his eyes were" and it allows them to hear if the quarterback is making the proper identifications at the line and calling for the proper adjustments.
The Giants believe this technology will be very beneficial in teaching younger quarterbacks; however they are not using it with Eli Manning or any of their more veteran quarterbacks.
When asked about the video quality, Coach Coughlin added, "It's a little dark...not quite as clear as I hoped."
As we've seen over the past 5 years, video quality seems to improve significantly every few months. Who knows, in a few years helmet cams might just be prevalant.
1st AP Poll (nothing to see here)
Irrelevant as it might be, the AP released their first poll of the season this morning.
No reason to even look.
Well, just in case you want to know where some of your buddies' programs are ranked, here's the poll.
Others Receiving Votes: Texas 114; Penn State 75; Arizona State 67; Miami (Fla.) 32; Utah 25; Southern Mississippi 20; Iowa 19; North Carolina State 15; Brigham Young 15; Air Force 14; Houston 13; Pittsburgh 9; Michigan 7; Tennessee 5; UCF 5; Northern Illinois 4; Hawaii 4; Tulsa 3; Maryland 2; Arizona 2; Northwestern 1; Nevada 1; Washington 1
BYU is ready
Bronco Mendenhall and his Cougars have an SEC opener when they open at Ole Miss Saturday September 3rd.
Mendenhall says his team looks great at this point in camp. In fact, he gave them the day off recently and said when he made the announcement it was the loudest he's heard his team respond in 6 years. Mendenhall says he really likes this team.
Ole Miss, be prepared. BYU has 50 victories over the last 5 seasons (only 8 teams have more).
Here's a quick video of Bronco speaking about his team and sharing a story about when he told the guys they were getting the day off and going to Provo Beach Resort.
Vandy is going bowling
First of all, James Franklin has assembled a very good first year staff. Part of the FootballScoop staff spent a few hours at the Vanderbilt football complex earlier this month and it's clear this is a staff that enjoys working together, has things headed in the right direction and believes in what it is trying to accomplish.
One of the goals for this team is to go bowling in December (or January).
Well, in a somewhat unrelated story, coach Franklin took his team bowling (round black balls striking pins) recently.
As evidenced by this video, Franklin is teaching his players to work hard together, trust each other together, have fun together, that they will win together, etc...
Quite a few laughs in the video; but the Tennessee fan who walks into the bowling alley (around the 4:00 mark), sees the Vandy team and then leaves is worth sticking around for.