Brian Kelly explains their bye week "secrets"
Coming off of a bye week, Brian Kelly is an impressive 12-2 as a head coach .
Having an extra week to prepare for their game against Miami this weekend, Kelly was asked what their secret is to preparing during a bye week.
"There's magic dust that we have that we're not giving up to anybody." Kelly said with a laugh.
Kelly went on to explain that he always tries to balance rest and recooperation with additional preparation.
"I've always tried to balance rest with additional preparation, and getting a schedule that the kids really feel like they got some time off without getting too far away from what your doing."
"I would say most of it has been in that Monday when we come back, we probably have our most physical and longest practice to get them back and re-center them." Kelly added.
Three NCAA defenses (at any level) have yet to allow a passing TD
Only three NCAA teams in the entire country (FBS, FCS, D-II, and D-III) have not allowed a passing touchdown this season.
In D-III, Trinity (CT) has not allowed a passing touchdown through their first two games, ranking #4 in the country in pass defense. Teams have attempted 46 passes against Trinity, completing just 21 of those (46%).
Amongst D-II teams, only Harding (who is through 4-0 through their first part of the season) has not allowed a passing touchdown. They the lead all of Division II in pass efficiency defense (69.53), total defense (172 ypg), and pass defense (77 ypg), while also ranking in the top 14 in sacks (3.5 per game). Teams have tried to throw against Harding 89 times, and completed just 42 of those passes (47%).
FCS Princeton ranks 64th in the country in pass defense, allowing 213 yards per game, and they also have not allowed a touchdown through the air this season. We saw a note this morning that their opponent, Lafayette, has a quarterback who has thrown for 5 touchdowns in a single game on three occasions this season.
Amongst FBS teams, Oklahoma and Boise State are two of the best at keeping teams out of the end zone when passing, allowing just a single touchdown each.
Friday TV - Two solid games on tonight
Pittsburgh and Syracuse on tonight as well as Utah State and BYU. Should be a couple quality games.
All times eastern.
Pittsburgh at Syracuse - 7 - ESPN
Utah State at Brigham Young - 10:15 - ESPN
Teach your kids to coach defense
If you listen to the media, and some of the coaches lately, college football these days is whoever has the ball last wins fifty something to forty something.
For example, listen to what Mack Brown had to say today to Jim Rome.
To paraphrase Mack, all anyone thinks about these days is throwing and catching...and scoring touchdowns.
When the market swings this far it's good to think about taking the other path.
Looking for job security for your kids down the road...teach them to coach defense. Seriously, sit your twelve year old down, look him square in the eyes and say, "Son, I'm gonna teach you to love to play defense." In a few years Muschamp, Saban, Gary Patterson, etc... will all be begging him to come play there...a few years later he's the D-Coordinator at some BCS program, quickly snatched up by the Patriots. Trust us on this one. "Defense, defense, defense"
Indiana AD gives Kevin Wilson a vote of confidence
Kevin Wilson and his staff had Indiana off to a solid start, beating Indiana State and UMass in their first two games.
However, during their game against UMass, their starting quarterback broke his leg and they later found out that he will miss the rest of the season. Through those first two weeks they were ranked in the top 20 in total offense and sacks allowed. Very few programs in the country have the type of depth needed at quarterback to sustain their momentum after a loss like that.
Their next two games resulted in losses to Ball State (39-41) and Northwestern (29-44).
Despite having three wins through his first 19 games, Hoosier athletic director Fred Glass is standing beside Coach Wilson.
“We absolutely have the right guy and absolutely have the right staff. I gave him a seven-year contract and we’re going to stick with him. For a variety of reasons, both voluntarily and involuntarily, we haven’t stuck with a football coach since Bill Mallory." Glass told the Indy Star this week.
“Our goal was to find the right guy, give him the resources to be successful and then stick with him so we get the benefit of building something. And I absolutely believe we have the right guy in Kevin Wilson."
This weekend the Hoosiers will look to get back on track against Michigan State, who has dropped two of their last three (with losses against Notre Dame and Ohio State). Kickoff is scheduled for noon ET and can be seen on the Big Ten Network.
Jimbo: "Our quarterbacks won't be allowed to talk this week"
Heading into their game this weekend at NC State, Jimbo Fisher and the staff are making sure that they goe the extra mile to make sure that the offense is prepared for a rowdy crowd. This road trip will mark the Seminoles first game outside of Florida.
On top of the noise and music being pumped into practices, the quarterbacks have been told that they are only allowed to whisper during practice this week.
Fisher notes that whispering will force players to be more alert and focused on the field.
“We’ll make our quarterbacks whisper. They won’t be allowed to talk. Making our guys read lips, making them see things. We’ll have the noise out there making all that ruckus, making it as loud as we can. We’ll have to be able to communicate by sign language.”
“The whispering, you’ll be shocked how much that helps. It makes guys pay attention, they have to focus. Sometimes you do it you can even get better on the road. You really get guys focused and attention on things.” Fisher explained.
Interesting coaching strategy.
Louisville AD on Charlie Strong: "We will match anybody's offer"
Yesterday, Charlie Strong told the Jim Rome Show that he has no intention of leaving for the Arkansas job, noting that he's "just not cut like that."
Later Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich stated that he's not worried about the rumors, and is prepared to match the offer of any college program. He made it clear that he wants to keep Coach Strong a Cardinal.
"I will match anybody's salary. I will match anybody in college." Jurich said.
"I will be supportive of whoever's here. Do they want to be here? When someone is being talked about, that's a compliment to our program. I've had it where you have coaches, and they're not talked about."
If it comes down to money, any other school that wants Strong is going to have to pony up some coin. A year ago, Strong signed a seven year contract extension that bumped his salary up from $1.6 million to about $2.3 million per year.
Hoke: "Wearing a headset is overrated"
Brady Hoke is one head coach that you won't catch wearing a headset on game day.
“It is overrated,” Hoke told 97.1 (WXYT-FM) during his weekly radio appearance. “You ever watch guys on headsets? They don’t say a word. This gives me an opportunity to coach kids during the course of a game."
"The game is a mental game. It’s a game of emotion and enthusiasm, a game of teaching. Not wearing a headset, I get to teach on the sideline, and I get to be a real part of it." Hoke explained.
One of the co-hosts of the show asked Hoke if having a headset on would have changed the halfback pass call that resulted in an interception in the red zone during the Notre Dame game, suggesting that Hoke isn't fully aware of what the coordinators are calling.
"I do know what the calls are, because there’s a guy standing right behind me who tells me every call that’s going in.”
Hoke elaborated by explaining that he allows his coordinators do what he hired them to do.
"Al and I had talked about the halfback pass. We had run the toss earlier, which was really the only time we had run the toss this year, just setting it up to watch the safety and see how he played. Then when you got down in the red zone, it’s the perfect time for the play.” Hoke said about Borges' play call.
This weekend Hoke and the Wolverines take on Purdue (3-1), who bring in the #2 ranked scoring offense in the conference (averaging nearly 43 points per game). The rest of their schedule includes teams who have gone a combined 29-10, with Illinois as the only team on their remaining schedule with a losing record (2-3).