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David Shaw: "Take a Stanford guy and you can't lose"

Head coach David Shaw spent just short of a decade coaching in the NFL, and with the NFL draft starting tomorrow, weighed in on Stanford football and the draft. Shaw will join Rich Eisen, Mike Mayock and Charles Davis on Saturday during the NFL Network's draft coverage.

Shaw explains the history of Stanford players having successful NFL careers is deep, and notes that this year's Stanford class is looking to build on that.

In Shaw's words, the choice is simple. "You take a Stanford guy and you can't lose".

Team building at NC State

A few years ago, NC State head coach Tom O'Brien hired Naval Academy graduate and Marine Eric Kapitulik to bring in some new training and team building ideas for the Wolfpack. In their first season under the new program in 2010, they finished 9-4 and pulled out a big mid season win over Florida State.

O'Brien added that the program is "all about leadership and accountability".

Kapitulik is the CEO and founder of "The Program", which is aimed at developing leaders, becoming more accountable, and handling mental fatigue. Every single NC State practice ends with the entire team doing a perfect jumping jack in unison. The training regime also includes a firemans carry with a teammate, carrying 35 pound to 70 pound sand bags, military like team workouts with huge log poles.

“It’s mentally tough to do,” he explained. “The guy next to you wants to check out and think about themselves, instead of the team.”

Last season, The Program helped train the Tufts University football team, a D-III program in Massachusetts. The video below captures the kind of stuff that NC State is doing now, and illustrates what makes Kapitulik's approach unique.

 

If you like Les, you'll love this

Les Miles is a great coach. He also happens to be a wonderful sound byte machine.  

He is incredibly sincere; just sometimes it comes out in a unique manner. In reality in this video he makes some great points. The fact that he adds his own personality to it just makes it that much better!

Listen and enjoy.

Video: Experience spring ball at Cal

Cal held their "Spring Practice Experience" over the weekend, inviting fans to meet the team and participate in a few select drills with the team.

The video captures the event very well. You get some helmet / coach cam footage as well as how the event felt for the die hard fans of Cal football.

9 years without a coaching change

Oregon is the only FBS program without a change within it's coaching staff since 2009. Tough profession.

Up in East Lansing though, Michigan State's defensive staff has been able to stick together since 2003, when Mark Dantonio assembled them after being introduced as the head coach at Cincinnati. Going into this season, the staff has been together an impressive 9 seasons. That's unheard of.

In the video below Dantonio explains that the continuity on the staff has allowed them to take the team to new heights. Also, having the defensive staff stick together for so long has allowed them to try out some different things as spring ball has progressed as well.

Keeping the same staff together on the defensive side of the ball has helped them put together back to back 11 win seasons and rank in the top 10 nationally in most every major defensive category (#7 in sacks, #6 in total defense, #9 in rushing defense, #10 in scoring defense).

The Spartans will be put to the test, especially defensively, in their season openers the next few seasons. They'll open up with Boise State this year and next, followed by their season opener against Oregon the following two seasons.

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