Bob Toledo sensing the best Tulane team during his tenure
Tulane head coach Bob Toledo believes the Green Wave is turning the corner. On Wednesday, Toledo admitted he’ll be disappointed if Tulane doesn’t qualify for a bowl game this year.
To do so, the Green Wave will have to win seven game because of the thirteen game schedule that ends with a trip to Hawaii.
Toledo said, "I've talked about this to a lot of people. In the past, we said we wanted to become competitive. I believe that last year we were as competitive as we've been since I've been here and we lost several games that we felt we could have won and that would have got us to seven or eight wins. Well, I don't think it's any good any longer to just be competitive. I want to win and our players want to win. Our goal now is to win a conference championship and go to a bowl game this year. Anything short of going to a bowl will not be good in my opinion. We're looking forward to that."
(on agreeing to play at Hawaii) "They approached Rick Dickson and he asked me if I wanted to go to Hawai'i. I said `Hell yea. Are you kidding me? Why not?' And so I said, `Let's go! I'll accept that. Bring 'em on!' Then he said, `Well, you've got to win seven games.' I said `Bring 'em on, baby! Let's win seven.' But I think it's great. I played over there six times. I coached the Hula Bowl over there, an All-Star game. I've had some great experiences. That's a great place. A tough place to play. And we're going to leave on Tuesday so it's not a vacation. It's not a bowl game. It's an important football game for us and I hope we already have seven wins before we get there. But if not, we've got to go and win that football game."
(on the progress of the program) "Two year ago, as you know, we played 18 freshmen. Last year, we played 20 freshmen. So we've played a lot of young guys. Actually, we only have 12 seniors on our football team right now and I would venture to say that maybe half to two-thirds of them will contribute this year. But we are really a sophomore/junior football team. It's a young team, but it's no longer an inexperienced team. It's no longer a weak football team. I'm really pleased with the progress we've made. We feel that with the off-season program and the recruiting that we're starting to develop some pretty good quality depth. That is kind of what has really hurt us in the past. We've had some pretty good players, those guys get hurt and we don't really have a lot of people to step up and contribute from there. I feel good about that now."
"It's time for us to do something. I've tried to build this program on a solid foundation. It's a tougher job than I thought it was going to be. We've had some high points but we've also had some low points, and it's just time to put up. I'll be disappointed, to be honest with you, if we don't get to a bowl game. And that's me speaking."
Tulane opens against Southeastern Louisiana. A week later, the Green Wave will host Tulsa in the conference opener.
Pitt football launches brilliant webpage
It’s a brilliant move by Pitt athletics.
Pitt has created a webpage on their official site that is strictly dedicated to daily coverage of training camp. If you’re a Pitt fan, it’s the only page you need to visit.
We think it’s smart because it gets viewer's eyes away from message boards, where rumors and innuendo can run rampant.
It’s the central gathering place where Pitt fans can stay in the know on all things about Todd Graham’s new coaching staff. The page includes links to daily newpapers articles about the program, but that doesn't mean Pitt has to link to a negative article.
The important thing is that Pitt is in control of the content.
What you do get is all of head coach Todd Graham's quotes, player quotes, and videos. There are also behind-the-scenes videos like Todd Graham’s post-practice speech to the team following the very first practice.
Graham told the team, “The best thing about this football team is not the talent. The most talented in the Big East won’t win it. It’s the team that is the best team. It’s the team that has the most invested. Let me tell you something men, we are a very mature team. We have a lot of young talent.”
“It’s that maturity that wins football games, that teaches, that leads, that does things the way we want it done. I don’t care if we win 59-58, 3-0, or 3-2. I don’t care. All I care about is winning. If you will have a passion to do what you do. Say ‘coach me,’ coach. And then turn it loose and play. When we go across that white line, get in the left lane and hammer down. That’s how we play. I’m excited. That’s the best first day I’ve been around.”
Saints DC Gregg Williams after blown assignment: Stab me! Kill me!
We step away from the college scene for a moment to bring you a little humor from the NFL.
New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is known throughout the league to occasionally opt for some colorful language and/or humor on the practice fields.
According to WWL TV in New Orleans, Williams dropped a couple of memorable lines at Saints’ camp on Tuesday.
After a third-team corner bit on a pump-n-go that resulted in a touchdown, Williams shouted, “Stab me! Kill me! Who is the dumbest one out there? You can’t be that stupid!”
A few minutes later, Williams witnessed another blown assignment. This time he shouted, “Some of you have never had smart in the same sentence as your name.”
Of course, there’s not much time to be screwing around. The Saints open the season at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Thursday night, September 8th.
Jon Gruden is likely someone thinking, “If I know Gregg Williams, that cat has got every blitz known to man in his arsenal for the defending world champions and Aaron Rodgers. You’ll see safeties, corners, linebackers, and guys coming off the sideline to get to Rogers.”
Rodgers better think twice about showing off his championship belt. He may get a "Suck It" sign from Williams, as the Bengals did a year ago after a failed 4th & inches.
Greg Mattison: I know in my heart what's about to happen here
Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison started his press conference on Tuesday by saying, “We have got miles and miles to go.”
From there however, everything was very positive, including a closing remark from his heart.
Mattison closed by saying, “I know in my heart what’s about to happen here. We going to have a Michigan football program that Bo, Coach Moeller, and Coach Carr are going to be proud of again. And a program that has been built for many many years of doing it the way we are trying to do it. I just believe in my heart that it’s going to happen. When it happens, we’ll find that out. There are a lot guys…players, coaches, and administrators that are all working really hard to get that done. Whenever you have that many people working together with a great product, it’s gotta be something that’s about to happen.”
Somewhere in between, Mattison talked about the immediate and long-term goals for the Michigan defense.
In the short-term, Mattison said, “That is our biggest goal and our biggest purpose right now…to not give up the really big plays. They’re going to rush for some yardage. Every team we play against is going to get a run for over 4, 5, or 6 yards. We know that, but we can’t give up the 25, 30, and homeruns.”
Down the road, “I know what I want to be. I want to be a team that nobody can run the ball on.”
Dooley all over the place with post-scrimmage evaluation
Derek Dooley was all over the place with his evaluation of the Vols’ first scrimmage.
Good thing Dooley doesn’t wear his emotions on his sleeve. (Yes, we are kidding.)
Following the scrimmage inside Neyland Stadium, Dooley began, “Typical first scrimmage in a lot of ways. We have a long way to go as a team. Not much chemistry on offense, not much tempo, like eleven parts out there not really working together, a lot of delay of games, the administration of the plays wasn’t very good, but we have some individual guys that can do some things.”
The negative: “I was probably (most) disappointed in the offensive chemistry. It looked like eleven guys out there. There wasn’t a lot of command coming from the quarterback.”
“When you get up there and gotta make check, you gotta a make a check. You can’t sit there and stare and then go, ‘Oh, what was that check I was supposed to make.’ I gotta go. Tick, tick, tick. The defense is moving. You gotta go. If you can’t do that, then we’re going to have to back it down and go real simple. That’s what we’re going to have to do.”
“The consistency (at quarterback) is non-existent. It’s enough to drive you crazy.”
“We’re so use to playing freshman around her, we don’t know what it’s like not to have to get a freshman ready to play at a position.”
The positive: “This was a lot better than the first scrimmage last year.”
The positive mixed with the negative: “I saw not a lot of mental errors on defense, which is good. I saw the fits were pretty good. There weren’t these gaping holes. They did a great job against the run.”
“Our tackling needs to keep improving. We hit guys and they fall for three instead of hitting them and it’s zero. The defensive won the line of scrimmage. When that happens, you’re usually going to be alright.”
Wow. One team receives strong praise from head coach following practice
How many coaches around the country would like to say the following about their team?
“Love the attitude. Love the work ethic. Getting better. Competing and I love the competition. Guys are going at it. Battling, scratching, picking each other up, patting each other on the butt, then going back at it again like they’re enemies, then pick each other up like they’re buddies. Practicing the way you’re supposed to practice and acting like a team does.”
(on the tempo of practice) “I think it’s quickened because of the familiarity of the program. What to do in the defense, in the offense, with these coaches. Then I think they understand what we want and there is great camaraderie between us.”
“The thing about this group that has impressed me the most is their maturity.”
Those are the words of Jimbo Fisher following today’s practice in Tallahassee.
Are the ‘Noles heading for a special year?
Darren Rovell rips coaches that ban twitter, provides interesting points
CNBC sports business analyst Darren Rovell has published an article in which he calls coaches that ban twitter “ignorant and unfair.”
Rovell believes, “For the coaches, they see no upside. But that’s also because they don’t care about the athlete learning about social media. They also don’t care about how the athlete individually markets himself. (You don’t get a piece of your own jersey sales in college, now you can’t even market your own personality.)”
“It's about proving that the biggest college sports can really be a teaching opportunity instead of just a multi-billion enterprise in which everyone capitalizes except for the kids themselves.”
Turner Gill and Chris Petersen were the first two coaches to ban the use of twitter for their players. You can now add Steve Spurrier to that list.
Spurrier told Dan Patrick this morning, "There's no reason for them to tweet anything out there. I don't see how it can do any good for anybody. We had a couple of guys put some nasty stuff on their in the summer. So we just said you don't need to do that anymore. Let your girlfriend or pal down the road do all your tweeting or whatever it is."
Jimbo Fisher, on the other hand, shared his stance this afternoon on the use of twitter. Fisher won’t ban twitter because, "It's part of growing up. Be mature enough to handle it."
Let us know your thoughts on if coaches should ban twitter. You can share your comments down below.
All-Access Video: Bielema opens camp to the cameras
Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema has opened up the doors to the cameras during August camp.
“The Camp: Week One” takes you inside the Badgers’ first team meeting and Bielema’s meeting with the true freshman.
From the get go, Bielema wanted his team to understand one thing. “Earn it.”
He told the team, “I want to talk about earning it. A lot of people say nice things about you. All of that is based on who? They think we’re going to be good. Because of what we’ve done in the past, they expect us to be good, but none of that is guaranteed. You have to earn it.”
We found it interesting that the Wisconsin locker room includes a four square area for players to compete and have fun.
Near the end of the video, you will see the strength staff organize a group of players through an exercise to improve hand placements and hand quickness.
Here is the all-access film of the Badgers.