Sark explains why walk throughs are important if you're a no huddle team
If you coach with an up tempo approach, or are looking to make the change this fall, Steve Sarkisian has some advice on practice structure for you.
Sark led USC through their first spring practice of the year last night, and noted their tempo as a reason why they have three walk through periods built in throughout practice.
"If you noticed. We don't have time to critique our players in between plays because of the tempo that we're operating at, and it's designed that way. That's why you see those walk through periods in the middle of practice."
"I think most people traditionally do walk throughs before practice, but we actually break ours up into three separate segments within practice, and call them 'teach periods'. So if you take those times between practices to try and fix some of the errors that we saw in some of the team periods, and then ultimately we teach off the film."
"It's definitely a different way of teaching, but it's definitely a way that grabs a players attention and they respond to it really well."
Video: ULM training to be 'relentless'
Nice five minute clip here from Louisiana-Monroe highlighting their off season efforts and how they are training their guys to be "relentless."
Lots of good GoPro-type footage, and interesting angles of the workouts in this one. The strength staff looks to be putting their own spin on a lot of popular drills, and the guys have to dig deep to get through these workouts.
This chart shows why every coach is a teacher first, football coach second
This chart has been passed around Twitter today but if you have yet to see it, you need to. The NCAA released a chart entitled simply "Probability of Competing Beyond High School" and even though all its data was already sitting in the back of your mind, it's still eye-opening to see.
More than a million kids play high school football every year, and 254 will be drafted every year. That's one in every 1,250.
Get that degree, young man.
What these three coaches tell us about the state of college football
There are 128 head coaches in Football Bowl Subdivision. If you were to place all of them on a scatter plot by their hiring dates, there'd be a massive cluster around the last five years and then, starting around 2008, a handful of dots every year until the turn of the century until you got to one lonely speck marking Frank Beamer's hiring at Virginia Tech back in 1986.
With a total of 126 hirings over the past five years (mind you, there are just now 128 teams in FBS) college football is very much a win-or-get-out business. Make it past year four, and chances are it's because you started winning very quickly. But for every rule there is an exception, and in this case there are three.
Of the 128 FBS head coaches, three of them have won seven or less games each of the past four seasons. They are Iowa State's Paul Rhoads, Central Michigan's Dan Enos and UNLV's Bobby Hauck. This may read like a negative note, but it's not. Plenty of coaches don't get four years to build a program, as Jon Embree, Ellis Johnson and a host of others can attest.
Two of the three are in the midst of a definite upswing. After three straight two-win seasons, Hauck took UNLV to its first bowl game since 2000 this fall. Enos rebounded from back-to-back 3-9 campaigns to a Pizza Bowl win in 2012 and a 6-6 follow-up in 2013. And even though Rhoads' Cyclones ultimately suffered a down year in 2013, the Iowa State faithful was enamored enough with him before the season to completely sell out of season tickets three weeks before opening kick.
This is more of a commentary on the state of college football and the expectations heaped on coaches. When 128 athletics directors and presidents have their fingers glued to the eject button, you get a coaching middle class with a population of three.
Video: Eastern Michigan will work out anywhere, anytime...including in the snow
Under brand new head coach Chris Creighton, Eastern Michigan's new motto is "Anytime, Anywhere." The Eagles' strength staff is holding the team to that motto, as Eastern Michigan went through a recent workout on a Rynearson Stadium surface covered in several inches of snow.
Many of these dudes are in nothing more than their practice jersey and shorts, which would be the end of my Eastern Michigan football career right then and there.)
Looking to break in to major college football? Get a job on these staffs
Every young coach taking a graduate assistant or off-the-field position wants to learn under good coaches, gain valuable experience and an eye-catching line for their resume and land a full-time job either on their current staff or somewhere else. All four goals are great, but every aspiring coach really wants that last one accomplished above all others.
Every head coach worth his salt works to pay the tireless work of his off-the-field staff forward to springboard their own careers, but some coaches manage to do a better job of that than others.
For instance, Monday's news of Ball State defensive grad assistant Thad Bogardus landing a quality control job with the Buffalo Bills rang a bell with us. Sifting through The Scoop archives, we saw that Cardinals grad assistants Billy Riebock (wide receivers) and Cris Reisert (tight ends) landed full-time jobs at Elon and Gerald Chatman has moved on to coach the defensive line at Butler. That's a perfect 4-for-4 job placement cycle for Pete Lembo.
Arizona State's Todd Graham joined Lembo in finding four jobs for his graduate assistants: T.J. Rushing is now coaching cornerbacks at Northern Arizona, Dan Lanning will coach the defensive backs at Sam Houston State, Trent Figg found a job as the defensive backs coach, special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Southern Arkansas, and Keola Loo will now coach the offensive line at West Texas A&M.
Aside from graduate assistants, it seemed like every week this winter a new football analyst or off-the-field staff member at Auburn and Alabama found a full-time on-the-field job elsewhere. Other coaches wanted guys on their staff who worked under Nick Saban and Gus Malzahn.
Lembo, Graham, Saban and Malzahn aren't the only head coaches serving as matchmaker for their support staffs. What other staffs have had a number of off-the-field staff find full-time work this off-season? Who did we miss?
Video: No mirrors, no TVs. Just a man and his weights
Maryville College is coming off back to back conference titles, and their first D-III playoff berth in school history last season. Head coach Mike Rader and his staff brought in a whole new attitude when they came to the program in 2012, and their recent success is a testament to their "there is no off season" approach.
Walking around the facilities, and the weight room in particular, you won't find some of the bells and whistles that you'll find at other places. But the staff has instilled a belief in players that those aren't the things that win championships. All they need is some weights and motivation.
The elite teams put in the work necessary (and then a little extra), and the Maryville staff has got their players to understand that.
"For the elite, there is no off season. Ali once said that he hated every minute of training. Ali also said 'suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'"
"This is MC. We don't have TVs. We don't have mirrors. All it is, is a man. A man and his weights, and a will to be the best."
Above all, they understand that there is no "off season".
What is the Texas Tech staff doing in high heels?
At first glance, seeing the entire Texas Tech coaching staff in high heels is both hilarious, and a bit unsettling.
Come to find out, the staff slipped on the red pumps to show their support for the Lubbock Rape Crisis Center's "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event. Definitely a great cause to slip on heels for (and probably the only reason to), and seeing football coaches in high heels will definitely grab your attention.
It's worth pointing out that some of the coaches look a little more comfortable than others in the pic.