Pac 12 Tour - Day One
So, yes, the trip really began Monday. Other than running into Drew Brees in the Houston airport, the highlight of the day was Joey Restaurant in Seattle. Right on Lake Union... Good recommendation from the UW coaches.
Tuesday morning we (Scott and Mike from @OT_Software) spent about 45 minutes with UW athletic director Scott Woodward and then we visited with the football staff. No denying the positive vibe in the place. The stadium is being completely renovated and an entirely new football ops building is being constructed as well. Just saying...it's going to be hard to compete w Sark and crew once this is done (prior to 2013 season).
Side note> Brilliant, and appreciated, move by UW staff having the cheerleading squad working out during our tour of the weight room.
Secondary side note> Watching the UW staff's eyes light up as Mike demo'd his software reminded me exactly of what I did the first time I saw their software. It's that good.
Full tour of their facilities ensued, including a viewing of where Sark docks his boat. All as good as expected. Seriously, come 2013 season these guys are going to be a force.
We spent this afternoon and tonight with the coaches at Oregon State. I had never been to Corvallis before. It's a very nice town. The facilities have been improved significantly over the past few seasons and are impressive for this smaller market.
Full facility tour followed by dinner with the staff at the training table (food was very good...loved the potstickers). A few of the guys joined us in downtown Corvallis to ensure the beverages being served were truly frosty (they were). Great night. Coach Riley was nice enough to invite us back tomorrow morning to discuss a few ideas with the staff.
After we finish up at State, we'll head south to Eugene. The rest of the day will be spent with the Oregon staff. Real time updates (with pictures) on Twitter all day.
Stay tuned for more Pac 12 tour highlights...
Venables: New scheme to rely more on "instincts"
According to Dabo Swinney, new defensive coordinator Brent Venables new scheme will be much simplier than they have been used to in the past.
As far as checks at the line go, Venables says that they are no longer asking as much out of those guys as they were last season.
Venables went to add "We are still going to have man coverage, but we are going to have some zone principles mixed in. They can use their eyes a little more, their instincts."
Good practice footage out of OK State
Oklahoma State opened up their spring ball practices yesterday, and the video guys got some good practice footage.
A good portion of the video shadows the quarterbacks and offensive coordinator Todd Monken, but their is also some drill tape that spans some work with the defensive backs, linebackers, and defensive line.
Baylor unveils concepts for new stadium
Baylor just released some conceptual plans for their new stadium that look pretty impressive.
The new stadium would be built on a 93-acre plot of land off of Interstate 35 right on the edge of the Brazos River. The complex will also feature a bridge joining the stadium with the campus to complete some breathtaking scenery. Funding for the project has come in the form of "the largest capital gift in university history".
The stadium itself will seat 45,000 people and features a canopy that will shade half of the spectators throughout the day as well as "open concourses with views directly into the stadium, suites, loge boxes, indoor and outdoor club seating, designated seating for Baylor students and the Baylor band, and an event center and Stadium Club for year-round use."
The images below paint a pretty good picture, but the really good ones can be found here on Baylor's website.
Richt shares philosophy on discipline
Richt shared his philosophy on discipline earlier today, and brought up some great coaching points to keep in mind.
Richt says that when guys make mistakes its important to keep two things in mind, "How we handle it and how he handles it.” He went on to explain that their goal as a staff at Georgia is multi tiered.
First and most importantly, they try to find out the truth and then find the right direction for the discipline. Then, the gauge how they respond to it.
"If they learn from their mistakes and become better people because of it, then that’s a positive thing in that guy’s life. If he’s not truthful about it and acts like he didn’t do anything wrong and his behavior isn’t going to change in any way shape or form, then he’s probably not going to be at Georgia very long. That’s just kind of the way things go. To think every single guy is not ever going to make a mistake and be perfect, I don’t think is realistic." Richt explained.
Video: Intense workouts at Oregon State
We just got a look at Oregon State's latest strength and conditioning video and it's one of the best produced ones we've seen yet.
The overwhelming theme of the video is intensity...the Beavers have really been hitting it hard this off season. The video department has done some impressive work with this one.
Stay tuned to Twitter for some tweets from us as we're due to arrive in Corvallis later tonight.
If your up for a challenge...
The one thing that may have deterred coaches from the Boise State quarterbacks job, is just the challenge that Jonathan Smith was looking for.
“I was kind of excited about the opportunity to coach the guy who replaces Kellen (Moore),” Smith said. "that’s a challenge...that’s no joke. That in a way kind of challenges me. And it’s not going to be easy.”
Smith, who had previously served as the offensive coordinator at Montana, said that getting back and becoming an offensive coordinator is something he would like to do again in his career. The bottom line was that being around Petersen and his staff was an opportunity he couldn't pass up.
“There’s a formula that’s been used here, to win so many games...I’m anxious to learn that.” he explained.
Tom Herman on "the underdog offense"
Since Tom Herman was hired at Ohio State as the offensive coordinator, we've heard a consistent message that the Buckeyes will be a "gun, spread, run-oriented football team that has tremendous balance through the play-action pass."
Herman expanded on that in a recent interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, saying that at his previous stops at Iowa State, Rice, and Texas State, he dubbed this offense "the underdog offense".
"The places I've been have always had a talent deficit compared to 90 percent of the schedule, so I think this offense helped." he said. Herman added that he used to say that if he ever got to Ohio State, USC or Texas, he would just dominate defenses every week from the I-formation.
Since taking the job, he said he took a step back and said, 'Why would I ever do that?' Now you've got an underdog offense and you put really good players in it and it's even better."