Recruiting Video: LA Tech
Sonny Dykes and Louisiana Tech finished the season WAC champs at 8-5, with four of their five losses coming by seven points or less.
The video that they put together highlighting this past season has a little bit of everything. The usual big plays, big hits, great catches, even a 66 yard punt from their Ray Guy award winning punter...and a clip of the mascot doing the infamous "Bernie" dance (around the 2:30 mark).
Very well put together. It's evident that Sonny Dykes and the rest of the staff have something special down in Ruston.
Another excellent D-III video
The Tommies (St. Thomas - MN) had an excellent season in 2011 going 13-0 before losing to Whitewater in the national semis.
This morning, they were nice enough to send over a link to a highlight / recruiting style video they created to commemorate their 2011 season.
The video features a one minute lead in, then about 9 minutes of highlights from the season and then a nice 1 minute close out. Well produced.
QB drills at Ohio State with Tom Herman
Some really good video here from Ohio State quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Tom Herman.
Herman takes you through some of their quarterback drills, complete with coaching points.
New kickoff rules going to cause more injuries?
In theory, the new rule changes on kickoffs for next season have been done with safety in mind. Colorado head coach Jon Embree believes that the new touchback rule (moving touchbacks from the 20 yard line out to the 25) may have the opposite effect.
Embree believes that if you have a kicker that can put it on the 7 yard line consistently, and the returner mishandles it, your going to have some dangerous collisions.
Embree weighed in on the change by saying, "I think you high pooch it and cover it, what I think will happen is if you get effective at that, you're putting the other team even more at risk than what the rule intended because unless he fair catches it, he can really take a shot because everyone is closer obviously."
It also changes the dynamic of a returner, Embree says. " The returner has to have good judgment and a good feel. You're never used to fair catching kickoffs, even though that is something you can do. There are a lot of timing issues that go into a kickoff return that now you're going to have to figure out as a return guy."
FootballScoop Pac-12 Tour
Next week we're headed west! Yes, The Scoop will be visiting nearly every Pac-12 program over the next two weeks.
The journey begins in Seattle at the University of Washington and from there we head south. We'll conclude the trip ten days later at the University of Arizona.
More than anything else, the purpose of this trip is simply to spend more time with the coaches and to see and hear what each is up to this Spring.
Invariably, after spending 10 days with 10 staffs we'll have a couple of stories to share. We'll have daily updates for you throughout the trip on the site. Yes, we'll take some pictures and capture some video as well.
Another great way to follow along on this trip and to interact with us is to follow us on Twitter @FootballScoop. Comments and suggestions are welcomed.
Great video from The U
Al Golden and the Hurricans released a great video this morning highlighting the offseason events starting with the first team meeting after the last game of the season.
The video is a bit long, but you'll want to watch the whole thing...a ton of great coaching content.
Michigan athletics putting on seminar for hefty price tag
The University of Michigan is planning to put on a leadership seminar for business executives in June hosted by Brady Hoke, and numerous other coaches and Michigan business professors.
The goal of the seminar, titled "Leaders and Best: Winning the Leadership Game", is to teach business leadership through UM sports including lessons on; "the trick to transformations in times of crisis", "how to teach people a new way of doing things", and "how to take on fierce competitors and produce winning results".
Athletic Director David Brandon says that the seminar "will share leadership concepts and team-building strategies that are used to prepare our teams for big-time college sports competition at the national level."
The cost to attend the seminar is currently estimated at $14,900 (with some likely discounts for alumni and donors). The price tag includes events such as team activities, game-play enactments, and wellness exercises to be held at The Big House and other Wolverine athletic facilities.
Helmet design backlash for Mizzou?
As we told you a few weeks ago, Missouri plans to unveil some new uniforms changes during their spring game on April 14th, and part of those changes include getting rid of the block "M" on the helmets.
Gary Pinkel says that the new changes are a huge hit with recruits. "They went crazy, those are 18-year-old kids, and (those concepts are) what we're recruiting against and what we're playing." he said of the new changes.
While the recruits may be an easy sell, the hardcore traditionalists may feel quite different about removing the logo that has been on the helmets for 40 years. "I know the history of that helmet, I know everything about that helmet," he said. "But we chose to take the 'M' off the helmet."
Studies have shown that people identify with the tiger head logo and the word "Mizzou" more than the block "M". Nationally, the block "M" is often confused for Michigan and others Pinkel added.