Classy move by Big 12 coaches
Video here of Big 12 coaches welcoming TCU and West Virginia to the conference.
Simple and classy.
Holgo favors mini-scrimmages
When it comes down to scrimmaging for an hour and a half or practicing game like situations broken into different periods and situations, Dana Holgorsen will choose the latter.
"A lot has been made of the fact we don't like scrimmaging. All I said was, I don't like to put the ball down in a practice situation and scrimmage for an hour and a half."
Holgorsen explains that they've taken a different approach in an effort to increase focus and awareness of the players, which makes a ton of sense.
"What we've done is, we've broken up a couple of different scrimmages into a lot of different mini scrimmages, which I think gives our kids a little bit higher focus as far as what the actual situation is."
"These kids like to play football. They like to put the ball down and play. So I think our job as coaches is to develop a bunch of situations, especially with a lot of young guys, of being aware of what their situations are and going out there and having experience in those situations in order to be successful."
Inside look at Western Michigan camp from a players perspective
Follow Bronco defensive lineman Travonte Boles through a morning of camp. Looks like a lot is accomplished in Kalamazoo before 10am.
Couple interesting things that we noticed. Early on, when Boles entered the locker room, the coaching staff has stats posted on the bulletin board from yesterday's one on one drills so that players can check their progress.
Also, the defensive lineman's lockers are all grouped together with a whiteboard on the wall for easy access during halftime adjustments.
Thursday TV - College football has arrived
The college football season has officially arrived. South Carolina and Vandy open up the greatest time of the year with a SEC contest in Nashville. Also tonight, Mike Leach makes his Washington State debut against his alma mater (BYU).
Eastern time listed for all games.
Atlanta at Jacksonville - 6:30
NY Jets at Philadelphia - 6:35
Carolina at Pittsburgh - 7
Minnesota at Houston - 7
Baltimore at St. Louis - 7
Buffalo at Detroit - 7
New Orleans at Tennessee - 7
Cincinnati at Indianapolis - 7
Kansas City at Green Bay - 7 - NFL Network
Chicago at Cleveland - 7:30
San Diego at San Francisco - 10
Oakland at Seattle - 10
Denver at Arizona - 11 - NFL Network
South Carolina at Vanderbilt - 7 - ESPN
UCF at Akron - 7
Eastern Michigan at Ball State - 7
Southeast Missouri State at Central Michigan - 7
Towson at Kent State - 7
Northern Colorado at Utah - 7:15 - Pac-12 Network
Massachusetts at Connecticut - 7:30
UCLA at Rice - 7:30 - CBS Sports Network
McNeese State at Middle Tennessee - 7:30
Sacramento State at New Mexico State - 8
Southern Utah at Utah State - 8
Eastern Washington at Idaho - 9
Washington State at Brigham Young - 10:15 - ESPN
Northern Arizona at Arizona State - 10:30 - Pac-12 Network
Minnesota at UNLV - 11 - CBS Sports Network
Kiffin on Norm Chow: "One of the greatest minds ever"
When you coach some of the biggest name college quarterbacks in the past few decades, like Norm Chow has, a lot of coaches take notice.
Especially when one of those coaches, is a former colleague like Lane Kiffin.
After practice today, Kiffin called Chow "One of the greatest mind to ever coach college football" and touched on the type of mentor that he was to him and Steve Sarkisian.
Dooley not a fan of Friday night games
If it's solely up to Derek Dooley, this Friday nights game against North Carolina State will be the last Friday night game of its kind for the Vols.
“Hopefully once this passes we won’t have this scenario again.” Dooley explained on the SEC teleconference this morning.
Overall, the game doesn't change their preparation but does effect Vol nation in other ways.
"From a preparation standpoint, we just count the clock backwards. When it’s Sunday, it’s Monday. We treat it as a Saturday game from our game-week preparation."
“What does change is how it affects fans and high schools. It’s not something you want to do every year.”
The Vols have spent all week practicing on the indoor turf in order to cut down the acclimation time to the Georgia Dome playing surface.
“The reasons are two-fold. It’s being inside, but it’s also being on a surface that’s similar to what you’re going to get in the Georgia Dome. You never get fully adjusted to the dome environment until you get in there.”
A look at an All Pac 12 conference team comprised of coaches
The Tucson Citizen took an interesting look at what an All Conference team would look like if it were composed of Pac 12 coaches during their respective playing days.
Looking through the selections, UCLA leads the way with 5 coaches on the list followed by; Colorado (4) and Utah (4), Washington (3), USC (2) and Cal (2), and Stanford, Oregon, Arizona, Washington State and Oregon State rounding out the selections with 1 each.
In summary, here's what The Citizen came up with:
Note: The school where they are currently coaching, followed by the position they coach is listed in parenthesis:
Scott Frost - Oregon (receivers)
Brian Johnson - Utah (offensive coordinator)
Tee Martin - USC (receivers)
Marques Tuiasosopo - UCLA ("Y" receivers coach)
Eric Bienemy - Colorado (offensive coordinator)
Steve Broussard - UCLA (running backs)
Wes Chandler - Cal (receivers)
Eric Yarber - UCLA (receivers)
Jon Embree - Colorado (head coach)
Adrian Klemm - UCLA (run game coordinator / offensive line coach)
Robert Anae - Arizona (offensive line)
Jim Michalczik - Cal (offensive coordinator)
Randy Hart - Stanford (defensive line)
Dan Finn - Utah (offensve line)
Joe Salave'a - Washington State (defensive line)
Monte Kiffin - USC (defensive coordinator)
Tosh Lupoi - Washington (defensive line)
Brian Cabral - Colorado (linebackers)
Kanavis McGhee - Colorado (defensive line)
Jeff Ulbrich - UCLA (special teams coordinator / linebackers)
Kyle Whittingham - Utah (head coach)
Ashley Ambrose - Cal (defensive backs)
Rod Perry - Oregon State (defensive backs)
Morgan Scalley - Utah (safeties)
Justin Wilcox - Washington (defensive coordinator)
To see a summary of their careers and the stats and accolades behind why they chosen, visit the original article, which can be found here.
Video: Tony Levine plays the sax
Tony Levine went out to visit the Cougar band to show his appreciation for what they do and ended up with a sax in his hand.
...and he's pretty good.