What Rich Rod looks for in an assistant
As coaches, when we look to fill a position and are reviewing resumes sometimes we're looking for experience at the highest level or overall quality experience, where and how they'll fit into the staff, or accolades as a player, and of course we'll take some time to take a look through the references to see if their are any mutual ties.
When Rich Rodriguez looks at a resume, he wants to see "humble beginnings", as the Tucson Citizen points out.
Seven of the 10 coaches on staff played college football at the small college level, and only one coach (co-offensive coordinator Calvin Magee) has NFL playing experience.
Six of the 10 coaches started their careers at the high school level, and only offensive line coach Robert Anae got his start at the major college level (Hawaii) before spending some time at the JUCO level.
Rodriguez further explained his thought process. "When they go to a big school, all you do at a big school is get spoiled. If you’re in a small college or high school, you have lined off the field, you were the equipment guy, you were the only manager. Now I have managers for every position, trainers all over the field, people washing clothes, people painting.
“Sometimes, I don’t know where they all come from."
The coaching staff agrees that there's something special about having to work your way through the ranks from the bottom up and having to earn it every step of the way.
President Obama gives Paul Rhoads props
While campaigning in Ames yesterday President Obama gave some credit to Cyclones head coach Paul Rhoads for his passionate pre and post game speeches.
Obama stated "I won't pretend I can give a speech like Coach Rhoads can, but I'm going to try."
Asked about it later on, Rhoads said that he had the opportunity to watch it when he took a short break from prepping for their home opener on Saturday against Tulsa.
"I watched it. I actually watched it."
"There's some good research done there by his writers. They had him prepared. He didn't know my name before he said it and he forgot it right after he said it. Nonetheless, it's pretty cool."
Another solid episode of "Relentless"
Another great look inside the Ohio football program in the latest addition to the "Relentless" series.
This week the team heads to the movies, and they take a closer look at the offensive line during practice.
Chow: USC is a program that everyone should try to emulate
Not surprisingly, many of the questions during Norm Chow's press conference centered around his experiences at USC and being back in a familiar environment come Saturday.
One reporter asked Coach Chow if he had taken a look at the new facility that USC just opened and mentioned that Hawaii may be on the opposite end of the college football spectrum, facility wise. Chow explained that USC has outstanding support for athletics from top to bottom, and that's not something that you find everywhere.
"That's typical USC, and that's why I enjoyed being there so much. There was a firm committment from everyone involved from the president to the boosters, to everybody ina the committment to college athletics, and it shows."
Leach: We've got popcorn and beautiful girls
Mike Leach addressed reporters during a teleconference recently, and had them rolling in their seats.
While only two reporters showed up in person for the teleconference, the rest of them choosing to phone in instead, Leach showed everyone why he's so much fun to cover.
“We have a tremendous crowd here. You’re missing an incredible time." Leach told the reporters who decided call in over showing up in person.
“I mean, there’s popcorn and there’s beautiful girls in the background. There’s refreshments, and I think a band is going to play here a little later, so come out here next time so you can join in on all the fun."
“OK, let me see: Who’s out there in the crowd? So many people have their hands up. OK – you, way in the back? Do you have a question?” he joked.
Have we mentioned how great it is to have him back?
Also during the teleconference, Steve Sarkisian made his opening remarks, then opened it up for questions. After a few moments went by and no one had anything to ask, Sark thanked everyone for their time, and hung up.
It's going to be an interesting season in the Pac 12.
Video: See Memphis' renovated field
Back in April, the Memphis City Council approved $9 million in funding to renovate Memorial Stadium for the Tigers. The Tigers Sports Information Department released this video highlighting the new look.
The improvements look nice and include field turf, new lights and fresh paint, concessions areas, a press box, new sound system, and an impressive $2.5 million video board.
The Tigers break in the new look stadium Saturday against Tennessee-Martin at 6pm.
Kevin Cosgrove mic'd up at New Mexico
Good mic'd up session here with inside linebackers coach Kevin Cosgrove.
Cosgrove coaches up everything from proper technique, to coverages and communication with his linebackers, to squaring up to receive a kick with the returners.
The last week of the NFL preseason wraps up with games tonight and tomorrow, with college football kicking off tomorrow night!
Eastern time listed.
New England at NY Giants - 7 - NFL Network
Tampa Bay at Washington - 7
Miami at Dallas - 8:30