Notre Dame uniforms explained
Jack Swarbrick sat down to explain the rationale for the recent uniform changes for the ongoing "Shamrock series."
"It's the one time a year we'll alter the uniform, and we'll do it in significant ways much like we did when we were in Washington D.C. last year." Swarbrick explained.
When asked if there was an advantage to changing the uniforms, Swarbrick said "I don't know if it's an advantage as much as it reflects a partnership with our student athletes, which is very important to me. They enjoy this. It's exciting for them, it's a fun element. They honor and recognize our traditions, but they like the opportunity to change it up once a year. So we've decided to use this series as that opportunity."
Traditionalists aren't going to like these Notre Dame uniforms
Adidas and Notre Dame rolled out these new unis today which Notre Dame will wear October 6th at Soldier Field when they take on Miami.
The "Shamrock Series"...
Good promotional video from UMass
UMass made a solid move by getting DJ Steve Porter to help create a promotional video. Of course, Porter is known for handful of videos that have been featured on ESPN that have become wildly popular.
Catchy stuff. Enjoy!
McElwain weighs in on "no punt" philosophy
With conference foe Rocky Long and San Diego State considering not punting after crossing the 50 yard line, reporters were curious to get Jim McElwain's viewpoint on the subject.
After referencing one local high school coach that shares Pulaski Academy's (AR) Kevin Kelley's philosophy, McElwain explained, "Call me old school, but I still think you win off field position."
He further noted that "Theoretically, really, when your sitting and looking at the percentages, and especially, let's say it's third and six...You can actually treat it like a run down and get in fourth and manageable."
Mic'd up at New Mexico
Receivers coach Taylor Stubblefield got mic'd up for a fall camp session the other day.
Stubblefield is all about coaching with tempo, preaching accountability and doing the little things the right way, as you'll see from how he coaches up routes, and gets on guys that aren't as dialed in as they need to be.
UNC players impersonate coaches during skit night
Larry Fedora and the staff gave the players a chance to blow off a little steam with a skit night recently.
Some of these guys had been practicing all summer for this opportunity and the most popular coaching targets were Coach Fedora and strength and conditioning coach Lou Hernandez.
"It's easier for us to learn words than teach 60 kids a new system"
When Kyle Flood handed the reigns of the offense over to Dave Brock after Frank Cignetti took the quarterbacks job with the St. Louis Rams, Flood knew he was getting a coordinator that was going to challenge the offensive players physically and mentally.
“He’s been very aggressive with the installs. Certainly all the offense we have in right now I don’t know if we would carry all of it into a game. I think we’d be a little more game-specific. But I like the way we are challenging the players and what it allows us to do is really see what the players do best.’’ Flood noted.
Brock, who worked with Cignetti at North Carolina, kept most of the verbiage the same in order to simplify the process for the players, and had the coaching staff shoulder much of the new learning.
“It’s similar. It’s not the same,’’ Brock said about the offense compared to last season's. “What we did was we kept a lot of the same terminology. The reality is it was easier for us to come in and learn words than for 50 or 60 players to learn a whole new system. There are certain things that we've put in that they didn't do in the past. But from a terminology standpoint it's almost identical to what it was.’’
Dykes explains the advantages of his staff's diversity
Sonny Dykes has managed to keep his staff completely intact the past three seasons. In those three seasons they have been able to double their win total (4-8 in 2009, and 8-5 in 2011).
Part of what Sonny Dykes really likes about his coaching staff is the diversity that they bring to the table.
“We have a great mix of young guys and old guys and pessimistic guys and optimistic guys ... of fat guys and skinny guys ... of tall guys and short guys. I like that. I like having a variety of people because we want to get as many different opinions as we can.”
Another one of the areas that staff diversity and continuity has really helped the Bulldogs is in recruiting.
“In the past, we were begging people to come. Now we’re saying, ‘we want you to come, but let’s don’t tell anybody.’ I’m 42 years old and I don’t keep a very good secret. Those guys are 18 and they certainly don’t keep a very good secret. People are wanting to jump on board more than they have in the past.”