Gundy practices a total of 4 1/2 hours a week
Yes, you read that right, 4 1/2 hours (way under the NCAA rule of 20 hours per week)
Gundy says that their practice schedule consists of a 1 hour 45 minute practice on Tuesday, a 1 hour 35 minute practice on Wednesday, and an hour long practice on Thursday. The Cowboys have been been able to make the most of their time by having focused and fast paced practices.
Gundy's offensive goal going into each game is to run 95 plays, so they now tailor their practices to allow them to build endurance, while saving energy for Saturdays. The changes have forced Ted Monken to only carry 45 base plays and to simplify his plan each week so that they can be as producitve as possible.
"We do the best we can to make sure our players are having fun, so their mental approach is that they look forward to coming over and being in the offices with us, they look forward to being in meetings, they look forward to being in practice because they know they're going to have fun".
It looks like Gundy has effictively found a balance between working hard and working smart.
Kiffin and Kelly meet under the lights Saturday
Lane Kiffin and Brian Kelly are scheduled to meet Saturday for the second time since each of them took their respective jobs. Kelly currently has the 1-0 edge after winning last seasons matchup 20-16.
Kelly has got the Irish back on track, winning 8 of their last 10 games stretching back to last season. Their only two losses during that stretch were to USF and Michigan to open this season, by a total of 7 points.
Prior to last seasons loss, the Trojans were riding an 8 game winning streak against the Irish. The Trojans are 13-6 under Kiffin (5-1 currently) and hope to get the rivalry back in their favor as they take on the Irish under the lights for the first time ever in South Bend.
Each coach has a top 30 pass offense, and if last seasons match up was any indication of what to expect when these two coaches meet, expect a great one.
Why don't more teams do this?
Midway through the 2nd quarter of the FIU and Arkansas State game the announcers pointed out some pre snap activity on the offensive line that made us think...why aren't more teams doing that?
While in shotgun, the center would have his head up, scanning the defense, and the left guard would take a look back between his knees, and make sure the quarterback was ready. This gives the center the time to evaluate the defensive front, and make the necessary calls. Once the quarterback gave a signal that he was ready, the guard would tap the center's leg, giving him the green light to snap the ball.
After digging around a little we found that this technique has been used by the Indianapolis Colts as well. Notice the left guard in both pictures.
It's Wednesday, and that means no football.
All times are eastern.
Charlie Strong's new contract is rich
Charlie Strong was hired in December of 2009. At the time he was given a five year agreement with annual compensation of $1.6 million.
Thus far, Strong has won 9 games (and lost 10). This season the Cardinals are 2-4 and offensive coordinator Mike Sanford recently left the program.
Today, Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich (yes, he of the contract we would all like to have) announced a new seven year agreement for Strong keeping Strong at Louisville through 2018 with annual compensation of $2.3 million.
Yes, that's just shy of a 50% raise.
But wait, there's more. Strong will receive a $1.25 million bonus if he's still employed on June 30, 2015 and another $1 million if he's still there a year later. There are plenty of other incentives including retirement annuities in there as well. Was some other program trying to raid Charlie Strong from Louisville that we weren't aware of? Yes, that was a joke.
We're all for coaches getting paid but this really seems like strange timing for this extension.
Bob Toledo has resigned after going 15-40 in five seasons as the head coach at Tulane. The search for his replacement will begin immediately.
If the University is committed to their football program, Tulane should be able to attract a very good new head coach. In fact, and we know this reads funny, but the right head coach might just turn Tulane into a football destination. Great city, ability to recruit locally and nationally, if they win there is talk of building a stadium on campus, etc... This should be a place where you can win.
We'll keep you posted as the search progresses but we expect some big names to be involved.
Visit with Johnson pays off for UVA's Jim Reid
Jim Reid, defensive coordinator at Virginia, got a win against Paul Johnson this past weekend, but the story behind the win actually goes back over a decade. The original article can be found here.
In the late 1990's Reid, then the head coach at Richmond, was looking to add some triple option elements to his offense and paid Paul Johnson a visit while he was at Georgia Southern. Johnson was coming off a few national titles in 1999-2000 and was "very gracious" during Reid's visit.
A decade after the visit, and limiting one of the hottest offense's in the country to 21 points, Reid doesn't claim to be an expert in the triple option.
"We ran it for three, four, five years, so at least you have an idea (of how it operates) but we had the same idea last year and they ran up and down the field on us."
"We had the exact same game plan as we had last year and, I'll tell you what, it's the exact same game plan we'll have next year."
Virginia and Georgia Tech finished the game with identical rushing totals of 272 yards each. For Tech, that's 76 yards below their average of 348 yards per game.
Arizona interim head coach making a few changes
Interim Arizona head coach Tim Kish has only had the reigns of the program for a week, but has already made some sideline changes.
As Kish transitions down to the field, he has decided to move special teams coordinator Jeff Hammerschmidt, and receivers coach Dave Nichol up to the press box. Running backs coach Garret Chachere will add the sidleine special teams responsibilities to his duties, while Hammerschmidt directs from the box.
Another one of Kish's changes is giving Seth Littrell complete control of the offense. In the first six games Littrell has the pass offense ranked 3rd in the country, and quarterback Nick Foles is ranked in the top 5 in total offense, and top 20 in pass efficiency.
Kish's debut will take place on Thursday night against UCLA at 9p eastern.