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4th down: Which coaches are 'going for it'

One of the great early season games in 2011 will be the matchup between LSU and Oregon at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX.  ESPN’s College Gameday will be on hand.  Amazingly, LSU sold out their allotment of 37,000 tickets.  Oregon sold 15,000 tickets, as well.

The game will feature Les Miles, who led the nation is fourth down conversion percentage a year ago.  Meanwhile, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly attempted the second most fourth down attempts a year ago.  The Ducks “went for it” a total of 34 times during their run to the national championship game.

July 4th is right around the corner, so let’s take a look at some fourth down statistics.

In 2010, seven head coaches “went for it” on fourth down more than thirty times.

  1. Paul Johnson - Georgia Tech (40)
  2. Chip Kelly - Oregon (34)
  3. Todd Berry - ULM (33)
  4. Urban Meyer - Florida (33)
  5. Lane Kiffin - USC (32)
  6. Bill Cubit - Western Michigan (30)
  7. Troy Calhoun - Air Force (30)

Six coaches “went for it” on fourth down less than ten times.

  1. Steve Spurrier – South Carolina (6)
  2. Frank Spaziani – Boston College (6)
  3. Larry Porter – Memphis (7)
  4. Skip Holtz – USF (8)
  5. Gene Chizik – Auburn (9)
  6. Al Golden – Temple (9)

Seven head coaches watched their teams convert more than 75% of fourth down attempts.

  1. Les (91%)
  2. The Zooker (81%)
  3. The Vest (80%)
  4. Bielema (80%)
  5. Dan Mullen (78%)
  6. Ruffin McNeill (75%)
  7. Chris Ault (75%)

SEC proposes 7 recruiting rule changes

The SEC is proposing at least seven recruiting rule changes that would certainly alleviate some of the stress that coaches endure.  CBS obtained a copy of the letter that outlines the potential rule changes that may or may not be adopted by the NCAA.

The SEC is trying to be proactive, hoping many of the rules will become part of NCAA bylaws that govern all of college football.

It is obvious by reading the amendments listed, coaches are fed up with the ability of the media to portray any particular assistant or head coach in negative fashion for an accidental mistake.  Sadly, newspaper or internet headlines can shine negatively on a coach who returns a text message from an unknown number with a simple, “Thanks.  We played well.  I appreciate the text.”

Here are the rules that the SEC is proposing:

1. Coaches would like to text message recruits instead of being limited to only email and Facebook messaging.

2. Coaches would like an earlier date for the first off-campus contact with recruits.

3. Coaches would like to the ability to accept Twitter follower and Facebook friend requests without the knowledge of compliance.

4. Coaches would like to any staff member to be allowed to answer any phone call from a recruit, recruit’s parent, or recruit’s coach.

5. Coaches would like for the elimination of the “bump rule.”  Essentially, coaches would like to be able to talk with recruits off-campus during spring recruiting.

6. Coaches are interested in a summer official visit date.

7. The SEC will propose a NCAA mandated banning of 7-on-7 competitions on any college campus.

Big Ten coaches octagon cage match: Who ya got?

Ohio State head coach Luke Fickell appeared on the Dan Patrick Show this morning.  As usual on the Dan Patrick Show, the interview involved some humorous questions and responses.

First of all, serious props to Fickell for checking in to the show via typical and appropriate procedure.

Fickell greeted, “Hi, Dan.  How are you?  Oh, by the way, 6’4 242 this morning.”

The best part came later on when Patrick asked, “If I put all the Big Ten coaches in an octagon, who is coming out?”

Fickell responded, “Me.”

He added, “I know my ability.  I’ve got confidence in what I do.  18 years of wrestling probably does help a little bit in my book.”

In a Big Ten head coaches cage match, who would your money be on?  Let us know on twitter @footballscoop

  Luke “Bust Yo Eye” Fickell.
  Pat “51 fists” Fitzgerald.
  Ron “The People’s Champ” Zook.
  Brady “Hail” Hoke.
  Bo “Husker” Pelini.
  Bret “Tequilla” Bielema.
  Kirk “The Hawkeye” Ferentz.
  Mark “You Don’t Know” Dantonio.
  Kevin “Hoosier Daddy” Wilson.
  Danny “The Boiler” Hope.
  Jerry “I Will” Kill.
  Joe “The Eldest Lion” Paterno.

Louisville DFO: I'm sure some are thinking 'What is that moron doing?'

Last week, Kentucky director of football operations Clifford Snow accepted the same position under Charlie Strong at Louisville.

On the outside, it may appear to be a strange move.  Not many people choose to leave an SEC program for one in the Big East.

Snow, however, had worked with Charlie Strong for four seasons at South Carolina.

Snow told Kentucky Sports TV, “I’m sure there are fans who are thinking, ‘What is that moron doing? How could you leave Kentucky for Louisville and go from the SEC to the Big East.' But the reality of the business is you’ve got to look at the big picture. Two good programs, two good coaches; two coaches you know and are familiar with.”

“There’s only one director of football operations at each school, so opportunities to move are limited. You don’t really get to dictate when you can do that. When the Louisville job arose, it something I had to take a look at and I ultimately decided it was better to make a change at this point.”

“It was something my wife and I felt was in the best interest for me career-wise. I felt really bad because Joker gave me a chance, and it was a great one-and-a-half years. It was just something I believed I needed to do.”

Before joining Joker’s staff in February of 2010, Snow served as the DFO under Skip Holtz at East Carolina for six seasons.

Kentucky hosts Louisville in week #3.

Chill time: Sark and several D1 assistants work camp in Hawaii

Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian spent three days last week coaching Polynesian wide receivers in Honolulu, Hawaii during the All Poly Camp.

Sark was permitted to work the camp because NCAA rules allow coaches to work certain off campus, non-institutional camps during two separate fifteen day windows during the summer.

Sark explained to Dawgman.com , “The biggest thing for me is that I just love to coach.  It doesn’t matter what position it is.  It’s what I love to do.”

Assistant coaches from Colorado, Utah, Stanford, BYU, Utah State, and UCLA also worked the All Poly Camp.

One of the reasons coaches enjoy working the camp is because  Hawaii prep football has improved in the recent years and there are more legitimate prospects coming from the island.

In fact, UCLA currently has secured verbal commitments from two different running backs from the state of Hawaii.  Washington State and Utah each have a commitment from Hawaii natives, as well.

Although we don't have confirmation, we would imagine the weather and accommodations aren't too shabby either.  

The Salt Lake Tribune explained, “Unmistakable puffs of black hair spilled out from some helmets, while other players were simply marked by the broad shoulders and ballerina agility that have helped many Polynesians become top-tier football recruits.”

 

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