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Minter using voice-over film to teach Kentucky defense

In the off-season, Joker Phillips hired veteran coach Rick Minter to coordinate the Kentucky defense.

In year number one under Phillips as head coach, the defense didn’t perform consistently and the Wildcats slipped to 6-7, winning just two SEC games. Kentucky finished 45th in total defense,72nd in scoring defense, and 85th against the run.

This summer, Minter has created a number of pre-recorded voice-over film sessions that he expects the players to watch on their own time.

Cornerback Randall Burden told KentuckySports.com , “It's weird because, in past seasons, we'd watch film and then talk amongst ourselves. Now he's talking during the film. It's kind of strange."

Minter’s first challenge will come against Western Kentucky is the season-opener.  The game will be played in Nashville, TN.  The next three games are in Lexington against Central Michigan, Louisville, and Florida.

Video: Boston College finishes strength center renovation

Boston College has finished the renovation of the Smith Family Strength & Conditioning Center, located behind the north end zone of Alumni Stadium.

Eagle Marketing released a video today of the renovation, which undoubtedly will be a benefit to the BC players and coaches.

Director of strength & conditioning Jason Loscalzo, who enters his third year in Chestnut Hill, is pumped up about the renovation.  Before his hiring at Boston College, Loscalzo served as an assistant strength coach at Auburn since 2003.  While on the plains, he worked under Kevin Yoxall, the 2010 FootballScoop Head Strength Coach of the Year.

Although the strength center doesn’t look quite as glitzy as the Ndamakong Suh Strength & Conditioning Center at Nebraska, it does look pretty nice.

Boston College hosts Northwestern in the season opener.  A week later, the Eagles will travels to UCF, then return home to host Duke.

Twitter kings: Nobody does it like James Coley and Geoff Collins

James Coley and Geoff Collins have something in common other than serving as coordinators at the major D1 level.

Both coaches don’t hesitate to tweet, early and often, and with a ton of enthusiasm. And quite honestly, having followed both coaches during the last several months, neither coach tweets to self-promote.  

Coley serves as the offensive coordinator / tight ends coach at Florida State.  Collins joined the Mississippi State staff in the off-season as the co-defensive coordinator / linebackers coach.  A year ago, he served as the defensive coordinator at FIU.

It’s safe to say these two coaches have fun using twitter.  We’d imagine their respective fan bases appreciate their enthusiasm, as well.

Both coaches enjoy firing up fans by making them aware that they are working hard for their universities.  Dan Mullen, since arriving in Starkville, has used the word “grinding” to describe how the Bulldog coaches and players are working.  Since joining the staff in the off-season, Collins has grasped the “grinding” concept and run with it.  In fact, he’s help take it to another level.  And Bulldogs fans have become proud of the label.

Coley has immersed himself in the Florida State tradition.  Like Collins, Coley likes to illustrate his relentless drive for the FSU program.  The Seminole fans love it, evident by his 6,817 followers.  In fact, Coley has more twitter followers than the athletic department twitter accounts at Texas Tech, USC, and Colorado.

Currently, Collins has 3,099 followers.  That’s more than the athletic department twitter accounts at SMU, USF, and Boston College.

Here are some examples of Geoff Collins’ tweets from the last few months:

Rise & Grind!!! too excited to sleep during vacation... 68 days away from the start of the season & I gotta get ready too #DawgPoundRock

GrindinForMyState!!!

Rise and Grind!!! U gotta get up early if u wanna run with the BIG DAWGS… #MississippiStateFootball

4am... LETs GET IT!!!

Hop up out da bed... Turn my GRIND on!!! #Ready-Ready

 

Here are some examples of James Coley’s tweets from the last few months:

Back on the grind!  Get ready for the Uprising!  Year of the SPEAR!!!!!!!!!!

The Way of The SPEAR - Got it or Get it!

MiNDSET? Relentless!

Today, all day, all out - Tribe Up!

Already up, early start, never stop...... Relentless!!!!!!!!

In the 305 tonight - headed to the 407 tomorrow. FEAR THE SPEAR!!!!!!!!!!!

WARRIORS!!!!! Today we TAKE and leave nothing!!!!

Still GRINDING.... Non STOP... This is Florida State University.... This is the SEMINOLE nation. SCALP EM!

Herm Edwards gets after NFL rookies during speech

ESPN analyst and former NY Jets head coach Herm Edwards got after the NFL rookies today during a speech at the NFL Rookie Symposium.

Just as Edwards spoke to the rookies, plenty of you coaches will soon be laying the expectations to a new batch of freshmen.

We thought Edwards’ speech might be entertaining to you.

Herm reminded the rookies to pay attention before saying, “This is free information.  A lot of things in life are not free.  This is free.”

His central message was, “The only thing you can control…you be ready to go.”

“It doesn’t really matter when you got drafted.  I was not drafted. I was a free agent. Played ten years, never missed a game, never missed a practice.  I was available.  I was ready to go when they said they’re going to kick the ball off.”

“It’s your job, men.  Understand what I’m saying.  It’s your job.”

He then reminded the rookies to look at the (NFL) shield. “It’s not a right but a privilege to play and coach in the National Football League. Make sure you read the privilege part.”

He closed by reminded the players that coaches always ask themselves, “Does the production meet the talent?”

He encouraged the players to take advantage of their talent, something that God gave you, not something you earned.  The only way to screw it up is to become distracted or for the game to become unimportant to you.

Chart: The most popular athletic department Facebook and Twitter feeds

Today, we are taking a look at the popularity of the Facebook and Twitter pages of the SEC athletic departments.  Some athletic departments keep their fans engaged with clever and creative new content better than others.  

Of course, Facebook and Twitter are essentially free means of advertisement.

LSU, Auburn, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt have also done a really nice job of producing creative videos to keep their fans entertained and create excitement about upcoming events.  In the spring, Florida highlighted each assistant football coach with a behind-the-scenes video. Mississippi State doesn't produce videos as regularly as Auburn or LSU, but when they do, the Bulldogs fans seems to really enjoy the videos.

On a national perspective, Ohio State leads the nation with 981,972 facebook fans.  Texas, Florida, Kentucky, and Wisconsin round out the top 5.

Florida leads the nation with 24,949 twitter followers.  Kentucky, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Kansas round out the top 5.

Surprisingly, despite an enormous enrollment, UCF has just 406 twitter followers and 6,688 facebook fans.

By athletic department, you can check out the Top 25 most popular Facebook and Twitter feeds right here.

Here is the SEC breakdown:

Facebook fans

  1. Florida - 595,238
  2. Kentucky -  470,223
  3. Alabama – 229,102
  4. Tennessee – 200,608
  5. South Carolina - 177,844
  6. LSU – 153,843
  7. Arkansas – 147,911
  8. Auburn – 66,956
  9. Mississippi State - 35,952
  10. Georgia - 35,541
  11. Ole Miss - 27,338
  12. Vanderbilt - 9,856

 

Twitter followers

  1. Florida - 24,949
  2. Kentucky – 20,917
  3. Alabama - 19,761
  4. LSU - 11,445
  5. Arkansas – 13,379
  6. Georgia – 10,965
  7. South Carolina - 10,579
  8. Auburn – 10,426
  9. Tennessee – 8,891
  10. Ole Miss - 8,475
  11. Mississippi State - 7,281
  12. Vanderbilt - 1,843

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