Kiffin: Nobody's going to roll over because of where you're ranked
Lane Kiffin admits that he hasn't addressed the Trojan's high preseason rank a whole lot with the team.
While talking on XX Sports Radio in San Diego, Kiffin was asked about how he felt about the attention that USC had been getting in the polls after a 10-2 finish last season.
“We didn’t make very much of it within our team. We don’t talk about it really. It’s got nothing to do with whether we’re going to be any good or whether we’re going to win games."
"Nobody is going to roll over because of where you’re ranked. On the other side of things, outside of our team, I think for our fans and for our University it’s very exciting, especially with what they went through and having so much taken away from them." he said.
Kiffin also explained why he feels it's important for a head coach to be heavily involved in the recruiting process.
"I think as a head coach you better get to know everybody around the situation because you’re the head coach. At the end of the day they’re coming to play for you so I would consider myself very hands on.”
Mora: When in doubt...follow your rules, do your job
It's game week, and Jim Mora is, understandably, starting to play things a little closer to the vest.
Mora told reporters over the weekend that he would not address injuries or changes in personnel because their week 1 opponent (Rice) is likely keeping close tabs on them.
"I'm not going to comment on injuries, I'm not going to comment on who's playing where, I'm not going to comment on who practiced well."
"That would be really ridiculous for me to do in light of the fact that our opponent is going to read your stuff and watch it." Mora told the reporters.
Mora noted that, because they lack any recent film on the Owls, they're focusing this week has been on educating their players and making sure they follow their rules on the field.
"I think what's really important in this first game, anytime that you're going into a first game and you don't have a whole lot of information on the team that you're playing, because there is no film from this year, is that you follow your rules."
"You primarily worry about yourself and taking care of your job and doing your job. If you get in a situation where it's something that you haven't seen, your rules should carry you through the play. As the game goes on and we figure out what their plan is and how they're trying to attack us, then there's things that we can adjust."
More quality nuggets from Mora in the clip below, including his plan on whether to script a handful of plays for the opener.
Video: A day in the life at Kentucky's fall camp
Good insight here on how Kentucky set up their fall camp schedule with some good footage.
Joker and the 'Cats will take on Louisville in their opener on Sunday (September 2), at Papa John's Stadium.
"We no longer coach effort, now that's a culture here"
Good look here at Florida State associate head coach / special teams coordinator / running backs coach Eddie Gran and the multiple roles that he plays for the Seminoles.
One interesting note that Coach Gran brings up is that, now in the coaching staff's third year, they no longer have to harp on effort during practice.
"Now, we're not coaching effort. That's done, now that's a culture here. Now what I get to coach is technique. The little things that help you become the elite and become a champion."
Last week of NFL preseason games, and we'll get some college football action later this week.
Eastern time listed.
San Francisco at Denver - 4 - FOX
Carolina at New York Jets - 8 - NBC
Alcoa (TN) at Maryville (TN) - 12 - ESPN2
University School (FL) vs Trotwood-Madison (OH) - 3 - ESPN
Gilman (MD) vs Moeller (OH) - 7 - ESPNU
North Texas' OL & DL does "Call me maybe"
A day after releasing that great video of Sean Payton speaking to the North Texas team...
Here are several North Texas offensive and defensive linemen performing "Call me maybe". Reminder, North Texas opens at LSU one week from today!
Solid D-II video from Tusculum
Solid video here from Tusculum highlighting their off season efforts, weight room testing, and fall camp so far.
Last season Tusculum finished in the top ten in the nation, and led the conference, in both passing offense (#7 nationally - 311 ypg) and pass defense (#4 nationally- 141 ypg).
The staff tells us that camp has gone very well and that they are looking forward to opening up with Urbana (D-II - OH) next Saturday up in Ohio.
Plenty of high school action and a few NFL games on today.
Eastern time listed.
Indianapolis at Washington - 4 - NFL Network
Detroit at Oakland - 7
Pittsburgh at Buffalo - 7
St. Louis at Dallas - 8
Houston at New Orleans - 8 - CBS
American Heritage (FL) at Cocoa (FL) - 12 - ESPN
Staley (MO) at Lee's Summit West (MO) - 3:30 - ESPN
Byrnes (SC) at Oscar Smith (VA) - 7 ESPN
Ensworth (TN) at Lexington Catholic (KY) - 9 - ESPNU
Santa Margarita (CA) at Brophy Prep (AZ) - 10 - ESPN2