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Michigan AD: They said don't put the damn advertising in our stadium

Athletic directors are always searching for new revenue streams.  Unlike most athletic departments, Michigan is one of the few schools that doesn’t make much money off in-stadium sponsorships at the Big House.

Apparently, it will remain that way in Ann Arbor.

AD Dave Brandon says the Michigan fans don’t want to see advertising in the stadium.  They certainly don’t want the feel of a minor-league baseball stadium.

Brandon explains, “The first instinct is to play commercials and display advertising (in Michigan Stadium). We did research with our customers and they said don’t put the damn advertising in our stadium.

“Would I like the advertising streams? Yes, and does everyone else do it? Yes. Our customers didn’t want it.

By the way, how cool is it that Michigan will play Notre Dame under the lights in the Big House.  Kick-off is set for 8 pm EST on September 10th.

 

Jimbo does not want FSU strength numbers going public

Florida State offensive coordinator / tight ends coach James Coley says the program is done releasing forty times and strength statistics.

Coley explained at a recent Seminole Club meeting, “NFL teams use any published times and number they see, and it’s not fair to the kids. A lot of the numbers aren’t accurate, as they’re taken, say at the end of a workout, when the guys are already wore down. Those numbers affect how the NFL looks at them as a prospect, so we’d rather they not get out.”

Strength coach Vic Viloria, who once had roughly 25 tackles every Friday night as a linebacker at John Curtis HS (LA), is working to make the Seminoles a much bigger football team.

Coley said, “When Vic got here, we were not a big football team. That’s something that Jimbo wanted, and he understands you HAVE to be big in today’s football. Vic’s not as worried about the chest. The chest is for the beach. The muscles that are used in football, area like the back, shoulders and hamstrings. Those are important.”

“It’s shown in the whole team. Kids like Lamarcus Joyner arrived at 170, and is up to 195 now. Kenny Shaw going from 160 to 175. It’s not just the big guys.”

Florida State will host ULM, Charleston Southern, and Oklahoma to start the season.

 

Video: James Franklin recruiting players on campus at Vandy

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin is trying to increase his numbers, not bench press or forty time, although he could be working on that as well.

The Vandy coaching staff is trying to add players to the Vanderbilt squad list to change the way the Commordores can practice.

Franklin says, “We’re probably down 25-35 members compared to other SEC teams and really teams around the country.”

Solution?  Vandy has opened up tryouts for walk-on positions.

The neat thing is that Vanderbilt created a behind-the-scenes video of the walk-on tryouts.  We noticed the head man, himself, charting 5-10-5 pro shuttle times.   We also noticed a sweet hair due.

More than anything, we noticed about 6 guys that will be running down on the 2011 Scout Kick-Off Coverage team.  They will love it.

Colorado head coach Jon Embree provides classic quote

Damn.  We’re starting to like some of the quotes that Colorado head coach Jon Embree is providing.

Embree, who coach the tight ends with the Washington Redskins last season, apparently doesn’t like what he saw on film from Colorado last season.

Embree told The Daily Camera, "What shows up to me on tape was we didn`t play hard. That`s really what showed up on tape. We let the scoreboard affect how we played way too much. Instead of focusing on the next play. You can`t look at the scoreboard. Your job is to beat the guy across from you that play no matter what happened good or bad before it."

He didn’t stop there.

"We`re awful at situational football, at understanding what the situation is," Embree explained. "So we will start that this spring. We`re starting it the first practice about understanding the situations and what it means and why you have to do certain things and think. We don`t know how to play the game within the game. We just showed and played last year. It`s like recess."

Recess?

Come on, coach.  You missed your one golden opportunity to compare it to “intramurals, brother.”  

In case you missed it, Embree provided some powerful words during a luncheon with Colorado supporters.  Here's the speech:

 

Quick Hits: Geoff Collins, Bielema, Mattison, and Todd Berry

Mississippi State co-defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Geoff Collins offers an early morning tweet, today: “Rise and Grind!!! Theres gonna be some TACKLE Football being played this afternoon in Stark-Vegas...#GoDawgs #D-SWAG”

We are not sure if the #D-SWAG is for Dawgs, Dogs, or defense.  Either way, there will certainly be some swag, thus the "SWAG."

That's good stuff.  And from what we hear, Collins may have a little music playing in his pre-practice position meeting.

 

Bret Bielema says Chris Ash will call the defensive schemes: "Chris is going to be the voice. He and Charlie will work together on decisions, much the same thing (we) used when I was at Kansas State. Bobby Elliott was the defensive coordinator. I was the co-defensive coordinator.”

"I was involved in game plans, decision-making...but I really believe on game day you need one voice. And Chris will be that voice."

 

Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison jokes that Denard Robinson will need 2 red jerseys this Spring: "I've had a lot of fun with him already. He's already telling me this is going to be my worst spring in a lot of years, and I've already said, 'You better get two red jerseys on, not one.’”

"Our whole goal is to get our defense back to playing Michigan defense, and you know what that is."

 

ULM head coach Todd Berry seems very optimistic as Spring practice begins: "I'm as excited as I've ever been for a spring. We have so many players coming back that have played so much football.”

"It doesn't mean that we're old. It means we've got a lot of guys that have played a lot of football."

"What I think is really unique about this group, I think the chemistry on the team is a special chemistry. I think when I've been around those groups that have that really special bond — that special chemistry — where they play hard for each other then significant things start happening, and I think we're getting ready to see that."

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