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Dooley on headaches, Urban on bank robberies, and $100 fines for coaches

Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley says recruiting has gotten out of hand: “The hardest thing for coaches is the industry that has been created in recruiting. It didn’t exist 10 years ago. It’s really challenging, and I’m not criticizing the media for this because there’s a lot of fan interest. But it absolutely has ruined some of our young people.”

“They get all this attention. We talk about how great they are, not the coaches, but the media and the fans. And by the time they get to your program they’re a mess. They don’t understand that this is hard. You’re really not very good, you haven’t earned anything, and we’ve got to start from scratch.”

 

Urban Meyer believe coaches with major violations should be terminated: "That's the only answer. There's a reason why people don't rob banks. The risk-reward is you're going to jail. Right now, if you commit -- they call them secondary violations, which is comical; they're not secondary -- if you commit a secondary violation, it's a slap on the hand."

 

According to the Miami Herald, UM coaches are fined $100 for each improper text message: But credit athletic director Kirby Hocutt for implementing a unique deterrent. In a policy that began when Randy Shannon was coach, we hear UM is monitoring cellphone records and fining any coach $100 if he or she sends a text message to a recruit who hasn’t signed with UM (an NCAA violation). The fine is $100 per text. 

Quick Hits: Bo Pelini, Chad Glascow, and Jon Embree

Bo Pelini describes what he wants from his offense: “(We want to) really cut down the playbook in such a way that we get good at something.”

“We want to attack people. The system’s going to be highly adjustable and one where we can go after people and make them pay for doing things that we feel give us an advantage.” 

“That was what I set out to do, is really take the same thought processes that we employ on defense and apply them to the offensive side of the ball — and have people think that way.”

 

Chad Glascow explains accepting the Texas Tech defensive coordinator job: “I think it's a little bit of a longer story, but it's a great deal. Coach Tuberville had Coach [Joe] Walker, the strength coach, call TCU whenever the job first opened and our strength coach at TCU said "Nah, Chad's not leaving. Chad's not gonna want to do that." And I don't know, three weeks later in the deal, [defensive line] coach [Sam] McElroy called me and said, "Hey, we've got this deal here. Are you interested in it?" 

“I said, ‘Shoot, yeah!’” 

“He said ‘Coach Tuberville is out recruiting today, but I know we've talked about you a tremendous amount with the staff and some of those things.’ Coach Tuberville had just gotten some bad information, but I'm glad it all got remedied. I can promise you that.”

 

Colorado head coach Jon Embree talks about his plan: "If you asked the players, 'What are the three plays we're going to run on offense if we have to get a first down?' They couldn't name one. The way we practice. The way we train. We had no identity. We just kind of showed up and played."


"I told the team when I got the job: 'I saw a team that hoped they could win but didn't believe they could win. They were just showing up and playing and seeing what would happen. That's not Colorado football."

College assistants accepting NFL coaching positions

With a potential lock-out on the horizon in the NFL, some thought we would see fewer college coaches make the transition to the NFL this off-season.  

That’s not the case.  In fact, according to FootballScoop research, the numbers are almost identical at this point.

Thus far, at least 16 college coaches have made the transition to the NFL this off-season.  That’s the same number of coaches that made the transition last year.

The group of coaches heading to the NFL this year includes Tracy Rocker (Auburn), John Settle (Wisconsin), Chuck Bullough (UCLA), Vic Fangio (Stanford), Greg Roman (Stanford), Tim Drevno (Stanford), Peter Hansen (Stanford), John Morton (USC), Tyrone Pettaway (USC), John Butler (Minnesota), Mark Whipple (Miami), Teryl Austin (Florida), Grady Stretz (Arizona State), Reggie Davis (Oregon State), Scott Turner (Pitt), David Walker (Pitt).

 

List of college coaches in 2009 that transitioned to the NFL:

1. Eric Yarber – Tampa Bay Bucs (Wide receivers)

2. Scottie Montgomery – Pittsburgh Steelers (Wide receivers)3

3. Giff Smith – Buffalo Bills (Defensive assistant)

4. Bobby Johnson – Buffalo Bills (Assistant offensive line)

5. Tommie Robinson – Arizona Cardinals (Running Backs)

6. Jedd Fisch – Seattle Seahawks (Quarterbacks)

7. Richard Hightower – Washington Redskins (Assistant special teams coach)

8. Corwin Brown – New England Patriots (Defensive backs) 

9. Brian Schneider – Seattle Seahawks

10. Jeremy Bates – Seattle Seahawks (Offensive coordinator)

11. Ken Norton Jr – Seattle Seahawks (Linebackers)

12. Kris Richard – Seattle Seahawks (Assistant defensive backs)

13. Rocky Seto – Seattle Seahawks (Defensive quality control)

14. Dave Canales - Seattle Seahawks (Offensive quality control)

Shane Beamer explains accepting job at Virginia Tech

After 33 years of coaching the Virginia Tech running backs, Billy Hite is moving into a role of senior advisor / assistant to the head coach.

Hite’s decision to move off-the-field made room for Shane Beamer, the son of Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer.

Shane, who has served on Steve Spurrier’s staff at South Carolina the last four years, talked about the decision to join the Virginia Tech staff.

Shane Beamer explained, “It was really, I guess, last week was the first time that it was even discussed. Dad had mentioned that Coach Hite was possibly transitioning into an administrative role and would I be interested in replacing him. My first response to him was that I wanted to talk to Billy Hite. We’re not gonna come into a situation where Billy Hite was upset about the move or it was a move he didn’t want to do. I’ve got too much respect for Billy Hite. I was not gonna allow that to happen.”

“I talked to Coach Hite last Sunday – he decided to make that move later in the week – and he was on board with everything and excited.”

"It was important to me to be on my own and make my own name. I didn’t want to get into coaching like you see a lot of these sons of coaches do at the college and pro level. They finish up college and all of a sudden, their Dad hires them and they start coaching. I did not want to do that. I wanted to make my own name, make my own contacts, develop a reputation of Shane Beamer and not Frank Beamer’s son. I feel like I’ve done that over the last 11 years and the timing was just better this time around.”

The Virginia Tech non-conference schedule in 2011 includes Appalachian State, Arkansas State, at East Carolina, and at Marshall.

Coaching turnover - Studying the moves from this off-season

Over 70 assistant coaches that began the Fall of 2010 serving on a D1 coaching staff are currently unemployed.   One year ago, according to FootballScoop research, 65 assistants that began the 2009 season on a D1 coaching staff did not coach at the D1 level in 2010.

If Auburn defensive line coach Tracy Rocker joins the Tennessee Titans, only 6 coaching staffs in the entire country will have the same 9 assistant coaches for the last two years.  Those staffs include Army, Iowa, Missouri, Oregon, Penn State, Wake Forest, and Washington.

Last year, 20 coaches left the NFL to join college coaching staffs.  This off-season, we’ve seen a number of NFL coaches once again opt to join the college ranks.

In fact, at least 12 NFL coaches have accepted coordinator positions at the college level. Those NFL coaches that have accepted coordinator positions include Kevin Rogers (Boston College), Charlie Weis (Florida), Dan Quinn (Florida), Jedd Fisch (Miami), Todd Monken (Oklahoma State), Greg Mattison (Michigan), Eric Bienemy (Colorado), Jim Michalczik (Cal), Mike Johnson (UCLA), George DeLeone (UCONN), and Jason Tarver (Stanford), David Lee (Ole Miss).

Rip Scherer joined the Colorado staff as quarterbacks coach.  

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