Youngest FBS coordinator offers advice
Back in February, Brian Johnson was named offensive coordinator at Utah after Norm Chow took the head coaching position at Hawaii. He was 24 at the time.
Johnson has since turned 25, and has spent every free moment focused on honing his craft, further developing his offensive philosophy, and getting prepared for his first fall calling the shots on offense.
Coach Johnson reflected on the opportunity and offered some advice in the Deseret News.
"I'm obviously blessed to be in this position. I realize that every day. There's not a day that goes by that I'm not thankful for the blessings that have been given me."
"But I don't dwell on it. In this profession, nothing is guaranteed forever. I learned that from Whit. You can always get better. I'm constantly evaluating myself and trying to get better. To this point things have been good, but if you get lax in preparation or focus in any area of your life, it can all change."
Johnson and the Utes will face a favorable Pac 12 road schedule that includes only two teams that went to bowls last season (UCLA and Washington), and only one that finished with a winning record (Washington). Other road games will include Arizona State, Oregon State, and Colorado, while they'll see USC, Cal, Washington State, and Arizona at home.
Coaches weigh in on when recruiting should start
There has been plenty of buzz nationally this week about what age recruiting should start, after LSU offered a rising 8th grader a scholarship earlier in the week.
Heather Dinich of ESPN.com caught up with a few ACC coaches to get their thoughts on the issue, and Dabo Swinney went on record as saying "...they should be driving."
Randy Edsall on the other hand sees things a little differently, and his Terrapins currently have an offer out to a recruit that will be a freshman this fall.
“We’re on a slippery slope with recruiting, and unless we change it, we’re going to continue to have bigger issues that we don’t really want to get involved with. We’ve offered a kid who’s going to be a freshman in high school. Do I like doing it? No, I don’t. But everybody else is doing it."
Edsall explained that with the new GPA and SAT rules going into effect, starting so early really doesn't make a whole lot of sense to him because it won't be until the end of the recruit's junior year before you realize if they're on track or not.
Interesting point. Hear more thoughts on recruiting and the NCAA rules from coach Edsall here.
Meet Stanford's new AD, Bernard Muir
Bernard Muir was named director of athletics at Stanford yesterday.
Watch the video and learn a little more about the man. Those we have heard from tell us he's a great leader and a highly skilled administrator.
We look forward to watching Muir lead Cardinal athletics forward for a long, long time. Stanford is one of those places that you wonder why anyone would ever leave. Perhaps Muir never will...
Denard Robinson's speech @ B1G Kickoff
Dooley: We all fall into the "Wow" trap
While Derek Dooley led a tour of the Vols new practice facility, he shared an analogy with visitors that explained the "Wow" factor of facilities very well.
Dooley said that the "Wow" factor that recruits feel when they see a great facility is the same that you get when buying a house.
"We all fall into the 'wow' trap. Think about when you buy a house. When you go in your first impression is everything. When you can walk in and say 'Wow' you may tend to overlook some of the other things that you may not like."
Dooley went on to add that the new facility will have plenty of "Wow" factors for recruits.
Coach Speak: Brian Ferentz
Another solid installment from Iowa's Coach Speak series, this time with first year offensive line coach Brian Ferentz.
Coach Ferentz talks about why he's excited to be back coaching at his alma mater, and the types of things that they look for when recruiting offensive lineman.
Video Tour: TCU's new facilities under construction
TCU is putting the finishing touches on some impressive upgrades to Amon G. Carter Stadium.
Included in those upgrades are six suites worth $15 million a piece...all paid for and located just 11 rows up from the field. Best seats in the house without a doubt.
The press box has room for 125 reporters, and the new players "community room" is full of nice chairs and flat screen TV's that plays the 2011 Rose Bowl nonstop. Add that to the upgrades in the locker room and weight room (19,000 square feet) and you've got yourself a heck of a facility to break in Big 12 play.
In the clip, Gary Patterson admits that during construction he sometimes had to shut his blinds in his office because the construction that was taking place was mesmerizing.
As Bryan Curtis of Grantland explains, you take the money that the football program earns and surround your players with it. Or as he puts it, "When you can’t pay your football players, you build them a man cave."
While the clip below shows much of the project still under construction back in May, you can tell that the Horned Frogs will have quite a man cave ready for use when they enter the fall of 2012 and Big 12 play.
Bill O'Brien: "It's time to punch back"
After fielding questions about the scandal since being named head coach, and now dealing with questions about the NCAA's stiff sanctions, Bill O'Brien is starting to see it all as a form of motivation.
When first hired, O'Brien noted the importance of getting out in front of everything that was coming their way, but it was evident that attitude has shifted while he talked to the media at Big Ten media days.
“We took a lot of punches. Penn State has taken a lot of punches over the last six months, and it’s time to punch back.”
O'Brien is adamant that Penn State football isn't going to roll over, regardless of the NCAA ruling.
“If people were inside the building and understood what type of people we have and what they’ve gone through in the last couple days or six months, they wouldn’t say anything about us being dead."
"We’re alive. We’ll be alive and kicking Sept. 1.”
O'Brien and the Nittany Lions open up in Happy Valley at noon against Ohio on September 1.