Quick Hits: Bronco, Rich Rod, Hud, and Borges
Bronco Mendenhall says the core of the offensive will remain the same under new offensive coordinator Brandon Doman: "I think it will be different, but not to the point where the fans will watch and say, 'That doesn't resemble anything like we've seen before. It will be simply preserving the core of what we've done at the highest level over six years and then stimulating some progress around the outside of it that could possibly complement what we already do well.”
Rich Rodriguez says Ohio State didn’t negative recruit again Michigan, but others did: "(We experienced) … a lot of negative recruiting (while at Michigan). People just bashing individual coaches and schools and programs, and I think that's a bad practice to do.”
"Some people would think Ohio State-Michigan is such a big rivalry, they probably did a lot of negative recruiting. They didn't. There were other schools that did, but they didn't, and that to me sends a message they're trying to do things the right way."
Chris Petersen talks about allowing Bob Stoops to attend practice: "He was the one always saying early on he wanted to come out and watch us practice after we played them. We just couldn't make the time. I'm the one that said 'hey, I'm coming to watch you practice.' He was good enough to let us come out there, then decided he wanted to come this year. We usually don't let guys in, to tell you the truth ... we do get a lot of requests."
ULL head coach Mark Hudspeth excited about moving into new facility last week: "It's going to be a big-time Division I facility. Totally new offices, totally new everything. The only thing that's not new is the brick on the outside of the building."
Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges says the running backs are fired up: "I think, I can just sense it, and maybe I'm missing a read on this, but our running backs are more fired up about this transformation than anybody on offense. Because they're going to get the ball."
"This offense is more complicated for a running back than the other offense. It's two different spectrums. In this offense, you're involved in every scheme of protection, you're involved in all the run game. It's not like you may get it — you're going to get the ball. And then the passing game becomes so sophisticated because you have to know everybody else's route, because it dictates what your route is."
West Virginia AD Oliver Luck says the university will honor former head coach Don Nehlen throughout this Fall: “I like the schedule. We’ve got a great home slate and I love the fact that we’ve got Bowling Green coming down. That’s Coach (Don) Nehlen’s alma mater and we are going to recognize him over the course of the weekend (Sept. 30/Oct. 1). I don’t want to go off on a tangent here, but I don’t think that we have ever properly honored Coach Nehlen for all that he did for the football program and we are taking the opportunity to do so this year. We will have more than 40 former Mountaineer quarterbacks return to campus for the game to honor Coach Nehlen (Remember, Don was a quarterback himself at Bowling Green). In the process we are raising some significant funds in order to endow four “Don Nehlen Quarterback scholarships.” In addition to Bowling Green, we have LSU and Marshall coming in. I’m glad that we’ve got a lot of early games. We are going to have a more explosive offense this year so it probably helps not playing a lot of conference games in November when the weather can get bad.”
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."
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."
Texas high school football gets it
A viewer sent us a link today to the Texas High School Coaches Association's website. THSCA has entered into a multi-year agreement with Digital Sports Video (DSV) in which DSV is now the official video company of the THSCA.
As part of the agreement, DSV will provide:
- Free video exchange for all coaches in Texas
- Free access for high school athletes to produce recruiting highlight videos for Player Direct, the largest recruiting video library in the nation
- DSV will provide sport specific video technology education at the THSCA annual coaching school
In our opinion, the THSCA has just set the standard. They recognized how integral video has become in today's world. They reached out to DSV with whom they already had a relationship (and the video technology provider that most high schools in Texas use anyway) and said let's make this easier for all of our coaches.
We love the fact that DSV will be providing video technology education for free at the coaching school.
Video is evolving and everyone knows the impact video is having in recruiting. High school coaches and athletes need access to the best possible technology (and training to use it) and we think this is a great partnership that the THSCA and DSV / Player Direct have entered into.
It is widely known that DSV is a sponsor of The Scoop and we truly appreciate the relationship we have with them. In this case, our relationship isn't what's driving this article.
This is truly a step in the right direction. For as anyone who has ever worked as part of a college recruiting staff will tell you, life would be so much easier if every high school and their athletes used a common video platform and everyone had access to the same video.
Harsin looking for 4 things from Texas quarterbacks
Texas co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Bryan Harsin is looking at 4 components to determine the Longhorns’ starting quarterback.
Garrett Gilbert, Case McCoy, and Connor Wood are competing to lead the Longhorns.
Harsin explained, "There are four things that we talked about, and this is just quarterback play in general. One is toughness. Two is preparation. Number three is decision-making, and four is accuracy. We’ve been talking about the decision-making process while we are out there on the field, and then we have been working on the fundamentals to try to get better with our accuracy.”
“The toughness part will come when you get into the scrimmages, when you get into those game situations where those guys will stay in the pocket and move around, or they will throw the ball away when they are supposed to and that is the only play."
Co-offensive coordinator / running backs coach Major Applewhite said, “Guys are really taking to the offensive scheme. They really like the stuff that we’re doing. But more so, they’re taking to the tempo - what we’re doing in practice and how we want to see them work. Everybody runs the zone, everybody runs the power, everybody runs four verticals, but how do you practice it?”
“The players are willing to learn new things, new ideas, new tempos and new ways to practice. Trying to understand that it’s more than just putting in new plays, we’re trying to change the culture of how we practice - the effort that we put forth and the tempo in which we practice drill-to-drill.”
Texas will wrap up Spring practice with a nationally televised game on ESPN. The game is set for Sunday, April 3rd at 3 pm EST.