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Pac 12 Network launches

Twitter was buzzing earlier with the launch of the highly anticipated Pac 12 Network.

Many people were talking via Twitter about how certain carriers (DirecTV and Cox) had not finalized a deal prior to the launch date, and therefore left many fans out in the cold during the premier. This article seems to sum up many of the regional issues that viewers witnessed.

Those who were able to tune in heard some good nuggets from Rick Neuheisel, including his opinion that the Pac 12 is a more difficult conference to win games in week in and week out than the SEC.

Interesting opinion.

On a different note, the video section of the Pac 12 Network website is top notch. It covers everything from school specific promotional materials from prestigious alumni, to mic'd up sessions with coaches and inside access to practices.

Videos like the one at the top of the article are the quality that you can expect on a consistent basis from the network. Really good stuff.




"I expect us to shut down the offense every time"

After improving 93 spots in total defense last season, Greg Mattison noted that he wants to see more consistency from the Wolverine defense this year.

Mattison made it clear that he's not happy with what he has observed so far during camp.

"If you polled 124 defensive coordinators, they'd probably all say the same thing. But that bothers me because this is Michigan and I don't expect that. I expect us to go out there and totally shut down the offense every time."

With only a handful of padded practices under their belt, Mattison is emphasizing playing "Michigan defense" day to day.

"I can't say that there is one player I would say, 'Boy, every practice he comes out with perfect technique and he's going as hard as he can and he's executing. You're going to expect that, but we can't accept it. Each guy has to say, 'I'm going to get as many plays today as perfect as I can and play Michigan defense.' We've got to do better at that."

 




David Beaty mic'd up at A&M

David Beaty joined Kevin Sumlin's staff as the receivers coach after serving as an offensive coordinator in his previous two stops at Kansas and Rice.

Recently, Beaty got mic'd up and provided some good rout instruction during 1-1 drills and called special teams coordinator Brian Polian the best special teams coordinator that he's ever been around.




Video: Stadium expansion at Mississippi State

A few months back athletic director Scott Stricklin introduced some exciting changes in Starkville, and today a detailed video of the stadium expansion project was released.

The renovations will total about $75 million and will increase the seating capacity to accommodate over 61,000. Also, changes will be made to the brick facade on the west side of the stadium and a premium field level area will be added.

See more of the changes below.

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Best season ticket video of the year

Justin Fuente and the guys at Memphis are redefining the Memphis football program and success will come in time.  

Not only are the rebuilding on the field; Fuente and the staff are looking to rebuild the fan base as well and are taking a very open approach with the community. Looks like they are using a new ad agency as well; because this video is unlike anything we've seen out of Memphis in quite a while.  Great job guys!




Great example of how to handle being let go

When Rick Stockstill was hired as the new head coach at Middle Tennessee State back in 2005, he held the typical exit interview with all of the assistants from the previous staff.

Most of the assistants were not retained, but one in particular left a lasting impression with Stockstill, and that was Glen Elarbee.

“He was very, very professional. I remember that. It’s tough on those guys, but a lot of coaches in that situation erase all their recruiting stuff. But he didn’t. He was very professional and told me who he was recruiting."

“He didn’t get rid of all his stuff. A lot of people do. He handled everything the right way.

As the Daily News Journal explains, years later when Stockstill was looking for someone to fill an offensive vacancy, Elarbee came to mind, and was eventually brought back to MTSU (where he also played and earned Sun Belt honors), in large part because of how he handled a situation seven years ago. 

Now Elarbee is back home coaching the centers and guards for the Blue Raiders. 

This is a great example of an assistant coach handling a difficult situation in a first class manner. 




Marrone does up-downs at practice

After a 5-7 season last year, the word of the off season seems to have been "accountability" for Doug Marrone at Syracuse.

So after a mistake during practice yesterday, Marrone held himself accountable and did a handful of down ups.

After forgetting what session came next, practice grinded to a halt while Marrone got his bearings. Next thing you know Marrone drops to the ground and reps out five down ups.

“I made a mistake. We hold the players accountable for their own actions, so if I make a mistake I have to hold myself accountable just like the players,” Marrone explained.

When a reporter asked the last time he had done up-downs, he had to flash back to his playing days.

“Probably when Coach Mac was here. We would have to do 25 before each practice. Coach Mac would’ve been proud. I don’t know if I could have done 25, but the ones I did were to Coach Mac’s standards.”




Arizona's leadership training

The Wildcats visited Fort Hauchuca over the weekend to participate in some team building activities to build team chemistry.

This stuff wasn't easy, but the players were forced to to think outside of the box to solve issues with their teammates, and looks like they had a ton of fun doing so.