Following Texas A&M's win Saturday at Ole Miss, 12ManTV cameras followed coach Sumlin into the locker room. Sumlin's team had just overcome a 10 point Ole Miss fourth quarter lead to get the Aggies first road SEC win. Both the team and Sumlin were jubilant in the locker room; and the cameras captured the moment. The video is quite good and clean (and in our opinion very positive...just the type of thing a recruit might want to see).
We saw a note earlier today that from this point forward, Sumlin has decided to not allow cameras in the locker room. Exactly why that policy has been put in place is unclear at this point. We reached out to his staff and they confirmed that he has made this decision.
We have no idea why he made this decision; but the decision is his to make. We didn't see anything in the video that might have been or caused any problems for A&M; but maybe we just didn't catch it. Take a look at the video below and judge for yourself.
A lot of programs have made very effective use of locker room / behind the scenes style video recently and we believe that most fanbases and recruits enjoy seeing this perspective. We completely understand that some things need to stay within the walls & within the team; but if it's the team's video staff and the team controls the footage and the distribution, we're not sure what the downside is.
Linfield College (OR) is the last D-III school not named Mount Union or Wisconsin-Whitewater to capture a D-III National Championship.
Since taking over the head coaching job in 2006, after serving as a longtime assistant, Joseph Smith has done an outstanding job with a program rich in history. Smith is 40-7 over the past five seasons, including a 4-0 mark and #3 national ranking so far this season. To say the Linfield program is strong would be a huge understatement.
The Wildcats have accumulated 4 national championships, 35 conference titles, 23 national playoff appearances and an impressive 56 straight winning seasons. The video illustrates each of those accomplishments as well as the four pillars of the Linfield program that play a large part in their success.
This is likely one of the best intro videos in all of Division III.
After rattling off five straight wins to open the season (including a road win at Syracuse followed by home wins against Boston College, South Dakota and Indiana) Northwestern came up just short (39-28) during their game last Saturday against Penn State.
The Northwestern staff was one of only 16 teams in the country to keep their entire coaching staff intact. Minnesota (this weekends opponent) was also one of those schools. Defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz and offensive coordinator Mick McCall are both in their fifth year with the Wildcats.
During his press conference earlier this week, Coach Fitz was asked about a banner that McCall and the offensive staff used to conceal their signal callers that were relaying the plays to the field. It's not something particularly out of the ordinary for staffs to do, but Fitz noted the start of Big Ten play as one of the main reasons for the banner.
"We’re smarter than we look," Fitz explained. "We know what’s going on. We’re getting into Big Ten play now. We know that they know that we know. You’ve got to have answers. We have answers."
‘‘When you’re playing in the nonconference, it’s not as big of a concern. But when you’re playing in league play, like I said, we know that they know that we know."
Prior to their loss Saturday, the Wildcat offense had ranked 42nd nationally in scoring offense, putting up nearly 33 points per game on average and had eclipsed the 37 point mark in three of their first five games (all wins). The Wildcats managed to put up 28 points on a Penn State defense that had not allowed a 20 point game since their week 1 loss to Ohio.
Heading into this weeks game with 4-1 Minnesota, Northwestern ranks 14th nationally in rushing offense (234 ypg) and 15th nationally in defending the run (103 ypg). The Wildcats have also been getting it done on special teams, an area that Coach Fitzgerald oversees and every coach has a part in, ranking 3rd nationally in punt returns with over 27 yards per touch.
In the locker room for James Franklin's first SEC road win
The cameras were in the locker room before and after Vanderbilt's game on the road against Missouri last weekend and captured defensive line coach Sean Spencer, and head coach James Franklin addressing the team. The two coaches touched on the opportunity that they had and what it was going to take to leave Columbia with a win.
"You've got an unbelievable opportunity right now. Because your going to live a little bit, and the your going to die a little bit...and we're going to do a lot more living than we do dieing."
"Today, the SEC and the nation are going to find out what the real Vanderbilt football is all about." Coach Spencer told the team.
Franklin then got up and told the players that he wanted to see passion, anger and frustration on the field.
When it was all said and done, the Commodores ended up getting their first SEC road win (19-15) under Coach Franklin and improved to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play. This weekend they take on Florida (5-0, 4-0) at home, followed by two more home games against Auburn and UMass.