Michigan to use #GoBlue Saturday
We saw earlier today that Michigan plans to use the hash tag #GoBlue on the 25 yard line for their spring game.
This is the second time that a twitter hash tag has been used on the playing field. You may remember Mississippi State's #HailState hash tag for the Egg Bowl last season (pictured below).
Jordan Maleh, Michigan's director of digital marketing explained the decision. “Our goal is to challenge the status quo and to create innovative ideas that speak to our fans. This initiative will help our athletic department use technology as a competitive advantage to engage and connect to fans, build brand loyalty, grow the digital audience and monitor and listen to what is being said through the digital engagement cycle.”
Twitter is blowing up! If you and your team aren't on twitter yet, now is the time to figure it out.
Sooners compete in the "Oklahoma Drill"
The Sooner's show us their version, aka the original, of the Oklahoma drill in this practice clip.
Good video of the bigs and their coaches getting after it.
Georgia Southern planning $10 million upgrades
Georgia Southern is planning some major upgrades to their football facilities in an effort to make them more appealing for a potential future move to the FBS.
When asked if the planned $10 million football operations building was the first step in that process, GSU President Dr. Brooks Keel explained "Let’s put it this way, moving up requires stadium enhancement. We can’t even make a decision of whether we want to move up until we have the resources and facilities to handle everything else that goes with it.”
As it sits right now, the football facilities are scattered. When Jeff Monken was hired in 2010 that was one area he wanted to change. Now players meet with coaches for film sessions on the edge of campus, the weight room is nearby, and the training rooms and locker rooms are located in the fieldhouse about a half mile walk from the practice field. On game day the team dresses at the field house and hop on a bus over to the stadium and much of the equipment is taken over in vans.
When the new football ops building goes up, everything will be located under one roof in the east end zone of the stadium. The building will span 57,000 square feet and include the weight room, locker room, team meeting rooms, coaches offices, sports medicine rooms, and an area honoring the school's football hall of fame.
President Keel said that they have currently taken in $5.1 million in cash pledges so far, and have another $5.9 million in proposals from donors. When 80 percent of the proposals are accounted for, the University will only need permission from the Board of Regents and accept a bid from a construction company to begin to break ground on the new facility.
“We want to keep the guys excited about the football program and have them feel that every day they’re in a first-class athletic program, I know who we are. We’re not going to rival the University of Georgia or Tennessee or Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech. Those schools are a different level. But I want to be (a mid-major program) that people say, ‘If you’re going to do it, do it like Georgia Southern." head coach Jeff Monken explained.
Best way to get music on the practice field
So, we're looking for feedback on this one. A few weeks ago we watched Arizona practice. From the moment we walked onto the practice field, something caught our eye and our ear. It was their home grown music machine.
We tweeted the picture to the right out about what we saw and some guys on the staff at Nebraska were quick to tout there own system. Both are impressive and were built by the staff. Each is mobile and cost far less than commercially available systems (we recently heard that one company quoted over $100,000 for such a system). $100,000? OK, so that system was also fully integrated into the period / countdown clock and a mic system; but still we're talking $100,000.
"Another side of Coach Huber"
We've been hard pressed this off season to find a D-III school doing a better job with their videos than Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Head coach Rod Huber starts this video explaining his upbringing and why he believes that he is living the American dream, and spends the next four minutes covering everything from recent hardships in his personal life, to the message he tells parents when he is recruiting their sons.
The video below gives coaches, student athletes and parents an outstanding view of "Another side of Coach Huber". This one is very well done from the guys at Mount St. Joe.
Stanford Coach Speak: Wearing multiple hats
Stanford has continued to do a great job releasing videos highlighting their coaching staff all off-season.
The video below sits down with outside linebackers coach / admissions liaison Lance Anderson. Anderson talks about everything from the versatility that they expect out of their outside linebackers in their 3-4 scheme, to exactly what his role entails as the admissions liaison.
Video: Arkansas AD Jeff Long announces Petrino has been terminated
Never an easy situation, Jeff Long handled this press conference about as well as possible.
We can all learn something from watching this video.
Petrino releases a statement
Bobby Petrino just released the following statement:
I was informed in writing today at 5:45 p.m. that I was being terminated as head football coach at the University of Arkansas.
The simplest response I have is: I’m sorry. These two words seem very inadequate. But that is my heart. All I have been able to think about is the number of people I’ve let down by making selfish decisions. I’ve taken a lot of criticism in the past. Some deserved, some not deserved. This time, I have no one to blame but myself.
I chose to engage in an improper relationship. I also made several poor decisions following the end of that relationship and in the aftermath of the accident. I accept full responsibility for what has happened.
I’m sure you heard Jeff Long’s reasons for termination. There was a lot of information shared. Given the decision that has been made, this is not the place to debate Jeff’s view of what happened. In the end, I put him in the position of having to sort through my mistakes and that is my fault.
I have hurt my wife Becky and our four children. I’ve let down the University of Arkansas, my team, coaching staff and everyone associated with the Razorback football program. As a result of my personal mistakes, we will not get to finish our goal of building a championship program. I wish that I had been given the opportunity to meet with the players and staff prior to this evening’s press conference and hope that I will be given the opportunity to give my apologies and say my goodbyes in person. We have left the program in better shape than we found it and I want the Razorback Nation to know that it is my hope that the program achieves the success it deserves.
My sole focus at this point is trying to repair the damage I’ve done to my family. They did not ask for any of this and deserve better. I am committed to being a better husband, father and human being as a result of this and will work each and every day to prove that to my family, friends and others.
I love football. I love coaching. I of course hope I can find my way back to the profession I love. In the meantime, I will do everything I can to heal the wounds I have created.
I want to thank Chancellor Gearhart, Jeff Long, the Board of Trustees, the University administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni and fans for the opportunity to serve as the head football coach at the University of Arkansas for the past 4 years. I was not given an opportunity to continue in that position. I wish that had been the case, but that was not my decision. I wish nothing but the best for the Razorback football program, the University and the entire Razorback Nation.