Coachin' up the safeties at Notre Dame
Some really good practice footage here from Notre Dame's spring practices shadowing first year Irish safeties coach Bob Elliot.
Knowing that the camera is on him for the day, Elliot has some fun with the other coaches telling them that he's hosting his own reality series and the Kardashians should be coming out for an appearance about halfway through practice...
On a more serious note, there's a solid five minutes of quality drill footage starting with Elliot teaching the "slingshot drill" where the players go through a drill aimed at using the proper angle on a sideline tackle in the open field.
Video: Super Soaker drill
During what would become one of head coach Robin Pflugrad's last practices with the Grizzlies, the coaching staff had a little fun with the punt returners with some fully loaded super soakers.
"The Super Soaker drill is all about distracting the punt returner or the kickoff returner" Pflugrad told the local media covering the practice.
Pflugrad said that they came up with the idea during a hot summer practice trying to think up ways to distract the returners. The original idea was a firehose, but luckily for the players, they settled on Super Soakers (and occasionally volleyballs) instead.
Players have mixed feelings about the drill throughout the year. Early on in fall camp they love it, but as the season wears on and temperature drops, they enjoy it a less and less.
Pflugrad is a big fan of the drill, and said that a lot of coaches that have observed the Grizzlies practice have borrowed the drill for their own use. We're sure it will get plenty more borrowers after today.
Spring football movie trailer
Ole Miss has taken a unique approach to their off season highlight tape.
The Rebels have put together a movie trailer compromised of a few of their off season highlights for some added spring ball hype.
Impressive approach..and a great idea. The credits at the end are worth pausing the video to take a closer look at.
D-II video: "Guys are having fun in the weight room"
Shorter University, located in Rome, Georgia, started off as an NAIA program in 2005 and is currently transitioning to become a D-II member of the Gulf South conference. Regardless of affiliation, these guys know how to get after it.
The strength video below not only has some great footage, but it also takes the time to sit down with head coach Phil Jones, and strength and conditioning coach Ben Lampkin to talk about what their goals are during the course of the off season program.
Lampkin does a great job talking about the strength program in depth and how he utilizes it to build a great foundation for players to remain self motivated to continue the workouts through the summer.
James Franklin explains "We-fense"
James Franklin was impressed with Vandy's practice yesterday, guys were running around, they were competing, they had fun..and there were a few fights.
Franklin says he doesn't mind the scuffles during spring ball, in fact he loves it, and would like to see more of it. After spring ball is over they all get together, sing some "kumbaya", and hug it out, but until then, Franklin explains it should be a war with the offense and defense...or what he likes to call "we-fense" during spring ball.
The staff also had some fun distracting the kickers with an air horn and splashing them with water while they were trying to nail field goals.
The first couple minutes of this video is front loaded with great content from Coach Franklin.
D-III video: Bound by brotherhood
Ohio Northern put together a very good video mixing their off season training with quotes and clips from HBO's infamous 2001 miniseries "Band of Brothers".
Impressive footage and the movie quotes fit in seamlessly.
Video: Pflugrad - "I'm stunned, I'm shocked"
This afternoon Robin Pflugrad sat down for one interview to discuss what transpired today.
Pflugrad says that neither he nor the AD had any idea this might be coming. Tough to watch; but he does a very good job explaining what transpired.
Pflugrad and AD released at Montana
As we told you on The Scoop, Montana has decided to part ways with athletic director Jim O'Day and head coach Robin Pflugrad. Associate athletic director Greg Sundberg sent an email out this morning notifying faculty and staff of the decision.
The University didn't state the exact reasons for the action; but according to reports, this morning the University also released the results of a months long investigation into sexual assault issues on campus (at least one of which reportedly involved a player on the football team).
The University has released a statement saying:
"The University of Montana has determined not to renew the contracts of Athletics Director Jim O'Day and head football coach Robin Pflugrad. The University will announce an interim athletics director and interim head coach by the end of the week. Further details about the search for permanent replacements will be released as the process develops. We thank Jim and Robin for their dedicated service to the University, and we wish them the best."
In a classy move, The Missoulian reported that O'Day sent an email out this morning to many supporters of Montana athletics stating:
"Thanks so much for all the hard work and support I've received from each of you the past 8 years as athletic director and 6 years prior to that with the GSA and UM Foundation. It has been quite a ride. While this comes as a shock to both Robin and myself, it is part of today's global picture of intercollegiate athletics across the country. I realized that when I took the job.’ Good bad or indifferent I will miss him. He is my friend and always will be.”
The football program has been dominant over the past decade, earning the title of winningest program in all of college football in the first decade of the 2000's (119 total wins), including back to back national champions national title game appearances under former head coach Bobby Hauck in '08 and '09.
In 2010, his first season as head coach, Pflugrad went 7-4 including a 71 point victory in his debut against Western State and a critical win over Northern Arizona. Each of his four losses that season were by single digits. Pflugrad went 9-2 this past regular season (11-3 including the playoffs), winning a share of the Big Sky conference title and rattling off 9 straight wins before losing in the national semi-finals to eventual runner-up Sam Houston State.