Bielema quotes Forrest Gump
Bret Bielema spent most of his press conference after practice on Monday talking about injuries and how the depth chart is shaking out...but then he said something something caught our attention, and we had to get nostalgic to recognize where it came from.
When a reporter asked about one player in particular taking a step in the right direction development wise, Bielema responded with a grin and quoted (?) Forrest Gump. "Marquis is a little bit like a box of chocolates, you don't know exactly what your going to get all the time"
Inside the Lines with Amp Campbell
Western Michigan has done an outstanding job this off season highlighting their coaching staff and players in their "Inside the Lines" series. This episode caught up with defensive passing game coordinator / secondary coach Amp Campbell.
Campbell talks about the nice balance that he finds in the summer between spending some much needed time with family and spending just enough time away from the players so that he's hungry come fall camp. Amp also talks about the fundamentals that he believes make a complete defensive back, and the unique perspective he brings to the table when talking about the lessons that football can teach young men.
As always with this series, there's some great practice footage of Coach Campbell getting after the guys and coaching 'em up.
Reaction video: Mizzou's uniforms
Over the weekend, we brought you the pictures of Missouri's new uniforms and helmets; well thanks to modern technology, we now have video of a fashion show of sorts that they held to unveil them.
The fans in attendance seemed to approve of the changes, cheering loudly when the uniforms were finally revealed. The loudest ovation of the night came when the alternative helmets were revealed.
Recruiting with Dan Mullen
Dan Mullen released a video over the weekend aimed at recruits, educating them on the recruiting process and the types of things that they should be aware of and what they should be doing to be proactive in the recruiting process.
It's not very often you see a head coach educating potential recruits through a YouTube video.
Towards the end of the clip, Mullen addresses how they use social media, including Twitter, to reach out to potential recruits and invites anyone with questions to contact him and his staff...then he provides his Twitter handle as well as most of his nine full-time assistants so that they can be reached as well.
Pretty interesting video.
"You're teaching everyday"
Indiana State head coach Trent Miles is in his fifth year leading the Sycamore football program. After getting his first win in 2009, Coach Miles found a way to win 6 games the next season, matched by a six win season last year as well.
This spring Miles says that the players have shown a lot of excitement and have been able to persevere through the intense physical demands of the off season conditioning program. During practice the other day, Miles talked with the media about the off season and spring ball and what he enjoys about the coaching profession.
"You're teaching everyday" Miles explains. "Whether you're on the field, or in the meeting room, or in and around the office, anytime you can, you're teaching".
Miles says that coaches get into the profession knowing the hours they have to put in. "We don't get into it thinking we're going to have a bunch of vacation time, this is what we love to do. It's a thrill to be out here. You get enough family time, you always wish you could have more, but at the same time this (practice) is family time".
This Arkansas situation just made it harder for every woman working in football
Sports Illustrated came out with an interesting article today written by Christianne Harder who works as a consultant for the Western Kentucky football program. Harder gives some valuable insight on what it's like to be a woman in the world of college football.
In the article Harder explains that her position as a female in the realm of college football has been changed drastically by the recent turn of events at Arkansas. So much so that networking over dinner and drinks with male coaching colleagues is something that may never be seen in the same light.
Harder explains that for women in college football, there are two major unspoken rules. Those two rules are watching what you wear at the office, and being careful of where and how you engage with the coaches on staff.
Video: How bad do you want it?
Averett University, a D-III school located in Danville, Virginia, is coming off a 3-7 season in 2011 and is looking to get back to the form they had in 2009 when they went 7-3 and won the USA South Conference title.
To set the tone for this season, the coaching staff put together a video with highlights of their off season and weight room work, mixed in with last season's highlights in an effort to motivate the players to get back to championship level form. We hear they're also showing the video to commits as well so that they know what to expect when they step on campus. Good move.
The theme for the Cougars this season is talking about a championship..."How bad do you want it?".
Fitzgerald: The "N" never comes off
Pat Fitzgerald weighed in on the recent negative light surrounding college football coaches with the South Bend Tribune recently, and says he understands the negative light that has been cast on the profession but urges people to see the big picture.
"I understand (those feelings), but I hope people wouldn't generalize. There are terrific people in this profession across the board."
Fitzgerald said that in one of their first meetings as a staff with athletic director Jim Phillips, they were told "The 'N' never comes off", meaning that the coaching staff represents the University 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The saying has stuck with him ever since.
"If you don't operate that way, you're making a huge mistake." Fitz explained.