"Coaches don't have a rewind button"

We are all well aware of the highs and lows of the coaching profession. Work hard and land a great job, stay for a few years and continue to work your tail off only to be with another program in a few seasons, sometimes by choice, and other times due to circumstances beyond your control. That's life in the coaching world.

Back in 2002 Craig Bohl was let go as the defensive coordinator at Nebraska under Frank Solich. Shortly thereafter in 2003, he was named head coach at North Dakota State and has since led the program from a D-II school to an FCS powerhouse, including a 14-1 record and National title in 2011. The Bison have also racked up wins over both Minnesota and Kansas in the past two seasons.

In the FCS National title game this past year, Bohl took a page out of his mentor Tom Osborne's book and called a fake punt that went for 27 yards and a critical first down. That's just part of his competitive makeup as a coach.

“Coaches are competitive. Our environment is not static. There are certain times you have to take risks.”

On the very next play, they built off of that momentum and took a screen pass 39 yards for a touchdown and ended up national champs, winning 17-6.

As Sam McKewon of the World-Herald notes in his article on Bohl, "coaches don't have a rewind button", and Bohl rarely looks back on the turbulent times. “This game is humbling, not every day is going to be a Chamber of Commerce day.” he says.

When Bohl needs to reflect he simply swivels his chair around to take a look at a sign in his office.

“I have a sign in my office that says ‘Just coach the team'. Whenever I get in that mind-set, I turn around, look at that sign and say to myself, ‘Just coach the team.' That's what I'm doing.”

Virginia Tech's camo uniforms

Add Virginia Tech to the list of schools that will be participating in the Wounded Warrior project.

The helmet will be full camo, and a sneak peak of the white jersey's feature camo numbers. The Hokies will wear the uniform when they travel to Bowling Green on September 22 to honor Military Appreciation Day.

As we have seen the past couple years, Under Armour selects a few schools every season to feature the Wounded Warrior uniforms in order to help raise awareness and provide services and programs for injured service members and their families. Other schools that have worn the Wounded Warrior gear include Utah, Maryland and Texas Tech. 


Jimbo Fisher: Invest in recruiting

USA Today came out with an interesting article over the weekend detailing Florida State's recruiting expenses, which have eclipsed the $500,000 mark since Jimbo Fisher has taken the reigns.

According to the article, during Bobby Bowden's final season the Seminoles spent an estimated $280,000 on recruiting. In Fisher's first year as head coach that number rose to $500,000 and increased again to $525,000 for 2011-2012. To help put that in perspective, the entire athletic department at Florida State spent $1.6 million on recruiting for 2011-2012.

Noting that most recruits won't even consider schools that don't offer them by their Junior year, Fisher admits that the evaluation process had to be accelerated when he was hired.

"We're on sophomores and freshmen now. If you haven't offered them yet...you're done. You aren't even getting in the hunt."

"If you wait like in the old days and only travel at the end, you won't have anybody to sign. There are no players left. Now, it's the early bird gets the worm. It's all about a relationship. Recruiting is all about relationships. And relationships don't just come, 'Hey, c'mon, I've got a great school.' No, they take time."

With the changes in recruiting over the past few years, Fisher and his staff focused on closing the gap on the programs that had made headway on the recruiting trail.

"The landscape of recruiting in general has changed. Recruiting used to be a segmented time of year. Now? It's 365 days a year. Recruiting never, ever, ever stops now. That's the nature of our business."

"With our classes, for the money, we're probably the best bang for your buck in the country. I don't understand people who think you're gonna make money on a company and you don't invest in it. The investment is recruiting. If we get the right players and we win games, the school makes more money, we make more money, the community makes more money, and we're all happy. Recruiting is the lifeline".

GA of the Day - Will Peagler a.k.a. "Outback" (Univ. of Louisiana Lafayette)

If you've been in the coaching profession for a while, you might have heard the legend of "Outback" at Clemson. For those who haven't, here's your chance to meet a legend...Will Peagler, also known as Outback.

In all seriousness, Coach Peagler is one of those guys you love to be around. Smart young man who has a bright future. 

Watch the video and you'll see an engaging, sharp young coach who has learned a lot from some excellent coaches along the way. Towards the end of the interview you'll hear him speak about competing to be the best possible coach in the country. Love the passion!

Golfing with Bill O'Brien

Bill O'Brien took part in Penn State's Coaches vs. Cancer golf outing earlier this month with the cameras following him and his group for most of the course to catch all of his interactions with both the legends and fans of Penn State.

The event, which has been hosted by the basketball program since 1996, holds a special place for O'Brien because his mother is a two time breast cancer survivor.

At one point during the video as O'Brien is lining up for a putt, one of the members of his group encourages him with a "C'mon Mike, show 'em how it's done", to which O'Brien could only reply with a polite "Mike?". 

Rumor has it that one group in particular had the opportunity to golf with O'Brien, but passed on it to golf with a more seasoned veteran of the outing. However, for the record, their whole group referred to him by his correct name when asked.

Judging from the video, the outing looks like a great time was had by all on the way to raising about $2 million dollars for a great cause. 

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