HS Video: We are Swordsmen

Head coach Joel Berry and Garland Christian Academy in Texas have put together a nice video that shows people what they stand for as a school, a coaching staff, and team recently.

Last season, Hayden Burnett accounted for 748 yards of total offense....in one game! Undoubtedly one of the top performances by any player in the country last season. The Swordsmen finished 10-2 last season and had one of the more prolific offenses in the state.

Coach Berry shares GCA's unique view on tradition, as well as a few more pieces of philosophy in the video below including this made for t-shirt nugget; "When excellence becomes tradition, greatness has no limits".

Enjoy, this one was well produced.

173 FBS head coaching changes since '05

Of the 124 FBS programs this season, almost a quarter (28 to be exact) will have new head coaches on the sidelines in the fall. So, how does this number stack up to the past few seasons?

A steady rise in fresh faces for college programs has been taking place since 2008, when 18 new head coaches were named. In 2009 that number rose to 22, and up to 23 in 2010, 24 in 2011 and now 28 new head coaches will head into 2012.

According to YahooSports, there have been 173 FBS head coaching changes over the past eight seasons. The study also took a look at of the total FBS head coaches named, and what percentage of them are no longer there.

Back in 2007, 24 new head coaches were hired and 17 of them are no longer there (70.8%). The seven coaches that were hired for that 2007 season that are still with their same team include Troy Calhoun, Nick Saban, Mario Cristobal, Robb Akey, Mark Dantonio, Tom O'Brien, and David Bailiff. Only O'Brien, Cristobal, and Bailiff's teams finished below .500 that first season.

Even more impressively, seven head coaches remain with the same school that they started their 2005 campaign with. Bronco Mendenhall, Les Miles, Frank Solich, Miike Gundy, Steve Spurrier, Kyle Whittingham, and Bill Cubit all return for their eighth season at their respective school. Only Solich and Gundy finished that first season under .500...and look how far they've both come since. Solich has finished 1st in the MAC east 4 times since his arrival and Gundy has won the Big 12 outright once (the South division twice) and narrowly missed playing for the National Championship last season.

On the other slower end of the coaching carousel, only 11 new head coaches were named in 2006, and the four still remaining at their original school are among some of the most accomplished in the country. Chris Petersen, Bret Bielema, Rick Stockstill, and Pat Fitzgerald were all named head coaches heading into the 2006 season, and we don't even need to get into the long list of accomplishments for Petersen (who went 13-0 his first season) and Bielema (who went 12-1 his first season).

173 changes in eight years...an average of 22 per season. 

New era begins at Texas A&M

Really good video here out of Texas A&M talking about the great state of Texas, their people, and Texas A&M tradition.

"Here at Texas A&M, our traditions define us. Those not from here may not understand what we're made of, but it's time to show 'em".

Plenty of swag to go around in this video.

GA of the Day - Zak Bigelow (Tulsa)

Zak Bigelow is currently the defensive grad assistant at Tulsa...but down the road he sees himself as an offensive coach. Odd as that might sound, we actually think this is a great idea for young coaches. Bigelow started off at Tulsa as the offensive quality control and special teams assistant. This year, an opportunity presented itself for Bigelow to move into the defensive grad assistant role he has embraced and it; but listen to him speak and you'll hear how much value Bigelow sees in this experience. 

Imagine how much your knowledge, perspective, everything would be enhanced by having the opportunity to coach on the other side of the ball for a year. Excellent interview with a smart, hardworking young man. 

Spavital on Holgo: "He's putting in more Xboxes"

As CBSSports' Bruce Feldman points out, players and coaches have noticed some major (and welcomed) changes entering year two of the Dana Holgorsen era in Morgantown.

The addition of a few large murals, some Xboxes, a few flat screens, and some good old fashioned TLC went a long way.

Quarterback Geno Smith, who threw for 401 yards and 6 touchdowns in their Orange Bowl romp, has spent time this off season sitting down with defensive coordinator Joe DeForest to dissect film and learn how to look at a defense from a different persepective. "We talk about what he sees and what I see. That's something I'd never done before but it helps. I know I can trust him and he knows he can trust me."

Even the arrangement of the coaches offices has changed. No longer is the offense on one side of the building and the defense on the other, Holgorsen has mixed them all up. Just before they hosted Junior Day, some large Orange Bowl murals were added to the hallways between offices and meeting rooms. Director of football operations Alex Hammond, and quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital have noted that they have already paid huge dividends in recruiting.

As Spavital explains, "We have all these pictures of Pat White and Steve Slaton, which are good but you'd see pictures from the 2008 Fiesta Bowl everywhere. It was a good thing, but you can't live in the past forever. Dana's put the emphasis on these kids now. You'll see it go from  Bruce Irvin to Will Clarke. He's trying to get the team to come around the office more. He's putting in more Xboxes. He doesn't want them to dread coming over here."

Even how coaches watch film has changed. Last year, Spavital had an ancient monster tube TV propped up on a filing cabinet to watch film on, this year it's film on HD flat screens and HD computers.

"He fixed what's most important to us, that's watching tape." Spavital added.

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