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Willie Fritz jumps out of an airplane

That's the short version of Sam Houston State head coach Willie Fritz jumping out of an airplane!

Full version with explanation is below. Enjoy!

NCAA closes case on South Carolina (minor penalties)

The NCAA has wrapped up their investigation into allegations surrounding the South Carolina athletics program, and cited the Gamecocks for failing to monitor the athletics program.

In short, South Carolina will be on probation for three years, lose 3 scholarships per year for two years, will pay an $18,500 fine and will limit the number of official visits this year to 30. 

In the article summarizing the findings, the NCAA noted the University's outstanding cooperation throughout the process, which "went beyond standard expectations" (even tweeting about it). 

Case closed, move on.

 

Mazzone: "It's kind of like a Clint Eastwood movie"

UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone compared their offensive progression in the spring to the Clint Eastwood movie "The good, the bad, and the ugly".

Mazzone explained that offense has shown glimpses of each in their first spring under the new system. He added that he has been pleased with the pace that they've learned and the effort all spring.

The offense has had to claw for yards against the defense all spring, and Mazzone commended the defense on their progress. "Sometimes your the dog, and sometimes the dog gets you".

More from Mazzone in the clip below.

The O-Line is headed to Ethiopia

Eleven Duke offensive lineman and assistant strength coach Marcus Johnson are planning a team building trip to Ethiopia to drill a fresh water well and help build some cohesiveness within their unit.

Last season, the offensive line finished in the middle of the pack nationally in sacks allowed (#43 - 1.58 sacks per game), and provided the time necessary to finish 28th in the country in passing offense (272 yards per game).

Guard Dave Harding got the ball rolling with an idea a few years ago and recently they were able to secure a total of $45,000 from private donors within the University to make the trip a reality. While on the trip, the team will also visit an orphanage and hold a sports camp for kids in the area.

"The coaches always say, 'Go through camp...and everybody, you bleed together,' and it just builds camaraderie. I think people are going to be challenged, mostly mentally and spiritually with what they're seeing. To be able to talk that through with each other and experience that together is something that no other college offensive line or football team will be able to experience or has experienced in a long time." Harding said.

The logistics of the actual project are what's really interesting. While one group actually physically pounds the pipe into the ground, the others will anchor a rope attached to a pulley system to help make it a little easier...regardless, it's going to be no walk in the park.

"Offensive linemen, I call them brothers. To see how your brothers bond with you in a different situation, you get to see what guys are really like. Can you really trust them? Are they accountable? I think it'll teach not only them, but myself as well, just what to expect from a guy, if things do get tough over there." assistant strength coach Marcus Johnson explained.

Head coach David Cutcliffe is also huge supporter of the trip. "The best part of it is, it makes them aware of a responsibility that we all have to help others around the world, not just at home. It should be a big eye-opening experience for all of those young men."

Weis talks discipline

Last season, Kansas ranked near the bottom in the nation in almost every major defensive category. Charlie Weis has been determined to change that, starting with changing the team's outlook with discipline.

The Jayhawks finished last in the FBS in total defense and scoring defense, giving up over 518 yards per game and 44 ppg (both 120th nationally), and ranked near the bottom in rushing defense (#117 - 239 ypg), and pass efficiency defense (#118 - 165).

Weis' approach since his hire in December has been that you get one chance to set things right, and that's what he aims to do before loosening up at all.

“I think you only get one opportunity to set it right. You only get one chance and you do not get a do-over. It is a common philosophy with coaches that it is always easier to loosen up on a team after it has been rigid than it is to tighten up on a team after it’s been lose.”

On the same note, Weis is hoping to see the guys have some fun in front of the fans during their spring game tomorrow.

“I would just like to see us go out there defensively and run and tackle and have some fun. I would like to see us sling it around a bit on offense and have some success, especially with the front line guys to see how there continuity is playing with each other. I would like to be able to run the ball in the red zone when people are stacking it up on the goal line and daring you to run it.”

 

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