Around the country - Friday afternoon
A few quotes, notes, and tweets from this afternoon:
Caldwell loses mustache…Arkansas beat writer tweets: “Then this: DE coach Steve Caldwell is sans mustache. Woke up two days ago & decided it was gone. First time without it since -- 1978!”
Quoting Urban Meyer: “If you set a rule, you have to enforce it. We want our players to do the right thing, but I’m not going to tell them they can’t Twitter.”
Quoting Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe: “We've been doing something we haven't done before by giving the freshman about as many reps as the upperclassmen. With that, I anticipate tomorrow we will probably make some mistakes, but the two practices will be about keeping the effort level high and getting everyone a lot of reps."
Quoting North Texas head coach Todd Dodge: “We are absolutely going to see more tackling in practice this year.”
Quoting TCU head coach Gary Patterson: "Overall, the group that has been most impressive is the quarterback and the wide receivers," he said after Tuesday's practice. "They're older; they're in great condition for the summer. They haven't stopped running since the first day of practice. Every day they've been at the top of their game."
New Mexico State head coach Dwayne Walker tweets: “The in-season twitter ban applies to me as well. Thanks for following and we'll talk after the season.”
Quoting Memphis head coach Larry Porter: "At the (offensive) line position, we definitely have a deficiency of depth. At the tight end position we have addressed that some. At the linebacker position I'm not as excited about our depth as I once was."
Iowa behind the scenes:
Tuberville to showcase Texas Tech on reality all-access show
“The Ride,” a new reality TV show following Texas Tech behind-the-scenes, will begin airing prior to the Texas Tech season-opener against SMU.
The weekly show will air primarily on Fox Sports affiliates and the Cox Sports Network. TexasTech.com will also air the episodes, which will cover football, but other Red Raider sports as well.
Tommy Tuberville says, "With the popularity of reality shows on television, we thought this would be perfect way to showcase not only our football program but other sports at Texas Tech as well. The photographers and staff of this show have complete and total access to all of our sports and they will be giving viewers a unique inside look into college athletics. Texas Tech is going to be on the forefront of this and I know our fans are really going to love it."
Maryland and Auburn football have recently taken part in reality TV shows. Nick Saban recently granted ESPN the right to produce a series of all-access shows that have aired on ESPNU, but some coaches aren’t so sure the daily cameras are the best thing for their teams. Last summer, Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt didn’t think the timing was right for his team, thus turning down an opportunity to do a reality all-access show.
Paul Johnson: We did a recruiting rankings study...
The reigning ACC coach of the year, Paul Johnson, isn’t putting any stock into recruiting rankings.
In an interview on the David Glenn Radio Show, Johnson said the Georgia Tech staff conducted a recent study on recruiting rankings.
Not surprising to Johnson, most of the teams that have played in the recent ACC championship games were in the bottom third of the ACC recruiting rankings.
Johnson stated, “It’s all in people, who’s evaluating the Jimmy’s and Joe’s. I mean, there are certain schools that if they recruit guys, they are just going to be 4 and 5 star guys. That’s just the way it is. We did a thing here, because people talk about recruiting, where we went back and looked and did a recruiting ranking (study) since the start of the ACC championship game and tried to average the schools, the average recruiting ranking. And it was amazing, you know who the bottom third were…it was Boston College, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech…all the teams that have played in the ACC championship game. Virginia Tech was the other one and they were right in the middle of the pack. All the teams at the very top of the recruiting rankings until this year with Clemson playing, and Clemson was in the top 3 or 4, none of those teams, I think Florida State maybe one time, but none of them had been in the championship.”
Johnson said he doesn’t worry much about the myths about option-football not being about to win big.
He added, “I hope the next one that we hope to try to address, you know, is ‘If you get longer than a week to prepare, they can’t beat anybody.’ It has more to do with execution and timing, than the week off. We’ll be better prepared for the other defense too if we have two weeks to prepare.”
GA Tech opens against South Carolina State on September 4th.
Jerry Kill: We are young, young, young, young - but talented
North Illinois head coach Jerry Kill has seen bright moments from both sides of the ball during camp, but Kill cautions that this year’s high expectations could be a little far-fetched.
After the Huskies scrimmage on Thursday, Kill stated, "I think people who (give NIU) all this hype and stuff, they don't understand how young a football team we have, and we are young, young, young, young – but talented. So we have to take that youth and they have to learn on the run. We're force-feeding them pretty good."
"Our total focus today was about evaluating people, not so much schemes. There's some good things that happened offensively, then the defense rallied up and did some good things. After that, it went back and forth and each team had their moments."
Northern Illinois opens with four straight non-conference games. NIU plays at Iowa State, North Dakota, at Illinois, at Minnesota.
Coaches Quick Hits
Quote of the Day goes to Joe Paterno.
Quoting Joe Paterno: (Joe Pa’s first line at a presser on Thursday) "I've got one request. Please don't ask me if I'm going to die today. Believe me, I've got a few more days left."
Quoting Larry Fedora: “We had skit night last night and it's an annual thing we do. They had fun with it. They got after the coaches real well. It was a lot of fun. The kids had fun with it and made fun of coaches. It's just another one of those team building situations."
Quoting Derek Dooley: (on his ‘Run First’ mentality) "First of all, I know you can't win a championship if you can't stop the run. I don't know how you can ever teach a defense to stop the run if their offense doesn't run the ball well. It promotes physical practice and it promotes learning how to hit and play blocks. That's the first thing, for the defense.
"Secondly, there's times in the game where you have to run it to win the game, in the red area where everything shrinks down, in short-yardage, in four-minute offense at the end of the game. And if you can't finish in those critical situations by being able to knock it in there, it's always a problem. Running out the clock, I mean how many times have you seen it?
"The third things is, it takes the heat off a quarterback. The more you run, the better the quarterback, the less decisions he's got to make. Then, I'm just a little old school. I just believe that's what wins. Now balance, if I had it my way we'd throw it and run it equally well. It's not that I don't like to throw it. I will say this, if we ever develop a team and a quarterback and receivers where we're more effective throwing it, then yeah, (we'll do it)."
Quoting Turner Gill: "I want to have a faster defense with more speed. I am going to recruit more speed in all positions. We have some speed, but I want 14 or 15 guys that I can put on the football field that I know can run. I am not trying to knock my own football players or anything in the past, but ideally, I would like to see more speed."
Quoting David Cutcliffe: (on staying at Duke) "I think all it did was build something that was already there. We have tremendous respect for each other, and when I say 'we,' I'm talking about our staff and our players. It's not about me. I hope our players enjoy the way we challenge them and the way we run our program. We treat 'em well, but we work them extremely hard."
Quoting Dabo Swinney: “The contract (negotiations) have not distracted Kyle at all. He is a guy who has the ability to focus. When he is on the football practice field he is all football. He has done very well. He might have been a little rusty the first day, but he has improved every day. And he has shown great leadership.”
Quoting Steve Sarkisian: "Yeah, it's getting a little hot. It's training camp, and guys are sweating and they are a little sore. Those little skirmishes are going to kick up. Dust is going to kick up. But I was proud of the other guys involved. If you noticed, not one coach had to step in to break those skirmishes up. The players went in, they got guys separated. And what I thought was good, as soon as practice was over a couple of the guys that were in the skirmishes went right up to each other and gave 'em a hug. And we'll move on. What happens on this field stays on the field."
Quoting Bobby Hauck: "We want our guys to be aggressive, so we don't want to rein them in. I think it's a lot easier to bring a dog out of a fight than push him into it."
South Carolina players swinging 50-foot ropes
South Carolina strength coach Craig Fitzgerald has the Gamecocks swinging 50-foot ropes at the end of practice.
The rope exercise isn’t the only thing that is new during South Carolina training camp this year. The State writer Joseph Person writes, “Players are lifting every day during preseason camp — hourlong workouts consisting of 40 minutes of light weight work and 20 minutes of stretching.”
Spurrier says, “I hadn’t seen that one myself, either. I thought someone was supposed to get in the middle and start jumping. It’s sort of a heavy rope, and it really works your upper body. It tires the guys out.”
Wide receiver D.L. Moore says, “I’m pretty sure we’re the only people in (the) NCAA doing this workout. And it’s very tough. We’re just working. We’re just working our (butts) off right now.”
South Carolina hosts Southern Miss to open up the college football season on September 2nd.
London building a new culture at UVA
Mike London is changing the culture around Virginia football. The first-year UVA head coach set out early on to address the confidence level of the UVA players.
London felt a serious of small victories during off-season workouts would lead to a more confident football team. It was important for the Cavalier players to begin feeling better about themselves.
London explained another goal by saying, “I want to embrace what Virginia is. Stanford has done a good job of embracing who they are. Virginia can do the same thing. We can recruit the young men that can get it done in the classroom.”
Part of London’s creative thinking included the internet airing of an NFL Films type of production called, “The Building of a Program.” VirginiaSports.com has aired 13 episodes, which began in the middle of the summer. Now, UVA fans and recruits can connect with London’s staff and thus, more enthusiasm and pride are building amongst the Virginia fan-base.
Defensive coordinator Jim Reid explains part of London’s philosophy. Reid says, “That’s why coach London’s major emphasis, and he’s correct, is that if you’re going to class, doing well in school, everything is going well socially, it clears your mind to become a great football player.”
Virginia will host Richmond University on September 4th to start the season. The following week, London will lead his team to the West Coast to play the USC Trojans.
Chief not so high on "Third & Chavis" tag
LSU defensive coordinator doesn’t exactly like the “Third & Chavis” tag that became associate with the veteran coach during his days at Tennessee (1995-2008).
So when a reporter asked Chavis about third-downs during LSU media day, here’s how Chavis responded:
“There was some John or Joe or Jack or Bill several years ago, and he couldn't find a lot to be critical of so he wanted to be critical of our third-down production. So that's fine. And let me just tell you where we are, OK."
"Our goal is 70 percent," Chavis said. "If we finish at 70 percent on third down, then we're going to finish probably at the top of the league. There's no question about that. So, yeah, the opportunity is there to improve."
In 2010, Chavis will have the luxury of having a dominant corner in Patrick Peterson. In case you haven’t see Peterson’s branding video created by the LSU video department, you can watch it right here.