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Video: Tony Levine plays the sax

Tony Levine went out to visit the Cougar band to show his appreciation for what they do and ended up with a sax in his hand.

...and he's pretty good.

What Rich Rod looks for in an assistant

As coaches, when we look to fill a position and are reviewing resumes sometimes we're looking for experience at the highest level or overall quality experience, where and how they'll fit into the staff, or accolades as a player, and of course we'll take some time to take a look through the references to see if their are any mutual ties.

When Rich Rodriguez looks at a resume, he wants to see "humble beginnings", as the Tucson Citizen points out.

Seven of the 10 coaches on staff played college football at the small college level, and only one coach (co-offensive coordinator Calvin Magee) has NFL playing experience.

Six of the 10 coaches started their careers at the high school level, and only offensive line coach Robert Anae got his start at the major college level (Hawaii) before spending some time at the JUCO level.

I don’t know if I would hire a guy if he hadn’t coached at the high school or small college level.” 

Rodriguez further explained his thought process. "When they go to a big school, all you do at a big school is get spoiled. If you’re in a small college or high school, you have lined off the field, you were the equipment guy, you were the only manager. Now I have managers for every position, trainers all over the field, people washing clothes, people painting.

“Sometimes, I don’t know where they all come from."

The coaching staff agrees that there's something special about having to work your way through the ranks from the bottom up and having to earn it every step of the way.

President Obama gives Paul Rhoads props

While campaigning in Ames yesterday President Obama gave some credit to Cyclones head coach Paul Rhoads for his passionate pre and post game speeches.

Obama stated "I won't pretend I can give a speech like Coach Rhoads can, but I'm going to try."

Asked about it later on, Rhoads said that he had the opportunity to watch it when he took a short break from prepping for their home opener on Saturday against Tulsa.

"I watched it.  I actually watched it."

"There's some good research done there by his writers. They had him prepared. He didn't know my name before he said it and he forgot it right after he said it. Nonetheless, it's pretty cool."

Another solid episode of "Relentless"

Another great look inside the Ohio football program in the latest addition to the "Relentless" series.

This week the team heads to the movies, and they take a closer look at the offensive line during practice.

Chow: USC is a program that everyone should try to emulate

Not surprisingly, many of the questions during Norm Chow's press conference centered around his experiences at USC and being back in a familiar environment come Saturday.

One reporter asked Coach Chow if he had taken a look at the new facility that USC just opened and mentioned that Hawaii may be on the opposite end of the college football spectrum, facility wise. Chow explained that USC has outstanding support for athletics from top to bottom, and that's not something that you find everywhere.

"That's typical USC, and that's why I enjoyed being there so much. There was a firm committment from everyone involved from the president to the boosters, to everybody ina the committment to college athletics, and it shows."

"There's no question, it's a program that everyone should try to emulate." Chow noted.

 

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