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Leach: Coaches practice just like players

Mike Leach was asked if he was excited to be back on the sideline for the first time since 2009 after practice last night.

Leach responded by saying, "I've been practicing it everyday for over a month."

"It's really not that new. It's just like players practice, coaches practice. So it's not like any of it is new. I've just got to do the same thing in the game that I did in practice, just like they do."

Impressive video from Azusa Pacific

Really well put together video here from Azusa Pacific, who is making the move to D-II. The video highlights head Victor Santa Cruz and how the Cougar program is winning games and changing lives.

This is one of those videos that helps remind us of the big picture and why we do what we do as coaches. 

"God gave us just one life. We are not going to waste it on mediocrity. We are going to run to be the best." Santa Cruz notes during the clip.

"We have to master the things that require no talent"

On the field at Camp Randall, in front of 80,000 fans among the loudest in the country, communication's importance can't be stressed enough.

Co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash pointed out communication's importance, using their loss against Ohio State, where a breakdown in communication in the secondary allowed Ohio State to go ahead with under 30 seconds left on the clock. 

“Communication doesn’t require talent. That’s the No. 1 thing we’ve got to master, the things that require no talent. That’s one of them.” 

However, it's not easy. Processing the personnel, formation, defensive call and down and distance while under the gun on game day takes plenty of repetition, Ash notes.

“You have to process it first before you can communicate it. The great ones, they can process it faster.”

“Out here, it’s easy. On game day in the environment of Camp Randall Stadium, it’s a whole ’nother thing. We try to stress it, but you never know until you get to gameday.”

USC places a billboard near UCLA's campus

This billboard recently popped up near UCLA's Westwood campus.

USC associate athletic director for marketing, Craig Kelley, said that the board is one of 30 in Southern California.

"You have certain locations you can choose that are favorable and have high visibility, and we chose the ones that would work best for us at the time based on what was available."

To his credit, at least Lane scrapped the one that simply said "50-0. Have a nice day."

 

Video: Fall camp at Cal

Well done video here following Cal through their fall camp.

Follow the team through their training with the military and police / fire departments, and learn how the new facilities have made camp more productive.

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