Photo: Ole Miss really understands what recruits want to see

Hugh Freeze and his staff know a thing or two about how to connect with today's recruit's. Ever since stepping on campus at Ole Miss, they've elevated the expectations, and results on the recruiting trail. You could argue that no staff at Ole Miss has recruited better in their first few seasons.

That's why this picture caught our attention (well, that and the fact it was sent to us on Twitter). The Rebels took four commodities that recruits would recognize (Kirk Herbstreit, Rivals, 247, and Scout), squeezed them onto one iPhone screen, and then let the tweets do their talking for them.

The result is powerful, yet simple...which is almost always the most effective way to reach your prospects. Again, this won't get a player to commit; but it keeps you in his mind and in the conversation and is an excellent conversation piece. 


(h/t @S_Ruzic)

Video of the Day - Indiana football is back

And the winner in paintball today was...

Larry Fedora went to war today...yeah, paintball war. Team buidling. Love it.

No quote yet from Seth Littrell. 

June Jones issues new statement regarding playing in the Spring

Last week we told you about June Jones calling for "out of the box" thinking for the future of football for the "have nots" in the FBS. In all honesty, he was right about the need for creative thinking; but the idea he suggested (moving games for the non power five conferences to the spring) just wasn't the right one. 

As CFT points out, three of the 5 "non power 5" conference commisioners came out vehemently opposed to the idea June proposed. Clearly folks, this isn't happening.

Well today, June issued a statement to clarify that his suggestion was his own, and not that of his employer or their conference...apparently the suggestion wasn't well received by some. 

Jones' statement:

“My recent comments about the non-’Group of Five’ conferences possibly moving their football seasons to the spring were my own, and not those of SMU or the American Athletic Conference. Not being in one of these leagues creates unique challenges, and requires us to think out of the box. My comments were an example of this, and, I hope, triggered others to do so as well.

“Our conference experienced a great deal of national success in its first season. Two teams were ranked in the top 15 of the final AP poll and five were selected for bowl games. At SMU, we strive for that same level of success and will compete for American Athletic Conference Championships. We want to compete with and beat teams from the “Group of Five.”

June shouldn't be roasted for suggesting the need for creative thinking. Let's move on folks. 

Three years in, Dana Holgorsen believes West Virginia is ready to compete in the Big 12

In October of 2012, it appeared West Virginia was primed to take the Big 12 by storm. Undefeated and ranked fifth nationally, the Mountaineers started life in the Big 12 with a 70-63 win over Baylor and a 48-45 defeat of Texas. Since then, West Virginia is 6-14 overall and 4-12 in the Big 12. The Big 12 has taken West Virginia by storm. 

The Mountaineers' struggles can lay at the feet of a number of factors. Injuries. A loss of experience leading to inexperience at key positions. A roster that wasn't built to compete in the Big 12. All of the same stuff TCU has dealt with as well. 

In addition to a loss of talent (Geno Smith, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey), Holgorsen suffered equally important - if not moreso - losses on his coaching staff, particularly on offense. Jake Spavital left to become the quarterbacks coach, and now the offensive coordinator, at Texas A&M. Bill Bedenbaugh is now the offensive line coach at Oklahoma. Robert Gillespie is now coaching running backs at Tennessee. 

"Last year, on offense, not only were we replacing a lot of stars, a lot of starters, a lot of firepower, we had to replace a whole staff, too. We had some coaches move on to some pretty good jobs. We've got all the offensive guys back, got all the offensive coaches back. Tony Gibson took over (on defense) so we wouldn't have to change many things. We brought in some guys, held on to some guys that understand what the defensive scheme is all about. We've got the same coach coaching the special teams that we've had for the past couple years. The continuity on the staff right now, I think, is good."

Holgorsen's offensive staff returns completely intact from 2013, while Tony Gibson was promoted from safeties coach to defensive coordinator following Keith Patterson's departure for Arizona State, longtime Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley was hired as assistant head coach and defensive line coach, and Damon Cogdell was plucked from the Florida high school ranks to coach the linebackers. 

With three recruiting classes now signed since West Virginia announced its intention to join the Big 12, I asked Holgorsen how close he thinks the Mountaineers are to having a Big 12-ready roster: "Based on the fact that we have an entire roster coming back, I think we're in a position to say we're doing that. We have 55 guys in the locker room that have played Big 12 football games. Our job is to try to improve recruiting every year, improve the roster every year. I think we've done that over the last three years." 

While West Virginia's location, basically on a land-locked island detatched from the rest of the conference, Holgorsen uses West Virginia's status as the East Coast's Big 12 team to his advantage on the recruiting trail. He says it's working.

"Our TV partners have done a great job of broadcasting our games, getting the word out that the Big 12 is exciting. Kids are taking notice. We're attacking a group of kids that have an opportunity to play in something like that, whereas in the past in our recruiting efforts we couldn't have sold them," Holgorsen said. "I've hired some good recruiters, but I think the Big 12 brand has helped, no question."

"We're recruiting at the highest level we ever have."

Now is the time to prove it.

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