SI explains the "Sabanization of college football"
Andy Staples over at ESPN put out a piece today explaining the "Sabanization of college football".
The article is very well done and explains a few of Saban's methods including what has become known in coaching circles as "the Process".
As Staples explains, "Instead of talking about wins and championships, Saban speaks about the Process. In its most basic form, the Process is Saban's term for concentrating on the steps to success rather than worrying about the end result."
"Instead of thinking about the scoreboard, think about dominating the man on the opposite side of the line of scrimmage. Instead of thinking about a conference title, think about finishing a ninth rep in the weight room. Instead of thinking about graduating, think about writing a great paper for Intro to Psych."
You'll hear the same from many of the coaches that have worked under Saban. It's all about the process.
Staples also gives some insight on how coaches under Saban evaluate talent, and where some of Saban's philosophies come from, including how to develop the entire student athlete; personally, mentally and morally.
Holgo: Don't act like a true freshman, get better
With only a week left in fall camp, Dana Holgorsen has noted that the staff has done a great job recruiting players up front that can physically handle what they're asking them to do, but the mental part of the game is starting to catch up to them.
"They're starting to spin a little bit. It's catching up to them." Holgo said about the mental load early on.
"Our second-team offense looks terrible. They look awful. That's what we're dealing with on offense where you put the second team in and you have a bunch of true freshmen. They don't need to act like true freshmen, they need to get better."
"Defensively, it's the same thing, but we're not having to put a bunch of true freshmen in on the offensive side, we're having to put freshmen in on the defensive side, and they need to keep getting better like our second team."
Holgo explained that instead of plugging in the young guys with the second team, you'd ideally want to redshirt them and give them an extra year to develop.
"Hopefully we don't have to play those guys. You want to red shirt 'O' linemen. Physically they're up to speed. Mentally it's going to take some time. We'll keep repping them."
Thinking back, Holgorsen noted that he can think of only one player that could shoulder the full load as a true freshman on the offensive line.
"We'll play true freshmen on the [defensive] line, secondary, some receivers, always played running backs. The O line is the one that's hard. Probably only had one guy do it in the last two years."
Duke adds black helmets
Duke has added a matte black look to their helmet choices.
Looks pretty sharp.
"Freshman always think they lift hard...they don't"
When Pete Lembo put Dave Feeley in charge of the strength program at Ball State, his first order of business was transitioning the weight program from a high intensity workout to one based on Olympic lifts.
Feeley says that much of the winter and the summer was spent teaching technique, and also explains how they structure their summer workouts.
Feeley also touches on the difference in training between a freshman and an upperclassmen, "Freshman are always in shock no matter where you are, wherever you are in the country. They always think that they lift hard...they don't. They always think they run hard...they don't"
Urban addresses team on Day 1
As the summer officially winded down, and fall began, head strength coach Mickey Marotti officially handed the team over to Urban Meyer.
Meyer addressed the team and told them he is looking for a bunch of guys that are hungry and pissed off.
The clip above is just a preview of what ESPN will cover during their "Training Days" footage at Ohio State.
Video: Vandy having fun with Dore Wars
A few days ago, Vandy competed in their "Dore War" drill.
Straight up four on four, man on man, with the offense trying to get 10 yards. These guys (including the coaches) are having a ton of fun with it.
Edsall: "I'm not a name on the back of the jersey guy"
Back in the fall of 1961, Maryland was the first team to put names on the back of their football uniforms.
While their uniforms last season didn't have them, this fall Edsall says that the more traditional uniforms will feature players names on the back, even though he admits that he isn't a "name on the back of the jersey guy."
“To me, it’s all about the name on the front. It’s all about Maryland.” he explained.
Edsall noted that the program got a ton of exposure last season because of the Maryland "Pride" uniform that they unveiled early in the year, but this year they have gone back to more of a traditional look.
“I just think that Under Armour was innovative in terms of what we did and I think people looked at that and said 'Oh wow, all these combinations'. But now this year, we’ve gone back to a little bit more of a traditional look that we’ll have."
“One of the traditions here at Maryland, they did have the names on the backs of jerseys. So we’ll have the names on the back of the jerseys with our traditional jerseys, but with our Pride jerseys we won’t. That’ll just have Maryland and nothing on the back."
Edsall reminded the Washington Post that reaching recruits is one of their main goals when it comes to uniform changes.
“But again, the thing I thought was our players really liked them. The demographics that we’re involved with in terms of recruiting — the high school kids — they really liked them. And to me, that’s what’s most important, is the guys that we’re trying to sell to come here, to grow this program and to make it better.”
"Those before us built the tradition, those here now carry it on"
Really good commercial here from East Mississippi Community College, last years JUCO National Champions.
If you haven't noticed, EMCC videos have been featured a few times throughout the site, and they are one program that has done a great job utilizing promotional videos to help further their brand to recruits, as well as coaches.