Fickell: Titles are secondary
After practice on Tuesday, linebackers coach / defensive coordinator Luke Fickell was scheduled to meet with the media for the only time during preseason camp.
Fickell noticed that the media was still busy asking offensive coordinator Tom Herman questions, so he attempted to slip past everyone unnoticed. Definitely a change of pace from his post practice routine a season ago as the interim head coach.
Being able to see things from a head coaches perspective last season, Fickell feels that he is now in a better position to appreciate being able to focus his energy on his assistant coaching duties.
“It’s getting back into the things you love to do. Where’s your focus? You can switch sides of the ball, switch positions, and you always have to focus yourself back to what you’re doing."
“If you worry about too many things outside of what you have control over, it’s very difficult. So whatever your job is, that’s what your focus is. The ability to stay on task and do that is the key. That’s maybe what I learned the most.”
For Fickell, it's all about being around the players that he has helped bring into the program and teaching them through football. Titles are secondary.
"You have to find what's exciting and what you have a passion for. Coaching, this is what I love, yes. It doesn't matter if you're coaching or you're helping out academics, you're a strength coach or the head coach or you're an assistant coach, helping these young people has to be one of your passions."
The First Social Media Command Center in College Athletics
You're gonna want to watch the video to see what Oregon has created.
We introduce you to the Quack Cave!
The truth is we all monitor social media in our own ways, Oregon just took the plunge and built a command center which can be manned at all relevant times. Bold move Oregon, we like it!
Holgo's new contract
As we noted on The Scoop earlier today, Dana Holgorsen has signed a new contract that will take him through the 2017 season, with a starting salary of $2.3 million per.
By the end of the agreement in 2017, Holgo will make $2.9 million annually. A flat buyout is listed within the wording of the contract at $2 million.
Other notable areas of the contract include:
- An annual retention bonus of $75,000 every December 8 that he remains the Mountaineers head coach. Also included are retention bonuses of $50,000 (March 1, 2013), and $300,000
- Two cars, a golf club membership and four guests on a charter flight to any road game are also included.
- The pool of money for his assistant coaches will begin at 2.6 million and increase at least 3% every year. If the Mountaineers make a bowl game, that pool will increase by no less than 5%.
-The list of annual performance based incentives can total no more than $600,000.
Great article on Urban Meyer
Anytime that Wright Thompson publishes an article for ESPN or ESPN The Magazine, get comfortable, grab a chair and dig in.
Earlier today, Thompson released an article that talks about Urban Meyer the man, as well as the coach. Interestingly enough, the article includes some of the books that make up Meyer's library and the impact that they impacted his coaching style.
Overall, Thompson provides some great insight into what drives Meyer, what makes him tick, and plenty of stories behind the media headlines of the past few years.
We could try to summarize it; but that truly wouldn't be justice for this one. When you have a few minutes, take a look for yourself.
Northwestern is updating their facilities
The team meeting room at Northwestern recently got a major face-lift. All of the work you see in this video was done in two days...total cost we hear was around $20,000.
As you can see in the time lapse video above, players entering the meeting room for the first time during fall camp seemed pretty excited about the new look.
We hear Northwestern plans to keep things fresh throughout the season by using some Fatheads on the walls. Word is the first one up is of defensive backs coach / assistant head coach Jerry Brown back from his playing days. Great way to keep things fresh (and keep the players attention) without spending a lot of money.
Update> Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune just tweeted this picture of the new look as you approach the football facility. Again, cool new look without a major investment. We like it.
Nice "Welcome back" video from NMSU
To welcome players to camp, the video guys at New Mexico State put together a highlight video that mixed the Aggies training in the off season to become iron men, with scenes from the movie "Ironman".
Interesting concept, and very well produced.
Saban to Julio Jones: We're going to win with or without you
When Julio Jones was coming out of high school in Alabama, he was one of the most sought after recruits in the country.
Normally to land one of the nation's highest ranked players your going to pull out all the stops. Send him 105 hand written letters in one day or fly to his game in a helicopter, or maybe address the recruit via a personal video when your out of town for a speaking engagement.
When you recruit high profile kids year after year like Nick Saban does, you have a knack for knowing how they'll respond to different tactics. Which is exactly what he did with Julio Jones, as Jones told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
"One of the reasons I liked Alabama was when I went to visit coach Saban, he said, ‘Well you know, we want you here. But we’re going to win with you or without you.’ I was like, that’s me. I just want to win. I don’t like stuff just given to me.”
Even as a highly touted recruit, Jones didn't relish the spotlight like so many receivers before him, and Saban recognized that and utilized it in his recruiting pitch.
"I really don’t care about the spotlight. That’s why going to a place like Alabama was good for me. When you put your pads on, you wouldn’t know who’s a walk-on and who’s a scholarship player.”
Herman: "Marotti is the best strength coach in America"
When Urban Meyer was hired down in Columbus, one of his first personnel moves was to bring on Mickey Marotti as the director of strength and conditioning.
After giving Marotti a full summer to work with the players, offensive coordinator Tom Herman has noticed a huge difference in the players size, speed, strength, and discipline and had plenty of praise for Marotti after yesterday's practice.