Kiffin will no longer vote in coaches poll
After having his "confidential" vote outed late last week, Lane Kiffin has decided that he will no longer participate in the coaches poll.
Kiffin wrote a letter to USA Today, who oversees the coaches poll, and AFCA executive director Grant Teaff explaining his rationale.
"It is an opportunity and responsibility that I do not take lightly. However, I find it necessary to relinquish my voting status." he explained.
"Dream Season" trailer is compelling
Over the past 15 seasons, Northwest Missouri State has seen a ton of success, winning over 75% of their games, making seven national title game appearances, with their most recent title coming in 2009.
But back on June 4th of 2011 tragedy struck the Bearcat family. Months after being named successor to head coach Mel Tjeerdsma, Scott Bostwick passed away without ever having the opportunity to walk the sidelines of his dream job.
To chronicle the 2011 season, a crew got together to capture the story of a season that no one would soon forget. Above is the trailer to the documentary, and it looks phenomenal.
As website dedicated to the documentary states, "It is a story of heart, dedication, and the power of family that you truly have to see…to believe."
Meyer: "Our quarterbacks are caged tigers"
Up until September 1, when Ohio State opens up at home against Miami (OH), the quarterbacks will don green or black jersey's and will get quick whistles during practice.
In Urban's words, they're "caged tigers" from now until opening kickoff.
Monday night football TV
Monday night (preseason) football tonight.
Eastern time is listed.
Dallas at Oakland - 8 - ESPN
More preseason NFL action today.
All times are eastern.
St. Louis at Indianapolis - 1:30 - NFL Network
Video: "The arrival"
Solid video addition here out of West Virginia and their "arrival" into Big 12 country.
The video features Holgo and a few of the star Mountaineers, and is very well put together.
The NFL Network will have a few more preseason games to enjoy tonight.
All times are eastern.
Houston at Carolina - 7 - NFL Network
Tennessee at Seattle - 10 - NFL Network
Creating a culture on the offensive line
Connecticut offensive coordinator and offensive line coach George DeLeone has spent the spring and fall focusing on creating a very specific culture up front for the Huskies.
"I want to establish a culture of work ethic, unselfishness and of toughness," he explained. "Guys that have been around here for a while can get complacent. But I think what happened is, we've said, 'Hey, you've played, but some of the stuff you've done hasn't been up to Division I standards. Now let's get that up.'"
Last season, the Huskies went 5-7 and allowed 41 sacks, ranking them tied for 113th in the country. But as DeLeone explains, that stat can be somewhat misleading of offensive line play.
"Fans, people are going to look at the sacks, but the sacks are just as much a team function as they are an offensive line function. Sometimes, if the quarterback holds the ball too long and he gets sacked, well, that's on the quarterback. Sometimes when a running back misses a block and the quarterback gets sacked, that's on the running back. Every single sack is not offensive line-related. With that said, we gave up way too many by the offensive line."
Part of the culture change up front is getting players to enjoy the grind of the season, and embrace the expectations of running a multiple offense. The multiplicity may not be what fans want to see come Saturday's, but it definitely has the potential to put defensive coordinators in a bind when they have to prepare for a ton of different looks.
"We have to get a culture where players on the offensive line love to grind. I think we're making progress. We're not there yet, but I think we're better than we were last year."
"That means we're going to have to understand a lot of schemes, a lot of plays, and they're going to have to be on point mentally every day. Some teams in college football don't run as many plays as we do."