Kirk Ferentz on twitter
Before the hires of linebackers coach LeVar Woods and offensive line coach Brian Ferentz, head coach Kirk Ferentz was admittedly behind in the realm of social media.
Prior to the 2009 season, Kirk was adamantly against his own personal use of Twitter saying, "You never say never, but if you see me with a Twitter account, just hit me with a baseball bat. Go ahead, take a whack at me. I don’t think anyone cares if I have Wheaties or Honey Nut Cheerios. I don’t think anyone cares what I had for breakfast, what I chose this morning."
Woods is said to be the gatekeeper of the @iowafootball twitter account, and has also lent his hand in the creation of a few football websites and his own camp website and it seems that his experience with technology has helped sway Kirk Ferentz's opinion a bit.
“If you deny the importance of that, then you’re putting your head in the sand and it would really be foolish, I think it certainly is part of what we are hoping to gain and learn from as we move forward.” the head coach said.
Kirk has even given his son Brian permission to start an @KirkFerentz account...kind of.
“If he wants to do it for me, we have the same name, not fudging it too bad” Kirk added that it's just part of the world that we live in now.
"Big Cat" drill at LSU
It seems like every program has their own variation of this drill. Les Miles and LSU have dubbed it "The Big Cat" drill.
Five minutes of intensity in Baton Rouge. Enjoy.
Ever had to repo a senior gift?
Bronco Mendenhall met with the media after the third of BYU's frozen spring practices yesterday.
Mendenhall was light hearted with reporters yesterday as they were comparing their frozen field conditions with teams that they may face in the future, and Bronco was also asked about a senior who received a somewhat unexpected extra year of eligibility.
Bronco says he found out the player had a possible extra year of eligibility at the senior banquet and had to confiscate the senior gifts they had awarded, including a senior blanket, because NCAA rules.
"Probably (the) first senior blanket ever repo-ed in the history of the BYU program." he said with a smile.
QB drills with Illinois' Chris Beatty
New Illini quarterbacks coach / co-offensive coordinator Chris Beatty is starting to settle in with his new quarterbacks and is making quite the impression with his new unit.
Returning starter Nathan Scheelhaase says that he has learned a ton in his short time under Beatty.
Another quarterback, Reilly O'Toole, says that it took Beatty a little while to open up, but he's now sharing some jokes. "Some of them aren't too funny, but you just gotta laugh to try to get on his good side" O'Toole added.
In between interviews there's some quality quarterback drill footage below.
This is Mississippi Gulf Coast Football
We could tell you about how good this team has been for the past decade but the video speaks for itself.
Drill tape with Mike Stoops
Mike Stoops was the man being shadowed at practice on day two of spring practices in Norman.
Lots of good drill footage below.
Easy way to save $600,000
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State has decided to do away with the courtesy car program for their head coaches and other athletic department personnel, and will end up saving over half a million dollars.
Athletic Director Gene Smith and the athletic department are said to be saving an estimated $612,000 by cutting the tradition that has spanned several decades.
Instead, coaches will be allotted a $600 monthly car stipend. Most businesses made this same move about 5 years ago. No-brainer.
Good stuff from Gundy
Mike Gundy sat down with The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell to get his thoughts going into his 8th season as the head coach in Stillwater, his new contract, and his energy level going into 2012.
Gundy said his energy level has been great going into this season, and he hopes it's something he can maintain until he's 50 or 55, but understands that this profession can wear you down, especially since the invention of cell phones. "Once somebody started making (cell phones), then there is no break. We all used to go home" he commented.
Gundy admits there are some nights where he has to make a choice on whether to pick up the phone late at night. "I can just not take a call after 10:30 p.m. and my phone will still ring, and it’s 2013 kids, 2014 kids. I have to make a choice when I talk on the phone." He went on to say that's something that he can't do forever, "You can stop recruiting and still keep the job if you want, but you won’t be very good.”
Coach Gundy also said that he is thankful for his new contract because he has always been leery of having to move and put his kids in a new system. At one point he asked defensive coordinator Bill Young why he moved around so much during his career and Young replied "What’s the big deal? Me and the old lady, we jump in the car and we’re out of here."
The Cowboys kick off spring practices next Monday, March 12th and will host their spring game Saturday, April 21st.