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Tee Martin reflects on the transition to USC

It took a little while for Lane Kiffin to convince Tee Martin and his family that moving to Southern California was the right thing to do, and now that he has been on the job for nine days he took some time to reflect.

Martin said that one of the many things that makes Kiffin a great recruiter is his ability to make you comfortable about a situation. Kiffin even had his wife Layla talk to Tee Martin's wife to ease some of their concerns.

Making a "lateral" move in the coaching profession, Martin told Pedro Moura of ESPN, that it is a blessing to already have the talent on campus, but the bigger question is for him was "Are you going to a school where you can recruit the talent that you need?" He went on to say that even if USC didn't have the talent that they have at the receiver position now, that he felt there was no denying the tradition at USC, and that would help him bring in the type of guys to take the program where they want to take it.

Martin also reflected how he handled telling recruits and players that he had decided to take the job. "I called them. For the most part, I had relationships with them to where I told them the truth and I was blatantly honest with them throughout the recruiting process. They understood that this was something that was best for my family and my career. And I was honest with them. It wasn't a deal where I tried to let it bowl over for a week and then do it. Immediately when I knew I was taking it, I called those guys.'

Martin reminded recruits that it's the University, not the coach that should be the reason you enroll at a school. Classy move Coach Martin.




Tibesar's experience in CFL helped him tremendously

ESPN's Big Ten writer, Adam Rittenberg, got the opportunity to sit down and talk with newly hired Purdue defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar recently.

Tibesar said that the he was happy with his job calling the defense for the CFL's Montreal Alouettes but Purdue was an opportunity that fit every category that he was looking for, including "working with great people".

Tibesar also told Rittenberg that his experience in the CFL helped him grow tremendously as a coach because it forced him to solve problems that most coaches back in the states didn't have an answer for.

"You've got problems that don't come up in the states, with multiple players going in motion and 12 guys on the field. So I felt like it was a great growing opportunity for me from a schematic standpoint and learning the science of the game." he said of his experience up north. 




Stanford gettin edgy: "How we do it over here"

Another day, another great video. Today we're rollin with Stanford football.

As you might have seen on here from time to time, Stanford undoubtedly puts out some great videos. Most of them are well produced, polished and even polite. 

This video however, gets a little edgy for Stanford. Give it a look. 




This is how you are going to work out at the University of Houston

Tony Levine recently hired Brian Odom as his director of football strength & conditioning. Odom had been at the University of Arizona for the past four seasons as associate director of performance enhancement (nice title). 

Good video below from Houston featuring Odom talking about his role in preparing each player.




Gannett vs. FootballScoop

Gannett, the nation's largest newspaper publisher, announced this morning that by year end they will switch over all of their 80 community newspaper websites to a paid model in which the user has to pay a monthly fee to gain access to be able to read articles and learn the news. 

Far and away Gannett's largest newspaper asset is USA Today (note that at this time they did not announce that USA Today would switch to the paid model).

FootballScoop, modestly smaller than Gannett, is announcing by this post that we plan to remain free to the people! 

In other news, Gannett also noted that they planned to return $1.3 billion to shareholders over the next three years. FootballScoop has no such plans. 




The final cut: Vandy signing day

Over the past few weeks, we've highlighted signing day at numerous different schools...but once again, Vandy has done a great job with their video. 

James Franklin and Vandy just released their final cut from signing day in Nashville and it doesn't disappoint.




Titles mean little, legacy is everything

After twenty years as a major college assistant, Jimmy Ray Stephens has decided to return to his roots at the high school level and continue to build on his legacy.

Stephens will be recommended as the next head coach at Walton high school in Florida and he says that it would be a welcome change for him on both a personal and professional level. “I’ve been miserable the last couple of years, I just felt like it was time for a change.”

“After spending 20 years in college football, it was a good 20 years, it was a great run, but I think I’ve gotten to the point now where I want to matter” Stephens said. “I feel like, by going back to high school coaching and being the head coach myself and doing my thing the way I believe in doing things and making a difference in young people’s live...I’m not sure you can get much of that done at the college level." he added.

Going from the major college level to high school is quite the change, but it sounds to us like Coach Stephens is doing it for all the right reasons. It's a nice reminder that titles mean very little compared to the legacy that coaches have the opportunity to leave in  their players lives.




Pelini looking to recruit more efficiently

A local reporter asked Bo Pelini how he measures toughness in a recruit, "Part of it is simply finding guys who do things the right way, you also look for guys who step up in big parts of the game, and guys who handle adversity." he responded.

Pelini added that while it is important that you do your homework and ask people surrounding the recruit, you also have to ask the right questions. That is why Pelini has enlisted the help of a firm of research professionals to help his staff ask the right questions and evaluate recruits more efficiently.

"They're working to help us to not only ask the right questions, but teach us what to listen for when we ask the questions and get more insight in the limited amount of time we're with recruits," Pelini said of the researchers. He added that the most important aspect is knowing what key words and reactions to assess as you ask the questions. 

Pelini hopes to have half of their 2013 recruiting class in place by the end of the summer.