Mentoring young men

If you coach to improve the lives of young men, this is a story for you.

Oregon wide receivers coach Scott Frost works as hard as any of us.  Ask the other coaches on the staff.  Frost is there early and stays late.  He's young, single, loves football, coaching and improving the lives of young men.  The guy doesn't have much time in season for any hobbies.

However, Frost says he credits his college coach, Tom Osborne, with instilling in him the importance of mentoring young men. Frost spoke this off-season at a community event that featured Tony Dungy speaking on the same topic.  

Frost said that men that are accomplished, are disciplined and that don't have problems have a common trait...having a strong father in their home.  Kids that have problems did not have dads...or had weak dads that weren't involved.  These kids need mentors.

Frost went on to explain that when he came to Oregon he got involved with a Big Brother type organization that set him up as a mentor to a foster child.  They got along great and Frost saw the importance that he played in the young man's life.  

In his opinion, Frost didn't have nearly the time that he would have liked to devote to the young man; but he certainly saw the positive impact that he was making on him.  When the foster situation the young man was in imploded the state asked Frost to take the young man in.  As Frost put it, "I had all sorts of excuses why I didn't want to do that.  I'm single.  I'm living in a place by myself.  I work 14 hour days...and I've never cooked a meal other than macaroni and cheese."

The young man ended up living elsewhere for a few months...and then that fell through.  Again, the state asked Frost to take him in.  This time Frost agreed, "I need to stop making excuses and live up to this.  I took him in...I've been a foster parent since December, and it's the best thing I've ever done."  Frost added, "Don't make the mistake of doing nothing because you can only do a little.  I'm not there for Chris as often as I'd like to.  But because I'm there for Chris, I've seen changes.  Not only that, it's been one of the best things I've ever done for me....My point is: Stop making excuses why you shouldn't."  

The whole thing is a great piece by Rachel Bachman of the Oregonian.

Oregon State adjusts practice time

Oregon State, fresh off of a stinging overtime loss to Sacramento State, travels to Wisconsin to play in Camp Randall this weekend.

Kickoff is set for 11AM local (Wisky), which equates to 9AM pacific.  Not a normal gametime for the Beavers.

To help / force his guys to adjust, Mike Riley moved practice from it's traditional afternoon slot (2-4PM) up to 9:30 this week.  We like that move.  

Riley and his guys didn't need to lose that first one as they are facing a brutal remaining schedule....

At Wisky, UCLA, at Arizona State, Arizona, BYU, at Washington State, at Utah, Stanford, at Cal, Washington and at Oregon to finish.  Anyone want to trade schedules?


Pat Fitzgerald thinks the NCAA is going to kill two-a-days

After practice today Coach Fitz spent some time speaking with the local media.  Fitz says he wants to look at ways to structure camp better next year to not burn out his guys.  

Watch the video below and you definitely get the sense that he thinks the team is "sick and tired of practicing" by the time the first game rolls around and that then impacts how they play.

Fitz does acknowledge that they are undefeated in openers so he probably won't do anything drastic; but...

"Some of it was our passion...you operate on game day the way you create your habits during the week...it's happened every year when you get to that first game and guys are just sick and tired of practicing...it takes us the first half to get to the level of emotion that it needs to be at..." 

"We got to play better in the opener...I got a feeling that we're going to get mandated by the NCAA to go to one-a-days anyway...I just anticipate that happening." 

Just fyi, the wind kicks up after about the first 1:30 of this video and you can't hear much thereafter.

Sketching plays on napkins, pizza boxes

If you know Al Borges, you'll enjoy reading this.

If you've ever been furious when someone (perhaps even your mother in Borges' case) threw away one of your plays / napkins, you'll enjoy reading this.

Michael Rothstein of "Wolverine Nation" wrote a great article today about Borges' life.  The article is filled with stories of Borges drawing up plays on anything...paper, napkins, pizza boxes, etc...

Borges shares his philosophy on scripting plays, having a handful of "bread-and-butter" plays for when you need them and the importance of footwork drills.

If you spend more time than you might want to admit drawing up plays, you definitely want to read this one.

Link to Rothstein's article 

33 year old, 2nd time HC, "I feel like I won the lottery"

Saturday, Kyle Sweeney will lead D-III Claremont-Mudd-Scripps onto the field for the first time when they play at Lewis & Clark.  

Sweeney, 33, is a head coach for the second time.  In 2007 and 2008 Sweeney served as the head coach at MacMurray College (IL).  The past two seasons Sweeney was the defensive coordinator at the University of Chicago.  

When asked about the opportunity to become the head coach at CMS (in southern california), Sweeney said, "I feel like I won the lottery."  Sweeney noted that CMS, in regards to both athletics and academics, "Is very similar to the school I came from [University of Chicago]...and the weather is a whole lot better."

A California native, Sweeney played at Occidental before coaching at Illinois Wesleyan, Endicott College, MacMurray and the University of Chicago. 

Sweeney retained four assistants from last year's staff and has brought in two new coaches as they look to build off of a 7-2 season last year, the best record the Stags' have had in nearly a decade.

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