Video: Pete Carroll holds a field goal attempt for Will Ferrell
It's probably never happened before; a comedy icon and Super Bowl winning coach pair up for a field goal attempt. Only in Los Angeles is that even a possibility.
At a USC speaking engagement last night, Pete Carroll (who was there to talk about the Super Bowl victory) took a wobbly snap and got it down for Will Ferrell, who then attempted a "field goal."
If you're looking for a kicker, it looks like Ferrell has got quite the boot. Somebody give him a scholarship. I have a feeling he'd do wonders for team and staff morale.
(H/T Lindsey Thiry for the video)
Video: Oklahoma State is giving away secrets again
First it was Mike Gundy explaining how they coach up four verts, this time it's defensive line coach coach Joe Bob Clements teaching the tackle-end twist game.
Again, this is a defensive line stunt that 99% of teams do, but opening your doors to a chalk talk sessions helps the fan base connect with the coaching staff and it requires very little production, editing or most importantly time. This probably took a total of five minutes with coach Clements.
The bottom line is this is very simple, and just as effective. There's no reason your program can't be doing this as well.
Side note: I really like the moveable offensive players. Can't say I've ever seen those used, but have to imagine they're easy enough to make/get your hands on and are much better than strictly drawing for your defensive staff.
Poll: 73 percent of FBS head coaches against proposed 10-second rule
What will 19.5 percent of something get you? For Major League Baseball players, a .195 batting average gets them sent down to the minors. And for the NCAA's football rules committee, it's about to get the proposed 10-second rule rejected.
ESPN's Brett McMurphy reached out to all 128 FBS head coaches for their opinion on the rule change. The vast majority (93) stated they were against the rule, while 25 were in favor and seven remain on the fence.
In @ESPN poll of 128 coaches about 10-second rule proposal, 73% opposed, 19.5% in favor, 7% undecided— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) February 26, 2014
Numbers fell pretty much the same way among the five power conferences and five mid-majors.
In @espn poll, only 11 of 65 "Power 5 Conference" coaches favor 10-second rule proposal— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) February 26, 2014
McMurphy noted that no conference featured more than a third of its membership in favor of the new rule.
The rule comes up for a vote on March 6 by the NCAA's rules oversight panel. The 11-member committee is comprised only of athletics directors, but you can bet their coaches' thoughts - and well-publicized polls like this one - will be heard.
Every school should steal this idea from Ole Miss
In case you haven't noticed, Twitter is now a visual medium. It's as much about photos and videos as the words on the page. That's how accounts that post nothing other than historical pictures, cool shots of nature or photos of puppies can build massive followings.
Ole Miss has hopped on that train, driving @OleMissPix to more than 11,000 followers. It's nothing more than attractive, timely pictures of Ole Miss athletics events. The Rebels have found a way to capture the moment and include their fans in what's going on around Ole Miss athletics. And they haven't spent an extra dime to do so.
Here are some recent shots of the Ole Miss baseball team.
Beautiful Swayze! pic.twitter.com/gVUvXV55Ls— OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) February 26, 2014
Every school employs an in-house photographer so, as such, every school should have its own Twitter photo account soon.
Breaking down the FootballScoop/SB Nation Coaches Draft
For those who have been out of the loop over the past 24 hours, the FootballScoop staff teamed up with SB Nation to hold the first-of-its-kind Coaches Draft. Ten of us drafted staffs of 12 coaches (head coach, nine assistants, plus a strength and recruiting director) among the FBS head coaching ranks and two graduate assistants from the lower levels. At least that was the plan. Things went a little haywire at the end.
Below are the first 25 picks:
Not among that group? The likes of Bob Stoops, Bill Snyder, Brian Kelly and dozens of other accomplished, smart coaches. In a way, this draft demonstrated how hard it is to win in major college football. Sure, your guy is great, but so is everyone else's. Butch Jones went 55th. Al Golden went 58th. Gary Pinkel went 69th. Charlie Weis went 104th. Washington's new coach was chosen 58 spots ahead of the coach it just lost to USC.
The hardest part, especially in the early rounds, was choosing the right-est answer when there really were no wrong answers, and to do it all in 30 seconds. Quick, would you rather have Dana Holgorsen coach your wide receivers or Gary Andersen coach your defensive line? What about quarterbacks coach Kevin Wilson or defensive backs coach Mark Stoops?
Further down the list you'd find a healthy representation of FCS, Division II and Division III coaches. Heck, Brian Floyd took Bob Sttit 14th overall. Doug plucked Wisconsin-Whitewater's Lance Liepold and North Dakota State's Chris Klieman (combined national titles: one billion), while I picked St. Thomas' Glenn Caruso and Mary Hardin-Baylor's Pete Fredenburg for some Division III flavor on my team. Scott named Murray State's Chris Hatcher and Brian Jenkins out of Bethune-Cookman. Perhaps the luckiest divisional coach, though, is Captial University's Craig Candeto for winding up on a staff headed by Nick Saban and funded by Joe Moglia.
Next time you get some down time with your buddies, I'd recommend conducting your own Coaches Draft. I'm already looking forward to the Second Annual FootballScoop/SB Nation Coaches Draft.
Here's how the FootballScoop staff drafted:
Behind the scenes with Florida State during national title week
Before actual kickoff of the BCS National Title game, there's a ton of behind the scenes stuff that each team participates in. A lot of it is serious, but there's also a fair share of events just to blow off some steam.
Here's an excellent 20+ minute, all access look at Florida State's week leading up to the title game, with some quality game footage where you can almost feel the peaks and valleys of the game from the FSU perspective.
Why it took them so long to release this, I'm not sure, but the quality is outstanding.
Video: Lineman run at the combine to a hilariously appropriate soundtrack
The NFL combine has coaches everywhere glued to the NFL Network as grown men run 40 yard dashes, jump as high as they can, and run through position specific drills.
It's obviously a very serious event full of commentary and strong opinions from "experts", but SB Nation had a little different spin where they compiled highlights of the combine's big fellas and matched it with "Wobble Baby" by V.I.C.
I'm confident that it's the best thing you'll watch today.
Video: Mic'd up for morning workouts at Penn State
The energy in the football building in Happy Valley must be contagious, because Charles Huff is full of it during their 5:30am morning workouts.
While the conditioning / agility footage is solid, it was the advice that Huff gave his guys after the workout that caught my attention, because it seems to be an outlook that he approaches coaching with.
"If you want to go where we are going, and Seniors if you don't want to leave here with a 'coulda, shoulda, woulda' feeling, then you've got to give it up. You've give it up and get better, everyday. No different."
"Those of you that say you want to make it in the league, them guys come to work every day. There's not a switch."