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Video: 'The Wake Way'

It's that time of year, and recruiting videos are starting to pop up. This morning we highlighted a good one from LSU.

A few years ago, recruiting videos for a lot of programs were essentially highlight clips from the season, but they have since evolved into clips that allow recruits a glimpse inside the program, the University, and even the coaching staff.

Wake Forest released their first installment of "The Wake Way" earlier today, and it does a great job illustrating what recruits can expect from the coaching staff as each one of the coaches weighs in during the five minute clip.

It's no surprise that these types of videos are big advantages for programs out on the recruiting trail, and every staff should make an effort to put something similar together.

Miami: Head Coach U?

We saw a note from Andrea Adelson from ESPN.com about the success Miami's coaching staff from 2000-01 has since enjoyed in their careers. As Adelson provides, here is the list:

Rob Chudzinski - tight ends coach. Chud was recently named the head coach of the Cleveland Browns
Greg Schiano - defensive coordinator. Schiano took over at Rutgers in 2001, and is now the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Larry Coker - offensive coordinator. Coker was promoted to head coach after Butch Davis left to become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns after the 2000 season. Coker is now the head coach at UTSA.
Chuck Pagano - defensive backs. Pagano is now the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
Mario Cristobal - graduate assistant. Cristobal was the head coach at Florida International from 2007-12, and is now in his third stint as an assistant at Miami.

After the staff shakeup at the conclusion of the 2000, the following future head coaches joined the staff.

Randy Shannon - defensive coordinator. Shannon took over for Schiano, and later took over for Coker as the Hurricanes' head coach from 2007-10.
Mark Stoops - defensive backs. Pagano followed Davis to Cleveland, creating an opening for Stoops. He was named the head coach at Kentucky in November.

This brought to mind other staffs that went on to experience similar amounts of success.

For instance, here is a sampling of Mike Leach's assistants in 2002:

Dana Holgorsen - inside receivers. Holgo is now the head coach at West Virginia.
Sonny Dykes - outside receivers. Dykes recently accepted the head coaching job at California after three seasons as the head coach at Louisiana Tech.
Art Briles - running backs. Briles left after this season to take over at Houston, and has been the head coach at Baylor for five years. 
Greg McMackin - defensive coordinator. McMackin was the head coach at Hawaii from 2008-11.
Ruffin McNeil - linebackers. McNeil is now the head coach at East Carolina.

Of course, this team, which came within one win of playing for the Big 12 championship, was quarterbacked by the Red Raiders current head coach, Kliff Kingsbury. 

You can't write a coaching tree article without mentioning the Nick Saban. Among Saban's assistants on the 2002 squad were:

Jimbo Fisher - offensive coordinator. Fisher is now the head coach at Florida State.
Will Muschamp - defensive coordinator. Muschamp recently completed his second season as the head coach at Florida.
Mike Haywood - special teams coordinator/running backs. Haywood was the head coach at Miami (Ohio) from 2009-10.
Derek Dooley - tight ends/recruiting coordinator. Dooley was the head coach at Louisiana Tech from 2007-09 and at Tennessee from 2010-12.

Clearly, the book isn't written on any of these staffs. For instance, three assistants on Leach's staff have gone on to become coordinators elsewhere and may very well beome head coaches some day. Some branches never stop growing.

Urban: 'I always ask my coaches for a two year commitment'

The Urban Meyer coaching tree has been well documented. You've got Steve Addazio at Boston College, Dan Mullen at Mississippi State, and Charlie Strong at Louisville...just to name a few.

The staff that he's put together in Columbus combined with their success in year one has, not surprisingly, caught the attention of other programs. However, his staff has remained intact thus far.

Yesterday, Meyer noted that four of his coaches had been approached by other programs, but decided to return and they remain committed to the Buckeyes. As he explains, that staff continuity will play a large role in their success next season.

"We had four guys that had some people trying to discuss different head coaching opportunities for them. I hope that happens for some of them. I'm kind of glad it doesn't happen after just one year."

"After two years, okay...I always ask for a two year commitment. I think that's fair."

That commitment shows the faith that his assistants have in the direction of the program and the way that they're doing things in Columbus, and the sky is the limit moving forward.

VIDEO: The LSU Experience

Yet another quality video from the guys in Baton Rouge.

In the clip, former players talk about their career and experiences down on the bayou, and what it has meant to play in front of their friends, family, and fanatics in Tiger Stadium.

You can bet that recruits, especially the in state guys, are enjoying this one.

Glancing at Tennessee's support staff salaries

Tennessee beat writer Evan Woodbery today provided a look at what Tennessee's support staff will be making in 2013. As a reminder, Tennessee underwent a regime change following the 2012 season with the dismissal of Derek Dooley and hiring of Butch Jones from Cincinnati.

Support Staff

Dave Lawson - strength & conditioning coach, $175,000
Jason McVeigh - director of sports medicine, $110,000
Brad Pendergrass - director of football operations, $102,000
Scott Altzier - director of high school relations, $95,000
Roger Frazier - head equipment manager, $68,203
Chris Spognardi - assistant to the head coach, $60,000
Mike Szerszen - associate strength & conditioning coach, $60,000
Greg Adamson - assistant strength & conditioning coach, $46,000
Brandon Myles - assistant strength & conditioning coach, $37,000
Joe Bernardi - offensive quality control, $28,018
Terry Fair - defensive quality control, $20,010

Off-the-Field Staff

David Blackburn - senior associate AD for administration, $170,000
Joe Harrington - sports technology coordinator, $85,680
Condredge Holloway - student-athlete/letterman relations, $85,170
Antoine Davis - VFL coordinator, $57,500
Keith Pantling - recruiting assistant, $50,000
Max Parrott - assistant to the equipment manager, $39,159
Heather Ervin - assistant director of football operations, $32,802
Allen Sitzler - assistant to equipment manager, $28,059

Put together, this group will make $1.425 million in 2013. Tennessee's assistant coaches will make $3.085 million, and Jones will make a reported $3 million. All told, Tennessee will pay its football staff members $7.51 million in 2013.  

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