From Harvard Law to coaching corners at West Virginia...and lovin' it
Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated documented the journey of West Virginia cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts from Harvard Law School...to working for Dana Holgorsen.
Great story about chasing a passion.
You can watch the full episode tonight on NBC Sports Network.
Norm Chow starting new tradition at Hawaii
At Norm Chow's previous coaching stops, one of the traditions he has really enjoyed has been the walk to the stadium with the team, walking through a few hundred fans and players having the opportunity to see their families before kickoff.
In the video, Chow describes the logistics behind the new tradition as well as why he feels it is important to implement.
Fitzgerald: I reminded them it's a $60,000 scholarship
A 2-0 start has Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald expecting more out his team. Much more.
In their 23-13 win against Vanderbilt last Saturday, Fitzgerald noted that there were some areas where they "didn't bring their big boy pads."
One of those areas was the pass game. Through two games the Wildcats are completing about 62% of their passes, and Coach Fitz has made it known that the receivers should be catching every ball that comes their way to make sure that number rises as the year progresses.
‘‘We’ve got to catch the football. I don’t care where the ball is thrown, that’s what we put them on scholarship for, and I reminded them it’s a $60,000 scholarship. Catch the ball.’’
This weekend the Wildcats welcome a team from ACC country in as they take on Boston College. A win would give the Wildcats victories against teams in three of the major conferences. So far their wins have come against teams from the Big East (Syracuse) and SEC (Vanderbilt).
Kelly: "We try to maximize our coaches"
In years past, Oregon's offensive staff has done an impressive job finding ways to utilize a unique player's entire skill set by lining him up at multiple positions.
Chip Kelly touched on how they go about coaching that during his press conference yesterday.
Kelly noted that in their offense it is important to maximize their coaches, which is why he takes the hybrid position players during individual position meetings.
"We try to maximize our coaches so that we don't have a kid that has to go the wide receivers meeting for 15 minutes and then run over to the running back meeting for 15 minutes." Kelly explained.
Butch Jones on Pitt win: I never felt more confident going into a first game
Well produced video here from Cincinnati's win over Pitt last week.
Some good locker room and sideline footage mixed in with the game highlights.
Butch Jones tells the team after the win, "I never felt more confident going into a first game than I did (this week)."
Leach: "That's a sure sign of a bad football team"
Last season, Washington State handled UNLV 59-7. The Cougs face the Rebels Friday at 9 on ESPN.
Leach was asked yesterday if the win last year makes his job more difficult from a motivational standpoint because of the way that they dominanted the Rebels in 2011.
"Well it shouldn't. First of all, any team that doesn't give the other team credit is out of their mind." he explained.
"That's just wrong, and short sighted, and a sure sign of a bad football team."
Wednesday TV - No games
No games tonight, but a few games scheduled tomorrow.
Allow your players to market your program
The most successful head coaches are always planning for the future of their program.
Lane Kiffin was blessed to have Matt Barkley on campus when he arrived as head coach of USC. Kiffin nearly immediately began to utilize Barkley in their overall marketing program. Barkley represents the University and the football team very well on camera. Last year you might remember that USC allowed Barkley to "star" in a number of behind the scenes videos allowing fans and students to get to know the team better (oh, and to market the program to recruits). Although he might not know it (actually he seems to get it, so he might realize this), what Barkley is really doing is to help ensure the next Matt Barkley comes to SC.
Tonight we noticed the video below in which Barkley drops a little knowledge about SC's offense and Kiffin's in-game adjustments. Another quality marketing piece for the program.
Note to those of you blessed with a marketable starting junior or sophomore...allow that young man to become the face of your team for next year or two...and you will see results.