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.
A look inside the equipment room
Interesting look here inside of the equipment room at Western Michigan with equipment manager Taylor Jorgensen.
Jorgnesen is in his first season as the head equipment manager, and comes to the Broncos with NFL experience. In the clip he explains the differences between managing the equipment in the NFL, and the college level, as well as their procedure for game days.
Air Force traveled to Ann Arbor with instructors
After the tough 31-25 loss to Michigan on Saturday, Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun cancelled all of their media availabilities.
Calhoun announced today that he cancelled all of the media availabilities immediately after the game not due to anything that happened in the game; but because he wanted his guys to spend some extra time with their families, and on their academics...and with instructors that made the trip to Ann Arbor with them.
Coach Calhoun explained that they brought a number of instructors on the trip with them because they have a bunch of exams and projects coming up in the next few weeks. For players whose families were in Ann Arbor for the game, Calhoun noted that he wanted them to spend some extra time with them.
Taking instructors on the road shows quite the commitment to academics, and we're sure the instructors appreciated the extra effort to get everyone on the same page.
Nothing to see here. Move along. ???
Dabo hiring a sports nutritionist and chef
Dabo says 1 meal a day a huge thing for team unity. Helps position groups, coaches get to know each other off the field.— Greg Wallace (@aimclemson) September 11, 2012
We just saw this tweet noting that Dabo Swinney plans to hire a nutritionist and chef for the football program very soon.
Swinney noted that he would like to be able to have three meals a day (NCAA currently limits training table to one meal a day) at training table because it is a "huge part of performance on the field and academically."
Here's a clip of Scott Sehnert, Auburn's Sports Dietitian, explaining his duties.