Western Michigan defensive coordinator Rich Nagy is in his first season as the Bronco's defensive coordinator; but read the quotes in the next paragraph and tell me he doesn't get it. He nailed it!
"Coaching is coaching. In the past 5 or 6 years, I think you see changes, just like society" Nagy said during the most recent Inside the Lines special. "I think the coaching part, and the kids needing coaching, hasn't changed. I think they need leadership, I think they need role models, I think they need structure, I think they need discipline."
Nagy talks about his family for a bit, noting that he's not sure if his youngest kid is at an age where she can fully realize what he does for a living. "I think they've started to realize that I go to an office, but my office is a little different than most peoples". He added that his youngest has noticed that there are a lot of "football boys" hanging around the office...and he's either going to the office to work with them, or he's out on the road looking for more of them.
Recruiting: The difference between the north and south
Texas A&M tight ends coach / special teams coordinator Brian Polian has noticed some interesting recruiting perks as a new member of the SEC.
“To be able to separate ourselves from all of the other schools in the state by telling a young man, ‘Hey, we’re not playing Iowa State, Kansas State and Kansas, we’re playing LSU, Auburn and Florida’...that’s pretty powerful” he commented.
Polian has noticed one change in particular between northern high schools and Texas high schools that he could definitely get used to.
“Doing a lot of recruiting up north, you’re used to, ‘Where is the head football coach?’ ‘Well, he’s teaching English. Come back at 3.’"
“I’ve found at these 5A schools in Texas, that’s not the case. It’s, ‘Go on back to the field house. He’s waiting for you, Coach.’ That’s been a nice surprise.”
Yesterday, Kansas had a 6 a.m. practice that ended unlike any other so far this spring.
To wrap up practice, Charlie Weis brings out the kicker to simulate a game winning field goal. Attempt #1 misses. Attempt #2 sails through the uprights and the sideline clears in celebration. Sounds like every other game winning practice celebration at first...right?
Not so fast.
Weis has the players clear the field. Needless to say he wasn't happy with the celebration, and addressed the situation saying, “I can tell you guys aren’t used to winning."
"Winning a football game is not supposed to be an uncommon occurrence. I know that’s a novel concept around here. OK. When you win a football game, there’s supposed to be a celebration that looks like a celebration. And that was a pile of crap."
"I believe in practicing everything, including winning. That’s what this is all about."
“This is about, third game of the season, you’re sitting here 2-0. You’re playing TCU...and you hit a field goal to win the game. Act that way!”