Mike Leach sums up the 10-second rule debate in one sentence
Mike Leach has been the strongest critic of the NCAA's proposed 10-second rule, going on Birmingham radio to say he will "debate anyone" on the merits of the rule. Considering he's college football's only head coach with a law degree, that's a debate he would probably win.
Or, of course, he could end the entire thing in one sentence. This is the same coach that once suggested college football should have a 64-team tournament with seeding based off graduation rates. So here's how he sums up the 10-second rule:
Love you, pirate. pic.twitter.com/NVRF0yabZF— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) February 14, 2014
'If you want to do it for a competitive advantage, then come out and say it'
Yesterday we covered the reception up-tempo offensive coaches had to the NCAA's proposed 10-second rule. Predictably, it wasn't pretty. And that's understandable. After all, this rule cuts at the heart of the way those coaches do business.
But perhaps the most vitriolic and dumbfounded responses have come from those who aren't affected at all by the rule, athletic trainers. Turns out, they're not big fans of using their livelihood as a political forcefield as a means to curb a competitive disadvantage.
"If you want to do it for a competitive advantage, then come out and say you're doing it for a competitive advantage," said Arizona head athletic trainer Raydn Cohen, chair of the college committee of the National Athletic Trainers' Association. "Don't say it's a safety issue because right now we don't have any data about this. None."
Jon Solomon of AL.com reached out to the medical community, and the response was muddied. Most agreed that a reduction of plays would thereby reduce the opportunity for injury and that a tired player is more likely to be injured, but all agreed there was no conclusive data to support a necessity for change.
"From the outside looking in, it looks like they're using the health and safety initiative to pass it this year because that's the only way to pass it," said Harvard head athletic trainer Brant Berkstresser, a member of the NCAA Competitive Safeguards Committee. "That being said, I don't think there's any harm for the student-athlete. The longer players are on the field or play a set amount of plays longer than the previous norm, you certainly can make a theoretical assumption that would increase the risks of injury."
Here's another, from Purdue biomedical engineer Thomas Talvage.
"This did not even come up at our task force meeting two weeks ago," Talavage said. "That's why I say I don't think their motivation behind this is necessarily the head."
If coaches truly wanted to make the game safer for defensive players, Talvage offered a sure-fire solution. "However, we have to keep in mind the hits they take in the game may only represent less than 50 percent of the total number of hits they take on a given week," he said. "A bigger benefit may be schools cutting down contact practices to twice a week."
"It's the boy who cried wolf," Cohen concluded. "If you keep crying wolf about safety, safety, safety, yet it isn't about safety, when you really want to implement something for safety, it won't get done and that will be a tragedy."
If you think your program has hurdles, you'll love this video
It doesn't matter what level you're at, or how successful a program has been, every football program has their own specific set of hurdles.
Mendota HS is a migrant farm worker town of 11,000, and if you just looked at photos of the community, you'd swear it wasn't even in the US, but in fact it's just 40 miles outside of Fresno, California.
In this video from ESPN, the worldwide leader profiles the challenges behind the California football powerhouse, the town behind it, and the families that ultimately make them who they are. There are going to be a lot of high school coaches out there that can relate to this community and the connect with the message of this video.
I highly recommend taking 20 minutes out of your day for this story, and every time your program hits a hurdle, think of the program at Mendota. This is absolutely outstanding.
UPDATE>> It looks like ESPN has replaced the 20 minute video with a short 3 minute trailer because the full version will be aired within the next night or two. The trailer is included below for now, but we will try to track down the full version and provide that as well as soon as it is available.
Interesting breakdown of how your players are using social media
The people over at Fieldhouse Media put together their second annual survey taking a look at how student athletes are utilizing social social media. This data was taken mainly from Division I student athletes (who made up for 64% of the data received) followed by 14% from NAIA programs, 13% from Division II programs and 9% from Division III programs.
Last year, we polled coaches on how they utilize social media and got some interesting results.
While Fieldhouse's full study can be seen here, I've included a handful of some of the more interesting takeaways from the study below that may interest you and your coaching staff, the compliance office, and your athletic director;
- 78% of student-athletes use Twitter (up from 72% last year)
- 78% of student-athletes are using Instagram (up from 65% a year ago)
-94% of all student-athletes are using Facebook.
-85% of student-athletes use Facebook less today than they did last year.
-40% have no social media education or training (down from 51% last year.
The following statistics are from areas that coaches would find particularly interesting;
- 6% of the student-athletes surveyed have received hateful or critical tweets from fans and 72% of them have responded to them.
- 18% of those surveyed on the use of Twitter admit to have tweeting something inappropriate (drugs, alcohol, sexual, racial, profanity), while 9% of Facebook users, and 5% of Instagram users admit to doing the same.
-8% of student-athletes admit to have checking social media during a game
-5% admit to posting on social media during a game
-38% spend more than 1 hour per day on some type of social media
One thing that can't be denied after looking at the various results of this study is that social media plays such a large role in the lives of our players today that we (as coaches, and an athletic department) should be finding some way to educate them on the dangers of it.
The results should also illustrate the most effective way for you and your staff to communicate with current players and recruits.
Video: This is how Penn State develops their 'edge' under Franklin
At first glance, nothing about Penn State's first workout session under James Franklin and Dwight Galt looks any different than what other programs across the country are doing at this time.
However, in order to create an edge, the end of the workout features two players fighting over a tire. There's a very specific reason why that event is held to the end of the workout.
“Control your breathing,” Franklin told the guys at the end of the workout. “We do that at the end because anybody can do it when they’re fresh. We want to see how you guys are going to compete when times are tough."
"How are you going to compete when you’re tired? This is about mental and physical toughness.”
If you don't have something in your workouts with a competitive edge factor, you may want to consider adding something like this. Makes a lot of sense, especially for a new staff trying to create a new identity.
Mike Gundy goes off on a classic Twitter rant
Late Thursday afternoon, Scott let this tweet fly:
Something tells me Mike Gundy might drop some knowledge shortly re this ten second proposal. Enjoy— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) February 13, 2014
Channeling his 40-year-old self, Gundy proceeded to rip it into the rule change, 140 characters at a time.
The no huddle, fast tempo style has changed the game of CFB. Our sport has exploded in popularity with high scoring games & packed stadiums.— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) February 13, 2014
College Football is constantly evolving. Coaches have to make adjustments based on their team, their talents and their opponents.— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) February 13, 2014
The 10-second rule is like asking basketball to take away the shot clock - Boring!. It’s like asking a blitzing linebacker to raise his hand— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) February 13, 2014
Why change our sport at the peak of its popularity— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) February 13, 2014
Some of the responses were just as good, if not better, than the original.
RT @CoachGundy: DON'T COME AFTER UP-TEMPO OFFENSES, WHICH HAS DONE EVERYTHING RIGHT. COME AFTER ME! I'M A MAN!— Ben Kercheval (@BenKercheval) February 13, 2014
I think the only way to settle this tempo debate is a good, old-fashioned street fight. Choose sides/weapons carefully, fellas.— David Ubben (@davidubben) February 13, 2014
Mike Gundy on a Twitter rant! Looking at you, Bert.— Mark Ennis (@Mengus22) February 13, 2014
Mike Gundy won twitter today.— Richan Gaskins (@CoachGSeatbelt) February 13, 2014
If Gundy drops the mic w #Karma twitter might implode— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) February 13, 2014
How much 'hard data' does the NCAA have on the 10-second rule? None
We've had coach reaction to the NCAA's proposed 10-second rule, as well as a story on where the rule comes from. But we haven't spoken to the people that will ultimately implement the rule (if it passes, which remains doubtful): the officials.
Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com spoke to Rogers Redding, national coordinator of the College Football Officials organization. He's the Mike Pereira of college football, the spokesman for all men in stripes. If anyone could explain the rationale behind such a large piece of legislation, it would be him.
Surely, there would be some real numbers proving that this rule is a necessary step to make the game a safer place, right?
No. This is the NCAA, after all.
"I think it's fair to say it's one of those things that's been growing," Redding told CBSSports.com. "It hasn't been a huge surge. It's kind of one those things that was floating in the background and it kind of came to a head. ...
"I think it's fair to say there's not really much hard data on this."
Art Briles had an interesting suggestion, though I'm not sure it accomplishes the aim the committee was looking for. "If they're going to change anything in my mind, change it to a 35-second [play] clock," Briles said. "People don't want to come sit in the stands and watch the clock move."
Ultimately, proponents of the rule are looking for a way to get gassed defenders out of the game. Turns out the committee has noticed all those players faking injury to stop the game, and their cries have been heard.
"If you've got a [defender] who's [tired] and can't get out of the game, we don't want to get in a situation where people are saying he's flopping to the ground," Redding said. "This is an opportunity from the standpoint of the rules committee to make it a little more fair."
Only one thing is certain at this point: this fight is just beginning.
Tony Gibson is the new defensive coordinator at West Virginia
Dana Holgorsen didn't have to look far to find his new defensive coordinator. He just walked down the hall.
FootballScoop reported Wednesday night that West Virginia would tap Gibson to be its defensive coordinator in 2014 and that the Mountaineers would replace outgoing coordinator Keith Patterson by hiring a defensive line coach.
A native of Van, W. Va., Gibson played at Glenville State and coached previously in the Mountain State at Gilmer County High School (1995), Glenville State (1996) and West Virginia (1999-07) and spent the 2011 season at nearby Pittsburgh. He followed Rich Rodriguez to Michigan in 2008 and then joined his original staff at Arizona in 2012 before returning to Morgantown as safeties coach in 2013.
Gibson can help West Virginia most by just sticking around. He'll be the Mountaineers' fourth defensive coordinator in as many years and, as a well-liked coach with the aforementioned ties to the area, he's an important piece to a staff that needs to build continuity.
In his first year back on the staff, Gibson helped West Virginia's secondary post improvements in yards per attempt allowed, opponent completion percentage, opponent passer rating, touchdown-to-interception ratio and passing defense.