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Brian Kelly compares football to rugby for Dublin crowd

After finding out that conditions are a little windier overseas in Dublin than they had been in South Bend this week, Brian Kelly noted that "tight balls will be rewarded"

"When it's windy conditions, tight balls are rewarded. If you throw good spirals, your going to be ok. If your mechanics are bad and you're trying to wing it and drop down sidearm, the wind will play havoc with your football."

"You're trying to remind him (the quarterback) about the conditions, and you have to be on top of your game, or the conditions can affect you."

Kelly noted that they laid off the physical demands during practice today because of the long trip, but always expects the players to be mentally sharp.

Also, talking with a reporter from Ireland, Kelly compared what fans will see tomorrow to rugby to put things in perspective for those not familiar with football.




Sneak peek at Vandy's intro for tonight

Here's a quick preview at what Vandy will be entering the stadium to tonight.

Kickoff is slated for 7pm in Nashville.




"There's no secrets in football"

Campus to campus coaching views vary on whether to open up practice to the fans and media. Down at UCF, George O'Leary prefers to put it all out on the table for everyone to see.

“This is a time when people are getting up about football and I think it’s good to let the people come out and watch practice."

"There’s no secrets in football. The way I look at is that you have good players and bad players.”

O'Leary, who has spent time at the NFL level with the Chargers and Vikings, believes that more teams, and leagues, should do things the way that the NFL does.

“College teams can, but they just choose not to. The pros do it because of the interest. The NFL probably has the best model of any league in sports about how to run things and their public relations. It’s outstanding.”




New helmets for Georgia Tech?

Georgia Tech quarterback Synjyn Days tweeted the following pictures yesterday with the words; "New Helmets...Lets Get It 9/3."

If it's the real deal, the new helmet features a hornets nest type design with a gold stripe down the middle. Quite the change of pace from the traditional "GT" logo, and we like it.

Apparently the new helmets will be worn for the Yellow Jackets season opener on Monday against Virginia Tech.

Georgia-Tech-Honeycomb-Helmet




Impressive inside look at Arkansas

Jeff Long explains the process behind bringing John L. Smith back to Arkansas in the latest episode in the CBS series "College Football Confidential: Arkansas" that's following the Razorbacks this season.

Also hear from players, a few assistants, and John L. Smith himself about the advantages of having a familiar face leading practices and meetings.

"With him coming back as the head coach, all the base philosophies, and just how we go about doing things everyday doesn't change." Paul Petrino explains.




Classy move by Big 12 coaches

Video here of Big 12 coaches welcoming TCU and West Virginia to the conference.

Simple and classy.




Holgo favors mini-scrimmages

When it comes down to scrimmaging for an hour and a half or practicing game like situations broken into different periods and situations, Dana Holgorsen will choose the latter.

"A lot has been made of the fact we don't like scrimmaging. All I said was, I don't like to put the ball down in a practice situation and scrimmage for an hour and a half."

Holgorsen explains that they've taken a different approach in an effort to increase focus and awareness of the players, which makes a ton of sense.

"What we've done is, we've broken up a couple of different scrimmages into a lot of different mini scrimmages, which I think gives our kids a little bit higher focus as far as what the actual situation is."

"These kids like to play football. They like to put the ball down and play. So I think our job as coaches is to develop a bunch of situations, especially with a lot of young guys, of being aware of what their situations are and going out there and having experience in those situations in order to be successful."




Inside look at Western Michigan camp from a players perspective

Follow Bronco defensive lineman Travonte Boles through a morning of camp. Looks like a lot is accomplished in Kalamazoo before 10am.

Couple interesting things that we noticed. Early on, when Boles entered the locker room, the coaching staff has stats posted on the bulletin board from yesterday's one on one drills so that players can check their progress.

Also, the defensive lineman's lockers are all grouped together with a whiteboard on the wall for easy access during halftime adjustments.