UNC players impersonate coaches during skit night
Larry Fedora and the staff gave the players a chance to blow off a little steam with a skit night recently.
Some of these guys had been practicing all summer for this opportunity and the most popular coaching targets were Coach Fedora and strength and conditioning coach Lou Hernandez.
"It's easier for us to learn words than teach 60 kids a new system"
When Kyle Flood handed the reigns of the offense over to Dave Brock after Frank Cignetti took the quarterbacks job with the St. Louis Rams, Flood knew he was getting a coordinator that was going to challenge the offensive players physically and mentally.
“He’s been very aggressive with the installs. Certainly all the offense we have in right now I don’t know if we would carry all of it into a game. I think we’d be a little more game-specific. But I like the way we are challenging the players and what it allows us to do is really see what the players do best.’’ Flood noted.
Brock, who worked with Cignetti at North Carolina, kept most of the verbiage the same in order to simplify the process for the players, and had the coaching staff shoulder much of the new learning.
“It’s similar. It’s not the same,’’ Brock said about the offense compared to last season's. “What we did was we kept a lot of the same terminology. The reality is it was easier for us to come in and learn words than for 50 or 60 players to learn a whole new system. There are certain things that we've put in that they didn't do in the past. But from a terminology standpoint it's almost identical to what it was.’’
Dykes explains the advantages of his staff's diversity
Sonny Dykes has managed to keep his staff completely intact the past three seasons. In those three seasons they have been able to double their win total (4-8 in 2009, and 8-5 in 2011).
Part of what Sonny Dykes really likes about his coaching staff is the diversity that they bring to the table.
“We have a great mix of young guys and old guys and pessimistic guys and optimistic guys ... of fat guys and skinny guys ... of tall guys and short guys. I like that. I like having a variety of people because we want to get as many different opinions as we can.”
Another one of the areas that staff diversity and continuity has really helped the Bulldogs is in recruiting.
“In the past, we were begging people to come. Now we’re saying, ‘we want you to come, but let’s don’t tell anybody.’ I’m 42 years old and I don’t keep a very good secret. Those guys are 18 and they certainly don’t keep a very good secret. People are wanting to jump on board more than they have in the past.”
Larry Scott: "I don't think coaches should vote"
In a radio interview on the "Mason and Ireland Show" Larry Scott shared his belief that coaches should not vote in a poll that ultimately helps determine the national champion.
"I think it's an unfair position to put the coaches in, to supposedly vote objectively when they've got a very natural conflict of interest, No. 1, and, No. 2, I think most coaches are focused on their own games -- let alone breaking down tape afterwards and all that. So to expect that coaches could have a good, balanced, well-researched perspective on who the best teams are in any given week is a fallacy."'
When asked if he was surprised that Lane Kiffin had decided to no longer vote in the poll, Scott said that he understood his position, and that's an issue that will only be relevant for another few seasons.
"I'm not surprised Lane didn't want to be part of it anymore, I don't think any coaches should be in that position, and they won't be, starting in 2014."
New "Relentless" episode from Ohio
Another solid edition here from the "Relentless" series at Ohio.
There's some really good off the field footage with tight ends coach Brian Haines, as well as a good look inside of freshman orientation.
Pac 12 Network launches
Twitter was buzzing earlier with the launch of the highly anticipated Pac 12 Network.
Many people were talking via Twitter about how certain carriers (DirecTV and Cox) had not finalized a deal prior to the launch date, and therefore left many fans out in the cold during the premier. This article seems to sum up many of the regional issues that viewers witnessed.
Those who were able to tune in heard some good nuggets from Rick Neuheisel, including his opinion that the Pac 12 is a more difficult conference to win games in week in and week out than the SEC.
On a different note, the video section of the Pac 12 Network website is top notch. It covers everything from school specific promotional materials from prestigious alumni, to mic'd up sessions with coaches and inside access to practices.
Videos like the one at the top of the article are the quality that you can expect on a consistent basis from the network. Really good stuff.
"I expect us to shut down the offense every time"
After improving 93 spots in total defense last season, Greg Mattison noted that he wants to see more consistency from the Wolverine defense this year.
Mattison made it clear that he's not happy with what he has observed so far during camp.
"If you polled 124 defensive coordinators, they'd probably all say the same thing. But that bothers me because this is Michigan and I don't expect that. I expect us to go out there and totally shut down the offense every time."
With only a handful of padded practices under their belt, Mattison is emphasizing playing "Michigan defense" day to day.
"I can't say that there is one player I would say, 'Boy, every practice he comes out with perfect technique and he's going as hard as he can and he's executing. You're going to expect that, but we can't accept it. Each guy has to say, 'I'm going to get as many plays today as perfect as I can and play Michigan defense.' We've got to do better at that."
David Beaty mic'd up at A&M
David Beaty joined Kevin Sumlin's staff as the receivers coach after serving as an offensive coordinator in his previous two stops at Kansas and Rice.
Recently, Beaty got mic'd up and provided some good rout instruction during 1-1 drills and called special teams coordinator Brian Polian the best special teams coordinator that he's ever been around.