"Teams are made in the summer"
Jim McElwain has had his hands full evaluating his new roster up at Colorado State, and as the spring game wrapped up, he recognized that it was now time for the most important period in player development...the summer spent with the strength staff.
"The big thing is these guys have to dedicate themselves in the offseason. Teams are made actually during the summer. Spring ball is good to see what they do, get themselves on film. But really, as a team, how they jell, the things that they do, it really all has to do with summer. I know we've got a great strength staff that will get these guys going, and that's going to tell a lot about who we're going to be next year."
McElwain said the 15 spring practices gave him and the staff the opportunity to really figure out what the guys do well, and what they may need to adjust to schematically.
"Really the biggest key for me is not to ask guys to do things that they're not very good at, but to find out what they're good at and then put them in situations to be successful."
Inside Scoop: Jeff Choate - Washington State
Jeff Choate, special teams coordinator at Boise State for the last six seasons, was hired in early January to serve as Mike Leach's linebackers coach at Washington State. Only about 10 years ago though, Choate was coaching high school ball.
This is a great interview. Grab the staff and play this one in full screen mode.
Choate talks about adapting to Leach's fast paced style, working with a new staff, what we can expect to see from their defense in the Fall, his view of the best two conferences in football, relationships with other coaches on other staffs, how to grow as a coach, and much much more.
Inside Scoop: John Wristen - CSU Pueblo
John Wristen is the head coach at CSU Pueblo (D-II). He was hired in 2007 to start the program and has literally built it from the ground up.
Coach Wristen shares great insight into how he has built his program, why he hired the coaches that he has, how he got Gary Barnett to hire him at Northwestern and he shares great advice to young coaches about how to position themselves to get the break they are looking for.
The whole thing is great; but the last two minutes of this video should be required viewing for all coaches. "Develop relationships and be real."
Inside Scoop: Neil Weiner - Zachary
Neil Weiner, head coach at Zachary HS (5A) in Louisiana, joins us today on Inside Scoop. Weiner shares his thoughts on Hudl (he's hosting the Hudl Up Tour stop tonight), talks about how the staff breaks down film, when the team finds time to watch, and shares his thoughts on some of the most enjoyable visits from college coaches.
You can follow Coach Weiner on twitter @NeilWeiner
Inside Scoop: Ron Roberts - Southeastern LA
In December Ron Roberts accepted the head coaching job at Southeastern Louisiana (FCS) after serving as head coach at Delta State (D-II) for the past five seasons.
In this episode hear why Ron felt this was the right opportunity for him to move up, why he chose to have spring football early this year, the difference between a D-II and a FCS staff and how recruiting is looking thus far.
More to come over the next few weeks from Roberts and his staff.
Video: A new era begins
Walsh University, a newly appointed D-II program located in Ohio, has been throwing some major weight around this off season in an effort to build on their 3 game winning streak to end last season (where they outscored their opponents 109-20), and usher in a new era in 2012.
After competing in NAIA previously, this season will be the Cavaliers first year competing in NCAA D-II, and the guys have been getting after it in anticipation of competing in the GLIAC, one of nations toughest football conferences.
New logo and uniforms at Utah State
Utah State just unveiled the results of their 15 month collaboration with Nike, including their new uniforms and logos over the weekend.
Director of Athletics Scott Barnes likes the new look and hopes that it ushers in a new era of for athletics. "This branding initiative is another important step in growing our overall athletic program. Our new marks and branding program brings a crisp, modern clarity and consistency to our brand while honoring our rich history. I want to thank Nike and especially Nike President and former USU football student-athlete Charlie Denson for his passion and commitment to this project."
There has definitely been some updating to both the uniforms and logos, and the new font and numerals are exclusive to Utah State.
Inside the new Penn State weight room
Penn State just got settled in to their new weight room facility over the weekend. The new facility allows the space to be used more in line with strength and conditioning coach Craig Ftizgerald's philosophy of free weights and is very impressive top to bottom.
Fitz walks the camera crew through the new facilities and equipment that Sorinex provided, much of it custom made for the Nittany Lions. Notice the "We Are Penn State" on some of the plates? Nice touch.
The new facility provides them the space needed for individual and small group work, as well as plenty of space to get the full team in during the season.
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