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The 1-2-1 scheduling philosophy

In his first season at Ball State, Pete Lembo saw a wide range of offensive strategies throughout the course of their schedule. They got a heavy dose of cut blocks with the triple option from Army, the spread no huddle of Oklahoma, the spread run dominated attack of Temple, and topped it off with a heavy dose of conference MACtion during the season.

Lembo said that when he took the job, the schedule was all over the map, and come 2014 (his fourth season at Ball State), that will change...along with a new scheduling philosophy.

“At Ball State, winning was all over the map, and also, the scheduling was all over the map. No matter what you are trying to achieve in life, you have to have a plan. You have to keep the well-being of your student-athletes in mind and continue to try and think about the goals that you have for your program, and in regards to those goals, your schedule has to be set up to help you get there.”

Lembo's plan for the 2014 schedule is to line up what he calls the "1-2-1" scheduling philosophy. That philosophy includes an FCS program, two programs comparable to Ball State, and a BCS program, to see where they measure up when all is said and done.

“You want to be able to say when you look at the schedule, absolute worst-case scenario we could be 1-3, but really 2-2 is more realistic, from a fan-base standpoint, you can't schedule yourself to 0-4 and be out of the running for a bowl game by the end of September.”



Grad Assistant of the Day - Wake Forest

Ryan McManus is the offensive grad assistant at Wake Forest. The name sound familiar? Yep, he's the son of Jerry, current New Mexico State offensive coordinator (previously at Kent State, East Carolina, Wake, etc...). 

In the video above, new offensive line coach Jonathan Himebauch sat in to share some of his thoughts about McManus' importance to the program, his grasp on coaching and his future as a coach.

We'd like to thank Coach Himebauch for spending a few minutes with us talking about Ryan. 

You can follow Ryan on Twitter @RyanMcManus15


Tedford mic'd up

If your a player at Cal, and have set your Twitter profile to "Private" Coach Tedford is going to find out, and ask you about it at practice.

Tedford was mic'd up during spring ball and did just that during a stretching period, and also coaches the skill players up during a fade drill and shows that he's still got an accurate rocket arm when he calls out the exact location of his throw while warming up.

Total athletic department Revenues & Expenses

The fine folks at USA Today have compiled a nice table showing total revenues and expenses for most division 1 programs in the country.

Probably won't surprise anyone; but the Top 10 in terms of total expenses are: Texas, Ohio State, Michigan, Florida, Alabama, Penn State, Auburn, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Oklahoma. Reminder, this is for the entire athletic department.

Full data can be seen here

Grad Assistants of the Day - Northwestern

Meet John Kuceyeski, offensive grad assistant, and McNeil Parker, defensive grad assistant, of Northwestern Football. Impressive young men, working towards creating a career in coaching. 

Hear where they came from, how they got their positions at Northwestern, what they do in their current positions and what excites them about coaching. Listen to their responses to the last question...these guys get it and have a bright future ahead of themselves.


High School guys using video to motivate

Lakeside, a 5A program in Georgia, clearly has their players motivated this Spring. 

Take a look at this video and you will see some players working, competing and enjoying their time working together to improve.

USC takes control of the Coliseum

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission has voted to hand over day-to-day control of the Coliseum to USC.

USC will enter into a long-term lease that should allow them to control the Coliseum for as long as anyone reading this will care about (generally thought to be 42 years; but we hear it might wind up being effectively longer than that when all is said and done). 

Have to say we are impressed with USC's athletic administration in how they handled this.  We've already told you how nice USC's on-campus facilities are going to be in about two months when they move into their brand new facilities. If you haven't seen it for yourself, it's literally hard to comprehend how impressive their new facility will be. Now, once they renovate the Coliseum, which is just a short walk from campus, USC will literally be able to spoon feed the recruits. 

Expect USC to be a perennial top ten team for the foreseeable future. If anyone disagrees with me (@FootballScoop) please agree to meet me on their campus this Fall and see it for yourself. Lane is building a beast there...

Inside Scoop: First job, do you go D-II or D1 GA?

Here's an interesting question for you...you're looking to get into coaching and you have offers to coach at the D-II level or to serve as a grad assistant for an FBS program...which route is best for you?

The answer to that one is specific to you and your career goals; but in the video above, CSU Pueblo offensive line coach / run game coordinator Chris Symington gives you some good perspective. Symington has coached at the division one level; but also has a bunch of other experience including coaching at a historically black college and now at the division II level at CSU Pueblo. Listen to what he has to say about the merits of both.