The Wisconsin coaching staff is full of new faces, and with new faces come new experiences and techniques for the players.
UWBadgers.com caught up with a few key returning players and the new coaches to talk about the changes in technique and philosophy so far.
"We try to keep it simple," new linebackers coach Andy Buh said. "You've got to be able to move your left foot left, and your right foot right, put your right hand up and your left hand up. It's real simple. Play fast, make full speed decisions and if it moves hit it, and if it's in your way knock it down."
Ohio State has carried on that tradition, in a sense, with two assistants that were once former Ohio high school head coaches. Coombs is one of them, and tight ends coach Tim Hinton is the other.
Coombs modestly admits that Ohio is full of high school coaches that could handle coaching at the major college level. "I bang that drum all the time, I tell people all the time there's a lot of people coaching at this high school or that high school that can do this job. I'm not a better coach than a lot of guys I coached against. Some of them are probably better coaches than I am."
While he was happy at the high school level, Coombs definitely appreciates the opportunity he has now. "I was going to be a high school football coach until the day I die, now I'm going to coach on a national championship football team someday, can you imagine that? In my state?"
He said he almost quit after the first day because of the image of the approach that he had for college coaches. "I tried to be a college football coach, what I thought a college football coach should be and be cerebral and have my arms folded. I was absolutely miserable and almost quit after the first day. I decided I needed to coach the way I was comfortable, and that's the way I coach. I don't know any other way."
He shares a little bit of advice for high school coaches hoping to make the jump to the big time someday.
"Pray, you like to think that you found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow." he said while laughing. "I would tell every high school coach to do the best you can at the job you have, don't worry about what's coming. I didn't look for any of these jobs. Something is just out there for you. If you're good at what you do and you try hard and you try to be a good person, something good is coming your way. It has for me."
During his playing days, Sal Sunseri would come home from practice and watch film a few rolls of film on the weeks opponent...with his wife.
"At that time she was a gymnast, and she understood that if she was going to spend time with me, it was going to be watching tape." Sunseri added that she came to genuinely enjoy it, and when the Olympics come on "she's a wacko".
"The bottom line is she'd sit there and she'd watch tape with me, and I would tell her what was going on. So she, right now, knows more football than a lot of other people out there." Sunersi explains that he believes his kids success in football (Tino plays at Pittsburgh and Vinnie plays at Alabama) is due in large part because of the lessons that she eventually handed down to them from the film sessions with him.
Sunseri said that Vinnie got a list of things that he did wrong at Alabama's spring game from his mother, and Sal said he was right on the money with her assessment.
As for the Vols, Sunseri has been impressed with the initiative that the Tennessee players have shown getting in the film room to learn the new defensive system and believes that they're right on track with where they need to be.
LSU is proposing a stadium expansion of approximately 60 suites, 3,000 club seats, and 1,500 general population seats to be entirely funded privately.
The new expansion would take place in the south end zone with the general public seats located above the club and suite level seating. Standing room only tickets will also be made available when the new structure opens, and should bring the total capacity in Death Valley to around 100,000 screaming fans.
"It is important to always have an eye on the future and this investment in our facilities is critical for the future of LSU Athletics. When things are going well, you can move forward or you can fall behind. We are choosing to advance the athletics program so that it can remain a viable and successful part of the mission of our university." Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva stated.
The expansion will allow for two video boards to be added in the southwest and southeast corners of the stadium, replacing the current video board sitting on the south bowl.
If the project is approved, construction would begin in the fall and be completed in the summer of 2014.