Stockstill changes the practice schedule to emphasize tempo

Entering his sixth year as head coach, Rick Stockstill led MTSU through the first day of Spring practice on Wednesday afternoon.

Since arriving in Murfreesboro, Stockstill has worked with his share of offensive coordinators (GA Mangus, Tony Franklin, Mike Schultz), but has always operated out of a no-huddle offensive system.

The newest offensive coordinator, Willie Simmons, wants to stress an up tempo and attacking style.

In order to emphasize the importance of the different tempos the Blue Raiders will utilize, Stockstill has changed up the practice schedule to include a 20-play offensive script immediately following stretch.

Stockstill explained, "Usually after (stretching), we go into special teams. But we've talked all winter about trying to be the fastest team in the country. So we started off practice with, 'Hey, this is what we expect.'"

Willie Simmons told Adam Sparks of the Daily News Journal, "We are a tempo team, but within that tempo we have about five or six tempos. We want a drastic difference between our fastest tempo and our slowest tempo. It's always going to be fast, but I want a hyper-overdrive tempo.”

Here are the photos from Spring practice #1 at MTSU.

MTSU opens at Purdue before hosting Georgia Tech in week 2.  The other non-conference games are against Memphis and at Tennessee.

Tulane releases "The Playbook" for success

Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson and President Scott Cowan released The Playbook, outlining the vision for football success.

Cowan expressed a strong and renewed commitment to achieving success in football.  He also announced that Tulane is looking into options to build a new stadium.  Overall, the meeting with Tulane supports was positive and encouraging.

The last significant success at Tulane was in 1998 when Tommy Bowden led the Green Wave to a 12-0 record.  

Since the announcement, Tulane has launched TulanePlayBook.com

Cowan said, “I don’t have the patience to wait a decade. Our line of sight is football.  We are going to work as hard and long as we can to get it done.  There’s only one way I will measure success and that is wins and losses.”

“We will achieve it and do it in a reasonable time frame.”

So what are the goals?

“It’s not to have 2 winning seasons every decade.  My measure of success is winning the division and conference title every year and if we don’t, we’re trying our hardest to do that.”

“That’s not going to happen overnight.”

“We reimagined this entire university in 3 or 4 years (after Katrina), so we sure can do it for football.”

“We are looking at the possibility of playing venues.  I do think that is one piece of the puzzle that it’s going to take to be successful.”

“I don’t have all the answers tonight, but we will have answers for you shortly, and we will let you know.”

Cowan ended by stating, “Together we are going to win and it’s going to start next year.”

Larry Porter lays out goals for Spring practice

Memphis begins Spring practice today under second-year head coach Larry Porter.

Two new coaches joined the staff this off-season.  Former Utah assistant Blake Miller joined the staff as co-offensive coordinator / offensive line coach and former Arkansas – Pine Bluff assistant Jerry Mack joined the staff as wide receivers coach.  Quarterbacks coach / assistant head coach Kevin McGiven will now call the plays.

Porter said today on Sports56 in Memphis, “Offensively, it goes back to establishing continuity on the offensive line and challenging our wide receivers to be more productive. We have to have the guys that play around the quarterback be more productive than a year ago.”

“We have to have a more aggressive style of play-calling.  It won’t be completely spread, but it will be more up tempo offense and aggressive with the play-calling, and much more creative in the plays we are running.”

“Defensively, first and foremost we want to simplify things and then we must improve our tackling and third-down defense.”

Porter made sure to appease the Memphis supporters during Spring practice by announcing, “The facility is open.  We want our town to come and be around us and enjoy the day as we go to work.”

Memphis open against Mississippi State, at Arkansas State, and Austin Peay.

Mike Riley: It's almost turning into AAU basketball

Oregon State head coach Mike Riley is not interested in dealing with a “middle man” during the recruiting process.

Riley told The Oregonian, “It’s almost turning into something like AAU basketball.’’

In recent weeks, certain recruiting service companies have come under question for the exact services they are truly providing to colleges.

One college assistant told FootballScoop, “There is one school out there that is paying a guy about $10,000.  It’s supposed to be for video of prospects, but in reality it’s for that guy being responsible for bringing 5-6 top prospects in his area across country to summer camp.  The money pays for the trip expenses and registration for the prospects.  The guy keeps the rest and may send a few videos.”

Mike Riley told The Oregonian, “For the most part, our interaction has been through high school coaches, counselors, teachers, the kid, and his family. That’s been it. But there is a growing concern out there about other entities entering the picture, and it’s not healthy.’’

Perhaps the most subscibed to service by college coaches is The Coach Tracker database, which is sent monthly to over 110 college coaching staffs.  The Coach Tracker includes the cell number & email address of nearly every high school head football coach in the country.  The database is updated daily by the FootballScoop Staff.   We can assure you that there is no "middle man."


Muschamp ready to begin Spring practice at Florida

Florida starts Spring practice on Wednesday and practice will be closed to the public.

It will be the first practice under new head coach Will Muschamp and his assistants that include Charlie Wies (offensive coordinator / quarterbacks), Brian White (running backs), Aubrey Hill (wide receivers / recruiting coordinator), Frank Verducci (offensive line / run game coordinator), and Derek Lewis (tight ends).

The defensive staff includes Dan Quinn (defensive coordinator / defensive line), Bryant Young (defensive line), Travaris Robinson (defensive backs), and DJ Durkin (special teams coordinator / linebackers).

Will Muschamp explained, “I’ve got to make a decision that I think is best for the program and about winning football games and doing it the right way. That’s something that will be evaluated in the fall by me and in the spring by me. If I think it’s best for the practices to be closed, they’ll be closed.”

Muschamp talked about goals for the Spring.

He said, “Develop the leadership. Come together for that common purpose. I know we’ll all be excited on Wednesday; I want to see how we are [at] practice 12. That’s really where you find out what kind of team you’ve got. We want to be a blue-collar, overachieving unit. We’ve got some good football players; we got a good football team on campus. We’ve got to come together as a cohesive unit, build for a common purpose and develop that workman-like attitude.”

So what type of defensive scheme will the Gators implement?

Muschamp said, “We want to be multiple. We’ll be more of an over team, a 4-3 team, a one-gap team at this point. We will co-mingle some 3-4.”

The Gators open next season against Florida Atlantic, UAB, and Tennessee.  The month of October looks daunting with games against Alabama, at LSU, at Auburn, and at Georgia.

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