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All-Access inside the war room on National Signing Day

Auburn significantly generated more enthusiasm from their fan base and kept recruits entertained throughout the year with their constant ALL-ACCESS youtubes.

It now appears Vanderbilt will follow a similar strategy by bringing fans and recruits closer to the program.

Vandy just released a well done ALL-ACCESS production that takes you inside the “War Room” on national signing day with James Franklin and his coaching staff.

Offensive quality control Charles Huff took the role of Roger Goodell by announcing each signature in the style of, “With the 8th pick, Vanderbilt University selects {signee}.”

After 4-star quarterback Lafonte Thourogood faxed it his National Letter of Intent, Vandy head coach James Franklin announced, “You don’t go into Virginia Beach and take a kid committed to Virginia Tech.  He benches 410 pounds!  Have you seen his arms?”

At one point, Franklin says on a phone call, “We got Baron Dixon decommited from Mississippi and committed to us.  We got tight end Vanderwall decommitted from Arizona State and committed to us.  We’ve been on fire lately.”

Regarding another recruit, quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne said, “He put on a South Florida hat, took it off and put on a Vandy hat.  There are picture of it.  Yes, he did.”

You have to make your fans into believers.  This is a good start by James Franklin and Vandy athletics.

Here’s the video:

Robert Gillespie offers proof that things are going fine at West Virginia

West Virginia running backs coach Robert Gillespie, who followed Dana Holgorsen from Oklahoma State, is describing the transition as “smooth and great.”  Those words are nice, but Gillespie offered more proof by turning down an opportunity to join Will Muschamp's staff at Florida.

Maybe things are OK in Morgantown, at least for those that are comfortable with Holgorsen.  After all, it’s not like Gillespie is going to say the transition has been really tough and the program is in for a long year of turmoil.

Gillespie told the West Virginia student newspaper, "It's been a smooth transition. This month has been good to meet these guys and get to know them. Everyone has a lot of good ideas. That's the reason I wanted to come here.”

"I know Coach Holgorsen understood what he was coming into, so if he was comfortable with it, I was comfortable with it. (WVU head coach Bill Stewart) has been great. I look forward to working with him and getting to know him. He's been welcoming to us, and it's been a great transition."

"The people inside of these walls, we know what's going on. So far, it's been great."

Certainly, the most convincing part is that Gillespie did indeed turn down an opportunity to return to his alma mater, Florida.

After being contacted by Will Muschamp, Gillespie released a statement last week that said, “I was flattered to have the opportunity to go to the University of Florida where I played my collegiate football. However, I am also very excited about West Virginia University and the football program. I believe the system is in place here and we are headed in the right direction. I made the decision for my coaching career, and my family, to stay at West Virginia University. I am excited about being here and being a Mountaineer. I am looking forward to my wife and family joining me here in Morgantown."

Folks, if you are turning down a chance to coach at your alma mater, you either know you will fight Charlie Weis in a matter of weeks OR your current situation is indeed pretty darn good.  

Quick Hits: Muschamp, Vaas, Callaway, Cignetti

Will Muschamp says coaches were calling about special teams coordinator / linebackers coach DJ Durkin: "I have two guys that I really respect in this profession that both called me and said, if you don't retain him, I'm going to hire him. That was a good motivating factor too, competition."

 

South Florida quarterbacks coach Peter Vaas is awaiting a call from Frank Spaziani: "I'm excited about the days ahead. It's just a question of am I putting on snow skiis or water skiis."

 

UAB head coach Neil Callaway compliments Will Friend, who is leaving the UAB to join Mark Richt’s staff as offensive line coach: “I know the people that you’re talking about and they’re all good coaches, but I’d put Will Friend up against any offensive line coach in the country. I think he’s that good.”

 

IUP head coach Curt Cignetti says he was surprised to get a standing ovation at the end of his first team meeting as IUP head coach: “This is a team like Alabama on a relative scale. I'd heard they'd gotten a little soft. So I went into the first team meeting and talked kind of tough. Nick (Saban) had the tremendous influence on my beliefs. I got that blueprint in my head, in terms of establishing core values. I went in and talked to them about discipline, commitment, paying the price, sacrificing, toughness. After about 20 minutes I walked out and they gave me a standing ovation. I couldn't believe it. I was touched.”

At least 37 programs will have a new quarterbacks coach in 2011

According to our reseach, at least 37 college programs will have a different coach tutoring the quarterbacks in 2011.  That’s over 30% of Division-I programs.

Several schools have yet to announce their new quarterbacks coach.  Boston College, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Rice, Temple, and Wyoming have yet to decide on who will tutor the quarterbacks heading into spring practice.

1. Arkansas State (Grant Heard), 2. Ball State (Rich Skrosky) 3. Boston College (TBA) 4. Boise State (Brent Pease) 5. Buffalo (Don Patterson) 6. Cal (Marcus Arroyo) 7. Central Michigan (Morris Watts) 8. Clemson (Chad Morris) 9. Colorado (Rip Scherer) 10. Florida (Charlie Weis)

11. Indiana (Rod Smith) 12. Kent State (Brian Rock) 13. ULL (Jay Johnson) 14. Louisville (TBA) 15. LSU (Steve Kragthorpe) 16. Maryland (Gary Crowton) 17. Miami (FL) (Jedd Fisch) 18. Miami (OH) (Charlie Fisher) 19. Michigan (Al Borges)  20. MTSU (Buster Faulkner)

21. Minnesota (Jim Zebrowski) 22. Ole Miss (David Lee) 23. Northern Illinois (Matt Cananda) 24. Oklahoma State (TBA) 25. Pitt (Todd Dodge) 26. Rice (TBA) 27. Rutgers (Frank Cignetti) 28. Stanford (Pep Hamilton) 29. Temple (TBA) 30. Texas (Bryan Harsin)

31. Troy (Kenny Edenfield) 32. Tulsa (James Kilian) 33. UCLA (Mike Johnson) 34. Utah State (Matt Wells) 35. Vanderbilt (Ricky Rahne) 36. West Virginia (Dana Holgorsen) 37. Wyoming (TBA)

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Al Golden winning over Miami (FL) fan base

Al Golden is really starting to win over the Miami (FL) fan base.  Since accepting the head coaching job, Golden has done very well with the media.

No group seems too small for Golden to spread his message.  In fact, this week he met with the university student media.

Golden explained, “I have my alarm clock set at 4:45 am.  I’m usually in between 5:15 and 5:30.  That’s usually my quiet time to get some things done.  I usually write a lot of alumni and sign some autographs and that type of stuff...and plan for the day.  When 7 o’clock hits, the whole staff is in.  It will then be staff meetings.  We’ll finish with 2 and half hours of recruiting to cap the night off.”

“At the end of the day, I want a team that is known as a tough team.  I think toughness is a skill.  I think you can develop toughness, a mental toughness that we need to improve upon.”

“The second biggest think that I think the players are seeing a different level of player-coach relationship, the fact that our guys are involved in their lives outside of football, which is equally important.”

“If we don’t become a smarter and more disciplined football team, we don’t have a chance.”

“We have a Las Vegas rule.  What happens in the facility stays in the facility.  There’s definitely going to be more discipline, but I don’t want to specifically go into the rules of the program.”

“Certainly when you take over a place like Miami the brand is so much stronger.  There (Temple), we were trying to short the brand and sell the people.  Here (at Miami) we had the brand, we just wanted to get our people in front of the prospects and their families.”

 

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