Video: Communicating effectively
Jon Jancek took over as the defensive coordinator at Cincinnati back in January of 2010 and led one of the more dominant defenses in college football last season. Last year the Bearcats led the nation in tackles for loss (8.62 per game), was 2nd nationally in sacks (3.46 per game), and 9th in turnover margin (.92).
A large part of that success is how Jancek has focused on communicating with his players, which you see first hand in the clip below.
"I have to communicate with them in a way that doesn't damage their self esteem, doesn't damage the type of person that they are, but they certainly leave practice, or after a game knowing what they did wrong, what's expected, what they did well, and continue to grow."
Jancek also talks about observing how his son's freshman coaching staff teaches and how that has helped him keep things in perspective as a coach.
Watch the turf get ripped out at Missouri
Back in February, Missouri athletic director Mike Alden told fans about a $1.5 million project that would transform the playing surface at the Faurot Field to include a larger midfield Tiger logo as well as the addition of SEC logo's.
Earlier today, Missouri released an inside look of the old stuff getting torn upover the past week. The new and improved surface should be rolled out soon.
The stadium without turf is an odd sight, considering in a few months the stadium will be packed with 70,000 fans when the Tigers open up with Southeastern Louisiana, followed immediately by two more home games against Georgia and Arizona State.
Tim Salem mic'd up
We always take the opportunity to watch Tim Salem when he's mic'd up.
Quality stuff throughout this video...including throwing garbage cans. Enjoy!
HS Video: Shiloh Christian All Access
Nice video here out of Shiloh Christian high school in Arkansas.
Head coach Josh Floyd has done a tremendous job with the program since taking over in 2004, compiling a record of 89-19 (25-4 in the playoffs) with 4 state championships in 5 state finals appearances, and a total of 6 conference titles.
The video has some solid drill work from the spread, and screen drills from their first week of spring ball. Plus, within the first 10 seconds there's a coach utilizing an iPad during practice.
NFL to require knee and thigh pads in 2013
The league has announced that all players will be required in to wear thigh and knee pads starting in 2013.
Owners approved the rule change earlier today.
The league noted the focus on player safety for the rule change. That is all. Move on.
The "Andrew Luck Directorship of Offense"
Stanford has announced a large endowment from a very generous, yet anonymous, donor in honor of Andrew Luck.
The donation changes Pep Hamilton's title from offensive coordinator to the newly appointed "Andrew Luck Directorship of Offense". It definitely has a unique ring to it.
In Stanford's official release, David Shaw described the gift as "pioneering a new way to support the school that you love. Our supporters don't just like their school; they love Stanford University, what we do and how we do it. They rally around the class and character of the scholar-athletes who attend Stanford. We are extremely grateful for this support, which helps set Stanford University apart from our competitors."
For those that know Pep, it is now fair game to introduce him to others as the "Andrew Luck Director of Offense" for the Stanford Cardinal. Flows right off the tongue. Enjoy.
As you might imagine, several witty characters on twitter have come up with a few other proposed endowed positions / titles for other coaches. Follow us to see a few of the more interesting ones we've seen this morning.
GA of the Day - Marques Hagans (Virginia)
Marques Hagans, UVA's offensive grad assistant, is a humble young man. Hagans came to Virginia to play quarterback and won the starting job...but then Matt Schaub took over as the starter. Hagans learned to play receiver, played special teams, anything to help the team... When Schaub graduated Hagans took back over as the starter and went on to become the fifth highest passer in UVA history.
Hagans went on to play four seasons in the NFL...all as a receiver.
Watch the video and you will see and hear a humble young man who has a passion for the game and for teaching and working with young players. Marques Hagans is an impressive young man and is coaching for the right reasons.
Kiffin to Spurrier: "I was just trying to be like you"
ESPN released an interesting article yesterday detailing a recent encounter between Lane Kiffin and Steve Spurrier at a hotel.
Kiffin was in Phoenix for the Pac-12 conference meeting, and made his way to the hotel's workout room where he saw The Old Ball Coach. Kiffin politely interrupted the workout to say hello to the coach whose offense, visor, and overall wit he had idolized growing up.
Spurrier congratulated Lane and the Trojans on a great season last year, despite the sanctions and numerous critics saying it couldn't be done. Kiffin responded by saying, "Coach, I was just trying to be like you, say the things that you used to say all the time. They hated me saying it."
In typical Spurrier fashion, the Head Ball Coach responded by saying, "Boy, I said those in the summertime and you say those in the season." Classic Spurrier response.
Take a look at any preseason ranking and you'll see USC near the top (even though we all know how much those matter at this point). Kiffin and the Trojans return 19 starters off of last years team and open the season up with Hawaii at home before wrapping the season up with three out of four home games against Oregon, Arizona State and Notre Dame.