South Alabama just released a video highlighting their off season preparation as they get ready to join the ranks of Division I football and the Sunbelt Conference.
The Jaguars will open up 2012 with two home games (Texas-San Antonio and Nicholls State) before heading east to Raleigh to take on NC State, and then off to Starkville to take on Mississippi State before starting Sunbelt play at home against Troy.
These guys are aware of the challenges ahead and are putting in some serious work.
As coaches, we all understand how important relationships are in our profession. Relationships with other coaches as well as relationships with our players.
When David Cutcliffe woke up in the hospital following his triple-bypass surgery a few years ago, on visitor came in to see him. That man was John Latina, now on Cutcliffe's staff as the offensive line coach.
Latina and Cutcliffe had formed a strong bond during their time together at Ole Miss and Latina eventually joined Duke staff as the offensive line coach.
During the off season, Latina headed a group of 11 of players that decided to take their bond to the next level by taking a mission trip to Ethiopia. While there their objective was to hand drill a freshwater well for the villagers. Not an easy task.
The trip was meant to bring the offensive line unit closer together, to further develop their relationship as teammates and friends so that as individuals they can work better together as a unit...much like the working relationship between assistant coaches and the head coach. Everyone working toward a common goal.
“Everybody was in it together. It’s not like he was the head coach and everybody else was waiting for his command to go to work. I think that really formed what I consider a great friendship.” Latina said about his relationship with Cutcliffe.
It is that type of attitude and focus that the two have brought to Duke that will be important this season as they take on Stanford on the road, as well as conference road games at Virginia Tech, Florida State, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech.
Chris Brown of Smart Football just released a comprehensive study of the Air Raid offense that is definitely worth a look.
The success of Air Raid teams ranging from Hal Mumme to Mike Leach to Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken prompted Brown to break down the offense and everything from it's rich history to the philosophies that help make it so efficient and successful.
Mack Brown breaks down the last 40 seconds of last seasons Texas A&M game for the Longhorn Network in the video below.
As you may remember, Texas is down 1 with about 40 seconds left on the clock and Chase McCoy scrambles for big gain and a first down. Brown then decides to center the ball up and send out "team automatic" for the win.
Hear what was going through his mind as it all unfolded.