Um, Coach, the FBI is here
Thankfully, Randy Edsall had been expecting the FBI when they showed up to practice a few days ago. Edsall had invited an agent to come speak to the team about, "Gambling, bookmakers, and stuff in terms of social networking and really the whole gamut of things that can affect them. That they have to be careful with who they are associating."
Edsall went on to say he believes it's important to bring in outside speakers on a number of topics to help reinforce concepts with your team. He added that he plans to do this every year.
Quarterbacks wearing helmet cams
The AP put out an article this weekend discussing how the New York Giants are using a helmet cam to improve the performance of one of their young quarterbacks.
The camera, which mounts to the helment, is about 1.5 inches x 2.5 inches and weighs less than half a pound. It captures HD video and sound allowing coaches and players to see what the quarterback saw and hear what he said and heard.
Tom Coughlin said, "It just shows you where his eyes were" and it allows them to hear if the quarterback is making the proper identifications at the line and calling for the proper adjustments.
The Giants believe this technology will be very beneficial in teaching younger quarterbacks; however they are not using it with Eli Manning or any of their more veteran quarterbacks.
When asked about the video quality, Coach Coughlin added, "It's a little dark...not quite as clear as I hoped."
As we've seen over the past 5 years, video quality seems to improve significantly every few months. Who knows, in a few years helmet cams might just be prevalant.
1st AP Poll (nothing to see here)
Irrelevant as it might be, the AP released their first poll of the season this morning.
No reason to even look.
Well, just in case you want to know where some of your buddies' programs are ranked, here's the poll.
Others Receiving Votes: Texas 114; Penn State 75; Arizona State 67; Miami (Fla.) 32; Utah 25; Southern Mississippi 20; Iowa 19; North Carolina State 15; Brigham Young 15; Air Force 14; Houston 13; Pittsburgh 9; Michigan 7; Tennessee 5; UCF 5; Northern Illinois 4; Hawaii 4; Tulsa 3; Maryland 2; Arizona 2; Northwestern 1; Nevada 1; Washington 1
BYU is ready
Bronco Mendenhall and his Cougars have an SEC opener when they open at Ole Miss Saturday September 3rd.
Mendenhall says his team looks great at this point in camp. In fact, he gave them the day off recently and said when he made the announcement it was the loudest he's heard his team respond in 6 years. Mendenhall says he really likes this team.
Ole Miss, be prepared. BYU has 50 victories over the last 5 seasons (only 8 teams have more).
Here's a quick video of Bronco speaking about his team and sharing a story about when he told the guys they were getting the day off and going to Provo Beach Resort.
Vandy is going bowling
First of all, James Franklin has assembled a very good first year staff. Part of the FootballScoop staff spent a few hours at the Vanderbilt football complex earlier this month and it's clear this is a staff that enjoys working together, has things headed in the right direction and believes in what it is trying to accomplish.
One of the goals for this team is to go bowling in December (or January).
Well, in a somewhat unrelated story, coach Franklin took his team bowling (round black balls striking pins) recently.
As evidenced by this video, Franklin is teaching his players to work hard together, trust each other together, have fun together, that they will win together, etc...
Quite a few laughs in the video; but the Tennessee fan who walks into the bowling alley (around the 4:00 mark), sees the Vandy team and then leaves is worth sticking around for.
Saluting the military
We are all blessed to live in the United States and to have the freedoms that we do. Without the brave men and women of our military our country would certainly be a far worse place.
Those of us blessed enough to coach football players for a living should take the time to remind these young men about the far greater sacrifices that the men and women of our military make for the good of our country on a daily basis.
Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin recently invited a Lt. Colonel from the United States Army to spend a day with his team. Below is a video of a short talk the Colonel gave to the team. Good stuff Colonel Davis. Thank you.
Quick note> At the 1:50 mark of the video, Colonel Davis provides the history of the Army's call, "Hooah!"
We're pretty sure this isn't the reincarnation of Craig "Ironhead" Heyward playing RB at Alma College; but watch what this back does to the DB in this video (30 second mark).
D-III guys, prepare yourselves for this young man.
Thanks to the guys at Alma for alerting us to this video. If your staff has a video you'd like to share with us, please email us a link (Mail@FootballScoop.com).
Derek Dooley on players use of social media
Last week we brought you the story of CNBC's Darren Rovell ripping into coaches who took the easy way out and banned their players from using Twitter and other social media. Rovell called this "ignorant and unfair" of the coaches.
Today, Derek Dooley chimed in on this topic. Dooley has established guidelines for his team; but does allow them to use social media.
"Number one, we have a rule that prohibits any use of social media on gameday whether it's Facebook or Twitter. I don't think anybody should be worrying about that stuff on gameday....Number two is no foul language expressed or implied. The language is a real concern out there. Implied meaning s - asterisk -asterisk - ? or re-tweeting foul language in general....We don't want anything mentioned that puts us at a competitive disadvantage. We don't want them talking about player injuries. We don't want them talking about game plans or about what we are doing at practice. Anything as it relates to work as a team. That's the third big-picture thing."
Dooley stated that while banning players from using social media entirely would be easiest, that this wouldn't be the right way to teach young men, "Our job as coaches is that this is part of their growth process in their life. Social media is going to be there when they graduate. One way to look at it is to ban it and it's going to be someone else's problem when they get older. My belief is that we have a responsibility to educate them and teach them how to use it responsibility so when they get out of college they don't make a mistake that can get them fired....We are teaching them to be men when they are young. The best thing for our football team is for me to ban it. The best thing for what I believe is part of my job is to try to teach them how to use it responsibly. Now the risk with that is we are going to have some knuckleheads that use it irresponsibly and we are going to have to take away their privilege."