Update on Mike Leach
Coach Leach went on a radio show called 3 guys in a garage this morning and went through what has become the standard update...wrote a best selling book, it sets the record straight, Texas Tech is wrong, Craig James hired a PR firm to smear Leach, etc...
But, Leach did offer the following when asked about how bad he wants to get back into coaching, "I'm looking forward to getting back...I mean this has been fun too, I guess the difference would be I have a lot of variety now. The one thing about football is you have kind of a narrow existence. And now I get to see and do all kinds of things...I never thought I'd get to do the best selling writer thing, to broadcast TV, to be on the radio, to travel a lot...I've gotten to go on movie sets...all the stuff that you'd kind of like to do, I've gotten to do a lot of it. But you know, the payoff as far as everybody pulling together and working together and the sense of accomplishment that you get when you win a football game you know I miss that and I don't know that the payoff equals that...I like the intensity, everybody pulling together, that goes with coaching football.
In short, Coach is ready to go..."Yeah, I'm looking forward to getting back."
We're all looking forward to have Coach Leach back on the field.
The full audio (18 minutes) is available at this link.
Edsall vs. Holgorsen
Maryland hosts West Virginia Saturday at noon (ESPNU). Maryland is 1-0 and coming off a bye week, while WVU is 2-0 and looking to make a statement after a slow first half against Norfolk State last weekend.
These two coaches couldn't be more similar. Slightly contrasting styles of coaching will be on display. Should be a fun one to watch.
We noticed that Maryland football was nice enough to publish to youtube a video of running back Davin Meggett bowling coach Edsall over at practice. Happens to everyone. Glad he's ok.
We're not sure how many people care; but Edsall will be announcing their uniform combo for this week's game later this evening on Twitter. We won't post an update. Can anyone imagine the scene when one of the young West Virginia staffers walks into the staff room tonight and interrupts Holgorsen to tell him the breaking news of what Edsall tweeted?
Building a winner
In December 2008 Tim Beckman was hired to be the new head coach at Toledo. Toledo was 3-9 in 2008.
In 2009 under Beckman the Rockets went 5-7. In 2010, they went 8-5 and returned to a bowl game for the first time since 2005. This offseason (and last), Coach Beckman's recruiting class was rated the best in the MAC and they have 17 returing starters.
This year, they opened with a big 58-22 win over New Hampshire and then went into Ohio Stadium and came within a completion of beating Ohio State.
This year, the Rockets will play 8 games on TV (4 of them within the ESPN family of channels), including this Friday night when Boise State comes to town. The exposure for the program is great; but the schedule is brutal. Two Tuesday night games, a Thursday night game and three Friday night games.
How about this run...at Ohio State, Boise State at home, at Syracuse and then at Temple. Tough, to say the least. No small task; but if the Rockets can win 2 of 3 (Boise, Syracuse and Temple), this could be a year to remember in Toledo.
Quick note> 6 of the 9 assistants on Beckman's staff finished college in 2000 or later. Young staff, doing well.
Video of Beckman talking about this week's game versus Boise State.
Kevin Steele is "extremely irritated"
After two games (two wins), Clemson's defense is averaging allowing 411 yards per game and nearly 220 yards per game rushing (107th in the nation).
Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is extremely irritated with his squad's inability to tackle (he says his guys missed 16 tackles, allowing an additional 145 yards, Saturday against Wofford). Steele notes that it's not everyone; but just a "handful of players who have eight, nine or ten" missed tackles.
He says the problem is correctable and that there will be changes. Steele was asked if he'd go back to "Junction Boys" style practice (players standing nearby apparently began to quiver). "If we returned to the Junction Boys, which we could've done before now, it wouldn't be an issue. I'd probably be in jail, because they don't let you coach like that no more."
More from Steele, "Something's going to change. When you're extremely irritated about something, it's better to keep your mouth shut. I'm old enough to know and old-school enough to know that if we do it a certain way, and it doesn't work, I know the old way works.....We'll get it fixed....repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition..Encouraging guys through work that we're going to get this thing done. We're going to step on their toes and wrap up. We're going to do that."
"It frustrates you every single day in practice; but you don't go live in practice. People would be shocked. People don't tackle in practice any more. Don't go to the ground."
Sounds like Steele's defense better come out firing on Saturday when they host Auburn (noon on ABC).
Here's video of Steele after the Wofford game...extremely irritated.
No TV Wednesday
Unless you consider soccer to be football (in which case it you probably are on the wrong website), there is no live football on TV tonight.
Don't get dejected yet though, tomorrow night the whole country gets to watch Les coach in their SEC opener at Mississippi State. Last night on his radio show, Coach Miles said he doesn't know how the grass at Scott Field tastes and hinted that he might just have to try it.
Coach, please do.
Mario Cristobal at the mic
FIU is 2-0 and has UCF, also 2-0, coming to Miami this weekend for the first ever matchup between these programs.
2010 Sun Belt champs versus 2010 CUSA champs. Tough opponent for FIU; but we're 100% confident that Coach Cristobal is not afraid. The man believes in his team and his team has bought in.
Watch Coach Cristobal handle this press conference, he's prepared. No fluff in these answers. He knows the opponent inside and out. Should be a great game.
Field goal block tips
In Saturday's game versus Utah, USC was clinging to a 17-14 lead with seconds remaining. Utah was in position for a 41 yard game tying field goal attempt.
USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil blocks the kick, USC wins.
Take a minute (and five seconds) and watch Kiffin explain the block. A couple of good coaching points in here. Credit special teams coordinator John Baxter who Kiffin calls the best in the business.
Paul Johnson: I remember Kansas in the victory formation
Georgia Tech is 2-0 and has Kansas coming to town this Saturday. You might recall Kansas beat Georgia Tech 28-25 in Lawrence.
In his weekly presser today, Paul Johnson was asked what the most vivid impression he has from that Kansas game last year...
"The end of the game, them taking a knee in victory formation. I remember that."
There was then a 13 second pause before the next question. Silent room. Awkward.
We think Johnson will have his team motivated for this game.
Later, a different reporter asked Coach Johnson if he ever get's tired of answering the question "Can we win with just a passing game?".
Johnson's response was great...
No, not really...it's what you're not doing that people want to talk about...I remember talking to June [Jones] when he was at Hawaii...after a couple of years there, people complained that they didn't run the ball...I really don't think it matters. The bottom line is do you have more points than the other team at the end of the game. And you don't get any more for throwing than you do for running...Actually if you're trying to win the game, which is better a one play 77 yard drive or a 19 play 98 yard drive that eats 8 minutes? I bet you the guys on defense would vote for the second.