Band of Brothers at Arizona

Last week I had the pleasure of spending 24 hours with Rich Rod and his staff at Arizona and came away believing that the future of Arizona football is bright. 

We met a couple of the staff for dinner the night we arrived in Tucson. Plenty of jokes amongst these guys, even though the three guys we were with had virtually never met prior to about 3 months ago. These guys are excited about where this program is headed. 

When we arrived at the facility in the morning, Rich and his staff were in a staff meeting and immediately welcomed us in. The room had a family feel. Everyone seemed to know their spot, have an understanding of their role, be on the same page; yet there were plenty of wise-cracks in the room as well...honestly, if I had had my eyes closed, I might have thought this was a band of brothers sitting around the kitchen table. 

First thing on the agenda that day was a meeting with Arizona's AD Greg Byrne. We'll bring you more from that meeting later; but one thing that Byrne said really stuck with me. He said that one of the reasons he hired Rich was that he felt Rich could reinvigorate the Arizona community to rally behind this program...to create a greater sense of pride in the program.

Later in the day I had the opportunity to visit with Rich Rod (along with Mike from Overtime Software) in his office and came away with an even greater belief that Rich specifically hired this staff to bring the family feeling back to Arizona football.  

At practice that afternoon I saw the same...literally and figuratively as I saw Rich Rod's wife and kids observing practice and his son working with some of the support staff (including director of on-campus recruiting Matt Dudek) ensuring one of the more important pieces of equipment was working as planned (see the mobile sound system pictured). I add figuratively because I also noted a large number of local high school coaches observing practice and interacting with the staff as well. 

After practice, the team and the coaches and their families head up to the training table on the club level of the stadium for dinner. One comment we heard a few times while touring the place and meeting a few of the players was that before this staff was hired there was desert as part of the training table dinners. Rich Rod and his guys had the standard ice cream cooler installed and judging by the grins we saw as the players mentioned it, we think that was a wise investment. 


From up top of the stadium you can really see the status of their new end zone addition (which will also house all of football operations). The project is rolling and is scheduled for completion shortly before Fall camp begins in 2013. 



As we all know, facilities are nice (and Arizona's will be quite nice once done); but players win games for you and right now several of the players will tell you that as a team they need to get stronger. Rich brought in a new strength & conditioning staff and over the next few recruiting classes will be able to bring in and cultivate more and more talent. We see these guys competing real soon; and in a few years, we can see Arizona scrapping their way into a Rose Bowl. Until we sat down with Rich we had no idea that Arizona had never played in the Rose Bowl. When they do, we want to be there to see the smiles on the coaches, administrators and players faces. 

More to come about this staff over the next few weeks...



Trooper Taylor: We had to say "Whoa!"

Trooper Taylor came away impressed with today's practice, noting the teams intensity and enthusiasm as the main reasons.

Day to day, Gene Chizik sets the tempo for the practice, letting players know when to go full speed, and when it's more of a "thud" tempo. Taylor said that they had to say "Whoa" and slow things down today, and as a coach, you have to really like that mentality on day one of full pads.

Taylor added that they'll know when they're making progress when they can say the physicality and enthusiasm is at the same level after five days of padded practices.

A lot of the new enthusiasm can be traced to the fact that everyone is competing for a starting spot in the spring he explains. 

"I think the thing that's creating a lot of enthusiasm is everybody's trying to compete for a job. They understand this is their 15-day interview, because come two-a-days we're really giving the new freshmen a chance to interview and then polish them for the season. If you're going to win a job, you better win a job this spring." 


USC's new facilities, a game-changer

At FootballScoop we hate to break bad news. Prepare yourselves, you might want to sit down for this.

As most of you probably know, USC won 10 games last year, including handing Chip Kelly his first loss ever at Autzen, all while being on double-not-so-secret probation from the NCAA. The part you might not know is that Lane Kiffin and his staff were able to do that despite having what are easily one of the worst set of facilities in the conference. Literally, if it rained, they took on water in the locker room, the weight room, etc...

After touring the current facilities, our respect for what both Pete Carroll and Lane Kiffin have done at USC has grown significantly. 

Now, here's the part that hurts...in a few months, Lane and the team (oh yeah, Matt Barkley's back) are moving into what will immediately become the nicest set of facilities in the conference. This might just be checkmate for Lane when it comes to recruiting. He's already got the weather, a great campus environment (although the surrounding neighborhood isn't as nice as one might like...but we don't see that slowing down too many kids), campus life that we're certain most 18 year old boys will enjoy to the fullest extent, the legend that is USC Football including six Heisman's on display as you walk into the existing facilities, etc...

These new facilities, scheduled to be completed in late July, will be very, very nice. You'll walk in and immediately see an amazingly large an impressive video display (it's actually comprised of 273 smaller panels). Staff members that have seen the demo say the pictures and visual capabilities are beyond anything they have ever seen before. 

If we were to put the before and after pictures side by side, we're quite certain those recruiting against SC might ram their head into a wall.

The building is built; but they are still adding drywall, flooring, pulling cable, etc...it's a dusty place right now. Thus, none of the design components are in just yet; but once they are, this place is going to be very nice.  

Opposing coaches who get to see Lane's office suite will immediately be placing a call to their AD saying they need an upgrade. For us to describe it in words would not be appropriate....we'll try to head back out there in August and take some video. 

More to come throughout the week on our visit with the USC coaching staff...

Below are a couple of pics from our day there. 

John Baxter talking Academic Game Plan. 


The view as you enter the current coaches offices.


Six Heismans on display.


SC's current training table (available to all students during the daytime).


Plenty of Trojans have made SI.


The current weight room is adequate. The new one will be top of the line.


The Coliseum. 


Leaving the tunnel, entering the field.


The massive new space for the 273 panel video board (will be amazing).


View from Lane's new office onto the practice fields.


"Prep Not Hype" - The motto for Spring Ball 2012.

Pac-12 Tour - UCLA

A few months back Jim L. Mora was hired to lead the UCLA football program back to glory. He quickly loaded his staff with some talented recruiters, some excellent game planners and some bright young coaches. The question is can they attract the talent they need to win consistently in Westwood.

Touring UCLA's campus you see a beautiful campus in a great part of town. Their football facilities have been recently refreshed.

The weight room, although below ground and slightly dim; is well designed and outfitted. 

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The locker room is in great shape. 

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The coaches' offices have the right feel (and show the right messages...plenty of NFL scouts here to see you and "Beat SC").

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People say the practice fields are an issue as they are land-locked; but they have just about as much space as everyone else (except for Oregon...who actually uses their indoor nearly all the time) has. No indoor; but...this is Los Angeles.  

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The Rose Bowl is something to see; but to do so you have drive about 40 minutes away.  

All in all, there is nothing wrong with the facilities at UCLA.

We'll conclude this quick report back where we started...can Mora and his staff attract the talent they need to win. One of the assistants we spoke with told us the reception he's received once he moved to UCLA from his former school has been night and day "Guys that really weren't interested before are now calling us." As we all know, the future lies in the talent you can land. Coach Mora and the staff need to capture some momentum and then ride that back to the top. 

High School coaches' cell numbers

As you probably are aware, The Coach Tracker is a service that over one hundred college staffs subscribe to in order to obtain access to high school coaches' contact information. That's all the service provides...contact information for coaches and their schools. Clients range from nearly every top 5 division 1 team all the way through a few junior colleges. The goal is the same for each, to simply have accurate contact information (principally email and cell numbers). 

While the information in the database is extremely accurate (with accurate emails for nearly 90% of the 15,000 high school head coaches in the country) the information could always be more complete. With the first of the month coming on Sunday, we're trying to finalize as much data as we can this week....and we're looking for some help reaching a few high school coaches.

If you know one of the following coaches, please have him email () or text (225.229.3429) us with his cell number so we can get it into the database before we push data out to the colleges on the 1st. 

Alabama Coaches:

George Bates
Phil Wilson
Billy Coleman
Tommy Tharp
Charles Moody
Eddie Stephenson
John Causey
Brian Seymore
Eddie Bullocks
Kenneth Chadwick
Rudy Free
Chip Harris
Bubba Walls
Michael Sims
Will Randolph
Brent Dearmon
Jack French
Dennis Alexander
Steve White

Arkansas Coaches:


Barry Lunney
Eric Daniel
Maurice Moody
Scott Hyatt
Michael Sain
Michael Malham
Scott Waymire
Kenneth Moore
Cary Rogers
Tom Shoemaker
Hugh Lumpkin
Chris Dufrene
Chuck Speer
Greg Johnson
D. J. Crane
Josh Price

Arizona Coaches:

William Frasier
Charlie Sorrels
Ernie Horstkamp
Steve Quinn
Barry Lunney
Eric Daniel
Maurice Moody
Scott Hyatt
Michael Sain
Michael Malham
Scott Waymire
Kenneth Moore
Cary Rogers
Tom Shoemaker
Hugh Lumpkin
Chris Dufrene
Chuck Speer

California Coaches: 

Jim Ellison
Michael Hernandez
Rory Hurley
Chris Andreadis
Adam Schiermyer
Andrew Molander
Tim Mcburney
Dustin Peace
Matt Johnson
Dave Huffine
George LaFrance

Florida Coaches:

Mike Hay
Carlos Mollinedo
Sheldon Walker
Ceasar Campana
Frank Hall
David King
Richard Dunbar
Jamalle Cornelius
Sammy Sirianni
Jim Anderson
James Thomson
Matt Thompson

Georgia Coaches:


Tom Fallaw
Harris Rainbow
Scott Hendrix
Jeff Measor
Grant Chesnut
Calvin Epps
Marcus Johnson
Shaun Pope
Leroy Ryals
Allen Cartwright
Robbie Pruitt
Mario Allen

Illinois Coaches:


Keith Sinclair
Rich Crabel
Bryan Lee
Eric Washington
David Underwood
Nick Batts
Jeff Winslow
John Hayden
Lenny Onsen
Anthony Andrew
Matt Fralick

Indiana Coaches: 

Emil Ekiyor
Dave Shelbourne
Eric Heppner
Larry Getts
Chris Svarczkopf
Scott Bless
James Blankenship
T. Andre Thomas
Ryan Gallogly
Rich Moren
Reed May
Kevin Wright
Doug Dinan
Josh Haganow
Doug Hurt
Chris Ulerick

Kansas Coaches:

Eric Willimon
Brad Hollinger
Dave Fennewald
Ben Labertew
Matt Maltsberger
Faron Kraft
Greg French
Steve Martin
Aaron Barnett
Todd Dain
Chris Schmidt
Mike Ritzel

Louisiana Coaches:

Benny Vault
Reynolds Moore
Reggie Rogers
Demise Loyd
Michael Concillio
Mike Mowad
Ben Durham
Kevin Cook
Bo Barton
Damien Mills
Shyrone Carey
Doug Dotson
Travis Douglas
Jason Tucker
Francis Mahan
Todd Montgomery
Kevin Magee
Bryan Villa
Corey Bordelon

Maryland Coaches:

Troy Wilson
Scott Mathena
Darrel Jackson
Johnny Brown
Alan Lagon
Marlon Curtis
Ernie Williams
Randy Longnecker
Mark Hackett
Chris Bartlett
Steve Calande
Joel Sankey
Robbie Vachon

Michigan Coaches:

Dan MacLean
Tony Crawley
Brian Baird
Al Margrif
Ryan Irwin
Mark Worsham
Paul Windham
Peter Stuursma
Greg Hudkins
Bill Feraco
Robert McBride
Norm Moran
Manfield Dinkins

North Carolina Coaches:

Jeff Byrd
Milton Butts
David Johnson
Richard Bailey
Scott Lambert
Bob Turner
Earl Bates
Greg Lloyd
Nick Anderson
Rob McNeely
Chris Adams
Chad Smothers
Thomas Childs
Scott Cloninger

Ohio Coaches:

John Lundy
Mark Iammarino
Ryan Slone
Mitch Hewitt
Phil Davis
Nate Johnson
Tim Dunn
Mike Donnelly
David Brausch
Bobby Lake
Gregory Anderson
Ryan Teglovic
Steve Gilbert
Kyle Miller

Oregon Coaches:

Robert Webb
Joel Magill
David Johnson
Darren Polamalu
Justin Blanchet
Louie Idrogo
Jim Keys
Wayne Wise
Randy Stephenson
Danny Naugle
Jon Gettman
Carl Elliott
Bob Donaldson
Gary Sletmoe

Pennsylvania Coaches:

Brandan Hathaway
Vincent Bedesem
Andy Evanko
Bob Zaruta
Steve Wiles
Jeff Polites
Michael Matta
John Henzes
Chuck Dailey
Mark Evans
Richard Brubaker
Position Open
Travis Skrzypek
Bill Gallagher

Tennessee Coaches:

Shane Boggs
Blake Butler
Wayne Turner
Steve McKinney
Darren Bowling
Ben Herron
Glen Ryan
Rodney Ellison
Josh Fronabarger
Joe Case
Steve Harris
Don Coady
Matthan Houser
Billy Barnhart
Brad Deman

Texas Coaches:

Shane Boggs
Blake Butler
Wayne Turner
Steve McKinney
Darren Bowling
Ben Herron
Glen Ryan
Rodney Ellison
Josh Fronabarger
Joe Case
Steve Harris
Don Coady
Matthan Houser
Billy Barnhart
Brad Deman

Virginia Coaches:


David Bedwell
Tater Benson
Travis Osborne
Joe McElfish
Bobby Dalton
Paul White
Chris Fraser
Dennis Worek
Melvin Moore
Heath Cockerham
Rodney Redd
Lou Sorrentino
Luke Brankley
Dan Rounds
Dennis McCall
Mark Frye


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