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Bill Belichick: A Football Life

The NFL Network rolled out it's new series last night in which they filmed and mic'd up Bill Belichick for an entire season, on and off the field...Bill Belichick: A Football Life.

We caught a little bit of it and we've seen a number of people comment about...everything positive.  

This show is going to be a huge hit.  The clips that we saw showed great insight into his thinking, teaching and motivating.  

Naturally, there are going to be some things caught on mic that some viewers wouldn't consider appropriate for young viewers; but this show isn't produced for young viewers.  

The first episode ran last night and the next one debuts next Thursday...but we're quite positive the NFL Network will be re-running often in between (in fact we hear they have cleared a spot today at 4PM EST for it).  You can see a few short clips on their website here.  

Below is a clip showing a game day interaction between Belichick and Ravens receiver Derek Mason.  This clip is getting a lot of pub in the twitter world this morning for it's shock factor; but the actual show has far better content than this...stuff coaches will enjoy.  




Great pick last night

LSU corner, Mo Claiborne is a player.  As a sophomore last season, he started opposite Patrick Peterson...and led the team with 5 interceptions and 11 passes defended.  

In the game last season versus Mississippi State, Claiborne had two interceptions.  

Fast forward to last night...3rd quarter and Mississippi State tries to go down the field for the first time; but Claiborne makes an outstanding play on the ball.  

Claiborne wound up making another pick late in the 4th quarter.  Two years in a row with 2 picks vs. State.  

Credit defensive backs coach Ron Cooper and coordinator John Chavis for putting their athletes in positions to make plays. The Tigers' defense was impressive last night.  The Tigers also had 15 tackles for loss last night (that's sick...most for the team in over 10 years). 

Watch the highlight from ESPN below if you haven't already seen it (the second play they show in this video) and then watch how he describes it (sounds like a young man you want to have playing Cornerback for your team).


Friday TV

In case you were detained by Russian police last night and didn't get a chance to see...LSU's defense is stout!  Now moving on to tonight...

All times Eastern.




Boise State at Toledo - 8PM - ESPN

Iowa State at UConn - 8PM - ESPN2

High School:

Hueytown (AL) at McAdory (AL) - 8PM - ESPNU


Jerry Kill is back

Coach Kill was released from the hospital earlier today and his doctors told him he was cleared to return to practice "as soon as he felt well enough".

He's back.  


Update> Video added.  Not much to see, other than yes, Coach is at practice.


They put this on the video board?

We enjoy showing everyone what other programs are doing around the country.  Coaches email us ([email protected]) videos all the time and we appreciate it.

Today, however, we saw one that just kind of stumped us.  

This season Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley has been wearing a new pair of orange pants on game day.  Hey, the man coaches at Tennessee, if wants to wear orange we have no problem with that.  We hear that most in Tennessee like them; but surely some have other opinions.  No problems with that either.

But then it was brought to our attention that they chose to run the video below on the video board in Neyland Stadium this past Saturday at the game against Cincinnati.  




Ron Zook: If I weren't coaching...

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Coach Zook sat down with Mike Hall of the Big Ten Network for a segment on their "Step into my office" show.

A couple of highlights...on his best accomplishment Zook shares how proud he is of going from walk on to team captain during his playing days at Florida (see that pic!).

On what he'd be doing if he weren't coaching...Zook says he'd either be a dentist or a "jet jockey"...you know flying jets.

Watch and enjoy.


Football team helping out a flooded town

By now, you've likely heard of the terrible flooding that has been inundating parts of Pennsylvania.  

Well, in Bloomsburg, PA, the river crested at just under 33 feet, breaking a record that had stood for over 100 years. Officials estimated that over 1,000 buildings were damaged in this small town.  The University located on high ground away from the river did not flood; however the campus is closed until Monday as so many people in town were affected.  

Head coach Danny Hale and his staff have a big game tonight against IUP, nationally televised on CBSSN and streaming live on the NCAA's website; but that hasn't been the only thing on their mind this week.  

Coaches and players have been going all week into the parts of town most affected by the flooding.  Ripping out carpet, pulling up soaked flooring, hauling refrigerators out to the curb, etc...the team bus has been taking them back and forth from the field house. 

An inspirational read from the Associated Press.  We suspect the town will turn out in good numbers tonight to support the team. 

Cignetti & IUP a great fit

Tonight Curt Cignetti leads the D-II Crimson Hawks of IUP (1-0) against 8th ranked Bloomsburg (2-0) in a game televised on CBSSN and which will stream live on the NCAA's website.

This past off-season Cignetti, who was the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Alabama, accepted the head coaching position at IUP, the same position his dad held for 20 years (1986-2005).  Cignetti's father, Frank, led IUP to the national championship game twice and the program finished in the Top 25 19 times in 20 seasons.  

Curt Cignetti spoke recently about his decision to accept the position, "It is a little bit of a different move, but it was the type of challenge and opportunity that I really wanted.  I maybe could have stayed at Alabama or gone on to the NFL and stayed an assistant coach for the next 15 years but I really wanted to be a head coach.  It will also give me a little more time around my family.  At places like Alabama, you’re gone a lot recruiting and you sort of lose contact with the people that are important to you.  It was a little bit of a lifestyle shift.”

At IUP, Frank Cignetti attends every practice, "I watch practice but I don’t say anything.  Believe me, he’s been around a lot of great coaches and been mentored well by them. His opportunity to work with Nick (Saban) at Alabama put the icing on the cake for him as far solidifying his philosophy and views on how he wants to run a program. I’m strictly a spectator.”

One thing that Cignetti has had to adjust to is the massive difference in budget coming from Alabama, "The money and things that come with (being at a large Division I school) … you take for granted at places like Alabama.  At a Division II school you wear a lot more hats. You have a lot less personnel in the office to help do things like order equipment and schedule facilities and travel itineraries. You’re involved in a lot more things at this level that you never had to worry about at the Division I level.”