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Monte Kiffin: Gruden will be back on sidelines soon

Monte Kiffin says Jon Gruden will be back on the sidelines in the near future.

Kiffin, who served as Gruden’s defensive coordinator at Tampa Bay, spoke about Gruden on the Petros & Money Show.

He said, “He’s kind of a natural.  He was always that way, great with the team. He loves talking ball.  He’s loves talking ball, talking quarterbacks and all those things, analyzing the draft.”

“All of those owners are watching real close.  And he’s probably going to get some offers in another year or so.  And I think he has a son that’s a junior and maybe he wants to see him finish high school, but I think he’ll be back in it before too long.”

Kiffin also praised Tyron Smith, who was the highest drafted offensive lineman from USC since Tony Boselli.

“When he went to the combine, he knocked their socks off.  Just when he went through the tests and stuff.  Here’s the thing, he loves football.  He doesn’t like it, he loves it.  You gotta love it.  He loves it and that’s what Lane told everybody.”

Kiffin, interestingly said that he stays at the Radisson on-campus a lot of nights during the season, but makes the traffic filled drive home on most nights during this time of year.

The Trojans begin the 2011 season by hosting Minnesota.




Attention: Do not ask Chip Kelly how position battles are going this spring

Oregon will play their spring game on Saturday.  Chip Kelly says it’s a full game, kick-offs and everything.

Following Wednesday’s practice, a reporter asked Kelly, “Of all the position battles in the spring, which has been the most fun for you to watch?”

Kelly, as he often says the unexpected, responded, “There aren’t position battles in the spring.  We don’t have a depth chart.  We don’t play a game until September 3rd.  If I tell somebody you’re a starter today, that means absolutely nothing.”

“That has no bearing on the game we play in September, so there aren’t any position battles right now.  Our goal every day in our program is for every player to get better every day.”

“Nobody has a position right now.  Every day is a competition at every position.”

"(How you played the last time out) means nothing.  It's means absolutely nothing.  It's how you play the next play, the next snap, the next opportunity you have.  You can't dwell on (the last play).  I can't let the last mistake make my next mistake."

You can watch the Ducks’ spring game at 4 pm EST on ESPN 2.  Not surprisingly, Nike has some new uniforms for the Ducks.  




Interesting study: Average team recruiting ranking vs. NFL draft picks

CollegeFootballMatrix.com has put together a unique study that you may enjoy reading.

The site has researched from 2002-2008, the average team recruiting ranking vs. the number of NFL draft picks per school.  The purpose of the study is to show viewers the level of accuracy of the final recruiting rankings, presumably from Scout or Rivals.

Of course, the number of total draft choices should not solely indicate the actual strength of a recruiting class.

Here’s an example in the study:

From 2002-2008, the average team recruiting ranking for Utah is 64th nationally.  Utah, however, has produced the 34th most NFL draft choices since 2002.  Therefore, Utah is awarded a +30 total.

From 2002-2008, the average team recruiting ranking for Clemson is 19th nationally.  Clemson, however, has produced the 26th most NFL draft choices since 2002.  Therefore, Clemson is awarded a -7 total.

From 2002-2008, the average team recruiting ranking for USC is 1st nationally.  USC has produced the #1 most NFL draft choices since 2002.  Therefore, USC is awarded a 0 total.

The site is pointing out that Utah’s recruiting classes are undervalued, Clemson’s classes are overvalued, and USC is pretty much dead accurate.

According to the study, the top 10 most undervalued recruiting classes belong to Utah, Cincinnati, Iowa, Wisconsin, Stanford, Louisville, Purdue, Oregon State, Virginia Tech, and Georgia Tech.

The top 10 most overvalued recruiting classes (starting with the absolute most grossly overvalued class) belong to Baylor, Duke, Michigan, Clemson, Missouri, Illinois, Auburn, South Carolina, Texas Tech, and Arizona.

The study seems to indicate that of the teams that average a Top 25 recruiting ranking, it's Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and Ole Miss that consistently have the most overvalued recruiting classes.  Okie State’s average team recruiting ranking from 2002-2008 is 25th nationally, but the Cowboys have produced just the 53rd most NFL draft choices.  They score a -28.

Texas A&M’s average team recruiting ranking from 2002-2008 is 14th nationally, but the Aggies have produced the 39th most NFL draft choices.  They score a -25.

Ole Miss’ average team recruiting ranking from 2002-2008 is tied with Oklahoma State for 25th nationally.  The Rebels have produced the 42nd most NFL draft choices during that period.  They score a -17.

Check out the entire study.  It’s interesting.  Draw your own conclusions.




World Domination

Okay so maybe World Domination is a little strong; but have you ever seen a company dominate their space the way Digital Sports Video is?

We're pretty confident that every coach knows that DSV is the premier video editing platform for high school football (already serving nearly half of the high schools in America).  In fact, a few weeks ago we noticed that both the Texas High School Coaches Association and the Alabama Coaches Association had recently named DSV the official video editing platform for their respective states.

Now Florida is getting in on the act as well.  

Shelton Crews, Executive Director of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association, tells us that they too have partnered with DSV, "We are very excited about our partnership with DSV. For the past 75 years the FACA has been providing resources for our coaches. DSV provides the most efficient and economical video systems in the industry. We are confident this partnership will help our coaches achieve at a higher level."

Combine all of this with the fact that DSV is headquartered in, and dominates in, California and we're beginning to think that soon they might be the only viable video editing platform out there.

Think about that...regardless of what business you are talking about...if one company's product is the dominant player in Texas, California, Florida and Alabama...and half of the rest of the country...that really is amazing.  

A few years ago, showing their true wisdom, DSV created a platform called Player Direct which allows any college program to directly access the game film from any DSV client (and any of their opponents).  With DSV's expanding reach into more and more high schools; we're not sure who stands to benefit the most, the college teams using Player Direct or the high school athletes now being seen & evaluated by more colleges than ever before.  

Either way, this seems like a true win-win scenario for everyone involved.  

Disclaimer: For several years now DSV has sponsored The Scoop.  During this time each of our businesses have doubled in size.  Another classic win-win (golf clap). 

 




Al Groh finding solutions to new problems, and new solutions to old problems

Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh seemed pleased with the progress of the Yellow Jackets’ defense during spring practice.

Groh said, “I think ‘progressing’ is probably the key word.  We have progress as we introduced it last year, but we have also progressed significantly with the scheme.  We have gone forward with quite a few things that we were ready to do last year OR that in our research how we are trying to evolve.”

“What we face on defense, you are either trying to find solutions to new problems OR new solutions to old problems.  If that book stays the same from year to year, then you’re probably losing ground.  Under any circumstances, we usually try to evolve.  So we went through that evolution with the scheme in general and then our players have enabled us to move forward with what we did last year and what we hope to be able to do this year.”

Last season, in the first year under Groh, the Yellow Jackets finished 57th nationally in scoring defense (25.2 ppg) and 64th nationally in total defense (371 ypg).  Georgia Tech finished 101st nationally in sacks and 108th nationally in tackles-for-loss.

Heading into 2011, Groh is excited about the defensive line and expects great competition for the starting spots at linebacker.

Georgia Tech opens against Western Carolina, at MTSU, and Kansas.  The Yellow Jackets’ ACC schedule is favorable with UNC, Clemson, and Virginia Tech all coming to Bobby Dodd Stadium.

 




Bragging rights on the line between Briles, Pinkel, and Dan Hawkins

Art Briles, Gary Pinkel, and Dan Hawkins are the three of four coaches that have a chance to produce multiple first-round draft picks on Thursday night.

In fact, two players from Baylor have accepted invitations from the NFL to New York.  OL Danny Watkins and DT Phil Taylor will be in on hand, as will head coach Art Briles.

Briles told the Star-Telegram, "We'll be one of the only schools with two guys in the green room.  It's great publicity for Baylor... We're getting good people in the program and we're getting the payoff for it."

Missouri players Blaine Gabbert and defensive end Aldon Smith are potential first-round picks, while Colorado corner Jimmy Smith and offensive tackle Nate Solder could hear their names called on Thursday night.

Alabama players Julio Jones, Mark Ingram, and James Carpenter could also go in the first round.  Coach Saban asked us not to put his name in the same article title as Briles and Dan Hawkins. ** 

One year ago, Oklahoma had three players drafted in the first four picks and four players overall selected in the first-round.  Florida, Alabama, and Cal had two players drafted in the first round.

Interestingly, Bill Parcells said last night during the ESPN Draft Confidential Speical that 27 college programs produce 52% of NFL draft choices in recent years.

** Yes, we are kidding.




Tubs calls out President Obama

Although we are not certain why, Tommy Tuberville appeared as a guest on The Sean Hannity Show, hosted by conservative political commentator Sean Hannity on the Fox News channel.

During Tuesday’s episode, Tubs interestingly called for President Barack Obama to show the public his birth certificate.  In recent weeks, Donald Trump questioned Obama’s birth and citizenship.  Since then, national radio and television shows are stormed the topic.

Tubs said, “We’ve got enough controversy going on in this country. I don’t know why he wouldn’t just step up and say, ‘Here it is.’ Obviously, there’s got to be something on there he doesn’t want anybody to see.”

Tuberville appeared on the show during “The Great American Panel” segment, which included Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich and Fox News legal analyst Tamara Holder.

There is talk that Tubs will make spot appearances on Iron Chef America, Jersey Shore, and CSI:Miami in the coming weeks.

Texas Tech opens with Texas State, at New Mexico, and Nevada.  No word yet on if Obama will be on hand in Lubbock.  

UPDATE (Thursday): Tubs has successfully convinced Obama to show his birth certificate.  The White House has produced the President's actual birth certificate.  Way to go, Tubs.




Schiano: It ain't gonna happen on this team. I'll tell you that right now.

Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano was quite agitated with the PAT / Field Goal team following Tuesday’s scrimmage inside Rutgers Stadium.

Schiano told reporters, “PAT / Field Goal team, your guess is as good as mine.  I’m mad.  I’m gonna find out what the hell was wrong, excuse my language, and get it fixed.  We do that every day.  There is absolutely zero excuse for that.  It ain’t gonna happen on this team.  I’ll tell you that right now.  We’ll play whoever we have to, but I don’t think that’s the problem.  I don’t know what it is.  We’ll find out and we will get it fixed.”

Rutgers will play their spring game on Saturday at 3 pm EST.  A few hours before the game, former players will play the first ever “Believe Bowl,” a flag football game to help raise awareness and support for Eric LeGrand and the Rutgers Spinal Cord Research.

The Scarlet Knights will open the 2011 season against North Carolina Central.  The following week, Rutgers travels to North Carolina, before returning home to host Ohio University.

On November 12th, Rutgers will play Army at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.