Locksley renegotiates contract with New Mexico, strange details
In an interesting move, Mike Locksley has renegotiated his contract with New Mexico.
Locksley originally signed a 6-year deal worth $4.5 million. The deal included a buyout of $365,000 per year left remaining on his contract.
Under the new contract signed by Locksley, New Mexico would only have to pay Locksley $150,000 per year if he were dismissed. Locksley, however, would not owe a dime to New Mexico at any time if he were to leave the university for another job.
Locksley told KOB television, “Put it this way, I wouldn’t have signed a new contract if I didn’t feel like it was in the best interest of my family.”
“To be honest with you, I just want to concentrate on the football side of things.”
The third-year head coach will head in to the season with two new coordinators. In the off-season, David Reaves was promoted to offensive coordinator, while Reggie Barlow received a promotion to defensive coordinator.
New Mexico opens with Colorado State. The following three games are at Arkansas, Texas Tech, and Sam Houston State.
New Mexico does have to travel to TCU, San Diego State, and Boise State.
Miami (FL) coaches post Michael Irvin's quote throughout facility
Ever since his playing days at “The U,” Michael Irvin has been a loyal supporter of the Miami Hurricanes football program.
Irvin helped lead Miami (FL) to the 1987 national championship. He finished his career with 143 receptions and 26 touchdowns. Irvin went on to be selected #11 overall in the NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys and ever since, he has always embraced the traditions of “The U.”
When Al Golden was hired, Irvin was sitting right there at the press conference in Coral Gables.
After the press conference, Irvin said, "Confidence is what swagger is. The man (Golden) sits up and talks with confidence. You hear a team takes to the personality of their head coach. Well, he has a confident personality."
Now, Golden is posting one of Irvin’s famous quotes throughout the facility. There is no word whether wide receivers coach George McDonald will have his wideouts embrace the legendary 3-point stance that #47 rocked.
Derek Mason explains new goals for Stanford defense
Over on The Farm, Vic Fangio is gone, but Stanford co-defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach Derek Mason says the Cardinal won’t change much of the defensive scheme.
Mason says, “We're taking the approach, if it's not broken, don't fix it. We'll stay with the same basic packages with some variations, but we're trying to build a defensive tradition at Stanford. We felt like last year was the first phase. Some of the players who were here are now gone. The foundation has been laid and now it's time for the walls to go up. We're moving into Phase Two.”
The only new coach to the Stanford defensive staff this year is former San Francisco 49ers outside linebackers coach Jason Tarver. He joins Mason, Lance Anderson, and Randy Hart.
Mason says, “The bottom line is we can't stay the same. We'll be a different football team in 2011 based on our personnel but our philosophy will be the same. We want to be physical, play knockback football and make sure we play with a high level of intensity.”
“The game is about limiting the run and stopping explosive plays. If we can get off the field on third down and get the ball back into that guy's hands - and we all know who "that" guy is - then we'll be successful.”
Stanford opens with San Jose State before traveling to Duke and Arizona. The final three games all are in Palo Alto against Oregon, Cal, and Notre Dame.
Stanford will play their spring game next Saturday in San Francisco. You gotta see the promo video for the game. It’s not your normal marketing strategy.
Spurrier handcuffed, makes annoucement
It’s been an interesting couple of days for Steve Spurrier.
First, the South Carolina head coach had handcuffs placed on him by the Columbia police department. (See the video at the 1:30 mark.)
Then on Tuesday, Spurrier made it clear that he’s going to coach another three or four years.
Spurrier told The Sporting News, “I think we have the best talent since I’ve been here and I’m feeling really good about where the program is at and where I’m at. I’ve got at least three or four more years in me."
Spurrier explains his run in with Columbia law enforcement at the 1:30 mark. Luckily, they had the wrong guy...just as they had the wrong guy when Clowney was handcuffed in Columbia last Thursday night.
Houston Nutt creates player-partner program to stress accountability
To stress accountability during the off-season, Houston Nutt implemented a player-partner program.
A large “circle of champions” sign hands in the Ole Miss indoor practice facility.
From the inside moving out, the targets illustrates “Everyone Starts Here” (bullseye), Circle of Untrustables, and the “Circle of the Uncommitted.”
Nutt explained to The Clarion Ledger, “So when we got back we said that everybody’s going to pick a partner. And if your partner doesn’t go to class, you both run. One of you oversleeps? Both of you overslept. And both of you have got to pay a penalty. And so you get so many penalties and you start, you get outside — you don’t want to be outside the blue. What I’m excited about, with 121 right now, I think we’ve got four names up there.”
“It’s real simple. You do what’s right. You don’t? There’s a penalty, and it’s costly. Every morning at 5:30, and you’re welcome to come, at 5:30 every Friday, all penalties will be — you have to pay your penalty.” See a photo of the sign, right here.
Ole Miss finished their second day of practice on Tuesday. It was the second practice with new assistant coaches David Lee (offensive coordinator / quarterbacks) Keith Burns (corners), Gunter Brewer (wide receivers / passing game coordinator / associate head coach).
George O'Leary explains denial of scholarship release
If you hadn’t heard, 4-star quarterback DaMarcus Smith has asked UCF head coach George O’Leary for his scholarship release before ever arriving on campus.
Smith, who attended Seneca HS in Louisville, seems to think he made the wrong choice by not signing with the hometown Louisville Cardinals.
Today, George O’Leary denied Smith’s request.
O’Leary said, “To me, you spend a lot of money, a lot of time, a lot of hours recruiting a kid. I think the big thing is you sign a legal document and that’s what it is – a legal document."
"I’ve never in all my coaching given a release to an NLI and I’m not about to start. And he knew that. I told him that. Again, that’s why they have such a stiff penalty for people that don’t fulfill the NLI.”
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Niumatalolo drops 10 coaching cliches in 26 seconds
Navy began Spring practice yesterday in chilly temperatures in Annapolis.
Courtesy of the behind-the-scenes video, we heard Ken Niumatalolo tell the them, “As I think about our team for Spring, this a great opportunity for some of you to either change your stock or perception that a coach has for you. You have 15 days. This is where we set the tone for our 2011 season.”
In his 26-second post-practice comments, Niumatalolo was able to drop 10 coaching clichés.
He said, “We just completed day 1 of our spring ball. We are trying to establish the culture of Navy football and the way we play. (1) I thought it was a start…a good start (2). It’s only one step (3), we have a long ways to go. (4) I am excited about our young men. (5) Coach Bras did a great job with our strength staff in getting our guys ready for Spring ball (6). There was great energy (7) and great enthusiasm out here (8). I liked we saw on day 1 (9), but we have 14 more to go (10).”
Translation...Navy is already working on Lincoln Riley's offensive scheme.
Yesterday marked the first day of practice for new wide receivers coach Mick Yokitis, who previously served as the head coach of the Naval Academy Prep School. Danny O’Rourke moved from wide receivers to slot backs. He replaced Joe DuPaix, who accepted the running backs / recruiting coordinator job at BYU.
Navy opens against Delaware before traveling to Western Kentucky and South Carolina.
Video: Al Golden and staff planting a virus on Canes
It’s hard not to get on board with Al Golden, in part to the excellent marketing that CanesAllAccess is providing. If you didn’t know much about Golden before coming to Miami (FL), now you can see why the Hurricanes hired the former Temple head coach.
Golden is focusing on changing the culture. In his words, “We’re trying to plant a virus on this team.”
In the latest behind-the-scenes, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch says, “When we step on the football field, we step on the field looking to dominate. It starts with the running backs.”
The coaching staff is making sure the players buy in to Golden’s ball security philosophy.
Running backs coach Terry Richardson says, “Just because a guy is talented, there is still a lot of fundamental work and technique that need to go on. Those are the things that can take a talented kid to a whole different level.”
Golden says, “Talent is not going to be enough. I think the kids have put their egos aside and have opened their hearts and minds and are listening now to what we are telling that. You cannot win a championship when you are 119 in the country in turnovers. It just does not happen. It’s too much to overcome. So we are focusing on the ball. We are focusing on ball security. As you saw yesterday, if a kid fumbles the ball or creates a penalty, he’s going on the other field for a little venture.”
“It’s like a virus. In fact, if you read Malcolm Gladwell’s work, The Tipping Point, it all starts with a virus. All you need is a couple of guys to start to do it and you can get a virus. We’re trying to plant a virus on this team, change the culture.”
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