GA of the Day - Ryan Conway (University of Louisiana)
Ryan Conway played baseball in college; but didn't play football. He wound up using one of Eric Mangini's lines "I can make the best cup of coffee you've ever had" on Dan Mullen to help get his first job.
Conway's story is a testament to hard work. Young guys should listen to what he has to say and how he happily swallowed his pride and was always happy to take on any assignment. That attitude will open doors for you...
D-III Video: Competitive off season work
Nice video here out of Hanover College, a D-III program located in Indiana.
This past season the Panthers opened up with two losses before rattling off wins in their next 5 out of 6 games to finish 5-5. In those 5 wins they outscored opponents by an impressive 236-40 margin.
The video shows the wide range of off season agility and conditioning work that head coach Steve Baudendistel and the staff have put together, most of which involve fiercely competing against each other.
HS Video: All Access - Warrior Games
In March of 2008, Shawn Jackson left his job as the Director of Recruiting at Missouri under Coach Pinkel to become the head coach at Obion County HS in Tennessee. While at Mizzou, he was inspired by their "Plan to Win" and the Mat Program workouts, and decided to institute his own version at Obion County called "Warrior Games".
Prior to taking the job, Obion County had went 0-10. Jackson went 0-10 in his first season, and then assembled his own staff and began the Warrior Games and success soon followed. Since that point, they have reached the playoffs in 3 straight seasons (a first in school history), and last year broke several offensive records and finished 9-3.
The following video is an inside look at the intensity of the Warrior Games and Obion County football including access inside meetings, the coaches office, and the weight room and indoor facility. Some very good coaching content here.
Pelini on a playoff: "I want the old system"
Bo Pelini wants to go old school to determine the best team in the country.
Pelini doesn't want to see a playoff of any sort, and is "okay" with the current BCS system in place, but if it were up to him, he'd go old school where teams played in their bowl games and then the various polls decided the National Champs.
"I think they should go back to the old system, but that will never happen" Pelini said.
When a football playoff was picking up steam back in March, Pelini reminded reporters to be careful what they wished for.
"Be careful what you ask for. We have a pretty good product in college football right now, with the bowls. There are a lot of good things going on in college football. How do you get a four-team playoff without messing up a pretty good thing? I think that's how I look at it."
Paul Rhoads and 500 Bikers
Cyclones.com has video (below) this morning of Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads and 500 or so bikers at his annual "Ride to Remember" to raise money for Alzheimer's Association.
We hear the group raised a considerable amount of money to support this much needed cause.
GA of the Day - Press Taylor (Tulsa)
Press Taylor is a coach's son. He won two national championships at Butler CC and finished his playing career at Marshall. He was then offered an opportunity to break into coaching at Tulsa where he naturally works with the quarterbacks.
One of the best parts of this interview comes towards the end when Press speaks about his relationship with his brother Zac (assistant quarterbacks coach with the Dolphins). Watch the video and you'll see why we think Press will be in this profession a long, long time.
Jeff Fisher...in a music video...as a cop...has to be seen
A viewer sent us a link to this video that the guys at TurfShowTimes.com stumbled upon. They claim the producers verified that this is Jeff Fisher in the video and that most of it was shot on Fisher's farm in late January.
This is something to see.
Schiano: In the league, more NFL coaches fail than college coaches
Peter King of Sports Illustrated first pointed out Greg Schiano's attention to the little details when he wrote a story talking about how meeting rooms for his Rutgers team had to be set preciously at 70 degrees, even on the road when staying at hotels.
As Schiano explained to NFL.com, those type of small details make big differences.
"If you've ever been with a group of men in a meeting room, you know that if you put 70 guys in a room, the temperature goes up right away. That might make it harder to focus, if you're worried about trying not to suffocate. Those are the details most people don't tend to. I don't know if I put more on that than anyone else, but I make sure we're thorough. You can bitch about stuff when it doesn't go right. Or you can get out in front of it."
The man that ultimately hired him, General Manager Mark Dominik, says that kind of attention to detail is part of the reason he felt Schiano was the right guy for the job in Tampa.
"That speaks to the level of detail, the organization and how precise he thinks the little things need to be to get it right. I saw that (temperature) story as a positive, as him trying to find any advantage he can to make the team better. Whether it's the room temperature or the story about him allegedly wanting a certain kind of pasta, it shows how important all of it is to Coach Schiano. In any and all aspects of the operation, he wants it to be the best it can be."
Although Jim Harbaugh's first season out in San Francisco has been a huge success, much of the mainstream media won't hesitate to point out the college head coaches who make a leap to the NFL and come up short. Schiano doesn't see it quite like that.
"I'm not saying that I'm going to make it, even though I'm confident in our plan, but that's probably one of the most misleading ideas out there. There are way more pro guys that don't make it...six to nine jobs change every year, and most of them are filled by pro guys. It's just easier to point out the college guys who don't make it, but there are more NFL guys that fail. So I'm really not worried about the college-pro thing. Every coach has to be a head coach for the first time somewhere.