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Coaching legends want in on playoff selection

Bobby Bowden is one of a handful of coaches willing to serve on a selection committee to determine the top programs that should make up a college playoff. BCS officials are meeting this month to iron out the finer details of the playoff.

Bowden told ESPN, "I would be willing to serve on it. I think ex-coaches have a lot of wisdom. I watch the games. And I watch the game films on my iPad."

Bowden has been casting his vote in The Legends poll since 2009. The Legends poll is compromised of 17 retired head coaches and Bowden feels that these ex-coaches would be the most logical people to sit on a playoff selection committee.

"This Legends group is about as real a group as you can have. I voted for years as an active coach. But what you're really doing then is putting yourself and your conference in position. I used to have an idea of what was going on around me. But now I really have an idea of what's going on around the country. When we're retired, we all have a better view."

Former Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum, and former BYU coach LaVell Edwards echo that same sentiment.

"No person is better equipped to handle the pressure that would go with being on that committee than an ex-coach. We've seen a lot more pressure than being on a poll."

"It's a lot better than a computer. And it's a lot better than people who have never worked in the game. The system is flawed. We all want to do what we can to help preserve the integrity of the game." Slocum pleaded.

Edwards also explained how this scenario would be best for the game.

"This is not ballots being filled out by sports information directors. This is watching film and having in-depth discussions with people around the country. It's as close as anybody could come to being completely objective. Computer formulas with no transparency are no good. Former coaches have the ability to evaluate things like how a team is playing at a particular time." 

According to Twitter, other coaches that have demonstrated interest (as of this morning) in being a part of a selection committee include Phil Fulmer, and Vince Dooley.




Bill Snyder's building blocks: #8 - Enthusiasm

As you may remember, back during the season we shared Bill Snyder's 16 building blocks for a program with you. At the beginning of each season, Snyder hands the team a laminated card with 16 goals listed that if they can conquer, will lead to victory.

Every once in a while one of the videos will make the front page for "Video of Day", but their recent addition of enthusiasm (#8), was worth a little extra love.

Enthusiasm not only stands for the emotion that Coach Snyder and the staff have the Wildcat's playing with, but also the energy that fills the stadium on Saturdays in Manhattan. The video highlights one big play against Baylor last season that illustrates both types of enthusiasm.

Each video ends with the following quote "If we as individuals accomplish or achieve these goals, then we, as a unit, will be successful". Very well done series.




It takes a real man to film this video

We have identified our first nominee for video of the year. 

Young coaches, if you ever have the opportunity to spend time with (or if the good lord blesses you with an opportunity to work with) Chris Hatcher, get there as soon as you can. Wonderful guy, great coach, excellent father, decent golfer, every now and then he can tell a joke or two....Trust us, find a way to spend some time with Hatch, you'll be better for it.

Hatch, what's in the box?




Kevin Wilson: Use Twitter to sell what your trying to do

Like all major college head coaches, Kevin Wilson has hit the road hard this off season to help rally support from the home state crowd.

At his most recent stop in Evansville, Wilson talked about some of his new additions to the staff, and how important it was to hire people from programs that not only win, but programs that also demonstrate good work habits.

One recent addition for Wilson is a trainer from the Nebraska staff, who he is admittedly pretty "jacked up" about. On the way to Evansville, they were touching base and Coach Wilson learned that he had just got done testing the conditioning limits of one of the players...not something you hear everyday coming from the training staff.

Wilson also admits he is hitting Twitter pretty hard, taking some advice from Tom Crean. Crean told Wilson to "use your Twitter to sell what your trying to do". Wilson made sure that everyone in attendance knows that he handles his own Twitter account (@IUCoachWilson). He understands that in society there may be no better tool out there to reach the masses quite like the power of Twitter.




NAIA Video: Size doesn't matter

Menlo College strength and conditioning coordinator Victor Brankovich coordinates the strength program for one of the smallest schools in the country to sponsor a football program. The NAIA program in California has only 650 students enrolled at the school, and last season 96 players made up the football roster.

Menlo started off last season hot, winning 5 of their first six games, before facing a tough stretch in their schedule and finishing 5-5.

Below is a short clip of what they have been up to in the off season. You can tell these guys are hungry to improve on their .500 record.




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.