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Larry Scott: "I don't think coaches should vote"

In a radio interview on the "Mason and Ireland Show" Larry Scott shared his belief that coaches should not vote in a poll that ultimately helps determine the national champion.

"I think it's an unfair position to put the coaches in, to supposedly vote objectively when they've got a very natural conflict of interest, No. 1, and, No. 2, I think most coaches are focused on their own games -- let alone breaking down tape afterwards and all that. So to expect that coaches could have a good, balanced, well-researched perspective on who the best teams are in any given week is a fallacy."'

Interesting point.

When asked if he was surprised that Lane Kiffin had decided to no longer vote in the poll, Scott said that he understood his position, and that's an issue that will only be relevant for another few seasons.

"I'm not surprised Lane didn't want to be part of it anymore, I don't think any coaches should be in that position, and they won't be, starting in 2014."

New "Relentless" episode from Ohio

Another solid edition here from the "Relentless" series at Ohio.

There's some really good off the field footage with tight ends coach Brian Haines, as well as a good look inside of freshman orientation.

Pac 12 Network launches

Twitter was buzzing earlier with the launch of the highly anticipated Pac 12 Network.

Many people were talking via Twitter about how certain carriers (DirecTV and Cox) had not finalized a deal prior to the launch date, and therefore left many fans out in the cold during the premier. This article seems to sum up many of the regional issues that viewers witnessed.

Those who were able to tune in heard some good nuggets from Rick Neuheisel, including his opinion that the Pac 12 is a more difficult conference to win games in week in and week out than the SEC.

Interesting opinion.

On a different note, the video section of the Pac 12 Network website is top notch. It covers everything from school specific promotional materials from prestigious alumni, to mic'd up sessions with coaches and inside access to practices.

Videos like the one at the top of the article are the quality that you can expect on a consistent basis from the network. Really good stuff.

"I expect us to shut down the offense every time"

After improving 93 spots in total defense last season, Greg Mattison noted that he wants to see more consistency from the Wolverine defense this year.

Mattison made it clear that he's not happy with what he has observed so far during camp.

"If you polled 124 defensive coordinators, they'd probably all say the same thing. But that bothers me because this is Michigan and I don't expect that. I expect us to go out there and totally shut down the offense every time."

With only a handful of padded practices under their belt, Mattison is emphasizing playing "Michigan defense" day to day.

"I can't say that there is one player I would say, 'Boy, every practice he comes out with perfect technique and he's going as hard as he can and he's executing. You're going to expect that, but we can't accept it. Each guy has to say, 'I'm going to get as many plays today as perfect as I can and play Michigan defense.' We've got to do better at that."

 

David Beaty mic'd up at A&M

David Beaty joined Kevin Sumlin's staff as the receivers coach after serving as an offensive coordinator in his previous two stops at Kansas and Rice.

Recently, Beaty got mic'd up and provided some good rout instruction during 1-1 drills and called special teams coordinator Brian Polian the best special teams coordinator that he's ever been around.

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