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.


Sonny Dykes with some rational thinking

Sonny Dykes hears all the conference realignment talk, and understands it to a point, but feels it's happening for all the wrong reasons.

"It’s all money related. In some ways, it’s not great for our business. I don’t know how much sense it makes for Boise or San Diego State to be playing in the Big East. To me, I view it as a negative because of the lost rivalries. You look at Texas-Texas A&M, the traditional rivalries that aren't going to occur as a result. Some of the kids get compromised for money because now you’re dealing with extra travel, other sports are going to have to miss classes. You have a lot of headaches for your student-athletes."

Dykes is well aware of the travel implications involved. According to an ESPN article, New Mexico State was the closest WAC game for Louisiana Tech, and that came in at 935 miles. The average distance between Tech and their WAC opponents was 1,812 miles. All that will change when they start play in C-USA in this season where all the teams are regionally located. Their furthest opponent now will be UTEP at about 890 miles. That kind of logic makes the most sense to Dykes.

"The travel is really tough on players and tough on your coaches. When you’re getting back in the middle of the night and early morning on Sunday, it has an impact on your team. To me, college football is as popular as any sport in our country. I just think it’s sad we’re screwing with it as much as we are because I don’t think we have to. It’s a great product. It’s stood the test of time, and it’s stood the test of time because it’s been slow to change."

"Conference USA and commissioner Britton Banowsky, I think his model is probably the one that makes sense in college football. We want regional rivalries, we want regional games. With these conferences going all over the country to play each other for TV money...this is a model that has worked forever."

Dykes doesn't believe that money should be the force driving college football's major decisions.

"With the television money and the reluctance of those conferences to share revenue with other conferences, to me I’m not so sure dollars and cents should be driving college football and it is. So I think the end is going to be, some type of cutoff. The proposal to give student-athletes a stipend...people know some schools won’t pay that, choking out schools that won’t be able to pay it, to keep money away from schools that need money to continue their athletic programs. I’m a coach who loves the game. I just hate to see the differences are so big between schools like us and the University of Texas or whomever. They get bigger and bigger and it becomes more difficult for people like us to try and compete."

When it's all said and done, Dykes thinks everyone will come to their senses and realize that there's a better way go about this.

"I think at the end of the day, everybody will look back and say this doesn't make sense. Let’s blow this thing up and start over. They’ll say greed has cost us, let’s try to be a little bit more prudent in the decisions we make and keep the student-athletes in mind."



SEC finalizes their scheduling format

The SEC has approved a new scheduling format to accommodate newcomers Texas A&M and Missouri.

The new 6-1-1 format will have teams playing all 6 of their divisional opponents, one permanent cross-division rival, and one rotating cross-divisional opponent, which is expected to rotate each year. 

Missouri's cross divisional rival will be Arkansas and A&M will face South Carolina annually.

When this format will officially take place is not exactly clear. The league still needs to approve the schedule for 2013 and the cross divisional games will need to go on for 12 years in order to make sure that each team plays a home game against an opponent within the rotation.

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