Quantcast
Since 1999, the premier source for coaching job information


Bill Snyder222
Continuity is great, if....
dabopray
Dabo's response to "too religious"
Arkansas11
Arkansas has new uniforms


These HS helmets are the first of their kind

 

According the Shiloh Christian's (AR) website, the Saints will be taking the field this fall with a brand new custom gold chrome helmet unlike any other gold dome out there.

The Saints apparently worked hand in hand with Riddell to select a "Championship Gold" color that would help their helmet stand out from other gold lids.

As their site explains "The new helmet is the first of its kind in high school football. The new paint developed by Riddell has a reflective chrome-like aspect to it, while still maintaining the gold color and sheen. While the Saints have worn different shades of gold throughout the years, this helmet brings it all into one shiny, vegas gold that truly represents the Shiloh championship tradition."

Head coach Josh Floyd noted that their aim was to do something for the kids that would help set them apart, and this hits the mark. The helmets still maintain their old integrity while incorporating a modern flavor of sorts, and the video certainly helps the overall allure as well.

It's not everyday you get to work hand in hand with a company like Riddell to create your own color, so props to Shiloh Christian and head coach Josh Floyd for a job well done on these. There really isn't a whole lot that a lot of programs feel like they can do with the traditional gold helmets, but coach Floyd and his guys proved that notion wrong.

   

 

 




In his effort for a repeat, Jimbo Fisher compares FSU to Microsoft and Google

It's a tale as old as sports. The head coach of the reigning champions worries about how to motivate his fat and happy team enough to climb the mountain again in search of championship number two. It spans across all sports and all levels of play. When Rutgers topped Princeton on that November day in 1869, the Queensmen's head coach (as Rutgers was then known) was surely worried about motivating his squad for another run at the title as soon as they left the field.

And now it's Jimbo Fisher's turn to worry about this all-too-desirable problem. It's the most first world of problems in the coaching world, but it's a problem nonetheless and it demands an answer.

Fisher isn't necessarily concerned with honing in on the 2014 title (at least not yet), but he is focused on getting Florida State back to its incredible 14-year run of Top 5 finishes.

"Being back is being able to consistently contend," Fisher told Stewart Mandel of SI.com. "To me it's like a company like Microsoft or Google. Sometimes they're the best company in the world that year, but sometimes they're second or third or whatever. But you know one thing. When you deal with them you're dealing with quality. You're dealing with people who are committed to excellence. When you're back, that's what you do, and I think that's what we are doing right now."

Fortunately for Fisher, his message appears to be sinking in.

"Like coach Fisher says, teams only have a one-year life expectancy," said defensive back Jalen Ramsey. "After that one year you have to move on. You have to go on with your other team and hunt another national championship. We're really trying to change our focus and aim our purpose to doing everything to get ourselves another one."

Although Jameis Winston admits to being "bored", he says it's the type of boredom that comes with a season's worth of experience and a fully-secured starting job. "It's good to be bored, because when you're bored you want to do more," he says. "By me being bored, that makes me [say], 'OK, I'm bored, think about the little things.'"

If Fisher really wants Florida State to become college football's version of Apple and Google, he'll have to churn out the college football version of the Windows and Android year after year. It certainly helps to have the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and a wealth of first-round talent in that case. 

Read the full piece here.




Video: A day in the life of a Tiger student-athlete (dunk contest included)

Memphis released this video earlier today profiling the daily life of one of their players.

The cameras follow around senior linebacker Charles Harris for a day from the time he walks out of the house in the morning to breakfast, to his first class, to a "team activity" (which just happens to be an intense game of dodgeball, and a dunk contest at a facility of trampolines), and finally back to his place for the night.

For college programs that can't get recruits on campus as much as they'd like, this is a great, cost-effective alternative.




Updated: Some of the Best Graphics in Football

Last week I noted how impressed I have been over the past year or two with the graphics Ohio State's Sammy Silverman creates. I said at the time that his have to be top 5 in the country and solicited input from others. 

Well, one week later, I haven't found anyone who can knock him off the top rung. 

A number of programs sent in some very cool graphics. Some that were player specific for recruiting can't be shared; but some of those were awfully fine. Will see what we can do in the future to share some of those. 

With that said, I've created a quick collection on Exposure to share some of the ones that were sent in. There are more and we'll add to this collection later today and this week.

We certainly welcome additional submissions ([email protected] or @FootballScoop).  




Cat or no cat, Bo Pelini has spring football figured out

Spring football is about evaluation, about getting better, about trying new things and about getting the ball rolling so your team can hit the ground running in early August. First and foremost, that's what spring football will always be about.

But it's also about having fun. Football should always be fun, and spring football especially so since the crucible of game day is still more than four months away. 

Bo Pelini isn't anyone's depiction of fun during a fall Saturday, but the man knows how to make spring football fun for his players. By now you're surely aware of his move Saturday, for which he won the highly mythical FootballScoop Spring Game National Championship for a second straight year. 

Pelini's public image has taken a sharp turn since November, when he dared the Huskers' administration for fire him following a loss to Iowa in the regular-season finale. The Gator Bowl defeat of Georgia was the turning point, and now Operation Turnaround has Nebraska's arrow pointed upward heading into the 2014 season. 

A happy player is a productive player and an invested player, and Pelini - with a little help from that darn cat - now has a locker room full of them. 




Video: Rutgers gave two special fans an unforgettable moment to wrap up practice

Last year during the spring game Nebraska handed the ball to Jack Hoffman, a seven-year old cancer survivor who bolted 69 yards for a touchdown, with help from the Cornhuskers. It was the ultimate feel good moment of the spring football season, and is a memory that football fans across the country will remember for a very long time.

At the conclusion of Rutgers' ninth spring practice, Kyle Flood helped to facilitate a special moment with two Scarlet Knight fans by having them participate in the final play of practice. The two kids, confined to a wheelchair, broke out of the huddle and pulled of a reverse that went to the house to end practice.

It may not have all the hype and fanfare of a spring game, but that's really not what these kind of moments are about. It's about providing the players and the participants a moment that they will cherish for a lifetime. Flood recognizes that you don't need a spring game for that.

Special Guests at @RFootball Spring Practice #9 from Rutgers Football on Vimeo.

 




Photos: Purdue, Colorado release new facilities renderings

Just as rising tides lift all boats, massive television contracts can elevate even struggling football programs. Purdue and Colorado are a combined 31-68 this decade but, thanks to their respective memberships in the Big Ten and Pac-12, each program can install massive upgrades to their football homes.

Colorado will break ground on a new facility on May 12, and will complete a new facility in time for the 2015 season. "It'll be transformational for our athletic department," said athletics director Rick George. "It's going to allow us to create a great experience for our student-athletes. We think it's going to help us compete for and win championships, and we think it's going to help us to be responsible fiscally over time. We're really excited for what it will do for our athletic department and our community."

In West Lafayette, the Boilermakers aren't as far along as Colorado, releasing just one rendering of what Ross-Ade Stadium's new south end zone could look like. Local news reports that social media feedback indicates the rendering "lacks originality." Tough crowd.




Sometimes the simplest things send the most powerful message

When it comes to dominating in the playoffs, Grand Valley State University has one of the most impressive Division II resumes in the country since 2000. That streak includes four national titles, which included back to back titles and undefeated seasons in 2005 and 2006.

Apparently, it's even more impressive when it's compared to their fellow GLIAC conference comrades, as they illustrate here in this infographic. Sometimes the simplest things send the most powerful messages...and it doesn't get much simpler (and more powerful) than this.

Recruits considering the Lakers will love this one and its message.

While the run depicted is obviously impressive, I couldn't help but to think of how great the same idea would look coming from D-III Mount Union, or Wisconsin-Whitewater.

GVSUinfo