Poll: 73 percent of FBS head coaches against proposed 10-second rule
What will 19.5 percent of something get you? For Major League Baseball players, a .195 batting average gets them sent down to the minors. And for the NCAA's football rules committee, it's about to get the proposed 10-second rule rejected.
ESPN's Brett McMurphy reached out to all 128 FBS head coaches for their opinion on the rule change. The vast majority (93) stated they were against the rule, while 25 were in favor and seven remain on the fence.
In @ESPN poll of 128 coaches about 10-second rule proposal, 73% opposed, 19.5% in favor, 7% undecided— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) February 26, 2014
Numbers fell pretty much the same way among the five power conferences and five mid-majors.
In @espn poll, only 11 of 65 "Power 5 Conference" coaches favor 10-second rule proposal— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) February 26, 2014
McMurphy noted that no conference featured more than a third of its membership in favor of the new rule.
The rule comes up for a vote on March 6 by the NCAA's rules oversight panel. The 11-member committee is comprised only of athletics directors, but you can bet their coaches' thoughts - and well-publicized polls like this one - will be heard.
Every school should steal this idea from Ole Miss
In case you haven't noticed, Twitter is now a visual medium. It's as much about photos and videos as the words on the page. That's how accounts that post nothing other than historical pictures, cool shots of nature or photos of puppies can build massive followings.
Ole Miss has hopped on that train, driving @OleMissPix to more than 11,000 followers. It's nothing more than attractive, timely pictures of Ole Miss athletics events. The Rebels have found a way to capture the moment and include their fans in what's going on around Ole Miss athletics. And they haven't spent an extra dime to do so.
Here are some recent shots of the Ole Miss baseball team.
Beautiful Swayze! pic.twitter.com/gVUvXV55Ls— OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) February 26, 2014
Every school employs an in-house photographer so, as such, every school should have its own Twitter photo account soon.
Breaking down the FootballScoop/SB Nation Coaches Draft
For those who have been out of the loop over the past 24 hours, the FootballScoop staff teamed up with SB Nation to hold the first-of-its-kind Coaches Draft. Ten of us drafted staffs of 12 coaches (head coach, nine assistants, plus a strength and recruiting director) among the FBS head coaching ranks and two graduate assistants from the lower levels. At least that was the plan. Things went a little haywire at the end.
Below are the first 25 picks:
Not among that group? The likes of Bob Stoops, Bill Snyder, Brian Kelly and dozens of other accomplished, smart coaches. In a way, this draft demonstrated how hard it is to win in major college football. Sure, your guy is great, but so is everyone else's. Butch Jones went 55th. Al Golden went 58th. Gary Pinkel went 69th. Charlie Weis went 104th. Washington's new coach was chosen 58 spots ahead of the coach it just lost to USC.
The hardest part, especially in the early rounds, was choosing the right-est answer when there really were no wrong answers, and to do it all in 30 seconds. Quick, would you rather have Dana Holgorsen coach your wide receivers or Gary Andersen coach your defensive line? What about quarterbacks coach Kevin Wilson or defensive backs coach Mark Stoops?
Further down the list you'd find a healthy representation of FCS, Division II and Division III coaches. Heck, Brian Floyd took Bob Sttit 14th overall. Doug plucked Wisconsin-Whitewater's Lance Liepold and North Dakota State's Chris Klieman (combined national titles: one billion), while I picked St. Thomas' Glenn Caruso and Mary Hardin-Baylor's Pete Fredenburg for some Division III flavor on my team. Scott named Murray State's Chris Hatcher and Brian Jenkins out of Bethune-Cookman. Perhaps the luckiest divisional coach, though, is Captial University's Craig Candeto for winding up on a staff headed by Nick Saban and funded by Joe Moglia.
Next time you get some down time with your buddies, I'd recommend conducting your own Coaches Draft. I'm already looking forward to the Second Annual FootballScoop/SB Nation Coaches Draft.
Here's how the FootballScoop staff drafted:
Behind the scenes with Florida State during national title week
Before actual kickoff of the BCS National Title game, there's a ton of behind the scenes stuff that each team participates in. A lot of it is serious, but there's also a fair share of events just to blow off some steam.
Here's an excellent 20+ minute, all access look at Florida State's week leading up to the title game, with some quality game footage where you can almost feel the peaks and valleys of the game from the FSU perspective.
Why it took them so long to release this, I'm not sure, but the quality is outstanding.
Video: Lineman run at the combine to a hilariously appropriate soundtrack
The NFL combine has coaches everywhere glued to the NFL Network as grown men run 40 yard dashes, jump as high as they can, and run through position specific drills.
It's obviously a very serious event full of commentary and strong opinions from "experts", but SB Nation had a little different spin where they compiled highlights of the combine's big fellas and matched it with "Wobble Baby" by V.I.C.
I'm confident that it's the best thing you'll watch today.
Video: Mic'd up for morning workouts at Penn State
The energy in the football building in Happy Valley must be contagious, because Charles Huff is full of it during their 5:30am morning workouts.
While the conditioning / agility footage is solid, it was the advice that Huff gave his guys after the workout that caught my attention, because it seems to be an outlook that he approaches coaching with.
"If you want to go where we are going, and Seniors if you don't want to leave here with a 'coulda, shoulda, woulda' feeling, then you've got to give it up. You've give it up and get better, everyday. No different."
"Those of you that say you want to make it in the league, them guys come to work every day. There's not a switch."
A bunch of Big Ten coaches got paid today
A year ago at this time, we were talking about how the Big Ten had seemingly become the minor leagues of major college football with Bret Bielema's departure for Arkansas and the talking point that the Big Ten just didn't pay its coaches enough. That talk has all gone away now.
In what is shaping up to be the winter of Big Ten resurgence - with Penn State nabbing James Franklin from Vanderbilt, Ohio State taking Chris Ash from Arkansas, to name two key moves - Michigan and Michigan State announced two key moves on Tuesday afternoon that will go a long way toward securing their own futures.
First, Michigan announced it had inked a three-year contract with offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. While he isn't in the million-dollar coordinator club quite yet, he could be there by 2016. In a significant raise from the $681,500 he earned at Alabama in 2013, Nussmeier will make $830,000 in 2014, $860,000 in 2015 and $880,000 in 2016 with a $200,000 retention bonus tacked on if he remains on the job all three seasons.
The contract would bump Nussmeier from 12th to sixth for all coordinator salaries in 2013, below what Georgia paid Todd Grantham but above what Justin Wilcox made at Washington.
Up the state in East Lansing, Michigan State announced it was rewarding the staff that turned in Sparty's best season in a quarter century with significant raises.
First, head coach Mark Dantonio received a bump from $1.99 million to $3.64 million, a raise of $1.65 million. The raise catapults Dantonio from 51st to 11th nationally among 2013 head coaching salaries. Where he was previously sandwiched by Kentucky's Mark Stoops and SMU's June Jones, Dantonio now falls between Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy and Iowa's Kirk Ferentz. Dantonio's salary now ranks fourth in the Big Ten, trailing only Urban Meyer, Brady Hoke and Ferentz. Considering Michigan State's 2013 season and their three top 14 finishes since 2010, he's still the conference's biggest bargain even after an 83 percent raise.
Dantonio new deal allows him to work for MSU 5 years after he retires from coaching, compared to 2 years in previous contract— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) February 25, 2014
Elsewhere on his staff, defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi catapults from the criminally-underpaid $559,000 he banked in 2013 to a more proper salary of $904,000, making him the highest-paid assistant in the Big Ten and the fourth-highest in all of college football.
(Still probably a decent bargain) RT @ESPN_BigTen: Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi now highest paid Big Ten assistant at $904,583— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) February 25, 2014
Michigan State also provided an additional $440,000 for Dantonio to split among his eight remaining assistants - those details can be seen here.
In retaining its best coaches and hiring god ones away from other conferences, the Big Ten is again functioning like the major conference it is.
Tomorrow: the inaugural FootballScoop / SB Nation Coaches Draft
We have now entered a dark time, the time of year when the entire football universe somehow agrees 40 times, bench presses, hand size and vertical leaps matter more than what happened on the field four months prior. It's a portion on the calendar when any opinion, no matter how ridiculous, is bestowed credibility as long as it's attributed to an anonymous NFL executive. It can all be a little nauseating if you don't let the hot air out of the room.
Which is where we come in.
Tomorrow morning, we will debut the first (and possibly last) FootballScoop / SB Nation Coaches Draft. The FootballScoop staff - Scott, Doug and Zach - with the help of our trusted friends at SB Nation will each draft our own coaching staff. Each team will have one head coach, nine assistants, a strength coach, a director of recruiting and two GA's. Here's the catch: we'll only be drafting from a pool of head coaches. The 10 on-the-field coaches plus recruiting and strength spots will be chosen from the current roster of FBS head coaches, while the GA's will be plucked from the lower divisions. If you've ever dreamed of a staff where Mark Dantonio, defensive coordinator, had to contend with Dana Holgorsen, offensive coordinator; or better yet, where RichRod was calling plays against Bret Bielema's defense, tomorrow is your lucky day.
The intrigue stretches far beyond there. Will Nick Saban and Gus Malzahn wind up on the same staff? Which head coaches will get the prized GA status? With 10 teams of 14, a total of 140 head coaches will receive the honor of hearing their name called in the world's first (???) coaching draft.
We'll hold the draft Wednesday morning (keep your eye on Twitter around 11 a.m. ET) and at the end of the day we'll have our very own Mel Kiper and Mike Mayock grade each draft.
Coaches (and your agents), the phone lines are open. Make your case now; because once the draft starts it's all business (well, no not really).
Let the debate begin.