All-Access video with Saban & Bama

As many of you already know, ESPNU is going all-access inside the Alabama football program.

In case you’re in your own position meetings, we are providing the links to a few of the features.

ESPN is airing the show Wednesday – Friday at 7 pm & midnight EST.  The show will also air on Wednesday August 18th at 7 pm & midnight EST, then once more on August 19th at 8 pm EST.

Saban & Alabama morning practice ALL-ACCESS

Inside the running back position meeting with coach Burton Burns


Cutcliffe: If I can help it, I'll never go back to afternoon practices

Third-year Duke head coach David Cutcliffe has operated with morning practices during the fall and spring semesters since taking the Duke job.

The morning practices are a different approach than the afternoon sessions he ran as the head coach at Ole Miss from 1999-2004.

Cutcliffe views morning practices as a big advantage for his players.  “If I can help it, I’ll never go back to practicing in the afternoon,” Cutcliffe stated.

“I think the biggest thing coaches look at is attendance.  When you get into academic conflicts in the afternoon, you have certain guys late for meetings, certain guys having to leave early for night classes."

“You’d like to have your entire squad for that period of time.  By going in the mornings, you can do that.  What I have found is that it creates a time management game for them.  I’ve always worried about our freshman.” 

Instead of a schedule that can become a rush and tiresome with afternoon pactices, Cutcliffe believes the players benefit by becoming true "students" once football is finished in the morning. 

“In the morning, they get their football work, then the rest of the day, particularly here it’s suitable, they are students.  They get an earlier study table.  They aren’t coming off the field tyring to study (while) worn out.  We have seen a significant improvement in our academic performance.  That’s extremely important to us, so we measure it in a lot of way. If I can help it, I’ll never go back to practicing in the afternoon.”

You can listen to Cutcliffe's post-practice interview here

Sumlin tweets, Kingsbury talks new responsibility

Courtesy a tweet from Kevin Sumlin, we watched the Houston pre-season camp Day #4 practice video.

In the off-season, offensive quality control Kliff Kingsbury was promoted to quarterbacks coach / co-offensive coordinator.  Kingsbury, of course, played in the system as a player at Texas Tech under Mike Leach.

Says Kingsbury, “The difference is coaching vs. playing in this offense, really, is the amount of stress.  When you’re playing, you have some control.  When you’re coaching you have none.  It’s much more stressful watching.”

“As far as the added responsibilities…now as co-offensive coordinator, I would say quite a bit more pressure.  Last year, I was more behind-the-scenes and could get away with anything.  Now, it’s a lot more pressure to perform.”



Dan Mullen answers post-practice questions

Dan Mullen and his little man met with reporters after practice on Tuesday.  The little guy didn’t say too much.

Mullen stated, “I really like the energy that our defense is playing with as a whole.”

“Last year, they just played on talent.  Now, you’re watching them run routes the right way, understand leverage, understand coverage…trusting in their techniques.”

Mullen isn’t the only coach around the country answering post-practice questions with his child nearby.  We noticed Akron’s Rob Ianello did the same thing early in the week.

We think it’s pretty cool.



Fedora benches top player: There is no gamer in our deal

Southern Miss head coach Larry Fedora has demoted his top player, DeAndre Brown.

The junior wide receiver, Brown, was named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list on Tuesday.  For now, he'll be running with the 2's. 

Fedora told the Clarion-Ledger newspaper, "He's got to practice and he's got to do all the things on and off the field to show he needs to be out there at all times. That's the way it is at every position that's out there. He's got to do it."

"We ask these guys to practice a certain way every day no matter what you feel or what you think. There is no gamer in our deal. There's no guy that's not going to do it on the practice field and get the opportunity to do it in the game. That's not the way it's going to work. The team is what's most important and everybody is going to do it the way we want it."

Southern Miss travels to South Carolina to open the college football season on Thursday, September 2nd

Here's the craziness and noise USM could potentially face from the crowd at Williams-Brice Stadium:




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