ESPN goes LIVE inside Charlie Weis' position meeting
Will Muschamp has given ESPN unprecedented access to the Florida program today. The ESPN cameras have already shown LIVE footage of DJ Durkin’s special teams meeting and just finished filming Charlie Weis’ quarterback position meeting. Later on, ESPN will be LIVE inside the Gator’s staff meeting.
This morning, Jesse Palmer asked Weis to talk about the biggest challenge of installing a new offense.
Weis said, “I think that teaching football is no different than teaching in a class. I think what you have to make sure is that you don’t give the students more than they are capable of learning. I think one of biggest errors that you can make in coaching is trying to do more than your collective group is capable of doing. “
“We predicate our whole offense on the quarterback being an extension of the coaching staff. So if the quarterback struggles on something, then we just throw it out. There is no sense having it in there if he is really not capable of doing it himself. The odds of it being successful are slim to none.”
You can watch a replay of Weis’ position meeting, right here.
Video: Crimson Tide strength coach inspires team
Alabama practiced inside Bryant-Denny Stadium on Sunday afternoon and we’ve got the film of the Crimson Tide stretching at the start of practice.
Big deal, right? It can’t be that entertaining, could it?
You make the call.
Watch director of strength & conditioning Scott Cochran use his booming voice to inspire the Crimson Tide. Several pre-practice Red Bulls?
Obviously, the guy is pretty darn good. In fact, during the off-season, Cochran received a new two-year contract that will pay him $290,000 this season and $310,000 next season.
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Video: Jon Embree not happy with WR's, offers solid rant after practice
Colorado head coach Jon Embree isn't exactly fired up about the play the Buffaloes are getting at wide receiver.
Embree went on a little rant after Sunday’s practice. He said, “We got one wide receiver at this point. Nobody wants to step up, so we’ll just play with one. We got guys running wrong routes, guys can’t compete for balls in traffic. Guess what? You’re not going to be open when we catch the ball. You gotta catch the ball in traffic. If you can’t catch the ball in traffic, you can’t play. We find someone or we’ll just play with one.”
Embree added, “Herm Edwards use to say habits form who you are. His habits (the one guy), for the most part, are pretty good. Some other these guys, don’t have the same habits and it comes out on the field. No one just turns on a switch. No one can just turn on a switch and do it.”
We starting the think Embree will be good for some quotes this year.
The Buffaloes open up at Hawaii. Please, ESPN 2. Be sure to get a halftime interview with Embree. We believe it could be even more entertaining than Lane Kiffin’s halftime interview at Hawaii from a year ago.
Rocky Long speaks the dead honest truth to begin press conference
It’s not often that a head coach starts a press conference like Rocky Long did today. In his defense, it seems like head coaches have been talking to the media every day for two weeks.
How about this for an opening statement:
Rocky Long: “Ahh, I don’t know what you want to know cuz I don’t have much to say. I’ve been talking for two weeks every day about this. I’m sick and tired of talking about it. We excited about starting practice tomorrow. Wish we could start today.”
(Long pause & silence)
“Did you want more than that?” (plenty of laughter from reporters)
At one point, Long was once again dead honest with a reporter when asked a generic question.
Long said smilingly, “Gee, I’ve answered this question about 9,000 times now.” He then politely and briefly touched on a couple of things the reporter wanted to know about offense, defense, and special teams.
So coach, how would you describe your coaching staff?
“Haha, why don’t you come to practice and then describe it for me?” (Not kidding. That was Long’s reply.)
The point is, Long is just ready to hit the practice fields and understandably so. There’s only so much you can say about your team.
On Monday, Long begins his first August camp as a head coach since 2008, his last season at New Mexico.
Long said, “I can’t sleep at night. It wasn’t until about a week ago until that that happened. And so that’s normal. The last two years (as defensive coordinator), I slept pretty good. I never use to sleep when I was a head coach before. So obviously I know I’m a head coach again because I can’t sleep. I’m not nervous whatsoever because I’ve done it before and I know what to expect, but I do have butterflies in my stomach today that I did not have yesterday. Like I said, I was sleeping fine until about a week ago. I assume that because the football season is here.”
Greg Schiano: Most importantly, it fits our personality
It’s always better when you have an identity on offense, when you know “who you are” and what you are trying to accomplish.
For Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, that isn’t something he worries about.
In the off-season, Schiano hired former Pitt offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti to run the Scarlet Knights’ offense. It’s worked out well because Schiano knows exactly “who we are.”
On Sunday, Schiano talked about the new scheme. He explained, “Well, I think it fits our personnel but most importantly it fits our personality. We are going to take chances and we are going to have big plays in the pass game but at the heart of the matter is you have to be able to run the football and that's who we are.”
“That's the region we live in. It's a tough-guy area. It's a working man's area, and if you play football that way, I think the kids grow up that way around here. So the kids you recruit come in and expect that. I think it fits who we are. And when you look at our personnel, I think we have good players on offense that can run it, they can catch it, they can throw it.”
“We are getting better up front, and that's what we should be able to do in this region of the country. I believe it plays to your whole football team. You know, your defense becomes better because of it. It allows to you really emphasize the kicking game, which we do, and that's our formula.”
Talking specifically about Cignetti, Schiano said, “The X & O part is hugely important and finding a guy that's on the same philosophical wavelength, but the reality is, you live together for six months. I mean, basically you see a lot more of them than do you anyone else. So you'd better have people that you really think are good people and that care; care about the players; care about the staff. Frank is one of those guys. He's deeply, deeply passionate about the offense that he runs. That's something that I love about him. It's fun. It's been a fun spring and a fun camp so far, because I think both sides of the ball are really excelling and competing, and that's good. It rises the level of everything.”
Rutgers opens the season against North Carolina Central on Thursday night, September 1st.
Cignetti will be dialing 26 power.
Muschamp jokes about Nick Saban's opening day rant
You may have seen Nick Saban’s opening day rant about the media. He was quite upset about the false injury reports that have surfaced about some of the Crimson Tide players.
Saban went off, stating, “I’m going to start messing with you. I don’t know how to do it, but I’m going to start doing it. And every day I’m going to post something that is total BS. A’ight. So you all can go crazy out there, a’ight, about misinformation and bad information. And have no professionalism to try to find out if it did or didn’t happen. Just create some you know what. Anything that you can…”
On Saturday, one of Saban’s former assistants, Will Muschamp, humorously reacted to Saban’s rant.
Muschamp joked, “I know that if he wants to put something on a message board, somebody will have to turn the computer on for him, show him how to use the mouse, and probably keyboard it as well. He’s not very advanced as far as technology is concerned.”
Muschamp then made his injury reporting policy known to the Florida media.
He stated, “We’re going to try to be as honest as we can, but it’s not the NFL. We don’t have to disclose anything. That’s going to be my policy.”
Facility video: Want to see it done right? Watch this.
Oklahoma State has released a video that showcases the Cowboy’s football facilities.
You will be impressed, period. End of story.
Mike Gundy says, “We use to hide our facilities here in recruiting. We had the worst facilities in the Big Twelve.”
“We’ve now been in our facility a year-and-a-half. There’s no question it’s comparable, if not the best in the country.”
Gundy adds, “It gives the opportunity for a young man to come to Oklahoma State, every chance to be successful. You have a 18,000 or 19,000 square feet weight room, you got an academic center, unbelievable position meeting rooms, team rooms, theatre rooms, offensive meeting rooms, offices, the training room…everything a young man needs to have success is in place.”
“We’re now breaking ground on our new grass practice field and our indoor facility that’s right around the corner. In a short time, we’re going to have the best fields in the country.”
For your amazement…