UVA offensive coordinator Bill Lazor ready for year #2
Virginia offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor has an important job to do during August camp. The Cavaliers need a quarterback to step up and separate himself as the clear starter.
Looking at the Virginia schedule, the Cavaliers begin the season with William & Mary, at Indiana, at North Carolina, and Southern Miss. That’s four new defensive coordinators. Scott Boone replaces Bob Shoop at William & Mary; Mike Ekeler and Doug Mallory take over at Indiana; Art Kaufman will keep the same scheme at UNC; and Dan Disch takes over at Southern Miss.
That’s a lot of unknown, right there.
Lazor, however, seems to pride himself on having a plan for everything. He told the Daily Press,”I have a plan if that quarterback gets hurt in the first series. We'll have a plan. If he fails miserably, we'll have plans — just like if the offensive coordinator fails miserably, coach (Mike) London has a backup plan, I hope."
And going by the comments of wide receiver Matt Snyder, Virginia fans should feel comfortable.
Snyder said, “Coach Lazor is a pro. You can tell by the way he game plans, by the way he commands practices and what he demands out of us during every practice. I don't think I've had a coach like him. He's brought an offense that's the same as some of these NFL teams run. He demands we run it just like they do. He doesn't accept anything less."
In 2010, Lazor's first season at UVA, the Cavaliers averaged 25.3 points per game. That is higher than any Virginia offense has averaged since 2005.
Rocky Long done griping about blue turf: We'll play them in a parking lot
San Diego State head coach Rocky Long doesn’t like the fact that Boise State plays on blue turf, but Long is done gripping about it.
Today however, Long told the San Diego Union Tribune, “To me it’s no big deal. They can play in whatever they want to play in. We’ll play them in the parking lot if they want to play in the parking lot. It’s not near as big of a deal as we want to make it out to be.”
In case you missed the funny exchange between Chris Petersen and Dan Patrick, we recommend watching it. As you probably know by now, Boise State will not be allowed to wear all blue uniforms at home this year during Mountain West Conference games.
Long actually commented on that as well. He said, “You don’t see them near as well when it’s blue (uniforms). When you break down film, you can tell.”
Alright. It’s over. No more, blue on blue on the blue turf talk.
By the way, Boise State -19 over San Diego State in the parking lot. Who ya got?
Niumatalolo goes for an unofficial college football record on day #1
In the spring, Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo dropped a college football record 10 clichés in twenty-six seconds during a post-practice interview. We actually have the video to prove it.
Nothing wrong, it’s just Niumatalolo’s style. Hey, the guy wins for the most part.
On Tuesday, Niumatalolo went for an unofficial college football record of most yaw-yaw “coach speak” during an August camp post-practice interview.
Take it away, Coach Niumatalolo:
“Well, obviously it was great to have our first day of practice (1). Much anticipated. Very pleased with our first day of practice (2). It was great to be out there (3). It was great to have Coach Green back, our defensive coordinator who was unable to be with us during spring ball.”
“Also, to have our two captains back, Jabaree Tuani and Alex Teich. And so to have three major clogs from our program back at practice was a great treat for us, along with some of our young guys. We’re excited about some of our young guys (4). It was exciting (5). It was exciting to be out there (6). You prepare all summer and all spring for your first day of practice. I thought it went well. We still have a long ways to go, but I thought it was a good day one (6).”
“We are definitely trying to establish the culture of Navy football, the way we play. Obviously, there is always schemes and technique that’s being taught. But a big part of it is that our guys understand the tempo (7) and the pace at which we play, trying to play with great and relentless effort (8).”
“Defensively, our guys are trying to teach the speech at which we have to run to the football (9). And offensively, the effort level we have to play with (10). Those are the things we are trying to establish. Offensively, trying to take care of the football (11). Making sure that we don’t beat ourselves by turning it over (12). Defensively, trying to get some turnovers (13).”
Count it. That’s thirteen legitimate examples of “coach speak” in one minutes and thirty-four seconds.
Now that some good stuff.
Brian Kelly: If they don't make changes in their life, no use to take away playing time
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly decided not to take away playing time for wide receiver Michael Floyd, who was fully reinstated to the team this morning.
Floyd was arrested for DUI in March. It was his third run-in with law over alcohol since 2009.
Kelly explained today that he felt attached to Floyd, but wasn’t worried about his decision affecting his reputation as a leader or head coach.
Kelly’s goal was to give Floyd an opportunity to change his life, something Kelly feels Floyd has absolutely embraced.
Asked why he hasn’t found using playing time as a deterrent, Kelly eloquently explained, “They have to make concrete changes in their life for it to impact. If they continue to run with the wrong people…I could give you a list of examples. Some of those are unfortunately in college and the NFL. If they don’t make changes in their life, it doesn’t matter how many games you suspend them. It’s going to put them back to the same position. Those things had to happen first.”
Kelly admitted he’s not concerned about the public perception regarding his decision.
He added, “The head football coach at any university when he makes decisions like this is always going to be scrutinized about that. Reputation, no. I’ve been disappointed in the past by others. I don’t think that is going to happen here.”
In case you’re wondering if Notre Dame was concerned about the perception of the decision, just watch this interview. Kelly explains everything. Literally, everything.
Details of Mario Cristobal's new contract, AD praises Cristobal
Mario Cristobal is set to enter his fifth year as the head coach at FIU and he’ll do so with a new contract.
FIU rewarded Cristobal with a 5-year contact on Tuesday.
Athletic director Pete Garcia explained the Miami Herald, “People don’t realize what a hard job he’s had the last four years, taking a program that was broken. He didn’t have a weight room, didn’t have a stadium, didn’t have full scholarships. The program had probably the worst APR in the country.”
Under Cristobal, the Golden Panthers have finished with records of 1-11, 5-7, 3-9, and 7-6. After a rough start, Cristobal kept believing and led the Golden Panthers in 2010 to a place they never would have imagined. (Dancing on the field to 1966 smash hit, "I Hear a Symphony.")
Here are the details of Mario Cristobal’s new contract:
The annual salary will be $453,183. Cristobal received a $50,000 signing bonus and will receive another $50,000 on June 30, 2012 if he is still the FIU head coach. After that, he’ll receive a $25,000 bonus each June 30 he is still the head coach. Cristobal also receives $10,000 bonuses for a bowl game, winning a bowl game, being conference coach of the year, and for the team grade point average being at least 2.5, and an Academic Progress Rate over 940. The contract also allows for a $112,000 budgetary increase that can be used at Cristobal’s discretion for various costs, including assistant coach pay.
FIU opens the season by hosting North Texas. The non-conference schedule includes at Louisville, UCF, Duke, and at Akron.
Colorado State coach Steve Fairchild talks about the pressure in coaching
Steve Fairchild is set to enter his fourth season as Colorado State head coach and believes it would be very disappointing if the Rams are not in a bowl game this season.
Fairchild talked with the Denver Post about the pressure of coming off back-to-back 3-9 seasons.
He said, “I've heard a lot of things going into this year, people talking about pressure, people talk about a hot seat and all of that. I will say this: That's the way it was the first year. I think most people that know college football know that's the way it is every year in every job. Somebody might say it would be different if you won nine games last year; I really don't think it is.”
There is definitely some truth to that statement.
“I think there's pressure in this business and in this sport to win and to win every year. I knew what I was getting into when I took this job. I knew it was going to take some time. I'm also smart enough to realize that we're at a point now where all of our recruiting and all of our training with these guys needs to show up on the field. I'm pretty confident it will.”
“In Year 1 we probably overachieved a little bit and got ourselves in a bowl game. Year 2, we definitely underachieved, and I've got to look in the mirror, and our staff too, and realize that. We were a better football team than 3-9. Last year I knew was going to be tough. Could we have won more games? Yeah. But I knew that was going to be a tough year. So, yes, but we all know that this is a results-oriented business, and you can't go 3-9. So, if you are in fact recruiting well and are in fact doing the right thing, then it's got to show up on the field.”
Colorado State opens the season by hosting New Mexico. A week later, the Rams will host Northern Colorado before playing Colorado in Denver.
Here is more from Coach Fairchild:
Everett Withers: I always thought as a coach that you're day-to-day anyway
Did you know that Everett Withers is the first black head football coach at North Carolina. In fact, he’s only the second black head coach in any sport in Chapel Hill.
North Carolina officials have stated that Withers will have the opportunity to compete for the permanent head coaching job, but Withers doesn’t seem interested in making a public push for the job.
At least, not yet.
During the David Glenn Radio Show, Withers talked about his approach. Withers said, “I’m gonna work every day like I’ve worked. I always thought as a football coach that you were day-to-day anyway.”
“My thought in that aspect is I’m going to come to work hoping I get the next day. So I’m going to have the same approach. Our focus is going to be helping these kids have the best experience they can have. If we can do that, regardless of what happens at the end of this thing, this thing will be a success for us.”
North Carolina opens the season by hosting James Madison. The Tar Heels will remain at home the following two weeks to host Rutgers and Virgina.
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The time has come for 12 first-time head coaches
It’s about that time. August camp is here for twelve first-time head coaches.
The list includes Will Muschamp (Florida), James Franklin (Vanderbilt), David Shaw (Stanford), Bill Blankenship (Tulsa), Steve Addazio (Temple), Dave Doeren (Northern Illinois), Kevin Wilson (Indiana), Don Treadwell (Miami OH), Darrell Hazell (Kent State), Hugh Freeze (Arkansas State), Everett Withers (North Carolina), and Jon Embree (Colorado).
Colorado head coach Jon Embree realizes it's here and told the Denver Post,”Once you ate that wedding cake, now what do we do? I know the honeymoon is going to be over quick."
"I'm very optimistic about our team and our players. But I know we're going to probably be underdogs in every game we play.”
Embree is about to begin laying the new foundation, one that will be as simple as the coffee he drinks.
"Black. I take my coffee straight, with nothing except a couple Sweet'N Low. No foamed milk or toffee nut syrup for him. I'm not a fancy guy. I like to run the football."
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