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Inside Scoop: When Leach calls at 4AM, you answer
Published: Thursday, 10 May 2012 11:01
Paul Volero is the new outside linebackers coach at Washington State with Mike Leach. Watch the video above and hear Volero tell you about the call he got from Coach Leach offering him the job (and his wife's reaction).
Volero's got a great story and seems to be having the time of his life up in Washington. Says practice and recruiting are going great; but the traffic on the 405 and the 101...not for him.
One of the biggest differences is the reception that they've been getting out on the recruiting train.
"Quite frankly, the move to the SEC has really, really, in the state, kind of separated us. I think it's really given a clear choice to prospective students and student-athletes here in the state, given that you have the Big 12, you have the Big East and the SEC and I think that there's some clear differences between the leagues. I've seen the change in recruiting. There are guys out there that understand that the SEC is, without a doubt, the best conference, the best league to play in, particularly when it comes to football."
Sumlin pointed out that most importantly, the move separated them from their in state rival Texas. The new conference platform gives them an opportunity to play in the toughest football conference in the country with, arguably, the best players.
"I was here 10 years ago, and the recruitment in the state...guys would make decisions to go to Austin, they'd come to College Station, go to Norman, go to a couple places, and we're all playing in the same league. As I said, the separation being in the SEC has given guys a clear choice."
As Sumlin sees it, what separates the SEC from the rest of the power conferences is a mix of the recent number of draft choices, great television exposure, and their overall player development.
"Guys that obviously want to play in the NFL, the caliber of players that are in the SEC and the stigma of playing in the league has really, really benefited us, in particular, not only in the class we signed in February, but I think right now where we are in recruiting, there is no doubt it's helped us."
Grad Assistants of the Day - Arizona
Published: Thursday, 10 May 2012 00:44
A few weeks ago we took a tour through most of the Pac-12 programs. While at Arizona we had the opportunity to sit down with Rich Rod to discuss his staff. Rich didn't stop at his nine assistants, he spent a good amount of time telling us about his grad assistants.
That got us thinking...and led to the video above. An opportunity for coaches across the country to meet Arizona's grad assistants. Throughout the Summer we plan to do more of these introducing everyone to more of these hard working young men who are part of the future of the profession.
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NCAA Reminder: Scouting services must register this month
Published: Wednesday, 09 May 2012 23:21
The NCAA has asked us to remind all scouting services and potential users of their services that beginning on June 1st, Division I member institutions will only be permitted to subscribe to scouting services that are approved through the NCAA scouting service approval process. In order to be approved, the scouting service must apply no later than the end of this month. Details are below.
The NCAA has informed us that as of today only about 20 scouting services have applied.
Division II Northwest Missouri State rode one of the most balanced offensive attacks in the country to an 11-3 record last season, before falling to eventual national champ Pittsburg State.
The Bearcats had the highest ranked scoring offense in the nation at almost 49 points per game and racked up over 495 yards per game (#4 nationally). The hype video that they used last season was pretty impressive. The message that opens it up sums up the whole highlight clip.
"The culture of Bearcat football that's developed over the past 17 years will not change. We're going to find special people, that are going to make special plays. That stuff will not stop...and that's what Bearcat football is about."