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Derek Dooley on players use of social media

Last week we brought you the story of CNBC's Darren Rovell ripping into coaches who took the easy way out and banned their players from using Twitter and other social media.  Rovell called this "ignorant and unfair" of the coaches. 

Today, Derek Dooley chimed in on this topic.  Dooley has established guidelines for his team; but does allow them to use social media.  

"Number one, we have a rule that prohibits any use of social media on gameday whether it's Facebook or Twitter. I don't think anybody should be worrying about that stuff on gameday....Number two is no foul language expressed or implied. The language is a real concern out there. Implied meaning s - asterisk -asterisk - ? or re-tweeting foul language in general....We don't want anything mentioned that puts us at a competitive disadvantage. We don't want them talking about player injuries. We don't want them talking about game plans or about what we are doing at practice. Anything as it relates to work as a team. That's the third big-picture thing."

Dooley stated that while banning players from using social media entirely would be easiest, that this wouldn't be the right way to teach young men, "Our job as coaches is that this is part of their growth process in their life. Social media is going to be there when they graduate. One way to look at it is to ban it and it's going to be someone else's problem when they get older. My belief is that we have a responsibility to educate them and teach them how to use it responsibility so when they get out of college they don't make a mistake that can get them fired....We are teaching them to be men when they are young. The best thing for our football team is for me to ban it. The best thing for what I believe is part of my job is to try to teach them how to use it responsibly. Now the risk with that is we are going to have some knuckleheads that use it irresponsibly and we are going to have to take away their privilege."




When should coaches hire an agent?

For a coach, the answer to the question, "When should I hire an agent?" is not always obvious.  

There probably are far more benefits than most of us realize for doing this earlier in your career than you think.  (If anyone wants our take on this feel free to email us)

But, one thing is certain, if you are interviewing for a collegiate head coaching position, you should have representation.  You are a great football coach, that's what you focus on.  

The best agents are always thinking about the best way to structure agreements.  They have thought of (or should have thought of) a million different ways to protect from things that you likely, and properly, have never dreamed of.  You need that guy with you at the table. 

Take the example of Al Golden.  Hired earlier this year to be the new head coach at The U.  This morning Golden came out with a statement that, "If they (Miami) knew this was percolating, I believe they had a responsibility to tell me and to tell (AD) Shawn Eichorst."  

We don't have our copy of Golden's agreement handy; but we hope his representatives had the vision to include appropriate protection for Golden for such a potential scenario. 




A new low for the NCAA?

The NCAA has been taking it's fair share of abuse over the past few years; but overall most people believe that they are good people who have a very challenging role.  With nearly unlimited resources, one would expect that they would hire the best possible people and afford them the best possible training.

Now as you might have heard, yesterday Yahoo Sports broke news of an investigation into NCAA rules violations at the University of Miami.  

Now here's the shocking part.  This morning, the NCAA's managing director of digital communications (Ronnie Ramos) tweets, "Notice how folks like Dan Wetzel and Pete Thamel post false statements and then never correct them.  Accountability a two-way street."  

For those that don't know, Wetzel is one of the lead reporters at Yahoo Sports and Thamel is the national college sports reporter for the New York Times.   

As Brian Fischer (CBS Sports - college football and recruiting) was quick to point out, "NCAA bashing some of the people that do the investigating for them...Hilarious that they just don't get it."

NCAA guy Ramos responded via twitter that he was referring to something having to do with Mark Emmert not having called another summit on something.... How many more summits can we have?

So, let me get this straight.  Yesterday Yahoo Sports breaks the story on what they say is an 11 month investigation.  Today, the NCAA's managing director of digital communications calls out one of the lead Yahoo Sports reporters for, "making false statements and then never correcting them".  Really, NCAA?  That's how your going to role?  




Expensive Tickets

Darren Rovell who covers the "business of sports" for CNBC tweeted out an article he compiled today showing the 10 most expensive tickets on the current secondary market in college football.  Drumroll please...

1. LSU vs. Orgeon $560
2. Alabama at Auburn $515
3. USC at Notre Dame $509
4. Texas vs. Oklahoma $464
5. Ohio St. at Nebraska $463
6. Texas A&M vs. Arkansas $461
7. Notre Dame at Michigan $457
8. Georgia vs. Boise State $438
9. Florida vs. Georgia $424
10. LSU at Alabama $421

There are some big games on there and some unique experiences; but at average of $1k for two tickets is enough to make a lot of people choke. 

A service called TiqIQ provided CNBC with the prices for the secondary market for every game in college football for the upcoming season.  If you're into slideshows, you can see CNBC's here




DII and DIII coaches

It's the 16th of August.  Just over two weeks until the first set of games.  The worldwide leader will be bringing us plenty of coverage of USC, Alabama, Oklahoma, LSU, etc... and their head coaches.

We will be bringing you coaching news and updates throughout the season; from the largest of universities through some of the smallest.  If there is coaching news, we plan to bring it to you.  

With that said, if there are any great coaching story lines this season in DII or DIII (or elsewhere) that you feel should be receiving attention, please let us know.  Email us [email protected] or give us a call to discuss (225.229.3429).  

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What we're doing is unsound

Pitt head coach Todd Graham and his defensive coordinator Keith Patterson are best friends.  Have been since they played and roomed together in college at East Central.  Graham was the strong safety and Keith the free safety.

One day Graham walks into their room and says, "Let's go...We're going to see the defensive coordinator."  

Patterson tells the story, "We sit down in the coach's office and (Todd) commences to tell him what we should be doing.  It was really uncomfortable for me...."

Graham tells it a little more to the point, "I walked in there and said, 'What we're doing is unsound,' I thought Keith was going to have a heart attack..."

Jerry DiPaola of the Pittsburgh Tribune has the full story here.  Great read about a true friendship and mutual respect.  

 




Urban's staff

How well did others perceive Urban Meyer's final staff at Florida to have been?

Well, here's the rundown of "where are they now".

Coach Meyer's 9 assistants from last season are now:

2 Head coaches (Dan McCarney - North Texas; and Steve Addazio - Temple)

4 Coordinators (Chuck Heater - Temple DC, Scott Loeffler - Temple OC, Zach Azzanni - Western Kentucky OC and D. J. Durkin Florida's Special Teams Coordinator)

1 NFL assistant (Teryl Austin - Ravens Secondary)

2 Position coaches (Stan Drayton - Ohio State WRs and Brian White - Florida RBs)

Impressive.




Compliance no longer an issue

It might be hard for any current college coach to imagine how much more fun life would be if "compliance" didn't always have to be in the back of your mind.  Well, maybe not that hard to imagine.

Take the example of Pete Carroll.  The Seahawks head coach clearly likes to have fun.  

This morning he took to twitter to announce that he had hacked into the University of Washington's athletics' twitter account.  He made a post or two and had some fun with it.  Even posted a video.  

Can you imagine the repercussions of a current NCAA head coach doing so?  It is our belief that the compliance officer in charge of reviewing twitter would have either had a coronary on the spot or simply would have left the building.