Video: Mike Yurcich explains his style and philosophy
Excellent interview here with new Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich detailing his offensive philosophy, his coaching style, and what has impressed him about the facilities in Stillwater, beyond just the nuts and bolts.
While the overall scheme may not appear to have changed a whole lot, Gundy has noted over the course of spring ball that the tempo has been taken to a whole new level under Yurcich.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see what Mike Gundy saw when he decided to bring Yurcich on board. He gets it, and it will be interesting to see what kind of product he's able to put on the field in the fall.
In the film room with Buckeye offensive coordinator Tom Herman
In his first season in Columbus, Tom Herman's Ohio State offense scored more points than any other Big Ten team (over 37 ppg), and finished third in the conference in total offense, averaging nearly 424 yards per game. Coming off a 12-0 season (and no more ban on postseason play), expectations are as high in Columbus as they've ever been.
Gerry DiNardo of the Big Ten Network sat down with Herman to talk about the uniqueness of the Buckeye offensive attack, and Herman also walks through their version of the inside zone play, some play action, and explains his grading system for looking at film.
This clip may be just five minutes long, but you can tell that Herman has a bright career ahead of him.
Mic'd up at Washington with offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau
Washington has done an excellent job with their mic'd up session all off season, and as spring practices come to a close for teams across the country, it becomes easier and easier to appreciate some good on the field coaching.
Offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau provides that quality instruction and some really good energy in this clip.
Rich Rod hangs out with fans on Google+
While football programs at the NFL and college level look for creative ways to connect with their fan base, Arizona has taken the social media angle and ran with it.
First it was athletic director Greg Byrne blazing the Google+ Hangout trail, and earlier today Rich Rod followed suit wth a session with a few lucky fans, answering questions ranging from living out West for the first time, to how the staff is liking the Tuscon area, and what's got him most excited about the new football facility.
Excellent idea here that more and more programs will surely utilize in the future.
Why Sumlin utilizes practice music: 'We never play in a sterile environment'
Playing on the road in the SEC means traveling to some of the loudest places and playing in some of the most rabid fan bases in the country.
While Kevin Sumlin admitted that he started using music during practice while he was at Houston, he noted the noise's added importance since arriving at Texas A&M and playing in the SEC.
"We don't play in a sterile environment ever." Sumlin said on the SEC teleconference earlier today.
"The more critical the play, the louder the stadium is. It helps us from an energy standpoint with our kids, and it forces our guys to have to communicate and focus, in an environment where you can't hear as well. There are a lot of pluses to it." Sumlin noted that he went out and visited with Steve Sarkisian a few years ago and really liked the way that he utilized it and built off of that.
Sumlin added that he used to be in charge of the playlist when he was at Houston, but now their audio / visual guys handle that on the practice field, though he still does hold the veto power. All he has to do is give a signal and the man in charge will move it on to the next song.
That brought up a question in our mind; What FBS head coach would you want controlling your music during practice? Frank Beamer? Willie Taggart? Lane Kiffin? Mike Leach?
Take your pick....we're curious.
Video: Bill Cubit mic'd up at Illinois
Bill Cubit spent eight seasons roaming the sidelines in Kalamazoo as the head coach at Western Michigan before being let go and eventually joining the Illinois staff as offensive coordinator.
This clip is a great illustration of why Cubit is well respected offensive mind. Cubit's attention to detail is second to none, and his knowledge of the game naturally demands the respect of his players.
Davie: 'The contract extension won't change how I approach the job'
Yesterday, Bob Davie and New Mexico agreed to a two year contract extension taking him through the 2019 season.
However, as Davie humbly explains, the new deal won't change his day to day approach on the job.
"Short term or long term, I'm really not sure what any of it means. Quite honestly, on a day to day basis, it really doesn't change anything."
"It's not like all of a sudden 'There's this contract extension and we have this many more years to get this program turned around.' It doesn't really change one thing, other than human nature, when people step up and extend a contract or tell you that you're wanted, it's a pretty good feeling...and I appreciate it."
"There are a lot of other things that led to this extension other than me." Davie humbly explained, noting the close bond that the Lobo administration and his staff share.
"You and I both know that contract extensions, when all the dust settles, sometimes mean a lot and sometimes they don't mean anything." Davie then goes on to share a story about the five-year contract extension he received after the 2000 season at Notre Dame. The Irish went on to lost their bowl game and, as Davie explains, "three games into the next season I knew I was gone."
The College Football Playoff official video
It's official. The college football playoff, beginning in 2014, will be known as..."The College Football Playoff".
Well, no confusion there.
Yesterday it was announced that the semifinal games (the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl) will be played on January 1, 2015 and the title game will be played on the 12th at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
The official video introducing the playoff is below, and the official website of the new playoff allows you to vote for four different logos until next Monday. Click here to place your vote.