At Ohio State, 'preparation doesn't stop until the foot hits the ball'
As we all know from his time at Florida, to his exit, to his now stellar start at Ohio State, Urban Meyer puts a ton of time in at the office, and his assistants have proven to be among the best in the country at developing the right game plan to attack their opponents.
This weekend's challenge in the Big Ten title game against Michigan State presents a unique opportunity for Urban and offensive coordinator Tom Herman to develop a game plan against one of best defenses that college football has seen over the past few seasons.
As one reporter pointed out in a press conference yesterday, the Spartan defense (who lead the country in most major defensive categories) haven't allowed a single point in the second half of six of their eight Big Ten games. Based on that stat, a reporter asked Herman if he would have two game plans ready; one for the first half and one for the second.
Herman, after acknowledging that the stat was something he was unaware even existed, responded with a quote on preparation from Urban Meyer that has undoubtedly played a role in their offensive success this season.
"Coach Meyer has a great phrase where he says 'preparation doesn't stop until the foot hits the ball,'" he explained. "Once the foot hits the ball, you're in adjustment mode and you're constantly adapting throughout the course of the game, whether it's the first quarter or the first drive, or the first drive of the second half, or the third drive of the fourth quarter.
"You're constantly adjusting and trying to figure out where the defense is trying to attack you and how they're going to attack you. So no, I don't think that there is anything to be saved for the second half even if a team like this is having great success in the second half."
Kelly: 'You can't start winning until you stop losing'
Brian Kelly joined The Seth Davis Show recently to talk about how him and his staff went about changing the culture at Notre Dame and ended up sharing some really interesting thoughts on coaching, life and (of course) football.
The show opens up with Davis asking Kelly about the uniqueness of the Notre Dame job because of the rich history and always having to live up to expectations based on past accomplishments, and evolves into the changing landscape of college football and why he has decided to emphasize the little things like how each player arranges his locker the same.
When it comes to recruiting, Kelly talks about how some of Notre Dame's distinctions keep them from spinning their wheels because they're able to tell recruits that when you consider coming to ND, you're "shopping in a different aisle" compared to other program's.
Really well done, candid interview here with an excellent head coach who knows a thing or two about turning things around. This will be the best 15 minutes you take for yourself today.
Video: Welcome to Williams-Brice, home of the nation's longest win streak
Great video here highlighting the success that South Carolina has seen at Williams-Brice this season, and beyond.
Very well put together.
Jim Grobe resigns after 13 seasons at Wake Forest
After 13 seasons leading the program, Jim Grobe has decided to step down.
In those 13 seasons, Grobe compiled a 77-82 record, including a 42-62 record in ACC play and a 3-2 bowl record. This year the Demon Deacons struggled to a 4-8 overall record, including a 2-6 mark in conference play.
Grobe took the head coaching job at Wake back in 2001 after leading Ohio to a 7-4 record (33-33-1 overall as head coach of the Bobcats). The height of his time Winston-Salem came in 2006 when his crew notched 11 wins, including a 6-0 record on the road and an ACC championship over Georgia Tech. Grobe was later unanimously named the ACC Coach of the Year for his work during the 2006 season
Coaches around the country recognize Grobe as one of the truly great people in the profession, that coached for all the right reasons. For a program that hasn't had a whole lot of success, Grobe will leave the program in much better shape for his successor.
The school has announced a press conference for 4:15pm EST to "talk about the football program." He will step down as the winningest coach in program history.
We will update as more information becomes available.
Jim Grobe is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. He will be missed.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 2, 2013
Wake Forest to discuss football program at 4:15 p.m. news conference http://t.co/AeTfi2e7eO— FOX8 WGHP (@myfox8) December 2, 2013
Jim Grobe is one of the finest people I've ever met. Well respected by everyone - players, coaches and media alike. And a good coach, too.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 2, 2013
Absolutely fascinating. Coaches texting me about other coaches saying Wake is their dream job. Love it. Hope it happens for those guys.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 2, 2013
Why deny taking a job when you are already accepting it?
This morning Steve Sarkisian appeared on KJR-AM in Seattle and was asked about his interest in the vacant USC job as word broke during the interview that the then-Washington head coach had spoken with his former employer with the position.
"I didn't interview for the job," Sarkisian said. "They've reached out to me. I talked to them. I'm not anywhere near along the course of taking that job or not and by no means am I there in that place at all. They reached out. I was a college football fan this weekend and got a chance to watch that game, and they had a tough loss to UCLA, a good UCLA team.
"Like I've always said and I'll continue to say: I've got a great job. I love my job here at the University of Washington. I'm fired up about where this program is headed and couldn't be more proud of the work we've done this year and can't wait to get started on next year. We've got one more game to win, I think we'll win that ninth game and I think we're building something special here."
Sarkisian was then asked if he expected conversation about his connection with the USC job to continue. "I don't know. I really don't know," Sarkisian said. "Again, I've never tried to speculate and talk about the hypothetical. I focus on what I can control and that's our football team and me going out recruiting today and my opportunity to go to the Seahawks-Saints game and be supportive of this community and the great things we have going on here."
Less than two later, of course, Sarkisian was USC's new head coach.
Been able to confirm what others have been reporting. Steve Sarkisian is the new coach at USC. Offered job last night. Accepted this morning— Dave Softy Mahler (@Softykjr) December 2, 2013
Sarkisian issued a similar denial back in October, telling the Dan Patrick radio show, "I love my job. I hope I get to coach here longer than Don James did."
While it's one thing to issue a denial on a job in the middle of your own team's season, doing so on the very morning you accept that same job is another thing entirely.
The five finalists for the Broyles Award have been announced
The Broyles Award has narrowed it down to five finalists. This prestigious award has annually gone to the top assistant coach in the country.
The finalists for 2013 are:
Pat Narduzzi - Michigan State defensive coordinator / assistant head coach
Rhett Lashlee - Auburn offensive coordinator / QB coach
Kurt Roper - Duke assistant head coach / offensive coordinator / QB coach
Jeremy Pruitt - Florida State defensive coordinator / DB coach
Philip Montgomery - Baylor offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach
Winners of the award over the past five seasons include; Notre Dame's Bob Diaco (2012), LSU's John Chavis (2011), Auburn's Gus Malzahn (2010), Alabama's Kirby Smart (2009), and Oklahoma's Kevin Wilson (2008).
That's some pretty elite company. Two of the five winners from the past five seasons alone have moved on to head coaching position and the other three remain as some of the top coordinators in the country.
Our hats go off to each of these coaches for their hard work and success on the field and off. Each one of them is more than deserving of this recognition.
The winner will be announced December 10th.
USC hires Steve Sarkisian
Steve Sarkisian has accepted the head coaching job at USC.
Steve Sarkisian has accepted the USC head coaching position— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 2, 2013
Sarkisian spent most of his coaching career as an assistant at USC working the most prolific quarterbacks the Trojan's have ever had (2001-2003, 2005-2008), and spent one season on Lane Kiffin's staff with the Raiders before leaving for Washington.
Sarkisian was asked about his interest in the USC job in October on the Dan Patrick radio show. "USC is a good place, don't get me wrong. I had a wonderful time there, but man, we are doing something special here," Sarkisian said. "It's been taking up four-and-a-half years to build this thing the right way.
"I love my job. I hope I get to coach here longer than Don James did. I hope I win more national championships than Don James did. That's the goal, but things happen in this world in my favor, not in my favor. That's the reality of life."
Sark took over a winless Washington program on December 8, 2008, Sark took over a winless Washington program and has compiled a head coaching record of 34-29 during that span, including a 1-2 record in bowl games. In his first season, Sarkisian and the Huskies upset No. 3 USC and finished the year at 5-7. In just his second season Sark had the Huskies in a bowl game at 6-6 where they beat nationally-ranked Nebraska.
His career at Washington included wins against nationally-ranked USC, Stanford and Cal and a 3-1 record against rival Washington State in the Apple Cup. While he irrefutably leaves the Washington program in a much better state than he found it, the major critique against Sark is that he could never push the Huskies from good to great. Friday's win over Washington State gave Sark eight wins in a season for the first time in a half-decade as a head coach, and he never seriously challenged regional rivals Oregon and Stanford for the Pac-12 North crown. Washington never finished a season ranked under Sarkisian, either.
Sark is clearly a guy that understands the dynamics at USC, and has seen the potential that they have to become a dominant national power again.
We will update this as more information becomes available.
Steve Sarkisian was assistant for 7 seasons at USC, from 2001-03 and 2005-08. Trojans were 74-15 with Sarkisian on staff under Pete Carroll.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 2, 2013
Three straight Carroll assistants (Lane, O, Sark) have been the HC (or interim) at USC. Familiar-sounding.— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) December 2, 2013
Sarkisian the last 3 yrs vs Stanford, Oregon and UCLA: 1-6— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) December 2, 2013
Sarkisian was always popular at USC but he was 34-29 at UW and 24-21 in conference. Never thought he'd be the guy.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) December 2, 2013
Sarkisian has a career record of 34-29. USC just can't get outside of the Pete Carroll box.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 2, 2013
A guy at UCLA just called and said they are “relieved” SC didn’t hire James Franklin…said he would have changed the dynamic in LA— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 2, 2013
Justin Wilcox will join Sark at USC per @Softykjr— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 2, 2013
VIDEO: You know you're doing something right when you can do this
Believe it or not, there's more to Appalachian State football than that 2007 upset of Michigan. The Mountaineers played their first game in 1928 and have since made 20 playoffs appearances with 18 conference championships and national titles in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
As Appalachian State moves from the SoCon to FBS - they'll join the Sun Belt beginning in 2014 - the Mountaineers' video department put the trailer you see below to celebrate the program's history. It's really well done.