New Mexico reveals their captains with this video
Normally teams have a rather low key announcement in the spring or early during fall camp to name their captains.
New Mexico decided to take a different approach. The Lobos decided to name their captains through the release of this video. This is another solid idea that programs at all levels could use.
NFL teams are offering interesting incentives to season ticket holders
As a season ticket holder, going to NFL games can get rather expensive. You've got the tickets, gas, merchandise, parking, concessions...the list goes on an on.
Now some clubs are starting to offer some rather interesting incentive programs for fans that purchase season tickets. An article by the Advertising Age points out that all 32 teams and the NFL are launching a customer-relatonship marketing effort to show fans that they appreciate their support during these tough economic times.
Here's a few of the ideas that are being put in place by a few teams already. Expect creative ideas like this to become much more widespread in the years to come:
Private draft parties: The Rams will hold a private party for season ticket holders tomorrow night where they'll have an opportunity to rub elbows with Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead. The event, free to season ticket holders, was booked in less than 24 hours.
"When we approach somebody to buy a season ticket, it's not "Here's our schedule, here's our price' anymore," Rams VP for tickets Jake Bye said. "You're buying a partnership with the Rams that costs $300...not tickets to 10 games that cost $300."
Exclusive access to players and team executives: The Colts and Falcons are two of the latest teams to offer this perk. The Colts staged a luncheon for season ticket holders last season where they got to meet with players, and the Falcons held a private event where season ticket holders were able to quiz head coach Mike Smith and owner Arthur Blank on the current state of affairs with the team.
Money-saving deals: Jacksonville has partnered with local restaurants and retailers to offer "Jaguar Rewards", where you can earn credit back on in-stadium purchases as a season ticket holder.
It will be interesting to see how the college game adapts to provide a more fan-friendly experience on game day in the years to come. Some schools, like Wisconsin, are already kicking around a few ideas.
Video: Kentucky's Anti-Harlem Shake
Unless you've been living under a rock the past six months, you've probably seen Harlem Shake videos. And let's be honest, unless they include Frank Beamer or the Western Michigan staff, you're probably gotten rather sick of seeing them.
Enter Kentucky's "Anti-Harlem Shake" video. This will surely start your morning off with a smile.
Stanford's Shannon Turley: 'There's nothing I'd rather do with my time'
Players and coaches come and go in college football. In order to truly change a culture of a program, your strength and conditioning coordinator has to understand the needs of your program and how to develop a culture.
As an article in the Stanford Daily pointed out yesterday, Stanford's Shannon Turley, our 2011 FootballScoop Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, is that guy.
The article, which we highly recommend reading, talks about Turley's knack for finding the most efficient way of doing things, how he began to change the culture at Stanford, and the meaning behind Stanford's unofficial team motto of "becoming a technician".
One interesting nugget in the article points out that in order to get the Cardinal players to buy into the staff's vision in his first year on campus, they literally banned the team from saying "I", "me", or "my". That was meant to not only change the attitude of football in Palo Alto, but to also teach self discipline, which starts in the weight room and permeates onto the field on Saturdays.
The last sentence of the article really illustrates why Turley is so highly respected in the business and so valuable to Stanford.
“I’ve gotten to be a part of great teams and got to know some great people and I love what I do, so it’s not really a job, it’s not really work to me — there’s nothing else I would rather do with my time than this.”
When you find a strength coach that would rather do nothing else with his time than mold guys into the best players, or "technicians", that they can be physically and mentally, hold on to them. They get it.
Video: Game Day in Stillwater
Mike Gundy and a few Oklahoma State Cowboys weigh in on what the game day experience is like in Stillwater in this clip. The atmosphere and energy in the tunnel looks pretty sweet, and players rave about the overall environment throughout the highlight.
You can bet recruits are enjoying this one.
Excellent look inside Jim McElwain's program at Colorado State
Jim McElwain explains in the first few minutes of this All-Access clip inside his program at Colorado State that they don't approach everything surrounding the program from a traditional mindset.
"We do a lot of different things here that you wouldn't think of as general football. We like to keep things loose a little bit." McElwain explained.
When a video opens up with a coach (presumably not Coach Mac) in a Halloween mask initiating the Harlem Shake before the spring game, chances are it's going to be a good one, and this four minute clip provides a quality look into what Coach Mac and his staff are trying to put together and how they're doing it.
Source video is flash based and thus won't play on an iPhone or iPad.
Kansas State video highlights the importance of family
Every head coach preaches the importance of family at one time or another, and down in Manhattan, Bill Snyder and his staff live it.
Take a look at this well done video that outlines the history of Kansas State football, filled with memorable highlights from years past along with the message "Nothing is more important than family, and this one is yours".
That message is followed by flashing statements describing what a family does. Pretty powerful stuff.
Video: Southern Miss staff has some fun to wrap up spring ball
Todd Monken and his staff down at Southern Miss put together a few fun activities for their guys to blow off some steam after their last spring practice.
Players competed in a punt catch competition, as well as a dizzy punt event, and then a few guys had to find a football in a pile of bags and dummies. Our personal favorite was the last one, where Monken pitted an offensive player against a defensive player to find the football in the pile of bags and the winning side got an all you can eat BBQ dinner.
There's just one catch...there was no ball.