Video: Mark Richt shows off his curling skill set
From the looks of it, when Mark Richt is snowed in down in Athens, he turns the popular Winter Olympic event curling to spend his snow days. Judging from his tweet and his enthusiasm, it looks like we also get a peek at one of his favorite winter Olympic events.
I'm really looking forward to that celebratory dance to make it's way to SEC sidelines and locker rooms on Saturday afternoons after a big Georgia win.
What is the objective of negative recruiting?
Steve Spurrier has never been one to mince words, so when he was asked about a Big Ten program using negative recruiting to try and sway a player that ended up signing with South Carolina, he let it fly.
“We don’t run into much of any negative recruiting around here as SEC coaches. We were involved with a player who was being recruited by a Big Ten school. They got negative a little bit with, ‘There’s a lot of crime in Columbia, the big city. They don’t graduate their players,’ which was completely untrue."
"They searched for a little bit of everything, but the player came with us anyways.” Spurrier added in an Atlanta Journal Constitution piece.
Now negative recruiting definitely isn't a new, or foreign concept to any program that hits the pavement hard during recruiting season, but I can't help but wonder what the advantage is for coaches or programs that actually use this as a tactic on a regular basis.
The bottom line is that #1 you ultimately want kids to go to your school because they want to be there, not because they don't want to be (or are afraid of being) somewhere else, and #2, you should know your school and football program well enough to sell the positives of the campus community, football program, facilities, etc. instead of bashing another program.
As coaches and role models who are supposed to reflect the lessons that we teach our players, what kind of message does it send when you use negative recruiting, and the player ends up coming to your school? How does that coach - player relationship work moving forward? I just don't see any advantages for it at all.
In the crazy world of college coaching nobody has job security, so when that same coach who used negative recruiting tactics against conference and area schools, is looking for a job in a few years, what are the chances he gets hired?
Seems like a childish way to go about a grown man's profession in my opinion.
Clemson's season highlight video: 'One word will describe it all....Orange'
No one in college football started and finished the 2013 season in more exciting fashion that Clemson. No one north of Tallahassee, at least.
The Tigers kicked off the ABC Saturday Night Football primetime broadcast with a thrilling 38-35 win over then-No. 5 Georgia. Head coach Dabo Swinney made sure to note that Clemson became the first non-SEC school to beat top-10 SEC foes in back-to-back games in college football history. Four months later, Clemson closed the season with a thrilling 40-35 triumph over then-No. 7 Ohio State. Swinney was also sure to note that Clemson became the first team from South Carolina (hint: there are only two) to win a BCS game immediately after the win.
In the 11 games in between, as you'll see in the season highlight video below, there were a whole lot of long bombs from Tajh Boyd to Sammy Watkins. That combination led Clemson to a 33-6 record (20-4 ACC) with one ACC championship, an Orange Bowl win and a Chick-fil-A Bowl triumph. The Tigers did a nice job putting together seven-and-a-half minutes of highlights from Boyd, Watkins, Vic Beasley and a host of Tigers playmakers from the 2013 season.
And remember, it's only unthinkable if you don't think it.
Texas HS offering a state championship ring to all students...and not everyone's happy about it
Allen won its second consecutive state championship this season, taking home the Class 5A Division I crown back with a 63-28 win over Pearland back on December 21.
Now, two months later, it's time to commemorate the win with customary championship rings, and Allen (in conjunction with the ring manufacturer, no doubt) is offering the entire student body to share a piece of the glory.
A northern suburb of Dallas - perhaps best known as the city with the $60 million stadium - Allen is now the largest high school in the state of Texas with 5,987 students, so the Eagles could be in line to make some serious change off of this promotion.
However, many in the Texas high school football community aren't happy about this.
The fact that Allen is allowing any student to purchase a state title ring is is idiotic. Those rings are EARNED not given. #txhsfb— Texas HS Football (@texashsfootball) February 12, 2014
@texashsfootball from a players standpoint, it's taking the value out of it. Only few can call themselves champions.— Cody Wheeler (@BigWheels69_) February 12, 2014
@texashsfootball are you kidding me?? That completely defeats the purpose of even playing football. ????— Peyton Fane (@peytonrfane) February 12, 2014
.@texashsfootball slap in the face to all the kids and coaches whose blood, sweat, and tears went into EARNING those rings.— Chad Johnson (@CoachChadJ) February 12, 2014
.@texashsfootball as an Allen parent not crazy about the decision but we pay alot to make sure they have what they need and support them— p@tp0wtx (@patpowtx) February 12, 2014
Now, for the high school coaches in our audience, is this a slap in the face to the players who won those rings or an ingenious fundraising idea? Would your school do the same if you were fortunate enough to win a state championship?
Here's a smattering of the feedback we've received on Twitter.
@zach_barnett bet they will have bigger crowds for football next season. If it keeps kids involved in school activities, good idea.— Napoleon Sykes (@CoachPoeWins) February 12, 2014
(HT to @TexasHSFootball for first bringing this to our attention)
An all access look at signing day at an NAIA program
Not all signing days are created equal with the robust fanfare and 1,000 people press conferences. Some programs are a little more low key in how they celebrate the end of one recruiting cycle and the beginning of another.
Take the guys at Culver-Stockton College (NAIA - MO) for example. On signing day they inked 30 kids (with many more likely to come before the start of fall camp), with some of them even coming into the football offices to officially sign on the dotted line. You won't see that kind of personal experience from the big programs.
No camera flashes were needed to finalize the hard work that the staff had put in over the past year on this class, and this video is a great look at what signing day looked like across the small college landscape.
Penn State has a sweet hype video for the coaching staff
Leave it to the program James Franklin is at to come up with a hype video for the coaching staff. Excellent videos like this seem to follow Franklin wherever he goes.
I really like this idea, and can't wait to check out some spin-offs from small colleges.
Want to buy Kentucky season tickets in 2015 and beyond? It'll cost you
Kentucky is renovating Commonwealth Stadium into a major-league football venue, and along with that comes major-league ticket prices.
The Wildcats will charge at least $320 for season tickets beginning in 2015, an eight-game home schedule according to Kyle Tucker of the Louisville Courier-Journal. That's par for the course. If you want a suite, though, it'll cost at least $75,000. Suites along the new south end zone will come at a price tag of $60,000, with a $15,000 donation due at reservation. That's up from $50,000 and $10,000, respectively, for Commonwealth Stadium's current suites.
Kentucky is also installing a loge area that will seat 300 fans, divided into boxes holding four-to-six people. Those can be had for the low, low price of $10,000 per season (plus ticket price) and a $2,500 donation, err "capital gift", due at signing. If you want to upgrade to a six-person loge, the price escalates to $15,000 and $3,750 apiece.
Another 1,800 seats will be built at the mezzanine and field levels. Mezzanine seats can be had for $1,500 a seat plus ticket price, and field level seats go for $1,250 a pop plus ticket price.
It'll be up to Mark Stoops to field a team worthy of major-league prices playing in its major-league stadium.
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon: 'I'm a man! I'm 60!'
The Tampa Bay Rays needed to find a way to sell season tickets - as all baseball teams are trying to do in this time of year - and they wanted to wish manager Joe Maddon a happy 60th birthday. Somehow, they managed to do both in the same video... by impersonating Mike Gundy.
Maddon doesn't even attempt to approach Gundy's decibel level from the rant (no link necessary, you know which rant I'm talking about), which is par for the course. Maddon is the Phil Jackson Zen master of Major League Baseball.
it's a testament to the impact Gundy made on that day way back in September 2007 that MLB franchises are cashing in on the cultural capital of a college football press conference from seven years ago.