Check out Texas' 2013 season trailer
In Mack Brown's now three-year quest to rebuild the Texas program, one of his most overlooked but underrated hires was made just over one month ago. Somehow, someway the program with more resources than anyone in college football, located in the country's biggest technological hub this side of Silicon Valley, with its own ESPN network to boot, had fallen behind on in-house video production.
Enter Derek Ochoa, who LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson credited as the dynamo behind their industry-leading videos while Ochoa was a student in Baton Rouge. "He's been with us for a few years, he spends time around the players and around the program and he really knows what message we want to deliver," Wilson said at the time.
Texas hired Ochoa on April 11 as the Longhorns' director of creative services for football, and his first major output can be seen below. "All of the energy and work that we've put into the last two years are going to start showing more results," says Brown. "We want to get back to being one of the top football programs in the country, where we deserve to be and where our fans deserve to be."
With the season just over 100 days away, the bar has now been set firmly into place.
Why head coaches should be using Twitter
Kevin DeShazo, who runs FieldHouseMedia, nailed it.
Take two minutes and read his case for why head coaches, at any level, should be using social media, and more specifically Twitter. The visual from University of Cincinnati president Santa Ono really resonated with me.
Help this program choose their helmet design
For years Hononegah HS (Rockton, IL) has rocked the Florida State spear on the sides of their helmets. But recently, the staff has considered a change, and what better way to get input from coaches than to ask the loyal readers of FootballScoop to weigh in?
Below is a picture of all of the options that they are currently weighing. In order to make your voice heard, please leave a comment in the section below designating your pick by choosing A, B, C or D.
The choices (from left to right) are:
A) The "Florida State Spear"
B) Zoomed in arrowhead
C) Updated arrowhead
D) Feathered headdress
Vikings unveil plan for $975 million stadium
Finally, plans for the Vikings new stadium have been released.
The new stadium carries a price tag of about $975 million and will seat 65,000 fans. The design is as sleek as any stadium in the country, and the new digs will also feature the biggest glass doors in the world.
Fans should really love this new look.
As long as construction goes according to plan, the Vikings will play their first game at the new place in 2016.
Video: This Notre Dame season highlight is epic
It isn't very often that we come across a season highlight video that breaks the five or ten minute mark, but just 30 seconds into this fan produced highlight video capturing Notre Dame's memorable 2012 regular season we knew this was unlike most highlight videos that come our way.
Then we noticed it was over 35 minutes long.
The production is top notch, almost movie quality, and really does a great job of capturing the highs and lows of the season in chronological order.
You may not have time this morning to watch the entire thing (although we would highly recommend finding the time to), but just flipping through it will give you the same overall feeling.
As a few of our Twitter followers pointed out, the video was produced by a fan before the national title game, so no footage from that game is included, but this one is still very, very good.
Wonder where Oregon State coaches are recruiting? Check Mike Riley's Twitter
Between Mike Gundy's #AskGundy sessions, Paul Johnson working out his managers, Bret Bielema's sparring sessions with disgruntled Wisconsin fans and Art Briles' liberal use of the letter z, it's been a very entertaining offseason for head coaches on Twitter.
As Oregon State head coach Mike Riley has proven, Twitter can also be informative. On Monday, Riley tweeted where each of his assistants is recruiting. If a reporter had asked a head coach where his assistants would be recruiting, approximately 124 could curtly decline to answer, and Riley has put it out there for anyone to see. These tweets will fire up the fan base and give a subtle nod in the "you know who you are" fashion to the high school coaches and recruits in California, Arizona and Texas that each Beavers assistant will visit in their time on the road.
To Riley, Gundy, Johnson, Bielema and Briles, we say good work to all of you; with your help, August will be here before we know it.
Take a peek at Chip Kelly's music playlist for practice
Kyle Scott of Crossing Broad, a site that seems to take a focus on the Philadelphia sports scene, enlisted the help of a handful of other reporters at a recent Eagles practice to put together Chip Kelly's daily music playlist.
Below is a list of the selection of the 24 songs, along with a link to each one to listen for yourself (if you need your memory jogged a little). The list ranges from top 40 hits to a handful of songs that topped the charts before most players were born, but surely recognized:
On Fire - Young Dro
Thunderstruck - AC/DC
Panama - Van Halen
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
Hungry Like a Wolf - Duran Duran
Stronger - Kayne West
Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpion
California Love - 2Pac
Chasing the Sun - The Wanted
Pound the Alarm - Nicki Minaj
Get it Started - Pitbull
Going in - Jennifer Lopez
Hero - Nas
Good Feeling - Flo Rida
Shipping up to Boston - Dropkick Murphys
Turn Me On - David Guetta
Starships - Nicki Minaj
What is Love - Haddaway
Chasing Summers - Tiesto
We Will Rock You - Queen
Foreign Exchange Student - XV
Party Rock - LMFAO
I Love It - Icona Pop
Don't You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia
Some of the song choices are quite interesting (like Haddaway for instance), but more importantly, isn't against an unwritten (yet well known) playlist rule to not play Queen's "We are the Champions" immediately following "We Will Rock You?".
Now you'll never have to wonder what makes it on Chip Kelly's practice playlist, and model yours accordingly.
Georgia's iPad / iPhone app is outstanding
Every now and then we see a new app that really just blows us away with its creativity and execution. This morning we stumbled upon Georgia's new app from Overtime Software - The Georgia Way.
From the moment you open it, the app keeps finding more and more ways to engage you. Every time you tap something and get a "cool" feature, graphic or screen you think no way it gets better; but it just does. I'm pretty sure I just spent 30 minutes in the app.
Georgia has loaded the app with original videos; plus the graphics and story telling are top notch. This app has to resonate with high school players. This is the type of app that other coaches will see and say, "that's legit".
The app was a collaborative effort between Overtime Software and Georgia football and the videos were produced by video coordinator Brett Greene and his staff. Impressive work all around.
There are a number of high quality videos in the app; and honestly we could have picked any of them to showcase here; but the one below provides a great walk through view of Georgia's facilities. Nice!
The app, which looks great on both an iPad and iPhone is available in iTunes at this link.
Update> Added a few screen shots from the iPhone version below.
Disclosure: Overtime Software has sponsored both the 2012 and the 2013 Spring tours. Further disclosure: Their work is outstanding.