McElwain weighs in on "no punt" philosophy
With conference foe Rocky Long and San Diego State considering not punting after crossing the 50 yard line, reporters were curious to get Jim McElwain's viewpoint on the subject.
After referencing one local high school coach that shares Pulaski Academy's (AR) Kevin Kelley's philosophy, McElwain explained, "Call me old school, but I still think you win off field position."
He further noted that "Theoretically, really, when your sitting and looking at the percentages, and especially, let's say it's third and six...You can actually treat it like a run down and get in fourth and manageable."
Mic'd up at New Mexico
Receivers coach Taylor Stubblefield got mic'd up for a fall camp session the other day.
Stubblefield is all about coaching with tempo, preaching accountability and doing the little things the right way, as you'll see from how he coaches up routes, and gets on guys that aren't as dialed in as they need to be.
UNC players impersonate coaches during skit night
Larry Fedora and the staff gave the players a chance to blow off a little steam with a skit night recently.
Some of these guys had been practicing all summer for this opportunity and the most popular coaching targets were Coach Fedora and strength and conditioning coach Lou Hernandez.
"It's easier for us to learn words than teach 60 kids a new system"
When Kyle Flood handed the reigns of the offense over to Dave Brock after Frank Cignetti took the quarterbacks job with the St. Louis Rams, Flood knew he was getting a coordinator that was going to challenge the offensive players physically and mentally.
“He’s been very aggressive with the installs. Certainly all the offense we have in right now I don’t know if we would carry all of it into a game. I think we’d be a little more game-specific. But I like the way we are challenging the players and what it allows us to do is really see what the players do best.’’ Flood noted.
Brock, who worked with Cignetti at North Carolina, kept most of the verbiage the same in order to simplify the process for the players, and had the coaching staff shoulder much of the new learning.
“It’s similar. It’s not the same,’’ Brock said about the offense compared to last season's. “What we did was we kept a lot of the same terminology. The reality is it was easier for us to come in and learn words than for 50 or 60 players to learn a whole new system. There are certain things that we've put in that they didn't do in the past. But from a terminology standpoint it's almost identical to what it was.’’
Dykes explains the advantages of his staff's diversity
Sonny Dykes has managed to keep his staff completely intact the past three seasons. In those three seasons they have been able to double their win total (4-8 in 2009, and 8-5 in 2011).
Part of what Sonny Dykes really likes about his coaching staff is the diversity that they bring to the table.
“We have a great mix of young guys and old guys and pessimistic guys and optimistic guys ... of fat guys and skinny guys ... of tall guys and short guys. I like that. I like having a variety of people because we want to get as many different opinions as we can.”
Another one of the areas that staff diversity and continuity has really helped the Bulldogs is in recruiting.
“In the past, we were begging people to come. Now we’re saying, ‘we want you to come, but let’s don’t tell anybody.’ I’m 42 years old and I don’t keep a very good secret. Those guys are 18 and they certainly don’t keep a very good secret. People are wanting to jump on board more than they have in the past.”
Larry Scott: "I don't think coaches should vote"
In a radio interview on the "Mason and Ireland Show" Larry Scott shared his belief that coaches should not vote in a poll that ultimately helps determine the national champion.
"I think it's an unfair position to put the coaches in, to supposedly vote objectively when they've got a very natural conflict of interest, No. 1, and, No. 2, I think most coaches are focused on their own games -- let alone breaking down tape afterwards and all that. So to expect that coaches could have a good, balanced, well-researched perspective on who the best teams are in any given week is a fallacy."'
When asked if he was surprised that Lane Kiffin had decided to no longer vote in the poll, Scott said that he understood his position, and that's an issue that will only be relevant for another few seasons.
"I'm not surprised Lane didn't want to be part of it anymore, I don't think any coaches should be in that position, and they won't be, starting in 2014."
New "Relentless" episode from Ohio
Another solid edition here from the "Relentless" series at Ohio.
There's some really good off the field footage with tight ends coach Brian Haines, as well as a good look inside of freshman orientation.
Pac 12 Network launches
Twitter was buzzing earlier with the launch of the highly anticipated Pac 12 Network.
Many people were talking via Twitter about how certain carriers (DirecTV and Cox) had not finalized a deal prior to the launch date, and therefore left many fans out in the cold during the premier. This article seems to sum up many of the regional issues that viewers witnessed.
Those who were able to tune in heard some good nuggets from Rick Neuheisel, including his opinion that the Pac 12 is a more difficult conference to win games in week in and week out than the SEC.
On a different note, the video section of the Pac 12 Network website is top notch. It covers everything from school specific promotional materials from prestigious alumni, to mic'd up sessions with coaches and inside access to practices.
Videos like the one at the top of the article are the quality that you can expect on a consistent basis from the network. Really good stuff.