Freshmen (and incoming) should watch this video
Miami football has an ongoing series called "Raising Canes" which is extremely well produced.
The episode released today focuses on a few freshmen and how they deal with the first day of classes and their first scrimmage. A lot for these young men to handle and a lot of good learning points (for players and for their coaches) in here.
Idaho football going independent
Pending Idaho State Board of Education approval, Idaho will transition to an FBS independent in football, and will have its other sports join the Big Sky conference.
As an independent, Idaho must schedule five home games with four of them against FBS opponents. In all, they have to play at least 9 games to keep an FBS status.
"If we’re going to play independent football, a lot of those decisions have to be made in the next month to two months. If it doesn’t look like we can secure a schedule for us at the FBS level, then we’re going to have to make other decisions. We’re being aggressive in looking at options there. We’ll see what happens." University President Duane Nellis explained.
As their schedule sits right now, they have Northern Illinois scheduled at home in 2013, and will travel to Ole Miss, Wyoming and Washington State.
With all the conference shifting that has taken place, it sounds as if the plan is to compete as an independent and secure a conference affiliation within the next few years.
"New environment. Same details. Tradition prevails." - Andy Buh
When Andy Buh joined the Wisconsin staff as the linebackers coach back in January, he took over a unit that returned members of the all Big Ten team.
With a lot of new faces joining the Badgers, the theme for the off season had been "transition". As Buh explains in the team meeting room, the message to the team for the summer was "New environment. Same detail. Tradition prevails."
Solid t-shirt material.
Hear Buh break down the meaning of that message, piece by piece, in the clip.
Kentucky 7 on 7 helmet cam footage
Good helmet cam footage here from a 7 on 7 period at Kentucky.
It's easy to see why this is one of the better coaching tools available to bigger schools. all of us. Check out "Go Pro" cameras. Very inexpensive.
Notre Dame uniforms explained
Jack Swarbrick sat down to explain the rationale for the recent uniform changes for the ongoing "Shamrock series."
"It's the one time a year we'll alter the uniform, and we'll do it in significant ways much like we did when we were in Washington D.C. last year." Swarbrick explained.
When asked if there was an advantage to changing the uniforms, Swarbrick said "I don't know if it's an advantage as much as it reflects a partnership with our student athletes, which is very important to me. They enjoy this. It's exciting for them, it's a fun element. They honor and recognize our traditions, but they like the opportunity to change it up once a year. So we've decided to use this series as that opportunity."
Traditionalists aren't going to like these Notre Dame uniforms
Adidas and Notre Dame rolled out these new unis today which Notre Dame will wear October 6th at Soldier Field when they take on Miami.
The "Shamrock Series"...
Good promotional video from UMass
UMass made a solid move by getting DJ Steve Porter to help create a promotional video. Of course, Porter is known for handful of videos that have been featured on ESPN that have become wildly popular.
Catchy stuff. Enjoy!
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."