Another excellent 'Blue Dawn' video from UNC

Here's another well done "Blue Dawn" video from the guys in North Carolina.

Watch carefully and you'll notice the different colored uniforms worn by the players. In case you missed the article yesterday detailing the method of the jersey assignments, here's a quick review; blue jerseys are for the hardest workers, followed by the white uniforms, and red is reserved for the guys whose work ethic didn't impress the coaching staff.

Take a look.

A look at what directors of HS Athletic Associations make

Jon Solomon of AL.com had an interesting article this morning on the revenue sharing between the Alabama High School Athletic Association and schools as well as the finances and spending figures.

While the article had some solid information, what we found really interesting was the analysis that Solomon did on the salaries of the high school athletic association directors are pulling in from each state. Only Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky are included in the figures, but it provides a nice peek into the pay scale of the directors.

Take a look at the chart below.

We're not exactly sure why the state of Mississippi's director makes so much more than the other schools listed, and our guess is that figure isn't normal, but we thought this salary information would be something that you guys would find interesting.

While it would definitely stray from the geographical pattern of the list above, we'd love to see the figures for states like Texas and California added to the list to see where they fall.

The original article, which has some fascinating figures, can be read here in its entirety.

Video: 'Start counting when it starts hurting'

Excellent video here from Wisconsin-Stevens Point (D-III).

Just like Indiana's workout video we posted yesterday, UWSP's clip also opens up with a Muhammad Ali quote that strength coaches will love.

"I don't count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting. That's when I start counting because that's when it really matters."

That's pretty hardcore. The rest of the video is a mixture of highlights from their 2012 season and their off season workouts. 

This one is very well produced. Enjoy.

Not so fast my friend: Changes coming to recruiting deregulation?

We've chronicled the NCAA's intention to deregulate the recruiting landscape since the news first broke last month. Along the way, many prominent coaches and athletic directors have given their two cents to what undoubtedly amounts to a 5.0-level earthquake on the way business has previously been done in recruiting. First there were Big Ten head coaches and athletic directors, then Texas head coach Mack Brown, Arizona director of player personnel Matt DudekGeorgia athletic director Greg McGarity and Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen.

For those not in favor of the new wave of recruiting, the NCAA wants you to know it is listening.

USA Today writer Dan Wolken spoke to NCAA vice president David Berst, who said the NCAA will "modify as necessary" the changes that would peel back the limits on the number of personnel schools can employ in recruiting, as well as the limits to electronic and traditional mail communication from schools to prospects.

"We're reaching out to folks to see what they're thinking," Berst said. "You had some football coaches, a few conferences, some institutions that have expressed concerns. I expect, whether you have some number of overrides or just people talking to us, we're going to end up at the next board meeting trying to assess that information and probably modify the legislation accordingly."

Next, John Infante, who spends more time thinking about this kind of stuff than anyone outside of the NCAA offices in Indianapolis (and, heck, perhaps more than them, too) wrote a long piece with suggestions for how to modify the deregulation of recruiting. 

Infante on balancing coaching/recruiting staffs: 

"But a more creative idea would be to start separating coaching and recruiting," he writes. "A sport like football could have a limit of 10 permissible recruiters who need not be coaches. For every coach the program is willing to take off the road and keep off the phone, it can add a full-time staff member devoted to recruiting. And those staff members should be able to go beyond calling and watching film to in-person evaluation and off-campus contact with prospects. Programs would need to balance less personal involvement by the coaching staff in recruiting with freeing the coaches to coach while recruiters recruit."

 Infante on Mullen's suggestion of having schools declare their own four-week dead periods each summer.

"Mullen has a germ of a solution, but his idea has a number of flaws," he explains. "First, the NCAA is getting away from declared weeks in recruiting, like how football now uses evaluation days during the fall and spring evaluation periods. Second, this needs to be a regular, year-round solution rather than a little break in the summer. And third, each school declaring its own recruiting breaks helps coaches, but does little for prospects. Unlimited calls from half the schools is still unlimited calls."

Below is Infante's solution, a year-round recruiting calendar that would look something like this:

  • August 1-August 15: Contact Period
  • August 15-September 7: Dead Period
  • September 7-December 1: Contact Period
  • December 1-January 1: Dead Period
  • January 1-March 1: Contact Period
  • March 1-April 1: Dead Period
  • April 1-July 31: Contact Period 
  • Agree or disagree with Infante's proposals, he definitely provides intriguing reading for those interested.

    117 years: the sensational staff continuity at St. John's (Minn.)

    We ran across a note earlier this week on ESPN's Big Ten blog noting that of the 12 teams in the league, only Minnesota and Northwestern have not endured a coaching change in the past two off-seasons. We haven't done the math, but the numbers would likely be similar across the entire Football Bowl Subdivision.

    With that in mind, take a look at the eye-popping continuity at another school in the Big Ten's footprint: Division III St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.

    You probably recognize St. John's as the home of college football's all-time wins leader, John Gagliardi. Gagliardi, or John, as he preferred his players to call him, took the St. John's job in 1953 and just retired after the conclusion of the 2012 season. In 63 years as a head coach (his first four years were spent at Carroll College in Montana), Gagliardi won 489 games, 30 conference championships and four national championships. When a head coach has been at a school long enough to coach a player's father and grandfather (and wins a heck of a lot of games along the way), it's a good starting point to build a cohesive and long-standing coaching staff.

    Next, take a look at the current staff:

    Gary Fasching: head coach. Named Gagilardi's replacement on Dec. 28, he spent 17 seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Fasching graduated from St. John's in 1981.

    Jerry Haugen: defensive coordinator. Haugen just completed his 38th season as the defensive coordinator at St. John's. He has also won 665 games as the school's baseball coach since 1990 and served a stint as St. John's head hockey coach. Haugen graduated from St. John's in 1976.

    Kurt Ramler: associate head coach/offensive coordinator. Ramler is in just his first season as the Johnnies' offensive coordinator, though he did coach at the school in 2002. He was the head coach at Carleton (Minn.) for six seasons, earning the 2008 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors. Ramler is a 1997 St. John's graduate.

    Jim Gagliardi: wide receivers coach/coordinator of football operations. The son of John, Jim Gagliardi played at St. John's from 1985-88 and has been on the coaching staff for 22 years.

    Brandon Novak: co-defensive coordinator. A 2001 St. John's graduate, Novak was a two-time All-American at linebacker and was also a national champion wrestler. He has been on the football staff for 13 years, and spent the past nine years as St. John's head wrestling coach. 

    Damien Dumonceaux: defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator. Named D3football.com's Defensive Player of the Year in 2005, Dumonceaux was the Johnnies' starting nose tackle from 2003-05 and is now in his eighth year on the coaching staff.

    Jim Mader: offensive line coach. The only non-alum on the staff, Mader has spent a decade on the St. John's coaching staff after coaching for 23 years at Albany (Minn.) High School.

    Charlie Welsh: running backs coach/video coordinator. Welsh played quarterback and wide receiver at St. John's from 2003-07, helping the Johnnies win the 2003 national title, and has been on the coaching staff for five years.

    Michael Orts: offensive assistant. A wide receiver and quarterback at St. John's from 2006-09, Orts is in his second season on the St. John's coaching staff.

    Andrew Pierskalla: defensive assistant. A defensive lineman at St. John's from 2005-09, Pierskalla is also in his second season of coaching at St. John's.

    Add it all together and you'll see that the 10 St. John's coaches (nine of whom are alums) have 117 years of combined coaching experience at St. John's, with half the staff depositing a decade or more at the school.

    Last month we highlighted the staff continuity the Wofford staff has enjoyed, but St. John's blows the Terriers out of the water. If there's another staff across college football that can approach St. John's, we'd love to hear about it.

    Every staff in the country should aspire to aspire to build even 10 percent of the cohesiveness and sense of family that John Gagliardi's program has fostered. 

    Thanks to coach R.C. Helton at Trevor Browne High School in Phoenix for tipping us off to this amazing story. 

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