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Danny Hope: 'Coaching isn't all what happens behind the whistle'

Despite Danny Hope's 22-27 record in four seasons at Purdue, it was Hope's belief that declining ticket sales were the main reason for his dismissal.

"It came down to ticket sales," Hope told West Lafayette news station WLFI. "Ticket sales have been dropping here since 2000. It's not all about what happens just behind the whistle. You have to have some accountability behind the necktie as well."

The "necktie" that Hope was referring to was Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke.

"I know it wasn't an easy thing for Morgan to do, but I felt like if he had been a little more accountable then he would not have had to...exercised the responsibility of dismissing me."

"We had finished strong, and the players wanted us to be there. We hoped we had done enough. But I knew it was close. We had a tough stretch there and didn't come through at a critical time of the season and, obviously, had lost the support of our administration."

Hope felt that their strong finish to the 2012 season (winning three in a row to end the season) should have been enough to retain him and his staff.

Coaching is a complex profession that will always be about more than wins and losses, or ticket sales. And as we all know, when one door closes, another one opens in the coaching profession. Darrell Hazell has since been tabbed to take over the Boilermaker program, and will look for more consistency in all aspects from the gold and black in 2013.

Video: The Oregon Duck spoofs Ferris Bueller

They may be known for their up tempo style, high powered offense, and jersey combinations...but the guys in Eugene are also producing some quality videos.

Here's Oregon's latest fun video, spoofing the pop culture classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" featuring the Duck.

Mike MacIntyre dishes on how he builds a program

Mike MacIntyre had spent the entirety of his college football life in the Eastern portion of the United States. The Miami native played at Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech before climbing the ladder at Georgia, Davidson, Tennessee - Martin, Temple, Ole Miss and Duke (with a pair of NFL stops mixed in). Then, in 2010, he moved as far west as you can go in the continental United States when he became the head coach at San Jose State.

Not only did he move to an area with which he had no familiarity, he took over a program that went 2-10 in the year prior to his arrival and had enjoyed just two winning seasons since 1992. In a recent interview with SB Nation's Bill Connelly, MacIntyre was asked the obvious question: why did you take that job?

"I realized there were only seven Division I [FBS] schools in California," MacIntyre said. "I felt like the supply and demand, the ability to get players there, was extremely good. I felt we could recruit and be successful. And I felt like the athletic director, Tom Bowen, and everybody from the top down wanted to be successful and was ready to be successful. I felt it was the right time to hit it."

That answer makes it obvious, MacIntyre is not just an excellent coach. He's college football's most successful stock broker, buying low and selling high. With that in mind, what does MacIntyre think of his current post as the head coach at Colorado?

"From our president [Bruce Benson], to our chancellor [Philip DiStefano], to our athletic director [Mike Bohn] – everybody is lined up. All the alumni are buying in, wanting to be successful again. This school has a great, great history, and it’s time to spring back," he said. "I think the footprint of the Pac-12 is good for Colorado. People look at me like I'm crazy when I say that, but I really do. You can recruit out of the state of California – again, there are just not a lot of schools there."

Of course, any coach would say something similar about his new program; but MacIntyre's quote brings extra credibility considering his track record.

Now in Boulder, MacIntyre will be tasked with repeating what he did at San Jose State, bringing the Buffaloes from the Pac-12 basement to the penthouse. This time, though, he thinks the Pac-12 infrastructure can give him a faster rise.

"When we were at San Jose State we were fighting and clawing for everything we had. We did not have a lot of the things we have here at Colorado. Doesn’t make it any better or worse, but when the Pac-12 is able to give you a $22 million check each year, there’s a difference in the things the kids have at their disposal -- academics, chow, et cetera."

'It takes no talent to run to the ball'

New Penn State safeties coach Anthony Midget describes himself as an energetic coach who expects the best out of his players.

Part of getting the best out of your guys is being able to maximize their talent. As Midget explains, getting his guys to fly around and play fundamentally sound defensive football is very high on his list.

"I demand that my players be the best. That's my job...to maximize their talents while they're here and if I don't do that as a coach, then I've done them a disservice. My job is to get them to be fundamentally sound and to get them to play hard every snap." Midget explains.

Then he drops a quote that many coaches already use, and even more will pick up for use in drills, practice, and thier next coaching interview after hearing him say it.

"It takes no talent to run to the ball." he explains in the clip.

So true. Getting your defensive guys to understand that relentlessly pursuing the football takes no talent is a huge step towards having a solid defense. 

Hear more from coach Midget below.

'When you get a kid as a freshman, he better leave a better person'

New Oklahoma defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery may be the youngest member of the Sooner coaching staff, but he's a guy that really understands the big picture and what coaching is all about.

Montgomery's experience runs the gamut. After starting his career off as a student assistant at Iowa in 2002, Montgomery made his way into the high school ranks and went on to climb the ranks into JUCO football, and then into the FCS before jumping into the FBS ranks with Wyoming, and then made his way to Michigan before taking the job at Oklahoma.

Asked what he has learned while climbing the coaching ladder, Montgomery noted that you should be in coaching for one reason, regardless of the level you coach.

"You do it for one thing, and it's all about the kids. If you're not doing this for the kids then you're doing it for the wrong thing." Montgomery explained.

"There were people that affected my life from my little league coach, to my high school coach. And all those people are still in my life today, and they had a huge influence on where I'm at today."

"You're molding young men. Some people may not think like that, but when you get a young kid from his freshman year on out, he better leave a better kid."

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