Video tour of Memphis' facilities
After dropping their first four games, including the first two by a combined 8 points, head coach Justin Fuente and the Tigers got in the win column against Conference USA opponent Rice in their first game of October.
As the clip shows, one of the areas that Fuente has had an immediate impact on during his first season on campus is their facilities.
The team meeting room got a complete overhaul with new seats, some sweet new wall graphics, and a new HD sound and video system.
A few Memphis players lead the cameras through a tour of the new upgrades, and point out some of the key changes that coach Fuente has made, including a tour of a room that is normally only accessible to players on the leadership council.
Tomorrow night the Tigers take on Central Florida at 8pm ET on CSS.
Holgorsen: "We don't have time to pout"
Coming off their first loss of the season last weekend to Texas Tech, West Virginia (5-1, 2-1) has no time to "pout" as they take on a top five Kansas State squad this weekend.
“It doesn’t matter who you’ve got the next week, you don’t have time to pout. Nobody’s going to feel sorry for you, so basically what you’ve got to do is you can’t let it beat you twice." Dana Holgorsen explained to 790 The Zone in Atlanta.
Holgorsen says that they addressed what they need to fix from a schematic and mental standpoint last weekend and are ready to take on the Wildcats tomorrow.
"That’s what this profession and this game is all about.” he said.
Holgorsen also referenced how disciplined he remembers Bill Snyder's teams being from his days as a position coach and offensive coordinator at other Big 12 schools.
"They’re just so disciplined. I’ve got such an appreciation for it. When I was an offensive coordinator and a position coach going against Coach Snyder, it happened four or five times...you just know that they play so hard. They’re disciplined in everything that they do. They don’t beat themselves. But, as a head coach, you gain even more of an appreciation for what he does with his program."
This year is no different for Snyder, who's team discipline has shown not only in their record (6-0, 3-0) but also in their statistics. Kansas State is the least penalized team in the country (just over 22 ypg), and rank among the top teams in the country in turnover margin (+10). Also, Kansas State has been able to put together long, sustained drives to eat up the clock. Dating back to last season, the Wildcats are 12-3 when they've controlled the clock and had the ball longer than their opponent.
We also noticed that when the Wildcats score on defense and special teams they are 15-0 under Snyder, and the Wildcats lead the nation in non-offensive touchdowns scored dating back to 1999 with 84.
The two Big 12 teams will face off at 7pm ET and the game can be seen on FOX.
High school kicker nails a 67 yarder to send game into OT
There are some things you just can't coach.
Like this 67 yard field goal at the end of regulation to send Central Valley (WA) into overtime against Shadle Park (WA) last night.
Yes, a 67 yard field goal. Central Valley went on to win the game in OT, 62-55.
Although the kick was a state record, beating out the previous record of a 62 yarder, the 67 yard kick isn't even a national record (tied for second nationally), coming up just a yard short of a 68 yard field goal that was kicked back in 1985 in Nevada.
Take a look at the video. Notice the ball is being snapped from midfield and he's kicking it from the opposite 43 yard line. Pretty incredible.
Find a way to make an impression with your recruits
This is one of those stories we wish we had some audio or video to add.
For the second year in a row, Mark Richt and the Georgia staff called Tray Matthews, one of their four star commitments, who was celebrating his birthday to sing him a special "Happy Birthday."
Richt called Matthew's high school coach at school, and the coach got him on the phone during lunch to sing the message.
“Coach Richt said hello and started singing again. He tried to hit a real high note this time. It was so funny. I mean, he tried real hard to get that high note. And I will give him the benefit of a doubt … He did all right singing.” Matthews said, and added that Richt did the same thing last year.
Sometimes it's the little things we do as coaches that stick out to the kids that we recruit.
“It means a lot for Coach Richt to do that. They don’t do it for every recruit. It shows me how much they want me. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to have good coaches around me, and to be committed to the University of Georgia.”
Explaining that he is 100% committed to the Bulldogs, Matthews says that he still plans to take the rest of his official visits, and that only one thing will be able to pry him away from his commitment to Georgia.
“If they have coaches that are identical to Mark Richt and that whole coaching staff..and if that other place was just like Athens, Ga. But there probably aren’t any coaches or any places exactly like that.” Matthews said.
Everyone has their own unique approach to recruiting. Like we mentioned earlier, sometimes it's the little things that go the furthest with recruits, while other times it takes something a little over the top, like mailing 105 letters to a single recruit in one day, or going to their high school game via helicopter to make a lasting impression. Whatever yours is...find it, work on it, and perfect it.
Friday TV - UConn at Syracuse
The Orange take on the Huskies tonight on ESPN, and there's also a handful of high school games on.
Eastern time listed.
Connecticut at Syracuse - 8 - ESPN
Brentwood (TN) at Ensworth (TN) - 8 - ESPNU
Mission Veijo (CA) at Tesoro (CA)- 10:30 - Fox Sports South
Jim Mora: "Coaches often spill the beans" to TV analysts
The Bruins are off this weekend, but head down to Arizona State to play next Saturday, and Jim Mora wants his guys getting some extra film time in tonight by watching tonight's broadcast of the Oregon and Arizona State game.
At the end of practice today, Mora encouraged his guys to watch the conference foes go at it and to try to get a edge on things like the snap count or get a feel for their offensive and defensive tempo and the overall environment down at ASU.
Mora also told the players to listen carefully to the analysts when talking with the coaches because coaches have a tendency to "spill the beans" when it comes to philosophy and personnel packages that they may like or dislike.
During his time as an analyst, Mora explained that coaches would often give him nuggets of information on air that would help with the broadcast and that coaches would "send messages through the analysts to people that are watching the game."
Hmmm. Interesting perspective from someone who has been on both sides of the fence.
Just a reminder to listen extra carefully tonight, you may pick up on a few things if you're paying close enough attention.
Gundy explains that their new uniforms have helped in recruiting
On the Cowboy Football Roundup this week, the program took a look at the uniform combos that have been added over the last few seasons. Coach Mike Gundy says that it is a trend that will continue to evolve for them every season and that equipment managers and players council weigh in on the uniform combinations each week.
"The future is new and shiny and the latest, and the uniforms are a part of that. We made a few adjustments on this year's uniform compared to last year and I see minor adjustments every year from this point on." Gundy said.
Coach Gundy notes that the uniforms and having multiple options has helped them attract recruits to Oklahoma State, and that players believe that the new uniforms help their on the field performance to an extent.
As the saying goes, "if you look good, you play good."
Narduzzi: "I made a dumb coaching error against Ohio State"
Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi admitted to reporters after practice yesterday that he made a "dumb mistake" during their preparation for Ohio State and dual threat quarterback Braxton Miller at the end of last month.
That mistake Narduzzi was referring to was not making the offensive scout team quarterback live, instead they protected him from contact. This week, Narduzzi ensured that they didn't make that mistake twice, as they prepare to take on Denard Robinson and Michigan.
Asked about what worries him about the Michigan offense, Narduzzi simply responded "Denard Robinson."
Robinson currently ranks #4 nationally with 134 rushing yards per game (101 carries for 804 yards), and 6th nationally with just over 8 yards per play.
There's no doubt that in order for the Spartans, and every defensive staff that faces the Michigan offense, will have to find a way simulate Denard Robinson during practice in order to be successful. Just finding a guy on the practice squad to duplicate Robinson's skill set is much easier said than done, but making the quarterback live in practice is definitely a start.