Mora: "All jobs are open, including mine"
UCLA is one of a handful of programs that is taking their fall camp on the road starting tomorrow.
As Jim Mora explains, there's a multitude of reasons for taking the guys off campus to San Bernardino, perhaps the most important reason being team bonding.
Having everyone in a new environment may also help enhance the competitive nature of the team. As Mora explains, "All jobs are open, every single day, and that includes mine and all of our coaches."
Mullen gives the media guys a freebie
After their first practice of the year, Dan Mullen fielded a few questions from the media guys, and it only took about a minute and a half before he got up to walk out.
A few questions in, Mullen was asked about the status of a few guys in particular that weren't practicing. He answered by reminding the press that they have a policy about talking about injuries...but that wasn't enough to stop them from pressing.
After being pressed further, Mullen got up and made his way for the door, asking them to come up with better questions for tomorrow.
In the end, cooler heads prevailed and Mullen reminded them of the policy before fielding questions on everything from the advantages of having the majority of their freshman class for the entire summer, to the importance of having the flexibility to move and interior offensive lineman to tackle when it comes time to name the travel roster.
Wyoming's season teaser...is good
Wyoming went an impressive 8-5 last season, and although the future of the Mountain West is fairly uncertain at this point, Dave Christensen and his guys are quietly building a winner.
After getting ripped by Utah State (63-19), the Cowboys recovered to win 4 of their next 5, including a win over Air Force. Their only loss during that span was an 11 point defeat to TCU.
This video will have the Cowboy faithful ready for their September 1st kickoff against Mack Brown and the Longhorns. It's all less than a month away...
Weis: To me, ND and KU are the same
Kansas players reported to camp yesterday and will get the opportunity to go full pads come Monday.
Weis met with reporters briefly yesterday and talked about how they will measure success in his first year, as well as how the expectations differ at Kansas from his time at Notre Dame.
According to Weis, when it comes to measuring success it all starts in the wins and losses column.
"Did you win all the games you were supposed to win? Did you win some of the games you weren’t supposed to win? You don’t put a number on what that is."
"I can tell you, if you look at it, you won two last year. The fans will say, ‘well if you win four, that’s great improvement,’ What coach in their right mind would be thinking, what if we can just win four games? If so, then you hired the wrong coach."
When asked about expectations being different at Kansas, Weis offered up the following.
Video: Perseverance at its finest
Gallaudet University is a D-III school located in Washington D.C., and was the first school of higher education established in the United States to cater to the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing.
Head coach Chuck Goldstein and the coaching staff are coming off a 5-5 season where none of their five losses came by more than 16 points. Last season produced conference Rookie of the Year, and NFL hopeful, defensive back Tony Tatum. Tatum happens to be hard of hearing, very similar to the level of hearing that Redskins safety Reed Doughty lives with.
Even though he garnered a lot of D-I interest from coaches in high school before breaking his foot, Tatum played two years of basketball at Gallaudet before deciding to give football another try. As a result, Tatum has garnered high praise from coaches and also helped Gallaudet make ESPN with a "tip drill" highlight that was arguably one of the best plays from the 2010 season. The video has got an impressive 1.9 million views on YouTube.
This is a really fascinating story of perseverance and a reminder to us as coaches (and our players) of the importance of fighting through adversity, regardless of the obstacle.
Coaches Poll released
The USA Today Coaches poll was just released.
LSU (19), Alabama (20) and USC (19) shared first place votes, with LSU getting the majority of the points required to take the top spot.
Seven SEC programs crack the top 25, five of them in the top 10.
The rest of the poll is as follows:
3. Southern California
7. Florida State
9. South Carolina
11. West Virginia
13. Michigan State
19. Oklahoma State
20. Virginia Tech
21. Kansas State
22. Boise State
24. Notre Dame
Inside Scoop: How to raise $25,000 for your team
We originally ran this in June. Since then, we've fielded a huge number of emails and calls about this one so we're running it again.
Kevin Emerson is the head coach at San Bernardino Valley College in California. He's been coaching for 19 years and he's seen his fair share of different fundraising methods.
We heard recently that coach Emerson had created a new, easy to use electronic fundraising platform that a lot of coaches are adopting (and are seeing great results with). Watch the video and you'll see how easy this is.
A couple of key takeaways...
* Created by a coach * Non-Profit organization * All electronic * No selling * Averaging $230 per player * Results in 30-60 days
Visit: eConnectFundraising.org now and try it out!
Idaho season ticket promo
Impressive season ticket promo here from Idaho with a great opening line.
"A tribe from the north, wrought with grit and conviction. Warriors notorious for their unwavering pride. Rulers of tradition. Lords of excellence. THEY ARE VANDALS!"