Iowa State will face their sixth straight undefeated opponent this weekend
Paul Rhoads is 19-1 at Iowa State when holding opponents to under 24 points, and 18-2 when leading at the half. While both of those are impressive, Rhoads pointed out one stat that no other program in the country may be able to claim.
Entering their sixth game of the season against Kansas State (5-0, 2-0), The Cyclones (4-1, 1-1) head coach noted that they'll be facing their sixth straight undefeated opponent. Their previous five opponents (Tulsa, Iowa, Western Illinois, Texas Tech, and TCU) all came into their match up with Iowa State without a loss.
Now that's impressive. Rhoads challenged the reporters in attendance at the weekly press conference to find another program in the country that could say the same.
Bill Young urges you to not delay doctors visits and take their advice
It's great to hear that Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young is back on the sideline and doing okay, after missing the first two games of the season.
As John Helsley of The Oklahoman points out, an (almost undetected) aneurysm was what kept Young off of the sideline. What started as a routine visit to the doctor taught Young a valuable lesson that we can all learn from.
Don't put off going to the doctor, and always follow your doctor's advice.
"The doctor said I was a walking time bomb,” Young explained. “If your doctor recommends something, he's a lot smarter than you are, and I almost didn't listen. And I'm sure I'd have lived to regret it.”
The most dangerous aspect of aneurysm's is that they sometimes have no symptoms. They have been known to cause strokes, or lead to disability and even death. Young had one the size of a thumbnail right between the eyes that would have gone undetected if it weren't for a doctors decision (and help from Young's wife) to do a routine MRI to rule out any existence of aneurysms, of which he has a family history.
Young said that it was $500 that had originally deterred him from getting an MRI. Despite having an aneurysm burst during a workout back in 1982, Young insisted he didn't need an MRI, but thankfully his wife was persisent.
“It's like $500 to get an MRI. I thought, ‘Why would I spend $500 to get an MRI? That (previous aneurysm) was 30 years ago. It's the smart thing to do. Looking back on it, it was being idiotic to have even considered not doing it.”
Recently, Young went back in for a routine checkup and was given a clean bill of health, and says that he will continue to get checked regularly.
“I'm just so grateful and thankful that I had such great care. It's really comforting to know there are people out there to give you great care when you need it." Young said.
“I've been big-time lucky, twice now. The first time I was really lucky because it burst," Young said, referring to his first aneurysm. “So take care of yourself, you only get one body.”
As we all know, coaching is an awesome yet stressful profession where it's easy to get caught up in wins and losses and preparing a group of young men for game day, and ultimately, life after football. Several health scares in the profession over the past few seasons serve as a reminder to all of us to take care of ourselves, so that we can continue to make an impact on young mens lives, provide for our families, and coach a game that we all love.
Bill Young realizes that now, and it should serve as a reminder to all of us to take care of ourselves, get checked regularly, and follow your doctors advice.
Muschamp explains the three things left in his office when he arrived on campus
On the Dan Patrick Show yesterday Will Muschamp was asked about the rich tradition and history at Florida and how much of that "hangs over his head." Muschamp responded by telling a story about what he found in his office when he showed up in Gainesville to move in.
Back in December of 2010, as Muschamp was moving his belongings into his new office, there were only three items left in the otherwise empty room. Those three items were Florida's National Championship trophies.
“When I walked into my office, there was only three things left in a very barren office, and that was three national championship trophies. I think our athletic director left them here on purpose to make sure I understood the expectation level.”
Muschamp said that he went down the hall to ask athletic director Jeremy Foley if the trophies were left there on purpose and Foley responded, "That’s what we expect.’".
Muschamp responded by simply smiling and saying "Yeah, I got ya."
The Gators, who are sitting at 5-0, and 4-0 in SEC play, travel to Vanderbilt this weekend. Kickoff will take place at 6pm ET and can be seen on ESPNU
We saw a note earlier this morning that Florida is running the ball on 71% of their offensive plays (236 rushing attempts out of 333 total offensive plays). Vanderbilt's defense is giving up 179 yards per game on the ground (80th nationally) and have given up over 190 yards rushing to three of their four FBS opponents this season (South Carolina - 205 yards rushing, Northwestern - 191 yards rushing and Georgia - 302 yards rushing).
Holtz: We're using the bye week to reward production and effort
After dropping their last four games after a 2-0 start, Skip Holtz and the South Florida are looking to breath some new life into their depth chart for next weeks match up with Louisville.
During this bye week of practice, Holtz explained that they're giving some fresh faces an opportunity to compete for starting jobs.
Holtz noted that when you win there aren't a whole lot of guys that can argue about their playing time, but when you're not winning there are always players who feel like they can help the team, so this week has allowed the staff to evaluate all of that with scrimmage reps.
"We've graded every scrimmage rep that we've had this week. Seventy five plays a day, about 225 scrimmage reps we've had these last three days, we've graded every play and we've moved the depth chart accordingly."
"We're not going to reward talent, we're not going to reward experience, we're going to reward productivity and effort so the depth chart has bounced around an awful lot today." Holtz explained.
Holtz noted that once the season starts it's hard to get in quality evaluations during a practice because your preparing your ones and twos for game time, but the bye week has allowed them to do some evaluating .
"Once the season starts, it's hard to have tryouts because once the season starts you're rolling two teams and trying to get your ones ready and your twos ready to back up." Holtz said. "It's not really the time to say 'Okay, lets have open tryouts', but that has been refreshing this week to be able to get back to that.
Here's the video Oregon State watched before the Wazzu game
Here's a look at the highlight video that the Oregon State staff showed the team before taking the field against Washington State last weekend.
The 38-35 win that is highlighted in the video was Mike Riley's 75th win at Oregon State (4-0, 3-0), making him the winningest coach in school history.
The video is very well produced and definitely had the Beavers ready to play, as the defense held Mike Leach and Washington State to just over 225 yards of total offense (including just 20 yards rushing), while they rolled up 370 yards of total offense themselves.
The Beavers will take on BYU (4-2) tomorrow at 3:30pm ET on ABC.
Friday TV - Navy at Central Michigan
Only one game on tonight, Navy and Central Michigan.
Eastern time listed.
Navy at Central Michigan - 8 - ESPN2
Chip Kelly: "Missed tackles are a personnel issue"
Chip Kelly got on Sirius XM's College Sports Nation today and was asked about the issue of missed tackles in college football.
Numerous defensive coaches around the country have noted missed tackles during their post game press conferences as part of the reason for losses.
Kelly explains that teams that aren't as good defensively can blame it on tackling, but he see's it differently. He sees missed tackles as a personnel issue.
"I don't think there's anybody in the country, no matter where you are, that says 'Ya know, tackling, lets not worry about that today...lets not do it." Kelly said.
"I think that the teams that don't tackle well just don't have as good of players as the teams that tackle well. It still comes down to a personnel game. I don't think there's a college coach, or a high school coach or a pro coach in the country that doesn't work on tackling."
"It's like saying on offense, 'Well they don't block very well so they must not work on blocking'. I think every offensive line coach is doing chutes and boards every day in their individual drills and I think every college coach in their individual drills is doing tackling."
"I think that there are a lot of athleticism on the offensive side of the ball," Kelly explained. "Sometimes, maybe the credit should go to the offensive players who are pretty good at making people miss. I think everybody works on it, it's a fundamental. I think it just comes down to a personnel thing"
Kelly explains that a lot of the issues have to do with the formations being stretched sideline to sideline instead of playing with nine guys in the box where it would be much easier to tackle. He notes that when players are stretched sideline to sideline, many individual match ups get exposed.
O'Brien explains how the staff is meshing in year one
When the season began, there weren't very many people that would have predicted the success that Penn State (4-2, 2-0) has had through their first six games.
With everything that has happened over the past eight months at Penn State, in an "us against the world" kind of environment, it's important to have a staff with great chemistry to help refocus the energy around campus, and nationally, in a constructive manner.
After yesterday's bye week practice, Bill O'Brien was asked about a few members of his staff and how they've all been getting along in their first season together.
When O'Brien first started to formulate his staff, Mac McWhorter was one guy that was out of football that he knew that he wanted to bring in to be a part of the Nittany Lions new identity.
O'Brien says that getting McWhorter, who served as the offensive line coach and eventually the associate head coach on Mack Brown's staff from 2002-2010, to Happy Valley was somewhat of a recruiting job because McWhorter had been enjoying the retired life in Georgia. But for McWhorter, it ultimately came down to Penn State being a special place with special players in a unique setting.
Coach O'Brien was also asked about his relationship with secondary coach John Butler, and director of strength and conditioning Craig Fitzgerald (who both attended the same high school in Philadelphia) and explained that since the two are both Philadelphia guys and he's a Boston guy, they get a kick out of razzing each other quite often. O'Brien also refers to Butler and Fitzgerald as "bosom buddies" (head to the 7:25 mark of the video to hear it).
Hear more from Bill O'Brien after yesterday's practice in the clip, including how he uses his NFL experience to recruit, and how an NFL bye week differs from a bye week at the college level.
Next week Penn State (4-2, 2-0) gets back on the field against Iowa (3-2, 1-0).