If this lineup doesn't get you excited...
We'll start off with TCU's offensive coordinator Justin Fuentes helping you simplify your game planning. Then Alabama's offensive coordinator Jim McElwain will clinic you on a couple of their packages. That night we'll have West Virginia offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen talk drop back game (please let there be a campfire and some Keystone Lights handy).
The next morning we'll have Wisconsin's Bob Bostad (OL) wake you up talking a little inside zone scheme. Tim DeRuyter (A&M's defensive coordinator) will then educate you on linebacker play in their "wrecking crew" defense. New Texas offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin is up next schooling us in quarterback play, fundamentals and showing us a few of their best drills. That night you'll enjoy some of the best barbeque, coldest beer and funniest stories you've ever heard.
Day three features Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson and Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett educating you one on one.
Are you man enough?
We'd be remiss if we didn't also add that in addition to the coaches mentioned above, there are a number of other great speakers (both college coaches and some of the finest high school coaches in Texas openly sharing their thoughts and strategies). Truly a great lineup. Check it out at the link above and enjoy the clinic.
Staff continuity - The grass isn't always greener...
Only seven college coaching staffs have the same nine assistant coaches right now as they did at the start of the 2009 season.
Those coaching staffs are Iowa, Missouri, Oregon, Penn State, TCU, Washington, and Army. Apparently, these guys believe the grass isn't always greener on the other side.
This off-season, twenty-five coaching staffs have remained the same.
The list of programs without an assistant coaching change this off-season include Arkansas, Army, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, East Carolina, FAU, Florida State, Fresno State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, LA Tech, Missouri, NC State, Notre Dame, Ohio, Oregon, Penn State, USF, TCU, Texas A&M, Troy, Virginia, and Washington.
Last off-season, twenty-four coaching staffs remained the same.
Keep in mind, however, that several coaching changes occurred during the summer months last year. If you remember, Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson retired. There were also assistant coaching changes at Kentucky, East Carolina, Tulsa, North Texas, and Texas A&M.
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Phil Fulmer supports paying players: Guys can't go on dates
Add Philip Fulmer to the list of coaches that believe college players ought to be paid.
In fact, the former Tennessee head coach laughs at how much things have changed in the last decade.
Fulmer says, “A good numbers of years back, coaches were just not paid to the level that they’re paid now. There wasn’t that much money brought in outside of attendance, and that’s not the case now. A number of years ago it was a scholarship and $15 – for us, it was called laundry money. They’re on scholarships … but I’ve seen many, many difficult situations for the kids financially.”
“Guys can’t go on dates or can’t go to the movies, and they’re positions that are tough. They’re having to sacrifice a lot. Like their health. They’re only going to play so many years – [and] they should get as much out of it as they can.”
Fulmer, who has been out of coaching for two years, hopes to land another head coaching job next season. He has said recently, however, that if the right job doesn’t come along, he will be at ease.
Jay Paterno: Basically, our out-of-state players make $83.25 per hour
Penn State quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno believes that college athletes do not deserve anything on top of what they already receive.
Adamant about his stance, Paterno went to the notepad and has since published his thoughts on StateCollege.com
It’s a pretty interesting stance, one that is quite different than Steve Spurrier’s thought process.
Paterno writes, “Let me start the argument by making a proposal to parents and students alike. I am going to ask you to work no more than 20 hours a week for 21 weeks – with at least one mandatory day off every week. For another 23 weeks you'll work no more than eight hours a week. You'll get eight weeks off. (These are all NCAA-mandated time limits).”
“You will receive fall, spring and both summer sessions of education, plus room, board and all fees paid. For the 604 hours you put in, you'll get an education valued at $33,976 in state and $50,286 out of state (using last year's numbers from Penn State, the latest available). Keep in mind that number does not include several hundred dollars per semester for books and supplies, which are covered under the NCAA scholarship.”
To Paterno, the cheating and illegal extra benefits are not going away.
“The problem is what society sells to big-time athletes and their families. Society sells lights, camera, the NFL or NBA.”
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Wise move: Arizona AD Greg Bryne proactive, warns Arizona fans
In light of the unfortunate situation at Ohio State this week, Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne is being proactive.
In his weekly email to thousands of Arizona fans, Bryne warned Arizona supporters that it only takes one poor decision by a fan for something major to happen.
We are one bad decision by a coach, employee, student-athlete and/or community member/fan from facing significant challenges that can damage our university and athletic program for many years to come.
If you ever know of a situation where a student-athlete is receiving an extra benefit (something that the rest of the student body would not receive) please contact me.
At many schools, this story would never make news. But Byrne is constantly in touch with the Arizona fans via twitter, facebook, weekly emails, and in-person appearances. Because he understands the importance of social media, because he’s available and visible, the Arizona fans listen to his messages.
Check out this video that Byrne tweeted out during the middle of May:
Spurrier proposes $300 each per game for players
Today in Destin during the SEC meetings, Steve Spurrier proposed that college players should receive $300 per game.
Essentially, it would be for the travel squad or dress squad only. (The backup long-snapper will never have worked so hard to make the travel squad.)
So any player that made the travel squad for each of the twelve regular-season games would end up getting an extra $3,600 for the fall semester.
Spurrier said, "A bunch of us coaches felt so strongly about it that we would be willing to pay it — 70 guys, 300 bucks a game.”
Saban, Muschamp, Les Miles, Houston Nutt, Dan Mullen, and Derek Dooley each signed the proposal.
Spurrier added, "We would like to make that happen. Probably won't, but we'd love to do it."
At the least, Spurrier’s proposal will start a healthy dialogue amongst coaches, athletic directors, and conference commissioners.
Jim Leavitt: I really think they'll put in on Notre Dame
We are three months away from the start of college football.
One of the marquee season-opening games will take place in South Bend when Notre Dame hosts South Florida.
During an interview this morning on WDAE 620 am in Tampa, former South Florida head coach Jim Leavitt made an interesting prediction.
Leavitt said, "I really think they'll put it on Notre Dame."
Skip Holtz and Brian Kelly each enter their second season as head coach of the respective programs. Neither coaching staff had any assistant coaching turnover in the off-season.
Kick-off is set for 3:30 EST on NBC.
Sideline seats in between the 40’s will run you a minimum of $345 on StubHub, today.
UPDATE: Apparently, Skip Holtz and Bulls were up early this morning practicing their post-game celebration.
Dan Mullen: I told our fans 'That's not how it works'
It certainly helps when everyone is on board.
During the 2008 season, the last year under head coach Sylvester Croom, Mississippi State averaged 43,453 fans per home game. The Bulldogs finished 4-8 and Dan Mullen was hired to replace Croom as the head coach.
In Mullen’s first year, the average home attendance climbed to 53,792. One year later in 2010, the Bulldogs improved their game day atmosphere and increased the average home attendance to 54,999.
Mullen told ESPN’s Chris Low, “It’s amazing. We came in they told us if you guys win, then we’re gonna sell tickets.”
Mullen was true to his word, leading the Bulldogs to a 9-4 season last year including a Gator Bowl win over Michigan.
“We’ve done a great job of selling tickets and doing everything the right way. The fan base has bought in to everything we are trying to do.”
“They now enjoy the atmosphere on Saturdays as much as anywhere in the country. We are selling out of season-tickets again this year. Hopefully, we’ll continue the streak of selling of the stadium for tenth straight time this season.”
The Bulldog’s home schedule this season includes LSU, LA Tech, South Carolina, UT-Martin, Alabama, and Ole Miss.