Headed to LSU this weekend, Sark brought a live Tiger to practice today
"It is a pantheon of concrete and steel...it is haunted and it is loud..."
When Sark leads his team into Tiger Stadium Saturday night he doesn't want them freaked out by the environment.
Yes, from time to time LSU has been known to place their Tiger "Mike VI" next to the opposing team; but hey, what's a little fun amongst friends right? And, I mean who would be intimidated by a 500 pound Bengal Tiger right next to them?
So, what did Sark do? Yep, he had a live Tiger brought to practice today (this one only weighed about 300 pounds).
If you've never been, Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night is a magical environment. Put it on the list and get there one day.
Update> Here's video of the Tiger at UW's practice today compliments of Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. Note to UW guys, if you put your hands near Mike's cage (like the guy does in this video), you'll lose your hand.
Best tweet we saw related to this was...
Bielema not sharing game footage with Oregon State
Oregon State's week 1 game vs. Nicholls State was postponed / cancelled due to Hurricane Isaac's impact on the south Louisiana area where Nicholls is located.
This week Oregon State will host Wisconsin in what will now be Oregon State's opener. Due to the fact that Oregon State has no week 1 game footage to share with Wisconsin, Bret Bielema has decided that he will not share their week 1 film with Oregon State.
It's an interesting tactic by Bielema. Your thoughts?
There is no integrity in the AP Poll
So a few weeks back, "for the integrity of the poll" USA Today & the AFCA chose to out Lane Kiffin's confidential vote in the Coaches Poll. Ah yes, making his confidential vote public surely helped maintain / restore the integrity of the poll [insert sarcasm font].
Fast forward to today, the AP releases their poll following week 1's games. Fairly quickly the twitterverse seized upon the fact that a writer from the Bay Area, Ray Ratto, had some let's say quirky votes. For example, Ratto has West Virginia at the bottom of his ballot placing them at #24. Yes, your memory is correct, West Virginia coming off that 70-33 spanking of Clemson in the Orange Bowl did open up this weekend with a thorough trouncing of in-state foe Marshall 69-34.
So Ratto has WVU #24....let's see where everyone else has them....the Coaches Poll has them at #8...and the full AP Poll has them at #9. Anyone else find this odd? Where is the integrity monitor?
Take a look at how Pollspeak.com analyzed Ratto's votes. Some might take issue with Texas State at #16; but they did beat Houston with a first time starter at quarterback [there's that sarcasm font again].
There's plenty more in there to make one scratch their head; but really why take the time. This is pathetic.
For what it's worth, below is the full AP Poll.
Cool video: FAU Intro
Pretty cool video there from Carl Pelini's team down at FAU.
That should sell well with the fans and with recruits.
Update> Someone was nice enough to forward us this other video...
We present to you the FAU dance team...
Video: Inside the PR1DE
By all accounts, East Mississippi Community College had a special season last year, taking home the national title. Since then, they have released numerous high quality videos highlighting their journey, and this one (chronicling their off season leading up to the 2012 opener) may be their best one yet.
The video is very well put together and provides perspective from coaches, administrators, and former players on the strides that the program has taken in a short period.
There's also plenty of behind the scenes footage including thoughts on camp from the coaching staff and some good clips of the players just being themselves.
"I won't hire a grad assistant unless I would eventually hire him full time"
After practice yesterday Bronco Mendenhall touched on a basic philosophy that many head coaches around the country share when looking to hire a graduate assistant.
"I guess I'll share a basic philosophy. I won't hire a graduate assistant now unless I would eventually consider him to be a full time coach here."
Bronco talks about how current secondary coach / special teams coordinator Nick Howell had a sincere desire and hunger to prove himself at BYU while he was interviewing for the defensive grad assistant position a few seasons ago. According to Bronco, Howell eventually flat out worked circles around everyone else in the office.
As he explains at the end of the clip, the cycle of graduate assistants that staff has helped develop have been able to successfully pass along the lessons learned and work ethic needed as the new graduate assistants are brought in.
Bronco echoed many of the things that were highlighted during many of our Inside Scoop episodes. If you want to be successful as a grad assistant, or are working to get into a graduate assistants role, work your tail off, be sincere, listen and learn, and be the first one in, and last one out of the office. That's what head coaches are looking for when they have an opening for a full time assistant. Prove yourself daily.
Chip Kelly: I don't understand that coaching concept
After practice yesterday a reporter asked Chip Kelly if they held anything back from their offensive game plan as the game progressed during their win against Arkansas State.
Kelly responded by explaining that he doesn't understand why a coach would do that.
"Our game plan was executed in terms of what we wanted to do going in to those guys. We never make any decision on what we're going to run or not going to run by how much we show there."
"I don't understand that concept because if you go 'We need to have this route in, but we didn't practice it cause we didn't think we'd need it'...then you're in trouble."
"A lot of it is based on how they defended it and how they came out and what we had practiced against, which was a good thing. We thought they were going to a four down front team and a little bit of odd situations for us and that's how they came out. So our game plan kind of played out the way we thought it would play out...thank goodness."
Leach: If you want to know how you're coaching, turn on the film
One thing that was evident after Washington State's loss to BYU is that Mike Leach was not happy with his players body language and overall demeanor when things weren't going their way.
During his press conference yesterday, he said that is an issue that him and his staff need to coach up and focus on this week, but the players needed to understand that "You only get so many reps out there on the football field in your entire life, and you better make the most of it."
"If you're going to go out there and practice all week long, and you're going to work on reps out there in practice, and now all of a sudden your going to have game reps. You better be doing something other than pout on the sideline."
"Obviously that's something that we, as coaches, need to address and failed to get across to them last week."
"If you want to know how good you're coaching, turn on the film and see how they play."