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Addazio talks about coaching under Pasqualoni

Temple's Steve Addazio and UConn's Paul Pasqualoni meet this weekend in a Big East match up that pits Addazio with the coach that helped him get his start in the college ranks. Addazio worked under Pasqualoni at both Western Connecticut and Syracuse.

“Obviously Coach P started me in this business. I wouldn’t be where I am right now without him. It begins and ends right there. He taught me how to be a football coach." Addazio explained during a conference call yesterday.

“At WestConn, I could tell you stories, just crazy stuff. We all slept in the office. You are cutting old 16 millimeter film...you have strips of film hanging on the walls." Addazio said of their time together at Western Connecticut.

"Coach P has this makeshift wall. We're all on the other side of the wall and go to sleep there going, ‘Night guys, Night, coach.’ It was like something out of The Waltons." 

“That is how we all started washing socks and jocks. I came back from my wedding, and coach is on a tractor. I am on my hands and knees putting irrigation down to water the field. You just can’t make this stuff up. He is the best there is, and I just have the greatest amount of respect for him.”

While Addazio reminisced for a brief period during the league teleconference yesterday, him and his staff have had their hands full this season. In his second season at Temple, Addazio and the staff have had to prepare 17 first time starters, third most in the country behind Air Force (19) and Hawaii (18).

Temple (2-2, 1-0) will square with UConn (3-3, 0-1) off at 1pm ET on ESPN3.

 

 




How Chip Kelly influenced the Patriots no-huddle

The Boston Globe came out with an interesting piece early this morning, explaining how Chip Kelly helped influence New England's use of the no-huddle.

The relationship between Chip Kelly and Bill O'Brien all started with pick up basketball games between two east coast coaching staffs.

While Kelly was at the University of New Hampshire, the staff would sometimes travel up to Brown to talk schemes, and play the occasional pick up basketball game. It was there that Kelly started to share no huddle ideas with Brown assistant coach Bill O'Brien, and their friendship carried over to when Kelly went to Oregon and O'Brien joined the Patriots staff.

Kelly went back to the east coast to talk the no huddle with the Patriots staff a handful of times, including two years ago when he caught the ear of Bill Belichick. Kelly told Belichick and the staff that he was moving to a no huddle system that used just one word to signify the entire play call.

One word was all Kelly planned to use to to communicate the entire offensive formation, protection, motion, shift and play.

While it was hard for the New England staff to grasp at first, Chip Kelly's message to them was to not put a limit on the players' minds, because they will learn what you teach them.

“I was interested to hear how he did it,” Belichick explained of Kelly's no huddle knowledge. “I would say he expanded it to a different level and it was very interesting to understand what he was doing. Certainly I’ve learned a lot from talking to Chip about his experiences with it and how he does it and his procedure and all that.”

New England switched to the one word system while O'Brien called the offense in 2011 and had to adjust the one word play calls a few times throughout the year before they really got things rolling in the playoffs. Now, because of their unique personnel with guys like Aaron Hernandez, they're able to check out of an empty backfield pass formation, to an under center run to take advantage of a defensive alignment, all with one word.

Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe does a great job of further explaining how the Patriots now use their no-huddle system in the original article, which can be read in its entirety here. 




South Carolina will wear "Battle" gray uniforms for LSU game

South Carolina will wear some interesting "Battle" gray uniforms against LSU in Death Valley this weekend.

Take a look at the jerseys above. Kickoff this weekend is scheduled for 8pm ET and can be seen on ESPN.




Tuesday TV - No games tonight, but next Tuesday we'll have a game

This is the last week (for a while) that we will not see any games on a Tuesday or Wednesday night. Next Tuesday night Louisiana-Lafayette and North Texas will square off. 

Eastern time listed.

NFL:

No games

College:

No games

High School:

No games




Hawaii and Boston College get "Freedom Jerseys"

As part of the ongoing "Wounded Warrior" project, Under Armour has decided to outfit Hawaii and Boston College in a set of stars and stripes laden uniforms, being called "Freedom Jerseys" for one game.

Boston College will wear their white version for their October 27th match up with Maryland and Hawaii will wear their darker version for the November 24th against UNLV.

We hear that the helmets, uniforms, gloves and cleats will all follow an American flag theme and phrases like "honor" and "courage" will fill the name plate on the back of the uniforms.

After the game the jerseys will be auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior project in order to raise awareness and funds for injured service members in need.

Take a look at the uniforms below. Thoughts?

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Sonny Dykes wins quote of the day

 

Sonny Dykes has his Louisiana Tech team 5-0 and looking forward to a big game Saturday night against Texas A&M. 

Louisiana Tech is ranked for the first time since 1999. The Bulldogs have put up 44 or more in each of their first five games.

After A&M, Louisiana Tech hosts Idaho, then travels to New Mexico State, hosts UTSA, goes to Texas State, hosts Utah State and then closes it out at San Jose State. 

A lot of football left to be played; but Sonny has done a great job with that program. 




Paul Johnson explains why he let Al Groh go

This morning Paul Johnson decided to make a change. You can listen to him explain his decision making above; but in short Johnson was highly complimentary of Al Groh; but decided that for whatever reason the players were having a hard time implementing Groh's schemes on the field and that forced Johnson to make the change.

A quick look at one key stat behind Johnson's decision...Groh came to Georgia Tech as defensive coordinator prior to the 2010 season. That season the Yellow Jackets were 57th in scoring defense. In 2011 they slipped to 60th.  This season they have plummeted to 89th. 

Secondary coach Charles Kelly will now "run the meeting" and the rest of the staff will adjust responsiblities as well. Special teams coordinator Dave Walkosky will now also coach the defensive line. Defensive line coach Andy McCollum will move to inside linebackers and inside linebackers coach Joe Speed shifts to outside linebackers. 

During his press conference, Johnson was asked if he viewed this opportunity as a bit of a tryout for the defensive staff to be retained or even to serve as defensive coordinator moving forward into next season...his response was left open to interpretation; but we didn't sense much excitement on that front from Johnson...then again we rarely sense much excitement from Johnson. 




The scoop on stats - Week 6

With week 6 in the books, a handful of statistics caught our eye. Some teams continued their streaks (Air Force and UTSA have yet to allow a sack) and other teams caught our eyes for different reasons (see the first stat on Oregon and the last stat on fumbles that we've noted).

Let us know anything else that has caught your eye.

- Oregon has had touchdown drives of less than one minute 12 times this season.

- West Virginia has scored 118 points in their first two Big 12 games.

- Prior to Florida State's 13 point second quarter, NC State had not allowed any points in the second quarter in their previous 5 games.

- Northwestern has already returned more punts through six games this season (9) than they did all of of last season (8). They have also returned two of those nine punts for touchdowns. They had zero punt returns for touchdowns last season.

- Texas is averaging a blocked kick / punt per game. They have 5 blocked kicks / punts through 5 games this season.

- Air Force (who lost to Navy in OT Saturday) and UTSA (who had a bye week) remain the only teams in the country who have yet to allow a sack.

- Oregon (6-0) and Mississippi State (5-0) are the only two teams in the country that are allowing negative punt return yardage. The Bulldogs have allowed 6 returns for -3 yards (-.5 yards per return), while the Ducks have allowed 3 returns for -4 yards (1-.33 yards per return).

- Utah State (4-2) and Florida State (5-1) both lead the country with 50 total forced punts.

- The Tulsa defense leads the country in sacks with 25 on the year (they had 27 all of last season). South Carolina is a close second with 24 (Lorenzo Ward is doing a great job this season). San Jose State actually is averaging the most per game with 22 through 5 games. 

- Kansas State is the least penalized team in the country, committing less than 2 penalties per game. The Wildcats have played 4 of their 5 games at home this season.

- Louisiana Tech and Utah lead the country in forced fumbles with 11 through 5 games.  Louisiana Tech has already eclipsed their total from last season, when they forced 10 through 13 games, and Utah is just one short of their total (12) from last season.

- Penn State leads the country in fourth down attempts, going for it 20 times through six games (65% conversion rate). Bill O'Brien recognized in our "Deserving Credit" series this week

- Kentucky is 0 for 10 on 4th down conversion attempts this season. 

- Rutgers and North Texas are the only teams in the country to have not allowed a fourth down conversion. Rutgers' opponents are 0 for 5 through five games and North Texas' opponents have yet to convert on 5 tries this season.

- Eastern Michigan is the only team to have not kicked a touchback. They have kicked off 16 times.

- Arizona (32.2), Oklahoma State (31.5) and Nevada (30.3) are all averaging over 30 first downs per game.

- Five of the nation's top ten tacklers are from the MAC. One of them (Northern Illinois' Jimmie Ward) is a defensive back.

- Two West Virginia receivers are ranked in the top three in receiving yards per game (Stedman Bailey - 142 ypg, and Tavon Austin - 132 ypg). Also, two Ball State receivers rank in the top 8 in receptions (Willie Snead with 47 and Jamill Smith with 44).

- Four of the top five teams in time of possession are undefeated (1. Oregon State, 2. UTSA, 3. Florida, 4. Louisiana-Monroe, 5. Louisville).

- In NFL action, both Detroit and Oakland (who both had byes this week) have yet to record an interception this season. They are the only remaining teams to do so.

- UTSA, Baylor and Indiana are the only teams in the country that have yet to lose a fumble this year. UTSA has fumbled just once, while Baylor and Indiana have both coughed up the ball twice. On the flip side, Iowa State (4 fumbles), Akron (5 fumbles) and Kansas (5 fumbles) have lost possession every time the ball has hit the turf.