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Neal Brown explains what makes the Air Raid successful

New Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown is getting settled in on campus and hitting the recruiting trail for the WIldcats selling his version of the high powered Air Raid. To give recruits a sneak preview of what to expect, he told them to take a look at this video.

Talking with the media yesterday, Brown explained that the entire offensive system will be installed within the first three days of spring practice. Then when he hits the road for recruiting, the quarterbacks will be able to learn the finer points of the offense within a two to three week span by watching film. By the time he gets back, they'll be able to hit the ground running.

Brown added that their style of play works so well because of the tempo that they've paired it with and it also makes recruiting skill players seem really easy. 

“I think what it does, the tempo really affects people. The second thing that happens is when you spread the field out, skill people, there is a bigger – and I’m trying to think of how to put this – the skill people are easier to recruit. There’s not a great deal of difference between the No. 1 wide receiver in the country and the No. 25 wide receiver in the country. There is not that much difference at all. We can recruit a lot of good skill people, put them in space and make people tackle in space. I think that’s the No. 1 thing.” Brown said.

One of the first things that he did when he got on campus was to take a look at the offensive side of the ball and examine any off the field issues that guys that he's inherited may have had. That's something that he's always done.

“I’ll say this as a whole – and I can only speak on my side of the ball – the first couple things that I always do when you go into a new situation is you want to see if there have been any off-field issues, which they’ve been very, very few, you want to see where the group stands academically. These kids are in great shape academically. I think that’s a strong sentiment to the last coaching staff.”

Pretty good advice.

'The worst show of athleticism in America'

Fun event here from the Northwestern staff who held their annual 7 on 7 game recently.

Pat Fitzgerald called the game "the worst show of athleticism in the game today." Although he couldn't have been talking about their strength coach Jose Palma after reviewing the film.

The guys up in Evanston definitely know how to get their work in and still have a good time.

There has got to be other staff's out there doing the same thing. Send those clips in!

Wednesday TV - Bowl games start up again tomorrow

A lot of games getting started tomorrow night. With the exception of a few days we'll have games on every day from tomorrow (Poinsetta Bowl) to January 7th (BCS National Title game). The high school all star games (Under Armour, Army All American game) get kicked off January 4th.

Eastern time listed.

NFL:

No games

College:

No games

High School:

No games

 

P.J. Fleck displays limitless energy at Western

P.J. Fleck has never had a more eventful 24 hours. On the same day he accepted the head coaching position at Western Michigan, Fleck's wife, Tracie, went in to labor. Instead of flying to Kalamazoo, he was in a Tampa-area hospital watching his daughter's birth. 

All went well and a day later Fleck was formally introduced as Western Michigan's newest head coach. 

"I know I didn't go to school here, but I feel like I've come home," said Fleck. "I'm a Midwest man with Midwest values and we're going to recruit Midwest student-athletes."

Fleck will return to Tampa for the next week and a half to finish the season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before turning his full-time attention to Western Michigan.

"I'd love to get the two coordinators hired very quickly and from there get their input on some things, interview some candidates and get this wrapped up very quickly," said Fleck.

He wouldn't have gotten the job if he couldn't recruit, and Fleck's first task will be to recruit the players on his own roster.

"The first thing I have to do is recruit our players," he said. "It's going to take them a while to trust me. What we have right here is what we have. We have a talent, we have to convince them they can accomplish anything."

The most common question related to this hire, which surely hasn't been asked for the last time, is if Fleck is too young, too inexperience to succeed in this role. Fleck doesn't think so, noting that he'd been trained by 13 head coaches at all levels, namely Greg Schiano, Jim Tressel, Jerry Kill and Mike Nolan.

"Age never really mattered to me," said Fleck. "It was about when I was ready. I knew it within myself, I knew I could lead men because I've been trained by the best. Then men I've surrounded myself with, I would want my son to play for and I hope people say the same thing about Coach Fleck and Western Michigan."

Fleck displayed enough energy to run a power plant, rendering the podium microphones redundant as his voice boomed across the room while detailing his plan for the Western Michigan football program. 

"My energy is limitless," Fleck said. "Don't believe me? Just challenge me. I'm proud of my energy."

Fleck is also proud of many other things, including but not limited to, his upbringing, the Mid-American Conference, his underdog status, his faith and his work ethic.  

"I've always loved the underdog role," Fleck explained. "We're going to play the underdog card at Western Michigan. We're going to take that with us."

Fleck may not have been a head coach before, but he'll have Western Michigan believing they can win when they walk out of the tunnel at Michigan State on August 31. 

Paul Haynes ready to win together at Kent State

When Paul Haynes got into coaching nearly 20 years ago, one of his primary goals was to one day be the head coach at Kent State. That box was officially checked off on Tuesday. 

"It's going to take a while to grasp that I'm the head coach at Kent State," said Haynes. 

As an alum, an Ohio native and a coach with experience at three separate in-state schools, Haynes brings more credibility than a typical coach when he says he wants his program to be a credit to the community. 

"I want to graduate all players with a meaningful degree. I want to win. I want this program to be a positive impact on this university, this community and this state."

Haynes also has a unique perspective to what his players are going through right now, noting that he went through three coaching changes a player at Kent State. But, according to Haynes, those changes happened after 1-10 campaigns, not 11-2 seasons. 

"I was in their shoes, I wore these colors," he explained. "I went through three coaches, so I know they're sitting there wondering who I am."

Taking over an 11-2 team presents a different set of challenges than a 1-10 bunch, but Haynes is prepared.

"We're going to talk about our goals, we're going to reset our goals and we're going to move forward," he said.

As far as assistants go, Haynes has yet to make any decisions. 

"I will not hire anyone until I talk with the previous staff and give them a chance to interview," said Haynes. "The job that they've done here, the respect that I have for them, I think I owe it to them to talk with them first."

More than anything else, Haynes preached a sense of togetherness for his program. "When we win, we all win. I mean the team, the university and the community. We'll do this together here in Kent."

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