Winners eat Steak, Losers get...
Illinois wrapped up their spring game Saturday and new head coach Tim Beckman made good on his promise of steak for the winners...beans and weenies for the losers.
The Blue team, which were winners of the spring game down in Champaign, were rewarded handsomely with a dinner of steak and shrimp, topped off with cake last night, while the losing Orange team dined on beans and weenies (Coach Beckman was also nice enough to throw some salad in there as well).
Orange team quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was a fan of the competition, despite coming out on the short end. "That's life. When you win your rewarded, when you lose...your not. Thats how college football is from a week to week standpoint."
Boot camp at Texas Lutheran
The guys down at Texas Lutheran aren't waiting for the sun to come up to get after it.
The coaching staff down there has the guys competing in everything from agility drills, to wheelbarrow races, to the human pyramid before the Texas heat has a chance to settle in.
This one definitely ranks up there as one of the most intense videos we've seen so far.
D-III Video: Through their eyes
Division III Millikin University in Illinois put together a video of their spring practices from the viewpoint of the coaches and players.
It looks like a couple different guys, both coaches and players, got outfitted with a camera during practice. The results provide an interesting perspective, especially when the quarterback has it during 7 on 7 drills.
Bama gets National Championship rings
The Crimson Tide have had a very eventful couple of days. They wrapped up spring ball with their spring game on Saturday, a freak accident caused the BCS Championship trophy to drop and shatter the same day, and yesterday the team received their National Championship rings.
The rings have their fair share of bling, but are also classy enough to show that they've been there before.
The team will travel to visit President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday to honor their second national title in three seasons.
"When things are hard during the week, Saturdays are easy"
It's not very often that you hear the perspective of an intern at a major college program.
Oregon State did just that when they talked with Kyle DeVan during practice yesterday. DeVan had some interesting insight from his time as a player under Mike Riley, to now coaching under him, as well as playing at the highest level on Sunday's.
"The structure that he (Riley) has here at Oregon State is the same that the NFL teams have at that level because he was there, he was a head coach at the NFL, and he wants to run things professionally just like an NFL organization does." DeVan, who started 25 games in the NFL (including the 2010 Super Bowl), added that his transition to the NFL was surprisingly easy because of the first class way the Riley runs things at Oregon State.
DeVan also spoke highly of offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh's practice philosophy and how it prepares you for Saturdays in the Pac-12. "He's a tough guy. He's going to be hard on guys during the week, but he's going to love you even harder when it's all said and done.
"When things are hard during the week, Saturdays are easy".
Mic'd up at OK State
Running backs coach Jemal Singleton got mic'd up for a recent spring practice in Stillwater.
Nothing fancy here, just five minutes of quality mic'd up content from a coach that loves being on the field coaching guys.
Bielema quotes Forrest Gump
Bret Bielema spent most of his press conference after practice on Monday talking about injuries and how the depth chart is shaking out...but then he said something something caught our attention, and we had to get nostalgic to recognize where it came from.
When a reporter asked about one player in particular taking a step in the right direction development wise, Bielema responded with a grin and quoted (?) Forrest Gump. "Marquis is a little bit like a box of chocolates, you don't know exactly what your going to get all the time"
Inside the Lines with Amp Campbell
Western Michigan has done an outstanding job this off season highlighting their coaching staff and players in their "Inside the Lines" series. This episode caught up with defensive passing game coordinator / secondary coach Amp Campbell.
Campbell talks about the nice balance that he finds in the summer between spending some much needed time with family and spending just enough time away from the players so that he's hungry come fall camp. Amp also talks about the fundamentals that he believes make a complete defensive back, and the unique perspective he brings to the table when talking about the lessons that football can teach young men.
As always with this series, there's some great practice footage of Coach Campbell getting after the guys and coaching 'em up.