Video of Memphis' strength facility

Memphis director of football strength and conditioning Rohrk Cutchlow gives a tour of the Tiger's sports performance facility in the clip below.

Cutchlow explains how they use utilize their staff, noting that one member works with nutritional needs and the training table, while another has NFL offensive line experience and another individual works with speed and agility training.

They also go over their "nutritional oasis" area, and how they use individualized nutritional plans to make sure their guys are prepared to play at the highest level since come game days.

This clip should serve as a great tool for up and coming strength coaches who are looking at eventually running their own program.


Barry Alvarez to be paid $118,500 for coaching the Rose Bowl

After the stunning departure of Bret Bielema for Arkansas, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez quickly inserted himself as the Badgers' figurehead head coach for the Rose Bowl. 

"I don't want this to be about me," Alvarez said at the time. "I want this to be about the players. I want to give them as good an opportunity to win the Rose Bowl as we possibly can."

The university announced today that the College Football Hall of Fame coach, three Rose Bowls while patrolling the sidelines for Wisconsin, will be paid $118,500 for his month-long return to coaching. In sum, Alvarez will make $203,500 this month: $195,000 for his coaching duties (90 percent of Bielema's monthly salary) and $8,500 for his athletic director duties. The $203,500 figure represents a $118,500 increase from Alvarez's regular athletic director salary. He can earn an additional $50,000 if the Badgers defeat Stanford on Jan. 1. The money for Alvarez's bump in pay is generated from Bielema's $1 million buyout. 

"We weighed the factors involved, including the unique circumstances that developed less than a month before the game, the challenges of the job, the marketplace and his strength as a coach and concluded that this is a reasonable arrangement," said Wisconsin Board President Brent Smith.

In other coaching bonus news, Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com reported today that recently departed Northern Illinois coach will miss out on a $100,000 bonus for leading Northern Illinois to the Orange Bowl. Don't shed a tear for Doeren, though, as he received a raise from $400,000 to $1.8 million in leaving for N.C. State.

Nick Saban is in line for the biggest bonus of all BCS-bound coaches. The Crimson Tide head coach could make $400,000 with a win over Notre Dame. Louisville's Charlie Strong will receive a total of $291,667 for leading the Cardinals to the Sugar Bowl. Will Muschamp is due a bonus of $100,000, while Chip Kelly will get $50,000, Bill Snyder will receive $40,000 and Jimbo Fisher will earn $20,000. Fisher will root for major rankings chaos to benefit is 12th-ranked Seminoles, as he could earn an extra $100,000 if Florida State finishes in the top 5. 

The contracts for Notre Dame's Brian Kelly and Stanford's David Shaw are not public. 

Big East releases 2013 home-away schedules

After months and months of musical chairs, it's finally here. For all intents and purposes, the Big East is now a 12-team football league that stretches from Connecticut to Boise in the north and Orlando to San Diego in the south. 

On the field, there figures to be true intrigue in the latest incarnation of Big East football. Tommy Tuberville will debut at Cincinnati, and Willie Taggart returns home to South Florida. UCF and USF will renew the underrated I-4 Rivalry. Charlie Strong and Teddy Bridgewater will look to mount a national title chase at Louisville, while Rocky Long will look to build on an impressive 2012 season in Year 3 of his tenure. 

The conference has yet to sort out exactly when these games will be played, but here's how the home-road slate will shake out.

East Division

Central Florida - HOME: Connecticut, Rutgers, Houston, South Florida. AWAY: Cincinnati, Louisville, SMU, Temple

Cincinnati - HOME: Boise State, Central Florida, Connecticut, Louisville. AWAY: Memphis, Rutgers, San Diego State, South Florida

Connecticut - HOME: Louisville, Rutgers, San Diego State, South Florida. AWAY: Central Florida, Cincinnati, SMU, Temple

Louisville - HOME: Central Florida, Memphis, Rutgers, San Diego State. AWAY: Boise State, Cincinnati, Connecticut, South Florida

Rutgers - HOME: Cincinnati, Houston, South Florida, Temple. AWAY: Boise State, Central Florida, Connecticut, Louisville

South Florida - HOME: Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, SMU. AWAY: Central Florida, Connecticut, Houston, Rutgers.

West Division

Boise State - HOME: Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers. AWAY: Cincinnati, San Diego State, SMU, Temple.

Houston - HOME: Memphis, San Diego State, SMU, South Florida. AWAY: Boise State, Central Florida, Rutgers, Temple.

Memphis - HOME: Cincinnati, San Diego State, SMU, Temple. AWAY: Boise State, Houston, Louisville, South Florida.

San Diego State - HOME: Boise State, Cincinnati, SMU, Temple. AWAY: Connecticut, Houston, Louisville, Memphis.

SMU - HOME: Boise State, Central Florida, Connecticut, Temple. AWAY: Houston, Memphis, San Diego State, South Florida.

Temple - HOME: Boise State, Central Florida, Connecticut, Houston. AWAY: Memphis, Rutgers, San Diego State, SMU. 

Ryan Day, another example of why you should always leave on good terms

During the busiest time of the year in terms of coaching turnover, we're occasionally reminded of a situation where one coach leaves for another school and doesn't leave on the best terms, whether that's with the players he leaves behind or the fan base in general. Other times, coaches handle the situation perfectly, like when Ryan Day left Boston College to become the co-offensive coordinator at Temple back in February.

However, after two seasons in Philadelphia, Steve Addazio made the decision to take the Boston College job. Considering Day's recent ties with the BC program, bringing him back for a homecoming of sorts was a no brainer for Addazio. 

Day's familiarity with what Boston College can offer recruits and their families, as well as his familiarity with the administration and on the field personnel that they inherit will prove to be a huge asset for Addazio and the rest of his staff.

Upon his arrival back in Boston, Day explained to a few players that leadership and getting the team to live up to a certain standard that is going to be expected of everyone is going to play a huge role in their sucess as a team, and as an offense. He also explained his plan to build relationships to Boston.com so that the staff is able to "coach players hard". 

“We’re going to coach these guys as hard as we possibly can, with everything that we have. In order to do that, that relationship’s got to be built. They’ve got to have trust in you that you love them, that you care about them, that you have their best interests at heart." 

“If that’s not there, then it’s hard to coach real hard. It’s hard to be in their face, it’s hard to create conflict, because there’s no trust between the player and the coach. 

Those relationships, whether its coach to coach, or coach to player are what really matter, and Day having the opportunity to return to the program on a good note with the players that he helped recruit and a program that he helped build is a great illustration of that idea. If he had left on bad terms, rebuilding those relationships would prove to be much more difficult. 

Coaching is a crazy profession, and you never really know where you might end up. For that reason, it's always important to ensure that, if you decide to leave for another opportunity, you leave the place on good terms with the players that you recruited or formed relationships with, and the administration who gave you the opportunity. 

USA Today provides flashback look at college coaches in high school

The people over at USA Today put together an entertaining look back at a handful of current college coaches during their high school days that is definitely worth a few minutes of flipping through.

Follow this link to view the piece.

A couple of the coaches included are; Chip Kelly, Steve Spurrier, Frank Solich, Dan Mullen, Les Miles, Lane Kiffin, and Brady Hoke.

A few of the pictures include a nice little nugget of info from their high school days, including Chip Kelly's senior quote of "Some people walk to work, others bring their lunch," as well as some other interesting tidbits.


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