"When I try to manage the team we don't get enough work done"
After their loss to 50-13 loss to Stanford, despite outgaining the Cardinal offensively (385-373), Duke head coach David Cutcliffe noted an issue that they had that traced back to camp, where they had to figure out how to manage a productive practice while missing 12 scholarship players.
Cutcliffe told SiriusXM's College Sports Nation, "Everytime I try to get in to managing our team, we don't get enough work done."
According to Cutcliffe, despite the final stat line, they were outplayed in nearly ever aspect of the game and encountered some issues that won't be resolved easily.
"So here's what you do. I told our staff and our squad, 'We're not goig to fix this in a day, we're not going to fix it in two days, but we better not give up a day at getting better.'"
"We're not going to go out there and kill them in a scimmage, but you can do a lot of one on one, live contact drills. We did a lot of scheme drills with our offensive and defensive lines and some live work with our perimeter people."
After losing a couple guys to injuries, Cut noted that they can't afford to lose any more.
"We're just to a point where we can't afford to lose players, we're playing give up if we do that," he explained. "I'm not going to give up a day of getting better, let alone a period."
From Harvard Law to coaching corners at West Virginia...and lovin' it
Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated documented the journey of West Virginia cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts from Harvard Law School...to working for Dana Holgorsen.
Great story about chasing a passion.
You can watch the full episode tonight on NBC Sports Network.
Norm Chow starting new tradition at Hawaii
At Norm Chow's previous coaching stops, one of the traditions he has really enjoyed has been the walk to the stadium with the team, walking through a few hundred fans and players having the opportunity to see their families before kickoff.
In the video, Chow describes the logistics behind the new tradition as well as why he feels it is important to implement.
Fitzgerald: I reminded them it's a $60,000 scholarship
A 2-0 start has Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald expecting more out his team. Much more.
In their 23-13 win against Vanderbilt last Saturday, Fitzgerald noted that there were some areas where they "didn't bring their big boy pads."
One of those areas was the pass game. Through two games the Wildcats are completing about 62% of their passes, and Coach Fitz has made it known that the receivers should be catching every ball that comes their way to make sure that number rises as the year progresses.
‘‘We’ve got to catch the football. I don’t care where the ball is thrown, that’s what we put them on scholarship for, and I reminded them it’s a $60,000 scholarship. Catch the ball.’’
This weekend the Wildcats welcome a team from ACC country in as they take on Boston College. A win would give the Wildcats victories against teams in three of the major conferences. So far their wins have come against teams from the Big East (Syracuse) and SEC (Vanderbilt).
Kelly: "We try to maximize our coaches"
In years past, Oregon's offensive staff has done an impressive job finding ways to utilize a unique player's entire skill set by lining him up at multiple positions.
Chip Kelly touched on how they go about coaching that during his press conference yesterday.
Kelly noted that in their offense it is important to maximize their coaches, which is why he takes the hybrid position players during individual position meetings.
"We try to maximize our coaches so that we don't have a kid that has to go the wide receivers meeting for 15 minutes and then run over to the running back meeting for 15 minutes." Kelly explained.
Butch Jones on Pitt win: I never felt more confident going into a first game
Well produced video here from Cincinnati's win over Pitt last week.
Some good locker room and sideline footage mixed in with the game highlights.
Butch Jones tells the team after the win, "I never felt more confident going into a first game than I did (this week)."
Leach: "That's a sure sign of a bad football team"
Last season, Washington State handled UNLV 59-7. The Cougs face the Rebels Friday at 9 on ESPN.
Leach was asked yesterday if the win last year makes his job more difficult from a motivational standpoint because of the way that they dominanted the Rebels in 2011.
"Well it shouldn't. First of all, any team that doesn't give the other team credit is out of their mind." he explained.
"That's just wrong, and short sighted, and a sure sign of a bad football team."
Wednesday TV - No games
No games tonight, but a few games scheduled tomorrow.