"We grade the performance, not the person"

Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mark Snyder was asked yesterdat how he manages to keep things light and fun at practice and how that has played a role in the team's success this season.

Snyder answered by explaining, "We're all in this together, and it starts at the top with Kevin (Sumlin)."

"Kids have got to trust you nowadays...times are different. They just are, even with my girls. They have to know that you care about them, you have to have a little fun, and you have to keep it real with them. I think players respond to that at all levels. That give me an opportunity, when it is time to put the foot down, I can do that, and they don't take it personal."

Then he added, "We're grading the performance, not the person. That's the key."

If your a coaching staff that hands out performance based grades, or breaks down film with the whole team after your games, that point may be something worth touching on before you hit "play" next time. Good stuff.

Friday TV - Pac 12 game featured

Pac 12 action is featured tonight with Steve Sarkisian's Huskies taking on Jeff Tedford's Golden Bears.

Eastern time is listed.


No games


Washington at California - 9 - ESPN2

High School:

Camden County (GA) vs. Lowndes (GA) - 8 - ESPNU

Big Ten coaches approve of new NCAA penalty system

In case you missed it, the NCAA approved of a new penalty structure earlier this week. In a nutshell, the NCAA has dumped its major and secondary-violation system in favor of a new four-level grouping and, most importantly, holding a head coach accountable for violations committed by an assistant. See the original reporting from USA Today and our write-up about the bylaw changes. Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated does a good job of explaining everything in layman's terms here

Several Big Ten coaches gave their thoughts on the rules changes to the Chicago Tribune

"Throughout history," Ohio State's Urban Meyer said, "the only way to keep civilization and to keep things in order is to have very strong rules and enforce them."

"The way coaches act when they are on the road (recruiting) is a direct reflection of the head coach," Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald said. "At the end of the day, the buck stops with the head coach.

"It's been frustrating for a lot of coaches trying to do it the right way," Wisconsin's Bret Bielema said.

The NCAA's changes were well received, but it always helps to have the endorsement of some of the biggest names in college football. 

Tulane's on-campus stadium (with video)

This is happening...and is a great thing for Tulane's program.

Rick Dickson, Tulane's athletic director, is holding a press conference right now at which he is introducing some of the largest donors to the project.

The stadium will be named "Yulman Stadium" after the founders of Serta Corportation (mattress company) who donated $15 million of the total $55 million needed for the stadium. Two NFL owners, Tom Benson of the Saints and Malcolm Glazer of the Bucs are some of the larger donors and as you will see in the video below, their names will be on the field (Benson) and part of the club area (Glazer Family).

Happy to see this coming to fruition for Tulane.

Grad Assistants gettin' after each other

The staff at Jacksonville State sent us this one.

Grad assistants Jimmy Welker (played on 2007 LSU National Championship team) and Brandt Thomas (all-OVC defensive tackle at JSU) have a friendly rivalry type relationship that many coaches have. They often challenge each other and the staff and players all enjoy it...and they do as well. 

Yesterday, the two got together for a little "Halloween Havoc"...yes, they put on the pads and helmets and went one on one in the box drill! 

The smile on Jack Crowe's face at the end tells you all you need to know. This was all in the name of fun and the staff and players all got a kick out of it.  Watch and enjoy!

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