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Dantonio: The #1 thing is relationships

Listen to any of Mark Dantonio's press conferences this off season and you'll hear a consistent message that credits their success, in large part, to their ability to retain assistants.

As we have noted before, the defensive staff at Michigan State has been together for an impressive 9 seasons, dating back to their time at Cincinnati. Offensively, the staff has lost two guys that left to run their own programs in Dan Enos (Central Michigan) and Don Treadwell (Miami of Ohio). Not a bad 9 year stretch for staff retention.

"My mentality, my No. 1 goal, is to impact and influence and have relationships with our young people for the rest of their lives, that's it. Beyond that, everything else becomes window dressing. We're not naive to the fact that we have to win. We're not naive to the fact that we have to graduate our players, and we're doing those things."

"The No. 1 thing is the relationships. I think that you can't foster those relationships without continuity on your staff. And that speaks volumes about who our staff is. They're not just coaches, they're not just guns for hire." Dantonio explained.

Team Prowler pull-push

The guys at up at Villanova sent us a good team drill that they're using to give their guys an edge heading into this season.

Below is a clip of their pull-push sled drill that they have set up as a team relay competition. Enjoy.

Casteel: I lose sleep thinking of all the receivers

Jeff Casteel has admittedly lost some sleep thinking of all the receivers his unit is going to see in 2012, starting in fall camp and stretching through the Pac-12 season.

"Wide receivers are everywhere. That's a problem. I'm having trouble sleeping in the desert thinking about all of the guys we're going to have to face this fall. There is so much talent in the conference and they are all well-coached. You go from Oregon running up-tempo to Stanford grinding it out. You really see the full gambit."

If we had to guess, we'd say that Casteel has also spent some time late at night thinking of the deep talent pool that USC is working with at receiver as well.

While those not familiar with the 3-3-5 see it as a far cry from the more "traditional" defenses, Casteel offers a gentle reminder that football is simple at its core.

"Football is football. A little more gets made (of the 3-3-5) than there really is. It's not much different. It's an odd front, but it's still about getting off blocks and staying square and using your hands and getting people on the ground. Those are the things you focus on. If you are a good fundamentals team, you'll have a chance for success."




Video Tour: Miami's weight room

The guys at Athletic Strength and Power (also known as ASAP) got an in depth tour from Miami (OH) director of strength and conditioning coordinator Paul Harker recently that's worth a look.

This tour goes beyond just showing the weight room and talking about the square footage. Harker takes the time to talk about the versatility of their equipment and overall space, the challenges they face with the weight room not being connected to an indoor practice facility, and the reasoning behind why they do what they do.

Some really great stuff in here.

Oregon State's new Turf

Oregon State laid down some new turf in Corvallis for this season, but the designs at midfield and in the end zones are only temporary.

A few months ago, Oregon State reached out to Nike to research some possible changes to their logo, colors, and font. Because of the possible changes, the field is being outfitted with temporary logo's and font for this season, with any major branding changes to take place in the fall of 2013. Any permanent changes to the field will be made thereafter.

Along with the new playing surface going down, the Beavers are also getting Turf installed on their practice field, a change that head coach Mike Riley believes will be a game changer from a safety and preparation standpoint.

“This is an exciting project on many fronts. In reality, we aren’t able to use our practice facility to the extent we would like in its current form due to the field conditions in inclement weather; Turf opens up many options for us that haven’t been available, mainly giving us more practice space and the ability to be outdoors more often as well as adding a measure of safety for our student-athletes.”


GA of the Day - Joey Orck (Vanderbilt)

Some of the finest offensive line coaches we know rave about Vanderbilt offensive grad assistant Joey Orck as a coach, a friend and a mentor. Oh, and he receives a pretty good endorsement from his head coach in this video as well (about the 1:30 mark).

Spend some time with the Vanderbilt staff (as I have) and you'll come away very impressed...and Orck will be one of the guys you remember. Great guy, hard working, cares deeply about the program and his group of players. 

In the video Orck describes the transition from Bobby Johnson to Robbie Caldwell (and Herb Hand) and then to James Franklin and how the University treated the grad assistants. Never an easy situation; but what Orck describes seems like fair treatment under the circumstances. Glad it worked out the way it did. 

NFL: Sideline and end zone views now available

The NFL announced late last week that a new camera angle, appropriately named "All 22", would become available for fans to purchase through NFL.com's Game Rewind package.

Prior to the decision to release the footage, the NFL surveyed subscribers to Game Rewind and found that “the level of interest in this product among those fans was off the charts, and that goes beyond coaches and sportswriters, where the interest is around 100%.”

According to the Game Rewind website, for $70 you can watch games complete with camera angles previously only available to NFL coaches and their scouting departments. The new angles will be made available after the game airs, and will allow you to see all 22 players on the field from both a sideline and end zone view.

Coaches interested in the new footage will appreciate the fact that the footage is cut up from snap to whistle, nothing in between. Just like watching it fresh from your video guys.

NFL general manager of digital media, Jeff Berman described the decision to release the new angles as "something to reward and engage our most passionate fans”.


"To the couple that has everything...Swing your Sword!"

So, recently Matthew McConaughey got married...actually had a three day long celebration (strong move). One of his guests at the wedding was none other than Mike Leach. 

Jump forward in the video below to the 3:30 mark and listen to McConaughey describe Leach giving he and his wife a Sword. The man never ceases to amaze.