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Coaches buying into Twitter

 

 

Recently, Arkansas' John L. Smith and defensive assistants Steve Caldwell and Kevin Peoples, along with running backs coach / recruiting coordinator Tim Horton joined the Twitter world.

Smith says that social media allows them to get closer with the fan base. “I think taking ourselves as a university and a program out to the people more is a challenge that we all have to embrace and do as a staff."

Since starting his account, many of Smith's tweets have been aimed at fulfilling that message. Many of his tweets are to update his followers with construction progress on the new HD video boards going up in the stadium and the field turf going down on the practice fields.

According to Matt Jones of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, director of football operations Mark Robinson urged them all broaden their social media perspective to aid in recruiting.

“You can actually carry on a conversation with a guy and it’s legal for us recruiting-wise. The coaches all have Facebook accounts. You’ve got to be able to Facebook. You’ve got to be able to Twitter. It’s today’s world.” Smith explained.

 

 

 




Video: Day 1 of Summer Workouts at Baylor

It's that time of year...happening everywhere...Summer workouts are beginning!

For those that miss it, here's a look at Baylor's workout yesterday.




Sark: An interview like no other

Michael King of King5.com sat down with Coach Sarkisian in an interview you've got to see for yourself.

Sark is asked about everything ranging from the origin of his last name, to what he'd be doing if he weren't coaching, the best advice he got from Pete Carroll, and even his favorite Disney Princess.

Yes, you read that last one right.

Plenty more in the video, as well as Sark's serious side talking about the impact that cancer has had on him and his family.




Video tour: Nice D-III facilties

Owings Mills, Maryland is home to Stevenson University and a football program entering their second season fielding a team.

In their first home contest, Stevenson won a 46-43 double overtime thriller, and finished the season 2-8 while fielding a roster of all freshman.

The future looks bright for head coach Ed Hottle and the program, which has some of the nicer small college facilities in the region. The locker room takes up 4,500 square feet and includes 126 lockers, including some handed down directly from the Baltimore Ravens facility. The weight room is also located within the stadium on the third floor and measures 6,500 square feet complete with 12 power racks. The stadium itself also has 444 club level seats reserved for season ticket holders, which in itself is uncommon amongst D-III schools

The top two floors house the Presidents box and press box, both of which are very impressive.




Raising Canes: In the film room

Jimmy Johnson returned to Coral Gables to address the team on the day before their spring game in the latest installment of "Raising Canes". 

Johnson's message to the team was how conditioning and competitiveness impacts your production as a player. Those two areas were major improvements over what Johnson had observed during his visits last season.

After the spring game, the cameras go inside the film room to get Golden reviewing film with the team and pointing out some guys on specific plays that did a heck of a job.

"You hear it all the time, especially in this generation. 'I want to make plays, I want to be a play maker'. We always say to the kids, 'earn the right', it's no different than when we say 'Deserve Victory', nobody is guaranteed victory, but you can deserve victory, it's the same thing with being a play maker." Golden then goes on to further explain what being a playmaker means to him and his staff.

Plenty more great content from Golden, and the Hurricanes below.

 

 

 




Mic'd up at Mizzou

Alex Grinch joined Missouri's staff back in December after spending three seasons at Wyoming coaching the secondary. This spring was Grinche's first working with the safeties, and marks his second tour of duty at Mizzou after working as a grad assistant from 2002-2004. 

The clip below has Grinch coaching his guys up on their technique and a few of the players weigh in on what it's like to play under him.




GA of the Day - Jon Bills (Western Kentucky)

A few months ago, Jon Bills was working for the Mets. Yes, the New York Mets. Now he's the offensive grad assistant at Western Kentucky. How's that happen? First, you have a passion to coach. Second, you rely upon your work ethic and relationships you have built over years to help you get your foot in the door. Third, as we all know, it takes some "good timing" (sometimes referred to as "good luck"). 

Watch Coach Bills to you his story and hear which coaches he credits with helping mold him. 




Video tour of Mississippi State's new facility

Construction is well under way (but as you will see, there is still a long way to go) at Mississippi State on a new football facility that will house a team dining area, the hall of fame, state of the art weight room for the football and baseball teams, and the coaches offices, where each coach will have a view of the practice field. 

Director of football operations Jon Clark leads the tour of the facilities and helps to paint a good picture of how things will look when the dust settles.