Inside Scoop: Arizona's staff on the recruiting trail
Arizona's director of on campus recruiting / player personnel Matt Dudek joined us this afternoon to talk about how the staff is doing on the road. Dudek says they have 7 guys out spending as much time as possible with local high school coaches "laying down roots in Arizona".
Dudek and director of football operations Mike Parrish spent a few days earlier this week traveling to Eugene and to Palo Alto doing some advance planning for their first trips into Autzen and Stanford Stadium this season. We joked about it raining while they were in Eugene; but in all honesty Eugene, OR is a beautiful place (especially in the Summer).
Nothing wrong with the scenery on Arizona's campus either though! For those looking to follow Matt on Twitter, you can find him @AZ_Matty_D
Saints & Mayor of New Orleans support Tulane's effort
Around 2pm today the New Orleans city council voted 4-2 to require an "Interim Zoning District (IZD) Hearing" that would at the very least delay Tulane's plans to break ground on their new on campus stadium (ground breaking was planned for January 2013).
Immediately the Mayor of New Orleans announced that he opposed the IZD (but stopped short of saying he'd veto it). The Saints late this afternoon issued a statement in support of Tulane's plan to build on campus:
The New Orleans Saints wholeheartedly support plans to build a new stadium on the Tulane University campus. Our team knows firsthand that strong fan support can make a tremendous difference on the playing field. But most importantly, it builds community spirit and cohesiveness and allows New Orleans and Tulane University the unique opportunity to showcase not only our great city but this great school. And add to that the positive economic impact it can have on our local economy.
It is our hope that all issues can be resolved to allow the Green Wave to return home, where it belongs.
Glad to see Benson and the Saints voicing their support for Tulane football.
Around 5pm tonight the Mayor let it be known that he would veto the IZD if the city council adopts it (after the hearing in a few months).
In our opinion it's truly unfortunate that this was allowed to happen. Tulane football needs a boost the new stadium would provide. Let's all hope it gets done.
Tulane's on campus stadium plans hit a snag
Tulane Football hired Curtis Johnson earlier this year and announced plans for a new on campus stadium. A lot of positive energy was happening uptown New Orleans for a program that has had a number of down years.
Unfortunately, reports out of New Orleans say the plans for the stadium hit a snag today.
Here's the short summary as we understand it.
First, it would be a tremendous boost to the program if they were to be able to build a new stadium on campus; and it was our understanding that they had already received commitments for most of the money necessary to fund the new stadium.
Fairly recently, the city council began considering a new motion that would make it more challenging for Tulane, or theoretically anyone else looking to build a stadium in a residential part of the city, to gain the necessary approvals to do so.
There was a meeting today at which the University President, athletic administration, football and basketball staff and hundreds of local supports voiced their opposition to the proposed motion; but apparently their pleas were unsuccessful as the motion was passed 4-2.
Hard for us to tell if this effectively kills the project or simply delays it; but here's part of what WWLTV.com reported:
The ordinance prohibits "the construction or expansion to existing structures of any building or facility within college and university campuses that will result in a building or facility in excess of 250,000 square feet of gross floor area and will cover a footprint of more than 50,000 square feet within any residential zoning district..."
After the vote, Tulane President Scott Cowen called this "another hurdle"; but Todd Graffagnini, the "Voice of Tulane Athletics" (and a very good guy) went off on twitter saying, "embarrassed and ashamed to be a New Orleanian today" and "My blood is literally starting to boil right now."
Clearly a setback for Tulane and new head coach Curtis Johnson. Hopefully, just a speed bump though, they need this.
Inside Scoop: Ron Roberts - Eval meetings & Summer plans
Southeastern Louisiana head coach Ron Roberts joins us today. Roberts shares his thoughts on how he handles end of Spring evaluation meetings with his players and talks about some of the staffs plans to visit with some NFL staffs and other college staffs this Summer.
UW Whitewater: The making of a Champion
Great video here from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater highlighting their journey as they captured their third straight Stagg Bowl (and fourth in five years) over Mount Union 13-10 last season.
This is a team that currently has the longest winning streak of any division at 45 games, with no sign of slowing down. Lance Leipold and the staff up there have done an outstanding job and this video does a great job of capturing their journey.
Some really good content from the coaching staff and players throughout the clip.
Cribs Tour: Ole Miss indoor facility
Ole Miss just released another video in their Rebel Life series. This one focuses on their indoor facility.
A couple current players lead the tour and cover every inch of the facility including their meeting rooms, the training room, Hugh Freeze's office, as well as the locker room and equipment room to show off their gear. Very good inside look at the program.
Jerry Kill wins quote of the month
Jerry Kill shared his approach on living life to its fullest during a visit to Richfield High School yesterday.
His message had an old school, common sense theme that was handed down to him from his father. Kill hammered home the importance of surrounding yourself with good people with the following gem.
"Surround yourself with good people...My dad used to have the saying, 'You hang around with turds, you'll finish third.'"
We could't have possibly said it any better.
Mike Riley shares thoughts on his staff
Mike Riley and Oregon State added two assistants this off season in secondary coach Rod Perry and graduate assistant linebackers coach Trent Bray, and Riley praises each after their spring game and talks about what they bring to the table.
Riley says the great thing about having Perry on staff is that he's seen every type of system and coverage ever ran (24 seasons coaching in the NFL has that kind of advantage). "Tony Dungy called him one of the best secondary teachers he has ever been around" Riley added.
Trent Bray returned to his alma mater as a graduate assistant after working his way from a grad assistant to a full time role as the linebackers coach at Arizona State from 2009-2011.
Riley says Bray is a great coach already at a young age, and he's focusing on all the right things. "A lot of guys get into this profession and they like it because they get a car and a nice office and all that. But guys that like football and like studying and like to learn to teach it better and better, those are the real coaches, and that's what Trent is."