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Video: Kliff Kingsbury reads flattering tweets about Kliff Kingsbury

Hearing other people talk about how hot Kliff Kingsbury is has become pretty played out by now... but it's pretty different when he says it about himself. 

Three and out: Bookmark this page, CNN wants us to eat dogs, and will you be my butler?

Scott: The folks at TideSports.com have provided a handy recruiting calendar from Aug. 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015. Chances are this is not secretive information throughout your office, but it's not a bad idea to bookmark for quick access.

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Check it out.


Doug: I saw this puzzling, and extremely disturbing, tweet from @CNN (3.4 million followers) yesterday and couldn't believe what I was reading. As a proud dog owner, I was (and remain) disgusted. If they were going for the "shock-and-awe" factor, they definitely hit it.

Zach: It's not timely, it won't help your job, but dadgumit if it isn't interesting - What's it like to be a billionaire's butler?

Inspirational Video: Beyond Limits

It's Thursday, which means Friday is just around the corner. You may find yourself in need of a pep talk to make it through the remainder of the week.

Thank goodness to the good folks over at Linfield (D-III - OR) who know a thing or two about providing inspiration. Here's your daily dose.

Linfield is an impressive 53-6 over the past five seasons, and is ranked as the preseason #4 team by D3football.com heading into this fall. The video includes footage from those last five highly successful years.

Offensive line coaches will love this

Hey Bob Wylie, what do offensive line coaches have in common with mushrooms?

“They keep us in the dark, feed us s— and expect us to grow,” he says. “We’re fungus, basically.”

Wylie has been coaching offensive linemen for three and a half decades at 16 different stops across college football, the NFL and CFL, where he is in the midst of his first season as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' offensive line coach. In addition to his duties in the fall (or summer, now), every May for the past 19 years Wylie has run the Coaches of Offensive Linemen (COOL) clinic in Cincinnati. 

Greg Bedard of theMMQB.com profiled the COOL clinic and the coaches who frequent it this week, and it's an interesting outsider perspective into clinic culture. For instance, anyone who has been to a sizable clinic can certainly appreciate this observation, "These sessions, normally conducted out of sight of media and very much off the record, are like traveling carnivals. You’ll smell cookies being baked in the hallway, bait to get a coach to hear a sales pitch on uniforms, pads, game-film programs, books, etc." 

What began in the Bengals' offensive line room in the early 1980's has transformed into a full-fledged operation - complete with mushroom logos (what else?) plastered throughout - with more than 400 attendees every May. COOL clinic veterans say there isn't a better place to talk offensive line in the country. "It's the best, by far," said Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren. 

COOL clinic tradition reserves a speaking spot for the offensive line coach of the defending champions in college (Friday) and the NFL (Saturday). Cable couldn't make it, but Florida State's Rick Trickett provided this gem on making his players swap positions: “Those tackles do not like going back in to guard, I can promise you that. They think they have their stuff down. They go inside and they say, ‘Stuff happens a lot faster.’ Well, no s—. Try playing center. They like it outside. Of course they do. Any moron can play tackle. It’s all man on man out there. How complicated is that?”

You probably won't learn anything from the writing given the audience it was written for, but Bedard's article is an excellent homage to offensive line coaches, their rough exterior undercut by their love for each other.

Check it out.

Chuck Martin: "Not many people are selling you a good ass-kicking these days"

 

New Miami (OH) head coach Chuck Martin sat down with Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports recently, with the main focus to explain why he left one of the most highly regarded coordinator positions in college football (as the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame), to become the head coach at Miami University, who had just wrapped up a winless 0-12 season, going 0-8 in the MAC.

On top of all of that, Miami finished 105th or worse nationally in scoring (124th), rushing offense (116th), passing offense (121st), total offense (124th), scoring defense (107th), rush defense (113th), pass defense (105th) and total defense (115th) by the end of the season. I could go on and on about their dismal stats last year, but more importantly, Martin took at $200,000 pay cut when he accepted the job.

For a program known for its "Cradle of Coaches", the program had certainly seen better times. When asked why he decided to take the job, Martin jokingly noted "I'm just a little bit off."

"I took a significant pay cut. Not small. Significant. That's where you have to be a little bit off." 

"That's part of that is the allure in doing this. A reporter came up to me after I took the job and honestly asked me, 'Do you think you can get this turned around?'" Martin responded, "Based on my last job and my last pay, if I can't then I am the dumbest person on the planet."

In all seriousness, Martin has no shortage of confidence in him and his staff's ability to get things turned around at Miami. It's a place with a rich football tradition and with a history of some of the most successful coaches in football, and it should really be primed for success.

Wetzel points out that Martin is so confident that he can see big success in the MAC that he's already pitching recruits on the potential of playing in the NFL. I doubt that many MAC programs are effectively using that as a recruiting pitch, and Martin has successful NFL players from his time at winning national titles at Grand Valley (D-II - MI) as a testament to his word. When one of Maimi's verbal commits flipped to Rutgers, citing the opportunity to play in a major conference like the Big Ten, Martin's response oozed confidence in him and his staff.

"The highest level is the NFL. If you think they can get you to the NFL more than me, then go play there." Martin told the recruit, who then flipped back to Miami.

That's just part of his unique recruiting pitch.

"Here's what's in it for you if you come to Miami: I'm going to kick your ass every day." Martin added. "If you don't want that, then that's fine. I'm good. Not many people are selling you a good ass-kicking these days."

Read Wetzel's full piece will coach Martin here. It's well worth your time.

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