Pat Fitzgerald thinks the NCAA is going to kill two-a-days
After practice today Coach Fitz spent some time speaking with the local media. Fitz says he wants to look at ways to structure camp better next year to not burn out his guys.
Watch the video below and you definitely get the sense that he thinks the team is "sick and tired of practicing" by the time the first game rolls around and that then impacts how they play.
Fitz does acknowledge that they are undefeated in openers so he probably won't do anything drastic; but...
"Some of it was our passion...you operate on game day the way you create your habits during the week...it's happened every year when you get to that first game and guys are just sick and tired of practicing...it takes us the first half to get to the level of emotion that it needs to be at..."
"We got to play better in the opener...I got a feeling that we're going to get mandated by the NCAA to go to one-a-days anyway...I just anticipate that happening."
Just fyi, the wind kicks up after about the first 1:30 of this video and you can't hear much thereafter.
Sketching plays on napkins, pizza boxes
If you know Al Borges, you'll enjoy reading this.
If you've ever been furious when someone (perhaps even your mother in Borges' case) threw away one of your plays / napkins, you'll enjoy reading this.
Michael Rothstein of "Wolverine Nation" wrote a great article today about Borges' life. The article is filled with stories of Borges drawing up plays on anything...paper, napkins, pizza boxes, etc...
Borges shares his philosophy on scripting plays, having a handful of "bread-and-butter" plays for when you need them and the importance of footwork drills.
If you spend more time than you might want to admit drawing up plays, you definitely want to read this one.
33 year old, 2nd time HC, "I feel like I won the lottery"
Saturday, Kyle Sweeney will lead D-III Claremont-Mudd-Scripps onto the field for the first time when they play at Lewis & Clark.
Sweeney, 33, is a head coach for the second time. In 2007 and 2008 Sweeney served as the head coach at MacMurray College (IL). The past two seasons Sweeney was the defensive coordinator at the University of Chicago.
When asked about the opportunity to become the head coach at CMS (in southern california), Sweeney said, "I feel like I won the lottery." Sweeney noted that CMS, in regards to both athletics and academics, "Is very similar to the school I came from [University of Chicago]...and the weather is a whole lot better."
A California native, Sweeney played at Occidental before coaching at Illinois Wesleyan, Endicott College, MacMurray and the University of Chicago.
Sweeney retained four assistants from last year's staff and has brought in two new coaches as they look to build off of a 7-2 season last year, the best record the Stags' have had in nearly a decade.
Hunt together...Kill together
Texas Tech is off this weekend, looking ahead to playing at New Mexico in week 3. This past weekend they hosted and beat Texas State 50-10.
That game was new defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow's first in that role. The Red Raiders forced four turnovers in the second half and shutdown the Bobcats ability to throw the ball; but they gave up a bunch of yardage on the ground against a surprising option attack from Texas State.
Glasgow said his guys were caught off guard by the option based attack that Texas State came out with; but they made some adjustments and found ways to make plays.
Glasgow tells his guys to "Hunt together" and the players have added, "Kill together". We like that attitude.
First, he got married and they begin building their dream house...then Glasgow and TCU make a great run, win the Rose Bowl...then he wins the FootballScoop award...has twin sons...hired to be defensive coordinator at Texas Tech...puts "For Sale" sign on the house, the day it was finished...
Notre Dame at Michigan under the lights
Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison formerly held that same position at Notre Dame.
Saturday night, he'll participate in the first ever night game at Michigan.
Mattison on when he first went to Notre Dame, "I didn't really know what a big rivalry this was...[but] you're talking about two of the greatest schools in college football...they're aren't any better...it's Michigan, it's Notre Dame this is what it is."
Mattison, whose daughter was a 3 time All Big East softball player at Notre Dame, shares a great story about his guys stopping practice while he was at Notre Dame to listen to the loud speaker at the softball game (100 yards from the football practice field) to hear if she got a hit..."always had a really good practice when we heard her get a hit".
No TV Wednesday
Hang in there, only one more day...No live games tonight; but tomorrow we've got quality in both the NFL and college.
It's just one more day. You can do it.
SEC invites A&M; if Baylor doesn't sue
The SEC just sent us the following statement:
Statement from Dr. Bernie Machen, Chair, Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors:
After receiving unanimous written assurance from the Big 12 on September 2 that the Southeastern Conference was free to accept Texas A&M to join as a new member, the presidents and chancellors of the SEC met last night with the intention of accepting the application of Texas A&M to be the newest member of the SEC. We were notified yesterday afternoon that at least one Big 12 institution had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action. The SEC has stated that to consider an institution for membership, there must be no contractual hindrances to its departure. The SEC voted unanimously to accept Texas A&M University as a member upon receiving acceptable reconfirmation that the Big 12 and its members have reaffirmed the letter dated September 2, 2011.
And here is that letter from Dan Beebe, commissioner of the Big 12:
This is to confirm our discussion yesterday during which I informed you that the Big 12
Conference Board of Directors unanimously authorized me to convey to you and their colleagues
in the Southeastern Conference that the Big 12 and its members will not take any legal action for
any possible claims against the SEC or its members relating to the departure of Texas A&M
University from the Big 12 and the admission of Texas A&M into the SEC; provided, however,
that such act by the SEC to admit Texas A&M is publicly confirmed by 5:00 p.m. (CDT) on
September 8, 2011.
Such admission of Texas A&M will result in the withdrawal of Texas A&M from the Big 12
Conference effective June 30, 2012. We both agreed it is in the best interests of each of our
conferences and our member institutions of higher education to waive any and all legal actions
by either conference and its members resulting from admission of Texas A&M into the SEC, as
long as such admission is confirmed publicly by September 8, 2011.
If any of your presidents and chancellors have concerns about this commitment of the Big 12
Conference, they may contact me or Brady Deaton, Big 12 Board of Director chairman and
chancellor of the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Frank Beamer's new contract
200 wins at one university should earn you something more than a gold watch.
In Frank Beamer's case, it has. Actually, he's going for win 200 this Saturday; but we understand that the university administration was willing to take the leap of faith that he'd get there.
OK, so the details...
Under his existing deal, Beamer was set to earn just north of $2 million this season. His new agreement runs through December 31, 2016 and is truly an extension of his current agreement. Beginning January 1, 2013 Beamer will earn $2.3 million and will see that number grow by 5% (approximately $100,000) each year thereafter. The pool of available bonuses for postseason achievement did not change appreciably.
Beginning in 2013, either Virginia Tech or Beamer can end the contract with a simple ten day notice. Upon the end of the contract, Beamer would then become a "special assistant" to the athletic director and would earn $250,000 annually for eight years in this role.
Beamer is currently 64 and will be 70 when this agreement expires. Pretty good "retirement money" should he choose to do so.
Athletic director Jim Weaver said, "We wanted to do something that's right for the university, right for Frank and a way to say thank you for a terrific career."
Of the $2 million figure Beamer is set to earn this year, $285,000 is his base salary and the remainder is structured as a yearly "retention incentive".