GA of the Day - Mike Saint Germain (Virginia)

Mike Saint Germain joined the Virginia football staff just before Spring football after coaching three years at Franklin & Marshall (D-III - PA). Saint Germain, who played offensive line at Lafayette, coached the defensive line at Franklin & Marshall; but he's back working with the offensive line (and tight ends) at UVA. 

The coaches at UVA tell us they are very impressed with Saint Germain's work ethic and knowledge of "how to teach". He's coached at the high school level and at the D-III level and now Saint Germain is working in the ACC. Watch the video and you'll hear him tell you the differences...but; at the end of the day, coaching is coaching. 

Remember the name, Mike Saint Germain. We think he's going to be in this profession for a long time. 

Athletic Director salaries

USA Today released salary figures for most of the FBS athletic directors earlier today, and flipping through the data, we found a few things worth noting.

Washington State's Bill Moos. who led the quickest search for a head football coach this past season when he pulled the trigger on Coach Leach, ranks in the bottom half of Pac-12 athletic director salaries provided at $455,000. Only Chris Hill (Utah - $400,000) and Lisa Love (former Arizona State AD - $448,000).

The highest paid AD in the country is Vanderbilt's David Williams, who also serves as the University's general counsel and is a tenured law professor. His salary is listed at above $2.56 million.

The next closest to that is Florida's Jeremy Foley who makes $1.54 million. Louisville's Tom Jurich ($1.42 million), Texas' DeLoss Dodds (just under $1.1 million), and Ohio State's Gene Smith ($1.07) round out the top 5 highest paid athletic directors listed.

Presenting an average doesn't always make sense; but in this case, after eyeballing USA Today's data, most FBS athletic directors seem to be making between $350,000 and $650,000. 

Ohio State giving out iPads to student athletes

After recognizing an impressive 548 student athletes for achieving above a 3.0 GPA, Ohio State has decided to enhance and support the student athlete experience by providing iPads.

“The use of iPads will allow us to find creative and innovative ways to enhance our tutoring and mentoring services for student-athletes. The iPads will be preloaded with athletics department materials currently provided to student-athletes in paper or book form and will be available to students throughout their academic careers.” Dr. David Graham, Ohio State assistant Provost for academic success explained.

Starting in the fall, the University will provide 500 iPads with the goal to provide all student athletes (about 1,100) with one within the next two years. The iPads will be issued to student athletes and retrieved accordingly.

According to the official press release, the iPad will provide advantages to help with the challenges that student athletes face while traveling during the season, as well as other issues including:

- Enhanced learning through digital technology including e-textbooks, digital course materials and online course programming; this will build on and complement Student-Athlete Support Services’ initiative to create iBooks for courses relating to student-athletes

- Improved academic productivity during team travel, as students will have easy access to email, Carmen (Ohio State’s online course management system), Ohio State library databases, Pages and Numbers for word processing and spreadsheet creation, FaceTime, Skype and other tools that will enable coursework to be completed on the road

- Better access to content through applications (apps) that will help students engage with subject matter

-Increased time management and stronger study skills through apps designed to help college students manage their hectic schedules and workloads

- Better services for students with learning disabilities via assistive technology

- Stronger familiarity with the latest innovative technology that will prove valuable for student-athletes in the classroom as well as the 21st century workplaces they will join after graduation

Video: Communicating effectively

Jon Jancek took over as the defensive coordinator at Cincinnati back in January of 2010 and led one of the more dominant defenses in college football last season. Last year the Bearcats led the nation in tackles for loss (8.62 per game), was 2nd nationally in sacks (3.46 per game), and 9th in turnover margin (.92).

A large part of that success is how Jancek has focused on communicating with his players, which you see first hand in the clip below. 

"I have to communicate with them in a way that doesn't damage their self esteem, doesn't damage the type of person that they are, but they certainly leave practice, or after a game knowing what they did wrong, what's expected, what they did well, and continue to grow."

Jancek also talks about observing how his son's freshman coaching staff teaches and how that has helped him keep things in perspective as a coach.

Watch the turf get ripped out at Missouri

Back in February, Missouri athletic director Mike Alden told fans about a $1.5 million project that would transform the playing surface at the Faurot Field to include a larger midfield Tiger logo as well as the addition of SEC logo's.

Earlier today, Missouri released an inside look of the old stuff getting torn upover the past week. The new and improved surface should be rolled out soon.

The stadium without turf is an odd sight, considering in a few months the stadium will be packed with 70,000 fans when the Tigers open up with Southeastern Louisiana, followed immediately by two more home games against Georgia and Arizona State.

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