Hoke: Complacency is dangerous

Brady Hoke met with the media to talk about spring practices yesterday and was asked about how his coaching philosophy with the interior defensive line may change after graduating some veterans.

Hoke explained that he had changed his coaching philosophy briefly as an assistant in 1998, coming off of a national championship with three returning starters, and complacency set in.

"I didn't do a good job as a coach sticking with the basics in a progression that you want, and an expectation that you need to have, and I have promised myself since then that I wouldn't do it again."

Hoke said his biggest regret was that he didn't coach them hard enough the following year, and their loss to Syracuse opened his eyes to the complacency.

High school coaches impressed with Saban's clinic

Don Kausler Jr., a writer for several outlets in Alabama, caught up with a few high school coaches following Alabama's high school coaching clinic late last week, and found that the coaches were very impressed with the quality and content of the camp. 

Alot of the coaches commented on the organization, enthusiasm and intensity of the practices.

"It's apparent when they let us watch practice that it isn't clinic talk," Brentwood HS safeties coach Clint Finch said. "They don't say one thing and then coach another."

Finch said that one thing in particular that Saban preached that he will carry with him is the old adage that "If you're not coaching it, you're letting it happen". He explained that alone was worth the price of admission.

Other coaches in attendance commented on the high quality speakers (Lou Holtz and Bill Parcells were among the guest speakers), and the attention to the small details that the staff has during drills.

These boys are gettin' after it

This video comes to us from Pikeville (NAIA - KY). Do yourself a favor and watch some of this and see how these guys are gettin' after it.

We happen to love what takes place from the 30 second mark through about the 1 minute mark. Straight up, man vs. man who wants it more.

High School - OL & DL drill tape

The staff at Cardinal Gibbons high school (FL), took a camera and their offensive and defensive lines out for some linemen specific drills and conditioning recently.

The result is a very well done video with plenty of good drills.

If you listen to the music carefully, you'll catch some well placed whistles that blend into the video nicely.

Winter workouts: "We're done before you wake up"

Ron Thomson, the head strength and conditioning coach at Buena Vista (D-III - IA) has the guys pushing, pulling, lifting and even carrying large tractor tires in groups of four during their off season workouts .

Scattered through the good content in the video are a few sayings that the players and staff use at Buena Vista including, "We are done before you wake up". That's some solid t-shirt slogan material.

The video below was shot on "wear your favorite jersey day" during the off season workout program...and we couldn't help but notice the Dennis Rodman jersey choice. Great stuff.

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