Stephens will be recommended as the next head coach at Walton high school in Florida and he says that it would be a welcome change for him on both a personal and professional level. “I’ve been miserable the last couple of years, I just felt like it was time for a change.”
“After spending 20 years in college football, it was a good 20 years, it was a great run, but I think I’ve gotten to the point now where I want to matter” Stephens said. “I feel like, by going back to high school coaching and being the head coach myself and doing my thing the way I believe in doing things and making a difference in young people’s live...I’m not sure you can get much of that done at the college level." he added.
Going from the major college level to high school is quite the change, but it sounds to us like Coach Stephens is doing it for all the right reasons. It's a nice reminder that titles mean very little compared to the legacy that coaches have the opportunity to leave in their players lives.
A local reporter asked Bo Pelini how he measures toughness in a recruit, "Part of it is simply finding guys who do things the right way, you also look for guys who step up in big parts of the game, and guys who handle adversity." he responded.
Pelini added that while it is important that you do your homework and ask people surrounding the recruit, you also have to ask the right questions. That is why Pelini has enlisted the help of a firm of research professionals to help his staff ask the right questions and evaluate recruits more efficiently.
"They're working to help us to not only ask the right questions, but teach us what to listen for when we ask the questions and get more insight in the limited amount of time we're with recruits," Pelini said of the researchers. He added that the most important aspect is knowing what key words and reactions to assess as you ask the questions.
Pelini hopes to have half of their 2013 recruiting class in place by the end of the summer.
First year head coach Justin Fuente and Memphis start spring practices today at 4pm. Fuente met with the media yesterday to talk about how things have been going since his arrival, and his expectations for going into spring ball.
Fuente says that they have broken up the bulk of practices into three main segments. They will go the first five days, then evaluate the progress over their spring break and then regroup and adjust schemes and personnel as necessary for the next five days of practice, and then focus on finishing strong with the last five days.
Coach Fuente said that it was awkward when they first broke up for position meetings and he "just stood there with nothing to do" and had to stop himself from going into the quarterbacks meeting. He said there is going to be lot of those moments in the spring and fall where he is so conditioned to going to a certain drill at a certain time during practice because that's what he has done the past decade.
"Our objective (for spring ball) is the health of the team, the knowledge base, teaching them how to practice and prepare" Fuente said about what their focus will be. "There are no 1's and 2's at this point". Fuente stressed the importance of this because when the freshman report in the fall, he wants the upperclassmen to teach those expectations to the new guys, which is a luxury he doesn't have now.
Lessons learned in the first 3 weeks as a head coach
Since taking over, Flood has had a few lessons really stick out to him. “The fastest lesson you’ll learn is you don’t know what you don’t know. Every day things come up and you go, 'OK, I didn’t think about that.’ ”
Flood said that the biggest lesson that he learned under Schiano was to keep his kids around as much as possible. "Greg's kids were always in the office, always running around. The F.A.M.I.L.Y. atmosphere is not just with the players. It was about the coaches and their families, too. That was a lesson he didn't need to tell me because I watched him live it when he was here.”
Coach Flood will be adding one more member to that family atmosphere soon, with his wife expecting to deliver a baby boy this weekend.