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Hell Week at Miss State

Matt Balis met with members of the media recently to talk about off season training and their version of the Navy Seals Hell Week.

Balis said that Hell Week isn't something that they implement in their first week, because there is no way that the athletes bodies would be prepared. Their version took place in week 3, after two weeks of off season conditioning.

One reporter even asked Balis to estimate how many gallons of vomit accumulated during Hell Week...Balis responded by saying that it was more about the mental challenges throughout the week than it was the physical aspect. Numerous team building activities, competitive cardio routines, and early morning wake ups (on top of their regular daily schedules) made the mental preparation just as important to the strength staff.

Balis says that they assign a strength coach to the early enrollees to help them get them get acclimated to their techniques and expectations early on in the process.

NFL Sounds - Great interaction between refs, Coughlin and big Vince

Got to love having guys mic'd up.

From the Superbowl...early in the game, the Giants were driving and on a critical Brandon Jacobs run for a first down, the refs called holding and the drive stalled. On TV, the call appeared questionable. 

After listening to Vince Wilfork, the call was simply wrong. Watch this video (from about the 1:20 mark - the 2:30 mark) and you'll see how the refs saw it and discussed it, then the call, then you'll hear Coughlin's reaction...then the refs ask Vince who let's them know they got that one wrong, "but as much as you guys miss, I deserve one now". Love it.

Ferentz talks about staff changes

Kirk Ferentz met with the media yesterday to talk about a few of the recent staff changes.

Ferentz compared the defensive coordinator search to a prospect trying to decide what school to attend, and further shared his thought process with the media saying that he "didn't see an advantage to moving quickly unless you have to".

When asked whether he had given any thought to his son (Patriots tight ends coach) Brian joining the staff, Ferentz said that they are "open to anything, and anyone out there" that can further help the program.

The clip below is a good four minute cut up with the highlights from the presser yesterday.

How Sark got Tosh Lupoi to say yes

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times visited with several of the UW assistants today. 

In the video below you'll see and hear Lupoi describe being recruited by Sark (and saying no a few times). He says Sark worked on him for about 2 weeks...selling UW to him, the alumni base, the tradition at UW, etc..."it wasn't really about the deal that was offered". 

Lupoi's a great recruiter...never even used the word "money" in the interview. Impressive.

Video: Meet a few of Tennessee's new assistants

A few of Tennessee's new assistant coaches sat down with the Tennessee media for the first time earlier today.

New additions Charlie Coiner (special teams / tight ends), Jay Graham (running backs), Sam Pittman (offensive line), and John Palermo (defensive line) all took some time to answer some questions about their new roles.

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