Tim Beckman facing logistical headache with 2011 schedule
Toledo head coach Tim Beckman is facing a major challenge this year in regards to the Rockets’ schedule.
This season, Toledo will play two Tuesday night games, a Thursday night game, and three Friday night games.
This morning, Beckman told 990 AM The Sports Animal, “I guess I’m kind of an organizational freak. You have to be able to adjust and adapt. I take it just like a game as a defensive coordinator, being able to adjust and make a call.”
In other words, the logistics and practice scheduling become a pain in rear. The positive is the television exposure. In fact, Toledo will play eight games this season on television.
As Beckman said, “That’s a quite a few for a MAC, non-BCS football team.”
Toledo opens on a Thursday night against New Hampshire. The Rockets will play back-to-back Tuesday night games against Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. Boise State comes to town for a Friday night game. There are also back-to-back Friday night games against Central Michigan and Ball State to end the season.
FYI: In case you planned on attending the Toledo / Miami (OH) game on October 8, the game has been moved to October 22 to avoid a conflict with the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.
Ole Miss launches video in effort to create excitement of 2011 season
In effort to create excitement about the 2011 season, the Ole Miss athletic department has launched a new marketing video featuring senior tailback Brandon Bolden.
Bolden has a unique talent due to some nifty film editing. (See video below)
This is the first video Ole Miss has produced highlighting a specific player. In recent weeks, we have seen South Carolina and USC produce videos of similar nature.
In addition to the video, Ole Miss is also utilizing interstate billboard space throughout the state of Mississippi and around the Memphis, TN area to help generate anticipation of the season.
This year, Ole Miss doesn’t appear to have a national spotlight type of player such as Eli Manning, Patrick Willis, Mike Wallace, Michael Oher, or Dexter McCluster. One of the ways Ole Miss has tried to get fans to look forward to the season is publication of the 100 improvements that fans will see on game day this season inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
The schedule, from a fan’s perspective is pretty good as well. The home schedule begins with BYU on September 3, 2011. The other home games include Southern Illinois, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, LA Tech, and LSU.
Here’s the video of Bolden and his unique talent:
Edsall gets his own ice cream flavor named "Rockin' Randy"
After 74 career wins as a head coach, Randy Edsall finally has his own ice cream flavor.
The University of Marlyand on-campus ice cream parlor name The Dairy has created “Rockin’ Randy.”
Some media members have joked that since Edsall closed most of the spring practices, this was one way the team could create a buzz about the new head coach.
The flavor mixes vanilla chocolate chip ice cream with chocolate marble swirl, Reese’s, and Heath Bar pieces.
Sounds like a delightful concoction.
We have heard both Maryland graduate assistant coaches will be chillin’ in the film room during August practice with a bowl of “Rockin’ Randy.” Neither grad assistant will be allowed to coach on the field due to self-imposed penalties during the first sixteen practices.
We’ve yet to hear if Fridge has tried “Rockin’ Randy.”
QB boxing this summer in advance of brutal early season schedule
Tulsa enters their first season under new head coach Bill Blankenship, who served last season as the Golden Hurricanes’ special teams coordinator / running backs coach.
Former Northern Colorado assistant Greg Peterson will serve as the offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach. His quarterbacks coach will be grad assistant James Kilian. You don’t see that often…a grad assistant coaching the quarterbacks.
But you don’t see this often, either. Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinnie is preparing for August camp by stepping in the ring and boxing at Cecil Pettigrew's Team Lethal Boxing Gym.
Kinnie is one of several players using boxing to train for the season.
Tulsa offensive lineman Jacob Rader explained, “As an offensive lineman, we hit with our hands. If you make contact with your shoulder or head, you are doing something wrong. Hand placement and hand speed are something that I've gained a lot of experience in coming to the gym."
Come on, Tulsa. Give the guy some love.
FYI: Tulsa has a pleasant early-season schedule. The Golden Hurricane open at Oklahoma. A week later they travel to New Orleans to play Tulane in the Superdome. After hosting Oklahoma State in the third week, Bill Blankenship get his first shot against Boise State on the Blue Turf. Not exactly the first four opponents you'd like to see as a first-year head coach.
Breaking: Hudl acquires DSV
In a move that will impact over half of the high schools in the country and likely most of the college programs as well, this morning Hudl is announcing that it has acquired Digital Sports Video (DSV) as well as DSV's Player Direct (the largest recruiting, most current recruiting video library).
By our estimation, the combined high school user base of these two industry leaders includes nearly half of the high school football programs in the country (and over 80% of the top 200 teams in the country). When you combine that with these schools' oponents, Hudl and it's clients will now likely have access to full game video from at least 70% of the programs in the country.
College programs that subscribe to Player Direct (and in the Fall those that subscribe to Hudl's new recruiting tools) will immediately benefit from the increased availability of video.
Sounds like a great combination to us.
Short term, here are the real life impacts for high school clients. Hudl clients should see no change. Clients using DSV software can continue to use it (however going forward it would make sense to transition to Hudl software for support and upgrade purposes). DSV Anywhere clients will immediately be upgraded to Hudl's package.
Longer term, there is little question that "mobile" is the direction that the sports video world is headed. With the way Hudl's platform works on Apple's iOS and Google's Android platforms, we anticipate seeing more great things evolve from this company. Hudl clients that currently use Hudl's iPad app say it's a great tool. We look forward to seeing what innovations Hudl brings to this industry over the next few years.
For more information on the transaction and to find answers to any questions you might have about how this directly impacts your program, please visit this link: Hudl Acquires DSV
Minter using voice-over film to teach Kentucky defense
In the off-season, Joker Phillips hired veteran coach Rick Minter to coordinate the Kentucky defense.
In year number one under Phillips as head coach, the defense didn’t perform consistently and the Wildcats slipped to 6-7, winning just two SEC games. Kentucky finished 45th in total defense,72nd in scoring defense, and 85th against the run.
This summer, Minter has created a number of pre-recorded voice-over film sessions that he expects the players to watch on their own time.
Cornerback Randall Burden told KentuckySports.com , “It's weird because, in past seasons, we'd watch film and then talk amongst ourselves. Now he's talking during the film. It's kind of strange."
Minter’s first challenge will come against Western Kentucky is the season-opener. The game will be played in Nashville, TN. The next three games are in Lexington against Central Michigan, Louisville, and Florida.
Video: Boston College finishes strength center renovation
Boston College has finished the renovation of the Smith Family Strength & Conditioning Center, located behind the north end zone of Alumni Stadium.
Eagle Marketing released a video today of the renovation, which undoubtedly will be a benefit to the BC players and coaches.
Director of strength & conditioning Jason Loscalzo, who enters his third year in Chestnut Hill, is pumped up about the renovation. Before his hiring at Boston College, Loscalzo served as an assistant strength coach at Auburn since 2003. While on the plains, he worked under Kevin Yoxall, the 2010 FootballScoop Head Strength Coach of the Year.
Although the strength center doesn’t look quite as glitzy as the Ndamakong Suh Strength & Conditioning Center at Nebraska, it does look pretty nice.
Boston College hosts Northwestern in the season opener. A week later, the Eagles will travels to UCF, then return home to host Duke.
Twitter kings: Nobody does it like James Coley and Geoff Collins
James Coley and Geoff Collins have something in common other than serving as coordinators at the major D1 level.
Both coaches don’t hesitate to tweet, early and often, and with a ton of enthusiasm. And quite honestly, having followed both coaches during the last several months, neither coach tweets to self-promote.
Coley serves as the offensive coordinator / tight ends coach at Florida State. Collins joined the Mississippi State staff in the off-season as the co-defensive coordinator / linebackers coach. A year ago, he served as the defensive coordinator at FIU.
It’s safe to say these two coaches have fun using twitter. We’d imagine their respective fan bases appreciate their enthusiasm, as well.
Both coaches enjoy firing up fans by making them aware that they are working hard for their universities. Dan Mullen, since arriving in Starkville, has used the word “grinding” to describe how the Bulldog coaches and players are working. Since joining the staff in the off-season, Collins has grasped the “grinding” concept and run with it. In fact, he’s help take it to another level. And Bulldogs fans have become proud of the label.
Coley has immersed himself in the Florida State tradition. Like Collins, Coley likes to illustrate his relentless drive for the FSU program. The Seminole fans love it, evident by his 6,817 followers. In fact, Coley has more twitter followers than the athletic department twitter accounts at Texas Tech, USC, and Colorado.
Currently, Collins has 3,099 followers. That’s more than the athletic department twitter accounts at SMU, USF, and Boston College.
Here are some examples of Geoff Collins’ tweets from the last few months:
Rise & Grind!!! too excited to sleep during vacation... 68 days away from the start of the season & I gotta get ready too #DawgPoundRock
Rise and Grind!!! U gotta get up early if u wanna run with the BIG DAWGS… #MississippiStateFootball
4am... LETs GET IT!!!
Hop up out da bed... Turn my GRIND on!!! #Ready-Ready
Here are some examples of James Coley’s tweets from the last few months:
Back on the grind! Get ready for the Uprising! Year of the SPEAR!!!!!!!!!!
The Way of The SPEAR - Got it or Get it!
Today, all day, all out - Tribe Up!
Already up, early start, never stop...... Relentless!!!!!!!!
In the 305 tonight - headed to the 407 tomorrow. FEAR THE SPEAR!!!!!!!!!!!
WARRIORS!!!!! Today we TAKE and leave nothing!!!!
Still GRINDING.... Non STOP... This is Florida State University.... This is the SEMINOLE nation. SCALP EM!