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Stanford coach: My job is to maintain

Stanford football went 1-11 in 2006.  Last season, Jim Harbaugh's team went 12-1.  Harbaugh went to the 49ers. 

First year head coach David Shaw was asked this weekend about his role as the new head football coach.  Shaw responded that he needs to "maintain" what Harbaugh built.  "Our goal is consistency, we like high expectations." 

Shaw says his staff will go coast-to-coast each year in search of "20 guys that are good students and good football players...and then you've got to convince them what we have is what they are looking for."

Below is video of Coach Shaw providing some insight into the 2011 season. 

 




Coaches that have been a part of 15 different staffs

It takes a good man to devote his life to coaching and teaching young men. Only a special few are willing to pick and up and move every few years, for 30+ years in this profession, often sacrificing their own family time.  

This weekend we saw an article about Maryland's offensive coordinator Gary Crowton who is now a part of his 12th staff and it got us thinking...how many active coaches out there have coached on 15 or more staffs throughout their career.  

We immediately came up with a few that have 10+ stops; but 15 seems like a more elusive number.  We'll ponder this one for a few days and see what we come up with.  

Comments are welcome below or feel free to email us at [email protected]

For the purposes of this article we are treating non-consecutive terms with the same team as different "staffs".  




Um, Coach, the FBI is here

Thankfully, Randy Edsall had been expecting the FBI when they showed up to practice a few days ago.  Edsall had invited an agent to come speak to the team about, "Gambling, bookmakers, and stuff in terms of social networking and really the whole gamut of things that can affect them.  That they have to be careful with who they are associating."  

Edsall went on to say he believes it's important to bring in outside speakers on a number of topics to help reinforce concepts with your team.  He added that he plans to do this every year. 

 




Quarterbacks wearing helmet cams

The AP put out an article this weekend discussing how the New York Giants are using a helmet cam to improve the performance of one of their young quarterbacks.  

The camera, which mounts to the helment, is about 1.5 inches x 2.5 inches and weighs less than half a pound.  It captures HD video and sound allowing coaches and players to see what the quarterback saw and hear what he said and heard.  

Tom Coughlin said, "It just shows you where his eyes were" and it allows them to hear if the quarterback is making the proper identifications at the line and calling for the proper adjustments.  

The Giants believe this technology will be very beneficial in teaching younger quarterbacks; however they are not using it with Eli Manning or any of their more veteran quarterbacks.  

When asked about the video quality, Coach Coughlin added, "It's a little dark...not quite as clear as I hoped."

The company that makes the cameras GoPro has plenty of video available for you to see on their website; but don't as yet have any football video.  

As we've seen over the past 5 years, video quality seems to improve significantly every few months.  Who knows, in a few years helmet cams might just be prevalant. 




1st AP Poll (nothing to see here)

Irrelevant as it might be, the AP released their first poll of the season this morning.

No reason to even look.

Well, just in case you want to know where some of your buddies' programs are ranked, here's the poll.

1. Oklahoma
2. Alabama
3. Oregon
4. LSU
5. Boise State
6. Florida State
7. Stanford
8. Texas A&M
9. Oklahoma State
10. Nebraska
11. Wisconsin
12. South Carolina
13. Virginia Tech
14. TCU
15. Arkansas
16. Notre Dame
17. Michigan State
18. Ohio State
19. Georgia
20. Mississippi State
21. Missouri
22. Florida
23. Auburn
24. West Virginia
25. USC

Others Receiving Votes: Texas 114; Penn State 75; Arizona State 67; Miami (Fla.) 32; Utah 25; Southern Mississippi 20; Iowa 19; North Carolina State 15; Brigham Young 15; Air Force 14; Houston 13; Pittsburgh 9; Michigan 7; Tennessee 5; UCF 5; Northern Illinois 4; Hawaii 4; Tulsa 3; Maryland 2; Arizona 2; Northwestern 1; Nevada 1; Washington 1




BYU is ready

Bronco Mendenhall and his Cougars have an SEC opener when they open at Ole Miss Saturday September 3rd.  

Mendenhall says his team looks great at this point in camp.  In fact, he gave them the day off recently and said when he made the announcement it was the loudest he's heard his team respond in 6 years.  Mendenhall says he really likes this team.  

Ole Miss, be prepared.  BYU has 50 victories over the last 5 seasons (only 8 teams have more).  

Here's a quick video of Bronco speaking about his team and sharing a story about when he told the guys they were getting the day off and going to Provo Beach Resort.  

 




Vandy is going bowling

First of all, James Franklin has assembled a very good first year staff.  Part of the FootballScoop staff spent a few hours at the Vanderbilt football complex earlier this month and it's clear this is a staff that enjoys working together, has things headed in the right direction and believes in what it is trying to accomplish.  

One of the goals for this team is to go bowling in December (or January).  

Well, in a somewhat unrelated story, coach Franklin took his team bowling (round black balls striking pins) recently.  

As evidenced by this video, Franklin is teaching his players to work hard together, trust each other together, have fun together, that they will win together, etc...

 

Quite a few laughs in the video; but the Tennessee fan who walks into the bowling alley (around the 4:00 mark), sees the Vandy team and then leaves is worth sticking around for.




Saluting the military

We are all blessed to live in the United States and to have the freedoms that we do.  Without the brave men and women of our military our country would certainly be a far worse place.  

Those of us blessed enough to coach football players for a living should take the time to remind these young men about the far greater sacrifices that the men and women of our military make for the good of our country on a daily basis.  

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin recently invited a Lt. Colonel from the United States Army to spend a day with his team.  Below is a video of a short talk the Colonel gave to the team.  Good stuff Colonel Davis. Thank you.

Quick note> At the 1:50 mark of the video, Colonel Davis provides the history of the Army's call, "Hooah!"