Vandy defensive coordinator Bob Shoop ready for challenge
When Bob Shoop accepted the Vanderbilt defensive coordinator position, it marks the eleventh job in his career. Shoop, the 2009 FootballScoop D1-AA Coordinator of the Year, has coached at Yale, UVA, Northeastern, Yale, Villanova, Army, Boston College, Columbia, UMASS, and William & Mary.
Coming to the SEC doesn’t intimidate Shoop, who says, "There isn’t anything from an X’s and O’s standpoint that I watched with the SEC teams that I hadn’t seen in the CAA. I’ve gone up against Chip Kelly when he was at New Hampshire. Last year we beat Delaware when they were No. 1 in the country. We beat Villanova when they were No. 1 in the country. We beat New Hampshire, who was a playoff team. We beat Richmond, who was a playoff team. We stood toe-to-toe with North Carolina (in a 21-17 loss this season).”
Shoop will work with other Vanderbilt defensive assistants Brent Pry (co-defensive coordinator / linebackers), Sean Spencer (defensive line), and Wesley McGriff (defensive backs).
"I’m not blind to the fact I’m in the SEC now,” says Shoop. “ I’m not blind to that fact. I’ve been preparing my entire career for an opportunity like this, and I feel as if I’m prepared. The thing I’d emphasize, too, is the CAA is the SEC of Division I-AA football. Year in, year out, we play five teams in the top 10 in our level of football. I keep reminding myself, just do the things you did there. This is no different."
“I have the best job in the country. I have no doubt about that. I’m in one of the greatest cities in the country, at one of the top institutions in the country … and in the best college football conference that there is. There is the NFL, there’s the SEC and there’s all else. Is this a tough job? Yes. But it’s a great opportunity and I’m looking forward to it."
The 2011 non-conference schedule for Vanderbilt includes Elon, UCONN, Army, and at Wake Forest.
University of Florida president blasts grayshirting
Don’t expect Will Muschamp to “grayshirt” any recruits. Ever.
University of Florida president Bernie Machen released a letter to SI.com with his thoughts on over-signing and grayshirting.
Machen writes, “These schools play roulette with the lives of talented young people. If they run out of scholarships, too bad. The letter-of-intent signed by the university the previous February is voided. Technically, it's legal to do this. Morally, it is reprehensible.”
“What needs to happen in intercollegiate athletics is that universities must accept the moral responsibility to stop and prevent "grayshirting" and its associated actions. The football programs must be accountable and should honor institutional commitments to students. It is, after all, a moral contract.”
Click here to read the entire letter from Machen.
Machen, who earns $751,000 annually, has some pretty interesting thoughts. And let's be honest, the guy is pretty smart. Machen has a B.A. from Vanderbilt, a D.D.S. from St. Louis University, a M.S. from University of Iowa, and Ph.D. from Iowa.
Mack Brown explains the breakdown, the fix, and future
Texas head coach Mack Brown spoke on Monday about the breakdown, the fix, and the future.
Reflecting back on the most difficult season of his coaching career, Brown explained, “I started worrying more about the wins than I did the process... If you do, you're in trouble.”
Brown is moving forward without 6 assistant coaches from the 2010 staff. Gone are Greg Davis, Will Muschamp, Mike Tolleson, Bobby Kennedy, Duane Akina, and Mac McWhorter.
The new hires include Manny Diaz, Bryan Harsin, Darrell Wyatt, Jerry Gray, Bo Davis, and Stacy Searels.
Brown said, “The biggest concern is that all the coaching pieces fit. They've all got to work together... and you're not going to know until you've played [games], until you get some pressure. That's when you'll find out about that.”
Obviously, Brown wants to limit distractions during this critical transition. So what about the new Texas TV Network?
“Do you have an assistant coach's show for every assistant coach? Do you have a clinic?...There's obviously a fine line. You give [ESPN] nuggets you feel like will make the network work. But you're not going to have them in the huddle. We're not going to have [HBO's] Hard Knocks,” said Brown.
The Longhorns open the 2011 season with Rice, BYU, and at UCLA.
Urban Meyer explains his role with ESPN
Urban Meyer has agreed to join ESPN as a college football analyst.
Meyer said on Monday, "In the offseason, it's going to be minimal. During the season, it will be weekends, Friday and Saturday. It's a lot different than what I've been used to the past 25 years. I'm excited to do it.”
"I've had conversations with the family, and they're fired up, they're excited. I'm still going to be able to spend as much time (with the family) as I would have hoped."
Meyer coached 24 consecutive years before deciding to take a break from coaching after the 2010 season. During his career, Meyer has coached at Ohio State, Illinois State, Colorado State, Notre Dame, Bowling Green, Utah, and Florida.
We wonder if Meyer will be calling the Notre Dame vs. Michigan match-up in Ann Arbor in week #2. If so, we’ll give him until midway through the second quarter to drop his first, “You gotta be outta your mind.”
Meyer explained however, "It's not my job to be critical. My job is to analyze college football. I'm an analyst. I don't criticize. If I have a strong opinion one way or the other, I'm certainly going to do that."
Meyer will work a weekly game next Fall for ESPN. His additional duties include appearances on College Football Live, College GameDay, ESPN Radio, select bowl games, and SportsCenter.
Quick Hits: Addazio, George McDonald, Steve Kragthorpe
Steve Addazio talks about the future at Temple: "There's a lot here still to be accomplished. Al molded the program, but we haven't won the East, not won the MAC, and not won a bowl game. Those are the immediate goals and that's what's in front of us. It's never been done and we've got to do it."
Quoting Miami (FL) wide receivers coach George McDonald: “Being an NFL coach after you leave college is like getting a PHD in the football world. You are immersed in football. All you’re doing is talking about football. You are just absorbing it, such great resources. There are so many great coaches that have coached 20 or 30 years. You just learn so much. It’s just like you’re in a doctorate program.”
(on his first impression of the wide receivers) “Wow. Capital W…o..w. They look the part. Now, looking the part and playing the part are two different things.”
“I try to train your eyes. We want to frame the ball. That’s one thing we are going to pride ourselves on…being fundamentally sound.”
Steve Kragthorpe says his wife is healthy and ready to move to Baton Rouge: "She's doing great. She's doing great with the medicines. Everything's going great. After her heart surgery, things that were on her EKG (electrical heart test) for 40 years are gone. There were great doctors in Oklahoma City that took care of her there. Everything is full speed ahead in terms of her health and the way she feels. If she didn't feel good about it, then I wouldn't have jumped back into coaching. But she feels great about it. She's excited about moving down here to Baton Rouge. So is Nik. He'll be down here in about 10 days."
"I think Les and I are on the same page. Les and I paths first crossed when I was at Texas A&M and Les was there with Oklahoma State. I think our philosophies mesh very well. We want to be a power running team with a quick downfield passing game."
Art Kehoe: I screamed 'Are you serious?'
If you have ever met Art Kehoe, you know he is one of the single most animated people on the face of the earth.
His passion for “The U” is unparalleled. Kehoe coached at Miami (FL) from 1982-2005, helping the ‘Canes win 5 national championships. But after the 2005 season, then head coach Larry Coker decided to dismiss several assistants including Kehoe.
Since then, Kehoe has coached at Ole Miss, LA Tech, and with the California Redwoods of the UFL.
Rehired at Miami (FL) by new head coach Al Golden, Kehoe said today, "I never dreamed that I would ever come back to Miami. He (Al Golden) called me and asked if I was ready to come back to the family...I screamed."
“‘Are you serious?’ I screamed out my window.”
Here's the entire video of Kehoe's media session from this morning.
Kehoe had never talked with Al Golden until two weeks ago, but said, “I talked to Golden for the first time on the phone for 45 minutes. I hung up the phone and said, ‘WOW! This guy gets it.’".
"I don't even know what's out there on that practice field, but we have a leader in Al Golden and we will win."
The fifty-three year old coach will now work for his sixth different head coach at “The U.”
Quick Hits: Shane Beamer, Paul Johnson, Jack Swarbrick
South Carolina special teams coordinator / recruiting coordinator Shane Beamer wishes the Gamecocks had landed these 3 players: "It's critical for us in this state to keep the best players in this state at home. Coach Spurrier and I were talking about this yesterday. You know, arguably three of the top five or six picks in the NFL draft this year are guys from this state, from the same area (Da'Quan Bowers, A.J. Green, Robert Quinn). They came out the same year, and we didn't get any of them. There's great high school football in this state; great players and great coaches. We want to do our part to get them to stay at home and go to USC."
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson says coaches never really know the work ethic of a recruit until he joins the team: “I don’t think anyone really knows how hard a guy is going to work. Some guys have reached their peak; some guys are just scratching the surface. And people talk about ‘impact players’: A very small number of guys are ‘impact players.’ Go back to last year’s [Tech] group, where we had two guys go in the first round. [Receiver Demaryius] Thomas was redshirted as a freshman, and [defensive end] Derrick Morgan didn’t have a great freshman year. But they became playmakers.”
Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick admits to Rivals.com that he wanted to know Brian Kelly’s plan to rebuild the defense, first and foremost, during his interview: “Yeah, because again, for me it's not about tell me what you run, it's tell me how you're going to build a program that's going to play great defense. Who are you going to attract to the staff? What's your approach to recruiting for defense? And so it was all about defense because I believe, as he does too, you want to have a great offense, but the constant is defense because that's what you see of the best teams. Even more than that, when you play where we play with the schedule we play, you better have defense.”
Recruiting rankings...Have you seen this?
Nevada head coach Chris Ault led his program to a 13-1 record in 2010. The Wolf Pack finished 4th nationally in total offense and 8th nationally in scoring offense.
So consider the following.
In recent years, Scout.com has ranked the Wolf Pack with the 5th best class (2010), 6th (2009), 6th (2008), 7th (2007). That’s in the WAC.
The final team rankings awarded to Nevada since 2007 have been 95th, 105th, 108th, and 109th.
Within the WAC, Rivals.com has ranked the recent Nevada signing classes 4th (2010), 8th (2009), 4th (2008), 4th (2007). So in 2009, the recruiting experts gave the Wolf Pack the worst ranking within the WAC.
There must be some pretty darn good coaching on campus in Reno.
Ault explained to the Reno-Gazette Journal, "We're right at the bottom of that pile. We have been for a long time. A lot of people don't realize what we've been able to do with the money we have. Sometimes we're working on fumes.”
He added, “That's why the optimism of where the program is and what we've done and how we've done it is so high. We've done a lot with a little. Just imagine what we could do if we find a way to increase the budget."
With National Signing Day just a few days away, Rivals.com and Scout.com both list Nevada with the fourth best class in the WAC.
Once again, Chris Ault and his staff will have to coach ‘em up. Not only is Colin Kaepernick gone, but the 2011 non-conference schedule includes New Mexico, at Oregon, at Texas Tech, at Boise State, and UNLV.