Les Miles fires up Tiger fans by eating grass before first pitch
Inspired by The Hat, the LSU baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Cal State Fullerton this weekend in Baton Rouge.
Les Miles threw out the opening pitch before Friday night’s game at The Box. Leave it Les, however, to eat a little infield grass before tossing out the first pitch.
One of our viewers emailed in, “It was classic, Les. I think he had a good bullpen session early in the week. Felt good in pre-game. Was amped up in the dugout. But then he got to the mound and I don’t know if he’s ever been on that kind of stage before. We have won 5 national championships and it was Friday night against the #6 ranked team in the country. To find his mojo, he reached down for a couple of blades of grass. Next thing I know, he’s delivering a Louis Coleman like heater.”
The Tigers’ football team has started Spring practice, which will culminate with a nationally televised (ESPN) Spring game on Saturday April 9th at 4 pm EST.
It will be the first chance for LSU fans to see their offense led by Steve Kragthorpe.
Tulane football sets big announcement for Wednesday
Tulane is set to make an important announcement this Wednesday evening regarding the Green Wave football program.
At 5:45 pm, athletic director Rick Dickson and president Scott Cowan will unveil “The Playbook,” which is expected to illustrate a new commitment to success.
The most program’s most recent significant success came in 1998 when Tommy Bowden, Rich Rod (offensive coordinator), Shaun King, and JuJuan led the Green Wave to a 12-0 record. That year, Tulane (seriously) had the nation's best receiving core (JuJuan Dawson, PJ Franklin, Kerwin Cook, Andrian Burnette, and John Wilson) and a kick-off coverage unit that would knock your ass off.
The Tulane administration has reportedly created a road map of changes that will take the program to another level. The goal is long term on-field success that will rejuvenate a fan base in New Orleans and throughout the state of Louisiana.
There is talk that Dickson and Cowan will address the possibility of a new football stadium. The Green Wave currently plays in the Louisiana Superdome.
That announcement of “The Playbook” will take place on campus at the Wilson Center.
Bob Toledo returns for his 5th season as head coach next season. The non-conference schedule includes Southeastern Louisiana, at Duke, at Army, Syracuse, and at Hawaii.
Quick Hits: Bronco, Rich Rod, Hud, and Borges
Bronco Mendenhall says the core of the offensive will remain the same under new offensive coordinator Brandon Doman: "I think it will be different, but not to the point where the fans will watch and say, 'That doesn't resemble anything like we've seen before. It will be simply preserving the core of what we've done at the highest level over six years and then stimulating some progress around the outside of it that could possibly complement what we already do well.”
Rich Rodriguez says Ohio State didn’t negative recruit again Michigan, but others did: "(We experienced) … a lot of negative recruiting (while at Michigan). People just bashing individual coaches and schools and programs, and I think that's a bad practice to do.”
"Some people would think Ohio State-Michigan is such a big rivalry, they probably did a lot of negative recruiting. They didn't. There were other schools that did, but they didn't, and that to me sends a message they're trying to do things the right way."
Chris Petersen talks about allowing Bob Stoops to attend practice: "He was the one always saying early on he wanted to come out and watch us practice after we played them. We just couldn't make the time. I'm the one that said 'hey, I'm coming to watch you practice.' He was good enough to let us come out there, then decided he wanted to come this year. We usually don't let guys in, to tell you the truth ... we do get a lot of requests."
ULL head coach Mark Hudspeth excited about moving into new facility last week: "It's going to be a big-time Division I facility. Totally new offices, totally new everything. The only thing that's not new is the brick on the outside of the building."
Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges says the running backs are fired up: "I think, I can just sense it, and maybe I'm missing a read on this, but our running backs are more fired up about this transformation than anybody on offense. Because they're going to get the ball."
"This offense is more complicated for a running back than the other offense. It's two different spectrums. In this offense, you're involved in every scheme of protection, you're involved in all the run game. It's not like you may get it — you're going to get the ball. And then the passing game becomes so sophisticated because you have to know everybody else's route, because it dictates what your route is."
West Virginia AD Oliver Luck says the university will honor former head coach Don Nehlen throughout this Fall: “I like the schedule. We’ve got a great home slate and I love the fact that we’ve got Bowling Green coming down. That’s Coach (Don) Nehlen’s alma mater and we are going to recognize him over the course of the weekend (Sept. 30/Oct. 1). I don’t want to go off on a tangent here, but I don’t think that we have ever properly honored Coach Nehlen for all that he did for the football program and we are taking the opportunity to do so this year. We will have more than 40 former Mountaineer quarterbacks return to campus for the game to honor Coach Nehlen (Remember, Don was a quarterback himself at Bowling Green). In the process we are raising some significant funds in order to endow four “Don Nehlen Quarterback scholarships.” In addition to Bowling Green, we have LSU and Marshall coming in. I’m glad that we’ve got a lot of early games. We are going to have a more explosive offense this year so it probably helps not playing a lot of conference games in November when the weather can get bad.”
Michigan AD: They said don't put the damn advertising in our stadium
Athletic directors are always searching for new revenue streams. Unlike most athletic departments, Michigan is one of the few schools that doesn’t make much money off in-stadium sponsorships at the Big House.
Apparently, it will remain that way in Ann Arbor.
AD Dave Brandon says the Michigan fans don’t want to see advertising in the stadium. They certainly don’t want the feel of a minor-league baseball stadium.
Brandon explains, “The first instinct is to play commercials and display advertising (in Michigan Stadium). We did research with our customers and they said don’t put the damn advertising in our stadium.
“Would I like the advertising streams? Yes, and does everyone else do it? Yes. Our customers didn’t want it.”
By the way, how cool is it that Michigan will play Notre Dame under the lights in the Big House. Kick-off is set for 8 pm EST on September 10th.
Jimbo does not want FSU strength numbers going public
Florida State offensive coordinator / tight ends coach James Coley says the program is done releasing forty times and strength statistics.
Coley explained at a recent Seminole Club meeting, “NFL teams use any published times and number they see, and it’s not fair to the kids. A lot of the numbers aren’t accurate, as they’re taken, say at the end of a workout, when the guys are already wore down. Those numbers affect how the NFL looks at them as a prospect, so we’d rather they not get out.”
Strength coach Vic Viloria, who once had roughly 25 tackles every Friday night as a linebacker at John Curtis HS (LA), is working to make the Seminoles a much bigger football team.
Coley said, “When Vic got here, we were not a big football team. That’s something that Jimbo wanted, and he understands you HAVE to be big in today’s football. Vic’s not as worried about the chest. The chest is for the beach. The muscles that are used in football, area like the back, shoulders and hamstrings. Those are important.”
“It’s shown in the whole team. Kids like Lamarcus Joyner arrived at 170, and is up to 195 now. Kenny Shaw going from 160 to 175. It’s not just the big guys.”
Florida State will host ULM, Charleston Southern, and Oklahoma to start the season.
Video: James Franklin recruiting players on campus at Vandy
Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin is trying to increase his numbers, not bench press or forty time, although he could be working on that as well.
The Vandy coaching staff is trying to add players to the Vanderbilt squad list to change the way the Commordores can practice.
Franklin says, “We’re probably down 25-35 members compared to other SEC teams and really teams around the country.”
Solution? Vandy has opened up tryouts for walk-on positions.
The neat thing is that Vanderbilt created a behind-the-scenes video of the walk-on tryouts. We noticed the head man, himself, charting 5-10-5 pro shuttle times. We also noticed a sweet hair due.
More than anything, we noticed about 6 guys that will be running down on the 2011 Scout Kick-Off Coverage team. They will love it.
Colorado head coach Jon Embree provides classic quote
Damn. We’re starting to like some of the quotes that Colorado head coach Jon Embree is providing.
Embree, who coach the tight ends with the Washington Redskins last season, apparently doesn’t like what he saw on film from Colorado last season.
Embree told The Daily Camera, "What shows up to me on tape was we didn`t play hard. That`s really what showed up on tape. We let the scoreboard affect how we played way too much. Instead of focusing on the next play. You can`t look at the scoreboard. Your job is to beat the guy across from you that play no matter what happened good or bad before it."
He didn’t stop there.
"We`re awful at situational football, at understanding what the situation is," Embree explained. "So we will start that this spring. We`re starting it the first practice about understanding the situations and what it means and why you have to do certain things and think. We don`t know how to play the game within the game. We just showed and played last year. It`s like recess."
Come on, coach. You missed your one golden opportunity to compare it to “intramurals, brother.”
In case you missed it, Embree provided some powerful words during a luncheon with Colorado supporters. Here's the speech:
Quick Hits: Geoff Collins, Bielema, Mattison, and Todd Berry
Mississippi State co-defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Geoff Collins offers an early morning tweet, today: “Rise and Grind!!! Theres gonna be some TACKLE Football being played this afternoon in Stark-Vegas...#GoDawgs #D-SWAG”
We are not sure if the #D-SWAG is for Dawgs, Dogs, or defense. Either way, there will certainly be some swag, thus the "SWAG."
That's good stuff. And from what we hear, Collins may have a little music playing in his pre-practice position meeting.
Bret Bielema says Chris Ash will call the defensive schemes: "Chris is going to be the voice. He and Charlie will work together on decisions, much the same thing (we) used when I was at Kansas State. Bobby Elliott was the defensive coordinator. I was the co-defensive coordinator.”
"I was involved in game plans, decision-making...but I really believe on game day you need one voice. And Chris will be that voice."
Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison jokes that Denard Robinson will need 2 red jerseys this Spring: "I've had a lot of fun with him already. He's already telling me this is going to be my worst spring in a lot of years, and I've already said, 'You better get two red jerseys on, not one.’”
"Our whole goal is to get our defense back to playing Michigan defense, and you know what that is."
ULM head coach Todd Berry seems very optimistic as Spring practice begins: "I'm as excited as I've ever been for a spring. We have so many players coming back that have played so much football.”
"It doesn't mean that we're old. It means we've got a lot of guys that have played a lot of football."
"What I think is really unique about this group, I think the chemistry on the team is a special chemistry. I think when I've been around those groups that have that really special bond — that special chemistry — where they play hard for each other then significant things start happening, and I think we're getting ready to see that."