Addazio explains the Urban Meyer coaching tree

A number of assistant coaches that have worked under Urban Meyer have landed head coaching jobs.

The list includes Dan McCarney, Steve Addazio, Charlie Strong, Dan Mullen, Kyle Whittingham, Gregg Brandon, Mike Sanford, and Tim Beckman.

What’s the secret?

According to Temple head coach Steve Addazio, "Let me put it like this: The coaches who become head coaches, who came from Florida - you bought a franchise."

Addazio told Mike Jenson of the Philadelphia Inquirer that it’s important to know who you are and what you are.

He explained, "You've got to be sure of who you are and what you are. Let me put it in perspective here. In 100 and something years of football at Florida, there were three national championships. I was there for two of them.”

“Does this mean that they had 97 years of misery? That if you don't win a national title it's all misery? Come on. As a coach, you've got to learn how to handle that, right?"

Temple will play their spring game this Saturday.  Addazio’s first game as head coach will be against Villanova.  The next three are at Akron, Penn State, and at Maryland.

Clancy Pendergast set to dial blitzes in AT&T Park

Cal opens the season with 5 games at 5 different sites due to the renovation of Memorial Stadium in Berkley.

The season starts with Fresno State (Candlestick Park), at Colorado, Presbyterian (AT&T Park), at Washington, and at Oregon.  In total, the Bears will play 5 games at AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants.

Unfortunately, Jeff Tedford will start a quarterback without much experience, if any.

All the way from FootballScoop Headquarters, we can hear Tedford hollering down the hall, “Clancy, we’re gonna need the defense to be stout early on.”

So have the players been more comfortable in their second spring in Clancy Pendergast’s defensive scheme?

Pendergast told ESPN’s Ted Miller, “No question.  We are able to move on to more specific details and really focusing on our technique.  Our defense is not only predicated on communication but playing fast, and when you know what you are doing, you’re able to play fast.”

“As you look at our tape, game by game as the season went on last year, I felt like we were playing faster and faster.  We are way ahead at this point as opposed to last year.  Guys are picking it up and there is a lot of chatter on the field.”

In the meantime, check out Cal’s promo video that encourages fans to support the Bears during their home games at AT&T Park.


Brandon Doman: We're going to return to our roots

Brandon Doman once won his first 14 starts as the BYU quarterback.

Now, as the Cougars’ offensive coordinator, Doman says the offense will have a different feel next season.

As BYU nears the finish of spring practice, Doman said, “We’re going to return to our roots.”

“I want BYU fans to feel like we are attacking, and through the air. I want them to feel like this is the BYU offense of old, and that we are going to throw the football a lot, like we used to do.”

Luckily for Doman, he’ll have talented sophomore quarterback Jake Heaps under center when the Cougars open on the road at Ole Miss.

Doman is part of a revamped staff that include new wide receivers coach Ben Cahoun and former Navy assistant Joe DuPaix.  DuPaix is coaching the running backs and serving as the recruiting coordinator.

Head coach Bronco Mendenhall likes the chemistry of the new staff and told the Salt Lake Tribune, “I have had more fun this past two months, or however long it has been, than in the last six years.”

Those are some interesting comments, but not the most interesting involving BYU today.

During an morning interview on ESPN Radio, former BYU quarterback Jim McMahon was asked  his thoughts on Brandon Davies’ suspension from the BYU basketball team for reportedly violating the school’s honor code of not having premarital sex.

McMahon said he had a simple solution back in the day.

“You had to find girls who kept their mouths shut.”

Petrino and Willy Robinson thinking Atlanta, could be another wild Saturday

Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson and head coach Bobby Petrino believe it’s time for Arkansas to take the next step.

Under Petrino, the Razorbacks have finished 5-7, 8-5, and 10-3.

Robinson told ESPN’s Chris Low, “Our first spring here, my wife, who had grown up in Pennsylvania and knew a lot about football, sat down there and said, ‘You guys look like a high school football team. That doesn’t look like a college team. I don’t know how you’re going to compete in the SEC because I’ve seen those people, too.’ ” 

“Without a doubt, we feel like we can be playing for our conference championship in Atlanta. We feel that in all of our hearts. We’ve taken a step every year, and our kids are really driven to do that. We had so many freshmen playing for us our first year on defense. That was scary, but it helped us on down the line.”

Petrino echoed Robinson’s comments.  He said, “Everybody in our program understands now how we’re going to work and how we’re going to go about our business. We’re not fighting attitudes or guys saying that we never did it this way or that way before. Just the continuity of the program … it’s all in order.”

Following Saturday’s scrimmage, Petrino said, "Defensively, we keep getting better. We're playing our gap control. I really think we have a chance to be a very, very good defensive front that will really rush the passer."

Saturday should be a lot of fun on campus in Fayetteville.  The spring game kick-offs at 4 PM EST.  Later on that night, coming off a sweep of LSU, the Razorbacks will host Mississippi State in baseball.

This past Saturday night, the Hogs hit a 3-run walk-off homer in the 9th to beat LSU.  If the scene this weekend is anything like this past Saturday...well, there's going to be plenty of cold beverage drinking and good times in the outfield stands.

Watch this celebration after the walk-off homer.


Vic Koenning: The worst thing that happens to a fighter...

Vic Koenning wants more toughness out of the Illinois linebackers.

In his second year as defensive coordinator / inside linebackers coach, Koenning says, "We're little cocker spaniels right now.”

His goal?  Make them like Pitbulls.

Koenning told ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, “Like Mickey told Rocky, 'The worst thing that can happen to a fighter is to get civilized. You've got to get back to old school.' In my opinion, we've got to get back to a little bit of old school.”

He didn’t stop there.

Koenning offered up, "It’s like one of those country dances. You take one step forward and two steps back or two steps forward and one step back, however that goes. I haven’t been able to crack the code with some of these guys to get them to absorb it. We’ve got a lot of questions to answer in the linebacker corps."

Following Saturday’s scrimmage, head coach Ron Zook said things looked a lot better than the first scrimmage from a year ago.  Zook was pleased with the tackling, but disappointed with a number of big plays the defense allowed.

You can watch the Illinois spring game on BigTenNetwork.com on April 23 at 2 pm EST.  The Big Ten Network will broadcast the replay at 7 pm EST.

Illinois practices this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.  Zook's squad will open with five consecutive home games in 2011 against Arkansas State, South Dakota State, Arizona State, Western Michigan, and Northwestern.  The schedule features 8 home games and just 4 road games.  

Ohio State, Michigan, and Wisconsin all travel to Champaigne.  Gotta capitalize, Zooker.

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