Mack Brown: I committed to start over

ESPN will broadcast the Texas Longhorns spring game today at 3 pm EST.

Coming off a 5-7 season, Mack Brown admitted this weekend, “I committed to start over like it’s my first day at Texas.”

Brown explained, “We ask our players with the new ideas and the new staff to move forward and act like it's their first day at Texas. We ask the staff and coaches that were here to greet the new coaches and staff that came in like it was everybody's first day at Texas. I committed to start over like it's my first day at Texas, and I don't think I've ever had any more fun at a spring practice.”

Moving forward, Brown wants better communication.

“Things are still new. We're still a work in progress. The number one thing with family relations and teams is communication. You can't build trust and respect without communication. You can't get on the same page and have a common purpose without communication. What we're trying really hard to do is get it so the players will talk to the coaches and ask them questions and not be intimidated and worried about what a coach is going to think.”

Today is the first spring game in Austin for new assistant coaches Bryan Harsin, Darrell Wyatt, Manny Diaz, Bo Davis, and Stacy Searels.

Texas hosts Rice and BYU before traveling to UCLA to begin the 2011 season.  

Mike Stoops reacts to 14 stops and 5 takeaways

The Arizona Daily Star reports the Arizona defense stopped the offense on 14 of its 15 possessions and forced five turnovers during Saturday morning's scrimmage.

Following the scrimmage, Mike Stoops said, “Defensively, I think we have a chance to be better at all 9 positions.  Obviously, losing 2 All-PAC 10 defensive ends gets a little hard to replace, but I like what are defensive ends are doing.”

“When it’s all said and done, I think defensively we’ll be stronger than we’ve ever been.”

In the off-season, Mike Stoops hired Joe Salave'a as defensive line coach.  Salave'a replaced Mike Tuiasosopo, who joined the Colorado staff. Defensive grad assistant Ryan Walters was elevated to defensive backs coach.  Walters replaces Greg Brown, who also left for Colorado.

Arizona opens with Northern Arizona.  A week later, the Wildcats travel to Stillwater for a rematch of last season’s Alamo Bowl against Oklahoma State.


Al Golden encouraged by Hurricanes scrimmage

Miami (FL) head coach Al Golden seemed pretty positive about Saturday’s scrimmage.

Over 3,000 fans attended the scrimmage at Spanish River HS in Boca Raton.

Running backs coach Terry Richardson and offensive line coach Art Kehoe had to be pleased with the 226 rushing yards on 41 carries (5.5 average).

Golden was most pleased with no turnovers and just a few penalties.

“Correct me if I’m wrong, did we have a turnover today?  We didn’t have many penalties,” Golden pointed out.

“I think it’s our job as coaches to put our players in position to make plays.  I thought we did that today.”

“I thought we caught some really good slants today.  That’s something we didn’t do a year ago.  We’ll continue to develop the down-the-field game as the spring evolves.”

One early emphasis offensively has been taking the check down throws to the running backs.

Golden explained, “It should be.  It’s got to be.  I think Jedd (Fisch) has done a great job of that.  Our quarterbacks have done a good job of buying in to that.  A 5 yards catch, it’s an 18 yards run, but goes in the books as a 23 and that’s what our kids gotta learn.”

There was still no sighting of the Hurricanes' receivers utilizing Michael Irvin's three-point stance.  Wide receivers coach George McDonald hasn't bought in to the idea just yet.  But...it is early.

Video: Up close in the action at Clemson's afternoon practice

Dabo Swinney says new offensive coordinator Chad Morris has simplified the terminology of the Tigers’ scheme.

A year ago, Billy Napier would have dialed up, “Storm personnel, flood right, A-peel, Lakers West, Z-space, hitch.”

For the same play this spring, Morris calls, “Flood right, Z-space, hitch.”

Dabo says, “(Last year), you had to call personnel, formation and movement; now we have eliminated a few of those steps in the play-call sequence, and I think that has helped a little bit.”

“That helps with your tempo, but the biggest thing is just the system of it is simpler in how it all fits together. It’s simpler to grasp.”

The Tigers returned to practice field today.  Most of the 3 on 3 and some 1 on 1 action was caught up close on film.

Pretty good film, but we’d like to have Marion Hobby and Robbie Caldwell mic’d up.  Now that would be some good stuff.

Mullen: The offensive line is just really really bad

Dan Mullen is hoping for over 40,000 fans on campus next Saturday for for the Mississippi State spring game.

That gives Mullen a week to clean up what he calls “a really sloppy offense.”

Following Thursday’s practice, Mullen didn't sugarcoat his thoughts about the offense and specifically, the offensive line.

“It’s just sloppy, really sloppy.  The offensive line is just really really bad, a long way to go, but it’s a really young crew.  We’ll get ‘em going.”

He added, “The defense was great at times.  They were great at times because the offense was really bad.  They were great at times because they did good, but there were really some glaring mistakes.  As we keep developing and keep teaching, you want to see a consistent performance and that’s not what we are seeing right now, but we have a lot of practice time to get that fixed.”

Mullen also mentioned he would like to see consistency from his young punters, who both have tremendous leg strength.

CSS will broadcast the spring game next Saturday.  Former Mississippi State head coach Jackie Sherrill will serve as an analyst.  The Bulldogs’ baseball team hosts Florida at 12 pm before kick-off of the spring game at 5 pm.

To add some depth on the offensive line, Mullen visited with the Sigma Chi’s today at lunch.  We heard there weren't many prospects, but a number frat guys ready for Super Bulldog Weekend.


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