Saban: We don't hire people to come in and do what they do

Alabama has opened Spring practice with three new assistant coaches.

Former Clemson defensive ends coach Chris Rumph is the new defensive line coach.

The offensive staff has two new coaches with former Miami (FL) offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland and former Louisville quarterbacks coach Mike Groh joining the staff.  Groh will coach the Alabama wide receivers.

Although Spring practice has just started, Nick appears to be in mid-season form.

Saban explained, “We don’t really hire people to come in and do what they do. We hire them to do what we want them to do. … I’m pleased and happy with the staff chemistry that we have — the way the guys work together.”

Our Saban translator broke down the aforementioned quote in other words.  Basically, Saban is saying, “I know what the hell I’m doing.  I just need a couple of guys to implement my plan, recruit, and keep players accountable.  Aight, now, if we can do that, then I will make sure the right team in this state plays for the national championship.”

ESPNU will televise Saban walking around in a light blue sports coat on April 16th at 3 pm EST.  

Dan McCarney: I'm better now than when I was at Iowa State

North Texas is set to begin Spring practice tomorrow under new head coach Dan McCarney.

McCarney, who served as the head coach at Iowa State for twelve years, accepted the North Texas job after serving as the defensive line coach at Florida the last three years.

The new coaching staff includes Mike Canales (offensive coordinator / quarterbacks), Clint Bowen (defensive coordinator / safeties), Kent Riddle (special teams / tight ends), Mike Nelson (defensive line), Anthony Weaver (linebackers), Justin Gaines (corners), Mike Grant (running backs), Nick Quartaro (wide receivers / assistant head coach), and Mike Simmonds (offensive line).

McCarney said today, “I feel like I'm a lot more relaxed and more comfortable now. I took a lot of mental notes along the way and there's no doubt I'm better now than when I was at Iowa State.”

He also talked about his goals for Spring practice.

“On offense we want to establish a physical presence, find our playmakers, and work on creating mismatches. We have to find out who our best players are going to be because right now I don't know who that is. This spring is going to be about what you do, all 22 starting positions are up for grabs. I don't care if you were a three-year starter, we have to find out who can make plays for us, block a punt, return a kick, you name it, every single position is going to be wide open.”

“On defense we have to get much, much more physical, work on our fundamentals, and get better tackling. I think we have made great strides in our attitude and expectations, but what I need from those guys is for them to give me all they have for 4-6 seconds every play. I don't need 60 seconds worth of effort, it's not like that, I need them to give me there best for just that length of time.  If we can get better in our tackling, I told Coach Bowen that if we are able to do just that, you will see the results.”

North Texas opens the 2011 season with a conference game at FIU.  The Mean Green will then play four consecutive non-conference games against Houston, at Alabama, Indiana, and at Tulsa.


Lane Kiffin says USC has "gigantic depth issues"

Lane Kiffin begins Spring practice today at USC.

It will be the first practice with new assistant coach Ted Gilmore, who replaced John Morton as wide receivers coach.  Morton joined Jim Harbaugh’s staff with the 49ers.

Kiffin said yesterday, "Our fans have extremely high standards just like we do. None of us was pleased with [last year], not the fans or the coaching staff. We've just got to get better and improve next year, learn from our mistakes. Three games came down to one play."

"It'd be real tough to say this team is better than last year with all the questions at linebacker and offensive line."

The Trojans somehow figured out a way to have more injuries this off-season. Twenty players will not practice today.

"It's extremely frustrating. You've got a lot of people out," Kiffin said. "We have gigantic depth issues in the offensive and defensive line."


How's this for an early season schedule?

How’s this for an early season schedule?

Upon the WAC’s announcement of the 2011 conference schedule, Nevada has learned the Wolf Pack will play four consecutive road games to begin the season.

Nevada will open at Autzen Stadium against Oregon. A week later, they will fly to San Jose State.

The Wolf Pack will then travel 1340 miles to play Texas Tech in Lubbock.  The exciting swing continues with a trip to the blue turf at Boise State.

Head coach Chris Ault isn’t very happy.

Ault explained, “As it is now, the early-season schedule is a grind. My biggest concern is not losing our momentum from the 2010 season with our first home game being in October.”

Associate AD Keith Hackett said, “Most non-conference games are scheduled years in advance, and starting with the conference movement last summer there were considerable obstacles in our way to adjust the schedule to best fit our program in a short amount of time. We worked with the MWC, the WAC, our television partners and dozens of other schools around the country to add a home game to our schedule earlier in the season. The reality is that we are between the WAC and the Mountain West Conference.”

“With such a short window, none of the compromise solutions that we had worked out were able to be completed prior to today’s announcement by the WAC.”

Without quarterback Colin Kaepernick and running back Vai Taua, it's unlikely the Nevada offense will be able to stay on the field as much in 2011.  It will be interesting to see if defensive coordinator Andy Buh remains mentally stable after playing Oregon, San Jose, Texas Tech, and Boise State to start the season.

We are setting the over/under on yards allowed through four games at 1980.  

Are you taking the OVER or UNDER? 

Hurricanes go full-pads with coaches mic'd up

Miami (FL) went full-pads last week and Canes All-Access was there to film the session.

Al Golden is preaching physical football.   He wants a certain level of physical football to be a part of the Canes’ DNA.

When a period didn’t go as expected, Golden circled ‘em up and went straight to 1 on 1 board drill.

Golden explained, “What I was trying to do there was tell them the period we just got out of was unacceptable.  And we’ll do it again if we have to.  I didn’t like the way it started and I didn’t like the way that looked.  In the end, that (physical football) will be a part of our DNA.  We are going to keep working until we can weave than into our fabric.”

The best part is offensive line Art Kehoe mic’d up.

Kehoe says, “We want to have a philosophy of ‘attack.’  We are going to come up to the line and do it fast.  We want you to know it’s not an elephants on parade type of deal.  We are coming out to hit you in the teeth and to run through you.  Whatever it takes to get them to finish through the whistle.”

Here’s the video:


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