Video: How Pat Moorer prepares Texas for spring ball
Longhorn Network provided a glimpse Thursday night at new Longhorns' strength coach Pat Moorer's efforts to prepare his new team for spring football.
As the trusted lieutenant for no-nonsense head coach Charlie Strong, Moorer's workouts are as serious as a trip to the principal's office.
Let's take a closer look at Bobby Petrino's contract
Louisville released the highlights of Bobby Petrino's contract on Friday, and the big ticket item from January - the $10 million buyout - made it in the final version. Should Petrino take another job on or before June 30, 2017, he (or, more accurately, his next employer) would be on the hook for $10,000,000. The buyout decreases by $1.5 million a year from there. If, say, Petrino leaves after the 2016 season, Louisville would have actually made $1 million for his three years of service (minus bonuses). It's worth noting, however, that the buyout decreases by 50 percent if Cardinals athletics director Tom Jurich vacates his post.
As for the rest of the deal, Petrino is signed to a six-year contract with a base salary of $3 million a year. His predecessor, Charlie Strong, made $3.7 million in 2013, while Petrino banked $855,600 at Western Kentucky according to the USA Today coaching salary database.
Petrino can also earn a $500,000 bonus if Louisville posts an APR score of 935 or higher. The Cardinals scored a 924 in 2011-12, but registered consecutive years of 952, 947 and 943 from 2004-06 under Petrino, Louisville's three highest scores since the APR system debuted a decade ago.
From there, Petrino's bonuses range from $25,000 for a conference championship, a top 25 finish or a team GPA of 2.5 to 2-74 up to a $200,000 bonus for a national championship. Petrino can earn up to $4.05 million in one season.
Ready for some MACtion? MAC releases 2014 schedule
Beating only the Sun Belt to the punch, the MAC became the ninth FBS conference to release its 2014 schedule on Friday. As we've come to expect, it's packed full of the midweek madness known to the layman as MACtion.
But let's hold off on the MACtion for now because there's plenty to digest beforehand.
Major non-conference opponents: MAC foes will nearly a quarter of the 2013 year-end top 25. Miami (Ohio) opens the season at home versus Missouri; Baylor hosts Buffalo in a nationally-televised Friday night affair on Sept. 12; Massachusetts travels to Vanderbilt and Kent State pays a visits to Ohio State on Sept. 13; Bowling Green visits Wisconsin and Eastern Michigan visits Michigan State on Sept. 20. Other Power Five foes visiting MAC campuses this season: Boston College (at Massachusetts, Aug. 30), Colorado (at Massachusetts, Sept. 6), Syracuse (at Central Michigan, Sept. 13) and Indiana (at Bowling Green, Sept. 13).
All told, the MAC will play 11 games against the Big Ten, five games apiece versus the ACC and SEC, three Big 12 foes and one Pac-12 opponent.
New coaches: The MAC breaks in four new coaches this season. Their respective coaching tenures will kick off as follows: Mark Whipple (Massachusetts) vs. Boston College, Chris Creighton (Eastern Michigan) vs. Morgan State, Chuck Martin (Miami, Ohio) vs. Marshall on Saturday, Aug. 30. Dino Babers (Bowling Green) opens two days earlier at Western Kentucky.
MACtion, MACtion, MACtion: The MAC has super-served fans of weeknight football this year, scheduling a total of 14 games on Tuesday or Wednesday nights. In fact, ESPN2 and ESPNU will each show a MAC game every Tuesday or Wednesday night of November except for Nov. 26, the night before Thanksgiving.
The MAC championship will be held Friday, Dec. 5 at Detroit's Ford Field and broadcast on ESPN2. Bowling Green will hope to defend its 2013 MAC title following last year's upset of Northern Illinois.
'Every offensive system is its own living, breathing organism'
Ben McAdoo spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons doing what many consider to be one of the top non-coordinator jobs in the NFL; serving as the quarterbacks coach in Green Bay with super star Aaron Rodgers slinging the ball around.
This past offseason McAdoo took the offensive coordinator job with the New York Giants and has spent the past several months putting together an offense that fits their personnel to get things back on track.
The team that won a Super Bowl just a few short seasons ago looked like a distant memory, especially on the offensive side of the ball where Eli Manning tossed a career high 27 picks and the run game disappeared at times. McAdoo is now in charge of putting the back together, and shared an interesting analogy about putting together an offensive identity.
“At this point we’re starting to build what we’re going to look like.” McAdoo told CBS New York.
“Every offensive system is its own living, breathing organism. At the end of the day, you have to make sure you’re flexible enough. It depends on what type of personnel you feed it to see what it’s going to look like. It’s a little early to know what we’re going to look like right now.”
“Really as the offseason and training camp goes on, every offensive system tailors toward the strength of the starting quarterback, what he does well and he doesn’t do well in the pass game. The runs are directly related to the runners. At the end of the day, your system is built around your personnel, not the other way around. “
Every offense is a living breathing organism...make sure you're feeding it the right personnel. That's pretty deep.
I'm now even more interested to see what the Giants offense looks like come fall.
Shelley Meyer: Urban handled his first loss at Ohio State with a 'different perspective'
Urban Meyer's competitive streak is one of the most dangerous forces in college football. Dangerous for his opponents because it's driven Meyer to a 128-25 record in a dozen seasons as a head coach, two national championships at Florida and two undefeated seasons elsewhere. It's also a danger to himself because, if left unchecked, that competitive streak nearly drove him out of the game completely before his 50th birthday.
After leaving Florida and spending a year with ESPN, Meyer famously signed a contract with his family before accepting the Ohio State job, pledging that things would be different this time around. Ever the seasoned coach's wife, Shelley Meyer knew that Urban couldn't prove until the Buckeyes suffered their first loss. A marriage doesn't really start until the first fight, and a coaching tenure doesn't start until the first loss.
"That was what I was waiting on this whole time," Shelley Meyer said. "At the end of the first season I looked at him and I said, 'Really? You had to go undefeated the first year? Now what?' I kept saying, 'Okay, I want to see how you handle that first loss.' Because that's what really sends him over the edge, quote, losing. He can't stand losing."
As fate would have it, Urban made his wife wait an extraordinarily long time before his first loss. Two full regular seasons, in fact. And if one loss could ever justifiably send a coach into a funk, the Buckeyes' 34-24 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship was it. A 24-game winning streak up in smoke, along with Ohio State's spot in the BCS National Championship.
How did Urban handle it?
"He was okay. He didn't come home and just stare for 24 hours and roll around in the bed and have to get up at 4:30 the next morning and go back in the office and watch the film. He had different perspective," she continued. "It is a game. I know that's hard for some people to get, but it is a game."
As the First Lady of Ohio State football, Shelley insisted the Meyer family would not wear another team's colors any time soon. "This is the last job. I mean, no matter what people stay on Twitter or message boards. This is the last job," Meyer said. "This is the job."
And that's because Shelley believes her husband is much closer to his last game than his first. "I really honestly don't believe he will coach that long," she said when asked if Urban would coach into his 70's. "It's just too hard. He just goes too hard. Maybe some other guys can do it, but he can not."
Photos: Southern Miss may have chrome decals this fall
It sounds like Southern Miss is kicking around a few helmet concepts for the fall, one of which includes chrome decals.
Chrome helmets have been all the rage since Oregon rolled them out a few years ago. Programs like Baylor, Michigan State, Cincinnati, and Washington are among the countless programs that have followed suit over the past few seasons, but it looks like chrome decals may be the next trend if this is the concept that Southern Miss decides to roll out in the fall.
What do you think?
The nicest high school football stadium in America is now closed
Allen High School, located in the northeast quadrant of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, drew simultaneous ire and awe in the construction of Eagle Stadium. Opened in 2012, the 18,000-seat facility houses a 38-foot wide video screen, all at the price tag of $60 million. It is very much the Taj Mahal of high school football.
And the Taj Mahal is now closed for repairs.
Upon discovery of "extensive cracking" on the stadium's concourse ranging in size from a quarter inch to three quarters of an inch, Eagle Stadium is now closed for repairs.
"There are concerns surrounding the stadium, but we have been -- for a long time -- part of the solution," said Ben Pogue of Pogue Construction, which built the stadium. "I'm optimistic that we're going to have a quick resolve to this that will not affect the football season that's coming up."
Allen ISD said the stadium will be closed until at least June and will "likely" affect home football games this fall. Other district events at the stadium, including graduation this spring, are either on hold or will have to be moved to another facility. The district has commissioned an engineering firm to conduct a study of the stadium; that study is 10 percent completed at this time.
"This is a significant investment for our community. We are very disappointed and upset that these problems have arisen," interim superintendent Beth Nicholas said. "It is unacceptable. Our students, families, and the entire community have always supported the district and our commitment to them is to make sure this issue is appropriately resolved."
Are you better off without holding a spring game?
The spring game is a rite of passage in college football, and it's easy to see why. The benefits are numerous. A spring game serves as a rallying point to get recruits on campus, a day of outreach with a fan base that you won't see again until the fall and, most importantly, a carrot at the end of a month-long stick for your players.
But there's also some risk involved with holding a spring game.
With fans and recruits trekking to campus, a spring game locks you into practicing on that date - rain or shine. With only 15 practice dates in between last season and next, a spring game puts one of those precious practice dates in the dangerous hands of Mother Nature and Murphy's Law. A thunderstorm, a flu bug or any other malady leaves you seven percent less prepared than your competitors.
Pittsburgh won't hold a spring game this year, and the guaranteed chance to maximize every workout is why head coach Paul Chryst made the decision to axe the Panthers' spring jamboree.
“The thought behind [the decision], honestly, is to get one more good work day out of them,” Chryst told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Most, if not every spring game I’ve been a part of, you really end up sacrificing a lot. It sounds crazy, but just being locked into a place, bad weather. … You’re kind of locked into that day. These days are really valuable for us.”
Chryst believes the benefit of a 15th practice will outweigh the cost of foregoing a chance to let fans get a peek at the 2014 Panthers.
“It’s a little bit selfish doing what’s best for the program,” Chryst said. “You appreciate [the fans]. You don’t want it to come off as not being appreciative. It’s not the intent. But there is real conviction that for this group of guys, the guys in the building … you feel really good that this is the right thing. You hope the people appreciate that.”
Most schools won't change their thinking on holding a spring game - and perhaps rightfully so - but it's worth giving an extra 10 seconds of thought.