Video: Butch Jones explains why he left Cincinnati
Butch Jones won two Big East titles during his three years in Cincinnati, including 19 games over his last two seasons, and had the program rolling in the right direction. Then other opportunities came knocking.
First Colorado inquired, then it was Tennessee. After weighing all the options, the facilities in Knoxville and Neyland Stadium were too much for Jones to pass on.
After three years with the Bearcats, where he forged friendships with athletic director Whit Babcock and University president Santa Ono, Jones felt like the players finally understood the expectations of the program. But as he says in the clip, "when you get into this coaching profession everything is about timing and opportunities. I wasn't going to just leave to leave. I wasn't looking to leave."
Coach Jones explained that he looked at other opportunities in the interest of his family, but had made the decision to stick at Cincinnati until the opportunity at Tennessee presented itself.
"There's not very many 'Tennessee's'. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity at a very storied football program, and I think everyone understands that. When that opportunity presented itself, sometimes you have to make decisions for your career and your family. I leave behind a lot of great friends, but those friends will last a lifetime."
Ellis Johnson shares his regrets from last season at Southern Miss
Ellis Johnson walked into an excellent situation at Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles were coming off a 12 win season, including a bowl win over Nevada and the excitement in Hattiesburg was at an all time high.
That excitement quickly dwindled as Southern Miss lost all 12 of their games in 2012. As a result, Johnson was let go, but quickly landed on his feet at Auburn as Gus Malzahn's defensive coordinator.
In a piece we came across on AL.com, Johnson looks back on his time at Southern Miss and talks about what he may have done differently if he could go back and change things. One of the things he regrets was stepping away from what got him the head coaching job, which was running the defense.
"I chose not to run the defense or the offense as a head coach. I think when you do that, it takes a little time to adjust. Where do you put all that energy and that time you were using to break down film and call defenses or offenses, etc.?"
"Hindsight, maybe I should have done that. Maybe we would have had a little bit better transition, but I felt like I wanted to be a head coach of everybody and not just one side of the ball."
Johnson, who's coached at powerhouses like Alabama, Clemson, Mississippi State and South Carolina, added that the environment at a non-BCS school was much more different that he originally thought it would be in today's world of college football.
"They probably have more money than they had then, but what's happening in college football today, sadly, is the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. The conferences that are not automatic BCS schools, they're just struggling to be competitive, if you will, on a week-in, week-out basis. It was a very, very different environment, obviously. I should have realized, some of it I did realize, but on a grander scale I should have realized how different it was."
According to the article, the environment at Auburn has revitalized Johnson and he's back to doing what he does best, breaking down offensive tendencies and scheming defensively.
Take a look at the full article here.
Video: Miami breaks down how to throw the deep ball
Here's MIami's first episode of "Mind Games", where they feature players and coaches explaining what is going through their heads during pivotal moments of a game.
This one focuses on the finer points of throwing the deep ball from the perspective of quarterback Stephen Morris. Expect this clip to be a big hit with both recruits and fans.
UCF fans are turning to the White House for all black uniforms
"We the People" is a website aimed at giving people a voice in government decisions, allowing people to start petitions on things as serious as murder investigations, to things as silly as what uniforms to wear on a Saturday in the fall.
Yes, you read that right.
Since head coach George O'Leary has been vocal about his disdain for the black on black look, UCF fans have taken to the popular website to try go over O'Leary's head to get the black on black uni combination. Apparently, if the petition gets enough signatures, it is then forwarded to the appropriate White House personnel, where they then give an official response.
From the looks of the petition mid way through the day on Sunday (screenshot pictured below), they've got a long way to go if they want to see the all black look come fall. Only 99,923 more e-signatures needed, and when we checked on Friday, the petition had just one signature.
Progress is being made, but coach O'Leary has got to be feeling pretty confident at this point.
*Note how the petition is comically listed under "Innovation" as the issue category.
This Clemson video gives recruits the total package
Last week we posted a great game day video from Clemson. When you hear a quote like "We're modern-day gladiators, playing football in Death Valley", as a recruit, you've got to know more about Clemson at that point.
Now, Dabo Swinney takes the chance to talk directly to Mom and Dad on this virtual recruiting visit. With shots of campus, Memorial Stadium and everything in between packed with Tigers fans both young and old.
Dump in these testimonials from current Tigers, and this one will pull at your orange-and-purple heartstrings:
"Go to any store and people recognize you, even if you're the fourth person coming off the bench," says wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. "It's just a family feeling. Everybody makes you feel at home and welcome."
"I think it's more than just inside football, I think it's the whole community. Everybody reaches out to you," adds linebacker Stephone Anthony. "It's just a loving, caring place. If you're one of those small-town guys, this is your place."
This video was produced by Bluechip Media Group.
Very creative 2013 hype video from North Texas
The first Saturday of the 2013 college football season is 91 days away. That means North Texas is 91 days away from taking the field as a member of Conference USA.
While Dan McCarney and his staff are hard at work getting their troops ready to move up in competition level - with 15 starters returning, our money is on "yes" - one thing is certain. The Mean Green's video department is already prepared to compete at a BCS championship level.
The Scoop on What You Missed This Week
It's now June, which means this time next month we'll be able to say, "college football starts next month." It's the little things in life....
The Starting Five: Our five best stories of the week.
- The hottest ticket in college football belongs to.........Old Dominion?
- With the NCAA baseball tournament underway, we tabulated the 11 Division I programs that appeared in the football, basketball and baseball postseasons.
- Does staff size equate to winning? A look at the largest and smallest coaching staffs in the NFL.
- How do you beat an elite defensive mind? According to Philadelphia Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, you make him uncomfortable.
- What's the best way to build a successful coaching career? Here are five characteristics that each succcessful coach shares.
The Film Room: A sampling of the best videos we posted this week.
- Les Miles cascaded down a 24-story building and we have the pictures and video to prove it.
- Inside the creative process of Baylor's new uniforms.
- Looking back to 2012 a bit to see Oregon's filthy season highlight reel.
- A great 2013 hype video from Middle Tennessee.
- If you're a high school linebacker, this video will make you want to go to Penn State.
- Speaking of recruiting, the first installment in Miami's new series will play great with the Hurricanes' prospects.
- One of the most passionate coaches in college football, P.J. Fleck shares his vision for Western Michigan football.
The Best in Non-Coaching News: Busy week this week for late May.
- The SoCon has announced the additions of VMI, East Tennessee State and Mercer. Why fans of each program should thank a Pittsburgh or Syracuse fan for their good fortune.
- The Pac-12 has announced its early-season TV schedule. Thursday nights are about to get even better.
- The American Athletic Conference has revealed its official logos.
- Three more coaches have been chosen to the College Football Hall of Fame.
- Things actually decided on at this week's Big 12 meetings: the conference will use an eighth official this fall, and the league's bowl line-up was finalized.
Arkansas wins the SEC Twitter Championship. Congrats?
The SEC is a conference of bravado. You can't survive in the league of seven straight crystal balls without a certain amount of chutzpah, an overflow of overconfidence.
While there's no doubt that a good deal of swagger is necessary to succeed on Saturdays and on the recruiting trail, how far does that really get you behind the keyboard. That's the question that popped above our heads while reading a pair of Razorbacks' tweets on Thursday night.
While the college football section of Twitter was busy setting off streamers and blowing into their kazoos to this cannon ball shot on Thursday night, to the tune of 500 retweets....
...Bielema's boss had fired off a fastball of his own that largely went unnoticed.
Have to laugh cause some of my AD friends don't like that I tweet, seems it puts pressure on them to connect with Students & fans... Hmmm— Jeff Long (@jefflongUA) May 30, 2013
A few questions...
1. Is it too late to submit this for the Humblebrag book?
2. Because you know he wants us to ask, who exactly is Long talking about here?
3. Outside giving his triceps a workout to pat himself on the back, what exactly was this supposed to accomplish?
As Long's colleague Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork tweeted in response, "Not sure who you're laughing at.... many of us do tweet but you set the standard!" So here's thinking that Long got what he was looking for.
For your enjoyment here is a random sampling of some of Jeff's tweets...