Video: Jeopardy! contests don't know much college football
We've previously documented on this site how the expansive minds of Jeopardy! contests have a dark spot when it comes to college football. Apparently, filling your brain with art history and potent potables and all other sorts of academic trivia leaves no room for the important stuff in life, like college football coaches.
Rivers in Africa? Medieval popes? 17th-century Scottish authors? Child's play. College football coaches? Absolutely terrifying.
The threesome didn't swing and miss on every question, Amy managed to get two correct. But, no, Emily, the eyes of Auburn aren't upon you.
(H/T Crystal Ball Run)
Miami has a new website that every high school coach will appreciate
Miami has launched UDrills.TV, a first-of-its-kind website that puts the ins-and-outs of the Hurricanes' program on the Internet for all to see.
It's a pretty simple site - many of the best ideas are - that embeds a drill of the day (see today's below) and a link to the 'Canes' "Mind Games" series below that. On the left panel, you can find a section of administrative links from head coach Al Golden, the drill of the day, links to different exercises Miami does in the weight room, links to Miami's training room, and a "coming soon" section for Miami's equipment room.
This is a smart idea by Miami on a number of fronts. First, it creates a nice inventory of drills for their own in-house use. Most importantly, though, it's a great marketing tool. For every coach that references this page, in addition to helping his own career he's bathing himself in orange and green. He's watching Miami coaches run Miami drills with Miami players and, all of a sudden, he now has a positive opinion of Miami football.
If you're a high school, middle school or youth football coach, you'll want to add this site to your bookmarks. Check it out.
Plea to football coaches: Tweet like The Mayor
I have a confession to make.
I've cheated on you, college football. I have a new favorite coach, and it's Iowa State basketball coach Fred Hoiberg.
With two NBA ready guards, his Cyclones one of the few college basketball teams that actually tries to put the ball in the basket in the first 34 seconds of the shot clock. They're my favorite team left in the NCAA Tournament to watch, so that's part of it.
But a large part of my growing admiration for Hoiberg is the way he carries himself. More specifically, it's the way he operates his Twitter account. With every @ISUMayor32 tweet that pops in my feed, I wish more and more that football coaches would tweet like him.
Hoiberg doesn't tweet that often - only eight original tweets this month - but every time he does tweet, he has something to say.
Hoiberg most often tweets about his family....
Happy 11th birthday to the twins, they told me they have one wish, and one wish only! pic.twitter.com/vONZ8QKUeU— Fred Hoiberg (@ISUMayor32) March 21, 2014
My favorite starting 5! pic.twitter.com/yspaY0EWtr— Fred Hoiberg (@ISUMayor32) March 16, 2014
Drops in some humor...
So proud of our guys but even more proud of myself for doing this on the plane ride home last night! pic.twitter.com/xWKuQ3fhQk— Fred Hoiberg (@ISUMayor32) February 4, 2014
Or a combination of the two, like this tweet on Oscar night...
My apologies to @PaigeHoiberg, apparently I wasn't supposed to fast forward through Channing Tatum.— Fred Hoiberg (@ISUMayor32) March 3, 2014
...or he can go heartfelt.
Thinking of the McCaffery family today. Hoping and praying for the best #TeamPat— Fred Hoiberg (@ISUMayor32) March 19, 2014
Cheers coach, that one was for you. pic.twitter.com/Kyfo5RNmPw— Fred Hoiberg (@ISUMayor32) March 16, 2014
Hoiberg supplements that with the rah-rah stuff you'd expect from a college coach - thanking the fans, well-wishing the other teams on campus and congratulating players for success in the classroom. But check out the retweets each of the above tweets garnered. His message is clearly getting through to people.
Compare that, though, with what all too often is the one-note Twitter strategy of many college football coaches:
"Great practice today! We got better out there!! #GoState"
"Go luck to the Lady Bulldogs basketball team tonight! #Woof"
It's almost like some athletics department personnel downloaded an auto-tweet app that alternates between the same five messages every day. There's nothing wrong with those types of tweets on their own, but they lack the personality and authenticity that Hoiberg gives his nearly 45,000 followers.
If you want to win me back, college football coaches - and believe me, I want you to, basketball coaches are strange - I ask but one simple favor: be more like The Mayor.
Photos: Louisville has black uniforms on the way
Black uniforms are popular. So popular, in fact, that teams without black in their color scheme often go out of their way to add a black alternate. That's why it's so strange that Louisville, wearing red and black as its primary colors, hasn't had a black alternate uniform in its rotation.
These photos popped up on Twitter Thursday night during Louisville's photo sessions. Considering the circumstances, you can mark these down as legit.
2014 Senior Class pic.twitter.com/FNUE7Qn8oj— LouisvilleFootball (@UofLFootball) March 27, 2014
Video: 'Work is the greatest remedy available'
It's hard to imagine a team with more incentive to work hard this off-season than Southern Miss. One of the proudest mid-major programs in college football has fallen on hard times of late, going 1-23 over the past two seasons. You may have heard something about that.
In their effort to erase recent history, Todd Monken's crew hopes hard work pays off.
The South Carolina legislature has formally honored Steve Spurrier
The 120th session of the South Carolina state legislature has formally passed S 931, honoring the head football coach of the University of South Carolina, Steve Spurrier.
My only question is, what took so long? With a 77-39 overall record, eight bowl trips in nine seasons, three straight bowl wins, three straight 11-win seasons and three straight consensus Top 10 finishes, Spurrier is unquestionably the best coach in the modern era of Gamecock football history. He's the winningest coach in South Carolina history, for crying out loud.
Here's the full resolution in all its glory:
TO HONOR COACH STEVE SPURRIER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA AS THE "WINNINGEST COACH" IN THE HISTORY OF CAROLINA FOOTBALL, TO CONGRATULATE HIM ON COACHING HIS OUTSTANDING TEAM ALL THE WAY TO THE 2014 CAPITAL ONE BOWL WINNER'S CROWN, AND TO WISH HIM MUCH CONTINUED SUCCESS IN THE DAYS TO COME.
Whereas, the South Carolina General Assembly is pleased to learn that the University of South Carolina's Coach Steve Spurrier and his Carolina Gamecocks continue to break school football records every time they take the field these days; and
Whereas, much of their success is due to the celebrated leadership, skill in coaching, personal athletic skill, imagination, and ability to inspire his players that characterize Coach Steve Spurrier, whose arrival in Columbia ushered in the golden age of Carolina football; and
Whereas, since 2005, the year Coach Spurrier came to USC and began to transform the Carolina football program with his winning style, the Gamecocks have compiled an increasingly impressive record. In 2010, Coach Spurrier scored with the first SEC Eastern Division Championship in school history, becoming the first coach to win the SEC East with two different teams. Earlier in the season, the Gamecocks posted the first win over a No. 1 team in program history with a 35-21 victory over top-ranked defending national champion Alabama; and
Whereas, the Gamecocks continued to make history in 2011, winning a school-record 11 games and finishing in the Top 10 in the final A.P. poll for the first time. The squad also won a school-record six SEC games and defeated each of its Eastern Division rivals in the same season for the first time. Carolina capped the regular season with a win over Clemson, its third straight win over its Palmetto State rival (the first time that feat had been accomplished since 1968-1970), then defeated Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl by a convincing 30-13 margin; and
Whereas, in 2012, Steve Spurrier once again led his USC football team to double-digit wins during the course of the regular-season campaign. The 2012 regular season culminated with the annual regular-season-ending game against arch-rival Clemson at Clemson's Memorial Stadium, where the Gamecocks emerged with a fourth consecutive double-digit victory over the Tigers--a triumph marked by Coach Spurrier's 65th win at Carolina. With that November 24, 2012, victory over Clemson, Coach Spurrier surpassed Rex Enright to become the winningest coach in Gamecock football history; and
Whereas, Coach Spurrier led the Gamecocks to a thrilling 33-28 victory in the 2012 Outback Bowl against the winningest program in college football, the Michigan Wolverines. The victory elevated the Gamecocks to an 11-2 record for the second consecutive season. Additionally, by finishing 8th in the Associated Press poll and 7th in the Coaches poll, South Carolina finished in the Top 10 of both polls for a second consecutive campaign; and
Whereas, in a 2013 season full of firsts for South Carolina football, perhaps the most significant one came when Steve Spurrier and his Gamecocks beat Clemson 31-17 for their fifth consecutive win over their arch-rival. The Tigers (10-2) had never lost five consecutive games to Carolina in a series that began in 1896; and
Whereas, finally, the Gamecocks' exciting 34-24 New Year's Day win over Wisconsin at the 2014 Capital One Bowl puts another first on Coach Steve Spurrier's record-breaking winning ledger at USC: three identical records for three years running, the winningest years in school history. In each of these years, South Carolina has finished 6-2 in the SEC and 11-2 overall and has won a bowl game and triumphed over Clemson. To crown all, the Gamecocks achieved their best postseason ranking in history, checking in at No. 4 in the final A.P. Top 25 and final USA Today Top 25 ; and
Whereas, the General Assembly, grateful for the consistent commitment and excellence Steve Spurrier has bestowed on this great State, takes great pleasure in wishing him well as he continues to lead the Carolina Gamecocks to even higher achievements in USC football history. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the members of the South Carolina General Assembly, by this resolution, honor Coach Steve Spurrier of the University of South Carolina as the "winningest coach" in the history of Carolina football, congratulate him on coaching his outstanding team all the way to the 2014 Capital One Bowl winner's crown, and wish him much continued success in the days to come.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to Coach Steve Spurrier.
Here's hoping he celebrates with a trip to Arby's.
(HT SB Nation)
'Are we a real program or do we just disappear for another 10 years?'
In 2013, North Texas played in its first bowl game in a full decade. The Mean Green ended one of FBS's longest bowl droughts. But they weren't alone. Tulane, UNLV, Colorado State and Washington State also ended prolonged postseason absences.
At the start of spring ball earlier this month, North Texas head coach Dan McCarney laid out the charge facing his program - and those like it - as perfectly as I've seen.
“The challenge ahead is this: Are we a real program, which means no matter who you lose or who gets injured or who graduates, the next group comes in and replaces them,” McCarney said. “Or do we just disappear off the college football landscape for another 10 years before we can have success again? We want to keep the edge and be really successful and have a program that people can be proud of.”
North Texas closed the 2013 season with wins in seven of their final eight games, outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 115-24 in the second half of those seven victories. With a new stadium, an upgraded conference, an accomplished coach and an administration willing to invest a five-year contract in him, North Texas plans on continuing its winning ways. (Returning one of the most experienced offensive lines in college football and the majority of their ball-carriers doesn't hurt, either.)
We know where the Mean Green stands. What about everyone else?
“These guys know what we expect, and there have been rewards for their efforts,” McCarney said. “They have seen what can happen if you believe, defy the odds, don’t worry about outside expectations and only worry about what happens on the inside. There is a tradition now of winning.”
Quality high school video: 'Don't let go'
A new coaching staff took over at Richland High School, in the Fort Worth, Texas, suburb of North Richland Hills, two years ago. Their motto ever since then? "Don't let go." "We made a solid commitment to make our guys as strong as possible mentally, physically and spiritually," said strength coach Jake Johnson.
I can't comment on how the Rebels are doing mentally or spiritually, but I can confirm this group is now strong physically. Richland boasts 28 athletes cleaning over 250 and three cleaning over 300, according to Johnson. This video made me want to hop in and clean with the guys (only after we took a couple plates off each side, of course).