This program knows how to churn out quality videos
It's official. The guys at Linfield College (D-III - OR) have mastered the art of creating hype videos.
This clip, which opens up with a great motivational talk and then transitions to highlights from spring ball, is no exception.
This program knows what they're doing.
Video: All Access look at the intensity of Vandy's spring game
Normally, spring games are a somewhat relaxed and fun opportunity for young players to grab some attention and for coaches to evaluate development. However, at Vanderbilt, where James Franklin and his staff are continuing to establish expectations and build the program to a point where they can compete for an SEC title, "relaxed" is not in their vocabulary during the spring game.
Thanks to this All Access clip, you get to see behind the scenes of a heated locker room where the coaching staff continues to mold and communicate their expectations to their players.
At half time, offensive line coach Herb Hand goes off and tells the entire team to hold his unit accountable and demand more from them, and James Franklin reemphasizes that jobs are up for grabs and reminds players that this is the perfect opportunity to make a statement.
'If you want to eat...eat! If you want to take some jobs, take some jobs. If you want to make a statement then get after their ass and beat them."
Video: "Getting swole' in the weight room at Texas
The Longhorn network brought some cameras in for a look at the shiny new chrome weights in action in Austin as Bennie Wylie, Jeff Madden and the rest of the strength staff prepared players through off season workouts.
With those chrome plates stacked on each side, squatting 600+ pounds never looked better.
On a more serious note, strength coach Jeff Madden sums up the off season for a strength coach perfectly at the end.
"They're handling amounts of weight now that they never dreamed of being able to handle. When we get to the season and we turn them over to the coaches, we want to give them the best product that we possibly can to help them win games."
Photo: Bama's national championship rings are in
Earlier this month there was a great deal of empassioned debate about which college football teams did and did not deserve to give out rings to their players. Whether or not you believe Texas was worthy of rings after winning the Alamo Bowl or North Carolina earned its rings for finishing atop the ACC Coastal Division standings, one group of players that its undoubtedly deserving of its rings is Alabama.
Seasoned Crimson Tide players have now filled occupied both ring fingers and have moved on to a surrounding digit with three titles in four years. Wearing all three rings at once for long stretches of time is just asking for carpal tunnel syndrome later on in life; there's something opposing coaches should keep in mind when recruiting against the Tide.
Georgia Southern nails it with this video
Georgia Southern, one of the many schools making the jump to FBS over the next few seasons, will likely take some time to get acclimated to major college football week in and week out.
One thing that they have down pat already is a knack for producing quality videos like the one below.
Photo: Dan Mullen hand wrote letters to moms of recruits for Mothers Day
Numerous coaches took to Twitter over the weekend to thank mothers of their current players for their guidance and support the give to guys on their roster.
Dan Mullen took that to the next level with hand written letters to moms of Mississippi State recruits.
Here's a look at what those moms received.
Good move coach Mullen. Good move indeed.
(H/T to Yahoo's Dr. Saturday for the picture)
The new SportsCenter set is going to be ridiculously massive
We spend a lot of time chronicling the facility improvements college football programs across the nation are installing thanks in large part to the deluge of television money that has infiltrated the game in recent years. Just in the last two weeks, Michigan State has announced a $20 million facelift to Spartan Stadium and Texas A&M heralded a nearly half-billion dollar makeover to Kyle Field.
While ESPN is providing showers of green on campuses across the country, they've saved more than a little bit of that cash for themselves. The latest example came Tuesday, when the Worldwide Leader unveiled plans for Digital Center 2, a 193,000-square foot, four-studios-in-one new home for SportsCenter, at a cost of $125 million.
This is what we thought the TV would look like in the future back in 1985.
Check out Texas' 2013 season trailer
In Mack Brown's now three-year quest to rebuild the Texas program, one of his most overlooked but underrated hires was made just over one month ago. Somehow, someway the program with more resources than anyone in college football, located in the country's biggest technological hub this side of Silicon Valley, with its own ESPN network to boot, had fallen behind on in-house video production.
Enter Derek Ochoa, who LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson credited as the dynamo behind their industry-leading videos while Ochoa was a student in Baton Rouge. "He's been with us for a few years, he spends time around the players and around the program and he really knows what message we want to deliver," Wilson said at the time.
Texas hired Ochoa on April 11 as the Longhorns' director of creative services for football, and his first major output can be seen below. "All of the energy and work that we've put into the last two years are going to start showing more results," says Brown. "We want to get back to being one of the top football programs in the country, where we deserve to be and where our fans deserve to be."
With the season just over 100 days away, the bar has now been set firmly into place.