Urban rewards team with a nap
After touching on the idea of "tapping out" and wrapping up a practice where Urban Meyer commended the team on practicing like an Ohio State team should practice, he rewarded them with some extra down time. Most players took that opportunity to get some extra shut eye.
Before camp started, Meyer had ordered a ton of air mattresses for the team, and explains why at the end of the clip. Great job here by ESPN.
Tuberville: The game is about to change
Tommy Tuberville believes that football, as we know it, is about to change.
With the renewed focus on head injuries, Tubs believes practice and overall game preparation are going to see some big changes.
Naturally being cautious in treating head injuries means that players will miss more game time which has the potential to have a major impact on the outcome of games.
“You’re going to see a lot of guys miss games, more than you ever have. Get ready. You’re going to have a lot more touchdowns.”
Notre Dame hype video
Only ten days away from their season opener against Navy in Ireland, Notre Dame released a hype video to get everyone excited.
This one's pretty good.
Monken explains the Air Raid
As Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman chatted with Todd Monken the other day, Monken explained that the "Air Raid" offense is actually pretty easy to learn.
Monken explained that the Air Raid "gives a guy a chance to kind of learn and maximize his measurable skill as opposed to thinking so much. But you’ve got to get your guys studying, get in the playbook instead of Facebook and Myspace and all the social network."
"The guys that really want to do that will put themselves into a position to play as opposed to those posting pictures and hanging out and chasing girls.”
“The key is, we’re rotating so many guys, the ones and twos are taking equal reps, it’s kind of hard to figure out.”
With the youth that they'll have contributing on offense, combined with the talent they lost to the NFL draft, Monken wants to ensure that everyone is on the same page.
“We just need to put together plays that looks like we know what the hell we’re doing. We’ve got enough talent. Just young. We’re just not very deep. Get all 11 guys doing the right stuff.”
Video: Malzahn awards scholarships to 4 walk ons
During a team meeting recently, Coach Malzahn awarded a scholarship to four deserving walk ons.
It was obviously a special moment for those players, and one in particular admitted to having his breath taken away when he realized his name was called. That's good stuff.
Another great "Relentless" episode at Ohio
Another great episode of "Relentless" here.
This one touches on the state of the art HD film system that coaches utilize to watch practice from practically every angle. The system also allows players easy access to any film over the past three seasons.
Reaction Video: South Florida's new lockers
After returning back to campus from their fall camp location in Vero Beach, South Florida players walked into a new look in the locker room.
The lockers featured neon lights and custom made glass peices to section off each locker. Each locker also has a ventalation system to air out pads and shoes (one up top and one below), as well as outlets and a safe.
One new schedule will feature five 1,000 mile road trips
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri's move to the SEC is expected to cost the school an extra $750,000 in travel costs.
Missouri's senior associate athletic director, Tim Hickman confirmed that the travel costs will be at least that.
"I think it will be at least that. It's a moving target. We're still evaluating and the feeling is that it's a little higher."
Trips to nearby states Iowa and Kansas will be replaced with trips east to South Carolina and Florida. Only games at Arkansas, Kentucky and Vanderbilt are expected to be trips taken via a bus.
According to the Post-Dispatch, the average roundtrip flight during their time in the Big 12 was 850 miles. In the SEC, their average trip will increase to 1,020 miles. The Tigers longest trip will be the 1,694 trek to Gainesville, and five other trips will crack the 1,000 mile mark.
Getting a feel for the new travel specs is expected to take about two cycles before they iron out all the kinks.
"This is a great example of needing to go through two cycles. We think we can predict the time of how long it will take to get to Gainesville (Florida) and all that stuff, but until you actually do it in all sports for two years, we won't have a good feel for that."