New kickoff rules going to cause more injuries?
In theory, the new rule changes on kickoffs for next season have been done with safety in mind. Colorado head coach Jon Embree believes that the new touchback rule (moving touchbacks from the 20 yard line out to the 25) may have the opposite effect.
Embree believes that if you have a kicker that can put it on the 7 yard line consistently, and the returner mishandles it, your going to have some dangerous collisions.
Embree weighed in on the change by saying, "I think you high pooch it and cover it, what I think will happen is if you get effective at that, you're putting the other team even more at risk than what the rule intended because unless he fair catches it, he can really take a shot because everyone is closer obviously."
It also changes the dynamic of a returner, Embree says. " The returner has to have good judgment and a good feel. You're never used to fair catching kickoffs, even though that is something you can do. There are a lot of timing issues that go into a kickoff return that now you're going to have to figure out as a return guy."
FootballScoop Pac-12 Tour
Next week we're headed west! Yes, The Scoop will be visiting nearly every Pac-12 program over the next two weeks.
The journey begins in Seattle at the University of Washington and from there we head south. We'll conclude the trip ten days later at the University of Arizona.
More than anything else, the purpose of this trip is simply to spend more time with the coaches and to see and hear what each is up to this Spring.
Invariably, after spending 10 days with 10 staffs we'll have a couple of stories to share. We'll have daily updates for you throughout the trip on the site. Yes, we'll take some pictures and capture some video as well.
Another great way to follow along on this trip and to interact with us is to follow us on Twitter @FootballScoop. Comments and suggestions are welcomed.
Great video from The U
Al Golden and the Hurricans released a great video this morning highlighting the offseason events starting with the first team meeting after the last game of the season.
The video is a bit long, but you'll want to watch the whole thing...a ton of great coaching content.
Michigan athletics putting on seminar for hefty price tag
The University of Michigan is planning to put on a leadership seminar for business executives in June hosted by Brady Hoke, and numerous other coaches and Michigan business professors.
The goal of the seminar, titled "Leaders and Best: Winning the Leadership Game", is to teach business leadership through UM sports including lessons on; "the trick to transformations in times of crisis", "how to teach people a new way of doing things", and "how to take on fierce competitors and produce winning results".
Athletic Director David Brandon says that the seminar "will share leadership concepts and team-building strategies that are used to prepare our teams for big-time college sports competition at the national level."
The cost to attend the seminar is currently estimated at $14,900 (with some likely discounts for alumni and donors). The price tag includes events such as team activities, game-play enactments, and wellness exercises to be held at The Big House and other Wolverine athletic facilities.
Helmet design backlash for Mizzou?
As we told you a few weeks ago, Missouri plans to unveil some new uniforms changes during their spring game on April 14th, and part of those changes include getting rid of the block "M" on the helmets.
Gary Pinkel says that the new changes are a huge hit with recruits. "They went crazy, those are 18-year-old kids, and (those concepts are) what we're recruiting against and what we're playing." he said of the new changes.
While the recruits may be an easy sell, the hardcore traditionalists may feel quite different about removing the logo that has been on the helmets for 40 years. "I know the history of that helmet, I know everything about that helmet," he said. "But we chose to take the 'M' off the helmet."
Studies have shown that people identify with the tiger head logo and the word "Mizzou" more than the block "M". Nationally, the block "M" is often confused for Michigan and others Pinkel added.
Good stuff from Greg Davis
New offensive coordinator Greg Davis got the opportunity to sit down with the media for the first time yesterday to talk about his time in Iowa City so far, and his plans for the Hawkeye offense moving forward.
"From the very time Kirk and I started talking it was about blending philosophy, about blending the way we call things and creating something that was 2012." Davis said. "We're just trying to take the best of both worlds, put it together and come up with something that is ours."
Staying at a local hotel for the time being, Davis says that he has gotten a pretty clear picture on how important football is to Hawkeye country. The other night he came in to find some guys in their 20's and 30's sitting around the lobby, and they recognized him, and they came over to talk for a bit, and as Coach Davis puts it "I was immediately invited to go to a bachelor party."
Being out of the football limelight for a few seasons, Davis spent his time traveling the country visiting high schools and college campuses taking notes and trying to see football in a different light.
"I tried to get out once a week and watch high school teams. Then, on the weekends, I kind of went back in the man cave and taped every game that I couldn't watch." he said.
Building a program from scratch
Imagine having the opportunity to truly build a vision for a program from the ground up, and then seeing it all come together. Nothing easy about building a program; but it sure must be a rewarding feeling to have done it.
That was the opportunity that Andy Carr and his staff at D-III Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota had this past season.
Carr led Presentation to a 3-7 record in their first season playing football. After opening up with three losses, they won their next three games (and two of their losses towards the end of the season came by a combined 11 points)...an impressive feat considering there were 43 freshmen on the roster.
The video below does a great job of capturing the journey of Coach Carr and the staff.
Rich Rod keeping things in perspective
Rich Rod and the new Arizona staff begin their spring practices today, and if the past is any indication...Rodriguez will take spring ball success in stride.
Rodriguez commented briefly on his past coaching stops and how spring ball went at each of them. “At Glenville (State), there were 25 guys on the team. I was bigger than all of them, at Tulane, if there was an NCAA record for sacks allowed in the spring game...and Shaun King was our quarterback, we would have set it. Clemson wasn’t real pretty. West Virginia was ugly. Michigan was ugly."
With all that in retrospect, Rich Rod added “If it gets too pretty this spring, then we have more problems on defense than I ever imagined.”