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Leach: Coaches practice just like players

Mike Leach was asked if he was excited to be back on the sideline for the first time since 2009 after practice last night.

Leach responded by saying, "I've been practicing it everyday for over a month."

"It's really not that new. It's just like players practice, coaches practice. So it's not like any of it is new. I've just got to do the same thing in the game that I did in practice, just like they do."




Impressive video from Azusa Pacific

Really well put together video here from Azusa Pacific, who is making the move to D-II. The video highlights head Victor Santa Cruz and how the Cougar program is winning games and changing lives.

This is one of those videos that helps remind us of the big picture and why we do what we do as coaches. 

"God gave us just one life. We are not going to waste it on mediocrity. We are going to run to be the best." Santa Cruz notes during the clip.




"We have to master the things that require no talent"

On the field at Camp Randall, in front of 80,000 fans among the loudest in the country, communication's importance can't be stressed enough.

Co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash pointed out communication's importance, using their loss against Ohio State, where a breakdown in communication in the secondary allowed Ohio State to go ahead with under 30 seconds left on the clock. 

“Communication doesn’t require talent. That’s the No. 1 thing we’ve got to master, the things that require no talent. That’s one of them.” 

However, it's not easy. Processing the personnel, formation, defensive call and down and distance while under the gun on game day takes plenty of repetition, Ash notes.

“You have to process it first before you can communicate it. The great ones, they can process it faster.”

“Out here, it’s easy. On game day in the environment of Camp Randall Stadium, it’s a whole ’nother thing. We try to stress it, but you never know until you get to gameday.”




USC places a billboard near UCLA's campus

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This billboard recently popped up near UCLA's Westwood campus.

USC associate athletic director for marketing, Craig Kelley, said that the board is one of 30 in Southern California.

"You have certain locations you can choose that are favorable and have high visibility, and we chose the ones that would work best for us at the time based on what was available."

To his credit, at least Lane scrapped the one that simply said "50-0. Have a nice day."

 




Video: Fall camp at Cal

Well done video here following Cal through their fall camp.

Follow the team through their training with the military and police / fire departments, and learn how the new facilities have made camp more productive.




Video: This is what it means to run physical

Take a look at this clip from Ohio State's practice.

That's what happens when a 235 pound running back meets running backs coach Stan Drayton in a drill. Coach Drayton and Urban couldn't help but chuckle a bit.




Petersen explains how they're preparing for the Spartan run game

Friday night Boise State travels to East Lansing to take on the Spartans and 6-foot-2 244 pound running back Le'Veon Bell in a match up of top 25 teams.

Bell has at least two inches and 20 pounds on the biggest back on the Bronco's roster, so preparing to tackle a back the size of Bell has Chris Petersen spending some time thinking outside the box.

"We've taped two of our running backs together and they carry the ball at the same time to get a little feel of what it'd be like to really tackle a guy (that size)." Petersen said jokingly.

"We don't have anybody around here who looks like that." 




Gundy: You fall into one of three categories when recruiting

Mike Gundy joined Sirius XM College Sports Nation a few minutes ago to talk about facilities and how support from guys like T. Boone Pickens have really helped the program, especially from a recruiting standpoint.

"If you don't have something bright and shiny and new it makes it extremely difficult to recruit the quality young men that you have to bring in to win games."

When asked if recruiting had gotten easier because of the recent facility upgrades and success of the program, Gundy explained "We have a lot of talks in our staff meetings about recruiting. For the most part we talk about recruiting every day because we're only as good as the people in our program."

"We feel like there's probably 6 or 8 schools in the country that can walk in, at any particular time in recruiting, and throw their hat in the ring and have the chance to get a young man. And that's based on tradition and winning and the logos that are recognized all across the country."

"Then there's another group of about 20-30 schools that can fare very well and just about get in on any player that's in their geographical area...and then there's everybody else."

"At Oklahoma State, we used to be the 'everyone else' but we've moved up, in our opinion into the second group, we're not into that upper echelon yet. We haven't built enough tradition here, but we've moved up into that second group."