Weis: For players, it's all about word of mouth
When Charlie Weis was hired, he decided to hire two coaches with deep Kansas roots to build a fence around the state.
Special teams coordinator Clint Bowen and offensive line coach Tim Grunhard both have pretty big names in Kansas. Grunhard has NFL experience with the Cheifs, as well as time as a high school coach in the Kansas City area. Bowen has developed a unique loyalty in Lawrence where he played defensive back, and has also worked under three different Kansas head coaches.
“We’ll sprinkle everyone else in, but it all starts with those two."
As Weis explains, having household Kansas names on staff like Bowen and Grunhard, coupled with their work ethic on the recruiting trail is eventually going to have a snowball effect on recruiting.
“What happens is, when you start winning some of them, then you start winning more of them because those guys talk to the other guys about the experiences they’re having."
“It’s all about word of mouth for the players.”
JUCO Video: "They said it couldn't be done"
East Mississippi Community College has come came out with a solid 2012 movie preview themed trailer .
EMCC proved many of their doubters wrong last season, going 12-0 and solidifying themselves as National Champs when it was all said and done.
...who said it couldn't be done?
You can win with bad facilities, but not with bad people
It has been an exciting off season in Iowa City.
Greg Davis joined the staff as the offensive coordinator, Brian Ferentz left the Patriots for a chance to coach the offensive line under his father, and former Hawkeye and NFL veteran LeVar Woods was promoted from administrative assistant to linebackers coach.
Not to mention the new indoor practice facility that the finishing touches are being put on as we speak.
Relecting on the offseason, Hawkeye athletic director Gary Barta noted the importance of getting the right foundation of people in place first, and then focusing on facility upgrades.
"The first thing you have to do is hire and retain great people. You can have horrible facilities, but great people, and still have success. You can also have great facilities, but less than great people, and you are likely going to fail. Our first responsibility is to get great people on staff."
"Once you have great people, you need to give them the tools to succeed. That's been part of our master plan."
Mic'd up at UCLA
On this episode of UCLA Football Friday, the crew caught up with linebackers coach / special teams coordinator Jeff Ulbrich.
Ulbrich, who spent a decade in the NFL as a linebacker, admits that he may love coaching as much as he did playing.
"You leave the game and you think there's nothing that will equal that, as far as an emotional approach. But for me it'e been a really easy transition to coaching in my brain. I always try to bring the same energy as I did as a player."
In the clip below, Ulbrich talks about still lacing the cleats up to go out to practice, and shares his experiences on the road recruiting for the first time.
Withers: The value of experience
Everett Withers went from graduate assistant to defensive coordinator in one promotion. That promotion at age 24 forced him to mature quickly, and also allowed him an opportunity to get some great experience at a young age.
After all, it can't be easy directing a group of coaches older than you that wanted that same promotion.
It was then that Withers had to take his own advice. The same advice that he had been telling his players.
"We all say that football is probably the closest thing to real-life situations. The ups and downs and adversity, those things you go through in football are just like everyday life. When you learn how to deal with those situations on the football field, you're better prepared for real life."
Experience and adversity, eventually become knowledge.
"I think the value with experience is just dealing with different people and different situations, that's probably the biggest thing. What you try to do as a coach is try to put the good things and the bad things, the things you like and the things you don't like, evaluate them and see how you would run a program. As many experiences as you have, the better you are."
Brady Hoke's edge in recruiting
Brady Hoke and the Michigan staff have been landing some of the top players in the country, and their efforts are getting plenty of attention in national recruiting publications and beyond.
Although for Hoke and his staff, selling the block "M" hasn't exactly been a steep uphill battle since they were hired. However, every once in a while the prestige surrounding the maize and blue scares some recruits off.
"Every time you walk in a school or call a coach or a parent of a prospect, that block M carries a lot of weight"
"We're the 14th-ranked university in the world (by U.S. News and World Report). We're the winningest program in college football history. That combination...the stadium's kind of big, 114,000 people...that's not for everybody. That scares some guys off, and I'm glad they tell me they get a little nervous about that."
"It's Michigan. I said that in my first press conference. No matter what anybody thought, this is Michigan still."
That's right...it's still Michigan.
Chris Tormey: "Don't tell coach Christensen..'"
In late December, Chris Tormey officially joined Dave Christensen's staff as the defensive coordinator out at Wyoming. According to Tormey, he's not sure why he even needed to negotiate a salary because he'd happily work for free.
"I've had a football season every year since 1966, so I feel fortunate to have been involved in the game that long and I feel like I'm not even working. I could do this for free...don't tell Coach C that..."
On a more serious note, in the clip below Coach Tormey talks about why he likes coaching college football, discusses his relationship with Coach Christensen, and breaks down the importance of spring ball, the summer off season, and fall camp from a development standpoint.
This is what happens to unused Super Bowl confetti
We all know that the pre-made "NFL Champion" t-shirts from the losing team get sent overseas, but have you ever wondered what happens to the confetti from the losing team?
Yesterday, in Boston, residents gathered at the Old State House to hear the Declaration of Independence read from the balcony, just as it was back in 1776.
After the reading from the balcony, the confetti cannons that were originally meant for the Patriots Super Bowl Champs parade went off in celebration of the holiday.
There. Now you know.