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."
(Updated with Pics & Video) USC's impressive John McKay facility
The $70 million, 110,000 square foot John McKay Center is set to be dedicated today. You can see the architectural renderings here.
The facility will serve as the main hub for USC coaches and players and will house a 32,000 square foot weight room, and 18,000 square foot training room on the basement level. The new weight room will be three times the size of the previous area, while the training room will add about six times the square footage. That's quite an upgrade.
Above the weight room and training room, on the main floor, will be the academic center with access to tutors, study rooms, and computer access. The second floor will house the football coaches offices, team meeting rooms and a video production area.
Kiffin and the staff are already familiar with the building, as they were allowed to start moving in at the end of July.
Athletic director Pat Haden has called the new facility "the finest of it's kind anywhere."
Pictures of the new facility can be seen below.
View of the facility from outside
Statue of John McKay at the entrance to the facility
Video screen that you see upon entering the building
The new basement level practice field
The new locker room facility
A row of new lockers with video screens
The players lounge
Outdoor lounge bearing Coach Carroll's name
Mural with a message in the team meeting room
Beckman: Simple schemes allow us to get our best on the field
In their first year co-coordinating an offense, Chris Beatty and Billy Gonzalez have managed to keep the scheme simple so that players, especially up front, are able to play more than one position.
As Coach Beckman talks about the lack of depth up front for the Illini, he notes that the schemes are simple enough that players can be interchangeable so that they can get their five best offensive lineman on the field. During the season, they plan on playing 7 or 8 guys during game day.
Coach Beckman also touches on the attributes that Chris Beatty retained defensive line coach Keith Gilmore brings to the staff.
Outtakes from DirecTV ads with Eli, Prime and Peyton
Funny stuff there.