Recruits weigh in on Franklin's recruiting pitch
There has been plenty of buzz the past year or so about the success that Franklin and his staff have had out on the recruiting trail, beating out other SEC schools like Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina for recruits.
Already the staff has tied up 16 commitments for the 2013 class, as well as two on board already for the 2014 class.
The bottom line is that with the program's recent success, Vanderbilt has no shortage of things to sell. They're not only a program on the rise in the SEC, but when you graduate from there you're getting a degree that rivals any degree in the nation. The Sporting News' Brian McLaughlin caught up with a few recruits to get some insight about the recruiting pitch that was used to get them on board.
Gerald Perry, a receiver out of the Memphis area explained "When I was being recruited, one of the things that Coach Franklin said to me was I could go to another college and get compared to another person who already succeeded at that school, or I can come to Vandy and make my own legacy."
One of their 2014 commitments, K.J. Cara-Samuels (whose older brother is already on the roster as a quarterback) said that Vandy is a special place, with a unique family atmosphere that exists between the coaches and the players.
“Coach Franklin is down to earth and I know he will never lie to me. That’s the thing I have learned from my brother through his time there. No matter what, the coaches and players are a family and to be a family you must be honest with each other. I don’t think many places are like that in college football.”
Anyone that's familiar with Coach Franklin (or that have watched any one of their many video's featured here on The Scoop) knows that he is a high energy guy, which is another aspect of the program that has struck a chord with recruits.
“They say Vandy is the Harvard of the South. Most people don’t think of Vandy as a great football program but respect the academics—but they go hand in hand. It’s a team on the rise. I can’t say enough about Coach Franklin. He’s energy all day, 24-7.”
Mic'd up at New Mexico
Really good mic'd up session here with New Mexico defensive coordinator Jeff Mills.
"Do it right, do it light. Do it wrong, do it long." he tells the defensive backs at one point. Gotta love the energy he's bringing.
Petrino talks to ESPN
This morning, Bobby Petrino's interview with Joe Schad aired on ESPN.
In the interview, Petrino takes responsibility for his actions.
"That's not how I was raised. That's not how I raised my children. I take responsibility for it and I am really sorry."
Advice from McCarney: "Eliminate outside expectations"
Dan McCarney is looking forward to doing things with the North Texas football program that have never been done before.
In order to accomplish that, McCarney explains that there are a few things that they need to do first, starting with eliminating expectations from those outside of the program.
"If we went around here and worried about what people on the outside think of our program and how far we can go, we'd be in depression all the time." Great advice for any coach out there that is in a similar situation.
Gator head now the midfield logo at Florida
The Swamp will have a bit of a different look this fall, including new fonts used around the stadium and the "F" at midfield being replaced with the infamous Gator head.
“Our goal was to place our primary mark at midfield. That’s the most prominent location on the field and we felt that’s where the Gator head needed to be. It’s a hugely recognized symbol in college athletics.” explained Mike Hill, senior associate AD for external affairs.
The decision to change the midfield logo was decided after numerous conversations with the staff, as well as former letter winners who sit on the board of the F Club.
The font that will be featured around the stadium in the same Gator font that has been used on the basketball uniforms for many years. Pictures of the changes are below.
"We're going to do what we want, when we want"
Heading into the fall, Danny Hope and the Boilermakers return an impressive 19 starters, which tops the Big Ten.
Offensive coordinator Gary Nord returns two different quarterbacks with quality game experience and expects to be able to use that to their advantage when he's calling plays on game day.
In fact, both Caleb TerBush and Robert Marve attempted over 100 passes last season. Nord is confident that they now have the experience to dictate their game plan, instead letting the defense dictate what the offense can do.
"With the experience at the quarterback spot, we’re going to go out and lay our ears back and do what we want to do when we want to do it instead of them (the defense) dictating what we need to do,” Nord explained.
Monday night TV schedule
Monday Night football rolls out tonight.
All times are eastern.
Green Bay at San Diego - ESPN - 8
Fickell: Titles are secondary
After practice on Tuesday, linebackers coach / defensive coordinator Luke Fickell was scheduled to meet with the media for the only time during preseason camp.
Fickell noticed that the media was still busy asking offensive coordinator Tom Herman questions, so he attempted to slip past everyone unnoticed. Definitely a change of pace from his post practice routine a season ago as the interim head coach.
Being able to see things from a head coaches perspective last season, Fickell feels that he is now in a better position to appreciate being able to focus his energy on his assistant coaching duties.
“It’s getting back into the things you love to do. Where’s your focus? You can switch sides of the ball, switch positions, and you always have to focus yourself back to what you’re doing."
“If you worry about too many things outside of what you have control over, it’s very difficult. So whatever your job is, that’s what your focus is. The ability to stay on task and do that is the key. That’s maybe what I learned the most.”
For Fickell, it's all about being around the players that he has helped bring into the program and teaching them through football. Titles are secondary.
"You have to find what's exciting and what you have a passion for. Coaching, this is what I love, yes. It doesn't matter if you're coaching or you're helping out academics, you're a strength coach or the head coach or you're an assistant coach, helping these young people has to be one of your passions."