"Walk throughs" forbidden in Baltimore
John Harbaugh welcomed the rookies to the team practice facilities last week to prepare for rookie mini camp and made it clear that there will be no walk throughs for any of his guys.
"That term is forbidden around here. We don't do walk throughs. We do 'alignment, assignment, communication, and technique' practices. That's what we call it." Harbaugh explained, noting the tempo of the NFL.
Video: Water balloons at practice
We came across this video of spring practices down at Arizona over the weekend and the hard work and fun that they're having compelled us to share.
How many other programs out there use water balloons during practice?
Defensive Line drills
Kevin Weston, assistant head coach / defensive line coach at Tusculum College recently sent us these drills looking to share them with coaches.
First one is double team drill and the second is a post drill. Enjoy
Yes, Arizona is planning to use these new lids this season. They won't replace their standard white, red & blue; but these will be rolled out from time to time.
California program Transitioning to D-II faces unique challenges
Azusa Pacific is transitioning from NAIA to Division II. The Cougars had an excellent season in 2011 winning 9 games and are looking to build on that success this season.
However, as the lone D-II program in southern California, APU has a unique challenge in scheduling opponents. In fact, we noticed that they will play 5 opponents two times each in the upcoming 2012 season.
Here's hoping the scheduling gets easier for these guys as awareness grows.
Visiting other staffs
We saw a note recently that Kevin Sumlin, Kliff Kingsbury and BJ Anderson spent two days earlier this week with the Packers' staff observing the first few days of OTAs. Not a bad staff to learn from.
It's always interesting to hear who other staffs plan to visit with during the Summer. Let us know @FootballScoop and we'll share the knowledge.
On an unrelated note; but from that same article about Sumlin and staff traveling, we also noticed that Sumlin says he plans to practice outdoors all of August. He noted, "I looked at our schedule, and we don't play any games in domes."
GA of the Day - Mike Saint Germain (Virginia)
Mike Saint Germain joined the Virginia football staff just before Spring football after coaching three years at Franklin & Marshall (D-III - PA). Saint Germain, who played offensive line at Lafayette, coached the defensive line at Franklin & Marshall; but he's back working with the offensive line (and tight ends) at UVA.
The coaches at UVA tell us they are very impressed with Saint Germain's work ethic and knowledge of "how to teach". He's coached at the high school level and at the D-III level and now Saint Germain is working in the ACC. Watch the video and you'll hear him tell you the differences...but; at the end of the day, coaching is coaching.
Remember the name, Mike Saint Germain. We think he's going to be in this profession for a long time.
Athletic Director salaries
USA Today released salary figures for most of the FBS athletic directors earlier today, and flipping through the data, we found a few things worth noting.
Washington State's Bill Moos. who led the quickest search for a head football coach this past season when he pulled the trigger on Coach Leach, ranks in the bottom half of Pac-12 athletic director salaries provided at $455,000. Only Chris Hill (Utah - $400,000) and Lisa Love (former Arizona State AD - $448,000).
The highest paid AD in the country is Vanderbilt's David Williams, who also serves as the University's general counsel and is a tenured law professor. His salary is listed at above $2.56 million.
The next closest to that is Florida's Jeremy Foley who makes $1.54 million. Louisville's Tom Jurich ($1.42 million), Texas' DeLoss Dodds (just under $1.1 million), and Ohio State's Gene Smith ($1.07) round out the top 5 highest paid athletic directors listed.
Presenting an average doesn't always make sense; but in this case, after eyeballing USA Today's data, most FBS athletic directors seem to be making between $350,000 and $650,000.