Video: It's great to be a Gamecock
South Carolina released a very good video today to hype up their season opener that's only 100 days away.
In the video the narrator asks where you go after achieving the unprecedented? Where is there to go from there?
"Right now we have two choices. We can either admire what we've done, or we can keep pushing, building, keep demanding more. This is about creating a legacy, not living off one...Earning titles, not acting entitled."
Great stuff. Much more below.
Graham planning an interactive game day experience
Starting with his introductory press conference at Arizona State, Todd Graham has been adamant about involving the crowd, specifically the student body, at football games come fall.
In a recent interview with StatePress.com, Graham provides details of some of those plans including a sideline signal for the games, music cue'd up for certain game situations, and even letting the student body pick the uniform combinations for game day.
"One of the things I want to do is I want to get our students involved in game day. When we’re on defense, one of the things we used to do is signal. A fist is the signal for fourth down, so before third down we want the crowd to get loud and I would step out on the sideline, give a fist in the air and get them going crazy. We want them to be loud and proud."
"Our kickoff team, we want to call them the ‘Wild Bunch,’ so it cranks up ‘Wild Thing’ and our students would know that’s something we are going to do every time we kick the ball off. On third down a lot of places I’ve been they play ‘Hell’s Bells.’ When our defense took the field, which is tough, physical and all that stuff, we would play ‘We Will Rock You.’ When our punt team goes on the field, we call them the ‘sharks,’ they will play the ‘Jaws’ theme, so trying to make it fun like that."
"I want to do things that no one else is doing. That’s one of the great strengths we have. There are 70,000 students on four campuses or something like that. We’ve got power in numbers. This has got to be a place that’s difficult to play in. I know we had 10 or 11 thousand students at the games last year, I want that to double."
While talking with the Dean of Engineering on campus, Graham got the idea of letting the student body have input on the uniform combinations for both home and away games. With, or course, some consideration from Nike as well.
"What I’d say is if it’s going to be a blackout, you have flags all over campus, you raise the flags and everybody knows it’s going to be a blackout, that’s what we’re doing. Maroon, everyone is wearing maroon so we’re all sequenced according to what we’re doing."
No egos in San Francisco
As we told you back at the beginning of the month, former Washington State head coach Paul Wulff joined Jim Harbaugh's staff as an offensive assistant, and has since been buried in the new playbook getting used to the new terminology and formations while lending a hand on the field with the offensive line.
“This first week and a half I’ve just been trying to learn the scheme, the terminology. It’s pretty large right now. Like anybody, I’m learning the whole playbook so I understand. When you’re not 100 percent confident, you go a little slower and right now I’m spending a lot of my time on the field learning the script, a lot of formations and plays."
The past few months, Wulff traveled around the country visiting with different staffs. After arriving in the bay area to get started with the Niners, Wulff was very impressd with the environment that Harbaugh has created in only one season.
"They do a great job here of having everybody involved, and it’s not about who gets the credit. Everyone’s chipping in everywhere they can. It’s a big part of why I wanted to be a part of Jim’s staff. Great continuity, nobody with egos. It wasn’t about individuals.”
However, before officially accepting the position with the 49ers, Wulff explained that he had some other things to iron out..
“My No. 1 feeling all along, up until about a month and a half ago, was doing everything I can to make contacts and call coaches for all of our assistants,” Wulff told the The Spokesman-Review. “I felt them and their families got a raw deal, and I was in better shape than them, so I did everything I could to help all the coaches move on to jobs. That was very important to me, and it was the least I could do.”
Grad Assistant of the Day: Klint Kubiak (Texas A&M)
Listen to Klint Kubiak speak and you'll quickly hear that he has "it".
"It" in this case is the inate desire to coach.
Take a minute to hear what he has to say about competition and comraderie. Impressive.
Follow Coach Kubiak on Twitter @KlintKubiak
Video: High School Boot Camp
The coaching staff at Pinecrest High School in North Carolina, is wrapping up the school year with a three week long boot camp before everyone leaves for summer break.
The boot camp is composed of fundamental lifting drills, agility drills, hurdle drills, core work, and plenty of conditioning work. There's some very good drill content in the video.
The Patriots compete in one of the toughest conferences in the state, ironically named the Southeastern Conference.
Inside Scoop: Steve Mullins...and one great story
Ever wonder how Arkansas Tech got the "Wonderboys" name? Well, watch the video above and you will be fascinated. The guy who basically earned the name for Arkansas Tech in 1919, then played on Alabama's Rose Bowl team in 1931.?.? Yep.
Listen to Arkansas Tech head coach & athletic director Steve Mullins tell us about his 15 seasons at ATU, the great story about how they got the name "Wonderboys" and more importantly listen to how Mullens describes the traditions he has instilled with his players over the years. "Link it up!"
Big 12 and SEC reveal New Years Day bowl plans
The SEC and Big 12 announced a New Years Day bowl partnership today that will take effect following the 2014 season.
The new five year agreement will match up the champions of each conference "unless one or both are selected to play in the new four-team model to determine the national championship." The arrangement is very similar to the agreement between the Pac-12 and the Big Ten for the Rose Bowl.
If either or both conference champs are chosen in the four team playoff model, another deserving team from the proper conference would be selected to participate.
In a release, SEC commissioner Mike Slive stated "A new January bowl tradition is born. This new game will provide a great match-up between the two most successful conferences in the BCS era and will complement the exciting post-season atmosphere created by the new four-team model. Most importantly, it will provide our student-athletes, coaches and fans with an outstanding bowl experience.”
Acting Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas described the new agreement as a landmark event for college football "between two of the most successful football conferences during the BCS era to stage a postseason event."
While hosting a big prime time game featuring the two conference champs on New Years Day is exciting, to keep it all in perspective it's worth noting that both conferences have finished in the top four of the final BCS standings 14 times in the 14 year history of the BCS series, according to the the official release from the Big 12.
"During the 14-year history of the Bowl Championship Series, the Big 12 and SEC lead the nation with 11 seasons in which each conference has had at least one team ranked in the top four of the final BCS standings. Both conferences share the top spot all-time with 14 teams each that have finished in the top four of the final BCS standings. The two conferences have combined for 16 appearances in the BCS National Championship Game, with the Big 12 ranking second behind the SEC's nine appearances with seven trips to the National Championship Game."
All the finer details including the host site are currently being ironed out and will be released at a later date.
Highest paid coaches in the NFL
Forbes released an article detailing the ten highest paid coaches in all of sports, and not surprisingly, the NFL dominated with 8 coaches making the cut.
On top of the list was Bill Belichick, who pulls in about $7.5 million annually. As the article points out, that's a far cry from where he started out, making $50 a week as an assistant with Baltimore back when they were the Colts.
Also noted on the list are Mike Shanahan ($7 million per), Jeff Fisher ($7 milllion annually) Pete Carroll (also around $7 million annually), Lovie Smith ($6 million per), Ken Whisenhunt and Mike Tomlin ($5.75 million annually), and Andy Reid ($5.5 million). Of the top ten, only Coach Whisenhunt and Coach Fisher have experience in the NFL as both players and head coaches.
As far as college coaches go, Nick Saban and Mack Brown aren't too far behind.
Other coaches that made the cut in the top 10 were NBA coaches, the Celtics Doc Rivers ($7 million) and the Spurs Gregg Popovich ($6 million).