Chesney, Talley and a handful of other coaches around the country, including Rhode Island head coach Joe Trainer, have gotten their teams together to help out this great cause by hitting campus and the surrounding communities to collect names to add to the registry.
Well down at Rhode Island defensive backs coach Ryan Mattison decided to go a little further than just collecting names. After registering himself during the drive, he was found to be a perfect match for someone needing a bone marrow donation and decided to go under the needle earlier this week.
Doctors performed a bone marrow extraction on Mattison, who happened to be the third person found to be a perfect match from the football team's annual bone marrow registration drive. A senior football player and women's rowing captain were the other two donors.
Mattison noted that he was hesitant to donate when he first got the call, saying that he didn't want to miss any practice during the week, and was quick to credit Coach Trainer who made the opportunity possible.
"Coach Trainer eliminated that reservation right away. When I told Coach Trainer about the situation, he was on board. That put me at ease. I am committed to this football program and this team, but you are talking about saving a life here."
"I am a faithful person, and I believe things happen for a reason. If I don't get hired to coach here, this doesn't happen." Mattison added.l
With a game against Brown tomorrow night Mattison made it back to practice later in the week and although he's a bit uncomfortable, he says that he doesn't regret the decision to donate. Brown and head coach Phil Estes are another program that participates in the Be a Match program, having a player donate over the summer.
"The discomfort is certainly not enough to dissuade me from the decision. Knowing that there is a family out there dealing with the type of stress they have in their lives, it puts a lot of things into perspective. For me to have the opportunity to help somebody in this way, why wouldn't I do it?"
Classy move by both coach Trainer and coach Mattison. Well done.
Being one of the only schools in the conference to use multiple tight end sets and offensive line packages on Saturday afternoons make it nearly impossible know how teams are going to try to defend you.
David Shaw noted that the offensive staff is never surprised by anything they see on game day.
"We're not surprised by anything because we're so different than everybody else in our conference. We're so different with our extra offensive line packages, all the things we do with our tight ends, etc. We're not surprised when people change things. It's hard to watch Oregon's offense against Arizona's defense and know how they're going to play us."
"So we know every single week there is going to be something different." Shaw said.
Not surprisingly, in their game against Washington last Thursday the offense saw a front they hadn't seen the Huskies play in their previous three games. Stanford finished with 68 yards rushing, their lowest rushing total since 2007.
"They lined up in a different front than they played all year. They showed us a front that we hadn't seen. Out on the sidelines we saw it, we diagrammed it and we should have been more efficient against it." Shaw said. "It wasn't something we shouldn't have been able to overcome."
Tomorrow, Stanford welcomes Rich Rod and Arizona to The Farm, and while Stanford needs to improve offensively from their previous outing, it was Arizona's offensive success that has surprised David Shaw so far this season. Shaw explained that he has both both surprised and disappointed in the Wildcats early success.
"It's one thing all of us coaches said when he was hired. We had hoped that it would take at least a year before that offense started showing signs, but it really hasn't."
Arizona's offense is ranked in the top ten nationally in passing offense (#9 - 344 ypg) and total offense (#10 - 538 yards per game). The Wildcats are coming off back to back losses to Oregon and Oregon State.
Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 3:00pm ET and can be seen on FOX.