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Sumlin: The move to the SEC has separated us

Kevin Sumlin talked with radio host Paul Finebaum yesterday and spent some time explaining the benefits he and his staff have noticed on the move from the Big 12 to the SEC.

One of the biggest differences is the reception that they've been getting out on the recruiting train.

"Quite frankly, the move to the SEC has really, really, in the state, kind of separated us. I think it's really given a clear choice to prospective students and student-athletes here in the state, given that you have the Big 12, you have the Big East and the SEC and I think that there's some clear differences between the leagues. I've seen the change in recruiting. There are guys out there that understand that the SEC is, without a doubt, the best conference, the best league to play in, particularly when it comes to football."

Sumlin pointed out that most importantly, the move separated them from their in state rival Texas. The new conference platform gives them an opportunity to play in the toughest football conference in the country with, arguably, the best players.

"I was here 10 years ago, and the recruitment in the state...guys would make decisions to go to Austin, they'd come to College Station, go to Norman, go to a couple places, and we're all playing in the same league. As I said, the separation being in the SEC has given guys a clear choice."

As Sumlin sees it, what separates the SEC from the rest of the power conferences is a mix of the recent number of draft choices, great television exposure, and their overall player development.

"Guys that obviously want to play in the NFL, the caliber of players that are in the SEC and the stigma of playing in the league has really, really benefited us, in particular, not only in the class we signed in February, but I think right now where we are in recruiting, there is no doubt it's helped us."




Grad Assistants of the Day - Arizona

A few weeks ago we took a tour through most of the Pac-12 programs. While at Arizona we had the opportunity to sit down with Rich Rod to discuss his staff. Rich didn't stop at his nine assistants, he spent a good amount of time telling us about his grad assistants.

That got us thinking...and led to the video above. An opportunity for coaches across the country to meet Arizona's grad assistants. Throughout the Summer we plan to do more of these introducing everyone to more of these hard working young men who are part of the future of the profession. 

Want us to feature your grad assistants? Let us know via email ([email protected]) or on Twitter @FootballScoop

 

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NCAA Reminder: Scouting services must register this month

The NCAA has asked us to remind all scouting services and potential users of their services that beginning on June 1st, Division I member institutions will only be permitted to subscribe to scouting services that are approved through the NCAA scouting service approval process. In order to be approved, the scouting service must apply no later than the end of this month. Details are below.

Notice-to-coaches

The NCAA has informed us that as of today only about 20 scouting services have applied.




"All In" at Northwest Missouri State

Division II Northwest Missouri State rode one of the most balanced offensive attacks in the country to an 11-3 record last season, before falling to eventual national champ Pittsburg State.

The Bearcats had the highest ranked scoring offense in the nation at almost 49 points per game and racked up over 495 yards per game (#4 nationally). The hype video that they used last season was pretty impressive. The message that opens it up sums up the whole highlight clip.

"The culture of Bearcat football that's developed over the past 17 years will not change. We're going to find special people, that are going to make special plays. That stuff will not stop...and that's what Bearcat football is about."




Google+ hangout with Skip Holtz

Earlier today, South Florida's Skip Holtz broke some major ground using Google+ and their social media platform to field some questions from fans, making him the first FBS head coach to use the platform in that manner.

Fans took the opportunity to ask Skip about everything from his coaching philosophy, to graduating his players, and what the players and coaches are up to over the summer months.

One fan even asked his thoughts on recruiting overseas, to which Holtz responded by saying "Being in the talent rich state of Florida, it's very difficult to pull yourself away from this state because your going to fly over a lot of good football players to get to wherever your going."

The hangout gave fans a unique perspective into Holtz's personality, very similar to what we do with our "Inside Scoop" series. Judging from the Twitter reaction from both the hangout and our "Inside Scoop" series, many more coaches will be looking for more avenues to reach the masses about their program.

Video of the "Hangout" is below. Whether or not you want to listen to the content; you might want to watch a minute or two of the video just to familiarize yourself with the platform. 




Inside Scoop: Jim Mastro - Washington State

Today we visit with Washington State running backs coach Jim Mastro (2010 FootballScoop Running Backs Coach of the Year). Quality content throughout; but Mastro's story about how Mike Leach got into coaching at Cal Poly back in the 80s is a must listen, "skinny, cutoff jeans, long hair..."

Mastro weighs in on the difference between coaching in the Pac-12 vs. in the WAC, Mountain West, etc..., how they are utilizing Pistol concepts in Leach's offense, the support from the administration, and much much more. 

We already had a very positive image of this staff; but after spending a few minutes with several of their assistants over the past week, you really have to tip your cap to Leach for hiring a great group of people. 




Cincinnati Coach: "I had to up my game"

Shannon Morrison accepted a position coaching the corners on Butch Jones' staff back in early March, and noticed that he had to "up his game" shortly after his arrival.

"The way practice is structured, the way practice is run, it's different than anywhere I've been. So I had to increase my intensity, increase my effort, increase a bunch of things there to catch up." he explained.

Morrison also talks about his coaching philosophy. "I'm going to put pressure on them in practice. Whether it's having races to the ball, whether it's chasing them, whether it's screaming at them...I'm going to put more pressure on them in practice so when Saturdays roll around, it's easy."

He also explains how the effort and structure in the weight room really sets Cincinnati apart. "The push that they have from the weight room. That in itself makes this place different, than anywhere I have been. I've been coaching 16 years and this place, and these kids that I have inherited in my position group, are different."

Plenty more from Morrison in the clip below, as well as some good footage of him coaching up a corner on reading a vertical route concept.




Oregon gets their Rose Bowl rings

When you win the Rose Bowl for the first time in 95 years, you like to commemorate the win (and great season) with a ring that is just as fitting as the accomplishment, and just as shiny as their bowl game helmets.

Judging from the picture below, the Ducks have done just that.

The rings are made from white or yellow precious metal (depending on the individual players preference), and the top is surrounded by 60 hand cut cubic zirconia stones. The "O" logo is custom cut into a green stone with the Rose Bowl logo as the centerpiece.

The sides of the rings aren't pictured, but the left side of the ring has the players last name and jersey number along with the duck wing theme from the infamous chrome winged helmets, and the other side has "2012 Champs" and "Win the Day" with the final score and a silhouette of the stadium.

 

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