Bill O'Brien's first day
The cameras caught up with Bill O'Brien to see how his first full day as the head coach at Penn State went yesterday.
O'Brien says that he started the day with a human resources orientation after landing at noon and the next order of business has been focused on evaluating the current roster and putting together the playbooks.
Video: What it takes to land a top class
Florida State released a video with many of their top players talking about their recruitment and what drew them to Florida State.
Nearly every story that a player shares includes their connection during the recruiting process with a coach. A great reminder of why we all do what we do.
Signing day at Vandy - Everything moves fast
As we've shown you before, the film guys at Vandy set up shop during singing day to get some unique footage of the fast paced environment inside the war room.
The most recent take is below. A 30 minute video condensed into 30 seconds. We can assure you, although Coach Franklin is always in hyper drive, this video has, in fact, been sped up.
Coaches weigh in...should Bradshaw have stopped at the 1
What would yo have done? That's the question that Mark Viera of the New York Times posed about the last few possessions of the Super Bowl. To be more specific, they asked:
It is second-and-goal from the 6, and there will be 1 minute 4 seconds left to play in the Super Bowl when the ball is snapped. You are coaching the team that is on offense and is trailing, 17-15. Both teams have one timeout left. What do you instruct your players to do?
The only thing that coaches ranging from NFL coaching veteran Dan Reeves to D-III Middlebury head coach Bob Ritter could agree on, is it's a tough call. Take a look at their answers.
Former coach of the Giants, the Broncos and the Falcons
“No question, I would use the clock and make them use their timeout. It’s a heck of a gamble to give the ball back to Tom Brady with 57 seconds and a timeout. But that’s probably the reason I never won a Super Bowl as a head coach.”
Former coach at Boise State and Colorado
“What you’d not want to do is hand it to your tailback. You might just want to have your quarterback just center the ball and lay on it, to burn the clock a little bit, and then kick the field goal to win the game. If you’ve got like a minute on the clock, that’s a lot of time. I would not want to give it up to Tom Brady by any means. But in a 1,000-page book of coaching, that’s probably on Page 1,000. You have to go through 999 scenarios first. This isn’t Football 101. This is like doctorate-level stuff.”
Former coach at Westlake High School in Waldorf, MD.
“Do I have Lawrence Tynes or my high school kicker? If I have my high school kicker, I’m telling them to score a touchdown. But if it was Tynes, I would take try to leave as little time as possible and go for the kick, because it’s a high-percentage kick. That way it leaves as little time as possible for Tom Brady to throw a Hail Mary.”
Former coach at Oregon
“Don’t score. I would try to go to the 1-yard line and force them to use their last timeout. Third down, try to crack it in the end zone, and if not, you can use your final timeout. That’s what we would do. We would line up on third down, having taken as much time as possible off the clock, and then you either score on your quarterback sneak or a dive, and if you don’t get it, you kick the field goal to win the game.”
Former coach at Michigan
“If Tom Brady is sitting on that other sideline, I would much rather have a 4-point lead, but there’s no guarantee you’re going to score.”
Coach at Southern Methodist
“I think you always score. You’ve got to score. I think that’s the percentage play. But if they had not scored on that run, then you consider just centering it up on third down and kicking the field goal to win it.”
Coach at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.
“In a big game last year against our archrival, our guy hit the left post and it bounced out, so I don’t trust the kickers so much anymore. I probably would go for it and hope our defense would stop them. It turns out the Giants were right.”
E. J. MILLS
Coach at Amherst (Mass.) College
“You’ve got to score. In a perfect world, you would maybe on second down get stopped on the 2, then run some clock and run it in on third down. But really, I think you’ve got to score the points there, even though you’re giving it over to Brady.”
Coach at Middlebury (VT.) College
“In our situation, at Division III, we’re getting in the end zone because a field goal for us isn’t as automatic. Then for the other guys to go 80 yards in 50 seconds is very difficult. So I think that’s got to be part of you calculation is who you’re giving the ball back to.”
Coach at Dodge City (Kan.) Community College
“We would have got the ball to the middle of the field, knelt down and let the clock run and kick it with a little time as possible. We practice that every Friday, as a matter of fact. You don’t want Brady with the ball in his hands late.”
Behind the scenes: Rutgers players find out Kyle Flood got the job
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Slow cook strength training at Penn State
New Penn State director of strength and conditioning Craig Fitzgerald invited the cameras in the weight room to capture some off season workouts.
Fitzgerald says that they focus on football specific moves, and explosive full range motions concentrating on lifts that put them in football positions with their feet on the ground.
Coach Fitzgerald also referred to the weight program as "slow cooking" the athletes in the respect that they want to focus on getting really good at the lifts, and appeal to the competitive nature in each athlete to bump up in weight as the movements become second nature.
Signing day with Tim Beckman
Illinois has released a video highlighting Tim Beckman's first signing day with the Illini.
Beckman talks about the recruiting process, the early morning wait for the eastern time zone letters of intent, and the importance of preparing for the 2013 class right away.
Do not turn the TV off during the Superbowl
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel asked his viewers to do the unthinkable last week...he asked them to pull the plug during an important moment of the game and to capture their friends reactions on video.
Unthinkable in certain parts of the country (i.e. the Southeast).
Not what you usually find on FootballScoop; but goodness some of the reactions are hilarious.