Muschamp addresses the Gator Nation
Spring football is over and summer is on the horizon. It was 87 degrees today in Gainesville and head coach Will Muschamp had a few minutes to talk with Inside The Gators, the Florida Rivals site.
Muschamp gave the Gator nation (should “nation” be capitalized?) their role for the season.
The first-year head coach said, "More than anything: Be a positive member of our team. If you've got an issue or a problem, don't boo. Boo me if you want to; wait until after the game is over and let me know.”
“Our guys need positive reinforcement in what we do and how we do it. I understand, 'We pay our ticket; we deserve [the right] to be critical.' Be critical of me. Be critical of our staff. We deserve that; our players don't."
Interestingly, Muschamp told the story why he decided to hire D.J. Durkin, who had served on Urban Meyer’s staff last season after coming over from Jim Harbaugh’s staff on The Farm.
"I'm recruiting a young man out of Atlanta," Muschamp said. "I was at another school in the SEC at the time. [The] young man grew up an SEC football fanatic and wanted to play in the SEC his whole life. A guy named D.J. Durkin is coaching the linebackers and the special teams at Stanford.
Durkin wound up convincing the young man to play at Stanford and that definitely left an impression on Muschamp.
This is where we miss having Harbaugh in college football. If Harbaugh was still the head coach at Stanford, we would guess that by next Thursday, he would have a pretty humorous comeback to Muschamp’s comment.
Staff loyalty - An interesting study on assistant coaches
Many believe there is not much loyalty in the coaching profession. Some say that certain coaches try to come across as loyal, but in reality, they are only as loyal as their options.
We have found 56 coaches in D1 football that have remained with their current head coach for at least ten years.
At Minnesota, the Gophers are really selling Jerry Kill and their core group of assistant coaches in the recruiting process. Kill has served as the head coach at Southern Illinois, Northern Illinois, and now Minnesota. Six of his assistants at Minnesota have served on his staff for at least ten years.
After taking a look at our breakdown, we recommend watching the latest video production from Minnesota football. The video is about staff loyalty.
Gary Pinkel (7): Dave Steckel, David Yost, Andy Hill, Brian Jones, Craig Kuligowski, Bruce Walker, Cornell Ford
Joe Paterno (6): Larry Johnson, Jay Paterno, Dick Anderson, Tom Bradley, Bill Kenney, Ron Vanderlinden
Kirk Ferentz (7): Norm Parker, Ken O'Keefe, Lestern Erb, Darrell Wilson, Reese Morgan, Eric Johnson, Phil Parker
Jerry Kill (6): Matt Limegrover, Tracy Claeys, Brian Anderson, Jay Sawvel, Rob Reeves, Pat Poore
Bob Stoops (4): Brent Venables, Cale Gundy, Bobby Jack Wright, Jackie Shipp
Tom O’Brien (4): Dana Bible, Don Horton, Jerry Petercuskie, Keith Willis
Jim Grobe (4): Keith Henry, Steed Lobotzke, Ray McCartney, Billy Mitchell
Houston Nutt (3): Mike Markuson, James Shibest, Chris Vaughn
Jim Tressel (3): Jim Heacock, Jim Bollman, Dick Tressel
Chris Ault (3): Ken Wilson, Cameron Norcross, Barry Sacks
Frank Beamer (3): Bud Foster, Bryan Stinespring, Charley Wiles
Mack Brown (2): Bruce Chambers, Duane Akina
Gary Patterson (2): Dan Sharp, Eddie Williamson
Mark Richt (2): Rodney Garner, Mike Bobo
Pat Hill (1): Randy Stewart
Frank Solich (1): Tim Albin
Randy Edsall (1): Lyndon Johnson
Larry Blakeney (1): Jeremy Rowell
Jeff Tedford (1): Ron Gould
Dan Mullen riding the momentum during Road Dawg tour
This week, Dan Mullen has stopped in cities all throughout the state of Mississippi to speak with Bulldogs supporters. It would be an understatement to say that Mullen is riding the momentum of a 9-4 season.
The truth is the Mississippi State fans are crazy about Mullen, who has done a solid job in Starkville, but has also benefited from a brilliant marketing strategy from the MSU athletic department. Of course, that’s what you are supposed to do as an athletic department – help your coaches.
Mullen appeals to the Bulldog fans. This morning, during a speech at the Columbus Country Club, Mullen said, “We owe you a championship. The people of Mississippi deserve that.”
He also pointed out the importance of avoiding complacency.
“We can’t slow down at all because, I’ll tell you this: if we practice as hard as we did last year, if we turn out and fill the stadium and create the atmosphere and have the same home field advantage as last year, we can expect to win no more than eight games in the regular season. That’s all. If we want to do more and we want to win more than eight games, we have to work harder.”
Mullen also talked about his ultimate goal. To give you a hint, it’s not just winning the SEC Western Division.
Of course, Mullen likes to talk about “The School Up North,” whom he has defeated the last two seasons. With the Bulldogs and Rebels set to begin a critical 3-game series in Oxford today, we expect some sort of tweet from Mullen that undoubtedly will fire up the Bulldog fans.
Give him credit, he’s good at it.
Fedora: That dominance is what I want
Larry Fedora is 22-17 and 14-10 in conference play during his three seasons as head coach at Southern Miss.
The Golden Eagles have played in the New Orleans Bowl in 2008 and 2009, the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl in 2010.
Fedora, however, isn’t pleased. He believes the program needs to get back to the days of conference dominance the Golden Eagles once had under former head coach Jeff Bower.
Bower was the head coach from 1990-2007. USM finished undefeated in CUSA in 1997, 1999, and 2003. The Golden Eagles lost at least 3 conference games each year after 2003 and Bower resigned following the 2007 season.
Since the CUSA championship game evolves in 2005, UCF and Tulsa lead the way with 3 appearances each. Houston and East Carolina have played in the game twice, respectively. Southern Miss and SMU have played just once.
Interestingly, CoachBower.com still leads you to the official Southern Miss athletics homepage.
“I am not pleased,” Fedora said. “How have I failed? We have not won them all. That’s it. The only way you are going to be measured is by winning them all and we have not done that. People ask me how many games I expect to win this year. I say every game because that’s how I feel.”
USM opens against LA Tech, at Marshall, Southeastern Louisiana, and at Virginia.
Memorial Stadium remodeling begins, ESPN showing Cal some love
With the remodeling of Memorial Stadium, Cal is set to split their 2011 home games between AT&T Park and Candlestick Park.
The Bears will host the season-opener against Fresno State at Candlestick. Games against Presbyterian, Utah, USC, Wazzu, and Oregon State will be played at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.
Memorial Stadium is keeping its bowl shaped structure, but reducing the stadium’s capacity from 71,799 to 63,000. Cal assistant AD Bob Milano Jr. says nobody wanted a double-deck stadium. The entire renovation is expected to cost $321 million.
Cal will get plenty of national exposure this season as the Bears will play back-to-back Thursday night primetime games on ESPN in early-October. ESPN will be in Eugene when Oregon hosts Cal on October 6th. A week later, ESPN will broadcast the USC vs. Cal game from AT&T Park.
This week, ESPN announced the Cal at Arizona State game to end the regular season has been moved from Saturday to Friday night to allow for a national TV audience.
If PAC-12 commissioner Larry Scott somehow manages to get a national broadcast for the Cal vs. Presbyterian College game, we guess he will immediately receive a 25-year contract extension. Considering what Scott has been able to do thus far in his brief tenure as commissioner, don't discount it.
Dooley frightened by Vols' youth, but not scared of Knoxville K9 unit
According to Derek Dooley, it’s scary how young the Vols will be in 2011.
Dooley told ESPN’s Ivan Maisel, “The frightening news is that as young as we were last year, we’re going to be even younger this year. If you look at our roster going forward, over 70% of our people are freshmen and sophomores next season.”
On the bright side, Dooley was glad to spend time developing players this spring. The first spring practice was about learning names, learning schemes, and figuring out how to practice.
“It was a monumental leap as far as what the expectation are, our systems, how we practice, how we install.”
A year ago, the Vols played a number of freshmen. Dooley said, “Our challenge is to get all of those players who flashed last year and turn them into dependable, every down players this year.”
What about quarterback Tyler Bray?
Dooley said, “Quarterbacking is a long journey. He is still in his infant stages. He lost a fourth round pick, a fifth round pick, and another real dependable receiver. It caused him (this spring) to think a lot more than he was use to.”
The Vols host Montana to begin the season. After hosting Cincinnati in week #2, Tennessee will travel to Florida.
In the meantime, Dooley will fight some K9's.
Kansas producing videos to highlight assistant coaches
Kansas is continuing their terrific football marketing by highlighting their assistant coaches via video productions.
Courteous of Turner Gill’s latest tweet, we came across a video that seemingly was produced for recruits to understand the personality of veteran offensive line coach JB Grimes.
Grimes, one of the most respected offensive line coaches in the country, believes, “The number one thing for any offensive line in the country or any offensive line that I’ve had is you’ve gotta be tough. There is no substitute for toughness, there’s no substitute for character. You’ve got to have those two attributes to be the best you can be.”
“If you don’t have the attributes of toughness and character, those other things will only carry you so far.”
Grimes says, “If there was one thing that I’d want another coach to say about our offensive line is that ‘They are one tough group and they’ll get after you.’”
“I’ve always felt to be a good coach, you have to be a good teacher. The best teacher I ever had was a football coach. You have to make these guys want to learn what they are doing.”
Check out the video:
Gus Malzahn reacts to Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock
On Tuesday, during an interview with the Ledger-Enquirer, Gus Malzahn got to the bottom line about Cam Newton.
Malzahn stated, "In my opinion, it's like passing over (Michael) Jordan."
"Nobody. Nobody. I hear people compare him ... Naw. They don't know. They don't know what I know. "
So what about when Jon Gruden placed your quarterback on the spot about communicating plays in a huddle?
"Here's the deal, we're simple with our communication, but that's the only thing simple with what we do. I know a lot of people made a big deal of that, but that's not his fault that we're simple with our communication. What we ask our quarterback to do after the communication is probably as tough as anybody in college football. How fast we go, to process things, to communicate things and our reads. We do a lot of different things.”
What about Mike Mayock questioning his motivation when he becomes a millionaire?
Malzahn said, "Cam is one of the most motivated players I've ever coached. He hates to lose. Matter of fact, he refuses to lose. And I expect him to carry over that same mentality to the next level. Cam's the type that if you challenge him, he'll rise to the occasion. Cam hears all this stuff. He'll use that to motivate him. I promise you that."
Can he handle the spotlight?
"You look at what he went through last year, he deals with pressure unlike anybody I've ever seen. He has the ability to use that to motivate him and he has the unique ability to rise to the occasion. He plays his best football when he's under the most pressure. And that's a rarity."
Those are pretty interesting words from a man who knows Cam Newton as well as anyone.