McCarney reminds us to smell the roses

Dan McCarney sat down with CBSsports.com's Brett McMurphy to talk about how things have been since his stroke a few weeks ago.

McCarney says that he remembers everything. It all started with a ringing in his ears, and he tried to stand up, but couldn't. He also recalls being scared for his wife and son (who were both in the room when it happened), as well as his two daughters.

"The first thing I'm thinking is my son and wife are right here: Is this it? I'm so emotional for them, not me. I can handle pain. I'm scared for them." McCarney recalled.

After his release, and sorting through countless voicemails and texts, there was one from mentor Urban Meyer. McCarney said that one thing that he learned from Urban after the leave of his own was to start to delegate more and "stick my nose in everything" and overall, just slow down a bit.

"Could I possibility enjoy life any more? I didn't think I could, but I do after that happened, can I cherish being a head coach any more? I didn't think I could, but I do. When those things happen to you, it really brings it into perspective: how much you have, how much you love what you do." he said. 

McCarney's quote about the stroke being "nothing anything a little Grey Goose won't fix" was a huge hit on Twitter, and he admits he may have to wait a little longer to indulge in that. "I don't know a doctor yet that says a little Grey Goose will help recover. But after a victory, there's nothing like a Grey Goose."

It's good to hear that Coach McCarney is back to a (more reflective) version of his old self.


Video: Competition is the name of the game

New head coach Tim Beckman has the Illini competing in just about everything during their off season program.

In the video below you can see them competing as they run through bags, in cone drills, bowling, overhead keg carries around a few cones...and possibly even some Dance Dance Revolution (at about the 1:30 mark).

The Illini will kick off their spring game April 14th at 2pm.

Talent identification / development fee?

We don't think there is a coach out there that doesn't believe Gary Andersen is doing a great job at Utah State. This past season, in his third season at the helm, the Aggies won 7 games for the first time since 1993. He took them to a bowl game for the first time in 14 seasons. Yes, football in Logan, UT is pretty good these days and getting better.

One coach that we're certain has noticed is Kyle Whittingham at Utah who Andersen worked with and for at Utah for several years. 

In fact, we've noticed that 6 of Whittingham's 9 full-time assistants have direct connections to Andersen.  

Kalani Fifita Sitake, Dan Finn and Aaron Roderick were all with Andersen at Southern Utah prior to joining the staff at Utah. Chad Kauha'aha'a, Ilaisa Tuiaki both worked for Andersen at Utah State and we're pretty sure that Jay Hill was recruited to Utah by Andersen while he was on staff there.  

Anyone else feel like Andersen should be getting some sort of royalty out of this deal?

Considering selling beer at games...you'll like this

A West Virginia student who crunched the numbers for the athletic department has some new evidence supporting the continued selling beer at games.

Engineering student Richard Woody told the West Virginia Board of Governors that overall concessions sales were up 84% from last fall and food sales alone were up 60%. Including beer sales, concessions this year for the Mountaineers topped $1.26 million.

Also, as we told you previously, the amount of arrests, calls, and charges filed were also down across the board on game days. 

Armed with all that information, Woody also suggested that this fall they add hot dogs and hot pretzels (the two most bought items) to the same stands that sell the beer, so that parched fans wouldn't have to make two stops.

Further proof that if you sell it (beer), they will come (...and spend more money).

Patterson continues to handle situation with class

After spring practice on Friday, Gary Patterson offered up a interesting quote.

Patterson's first words to the media addressed the recent drug tests by saying he was not going to talk about them. "What if I drug tested the whole media? Right now you have to be drug tested before you can come ask me questions” he said jokingly.

He went on to remind everyone in attendance that part of their role of coaches is to also be a parent of sorts, and that each student athlete affected is still someone's kid. 

Patterson has handled the whole situation with a lot of class from the beginning, and told everyone “I’m going to worry about those 105 guys and move forward and make sure they learned a lesson and make sure we have a good football team because that’s what they pay me to do and raise good young men.”

Well said Coach.

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