Tom O'Brien makes interesting decision, cuts loose Russell Wilson
In a surprising development, NC State head coach Tom O’Brien has given a scholarship release to quarterback Russell Wilson, the runner-up ACC Player of the Year.
Wilson, who is playing baseball in the Colorado Rockies organization, did not participate in spring practice. O’Brien recently made the decision that Mike Glennon will be the starting quarterback, even if Wilson had returned to the team.
Wilson told the Charlotte Observer, "I really want the fans, N.C. State alumni and most of all my teammates to know if I had been given an equal opportunity to compete for the starting job, I would not have asked for my release. I am a competitor."
In a Friday night press release, O’Brien said, “Russell and I have had very open conversations about his responsibilities respective to baseball and football. While I am certainly respectful of Russell’s dedication to baseball these last several years, within those discussions I also communicated to him the importance of his time commitment to NC State Football.”
“My staff and I thank him for his contributions as a member of Wolfpack football and to this University and wish him only the best in the future.”
Wilson is not allowed to transfer to another ACC school or opponent on the NC State 2011 schedule.
Sark: My wife wants me to decide, so she doesn't have to keep asking
Third-year head coach Steve Sarkisian wrapped up spring practice this weekend at Washington without naming a starting quarterback.
Redshirt freshman Nick Montana and redshirt sophomore Keith Price both performed well and protected the football during the last fifteen practices.
It appears Sark will make a decision in the next few weeks. He wants the starting quarterback to “fit the personality” of the team and offense.
Sarkisian said, “My wife wants me to decide, so she doesn’t have to keep asking about it.”
“It’s a great battle. I’ve been able to watch these guys continually compete – not necessarily with one another, but with themselves. Not just their own playing at the moment, but some of the adversity that can come with it."
“Maybe they struggle for a day, and the other guy has a good day. Maybe they have a couple of drops. Maybe it’s the weather. But they both improved to a high level. To think we have a redshirt freshman and a redshirt sophomore competing for this job and play the way they are is pretty encouraging.”
Overall, Sarkisian was really pleased how the Huskies improved as a “team.” The Huskies named team captains earlier than usual in order to help bring the team together during summer voluntary workouts.
UW will open with Eastern Washington. A week later the Huskies will host Hawaii, then travel to Nebraska.
Richt tested by frustrated Georgia fan, snaps back
A frustrated Georgia fan tested Mark Richt last night in front of 250 people during the Macon Bulldog Club.
Upset with the running game and play-calling, some clown wanted answers.
Richt wasn’t in the mood and responded, “I’ll tell you this, and you’re certainly close to an expert in football, I’m sure you are.”
Lightening the mood, Richt then joked, “Excuse me for saying ‘h-e-double heck,’ I know there’s a media member here. Can you just say that I know what the heck I’m doing? Just so my Sunday school class doesn’t give me grief?”
According to Michael Lough, Richt later explained, “The bottom line is we don’t have a tailback right now who deserves to start, in my opinion. We don’t have a guy that’s proven that he can do all the things we’re going to ask that guy to do. There’s nobody that will stand up and say, ‘This is my job, I’m taking it and I’m keeping it.’ ”
After the speaking engagement, Richt met the clown outside in the parking lot and proceeded to apply a vicious anaconda choke hold on the man. **
The Dogs opens with Boise State in the Georgia Dome. One week laster, the Bulldogs will host South Carolina.
** We are just kidding about the choke hold.
Monte Kiffin: Gruden will be back on sidelines soon
Monte Kiffin says Jon Gruden will be back on the sidelines in the near future.
Kiffin, who served as Gruden’s defensive coordinator at Tampa Bay, spoke about Gruden on the Petros & Money Show.
He said, “He’s kind of a natural. He was always that way, great with the team. He loves talking ball. He’s loves talking ball, talking quarterbacks and all those things, analyzing the draft.”
“All of those owners are watching real close. And he’s probably going to get some offers in another year or so. And I think he has a son that’s a junior and maybe he wants to see him finish high school, but I think he’ll be back in it before too long.”
Kiffin also praised Tyron Smith, who was the highest drafted offensive lineman from USC since Tony Boselli.
“When he went to the combine, he knocked their socks off. Just when he went through the tests and stuff. Here’s the thing, he loves football. He doesn’t like it, he loves it. You gotta love it. He loves it and that’s what Lane told everybody.”
Kiffin, interestingly said that he stays at the Radisson on-campus a lot of nights during the season, but makes the traffic filled drive home on most nights during this time of year.
The Trojans begin the 2011 season by hosting Minnesota.
Attention: Do not ask Chip Kelly how position battles are going this spring
Oregon will play their spring game on Saturday. Chip Kelly says it’s a full game, kick-offs and everything.
Following Wednesday’s practice, a reporter asked Kelly, “Of all the position battles in the spring, which has been the most fun for you to watch?”
Kelly, as he often says the unexpected, responded, “There aren’t position battles in the spring. We don’t have a depth chart. We don’t play a game until September 3rd. If I tell somebody you’re a starter today, that means absolutely nothing.”
“That has no bearing on the game we play in September, so there aren’t any position battles right now. Our goal every day in our program is for every player to get better every day.”
“Nobody has a position right now. Every day is a competition at every position.”
"(How you played the last time out) means nothing. It's means absolutely nothing. It's how you play the next play, the next snap, the next opportunity you have. You can't dwell on (the last play). I can't let the last mistake make my next mistake."
You can watch the Ducks’ spring game at 4 pm EST on ESPN 2. Not surprisingly, Nike has some new uniforms for the Ducks.
Interesting study: Average team recruiting ranking vs. NFL draft picks
CollegeFootballMatrix.com has put together a unique study that you may enjoy reading.
The site has researched from 2002-2008, the average team recruiting ranking vs. the number of NFL draft picks per school. The purpose of the study is to show viewers the level of accuracy of the final recruiting rankings, presumably from Scout or Rivals.
Of course, the number of total draft choices should not solely indicate the actual strength of a recruiting class.
Here’s an example in the study:
From 2002-2008, the average team recruiting ranking for Utah is 64th nationally. Utah, however, has produced the 34th most NFL draft choices since 2002. Therefore, Utah is awarded a +30 total.
From 2002-2008, the average team recruiting ranking for Clemson is 19th nationally. Clemson, however, has produced the 26th most NFL draft choices since 2002. Therefore, Clemson is awarded a -7 total.
From 2002-2008, the average team recruiting ranking for USC is 1st nationally. USC has produced the #1 most NFL draft choices since 2002. Therefore, USC is awarded a 0 total.
The site is pointing out that Utah’s recruiting classes are undervalued, Clemson’s classes are overvalued, and USC is pretty much dead accurate.
According to the study, the top 10 most undervalued recruiting classes belong to Utah, Cincinnati, Iowa, Wisconsin, Stanford, Louisville, Purdue, Oregon State, Virginia Tech, and Georgia Tech.
The top 10 most overvalued recruiting classes (starting with the absolute most grossly overvalued class) belong to Baylor, Duke, Michigan, Clemson, Missouri, Illinois, Auburn, South Carolina, Texas Tech, and Arizona.
The study seems to indicate that of the teams that average a Top 25 recruiting ranking, it's Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and Ole Miss that consistently have the most overvalued recruiting classes. Okie State’s average team recruiting ranking from 2002-2008 is 25th nationally, but the Cowboys have produced just the 53rd most NFL draft choices. They score a -28.
Texas A&M’s average team recruiting ranking from 2002-2008 is 14th nationally, but the Aggies have produced the 39th most NFL draft choices. They score a -25.
Ole Miss’ average team recruiting ranking from 2002-2008 is tied with Oklahoma State for 25th nationally. The Rebels have produced the 42nd most NFL draft choices during that period. They score a -17.
Check out the entire study. It’s interesting. Draw your own conclusions.
Okay so maybe World Domination is a little strong; but have you ever seen a company dominate their space the way Digital Sports Video is?
We're pretty confident that every coach knows that DSV is the premier video editing platform for high school football (already serving nearly half of the high schools in America). In fact, a few weeks ago we noticed that both the Texas High School Coaches Association and the Alabama Coaches Association had recently named DSV the official video editing platform for their respective states.
Now Florida is getting in on the act as well.
Shelton Crews, Executive Director of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association, tells us that they too have partnered with DSV, "We are very excited about our partnership with DSV. For the past 75 years the FACA has been providing resources for our coaches. DSV provides the most efficient and economical video systems in the industry. We are confident this partnership will help our coaches achieve at a higher level."
Combine all of this with the fact that DSV is headquartered in, and dominates in, California and we're beginning to think that soon they might be the only viable video editing platform out there.
Think about that...regardless of what business you are talking about...if one company's product is the dominant player in Texas, California, Florida and Alabama...and half of the rest of the country...that really is amazing.
A few years ago, showing their true wisdom, DSV created a platform called Player Direct which allows any college program to directly access the game film from any DSV client (and any of their opponents). With DSV's expanding reach into more and more high schools; we're not sure who stands to benefit the most, the college teams using Player Direct or the high school athletes now being seen & evaluated by more colleges than ever before.
Either way, this seems like a true win-win scenario for everyone involved.
Disclaimer: For several years now DSV has sponsored The Scoop. During this time each of our businesses have doubled in size. Another classic win-win (golf clap).
Al Groh finding solutions to new problems, and new solutions to old problems
Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh seemed pleased with the progress of the Yellow Jackets’ defense during spring practice.
Groh said, “I think ‘progressing’ is probably the key word. We have progress as we introduced it last year, but we have also progressed significantly with the scheme. We have gone forward with quite a few things that we were ready to do last year OR that in our research how we are trying to evolve.”
“What we face on defense, you are either trying to find solutions to new problems OR new solutions to old problems. If that book stays the same from year to year, then you’re probably losing ground. Under any circumstances, we usually try to evolve. So we went through that evolution with the scheme in general and then our players have enabled us to move forward with what we did last year and what we hope to be able to do this year.”
Last season, in the first year under Groh, the Yellow Jackets finished 57th nationally in scoring defense (25.2 ppg) and 64th nationally in total defense (371 ypg). Georgia Tech finished 101st nationally in sacks and 108th nationally in tackles-for-loss.
Heading into 2011, Groh is excited about the defensive line and expects great competition for the starting spots at linebacker.
Georgia Tech opens against Western Carolina, at MTSU, and Kansas. The Yellow Jackets’ ACC schedule is favorable with UNC, Clemson, and Virginia Tech all coming to Bobby Dodd Stadium.