Interesting study highlights conference spending per athlete

We've all heard it time and time again...the SEC is the king of college football. They've captured the last six national titles in a row, and continually dominate on draft day. On top of all of that, a recent study found that they also spend the most per athlete of any conference in the country.

The Associated Press compared how much conferences spend annually on each student athlete and compared it to what those conferences spend per student. Not surprisingly, the SEC came out on top in terms of spending per athlete ($163,931).

That figure is more than $30,000 more than the next closest conference, the Big 12 ($131,286).

On the flip side, the Big Ten led all conferences in spending per student at $19,225 annually. 

The entire chart can be found below, and the AP article can be read in its entirety here.

Chip Kelly leaves for Philadelphia

After much speculation, and even an announcement that he was staying put in Eugene, Chip Kelly is heading to Philadelphia to take over the head coaching job with the Eagles.  We have confirmed the report.

 Kelly holds one of the more impressive head coaching resumes since being promoted to head coach from the offensive coordinator position back in 2009. He has compiled an overall record of 46-7, including a 33-3 in conference mark, and has led the Ducks to four straight BCS Bowl games, winning the last two.

His stamp on the game can't be denied, as he's helped lead the surge of the up tempo offense, creative sideline boards have popped up all across the country, and his visits with NFL staffs (such as New England) to bounce ideas off of one another have been well documented.

Now the talk will continue of whether his high flying offenses (which have never ranked lower than 8th in scoring) will be able to be transition to the NFL.

We will keep you updated on the scoop on how his staff will come together and how things will shake out among the Oregon staff. Multiple reports out of Oregon have stated outright that Mark Helfrich would immediately be promoted to head coach if and when Kelly made the decision to leave; although we had been told that last time (when Chip was leaving for the Bucs' job) that Boise State's Chris Petersen was the first call. 


Mike Uremovich talks about how he landed at NC State

Just a few years removed from leading an NAIA team (St. Francis University in Illinois) to their first playoff victory, Mike Uremovich is getting settled into his new environment down at North Carolina State with Dave Doeren.

Uremovich sat down recently to talk about his rise through the coaching ranks (despite never playing college football), how he developed a relationship with Dave Doeren, and why he prefers to coach the big fellas up front.

ESPN does interesting piece on the evolution of recruiting hotbeds

When you think of the top tier states for high school football, three states immediately come to mind. California, Texas, and Florida have dominated the recruiting landscape for decades and have firmly established themselves as the hotbeds for the nation's top recruits each year.

ESPN did an interesting piece looking at the shift in states that dominate recruiting and noted that back in 2010, the last time that rosters were examined, nearly 38% of players on the top 20 teams in college football were from Florida, Texas and California. That is a drastic different picture than the 1960's when players from those states made up just over 16% of rosters for top 20 teams.

As ESPN points out, back in the 60's it was Ohio and Pennsylvania that dominated recruiting. Those two states had 241 combined players on rosters of top 20 programs, compared to just 179 combined from today's hotbeds of California, Florida and Texas. Now, nearly 50 years later, the three top tier states account for 782 players on those top 20 teams, while Ohio and Pennsylvania account for just 138.

That's quite the shift.

The full length ESPN article has some good takes and opinions, which can be read here, as to why the shift has taken place and why those three states stand head and shoulders above everyone else in the recruiting world.

One recruit from Texas had an interesting answer. He explained that the hot summer conditions, coupled with the passion for high school football in the Lone Star state weeds out the weak and leaves just the strong and committed standing. A couple California guys explain that their education into the intracies of the game is more well rounded and they adjust better to the media than their counterparts because they're constantly surrounded by it.

This article is definitely worth a quick look.

Mike MacIntyre doesn't agree with the 'players coach' label

Many coaches have earned the label of being a "players coach", but new Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre  added some insight the other day when John Henderson of the Denver Post listened to his rebuilding plan and told him that he sounded like a "players coach" to him.

Coach Mac responded by comparing his coaching style more to that of a good parent, than a "players coach".

“I don’t know if I’m exactly a player’s coach. A lot of people say a player’s coach is ‘Ah, they’re having fun. Let them do whatever they want.’ I care deeply about my players. I don’t use them as pawns. And they know that." he explained.

“They also know I hold certain standards high and we’ve got to meet those standards. I’d like to say I’m a good parent. A good parent can laugh with their kids but at the same time they know there are certain standards and I hold them accountable.”

At the end of the season, he takes some time for self evaluation, and asks the outgoing seniors for some honest input.

“Every year I’d critique myself. I’d critique my staff. I’d look at what we needed to change, positives and negatives. I’d meet with the outgoing seniors: ‘Hey, be realistic with me. Anything you see?’ And I’ll say, ‘I didn’t see it that way. You’re right.’ Other things they’d say, I’d go, ‘We’re going to keep doing that.’”

A lot of coaches that we visited with down at the convention do the same thing, noting that meeting with those outgoing seniors shows that their opinion is valued and that they have a permanent stake in the future direction of the program.

For MacIntyre, the results are hard to ignore. After inheriting a two win San Jose State team heading into 2010, the Spartans struggled to a 1-12 finish in 2011 as him and his staff laid the foundation, and the next season MacIntyre won 5 games, and capped that off with an 11 win season for the Spartans this past year. The quick turnaround catapulted his name towards the top of the list of hot off season names, eventually landing him in Boulder.

It's obvious that with just a few seasons under his belt as a head coach, Mac has his formula figured out, and it's working.

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