Going up: Sunday night bar tabs at the AFCA convention
DI coaches are set to consider a proposal to allow all forms of electronic correspondence to be sent to recruits beginning at the same time that phone contact is allowed.
This would give coaches the opportunity to text message and email recruits, something most coaches find as a more efficient way to communicate with recruits.
The electronic communication would have to be sent directly and privately to the prospect or his parents / legal guardians. Thus, coaches would still not be allowed to post on the Facebook “wall” of a recruit.
Coaches are also expected to vote on whether to eliminate the limits on the number of phone calls to prospects. Currently, many coaches put pressure on recruits to call coaches. Coaches will email a recruit to simply say, "Call me."
During a recent cabinet meeting, the members of the DI Recruiting and Athletics Personnel committee also proposed to eliminate the contact period for D1-AA programs in recruiting between New Year’s Day and the AFCA convention
A quiet period is a time when the college may not have any in-person talk with the prospective student-athlete or the parents off the college’s campus. The coach may not watch the prospect play or practice. The prospective student-athlete can visit college campuses during this time and a coach may write or telephone.
In other words, coaches work their tails off. A little break would be nice. Every once in a while, even coaches, want to forget about work and drink some Miller Lite with their buddies. So let us pack our stuff on Sunday morning and catch a flight to the convention.
In the past, many coaches haven't arrived at the convention until Monday morning instead of Sunday afternoon.
The 2012 AFCA convention is set for January 8-10 in San Antonio.
Steve Addazio talks about "that edge."
Temple head coach Steve Addazio is hoping his team will develop “that edge.”
After six seasons with Urban Meyer at Florida, Addazio admitted this morning that he was pleasantly surprised at the talent level at Temple after leading the Owls through spring practice.
This morning, Addazio told 990 AM The Sports Animal, “I think we are talented. I don’t think we have as much depth as we might have had at Florida, but we are a very, very talented football team. I think we have to be a mentally tough and physically tough football team.”
“What’s our edge? We talk about being ‘Temple Tough.’ Maybe it’s part of my background being an offensive line coach, but I want a tough football team.”
“I want a team that loves the game of football. I want a team that respects the game of football. We’re going to play hard and play with intensity. We are talented. There is no question about that. We want to develop that edge…that edge that can separate you and help you win a championship.”
Addazio admitted he’s glad that very few of the MAC programs recruit the Philadelphia area and surrounding region. He also believes that Temple will be able to sign four or five players each year out of the state of Florida.
The 2011 season begins with Villanova. After a trip to Akron, the Owls will host Penn State. The final non-conference game will be at Maryland in week #4. Addazio said that his program wants to continue to play a couple of BCS programs each year in the non-conference schedule, something some of the MAC programs don't like to do.
Tim Beckman facing logistical headache with 2011 schedule
Toledo head coach Tim Beckman is facing a major challenge this year in regards to the Rockets’ schedule.
This season, Toledo will play two Tuesday night games, a Thursday night game, and three Friday night games.
This morning, Beckman told 990 AM The Sports Animal, “I guess I’m kind of an organizational freak. You have to be able to adjust and adapt. I take it just like a game as a defensive coordinator, being able to adjust and make a call.”
In other words, the logistics and practice scheduling become a pain in rear. The positive is the television exposure. In fact, Toledo will play eight games this season on television.
As Beckman said, “That’s a quite a few for a MAC, non-BCS football team.”
Toledo opens on a Thursday night against New Hampshire. The Rockets will play back-to-back Tuesday night games against Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. Boise State comes to town for a Friday night game. There are also back-to-back Friday night games against Central Michigan and Ball State to end the season.
FYI: In case you planned on attending the Toledo / Miami (OH) game on October 8, the game has been moved to October 22 to avoid a conflict with the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.
Ole Miss launches video in effort to create excitement of 2011 season
In effort to create excitement about the 2011 season, the Ole Miss athletic department has launched a new marketing video featuring senior tailback Brandon Bolden.
Bolden has a unique talent due to some nifty film editing. (See video below)
This is the first video Ole Miss has produced highlighting a specific player. In recent weeks, we have seen South Carolina and USC produce videos of similar nature.
In addition to the video, Ole Miss is also utilizing interstate billboard space throughout the state of Mississippi and around the Memphis, TN area to help generate anticipation of the season.
This year, Ole Miss doesn’t appear to have a national spotlight type of player such as Eli Manning, Patrick Willis, Mike Wallace, Michael Oher, or Dexter McCluster. One of the ways Ole Miss has tried to get fans to look forward to the season is publication of the 100 improvements that fans will see on game day this season inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
The schedule, from a fan’s perspective is pretty good as well. The home schedule begins with BYU on September 3, 2011. The other home games include Southern Illinois, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, LA Tech, and LSU.
Here’s the video of Bolden and his unique talent:
Edsall gets his own ice cream flavor named "Rockin' Randy"
After 74 career wins as a head coach, Randy Edsall finally has his own ice cream flavor.
The University of Marlyand on-campus ice cream parlor name The Dairy has created “Rockin’ Randy.”
Some media members have joked that since Edsall closed most of the spring practices, this was one way the team could create a buzz about the new head coach.
The flavor mixes vanilla chocolate chip ice cream with chocolate marble swirl, Reese’s, and Heath Bar pieces.
Sounds like a delightful concoction.
We have heard both Maryland graduate assistant coaches will be chillin’ in the film room during August practice with a bowl of “Rockin’ Randy.” Neither grad assistant will be allowed to coach on the field due to self-imposed penalties during the first sixteen practices.
We’ve yet to hear if Fridge has tried “Rockin’ Randy.”
QB boxing this summer in advance of brutal early season schedule
Tulsa enters their first season under new head coach Bill Blankenship, who served last season as the Golden Hurricanes’ special teams coordinator / running backs coach.
Former Northern Colorado assistant Greg Peterson will serve as the offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach. His quarterbacks coach will be grad assistant James Kilian. You don’t see that often…a grad assistant coaching the quarterbacks.
But you don’t see this often, either. Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinnie is preparing for August camp by stepping in the ring and boxing at Cecil Pettigrew's Team Lethal Boxing Gym.
Kinnie is one of several players using boxing to train for the season.
Tulsa offensive lineman Jacob Rader explained, “As an offensive lineman, we hit with our hands. If you make contact with your shoulder or head, you are doing something wrong. Hand placement and hand speed are something that I've gained a lot of experience in coming to the gym."
Come on, Tulsa. Give the guy some love.
FYI: Tulsa has a pleasant early-season schedule. The Golden Hurricane open at Oklahoma. A week later they travel to New Orleans to play Tulane in the Superdome. After hosting Oklahoma State in the third week, Bill Blankenship get his first shot against Boise State on the Blue Turf. Not exactly the first four opponents you'd like to see as a first-year head coach.
Breaking: Hudl acquires DSV
In a move that will impact over half of the high schools in the country and likely most of the college programs as well, this morning Hudl is announcing that it has acquired Digital Sports Video (DSV) as well as DSV's Player Direct (the largest recruiting, most current recruiting video library).
By our estimation, the combined high school user base of these two industry leaders includes nearly half of the high school football programs in the country (and over 80% of the top 200 teams in the country). When you combine that with these schools' oponents, Hudl and it's clients will now likely have access to full game video from at least 70% of the programs in the country.
College programs that subscribe to Player Direct (and in the Fall those that subscribe to Hudl's new recruiting tools) will immediately benefit from the increased availability of video.
Sounds like a great combination to us.
Short term, here are the real life impacts for high school clients. Hudl clients should see no change. Clients using DSV software can continue to use it (however going forward it would make sense to transition to Hudl software for support and upgrade purposes). DSV Anywhere clients will immediately be upgraded to Hudl's package.
Longer term, there is little question that "mobile" is the direction that the sports video world is headed. With the way Hudl's platform works on Apple's iOS and Google's Android platforms, we anticipate seeing more great things evolve from this company. Hudl clients that currently use Hudl's iPad app say it's a great tool. We look forward to seeing what innovations Hudl brings to this industry over the next few years.
For more information on the transaction and to find answers to any questions you might have about how this directly impacts your program, please visit this link: Hudl Acquires DSV
Minter using voice-over film to teach Kentucky defense
In the off-season, Joker Phillips hired veteran coach Rick Minter to coordinate the Kentucky defense.
In year number one under Phillips as head coach, the defense didn’t perform consistently and the Wildcats slipped to 6-7, winning just two SEC games. Kentucky finished 45th in total defense,72nd in scoring defense, and 85th against the run.
This summer, Minter has created a number of pre-recorded voice-over film sessions that he expects the players to watch on their own time.
Cornerback Randall Burden told KentuckySports.com , “It's weird because, in past seasons, we'd watch film and then talk amongst ourselves. Now he's talking during the film. It's kind of strange."
Minter’s first challenge will come against Western Kentucky is the season-opener. The game will be played in Nashville, TN. The next three games are in Lexington against Central Michigan, Louisville, and Florida.