Good stuff from Gundy

Mike Gundy sat down with The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell to get his thoughts going into his 8th season as the head coach in Stillwater, his new contract, and his energy level going into 2012.

Gundy said his energy level has been great going into this season, and he hopes it's something he can maintain until he's 50 or 55, but understands that this profession can wear you down, especially since the invention of cell phones. "Once somebody started making (cell phones), then there is no break. We all used to go home" he commented.

Gundy admits there are some nights where he has to make a choice on whether to pick up the phone late at night. "I can just not take a call after 10:30 p.m. and my phone will still ring, and it’s 2013 kids, 2014 kids. I have to make a choice when I talk on the phone." He went on to say that's something that he can't do forever, "You can stop recruiting and still keep the job if you want, but you won’t be very good.”

Coach Gundy also said that he is thankful for his new contract because he has always been leery of having to move and put his kids in a new system. At one point he asked defensive coordinator Bill Young why he moved around so much during his career and Young replied "What’s the big deal? Me and the old lady, we jump in the car and we’re out of here." 

The Cowboys kick off spring practices next Monday, March 12th and will host their spring game Saturday, April 21st.


Video: To be a Midshipman

It's difficult to imagine what it would be like to be in the service and play college football, but the most recent video from Navy gives us a good glimpse inside of that world.

Video is long but very well put together, and is matched up with some very appropriate music.

FootballScoop's Pac-12 Tour (Update)

On Monday, part of the FootballScoop Staff is headed to Seattle to begin the 2012 Pac-12 Tour...and we're very happy to announce that Overtime Software is sponsoring this ten day event. 

Let me quickly tell everyone what you need to know about Overtime Software ("OT"). We first heard about OT from the coaches at LSU about a year ago. We heard things like, "What these guys are doing for us on the iPad gives us an advantage. No one else has this stuff." and "Seriously, these guys are geniuses." We asked OT to demo their iPad apps for us and we too were immediately blown away. OT has a unique new player assessment tool that is changing the way scouting is done at the college and professional levels.

Although the company itself is nearly ten years old, they have only been working in the football space for about two years; but have quickly become LSU Football's vendor of choice and have since added several additional SEC and ACC clients. 

Having Mike Thrower, the President of OT, join us on this tour will give all of the Pac-12 programs an opportunity to see for themselves what OT could do for their programs.  

A couple of items of interest about the tour...

First, we nearly changed the name because once we announced the tour, several other programs out West invited us to stop in or to join them for a bite or a beverage. Much obliged and stops will be made. Might even make an NFL visit or two...stay tuned to the site for frequent updates over the next two weeks. We start in Seattle on Monday and work our way south ending in Tucson nearly two weeks later. Can you imagine what the rental car is going to look like when we return it? 

The primary goal of the tour is simply to develop deeper relations with the staffs at each program and while we're there we'll tour the facilities and enjoy some of the local atmosphere. Some of the staffs we'll be visiting with have said "we've already got reservations at coach's favorite restaurant"...others have said, "join us at the training table". Both sound great and we can't wait to get there. 

For more information about Overtime Software please visit www.OTScout.com

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Video: Walk on tryouts at Houston

Houston conducted walk on tryouts yesterday at 7am for players hoping to earn a roster spot.

The Cougars have had a strong walk on tradition as of recent. Former walk on Patrick Edwards put up some gaudy numbers last season, hauling in 89 catches (15th nationally) for 1,752 yards (2nd nationally) and 20 touchdowns (1st nationally).

Defensive graduate assistant Matt Nicholson helped lead some of the drills and weighed in on the types of things that they're looking for.

Late for a meeting, "no soup for you"

OK so really, it's "no steak for you"; but...

Tim Beckman has instituted a rule called "Illini time" where players are required to be 10 minutes early for all team events and classes.

To stress the importance of the small details, like "Illini time", Beckman and the staff have instituted a club called "All-in-One" where players and coaches who qualify receive a gourmet meal during quarterly banquets. The first meal of the year was steak and eggs, and homemade cinnamon buns.

Those who did not qualify had porridge. 21 players and 4 coaches ended up qualifying for for the steak and eggs, Beckman explained that he was not one of them.

"I missed a meeting, I was down in Naples, Fla., speaking to the alumni.’’ he pointed out.

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