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Dabo in the locker room

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney allowed the cameras to roll during his pre-game and post-game talks in the locker room this week as his team hosted Troy.  Final score Clemson 43 - Troy 19.  

Good video.  A couple of quotes from Swinney:

"When they come in your house, you kick them out....you want to dominate them, you impose your will upon them.  You line up and you take your will and you make him like it....that's what good football teams do."

"If we can dominate two out three phases, we will win."

"Adversity is the companion of a champion, the enemy to the weak."

Playing (a lot of) true freshmen

Is the number of true freshmen that you play an indicator of the depth of your program?  

In week one, we saw a number of traditionally deep teams play a large number of true freshmen.  Relevance?

Here are some numbers of true freshmen that played in week one that we found...

Texas - 18

Auburn - 13

Ohio State - 12

Virginia - 12

Tennessee - 12

Clemson - 12

We also noted that the Texas coaching staff voted true freshman wide receiver Jaxon Shipley their offensive player of the game, Utah State true freshman quarter back Chuckie Keeton almost led his Aggies to a win at Auburn and Oregon State true freshman running back Malcolm Agnew is leading the nation with 223 yards rushing.  Interesting times...

Monday TV

No NFL MNF; but we've got Miami at Maryland.  Also, ESPN Classic will be re-airing Friday night's TCU vs. Baylor game at 5PM. 

All times Eastern.




Miami at Maryland - 8PM - ESPN

High School:

Camden County (GA) vs. Cleveland Glenville (OH) - noon - ESPN

Skyline (TX) vs. Cocoa (FL) - 2PM - FSN

Dwyer (FL) at Glades Central (FL) - 4PM - ESPN

Frederick A. Douglass (OK) vs. DeSoto (TX) - 5PM - FSN

Holgorsen talks about how they killed time

Yesterday's game between West Virginia and Marshall was interrupted and ultimately called early due to inclement weather (rain and lightning).  

In his post game talk, Dana Holgorsen was asked what his guys did during the down time during the lightning storm.

Holgorsen: "We had  X-Box games going on, we had pool games going on, some guys playing cards in the corner, TVs going on...watching the weather channel, the SMU / Texas A&M game, sitting in the weight room...we thought about putting in some study hall hours; but the academic people weren't here or...."

Funny how teams take on the personality of their head coach...Holgorsen's guys were relaxing, playing games, playing cards, etc...whereas Brian Kelly's squad at Notre Dame, when faced with the same type of delay the day before, "was given something to eat, we worked them out as best we could..."

Holgorsen's post game comments

Colts "suspend" Tressel

A few days ago Colts head coach Jim Caldwell announced that he has hired Jim Tressel has a "game day" only consultant. Tressel's responsibilities supposedly include sitting in box and watching the monitor to make recommendations to Caldwell about replay reviews. 

OK so get this, the Colts this morning, in an apparent bow to commissioner Goodell, have "suspended" Tressel for the first 6 games.  

The NFL is beating it's chest a little.  Seriously?  The man was hired for a one day a week gig, to sit in the box and oversee replay. "Suspending" him such that he can't start his replay job until week 7.  That's the right message? 

We're not pushing one way or the other here; but this just seems ridiculous.  If you're going to attempt to punish him / send a message, is the right way to do it to tell him that he can't serve as a game day consultant until week 7?  

Coaches that have been a part of 15 different staffs

Two weeks ago, we set out on a quest to identify any active coach that has been a part of 15 staffs during his career.  We found more than we thought; but honestly we had a bunch of guys come to mind that we thought would have been on 15 staffs that actually have only made it thus far onto 12, 13 or 14...keep working guys!

Here's what our crack staff came up with...

Phil Elmassian was the first coach to come to mind.  Currently the linebackers coach at Purdue, Elmassian by our count has served on 20 staffs.  Elmassian's stops include: Purdue, Illinois State, Louisiana Monroe, Nebraska, Purdue, Marshall, West Virginia, LSU, Wisconsin, Washington, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Minnesota, East Carolina, Ferrum College, Richmond, William & Mary

Dick Hopkins, secondary coach at FAU is another (17 staffs). Hopkins staff's include: FAU, Duquesne, Chattanooga, Rhode Island, The Citadel, James Madison, Tulane, Yale, Temple, Vanderbilt, Rice, Cincinnati, Duke, Florida State, Twin Lakes HS, Forest HS and Florida State.

Steve Axman, offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach, at Idaho has coached on 17 staffs, including: Idaho, Montana, Washington, UCLA, Washington, Minnesota, Northern Arizona, Maryland, UCLA, Stanford, Denver Gold (USFL), Arizona, Illinois, Army, Albany State, East Stroudsburg, MacArthur HS.

Jeff Reinebold, wide receivers coach at SMU, has served on 17 staffs as well.  Coach Reinebold's stops include: SMU, Hawaii, LA Tech, Amsterdam (NFL Europe), Rhein (NFL Europe), Winnipeg (CFL), BC (CFL), Edmonton (CFL), Rhein (NFL Europe), Las Vegas (CFL), BC (CFL), New Mexico, Rocky Mountain College, Penn, Montana, Dartmouth, Western Montana.

Mike Church, defensive coordinator at Menlo College, has coached as part of 19 staffs.  At the collegiate level, Church's stops include: Menlo, Cal Poly, San Jose State, UTEP, Washington State, Northwestern, Missouri, Cal and Nebraska.  In Arena, he coached with both the Los Angeles Avengers and the San Jose Sabercats. Church also coached in the USFL, the XFL and in Europe.  

Ron McCrone, Cornell's defensive coordinator, has coached on over 20 staffs.  Prior to Cornell, McCrone coached at Jacksonville University, UAB, Southern Miss, Southwest Missouri State, Florida, Auburn, Ole Miss, Duke, Vanderbilt, Temple, UT Martin, the Tampa Bay Bandits, Citrus HS, Orange Park HS, Paxon HS, UTEP, UCF, Alabama State, Tallahassee Thunder, Jacksonville Tomcats, and Gordon Military College.  

Let us know if we missed anyone.  Comments are welcomed below or [email protected] 

Football in the rain

Southern Miss hosted Louisiana Tech last night, in the middle of tropical storm Lee.  Watch the first few seconds of the video below to see the conditions these guys played in early.  

Southern Miss pulled out a 19-17 victory with a late field goal and a stop.  LA Tech is starting a true freshman at quarterback, 17 year old Nick Isham (20/36 for 176).

The conditions made the game a little sloppy; but overall a solid effort from both teams.


Fickell's excitement is contagious

Ohio State shut out Akron 42-0 Saturday in Luke Fickell's first game as the head coach.

On the sideline and in his post game presser, Fickell's enthusiasm and excitement is evident and his players (and the rest of the coaching staff) seem to be feeding off of this. 

Watch a few minutes of Fickell speaking after the game and you can literally feel the adrenaline.  Great interaction from Fickell about 4 minutes in...

Reporter asks about tight end Jake Stoneburner with a record?setting day, first tight end in Ohio State history to catch three touchdowns in a game...

Fickell's light hearted response, "That's because when I came here, I didn't play tight end here or maybe that would have happened here before."