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Chris Spielman talks Tressel, thinks 'the probation will be USC + some'

Chris Spielman, a two-time All-American linebacker in the late 1980’s at Ohio State, offered some interesting comments regarding Jim Tressel this morning on ESPN’s Mike & Mike in the Morning.

Spielman said, “I think he should have done it (resign) a long time ago. He tried to help these kids, ultimately he hurt them even more.”

According to Spielman, Jim Tressel’s major mistake came at the initial press conference.

Spielman said, “I would have said, ‘I own this. I am totally responsible.’”

He added, “A couple of weeks ago during a speech, I said I don’t think Jim Tressel is going to be the coach next year.  Some people are upset because they think everybody does it.  That’s not an excuse.”

What’s next for the Buckeyes?

“Now, you either fight or go in the corner and cry.  That’s what we are left with.”

“He (Luke Fickell) is a pure warrior.  Does he have a shot?  I don’t know.  Maybe if he wins 11 games.  I think the probation will be ‘USC plus some.’”

“Another name I would pursue, it may be a long shot, but Tony Dungy.”

That didn't take long. Urban Meyer releases statement.

That didn’t take long.

Through ESPN publicist Mike Humes, Urban Meyer has released a statement this afternoon concerning his coaching future.

Meyer said, "I am committed to ESPN and will not pursue any coaching opportunities this fall. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the people at ESPN this spring and remain very excited about my role with the network this fall.”

"Jim Tressel has been a respected friend and colleague for a long time. I wish Jim and his family the very best now and in the future."

For some reason, we doubt that Mr. Meyer’s statement will kill any and all talk of him coaching the Buckeyes in 2012.

Here is the much awaited reaction from Kirk Herbstreit:

Kevin Wilson: The talent level is bowl-capable

Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson believes it’s entirely possible for the Hoosiers to play in a bowl game in his first season leading the Hoosier’s program.

Kevin told the Chicago Post Tribune, “The talent level is bowl-capable. You need to do little things to get over the hump.”

Reflecting on last season, Wilson explained, They lost seven games when they were up by seven, three, tied or down by three in the fourth quarter. You’re not going to win all those, but win a couple and you’re going to a bowl game.”

The Hoosiers most recent bowl game was the 2007 Insight Bowl.  Before that, you have to go back to 1993 when Indiana played in the Independence Bowl.

Wilson, however, pointed out, “Past failures and past successes have nothing to do with it unless you want to use them as an excuse to limit yourself.”

Former Indiana head coaches haven’t experienced much success on the field. The list includes Lee Corso (41-68-2), Sam Wyche (3-8), Bill Mallory (69-77-3), Cam Cameron (18-37), Gerry Dinardo (8-27), Terry Hoeppner (9-14), and Bill Lynch (19-30).

Indiana opens the 2011 season against Ball State at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.  The Hoosier’s home schedule includes Virginia, South Carolina State, Penn State, Illinois, Northwestern, and Purdue.

The road schedule appears quite challenging.  When Indiana travels to North Texas, it will be the second home game at the new on-campus stadium in Denton.  The other road games include Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio State, and Michigan State.

Al Golden welcomes summer campers with pep talk

Al Golden’s football camp is underway in Coral Gables.

After staff introductions by senior football operations coordinator Hurlie Brown, Al Golden stepped in with a brief pep talk to the high school campers.

Golden said, “We are going to go. You are on a field of champions, period.  These guys are going to hold you to that standard today.  You will train like a Cane, today.”

“Bottom line…no walking in between drills today.  Listen, be smart, be tough, be discipline, run your ass and work your ass off today.  Get everything you can out of the camp cuz I guarantee you that these guys (coaches) will work their asses off for you.  You guys understand?  Good luck.  God Bless.  Have a great day.  Enjoy it, men.”

Miami will host six separate 1-day camps (May 29, June 5, June 11, June 12, June 18, and June 25).

Randy Edsall: My philosophy is 'Coach the Coaches'

Maryland head coach Randy Edsall says his philosophy is, “Coach the coaches.”

Edsall told CSN Washington writer Ryan O’Halloran that he learned the importance of delegating responsibilities while working under Tom Coughlan, George O’Leary, and Frank Maloney.

Going into his 13th year as a head coach, Edsall explained, “Especially now, things have changed so much, a coach has so much on his plate that he has to do, you can’t do everything by yourself, so you have to hire good people and give them the parameters for which you want to operate and how you want to get things done. My philosophy is, coach the coaches."

Edsall’s new staff at Maryland includes Gary Crowton, Todd Bradford, and Lyndon Johnson as the coordinators.  Andre Powell, Lee Hull, John Dunn, and Tom Bratten fill out the offensive staff.  Greg Gattuso and Keith Dudzinski will coach on the defensive side of the ball, along with Johnson.

“It’s a great staff that works well together. That’s one of the things people lose sight of, staff chemistry is important. They understand it’s all about team, it’s not about any bickering, it’s not, ‘The offense has to do this or the defense this.’ It’s all one. We’re evaluating the teams we play and sometimes the defense will have to pick the offense up or the offense will have to pick the defense up and the special teams will have to be special. It’s a great staff that works very, very well together.”

Maryland open with Miami (FL) and West Virginia, leading us to believe that Todd Bradford won’t have the most relaxing summer.

To see our list of the first-year coordinator that have the most difficult early season tasks, click here.


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Clemson coordinator receives contract incentive. Does it make sense?

Interestingly, Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris has a contract incentive for finishing in the Top 10 of total offense.

Many coaches, however, don’t agree that total offense is an important statistic as it relates to winning a championship.

If Clemson finishes the season 1st nationally in total offense, Morris will receive $100,000.  If Clemson finished 2nd-5th, Morris will receive $75,000.  If the Clemson finishes 6th-10th, Morris will receive an extra $50,000.

We wonder if the contract incentive should be more connected with the ultimate goal of winning.  

Consider the following:

In 2009, Alabama won the national championship and finished 42nd nationally in total offense.  The Crimson Tide defeated Texas, who finished 29th in total offense. In 2008, Florida won the national championship when the Gators finished 15th nationally in total offense.  In 2007, LSU won the national championship and finished 26th nationally in total offense.  The Tigers defeated Ohio State, who finished 62nd nationally in total offense.

Since 2007, of the teams that finished in the Top 10 of total offense, the average number of loses is 3.22 per season.

Since 2007, seven teams (18%) have finished with either six or seven loses including 2009 Texas A&M (7 loses), 2007 Nebraska (7 loses), 2010 Michigan (6 loses), 2009 Notre Dame (6 loses), 2008 Nevada (6 loses), 2007 Louisville (6 loses), 2007 Oklahoma State (6 loses).

Since 2007, the number of loses for teams finishing in the Top 10 of total offense:

0 loss teams: 2 times

1 loss teams: 8 times

2 loss teams: 4 times

3 loss teams: 6 times

4 loss teams: 9 times

5+ loss teams: 11 times

Top 10 in Total Offense (final record)

2010: Oregon (12-1), Boise State (12-1), Oklahoma State (11-2), Nevada (13-1), Tulsa (10-3), Hawaii (10-4), Auburn (14-0), Michigan (7-6), Arkansas (10-3), Oklahoma (12-2).

2009: Houston (10-4), Nevada (8-5), Troy (9-4), Texas Tech (9-4), Texas A&M (6-7), Florida (13-1), TCU (12-1), Notre Dame (6-6), Idaho (8-5), Boise State (14-0).

2008: Tulsa (11-3), Houston (8-5), Oklahoma (12-2), Texas Tech (11-2), Nevada (7-6), Oklahoma State (9-4), Oregon (10-3), Missouri (10-4), Texas (12-1), Rice (10-3).

2007: Tulsa (10-4), Texas Tech (9-4), Hawaii (12-1), Houston (8-5), Missouri (12-2), Louisville (6-6), Oklahoma State (7-6), Kansas (12-1), Nebraska (5-7), Oregon (9-4).


Mark Richt speaks from the heart about selling $1.99 million house

Mark Richt is selling his $1.99 million house on Lake Hartwell, a vacation house that he and his wife Katharyn purchased in 2009.

The decision to sell the family’s second home was based on being able to give more to the less fortunate.

Richt explained to Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “Within the last year, I read this book, “The Hole in Our Gospel,” written by Richard Stearns. He’s the president of World Vision, U.S. I think people understand who World Vision is but, basically, they help the poor. Through their organization, you can help children, you can help build wells, you can buy them donkeys, whatever people need. World Vision helps people across the world. Well, anyway, there was a lot of statistical data in there about the amount of people that live on a dollar a day around this world. Billions of people. So I’m reading this book and it really affected me. It helped me realize that what we have is way more than we need and that our ability to give is hindered by this property. I guess that’s the best way to tell you. We just wanted to be in a better position to give and bless people that don’t have anything. We felt like this was one way to be able to do that.”

Richt challenges you to read the book.  Read his heart spoken comments, right here.

He added, “Our ability to own this home, to have this home, that’s not an issue. It has absolutely nothing to do with anything that has to do with football. It has to do my wife’s desire and my desire to give.”

Richt took over the Georgia program in 2001.  The Bulldogs have won or shared the SEC Eastern Division title on four different occasions.  Georgia finished with a combined 21-5 record from 2007-2008, but the Bulldogs are 14-12 since then.

Hopefully, Richt will lead the Bulldogs back to another SEC championship this season.

All-Access films paying off in big fashion for 2 college programs

We picked up our first college football pre-season magazine yesterday.  It’s the Athlon Sports college football preview.

Inside the magazine, Athlon rates the best coaching hires in the off-season.

According to Athlon, of all the twenty-one head coaching hires, the best hire was Jerry Kill (Minnesota) followed by Al Golden (Miami).

Both hires, if you remember however, were met with much skepticism in their respective cities, Minneapolis and Miami.  There were few fans from either school that truly felt “great” about the hires.  It’s safe to say, nobody believed, “We hit a homerun.”

That’s where the athletic departments at Minnesota and Miami (FL) come in.  From the very first day when each coach was hired, both universities have marketed the heck out their respective head coaches.

Both Miami and Minnesota hired a company called 3 Penny Films to film a number of behind-the-scene videos that have been regularly uploaded to YouTube.  The films have become a huge hit.  The fan bases love them and they are excellent for recruiting.  

Most importantly, 3 Penny Films has been able to capture the personality of Jerry Kill and Al Golden.  If you didn’t know the coaches before, now you do.

Because of the films, it’s now hard to find a person in either city that isn’t excited about Kill or Golden.  Neither coach has changed.  It’s just that their personality, values, and leadership skills have been publicized.

FootballScoop talked this week with Miami (FL) director of football operations Tom Deahn, who said, “I call them (3 Penny Films) ‘Spielberg’ because they are the absolute best at telling a story.  We give them some story lines and they produce it terrifically.”

Deahn added, “Our fans love the films.  They are a huge hit.  Everywhere Coach Golden goes to speak, people talk about the films.”

Deahn explained to us that Al Golden was initially unsure about allowing the access to an outside company, but granted a half-hour meeting to the company that wanted to chronicle the revival of Miami football.

“After five minutes, Al said, ‘That’s it.  I’ve heard enough.  We got to do this.  It’s a no-brainer.’”

At Minnesota, the idea started when Jerry Kill said in a staff meeting, “This campus and the city of Minneapolis are unbelievable.  I can’t believe how nice this place is.”

Kill asked his staff for suggestions on the best and quickest way to show recruits just how nice of a city Minneapolis is.  That’s when defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys suggested 3 Penny Films.  Claeys had a connection with one of the producers at 3 Penny Films from years ago during his time at Southern Illinois.

Kill agreed and the Gophers hired the company.  Things have taken off, ever since.

Minnesota director of football operations Dan O’Brien told FootballScoop, “Coach Kill initially wanted people to see the city of Minneapolis and how incredible this place is.  He kept saying, ‘People have to see this place.’”

O’Brien said the first couple of films were so well received, the Gophers decided to keep going.   What a great decision by the Minnesota staff.

Now, the entire Gophers’ fan base, all the alumni, all the people in the city of Minneapolis know who Jerry Kill is, what he’s about, what his personality is like.  (Watch this video)

To us, it’s not a coincidence that the two schools that have done the best job of marketing their coaches in the last six month were listed at the very top of Athlon’s list of best off-season hires.  There is no question in our mind that neither coach would have been listed as high if it were not for the films, which have significantly helped the transition and created a ton of enthusiasm within both fan bases.

For that reason, FootballScoop would like to compliment the athletic departments at both universities for their creative thinking and willingness to budget for this type of marketing.  It’s well worth it.

The only thing we wonder is why more schools haven’t done the same.


Here is an example of one of the Miami (FL) all-access films produced by 3 Penny Films: