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  • Which FBS head coaches don’t have a Twitter account?

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    Late last week, I saw a tweet saying that Ohio Bobcats head coach Frank Solich, at 70 years old and going into his 11th season at Ohio, had finally joined Twitter. Whether it’s actually run by him, or an intern is irrelevant, Solich has jumped on the Twitter bandwagon in the public eye, which is more important in today’s landscape of college football than it has ever been before

    That got us to thinking about which head coaches aren’t utilizing the power of Twitter? And further, which conferences have the highest (and lowest) percentage of their head coaches on Twitter?

    Thanks to Solich’s recent decision, the MAC is the only league with 100% of their head coaches on Twitter. Then comes the SEC, whose only head coach without Twitter is Nick Saban (and I don’t see that changing anytime soon). After that, basically all the conferences are missing at least two coaches including the American, the ACC, the Big 12, C-USA, Mountain West, and the Pac-12 at two a piece, and the Big Ten and Sun Belt each missing a trio. Also worth noting; all three of the head coaches leading independent programs (Notre Dame, Army, BYU) are active on Twitter.

    In an era where social media rules everything from recruiting, to connecting with the fan base, to branding for college football programs, here are the head coaches that have resisted the social media push, along with a friendly Twitter handle suggestion if they ever decide to join the rest of us.

    For the Twitter handles that I left blank, feel free to shoot me a snazzy suggestion to @CoachSamz and I’ll share the best ones in that column.

    COACHPROGRAMCONFERENCE TWITTER HANDLE SUGGESTION
    Bob DiacoConnecticutAmerican@UConn_El_Diaco
    George O’LearyUCFAmerican@UCFGoldenKnightInShiningArmor
    Dabo SwinneyClemsonACC@DaboDaboDaboDaboDaboDabo
    Frank BeamerVirginia TechACC@BeamerBall
    Paul RhoadesIowa StateBig 12@SoDamnProud
    Bill SnyderKansas StateBig 12@WhatIsATwitter?
    Kirk FerentzIowaBig Ten @FerentzAndForAll (via @CoachCandela99)
    Darrell HazellPurdueBig Ten
    Jerry KillMinnesotaBig Ten @TheOriginalUHC
    Bobby WilderOld DominionC-USA@TheODUWildMan
    Sean KuglerUTEPC-USA@TheKugz
    Norm ChowHawaiiMountain West@3xHeismanCoachChowUH
    Bob DavieNew MexicoMountain West@BobDavieIsLobo4FB
    Gary AndersenOregon StatePac-12 @AndersenWithAnE
    Jim MoraUCLAPac-12@FBKingOfLA (@ThisAccountSoonToBeDeleted)?
    Nick SabanAlabamaSEC@TheProcess
    Paul PetrinoIdahoSun Belt@NoNotThatPetrino
    Dennis FranchioneTexas StateSun Belt

     

    Other interesting notes I gathered from this research:

    • Oldest FBS head coach on Twitter: Frank Solich – @CoachSolich (70 years old)
    • Youngest FBS head coach on Twitter: PJ Fleck – @CoachFleck (34 years old)
    • Youngest FBS head coach NOT on Twitter: Bob Diaco (42 years old)
    • Oldest FBS head coach NOT on Twitter: Bill Snyder (75 years old)
    • Longest tenured FBS head coach NOT on Twitter: Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer (hired in December of 1986)
    • Shortest tenured FBS head coach NOT on Twitter: Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst (hired on December 17 of 2014)
    • Conference with the highest number of head coaches on Twitter: Mid-American Conference (13 of 13 -100%) and Independents (4 of 4 – 100%)
    • Conference with the lowest percentage of head coaches on Twitter: Big Ten (11 of 14 coaches – 79%)

    (A previous version of this post listed Appalachian State’s Scott Satterfield. That was incorrect.)

  • Inside Nebraska’s strength program: “We’re a different breed. This is Nebraska, baby!”

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    Nebraska did a really nice job putting together this look at the new strength program under new head strength and conditioning coach Mark Philipp. Philipp spent last season as an assistant strength coach at USC, and was on the Oregon State strength staff a few seasons before that.

    The clip goes over his approach in the weight room, why he loves what he does for a living, and the high regard he has for Nebraska football.

    “We’re a different breed. This is Nebraska, baby.” he tells a group of guys before starting their workout.

    “I think it’s super important to have five different strength coaches to help the kids out because everyone sees things a little different.” Philipp explains a little later in the clip. “We’re all pretty versatile in programming, and Olympic weight lifting.”

    “That’s the fun part of my job. I get to come in and do this and watch these kids grow. There are a lot of things that I look forward to, but I definitely look forward to tomorrow and seeing them again, and training them, and pushing them…that’s what I look forward to.”

  • Video of the Day – The Aggie Youth Experience

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    Tuesday March 31, 2015

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  • Jim Harbaugh makes his winners run and losers watch

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    Everything about this is totally backward. A good, solid day of work is to be rewarded with a free conditioning period, and a lackluster effort is to be treated with a full set of wind sprints. An especially bad practice is to be followed with perhaps a full extra round of conditioning.

    Not in Jim Harbaugh’s world. To the surprise of no one, he sees things differently.

    The first official practice of the Harbaugh era in Ann Arbor included a competitive drill between the Wolverines’ offense and defense, which the defense won. At the end of the day’s work Harbaugh gathered the team and told the victors to get on the line for conditioning. The losers were told to stand and watch.

    “It didn’t feel good standing there watching,” wide receiver Amara Darboh told the Detroit Free-Press. “You sort of felt guilty almost. We just lost and we’re just standing there watching.”

    In Harbaugh’s word, conditioning is just another chance to improve yourself, a right that hast to be earned. And those that lost the drill got to contemplate what they’ll do next time to win themselves a chance to improve themselves.

    “If you win, you get the chance to get better,” sophomore offensive lineman Mason Cole says. “And then, you get the chance to help yourself.”

    Read the full story here.

  • ESPN insider blasts Search Firm

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    Parker Executive Search is one of the leading coaching search firms in the business (although there are plenty including DHR, Carr Sports, Collegiate Sports Associates, Korn Ferry, etc…). The firm claims more than 1,000 basketball coaches and 2,000 football coaches on its hallowed databases, and scores of coaches wishing their names find their way to Parker’s radar.

    Just how firmly a coach has to be on Parker’s radar is up for debate. Those inside Parker’s walls say they simply serve their clients’ wishes, performing due diligence on candidates whom the school is interested in and offering suggests on others they might not yet know they should be interested in.

    “Athletic directors have changed,” Parker executive vice president and managing director Laurie Wilder told ESPN’s Dana O’Neil in 2013. “They’re lawyers or CPAs or MBAs. The way they run their department is very different. The concept of having that list in your pocket and being able to go one, two, three, four down that list just doesn’t exist anymore.”

    (Ms. Wilder, Bill Moos would disagree.)

    “You don’t have to know us to be in our searches. That’s complete baloney,” Parker vice president Daniel Parker said. “We do original research based on the expectation of what the athletic director is looking for. We have searches all the time where we didn’t know much about a coach until we started the process and got to know him.”

    Some on the other side of the table disagree, seeing Parker and its competitors as kingmakers.

    “They get their guys; they ride their guys,” an anonymous agent told ESPN.

    Added Cincinnati head basketball coach Mick Cronin: “If I was a young guy looking for a job, I’d make sure that the people at Parker knew who I was.”

    Now enter Jeff Goodman, ESPN’s basketball insider and a clearinghouse for information during college basketball’s hiring-and-firing season.

    UC Irvine coach Russell Turner turned down a George Mason offer on Sunday.

    DePaul re-hired former coach Dave Leitao over the weekend.

    Rare to see a national reporter such as Goodman sound off on a search firm to this degree.

    Coaches and agents, we’re interested to hear your thoughts on and experiences with search firms. Let us know at Mail@FootballScoop.com.