Mountain West releases 2015 schedule
Following separate releases by the MAC and Sun Belt on Friday, the Mountain West unrolled its 2015 slate on Monday, thereby completing the entire FBS schedule for this fall, save for television adjustments here and there.
Hold your applause, please.
Like every one of its FBS peers save for the Big 12 and Sun Belt, the Mountain West (save for one exception) will play 12 games over 13 weeks with a conference championship game slated for Dec. 5. That exception? Hawaii. The Warriors will play 13 straight weeks; it appears the cash-strapped Hawaii athletics department chose a seventh home game and/or visits to both Ohio State and Wisconsin over an off week.
Hawaii isn’t the only MW program with a tough slate, though. Boise State opens its season with Washington on Friday, Sept. 4, and then faces BYU, Virginia, Hawaii, Colorado State and Utah State over the first seven weeks of the season.
A few more notes:
– Power Five teams visiting MW campuses: Colorado (at Hawaii, Sept. 3), Washington (at Boise State, Sept. 4), Minnesota (at Colorado State, Sept. 12), Arizona (at Nevada, Sept. 12), UCLA (at UNLV, Sept. 12) and Utah (at Fresno State, Sept. 19). That’s tied with Conference USA for the most among Group of Five conferences.
– Power Five teams hosting MW programs: Ole Miss (vs. Fresno State, Sept. 12), Ohio State (vs. Hawaii, Sept. 12), California (vs. San Diego State, Sept. 12), Utah (vs. Utah State, Sept. 12), Arizona State (vs. New Mexico, Sept. 18), Michigan State (vs. Air Force, Sept. 19), Texas A&M (vs. Nevada, Sept. 19), Oregon State (vs. San Jose State, Sept. 19), Michigan (vs. UNLV, Sept. 19), Washington (vs. Utah State, Sept. 19), Washington State (vs. Wyoming, Sept. 19), Virginia (vs. Boise State, Sept. 25), Wisconsin (vs. Hawaii, Sept. 26), Penn State (vs. San Diego State, Sept. 26) and Auburn (vs. San Jose State, Oct. 3).
FootballScoop visits with Warren McCarty (MPIF)
This weekend Scott was joined by coaches’ agent Warren McCarty on FootballScoop radio. Warren represents a number of clients at the division II, FCS and FBS levels.
This is a great listen for young coaches.
Warren tells it like it is regarding what’s available to be negotiated for, how important your “network” is, search firms, preparing for interviews and more.
The problem with hiring coaches in the L.A. public school system
According to the Los Angeles Times, 58 percent of coaches at the 83 Los Angeles Unified School District high schools are “walk-ons,” the term used to describe part-time, non-certified employees. Those among that 58 percent that coach football earn a $2,811 stipend annually.
A high school football coach works, conservatively, six days a week at 26 weeks a year. That’s roughly $100 a week, $16 and change a day. Considering gas prices and other realities life in Los Angeles presents, the LAUSD provides gas money for three out of every five coaches and not much else.
On one hand, coaching for one rung above free weeds out anyone who doesn’t want to be there. On the other, the Los Angeles public school system places a minimal investment into the group of people asked to develop its young men.
And aspiring young coaches need not apply. Writes Eric Sondheimer of the L.A. Times: “One of the big hurdles is that hiring a new physical education teacher-coach is very difficult because jobs are scarce and there’s a long waiting list of displaced P.E. teachers in the district that have priority over any new hires. Promising young coaches have to wait at the back of the line.”
It creates a system where LAUSD’s brightest young coaches are leaving the district or bypassing it altogether, leaving the students to feel the consequences. “Walk-ons don’t have the same access to students during the school day as teachers,” Sondheimer writes. “They can’t monitor academics or discipline issues as closely as teachers. If someone wants to make additional money while teaching, anything but coaching is more lucrative, from tutoring to coaching travel teams.”
While there are undoubtedly talented, dedicated coaches within the L.A. public schools, coaching is a lot like anything else in life: you get out what you put in. And when LAUSD puts next to no incentive for new coaches to join its ranks, what result is it expecting to yield?
The value of multi-sport athletes: HS coaches share this with your players
In a day and age where more and more high school athletes seem to be focused on specializing in one sport, and training year round in that specific sport, some interesting numbers have surfaced recently on the value of participating in more than one sport in high school.
When it comes to recruiting and drafting guys, college and NFL coaches place a high value on the multi-sport athletes, and there’s no shortage of recent statistics to prove it.
Take this tweet that I saw over the weekend for example:
128 NFL QB’s surveyed -122 played at least 2 sports in HS (95%) nearly 70% played 3 or more. http://t.co/zNLXhESTXg PLAY ALL SPORTS U CAN
— ⭐️Greg Wyant⭐️ (@Coach_Wyant) February 26, 2015
Recruiting multi-sport athletes is something that college coaches talk about all the time, and a number of additional tweets over the past few months have really helped to illustrate just how valued they are by some of the top coaches and programs in the country.
Guys like Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, and Brian Kelly are just a small handful of the coaches that targer two, and three sport athletes.
Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame 2014 recruiting classes 85% were multi-sport participants- 61 of 72 total recruits. — TrackingFootball.com (@TrckFootball) August 5, 2014
Think Urban Meyer’s staff just recruits from specialized camps and 7vs7, think again, 47 recruits since 2013 and 42 (89%) HS multi-sport
— TrackingFootball.com (@TrckFootball) January 12, 2015
So the next time one of your players with the dreams of playing at the college level tells you that they won’t be playing a sport in the spring or winter so they can focus on football, show them this article.
FootballScoop visits with Walker Jones (CAA)
This weekend Scott visited with Walker Jones who joined Jimmy Sexton and Trace Armstrong at CAA a little over a year ago.
In a wide ranging interview, Jones provides excellent feedback for coaches at all levels.
For example, on setting expectations, Jones offered, “We don’t go out and get people jobs, that’s not our job. Our job is to educate our clients, to prepare our clients, to market our clients, to get them in front of the right people…but at the end of the day it’s on the coach to get that job…”
Scott asks what are the things that coaches want them to advocate for. “Flexibility with security.”
This is loaded with great content about the role agents serve and what coaches should expect.