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  • Pete Carroll describes “what every coach needs to be at his best”

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    Back in 2009 Pete Carroll was on top of the college football world at Southern Cal. He had collected a few national titles, tutored a few Heisman winners, and was churning out some of the best NFL talent in the country.

    Then the Seattle Seahawks came knocking with a rare opportunity among the NFL ranks. Carroll was presented a chance to run an NFL team with the same outlook and approach that he had built USC with.

    “When this opportunity came here, it was expressed and clearly laid out that I could have the same type of responsibility and the same kind of approach. It’s been really instrumental, because the way we do things is not the way a lot of other people do things.” Carroll told Fox Sports.

    As Carroll goes on to explain, professional football may be a business, but the football aspect needs to be run by football people, and Seattle has provided him that opportunity from day one. In his first two seasons, as he built the foundation in Seattle his way, he went 14-18, then, in 2012 the Seahawks went 11-5 and lost to Atlanta in the NFL Divisional game. 2013 was the year that Carroll brought a Super Bowl title back to Seattle, and now they’re a win away from back-to-back titles.

    “It’s done our way. We have our own language, our own control, our own decision-making process.”

    “I think it has made all the difference in the world. It’s what every coach needs, I think, to be at his best. The format and structure that is generally accepted in the league is not that. I understand why.”

    Think of Carroll’s words the next time you go in for a head coaching interview.

    Read the full piece from Fox Sports here.

  • With signing day approaching, Clemson sells Dabo Swinney with this clip

    Signing day is just nine days away now, we’re officially in the single digits.

    With everyone’s best pitch now made, and the decision solely in the lap of recruits, a number of programs have released videos selling their head coach, or coaching staff.

    Auburn did it last week with their “Boom” video featuring Malzahn and Muschamp, and this video of Clemson selling Dabo Swinney and his accomplishments since taking over the Tigers flew under the radar earlier this month, but was recently brought to my attention.

    These type of videos are really starting to pick up steam in popularity this off season, and before you know it, 90% of programs will be doing it to get an edge.

     

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  • James Franklin wants it known: “We don’t settle for Bs” at Penn State

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    With just 10 days to signing day, staffs are busy scrambling trying to nail down their 2015 classes. It would seem like the perfect time to sneak something by them on Twitter.

    Well, not at Penn State.

    Earlier today Sophomore corner Bryant Harper tweeted that he got a “B” on his first Anatomy exam despite not studying for it.

    Not surprisingly, James Franklin wasn’t having any of that.

    Let this serve as a reminder to players, media, and fellow coaches out there; You’re not sneaking anything by coach Franklin, especially coming off a full 6 hours of sleep and a triple shot of espresso in the morning!

  • What happened to Jim Harbaugh’s signature khakis?

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    Not since the days of Bear Bryant’s fedora or Jim Tressel’s sweater vest has a coach and his clothing choice been as synonymous as Jim Harbaugh and his pleated khaki slacks.

    I can’t be sure, but it seems to have all started last January, when Jim’s wife Sarah came out on a radio station and famously noted that Harbaugh sometimes buys his khakis at Walmart. The two have been like peas and carrots ever since.

    Virtually every picture of him during his time in San Francisco has him in those signature khakis, and that’s no exaggeration. It seems like if you were had access to his closet it would look like something straight out of a cartoon; khakis on hangers on one side, and black crewneck sweaters on the other…and it’s very possible that was all his closet included.

    At least that’s the way it seemed.

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    Normally, I wouldn’t get into something like this, but when a school goes all in and starts selling khakis on campus, it’s a big deal.

    Randomly one day, after seeing a few pics of Harbaugh settling in at Michigan, Scott asked me if I had noticed the lack of pictures of Harbaugh wearing his khakis. We both found it as odd, which prompted some further research.

    After taking some time to look through some recent pictures of him since arriving in Ann Arbor, it became apparent that a key component was missing from his signature look. JHkhakis1  JHKhakis3

    Being the curious people that we are, Scott and I asked ourselves; “Why would he just stop wearing something he had become so well known for?” After some further research, I was able to find some rather interesting coincidences.

    Back in 2013, Levi’s acquired the naming rights to the new field that the 49ers were building in Santa Clara for $220 million for 20 years. Levi’s also happens to own one of the most popular brands of khaki pants – Dockers.

    After some rather unscientific photo research of the khakis that Harbaugh wore as the head coach of the 49ers, which may have included some serious zooming in, it was discovered that Harbaugh’s preferred choice of sideline apparel was the Dockers brand pleated khaki slacks.

    Dockers – owned by Levi’s. Got the connection now?

    It is unclear whether Harbaugh was contractually obligated by the Niners to wear the Dockers brand because it sat under the umbrella of Levi’s, or whether it was just his preferred khaki choice. But one thing is apparent; coincidence or not, once Harbaugh left the Bay Area, his fondness for khakis seems to have seriously diminished.

    The khaki look may be not occur as often as it seemed to in San Fran, but he did rock the familiar look while speaking at the recent Michigan High School Football Coaches Association, so the look he has become known for (for better or worse) is not completely extinct, just seemingly scaled back quite a bit.

    After digging around a bit more, I found this.

    The way I see it, it’s good news for fans of the Dockers brand, Harbaugh, and Michigan because you can now pay homage to all three with a signature line of Game Day Dockers (also available in Texas A&M, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and various other programs and styles)