Inside Scoop: First time head coach Mitch Stewart shares it all
New Murray State head coach Mitch Stewart joins Scott today on the Inside Scoop…and the result is “must watch” TV.
In the first few minutes Stewart explains how he found out Chris Hatcher was leaving for Samford, and how he was offered the head coaching position at Murray within hours. Quite a story and something we can all learn from.
Stewart talks about how he built his staff, the role family plays in his life and his role as a coach, and how he uses social media.
Towards the end Stewart weighs in on Steve Spurrier joining twitter (!!!) and gives a great impersonation of Hatch.
The entire interview is loaded with great information for coaches nationwide to learn from.
Video: Northwestern chronicles spring ball with “The Foundation”
Quarterback derbys at the most intriguing subplot to any football team’s pre-season preparations. It’s a game within a game, a decision that shapes a team and the players involved jockeying to lead that team.
This spring, Zack Oliver, Matt Alviti and Clayton Thorson will vie this off-season to replace Trevor Siemian and, as part of its new series “The Foundation”, Northwestern will chronicle that battle. This week’s episode focuses on offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mick McCall and his philosophy toward handling the three-man race, which he says is the first he’s had in now eight seasons in Evanston. “They all believe that they’re the guy, which is great,” McCall says, “because if they don’t they’re not even in the competition. They’re not even in the conversation.”
“The Foundation” will run throughout the spring, centering on McCall and defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz.
Defensive coordinators “have to find a way to survive” in football today
If you had to guess which defensive coordinator led a unit to a top ten ranking in turnovers the past two consecutive seasons, names like Pat Narduzzi or Jeremy Pruitt would likely come to mind.
You’d be wrong.
While leading the defense at Houston, David Gibbs is the only coach who can say his units ranked in the top ten in turnovers in both 2013 (when they led the country with 43) and 2014 (30 total turnovers). His coaching journey has afforded him the opportunity to learn under some quality head coaches, from Herm Edwards to Mike Shanahan and Gary Kubiak, and Gibbs took something from each of them.
Now in charge of the defense at Texas Tech, Gibbs sat down with Lubbock Online to talk about his defensive system and coaching philosophy.
“I have a system. We have a system in place. We have a scheme and I’m a big believer in, if you just coach your kids to do what they’re supposed to do, that seven out of 10 times they’re going to be fine. No matter how good the other team is, you’re going to be OK.” Gibbs explained.
“The problem is, you try to force things … You cannot dictate, in my mind, on defense anymore, unless you’re better than the offense.”
That’s a big part of why Gibbs has decided to put so much emphasis on turnovers.
“Therefore you better learn how to survive and you better learn how to take the ball away. The old bend-but-don’t-break philosophy, it’s more alive now in college football than ever, but when I watch defensive schemes, I don’t see that mindset. I see them being aggressive and I see them playing bump man all the time even though there’s no way in the world in college football now the corners are as good as the wide receivers.”
He also provides some advice for defensive coaches in today’s landscape of explosive offenses by saying simply, “you better find a way to survive” regardless of how your football IQ stacks up, or the talent you have on the field.
“Whether or not you’ve got good enough players, whether or not you’re as smart a defensive guy as they are an offensive guy, you better find a way to survive.”
“You’ve got to change up your looks. You’ve got to change up your fronts. And it’s easy to say, but when you talk about doing it, going from a 3-4 to a 4-3, that all sounds good sitting in here, but you’ve got to teach these 18-year-olds to understand it and to do it.”
Photo: Oregon State has new helmets for Spring practice
Back in March of 2013, Oregon State rolled out some brand new uniforms to the delight of fans, complete with their upgraded, meaner looking Beaver logo and some bold new color schemes.
Now, with Gary Andersen leading the program, some more changes are likely on the way, and it looks like that’s getting started with a fresh new throwback look to start spring practices today.
The logo is similar to the one that the program used from 1979-1996, and was actually brought back as part of the re-branding of the logos back in 2013.
No word yet on if these will make it to game days in the fall, but if it were up to me, I’d stick to these options as the primary lids. I have a feeling current players and recruits will agree with me.
Video of the Day – BYU opens spring practice
Tuesday March 3, 2015
Video of the Day
BYU opens spring practice