Video: Watch a college president put on the pads and go out to practice with the team
The University of La Verne is one of only a small handful of Division III programs in the state. La Verne also recently hosted another rarity; a college president who is willing to put the pads on and join the football team on the practice field.
Did I mention that the president at La Verne is a female?
Shortly after practice started, university president Devorah Lieberman strutted out on the field and head coach Chris Krich blew the whistle to bring the team in. He then explained that they would be teaching president Lieberman how to field a punt.
It started off small, with just a game of catch between Krich and Lieberman, but then expanded to a mini-punt where Lieberman got a few tries to wrangle in a punt.
Before leaving, Lieberman left the team with some parting wisdom.
“People who win never, ever, phone it in. They never show up and say ‘I’m just going to be mediocre.’ Winners on the field, winners in the classroom, and winners in life say ‘I’m going to work harder than anyone else, and I’m going to work harder than I’ve ever worked before every single time that I come on the field, or every time I go to class.'”
“I expect you to be the best. Living our values, doing our best, and doing whatever it takes to be the best. I’m here today because I believe in you, and I believe that you are the best.
While the performance portion of practice may not have gone exactly how Lieberman would have liked, she succeeded in providing an experience that the team will not soon forget, and left them knowing that they have her full support as an administrator.
“We don’t care about positions. Every kid on defense has to learn the whole defense”
As a young assistant coach at Western Carolina, Geoff Collins lost his starting strong-side linebacker to an injury during a game, and had to replace him with “the sixth best linebacker” they had because they hadn’t cross trained the linebackers to know each other’s positions.
Collins doesn’t make that mistake now. If you’re a defensive player at Florida, you’re expected to learn the entire defense.
“The way that we do things is that every kid on defense has to learn the whole defense. We don’t really care about positions, Mikes or Wills or Sams or safeties. Some of you guys have seen practice a little bit, and they’re lining up everywhere. We like it very interchangeable.” Collins explained yesterday.
“We’ve learned to cross-train them so that they can learn, and play a bunch of different positions so we can just roll them in and out. In practice we have guys that are playing nickel, different guys are playing safety and our safeties are playing corner.”
Collins also explained that they don’t use a traditional depth chart for his Florida defense. Instead there is a line of expectations.
“We talk about all the time, there’s no depth chart on defense here. If you’re above the line you’re going to play, and if you’re not, you’ve still got some work to do.” Collins explained. “They understand that they’re competing to get reps on that field and that line fluctuates every single day.”
Thursday’s One Minute Warm Up
To Get Your Blood Moving:
– Scott Van Pelt’s midnight SportsCenter debuts on Labor Day – right after the Ohio State-Virginia Tech game, probably – and it will feature lots of gambling. Sign us up for that. All of it.
– Everyone says they have the best fans in the universe, but Iowa State has the best fans in the universe.
ISU will start season with back-to-back record sellouts after going 2-10 last year. Fan loyalty dialed up to 11. https://t.co/3AlwSdvEmj
— Keith Murphy (@MurphyKeith) September 2, 2015
– From the “Why didn’t we have this 10 years ago?” department:
– Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert is planning on naming his daughter… Iman Shumpert, Jr.
– Paul Johnson’s take on recruiting is incredibly Paul Johnson.
Someone needs to ask Paul Johnson about recruiting rankings every week on the ACC coaches conference call. pic.twitter.com/4QQrotLhRz
— THE KEY PLAY (@thekeyplay) September 3, 2015
In Case You Missed It:
– FootballScoop Predicts: Biggest Non-Coaching Surprises of 2015.
– How parents can help their kids transition from high school to college, from an Olympian.
– Nick Saban has won four national titles, and thinks he should’ve won four more.
– Bob Stitt has a great response to his Twitter haters.
– N.C. State’s new indoor facility looks great.
What’s On Tonight:
– North Carolina at South Carolina (6 p.m. ET, ESPN)
– Florida International at Central Florida (6 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network)
– Oklahoma State at Central Michigan (7 p.m. ET, ESPNU)
– Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt (8 p.m. ET, SEC Network)
– Michigan at Utah (8:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1)
– TCU at Minnesota (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)
– Duke at Tulane (9:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network)
– Colorado at Hawaii (1 a.m. ET, CBS Sports Network)
Video of the Day – No Excuses at Texas
Video of the Day
Thursdsay August 3, 2015
No Excuses at Texas
Once again, Kyle Flood is talking and his administration isn’t
It is now Wednesday afternoon. Rutgers kicks off its 2015 season against Norfolk State in (checks nonexistent watch) 68 hours. Its head coach is still under investigation, and no one from the university is speaking.
The latest: NJ.com reported Wednesday, through two university officials, Flood allegedly went around the instructions of his academic advisors and reached out from a personal email account to contact a faculty member regarding the status of defensive back Nadir Barnwell. The site alleges Barnwell was ruled ineligible in May, there was a level of correspondence between Barnwell, Rutgers’ support staff and the faculty member in question, with Flood kept in the loop the entire time. Then, after the matter was settled, Flood reportedly circumvented protocol and reached out to the faculty member himself.
The university, in conjunction with outside counsel, has been investigating this seemingly simple case for a fortnight now. And, still, Flood is the only person on the Rutgers payroll trotted in front of cameras. He spoke yesterday, proclaiming he’d said all there is to say, and then spoke again today, this time airing his displeasure that he’s the only one talking:
“Let me ask this question before I respond to it: So what you’re saying to me is, that a process that I’ve been told from the university not to comment on was commented on by people from the university? I’m going to continue to respect the process and I won’t have any further comment until the end of the process.”
Just when will that process end? It’s anyone’s guess. But here’s one thing that’s certain: Rutgers kicks off in (checks nonexistent watch) 67 and a half hours. And counting.