Video: “Molding Champions” at Michigan State
One of the hallmarks of Mark Dantonio’s program at Michigan State has been creating champions, both on the field and off.
In the “Molding Champions” video that was released out of East Lansing over the weekend, narrated by the golden voice of ESPN’s Mike Tirico, a light is shed on Michigan State’s championship process. More than a hype video, this clip is clearly a statement of the Spartan approach that has become so successful under Dantonio and his staff.
“What does it really mean to be a Spartan?” narrator Mike Tirico asks part way through the clip.
“It means being a part of something bigger than yourself. Being a part of a family – a team. A culture of hard work, forged by sacrifice and dedication, stressing excellence in the classroom, and the community.”
“It means pursuing championships with a never quit attitude, all happening in the spotlight.”
Fans will appreciate this one, but it’s recruits that this will really resonate with.
Video of the Day – UNI spring game highlights
Video of the Day
Monday April 27, 2015
UNI spring game highlights
Guess who is now jumping aboard the satellite camp train?
Gregg Popovich hates the Hack-a-Shaq, a technique that intentionally sends an opponent’s worst free throw shooter to the line. “I think it’s awful. I hate doing it. Seriously,” he said last January. “I think it’s a pain in the neck, fans don’t like it, I don’t like it, nobody likes it. It disrupts the flow of the game. If there’s an equitable way to get rid of it, I’m all for it.”
That said, who has used the Hack-a-Shaq more than any NBA coach during these playoffs? Gregg Popovich. “It’s part of the rules now and if you think somebody can’t shoot a free throw you might as well take advantage of it,” he said. “If you think somebody can’t shoot you don’t guard him the same way.”
With that in mind, let’s examine this quote from Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer earlier this month on college football’s lighting-rod-of-the-week, satellite camps.
“Am I a fan of that? Not really. A big lore to Ohio State is getting them here on campus,” he said at the time. “I think what happens is monkey see, monkey do, they did that so lets go do it. There are ways to evaluate how your camp went: Did you get anyone out of the camp? We’re not going to do it only because other schools are trying it.”
With That Monkey Up North going on a tour of satellite camps through SEC country, Texas and California, guess who is about to partake in his first satellite camp two months from now? Urban Meyer.
The Buckeyes will join Florida Atlantic’s camp in South Florida on June 17. There’s a connection between Columbus and Boca Raton as FAU athletics director Pat Chun served as Buckeyes AD Gene Smith’s lieutenant before heading south.
— Sleeper Athletes (@SleeperAthletes) April 23, 2015
Like the Hack-a-Shaq, satellite camps may not survive until next spring, though they are perfectly within the rules for now. But until then, smart coaches will grab hold of an advantage where they see one – even if it makes them feel a little uneasy.
Also, Ohio State player personnel director Mark Pantoni has a suggestion for next time around. Make it happen, Urban.
I was hoping we would do a satellite camp in Hawaii or the Bahamas
— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) April 24, 2015
Video: Texas TEs/special teams coach Jeff Traylor mic’d up
Texas high school coaches are all the rage these days, but one hire that’s flown under the radar thus far is Gilmer High School coach Jeff Traylor leaving his East Texas dynasty for the Texas tight ends and special teams job.
It’s an interesting spot to jump into college football for Traylor. A Longhorn tight end hasn’t caught more than 16 passes in a season since Jermichael Finley – now out of the league after a six-year NFL career – snared 45 passes way back in 2007. Texas is desperate for production out of the tight end spot, so in that respect Traylor has been given an opportunity to substantially boost Texas’ offense from Day 1. But to get there he’ll have to cultivate a group of unproven players, many of whom moved to tight end after starting their college careers at another position.
As for special teams? The Longhorns ranked 61st nationally in punt returns, 99th in kickoff returns, 82nd in field goals, 98th in punt coverage, and dead last in kickoff coverage in 2014.
Let’s look at the bright side here: Traylor walked into college football with an opportunity to show why he should have been at this level a long time ago.
Photo: The best spring game moment of 2015 goes to….
Leah Still is a 4-year-old girl that has captured the heart of those around her.
The daughter of former Penn State defensive lineman and current Cincinnati Bengal Devon Still, Leah was diagnosed with Stage 4 leukemia last June. Her chance of survival was 50-50.
Leah fought and fought, and a month ago today her father announced his daughter was in remission.
June 2, 2014 and March 25, 2015 are days I will remember for the rest of my life. As everyone probably knows, June 2nd was the day doctors walked into the waiting room to tell me my daughter had cancer. It was the most devastating day of my life. March 25th , however, is feeling like the best day of my life. Today we received news from Leah’s oncologist that her cancer, stage four neuroblastoma, is officially in REMISSION! After 296 days of day dreaming about what it would feel like to hear the doctors say my daughter is in remission, I finally know the feeling. Funny thing is there is really no way of describing it because I never knew this feeling existed. When I look at my daughter all I can do is smile and hug her. It was not easy but every day, and every treatment Leah fought like hell and kicked cancers butt! I’m so proud and blessed to call her my daughter. She has made an impact on me and on the world, at the age of four, that I can only wish to make in a lifetime. Thank you to my family and friends for the support through all those tough days. Thank you to everyone who has sent a letter to give Leah and our family motivation to keep fighting, a toy that helped Leah get through her days in the hospital, and more importantly a prayer that helped God hear our cries for healing. Thank you to the doctors at CHOP for putting together the best plan of action for my daughter. Thank you to Child Life members Sarah, Laura, and Lindsey for really turning what could be a scary place into a place where Leah would enjoy going because she knew she would have fun with you guys. Thank you to the Bengals for taking on my situation and standing by me and my family and for helping to raise money to fight pediatric cancer. To every media outlet and persons that helped raise much needed awareness, thank you. Leah is not done with treatments yet. She still needs more to make sure the cancer cells do not return and to build back up her immune system and other damage from the chemo but I know my little warrior will get through it! #FistBump #LeahStrong #BeatCancer #TheFightAgainstChildhoodCancerIsFarFromOver #ThrowingTheBiggestKidPartyEver #WaitForIt
Today, Leah served as the honorary captain of Temple’s spring game, where she also scored a touchdown.
— Larry Dougherty (@Ldoc32) April 25, 2015
A great moment for all involved. Here’s hoping for a cancer-free future for Leach and the Still family.