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  • Recruit creates his own Monopoly board to announce his college decision


    This past off season, we’ve seen recruits introduce some crazy ways to announce their college destinations. It all seemed to reach a whole new level when one recruit made his announcement by pulling a bus, then the nation’s #1 kicker short music video on a private jet to let the world know where he was headed. Some recruits have even teamed up with Bleacher Report for a more professional look.

    Now, the ante has been raised even further, as Rockhurst HS (KS) athlete AJ Taylor decided to make his announcement with a custom made Monopoly board, dubbed COLLEGEOPOLY – AJ Taylor Edition for the big event.

    Apparently Monopoly was a favorite game in the house as Taylor grew up, so incorporating it into his announcement seemed appropriate.

    The custom game board had schools that had offered him in place of properties, “chance cards”. and green houses and red hotels, just like the real Monopoly game. Taylor staged a bit of a game for a little while, placing houses on several schools that he was considering including Northwestern and Missouri, but when he drew a chance card that said “Advance to the College of Your Choosing” the gig was up, and Taylor advanced to the Wisconsin spot on the board to announce his selection.

    There is clearly no limit to the creativity of recruits, so what’s going to be next?

    (H/T Randy Withers)

  • David Cutcliffe on how technology has changed college football


    Duke head coach David Cutcliffe has been coaching for nearly forty years. He is renowned for his “play book” which is basically a calendar for the next 365 days showing what every coach, player and administrator needs to do, by day, by practice, by hour, by period and so on for their program to succeed.

    The man obsesses over details because he knows how important they are to building a successful program. Cutcliffe loves efficiency. If there is a better way to do something, he wants to learn how, understand why they weren’t doing this in the first place, and then implement the improvements as effectively as possible. In short, Cut does it right and is always looking to do it better.

    Cutcliffe understands that without great people, few organizations can thrive. Accordingly, Cutcliffe has always set out to hire the best possible people for his programs. “Once you hire great people, I think the biggest thing is keeping those people on task and pointed in the right direction.”

    The video above, produced by Teamworks, shows Cut discussing how he feels Teamworks helps Duke football be such an efficiently run and well-organized program. Cutcliffe closes with, “Surround yourself with great people and have great organization and that’s how you win.”

    Have a listen as Cutcliffe describes the importance that he places on “seconds, not just minutes.” The lesson here, for all coaches, is to use technology to create efficiencies and improve your program.

    That is how you build – and maintain – a winning program.

  • Tuesday’s One Minute Warm Up

    To Get Your Blood Flowing:

    – Good news for all defensive linemen and running backs wearing Under Armour: you are now ungrabbable (or your money back!)

    – The things Rory McIlroy can do with a golf club are pretty amazing:

    – Lee Corso said Monday he’s no longer allowed to wear Florida State head gear, and it’s Bill Murray’s fault.

    In Case You Missed It:

    – The Green Bay Packers detailed the insane cat-and-mouse system NFL teams must play with defenses (and TV viewers) in order to make calls at the line of scrimmage.

    – Jim Mora downplays the P. Diddy kettle bell incident. “You know, those things happen.”

    – Carolina Panthers special teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven’s inspiring reason why he chose to coach this season in spite of a cancer diagnosis.

    – A by-the-numbers look at football that you’ll want to share with your players.

    Up Today:

    The American media days are up and running in beautiful Newport, R.I.

    Far more importantly, players are reporting all over the place, and pads are starting to pop. Yes, football is in the air my friends. Enjoy.

  • Video of the Day: Texas Tech’s 2015 Hype Video

    Video of the Day

    Tuesday August 4, 2015

    Texas Tech: “COMING SOON – September 5, 2015″

  • The Packers explain the cat-and-mouse game of making calls at the line of scrimmage

    Aaron Rodgers

    Watching an NFL game on your 65-inch TV has never been better. And, in part thanks to that, it’s never been harder for an NFL offensive line and quarterback to make a play call.

    Because of the constantly-improving technology employed by television networks, microphones both above the field and implanted on both guards have made it clear to the viewer at home what the quarterback and his five cohorts on the line are saying at the line of scrimmage before the snap. And sometimes the viewer at home is next week’s opponent, rendering this week’s calls useless as soon as the game is over. “With the new microphones on the guards, and the nationally-televised games with the low camera and the mike, it picks up a lot of stuff,” Aaron Rodgers told “You are constantly changing what words are live and what words are dead. You know the D is watching that for words and cadence, so we have to change it all the time. That part is stupid. It’s too much access. Fans like it, so the NFL will keep doing it.”

    Here’s how the Packers’ system works: center Corey Lindsey, heading into his rookie season, makes the initial call, then veteran guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton chime in with their opinion of the best scheme for that particular play. “It can get hectic,” Linsley said. “I’ll say we should go over here, and they’ll say why not over here. But the words are brief. We use different words for different calls. I have two veteran guys who have been around a long time playing next to me, which really helps.”

    The linemen may come to a consensus, but Rodgers has the final say, no questions asked. “It has to be that way,” Rodgers said. “I need to be comfortable with the final word.”

    What, exactly, are the words coming out of their mouth? Like Lindsey said, they’re brief – “Desk” is a new one the line came up with this year – and, as head coach Mike McCarthy said, two out of every three are dummies. Only the men in green and yellow know which are real and which are not. Which is the entire point, after all. “You would think it’s a different language we are speaking,” said fullback John Kuhn. “It’s kind of like poker, too. We make a call, the defense makes a call and you have to make another call to combat that. Sometimes the first call is fake to make them make a call. Sometimes it’s real. It’s a cat-and-mouse game out there.”

    Once a call is agreed upon before the play clock expires – never forget the play clock – it’s time to run an NFL play, to move a large, angry man in a direction he does not want to go, or throw a football 40 yards downfield before one of those large, angry men brings you to the ground. And then it’s time to do it all over again.

    “It’s drilled every day. The moving target for us is always communication. That’s always changing. The words change a lot, so it’s good for players to come up with words for calls and dummy calls. You should never lose a play at pre-snap,” McCarthy said. “That’s bad coaching if you do.”

    Read the full story here.