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  • Oregon has new practice goals for the staff: “Every coach interacts with every player”

    Mark Helfrich isn’t the type of person to become complacent after an outstanding season, always looking for ways to improve, he and his staff decided to make some minor changes to their practice routine, starting with their first spring practice yesterday.

    When asked about changes to the practice organization, Helfrich explained that they have made a minor change in how coaches interact with players. Starting yesterday, the new goal for the Oregon offensive and defensive staff is to have every coach interactwith every player (at least on their own respective side of the ball, from what I gather).

    “We’re doing a few things a differently, going back to the blocking and tackling emphasis of making sure that every coach touches every player, on both offense and defense. So if I’m the defensive backs coach, a couple times I’ll be coaching the linebackers, or the front.”

    For example, if the defense is doing a tackling circuit, the players rotate from station to station and each coach takes a group to go through a tackling or turnover drill. For the offense, it could be stations focused on blocking. The goal being for each coach to interact with every player on their side of ball, while they send a unified, clear message on fundamental football skills.

    “A lot of that is carried over, making sure everyone is hearing the same terminology and teaching the same thing the same way,. A lot of that carries over to special teams as well.” Helfrich explained.

     

  • Beaty: “Effort’s a minimum expectation” for new staff at Kansas

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    Back on December 5th, Kansas made it official by hiring David Beaty (who had been coaching the receivers at Texas A&M) to lead the Jayhawk football program into the future.

    You could argue that no one that interviewed for the KU job had more love for the program, the university, and the city of Lawrence quite like Beaty, who had two previous stints as an assistant with the Jayhawk program prior to landing the head coaching job. Since taking over, Beaty and his staff have hit the ground running and are working their tails off to get things turned around.

    His first order of duty was to hire a quality staff of good, loyal guys that he could trust to relay a sense of urgency to the players.

    “It’s a way of life, there was a plan from the beginning in terms of what type of folks we were looking for. It’s not necessarily yellers and screamers. It’s teachers, but we do want (the players) to feel urgency.” Beaty told KUSports.com.

    “A long time ago, a good buddy of mine told me the definition of urgency is an immediate call to action, and that’s what we want them to feel in everything we do – between drills, before practice starts – and we’re trying not to lower that standard on anything.”

    Beaty went on to note that good practice habits, like maximum effort, are where it starts in order to get Kansas back to the days when they were winning Orange Bowls and challenging for Big 12 titles.

    “Effort’s a minimum expectation. We tell ’em we’re not gonna spend a lot of time on their effort, because we expect that every day. We expect (them) to produce. You look across the world, it’s the guys that produce that are the big winners.”

    We’ll have to wait until fall to see what Beaty’s stamp on the Kansas program will look like on the field, but this is one of the handful of teams that I’m most excited to see the change in come the season opener against South Dakota State on Saturday, September 5th.

    Read the full piece here.

  • North Dakota wants your help picking a new nickname

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    North Dakota has been the Fighting Sioux since 1930. But not anymore. Despite an entire mountain of controversy, the NCAA has forced North Dakota to change its nickname to something less “native.”

    And now they want your help. North Dakota is soliciting help throughout the entire month of April in finding a new moniker. If history is any indication the new nickname will have “Green” involved, following the footsteps of similar nickname-changers Stanford (Cardinal), Marquette (Golden Eagles) and St. John’s (Red Storm).

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    The folks at Reddit have a suggestion that we think won’t make it past the first round of cuts.

    If you’re so inclined, please join me in creating a groundswell to honor the immortal mid-90’s Disney classic by dubbing North Dakota the Big Green.

    To suggest your own nickname click here.

  • Florida starts April Fools Day bright and early with McElwain and UF President switching jobs

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    The Independent Florida Alligator

    Florida didn’t waste any time this morning rolling out their April Fools Day prank that included university president Dr. W. Kent Fuchs and Jim McElwain.

    While settling into my morning routine, before realizing what day it was – and well before my morning dose of caffeine -this tweet rolled across my feed and I couldn’t seem to make any sense of it at first.

    Then after clicking on Fuchs’ profile, it slowly started to dawn on me.

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    McElwain got in on the good, clean, fun too.

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    Come to find out, The Alligator rolled out an entire story this morning on President Fuchs and McElwain permanently switching places, in a sort of Freaky Friday twist, and the article was appropriately titled “Fuchs takes Field, McElwain takes pay cut”.

    The actual article, which can be read here, includes some funny notes about Fuchs and McElwain, and some even funnier of pictures of McElwain in all-out presidential garb. They even put together a quick clip of a day in each other’s lives.

    So now that Florida has got the ball rolling (and I fully realize what day it is), I’m looking forward to what other April Fools shenanigans programs try to cook up today.

  • Video of the Day – Mic’d up with Butch Jones

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    Wednesday April 1, 2015

    Mic’d up with Butch Jones