Beer sales approved at Akron
The Board of Trustees at Akron voted on Wednesday to modify the Universities alcohol policy to allow beer sales during football games.
"Based on feedback we have received from our season ticket holders and the student body, we believe this is something that will enhance the game-day experience and likely will attract new fans as well. We look forward to those who are of age having the opportunity to enjoy an adult beverage in a safe and responsible manner at Zips home football games." Akron Director of Athletics Tom Wistrcill said of the new policy.
Minnesota and Arizona are two of the latest schools to propose alchohol sales at games. For a look at how to do it successfully, take a look at West Virginia, who made a net profit of $250,000 through their first three games (and over $500,000 for the season) selling beer inside the stadium. The LSU game alone saw them sell 36,000 beers.
The new policy will force those wishing to buy alcohol to buy a wristband at a separate stand and limits beers to two per person each transaction. The policy will also feature and establish a new designated driver program.
The new policy will kick off on August 30th, a Thursday, when Terry Bowden and the Zips kick the season off against Central Florida.
Inside Scoop: Best staff room in the country?
Today we visited with Washington State offensive line coach Clay McGuire. One of our best interviews yet. McGuire gives us a true inside perspective on Mike Leach and his staff and later in the discussion he tells us about the camaraderie in their staff room. We know they get a bunch of work done; but is there a coach in the country who wouldn't love to spend a few days hanging out in Leach's staff room? Watch the video, we think you will agree, this has to be one of the top staff rooms in the country.
To borrow from McGuire's humor, for those of you in Montana, here's the real Bill Brasky.
Video Added: New uniforms at Rutgers
The new uniforms at Rutgers are a far cry from their traditional look of the past few seasons.
“The new look for Rutgers Football is a clean, modern style that our student-athletes, recruits and fans will be very impressed with. Nike, along with our football staff did an amazing job of incorporating our history, mascot, and our most valuable asset, the Block R, while designing a uniform that will generate incredible excitement. This was a process that lasted over a year with tremendous input from both Kyle Flood and Greg Schiano.” Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti explained.
The new identity features three different chrome helmet combinations, with different colored striping on each one, and a new knight themed font for the numbers. Nike went to impressive new heights to tie the uniform to the Knight namesake adding a chainmail texture on the numbers and "battle scar" markings throughout the jersey.
Inside Scoop: Mike Sinquefield - TCU
The Spring DFO meetings are this upcoming Monday & Tuesday in Fort Worth, TX and we asked TCU's director of football operations Mike Sinquefield to come on the Inside Scoop to tell about the meetings and what everyone can expect. These meetings are a great place to learn more about what others in the profession are doing, to discuss current events that are affecting football staffs across the country and to network with other operations personnel.
Full agenda and ability to make reservations can be found on the DFO Scoop.
Classy move by Schiano
In one of the classiest moves of the off-season, Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano has signed his former Rutgers defensive tackle, Eric LeGrand to a free agent contract with the team.
LeGrand was paralyzed from the neck down in an on the field incident back in 2010 against Army. He has since fought against all odds, including being taken off a respirator after five weeks when Doctors told him he would need it for the rest of his life. Then, in October, LeGrand led Schiano and the team onto the field for a home game against West Virginia.
The signing adds LeGrand to the Bucs 90 man roster and Schiano says that the move epitomizes the type of person that the new leadership is looking for.
“Leading up to the draft, I couldn’t help but think that this should’ve been Eric’s draft class. This small gesture is the least we could do to recognize his character, spirit, and perseverance. The way Eric lives his life epitomizes what we are looking for in Buccaneer Men.”
UCLA staff: Nobody's in a rush to go home
The seven new members of the UCLA staff have an impressive 90 years of combined experience either playing or coaching at the NFL level, and Jim Mora explains that they are meshing very well so far.
“I love them, but I’ve felt like that since the day I hired them. I hired them knowing their personalities already, knowing what their strengths were as football coaches, knowing how they dealt with players. I really never had a doubt that they would gel quickly. I’m extremely satisfied with them. I love every single bit of what they’re doing out here.” Mora explained.
New offensive line coach Adrian Klemm says that one of the biggest reasons the staff is clicking so well is the new environment that has been created in the offices.
“There’s a lot of energy. It’s fun being here. Nobody’s in a rush to go home. It’s easy to work in an environment when it doesn’t feel like work.”
Playing at the highest level is one thing, but having substance to go along with it and earning players respect is another. Linebackers coach / special teams coordinator Jeff Ulbrich explains that the new staff has a good mix of experience and substance.
“It helps when you open the door and you start your meeting. It helps with credibility, but if there’s no substance then that gets forgotten really quickly. I think coach Mora has done a great job assembling a group of guys that not only have NFL pedigrees but have substance to them.”
Mora and the staff will wrap up spring practices with their spring game on Saturday.
Video added - Hitting the course with coaches
The Chick-Fil-A Bowl Challenge, a golf event featuring college head coaches and celebrities from around sports and entertainment, wrapped up earlier today with some familiar faces coming out on top. In total, Chick-Fil-A is donating over $750,000 to the institutions represented at this event. If you don't already love Chick-Fil-A (and who doesn't), you now have reason to.
Last year's champion, Paul Johnson and Jon Barry of team Georgia Tech, once again took the crown coming in -10. Georgia Tech won $125,000 in scholarship money for their University.
In the all important long drive competition, Al Golden packed it 303 to win. Staring down a 94 yard par 3, Urban threw a dart to within two feet to win the closest to the pin.
Notable results from the event...
Al Golden 303
Hugh Freeze 276
Dabo Swinney 260
Randy Edsall 255
Derek Dooley 250
Paul Johnson 235
Steve Spurrier 233
Dan Mullen 227
No reported "whiffs" this year.
As for the real game, Johnson and Barry won at -10.
Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Terrell Buckley and Maryland's Randy Edsall and Stan Gelbaugh finished just behind the defending champs at -9.
Dan Mullen and Fred McCrary came in at -8, as did Frank Beamer and Dell Curry.
Urban and Jeff Logan came in at -7, as did Saban and Johnny Musso.
Spurrier & Sterling Sharpe, Derek Dooley and Stanley Morgan, Hugh Freeze & Sean Tuohy, Larry Fedora & Roy Williams and Al Golden & Gino Toretta all came in at -6.
Jim Grobe and Riley Skinner finished at -5.
Dabo Swinney & Steve Fuller along with Tom O'Brien & Tom Gugliotta finished up at -1.
O'Brien: The difference between college and the NFL
There were many changes when Bill O'Brien stepped on the field for the first time in Happy Valley, none more evident to him than the difference between NFL and college players.
"When you coach pro players, they've played football for so long, and they have very good instincts. In New England, a lot of those guys have been there for a long time, so you were more into X's and O's than you were into teaching them how to throw the ball, and what foot to step with on this block, or how to control this gap."
His first time on the field with the Nittany Lions made him take a step back and reflect. "You've been around the best of the best for five years and so you have to train your eyes that these are college kids. And a lot of it was, early on, that they were thinking instead of playing because everything was new for them."
After about a week of spring ball, O'Brien's eyes started to adjust to the college game. "You could see where, oh, this guy can run really well, or, this guy does catch the ball really well or, this guy is more explosive than I thought he was. That was more my eyes being trained on the college athlete as opposed to the pro athlete. That was an adjustment I had to make the first week or so."
Another one of the big changes was recruiting, which O'Brien hadn't done since his time as the offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach at Duke back in 2006. He was admittedly "out of shape".
"Recruiting is out of shape. It's like riding a bike, but I hadn't done it in a while. It's changed a lot, with all the different, the internet sites, Facebook and Twitter. There's so much information out there. The one thing I've found about recruiting is that if you are yourself and you're honest with the prospect, then you have a great shot with that prospect."