Pac-12 Tour - UCLA
A few months back Jim L. Mora was hired to lead the UCLA football program back to glory. He quickly loaded his staff with some talented recruiters, some excellent game planners and some bright young coaches. The question is can they attract the talent they need to win consistently in Westwood.
Touring UCLA's campus you see a beautiful campus in a great part of town. Their football facilities have been recently refreshed.
The weight room, although below ground and slightly dim; is well designed and outfitted.
The locker room is in great shape.
The coaches' offices have the right feel (and show the right messages...plenty of NFL scouts here to see you and "Beat SC").
People say the practice fields are an issue as they are land-locked; but they have just about as much space as everyone else (except for Oregon...who actually uses their indoor nearly all the time) has. No indoor; but...this is Los Angeles.
The Rose Bowl is something to see; but to do so you have drive about 40 minutes away.
All in all, there is nothing wrong with the facilities at UCLA.
We'll conclude this quick report back where we started...can Mora and his staff attract the talent they need to win. One of the assistants we spoke with told us the reception he's received once he moved to UCLA from his former school has been night and day "Guys that really weren't interested before are now calling us." As we all know, the future lies in the talent you can land. Coach Mora and the staff need to capture some momentum and then ride that back to the top.
High School coaches' cell numbers
As you probably are aware, The Coach Tracker is a service that over one hundred college staffs subscribe to in order to obtain access to high school coaches' contact information. That's all the service provides...contact information for coaches and their schools. Clients range from nearly every top 5 division 1 team all the way through a few junior colleges. The goal is the same for each, to simply have accurate contact information (principally email and cell numbers).
While the information in the database is extremely accurate (with accurate emails for nearly 90% of the 15,000 high school head coaches in the country) the information could always be more complete. With the first of the month coming on Sunday, we're trying to finalize as much data as we can this week....and we're looking for some help reaching a few high school coaches.
If you know one of the following coaches, please have him email ([email protected]) or text (225.229.3429) us with his cell number so we can get it into the database before we push data out to the colleges on the 1st.
North Carolina Coaches:
Littrell: Players quickly grasping new offense
New Indiana offensive coordinator Seth Littrell says he is happy with the way the players are grasping the new offense.
Littrell says that by day four, most of the offense has been installed, and terminology is the only thing that they are still sorting through. He was also impressed with the progress of the quarterbacks, saying they were further along than he had originally expected.
The weather in Bloomington has been outstanding the past few days, and Littrell explained that he's more than happy than to be wearing shorts during spring ball in the Midwest.
How to coach toughness: You'll love this
Middle Tennessee's two new offensive line coaches, Glen Elarbee (guards / centers) and Matt Moore (tackles / tight ends), are instilling a new mentality of toughness within the Blue Raider front five, and it was very evident at Friday's practice.
Rising senior center, Alex Stuart had a little too much Gatorade and as the quarterback started his cadence, that Gatorade decided to make its way back out.
As Stuart was throwing the liquid back up, Elarbee would not allow him to move, reminding him that it would draw a penalty. So Stuart stayed put, continued to vomit, and snapped the ball.
"Why not? He enjoyed it, actually. He pushed through it. We just want toughness so that we can push through anything.” Elarbee explained.
Head coach Rick Stockstill is liking the idea of having two guys with eyes on the offensive line. “It’s been phenomenal they fly around. They have great energy. They coach on the run. There’s not a play that goes by that every one of those linemen aren’t getting coached.”
Hoke: Complacency is dangerous
Brady Hoke met with the media to talk about spring practices yesterday and was asked about how his coaching philosophy with the interior defensive line may change after graduating some veterans.
Hoke explained that he had changed his coaching philosophy briefly as an assistant in 1998, coming off of a national championship with three returning starters, and complacency set in.
"I didn't do a good job as a coach sticking with the basics in a progression that you want, and an expectation that you need to have, and I have promised myself since then that I wouldn't do it again."
Hoke said his biggest regret was that he didn't coach them hard enough the following year, and their loss to Syracuse opened his eyes to the complacency.
High school coaches impressed with Saban's clinic
Don Kausler Jr., a writer for several outlets in Alabama, caught up with a few high school coaches following Alabama's high school coaching clinic late last week, and found that the coaches were very impressed with the quality and content of the camp.
"It's apparent when they let us watch practice that it isn't clinic talk," Brentwood HS safeties coach Clint Finch said. "They don't say one thing and then coach another."
Finch said that one thing in particular that Saban preached that he will carry with him is the old adage that "If you're not coaching it, you're letting it happen". He explained that alone was worth the price of admission.
Other coaches in attendance commented on the high quality speakers (Lou Holtz and Bill Parcells were among the guest speakers), and the attention to the small details that the staff has during drills.
These boys are gettin' after it
This video comes to us from Pikeville (NAIA - KY). Do yourself a favor and watch some of this and see how these guys are gettin' after it.
We happen to love what takes place from the 30 second mark through about the 1 minute mark. Straight up, man vs. man who wants it more.
High School - OL & DL drill tape
The staff at Cardinal Gibbons high school (FL), took a camera and their offensive and defensive lines out for some linemen specific drills and conditioning recently.
The result is a very well done video with plenty of good drills.
If you listen to the music carefully, you'll catch some well placed whistles that blend into the video nicely.