Lane Kiffin fired up following practice #1
USC opened camp on Thursday night and Lane Kiffin was extremely pleased with the physical condition of the Trojans.
The Trojans practiced for 2 hours and 58 minutes. Eight players cramped up, but Kiffin said that was due to the high level of work the players were putting in.
Kiffin said, “Today, to me, showed an unbelievable job by our strength staff in the offseason and our players commitment to doing things right. I hope what you see, what I saw today, we look different. We look different than we did a year ago, even in the spring.”
“We look bigger, we look faster, we look stronger. It’s a great credit to Aaron Ausmus and his staff and to these guys for buying into that. I know it’s day one, but I love where they are at physically and mentally. We challenged them with stuff we’ve never done before at the end of practice, after practice, not one guy complaining about it. Now we got to put all this talent and all this hard work down and put the pieces into place.”
After looking the Gladiators of the Coliseum, it looks like the Trojans don’t have many slappys.
Purdue unveils new uniforms. We've got some questions.
Purdue unveiled their new Nike Pro Combat uniforms today. Please, draw your own conclusions, but we do have a couple of questions.
1. Are the Boilermakers trying to fool the audience by looking like Army or Idaho when they wear the black jerseys / gold pants?
2. See #47? How would he fit in at Maryland today under Randy Edsall’s new rules? (UPDATE: @CoachGrasmick has alerted us via twitter that #47 is an extra from Pirates of the Caribbean.)
3. Is Purdue totally against having “Purdue” on the jerseys?
4. Seriously, is Purdue renting these uniforms from a Texas 2A high school?
5. Will anyone know that Purdue is playing on TV when the Boilers wear “all white?”
Edsall channels his inner Tom Coughlin, new rules for the Terps
Before hitting the practice fields for the first time in August camp as the head coach of the Maryland Terrapins, Randy Edsall held one last press conference today.
According to DeadSpin (Why are the covering Maryland football?), Edsall made it clear that the program has some new rules.
Edsall channeled his inner Tom Coughlin, today. Some of the strict new rules include:
1. Physical punishment for being late
2. No earrings
3. No do-rags or baseball caps
4. Neatly trimmed facial hair at all times
Edsall didn’t address is apparent taste for Wiz Khalifa, but he did talk further about the new uniforms.
"I am not a name-on-the-back-of-the-jersey guy," said Edsall. “But if you want to compete, really compete in the big-time world of college football recruiting, you've got to accommodate those who are name-on-the-back guys.”
Jedd Fisch explains the 'Canes offensive scheme and practice philosophy
Miami (FL) offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch has served on coaching staffs under Spurrier, Brian Billick, and Mike Shanahan. A year ago, Fisch coached the quarterbacks under Pete Carroll in Seattle.
Today, Fisch explained his offensive scheme and practice philosophy to Sun Sentinel writer Steve Gorten.
Fisch explained,”I would say the greatest influence on our offense would be Coach Shanahan in regards to what we do. I think Coach Billick has the greatest impact in terms of how we do it, and I think Coach Spurrier’s impact is that in the back of mind always it’s OK to take a chance and go for it.”
“If you turned our film on, Coach Shanahan would recognize the plays more than anyone else because it’s from the book we ran in Denver and Seattle. If you stood in our meeting room, Coach Billick would recognize how it’s being installed and the terminology.”
What about practice style?
Fisch made a very interesting comparison. He said, “One thing I believe in 100 percent is when you’re at practice, you have to treat it like a driving range. You have to try out all your clubs. If you just keep hitting a 7-iron and just hope you can get 160 yards straight ahead every time, you’re never going to birdie a hole. So you’ve got to try.”
“You don’t need to be Phil Mickelson and try everything, but you need to try a lot and see what it looks like. So I do encourage them to try different throws. Don’t feel like you always have to hit that primary guy all the time. You can work your progressions.”
The Hurricanes open at Maryland on Monday night, September 4th.
Steve Kragthorpe relinquishes OC role due to Parkinson's disease
On the same day that LSU is set to begin August camp, the university has announced that offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe has stepped down due to Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. It results from the death of dopamine-containing cells in a region of the midbrain; the cause of cell-death is unknown. Early in the course of the disease, the most obvious symptoms are movement-related, including shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty with walking and gait. Later, cognitive and behavioral problems may arise, with dementia commonly occurring in the advanced stages of the disease.
Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa has been elevated to offensive coordinator. Kragthorpe will stay involved with the program and continue to coach the quarterbacks.
Kragthorpe told Randy Rosetta of The Advocate, "I hope for the next 8-10 or 14 years, I can be here coaching quarterbacks."
Please keep Coach Kragthorpe and his family in your thoughts.
After 15,000 rounds of blasting, college coach to appear on TV show "Top Shot"
Here’s one for you.
Following the 2010 season, we reported that New Hampshire defensive line / special teams coach Jake Zweig had left the staff.
We hadn’t heard much about Zweig since then, but now we know why. Zweig has been in California for several months filming Season 3 of the elimination-style marksman competition, “Top Shot.”
In short, you will soon see Zweig “blasting” on TV.
Sounds like a bit of a stretch for the average football coach? Not for Zweig. He is a military veteran and a former member of the elite Navy SEAL special forces. In preparation for the show, Zweig shot 15,000 rounds of ammunition…in just two weeks. (That’s a lot of blasting.)
Now that the show has been filmed, Zweig is currently serving an internship with the Oakland Raiders coaching staff as part of the NFL Bill Walsh minority internship program.
Check out the preview to the show, which premiers on the History Channel on August 9th at 10 PM EST.
Mike Gundy reacts to 48 possible uniform combinations
Oklahoma State has forty-eight possible uniforms combinations. Yes, that’s forty-eight.
Head coach Mike Gundy says he is a traditionalist, but he does like the new uniforms.
Gundy said, “I do (like them). I think it’s the right thing to do. It’s big for Nike to pick Oklahoma State for the new uniforms. Our players are really excited about it.”
With so many options, Gundy joked the program is looking for a uniform coordinator.
“When you have 48 combinations, that is a lot for a guy like me. There will be some thought that has to go into it. We have a lot of uniforms the players are excited about in the dark colors, but we have to be a little bit cautious about wearing them in the heat. There will be more thought that goes into it than we originally wanted, but it will be a really neat setup once it gets up a running.”
Brady Hoke reminds assistants of the key to August camp
Michigan head coach Brady Hoke wants his coaching staff to remember a simple little message before August camp begins on Monday.
Hoke reminded his staff, "Assume they know nothing, because you can get yourself in trouble."
Just how important is that message?
Hoke explained, "In '98, I had three starters back out of four on the defensive line, assuming those guys knew the expectations, technique and fundamentals, so I got a little more involved in scheme, and we lost our first two ballgames.”
"We got beat by Notre Dame down there in South Bend. And Donovan McNabb (of Syracuse), we made him a top-five pick. I blame myself for that, to this day. You can't assume. In fall and spring, we will never assume. I don't care if they've played 35 straight games."
In other words, “Top hand pressure, Denard. Get the snap, first.”
Hoke said, “No matter if you’re the holder on PAT and field goal, the technique to holding and putting the ball where it needs to be. When guys play with technique, it really enhances their ability to play the game.” (See video of Hoke explaining)
“Most teams that tackle well, most teams that are physical up front, most teams that knock people off the football…that’s where the game is played. If you’ll attack the line of scrimmage, if you’ll take away the line of scrimmage, and you’re going to be physical…then you’re going to be a good football team.”
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