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Wow. One team receives strong praise from head coach following practice

How many coaches around the country would like to say the following about their team?

“Love the attitude.  Love the work ethic.  Getting better.  Competing and I love the competition. Guys are going at it.  Battling, scratching, picking each other up, patting each other on the butt, then going back at it again like they’re enemies, then pick each other up like they’re buddies.  Practicing the way you’re supposed to practice and acting like a team does.”

(on the tempo of practice) “I think it’s quickened because of the familiarity of the program.  What to do in the defense, in the offense, with these coaches.  Then I think they understand what we want and there is great camaraderie between us.”

“The thing about this group that has impressed me the most is their maturity.”

Those are the words of Jimbo Fisher following today’s practice in Tallahassee.

Are the ‘Noles heading for a special year?

Darren Rovell rips coaches that ban twitter, provides interesting points

CNBC sports business analyst Darren Rovell has published an article in which he calls coaches that ban twitter “ignorant and unfair.”

Rovell believes, “For the coaches, they see no upside. But that’s also because they don’t care about the athlete learning about social media. They also don’t care about how the athlete individually markets himself. (You don’t get a piece of your own jersey sales in college, now you can’t even market your own personality.)”

“It's about proving that the biggest college sports can really be a teaching opportunity instead of just a multi-billion enterprise in which everyone capitalizes except for the kids themselves.”

Turner Gill and Chris Petersen were the first two coaches to ban the use of twitter for their players. You can now add Steve Spurrier to that list.  

Spurrier told Dan Patrick this morning, "There's no reason for them to tweet anything out there.  I don't see how it can do any good for anybody. We had a couple of guys put some nasty stuff on their in the summer.  So we just said you don't need to do that anymore.  Let your girlfriend or pal down the road do all your tweeting or whatever it is."

Rovell actually rips Turner Gill in his article.  

Jimbo Fisher, on the other hand, shared his stance this afternoon on the use of twitter.  Fisher won’t ban twitter because, "It's part of growing up. Be mature enough to handle it."

Let us know your thoughts on if coaches should ban twitter.  You can share your comments down below.

All-Access Video: Bielema opens camp to the cameras

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema has opened up the doors to the cameras during August camp.

“The Camp: Week One” takes you inside the Badgers’ first team meeting and Bielema’s meeting with the true freshman.

From the get go, Bielema wanted his team to understand one thing.  “Earn it.”

He told the team, “I want to talk about earning it.  A lot of people say nice things about you.  All of that is based on who?  They think we’re going to be good.  Because of what we’ve done in the past, they expect us to be good, but none of that is guaranteed.  You have to earn it.”

We found it interesting that the Wisconsin locker room includes a four square area for players to compete and have fun.

Near the end of the video, you will see the strength staff organize a group of players through an exercise to improve hand placements and hand quickness.

Here is the all-access film of the Badgers.

Smart decision: Luke Fickell setting his way with the media

Ohio State interim head coach Luke Fickell is setting his way with the media.

Fickell is making a point to avoid talking about any individuals, something that Ohio State has seemed to be about in the last couple of years.

Following practice on Monday, a reporter asked about which players were standing out thus far in camp.

Fickell responded, “We’re going to continue to focus on the team.  I don’t know that I’m going to point out any one single guy.  I think we have a bunch of guys that our going to step up and do their job.  We’re going to continue to talk about it as a team, worry about the name on the front of the jersey instead of the back.”

And again, later on…

“We’re not trying to focus on any one person, any one player, any one coach, not about me.  We’re just going to continue to talk about the team.”

From the outside, it seems like a smart decision, one that should help the Buckeyes.

Tubs likes red, Texas Tech unveils new uniforms

Texas Tech has unveiled their new uniforms, which feature the phrase “Guns Up” on the back beltline.

It appears that Tubs has opted for a set of white cleats to go along with the traditional black. The new uniforms will also feature red numbers on the black and white jerseys, which is also a change from previous seasons.

The Red Raiders opens the season by hosting Texas State.  It’s probably going to be a hot one.  In fact, US News has just ranked Lubbock, Texas as the hottest city in America this summer.

Here are the new threads.


Cutcliffe opens camp with brand new indoor practice facility

Entering his fourth season as Duke head coach, David Cutcliffe opened up August camp on Monday.

He opened up camp with the luxury of a brand new indoor practice facility.  It's the first time in his career as a head coach that Cutcliffe can benefit from an indoor facility.

It seems like perfect timing because according to US News, Raleigh (NC) has been the third hottest city in America this summer.

The top five hottest cities have been Lubbock (TX), Oklahoma City (OK), Raleigh (NC), Tulsa (OK), and Austin (TX).

In the shadows of Ron Middleton’s booming voice, offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper took advantage of the new indoor facility as he led the quarterbacks during individual drills.

Here is Coach Cutcliffe’s post-practice talk with the media.  He’s obviously thankful for the indoor facility.


Manny Diaz: Our offense has TE's coming out of helicopters and secret holes in the ground

Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz believes the Longhorns’ defense will benefit greatly from going against the numerous formations, shifts, and motions that the Texas offense incorporates.

The multiple formations make it difficult to even get lined up as a defense.

Diaz explained, “The first thing you have to do on defense is get lined up.  With our offense, tight ends are coming out of helicopters and coming out of secret holes in the ground, so you’re constantly just struggling to even give yourself a chance before the play begins.

“But that makes us better because what we are trying to sell to our players is that going against them every day in practice, when we get in a game and they are just standing there, our kids are going to be like, ‘Coach, what are they doing?’  We just get to line up and play. That’s what you want.  You want the games to hopefully physically easier, but for sure want them to be mentally easier. I think that’s the advantage of going against our offense.”

After the first couple of practices, Diaz loves the sense of confidence on defense.

“What you can see on our team is confidence.  It’s been hot outside and our players haven’t blinked.  They haven’t complained about a thing.  That comes with confidence.  When you have confidence in your conditioning level and confidence in your strength level, you start to realize you can accomplish some things you were sure you could do before.  And that’s been a tribute to our strength staff and what they did this summer.”

When asked if a true freshman could play at defensive tackle, Diaz responded, “Yeah, no doubt.  We are an equal opportunity employer.  We will play the best players.”


Joe Paterno injured during Penn State practice

Eighty-four year old Joe Paterno has suffered injuries to his right arm and hip due to a collision with a player during Sunday’s practice.

According to the official Penn State website, Paterno walked away after the collision and not expected to require surgery.  Reportedly, 5'7 157 wide receiver Devon Smith collided with Paterno as the head coach was taking notes.

ESPN’s Joe Schad is reporting there is a hairline fracture.

Paterno said today, “I expect to be back at practice soon. I'm doing fine; tell everyone not to worry about me. I like the effort I have seen from the squad during our first few practices, but we have a long way to go to get ready for the schedule we have."

Tough break for the Hall of Fame coach, who one broke his leg during a 2006 game against Wisconsin.