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Niumatalolo goes for an unofficial college football record on day #1

In the spring, Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo dropped a college football record 10 clichés in twenty-six seconds during a post-practice interview.  We actually have the video to prove it.

Nothing wrong, it’s just Niumatalolo’s style.  Hey, the guy wins for the most part.

On Tuesday, Niumatalolo went for an unofficial college football record of most yaw-yaw “coach speak” during an August camp post-practice interview.

Take it away, Coach Niumatalolo:

“Well, obviously it was great to have our first day of practice (1).  Much anticipated.  Very pleased with our first day of practice (2).  It was great to be out there (3).  It was great to have Coach Green back, our defensive coordinator who was unable to be with us during spring ball.”

“Also, to have our two captains back, Jabaree Tuani and Alex Teich.  And so to have three major clogs from our program back at practice was a great treat for us, along with some of our young guys.  We’re excited about some of our young guys (4).  It was exciting (5).  It was exciting to be out there (6).  You prepare all summer and all spring for your first day of practice.  I thought it went well.  We still have a long ways to go, but I thought it was a good day one (6).”

“We are definitely trying to establish the culture of Navy football, the way we play.  Obviously, there is always schemes and technique that’s being taught.  But a big part of it is that our guys understand the tempo (7) and the pace at which we play, trying to play with great and relentless effort (8).”

“Defensively, our guys are trying to teach the speech at which we have to run to the football (9).  And offensively, the effort level we have to play with (10).  Those are the things we are trying to establish.  Offensively, trying to take care of the football (11).  Making sure that we don’t beat ourselves by turning it over (12).  Defensively, trying to get some turnovers (13).”

Count it.   That’s thirteen legitimate examples of “coach speak” in one minutes and thirty-four seconds.

Now that some good stuff.




Brian Kelly: If they don't make changes in their life, no use to take away playing time

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly decided not to take away playing time for wide receiver Michael Floyd, who was fully reinstated to the team this morning.

Floyd was arrested for DUI in March.  It was his third run-in with law over alcohol since 2009.

Kelly explained today that he felt attached to Floyd, but wasn’t worried about his decision affecting his reputation as a leader or head coach.

Kelly’s goal was to give Floyd an opportunity to change his life, something Kelly feels Floyd has absolutely embraced.

Asked why he hasn’t found using playing time as a deterrent, Kelly eloquently explained, “They have to make concrete changes in their life for it to impact.  If they continue to run with the wrong people…I could give you a list of examples.  Some of those are unfortunately in college and the NFL.  If they don’t make changes in their life, it doesn’t matter how many games you suspend them.  It’s going to put them back to the same position.  Those things had to happen first.”

Kelly admitted he’s not concerned about the public perception regarding his decision.

He added, “The head football coach at any university when he makes decisions like this is always going to be scrutinized about that.  Reputation, no.  I’ve been disappointed in the past by others.  I don’t think that is going to happen here.”

In case you’re wondering if Notre Dame was concerned about the perception of the decision, just watch this interview.  Kelly explains everything.  Literally, everything.




Details of Mario Cristobal's new contract, AD praises Cristobal

Mario Cristobal is set to enter his fifth year as the head coach at FIU and he’ll do so with a new contract.

FIU rewarded Cristobal with a 5-year contact on Tuesday.

Athletic director Pete Garcia explained the Miami Herald, “People don’t realize what a hard job he’s had the last four years, taking a program that was broken. He didn’t have a weight room, didn’t have a stadium, didn’t have full scholarships. The program had probably the worst APR in the country.”

Under Cristobal, the Golden Panthers have finished with records of 1-11, 5-7, 3-9, and 7-6.  After a rough start, Cristobal kept believing and led the Golden Panthers in 2010 to a place they never would have imagined.  (Dancing on the field to 1966 smash hit, "I Hear a Symphony.")

Here are the details of Mario Cristobal’s new contract:

The annual salary will be $453,183.  Cristobal received a $50,000 signing bonus and will receive another $50,000 on June 30, 2012 if he is still the FIU head coach.  After that, he’ll receive a $25,000 bonus each June 30 he is still the head coach. Cristobal also receives $10,000 bonuses for a bowl game, winning a bowl game, being conference coach of the year, and for the team grade point average being at least 2.5, and an Academic Progress Rate over 940.  The contract also allows for a $112,000 budgetary increase that can be used at Cristobal’s discretion for various costs, including assistant coach pay.

FIU opens the season by hosting North Texas.  The non-conference schedule includes at Louisville, UCF, Duke, and at Akron.





Colorado State coach Steve Fairchild talks about the pressure in coaching

Steve Fairchild is set to enter his fourth season as Colorado State head coach and believes it would be very disappointing if the Rams are not in a bowl game this season.

Fairchild talked with the Denver Post about the pressure of coming off back-to-back 3-9 seasons.

He said, “I've heard a lot of things going into this year, people talking about pressure, people talk about a hot seat and all of that. I will say this: That's the way it was the first year. I think most people that know college football know that's the way it is every year in every job. Somebody might say it would be different if you won nine games last year; I really don't think it is.”

There is definitely some truth to that statement.

“I think there's pressure in this business and in this sport to win and to win every year. I knew what I was getting into when I took this job. I knew it was going to take some time. I'm also smart enough to realize that we're at a point now where all of our recruiting and all of our training with these guys needs to show up on the field. I'm pretty confident it will.”

“In Year 1 we probably overachieved a little bit and got ourselves in a bowl game. Year 2, we definitely underachieved, and I've got to look in the mirror, and our staff too, and realize that. We were a better football team than 3-9. Last year I knew was going to be tough. Could we have won more games? Yeah. But I knew that was going to be a tough year. So, yes, but we all know that this is a results-oriented business, and you can't go 3-9. So, if you are in fact recruiting well and are in fact doing the right thing, then it's got to show up on the field.”

Colorado State opens the season by hosting New Mexico.  A week later, the Rams will host Northern Colorado before playing Colorado in Denver.

Here is more from Coach Fairchild:




Everett Withers: I always thought as a coach that you're day-to-day anyway

Did you know that Everett Withers is the first black head football coach at North Carolina.  In fact, he’s only the second black head coach in any sport in Chapel Hill.

North Carolina officials have stated that Withers will have the opportunity to compete for the permanent head coaching job, but Withers doesn’t seem interested in making a public push for the job.

At least, not yet.

During the David Glenn Radio Show, Withers talked about his approach.  Withers said, “I’m gonna work every day like I’ve worked.  I always thought as a football coach that you were day-to-day anyway.”

“My thought in that aspect is I’m going to come to work hoping I get the next day.  So I’m going to have the same approach.  Our focus is going to be helping these kids have the best experience they can have.  If we can do that, regardless of what happens at the end of this thing, this thing will be a success for us.”

North Carolina opens the season by hosting James Madison.  The Tar Heels will remain at home the following two weeks to host Rutgers and Virgina.

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The time has come for 12 first-time head coaches

It’s about that time.  August camp is here for twelve first-time head coaches.

The list includes Will Muschamp (Florida), James Franklin (Vanderbilt), David Shaw (Stanford), Bill Blankenship (Tulsa), Steve Addazio (Temple), Dave Doeren (Northern Illinois), Kevin Wilson (Indiana), Don Treadwell (Miami OH), Darrell Hazell (Kent State), Hugh Freeze (Arkansas State), Everett Withers (North Carolina), and Jon Embree (Colorado).

Colorado head coach Jon Embree realizes it's here and told the Denver Post,”Once you ate that wedding cake, now what do we do? I know the honeymoon is going to be over quick."

"I'm very optimistic about our team and our players. But I know we're going to probably be underdogs in every game we play.”

Embree is about to begin laying the new foundation, one that will be as simple as the coffee he drinks.

"Black. I take my coffee straight, with nothing except a couple Sweet'N Low. No foamed milk or toffee nut syrup for him. I'm not a fancy guy. I like to run the football."

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Randy Edsall looking forward to new uniforms, apparently a Wiz Khalifa fan

Maryland is set to unveil brand new uniforms later this month.

One of Randy Edsall’s goals is to create a surge of in-state pride that will parlay into stronger local recruiting.  Edsall is making an effort to keep the best local talent in the state of Maryland at home to play for the Terps.

In order to accomplish that goal, Edsall asked Under Armour to create new uniforms that will feature “Maryland” on the chest of the jerseys. In the past several years, only the word "Terps" has appeared in small letters across the front.

By all accounts, the new uniforms are drastically different than the previous look.  Maryland is essentially recreating its brand.

Gone are the player’s names on the back.  In addition to the traditional red and white uniforms, Maryland will now have alternative black & yellow uniforms.  Edsall, from what we hear, is a huge Wiz Khalifa fan.  Always on his iPod.

Here’s a sneak peak at some photos that have leaked.  (We’d hate to see Maryland (all gold) vs. Wyoming (all brown) in a bowl game).

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Kevin Sumlin defends CUSA, not interested in two-for-ones anymore

Kevin Sumlin is set to enter his fourth season at Houston.  Under Sumlin, the Cougars have finished 8-5, 10-4, and 5-7.

Expectations are high in Houston this season with the return of Case Keenum and a defense that enters their second season in the 3-4 under defensive coordinator Brian Stewart.

Sumlin, however, doesn’t expect any sort of cake walk to the Conference USA championship.

He told Sports 56 in Memphis during CUSA Media Day, “I said it and people think I’m nuts, but this league is getting better and better every year.  You look at the final AP poll last year…two teams in the final Top 25.  And there’s one league that didn’t have any, a big six league.”

(Nice work, Big East)

Houston opens the season by hosting UCLA.  It’s the middle game in a two-for-one series that sends the Cougars back to Pasadena next season.

Sumlin is hoping it’s the last two-for-one he plays as the head coach at Houston.

He said, “Within a 60-mile radius of campus, we’ve done a study and over the course of the last three signing classes, in that 60-mile radius every year there have been between 100-108 players sign D1 scholarships.”

“Quite honestly, with the 105 players or so in the area, there is a little bit of an incentive for people to come and play in Houston.  We try to market that and we try to market our brand of football.  We think we ought to play home & home series with just about anybody.”