Best way to get music on the practice field
So, we're looking for feedback on this one. A few weeks ago we watched Arizona practice. From the moment we walked onto the practice field, something caught our eye and our ear. It was their home grown music machine.
We tweeted the picture to the right out about what we saw and some guys on the staff at Nebraska were quick to tout there own system. Both are impressive and were built by the staff. Each is mobile and cost far less than commercially available systems (we recently heard that one company quoted over $100,000 for such a system). $100,000? OK, so that system was also fully integrated into the period / countdown clock and a mic system; but still we're talking $100,000.
"Another side of Coach Huber"
We've been hard pressed this off season to find a D-III school doing a better job with their videos than Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Head coach Rod Huber starts this video explaining his upbringing and why he believes that he is living the American dream, and spends the next four minutes covering everything from recent hardships in his personal life, to the message he tells parents when he is recruiting their sons.
The video below gives coaches, student athletes and parents an outstanding view of "Another side of Coach Huber". This one is very well done from the guys at Mount St. Joe.
Stanford Coach Speak: Wearing multiple hats
Stanford has continued to do a great job releasing videos highlighting their coaching staff all off-season.
The video below sits down with outside linebackers coach / admissions liaison Lance Anderson. Anderson talks about everything from the versatility that they expect out of their outside linebackers in their 3-4 scheme, to exactly what his role entails as the admissions liaison.
Video: Arkansas AD Jeff Long announces Petrino has been terminated
Never an easy situation, Jeff Long handled this press conference about as well as possible.
We can all learn something from watching this video.
Petrino releases a statement
Bobby Petrino just released the following statement:
I was informed in writing today at 5:45 p.m. that I was being terminated as head football coach at the University of Arkansas.
The simplest response I have is: I’m sorry. These two words seem very inadequate. But that is my heart. All I have been able to think about is the number of people I’ve let down by making selfish decisions. I’ve taken a lot of criticism in the past. Some deserved, some not deserved. This time, I have no one to blame but myself.
I chose to engage in an improper relationship. I also made several poor decisions following the end of that relationship and in the aftermath of the accident. I accept full responsibility for what has happened.
I’m sure you heard Jeff Long’s reasons for termination. There was a lot of information shared. Given the decision that has been made, this is not the place to debate Jeff’s view of what happened. In the end, I put him in the position of having to sort through my mistakes and that is my fault.
I have hurt my wife Becky and our four children. I’ve let down the University of Arkansas, my team, coaching staff and everyone associated with the Razorback football program. As a result of my personal mistakes, we will not get to finish our goal of building a championship program. I wish that I had been given the opportunity to meet with the players and staff prior to this evening’s press conference and hope that I will be given the opportunity to give my apologies and say my goodbyes in person. We have left the program in better shape than we found it and I want the Razorback Nation to know that it is my hope that the program achieves the success it deserves.
My sole focus at this point is trying to repair the damage I’ve done to my family. They did not ask for any of this and deserve better. I am committed to being a better husband, father and human being as a result of this and will work each and every day to prove that to my family, friends and others.
I love football. I love coaching. I of course hope I can find my way back to the profession I love. In the meantime, I will do everything I can to heal the wounds I have created.
I want to thank Chancellor Gearhart, Jeff Long, the Board of Trustees, the University administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni and fans for the opportunity to serve as the head football coach at the University of Arkansas for the past 4 years. I was not given an opportunity to continue in that position. I wish that had been the case, but that was not my decision. I wish nothing but the best for the Razorback football program, the University and the entire Razorback Nation.
Circle drill at North Texas
North Texas' director of sports performance Frank Wintrich brought a camera into the trenches of the Mean Green's circle drill get up close and personal.
Very good footage here. Wintrich wore a GoPro camera to get the up close and personal view.
Commitment to strength program paying off
When Todd Hafner took over William Penn (NAIA) in 2004, he inherited a program that had won 26 games the previous 16 years combined. In the past three seasons, Hafner has led the resurgence of the Statesmen program, leading them to a combined record of 26-7.
William Penn climbed as high as #4 in the national rankings, and dominated on both sides of the ball last season. They led the NAIA in rushing yards per game (330 ypg), 2nd in the nation in sacks allowed per game (.3 per contest), and converted an impressive 90% of their fourth down tries (#1 nationally). Defensively they only gave up 11 ppg (#2 nationally), allowed 232.6 yards per game (#4 nationally) and only allowed opponents to convert on 23.7% of their 3rd down attempts (#1 in the country)
A large part of that success can be attributed to their strength program. Strength and conditioning coordinator Ike Hammerly is a nationally recognized leading strength & conditioning coach. Hammerly oversees a full time strength staff (very rare at an NAIA school) and a total of 18 varsity sports. Take notice of what these guys are doing in the weight room and how they're doing it because they're going about things the right way.
It's an exciting time to be down in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Look for big things out of these guys in the future.
3 Penny Films: Red Wolves revival
3 Penny Films has struck again, this time with an inspiring look inside of the Arkansas State program.
The video starts with news clips of the rumors swirling that Gus Malzahn would become the next head coach and progresses to interviews with Arkansas State players along with their reactions to the news, to finally getting on the field and starting spring practice and how his expectations of the players and the program have progressed.
3 Penny Films continues to churn out great video after great video for everyone from Minnesota to Auburn to Miami. These guys are some of the best in the business (and they have two Emmy's to prove it).