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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Sunday August 9, 2009

Vols upgrade JumboTron, different that other SEC programs: "I don't know that there's any way to measure what this will do for recruiting," said Steve Early, vice president and general manager of the Vol Network. This is not your average Jumbotron. It's more than 4,500 square feet of crystal-clear video screen that will amaze every person who steps into Neyland Stadium this season. "We have changed the entire infrastructure of the scoreboard," Early said. "The old scoreboard and screen are gone. That entire area is now a digital TV that is 124 feet in length and 37 feet tall." UT fans will notice these major changes inside the stadium. They also will notice major changes outside as well. The "V-O-L-S" facing Neyland Drive above the scoreboard is gone. Link...

Dan Werner takes break from college coaching to take care of family. "They had already lost their mom, and then I would be asking them to lose their friends and a city they liked," Werner said. "And then, by being a college coach, you're working 16 hours a day, so they'd basically be losing their dad, too. That was just too much and I wasn't going to let it happen." Link...

Video of Neyland Stadium improvements: Phase II of the $200 million Neyland Stadium renovation, now in its fifth year since Phase I began, will be complete in time for year one of the Lane Kiffin Era when the Vols kick off the season on Sept. 5 against Western Kentucky. While most fans speculate about how different the team could look under new leadership, there will be no mistaking the $40 million in improvements and upgrades at the stadium. Link...

Michigan State vs. Florida Atlantic schedule dilemma: Michigan State could play a 2010 football game against Florida Atlantic in Chicago's Soldier Field or Detroit's Ford Field because of an unusual scheduling dilemma. Florida Atlantic, from the Sun Belt Conference, in unable to play next year's game at home because construction of its new football stadium won't be completed until 2011. Link...

Kentucky faster and stronger, by the numbers: The 2009 Kentucky football team will be stronger and faster than the 2008 squad, according to the bench press, power clean and 40-yard dash numbers posted in the team's summer strength and conditioning program. For the bench press, 52.4 percent of the team can lift at least 325 pounds, compared to 42.3 percent at this time a year ago. Players who can bench press at least 350 pounds has increased to 25.7 percent of the team, up from 24.7 percent in 2008. In the power clean lift, 34.3 percent of the team can heft at least 300 pounds, an increase from 27.4 percent in 2008. There also have been significant improvements in the 40-yard dash times - 28.9 percent of the squad covers the 40 in less than 4.63 seconds, an improvement from 23.6 percent last year.

ECU assistant being treated for non-Hodgkin lymphoma: East Carolina coach Skip Holtz announced Saturday that assistant coach Thomas "Rock" Roggeman is being treated for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Roggeman, who's coach defensive tackles since coming over with Holtz in 2004, is expected to continue to coach in the fall. Link...