News, Notes & Quotes - Jan. 27

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday January 27, 2017

- David Cutcliffe’s advice to young coaches is to talk with anyone you can, in and out of your program.

Cutcliffe spoke to an auditorium of coaches at the AFCA Convention in Nashville earlier this month and pointed to spending time with some legends.

“Two coaches who nobody would connect me to would be Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes,” Cutcliffe said. “This convention, clinics, I have 7 pages of notes from Woody Hayes still in my possession. Detailed notes I pull out. I keep everything. I need to put all of this electronically saved and out of boxes. Bo Schembechler, Duffy Daugherty, these were guys who, though Coach (Johnny) Majors, I got involved with. I would encourage you to not limit yourself just to the people we work with.”

Cutcliffe added, “I cornered Bo Schembechler once, and once was enough. I couldn’t get enough information. Understand what this association can mean for your career.”

- Was it a successful season for the Packers? Mike McCarthy looks at it two different ways.

They didn’t reach or win the Super Bowl, but they won 8 straight to get to the NFC title game after a struggling start to the year. "Success" is defined in different ways.

"We’ve never wavered each and every season about what the ultimate goal is,” McCarthy said. “With that being said, it’s a focus from Day 1. It was a focus leading up to our last game, it was a focus the day of the game. The ultimate goal is a constant as far as the way we coach, the way we prepare and really it’s a big part of just messaging in our program. That’s the goal. We don’t shy away from it.

“I’m never going to be one up here to try and hedge my bets or the old saying of under-promise, over-deliver. I think that’s a weak mindset, personally. That’s the ultimate goal; we fell short. But the second part of it is you have to be able to measure success because I think one of the best things we do, and it’s a constant struggle and focus for everybody, is we spend a lot of time on handling success.

“Handling success, it doesn’t just start when you win the Super Bowl. Handling success starts each and every day that someone in our program has success, whether it’s making the team, it’s being a starter one week or making a bunch of big plays, kicking a winning field goal. With that comes responsibility and focus because success is achieved on a bunch of different levels. We reached a very high level of success this year. I would say our team clearly had a successful season, without a doubt. I don’t know why we’re even questioning that."

- Former NFL executive Gil Brandt provided some perspective on the large amount of underclassmen entering the draft early.

The first reaction is to note all the guys who won’t get drafted, but Brandt looks at it from a different view.

“With more than 100 underclassmen applying early for the NFL draft, there is annual carping about players not being ‘ready’ and making bad decisions,” he wrote in The MMQB. “To me, this talk always seems paternalistic about a sport that already requires more apprenticeship than any other.

“In a league that is getting younger every year—whether due to financial or playing reasons (or both)—we cannot fault players for starting the clock on their career at age 21 instead of 22. While basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, and other athletes regularly leave college earlier than football players (or don’t go to college at all), the finger-wagging police comes out most with football.”

- How much does it cost to feed a football team with the unlimited snacks rule?

At Rutgers, it’s $1.37 million, not counting travel meal money, in the fiscal year 2016, according to Football accounted for 85 percent of non-travel meals in the department. When Chris Ash took over, they created a 24-hour snack stand, for a simple reason.

"Either they were overweight very badly or very underweight," strength and conditioning coordinator Kenny Parker told last summer. "That's why we put in the 24 hours having food available. For what we ask these kids to do, they have to be able to eat.

“These kids don't have time to work. They have tutoring, they have football, they go school, practice: When are they going to have time and make money? The best thing we can do is supply them as much food as we can - not breaking rules, of course - so they don't have to worry about their next meal."

- Here’s are Idaho’s season highlights. A season that started 2-3 and ended at 9-4, the program’s most wins since 1998.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News,, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to