News, Notes & Quotes - July 3

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday July 03, 2017

- Recruits don’t have the same memories of teams that fans and coaches do. Teams can’t assume tradition means much.

In an article on SB Nation, writer Bud Elliott recounted a conversation with the college position coach of an All-Pro linebacker. That connection wasn’t as valuable in recruiting as you might think.

“They don’t know s***,” the coach said of current recruits. “And I don’t think they read about the past greats, or watch replays of them like we did, either. They don’t watch as many games going on now, either. If we don’t tell them, they don’t know.”

That last sentence is key. It’s why schools’ social media teams push that information out as much as they can.

- The MMQB has a deep story on coaches who were early adopters of technology, and Andy Reid and Bruce Arians shared good lessons.

The piece highlights the rise of video tech and how it helped coaches come up from unusual places. Andy Reid’s advice applies to any profession.

“Your objective in any business is to become an unexpendable commodity,” he says. “So you’re seeing that with kids today. What I did 20 years ago has changed a great deal, but the idea is the same; you have an opportunity to become unexpendable. There was a surge in opportunities in the early 2000s.”

But while technology can give you an edge, it can’t replace coaching.

“The tech gets you the opportunity, but you have to learn how to coach football after that,” Arians said. “Ever had a professor who knew everything but couldn’t teach you s***? That’s the same thing with coaching.”

- A new state gun law has Kansas head coach David Beaty worried.

Many teams have rules about no guns, but Kansas’ new concealed carry law allows someone to hold a firearm without a permit nor training. The coach expressed his concern to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd. But while talking about training players how to handle themselves outside of football, this quote also stuck out, for multiple reasons.

"We are training our kids right now specifically on what to do when they are pulled over on a traffic stop," Beaty said. "Where their hands go, how their hands go, how they speak, what they tell their policeman about what's in the car.

"We're not taking anything for granted because we don't want to lose one of our babies."

- Temple went through a Rocky-themed workout and even took it to the famous steps.

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