Fast & real: Friday college football news & notes
Posted by: Pete Roussel on August 17, 2012
THE weekend is here. A lot of players are on that fringe line. By Monday, coaching staffs will make decisions on which players will start the season on the scout team.
Earlier is the week, Urban Meyer stated, "This will make us or break us."
Apparently, Meyer isn't wasting time. Today, Ohio State corner coach Kerry Coombs told ESPN.com reporter Austin Ward, "I've coached for a long time, and I've never seen a training camp that is this tough."
Remember your first couple of days of college? It took some adjusting.
Miami (FL) just released a special behind-the-scenes video featuring the life of a true freshman player, who is admittedly overwhelmed at first by rigors of college football.
At one point, Hurricanes' defensive coordinator Mark D'Nofrio says, "We have to teach the freshman everything like how we operate during a game. We don't expect the freshman to be sitting, looking for shade during the scrimmage."
I thought it was interesting that Derek Dooley referenced his own personal high school experience figuring into his decision to take the Vols' off-campus for a week of training camp.
Dooley said, "We did it in high school. I told the team that. We loaded up yellow hounds and drove six hours on a two-way highway. Went to Jekyll Island, Georgia. I told the team when I get back with all my high school buddies, that's the first thing we talk about, Jekyll Island. I think it helped us. We went 52-4 in four years."
He added, "One week. It was miserable, but it was different. I mean, we had six guys in the room, two double-beds and a sofa bed, never washed our clothes, never washed our uniforms. Think about that. Staph infections going everywhere. Your pants, after the last practice, you could stand them up. These guys have no idea."
More coaches than ever before took their teams off-campus for part of training camp this year. The list includes Dooley, Jim Mora Jr., Tim Beckman, Pat Fitzgerald, Rich Rodriguez, Doug Marrone, Todd Graham, Skip Holtz, and Norm Chow.
In case you missed it, my partner Chris Vannini wrote an article earlier on Kent State head coach Darrell Hazell's sudden decision to go off-campus. Hazell summed up a big reason why some of these coaches are moving their training camp away from campus.
I'm going to announce some exciting business expansion news on Monday on the Coaching Search Ticker. While the ticker slows down during this time of year, you never know when we'll have some surprising information. For example, Tuesday night during the first part of Hard Knocks, sometime around 10:15 pm ET, I broke the story about Bill Curry retiring after the season. I immediately tweeted the following:
Despite 57 people retweeting the message including several prominent writers, somehow the Atlanta Journal Constitution had their blinders on. They didn't credit me for breaking the story. Oh, well.
Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson spent thirty minutes interacting with fans on twitter this afternoon. He showed his sense of humor by joking that the Green Wave is in good shape, but he'd like to have Lebron James lining up at tight end. He also tweeted the following:
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