Only 33 days until kick-off. Sunday news & notes.
Posted by: Pete Roussel on July 29, 2012
Only 33 days until opening kick-off in college...
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16 head coaches are set to begin August camp with the same 9 assistant coaches as a year ago. Those staffs include BYU, Colorado, Florida State, Georgia, LA Tech, UL-Lafayette, Miami (FL), Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Oregon, San Diego State, Texas, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
Chip Kelly is the only head coach in the country that kept his entire coaching staff intact since the beginning of the 2009 season.
Doug Marrone and Todd Graham will each take their teams away from campus for an extended period of time during August camp. After a week of practice, the Syracuse team will head an hour North to a military base in Fort Drum to continue preparing for the 2012 season. As previously noted, Graham is taking his team 80 miles from campus to Camp Tontozona.
The Minnesota Star Tribune asked Jerry Kill if six wins is realistic for this season. Boy, I'm sure just that question in itself is motivating to Kill, who is entering his second season as the Gophers' head coach. Kill responded, "Our goals are higher than that. When you go into a season, you shoot for the highest, and see what happens. What we need to do is the day-by-day things. They've done all those things, and now we need to take steps forward. Going in, we feel like we can win every game. If you don't feel that way, you shouldn't be here. Now, do we know we have some shortcomings? Yeah. Do we have all of them fixed? Probably not. But that's what you call coaching. We've got to work around our shortcomings and find a way to build on our strengths. I think our season comes down to, can we stay healthy -- we still don't have all the depth we need -- and can we stay in games until the fourth quarter? If we stay in games, I think we can win them.
Speaking of Jerry Kill, in case you missed my Top 20 most memorable quotes from the off-season, it's worth the read. Kill is included with the likes of Washington State AD Bill Moos, Trent Richardson, Peyton Manning, James Franklin, Jon Gruden, Sal Sunseri, Dana Holgorsen, and others.
Although Utah offensive coordinator Brian Johnson is only 25-years old, he'll earn $225,000 this year. Give credit where credits due; Johnson created this opportunity for himself. While he'll be 1 of 12 coaches calling plays for the first time in their career this season, it's hard to imagine any young coach having a better outlook on his situation. Johnson told the Deseret News, "I'm obviously blessed to be in this position. I realize that every day. There's not a day that goes by that I'm not thankful for the blessings that have been given me. But I don't dwell on it. In this profession, nothing is guaranteed forever. I learned that from Whit. You can always get better. I'm constantly evaluating myself and trying to get better. To this point things have been good, but if you get lax in preparation or focus in any area of your life, it can all change."
Meet the new AD at Stanford University. Bernard Muir previously served as the AD at Delaware.
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