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|9 hours 3 min ago||They are not mutually exclusive||
Agreed, the two are not mutally exclusive, but IMO one is clearly more important than another as an S&C coach. If I was paying a guy on the internet to do my own personal programming, I'd want the most knowledgable guy whose up to speed on the current literature. He's not coaching me and I'm providing all the motivation and execution. However, if I want a strength coach who is responsible for the hands-on coaching of 85-105 guys, a different skill set takes precidence.
Shannon Turley is a pretty well respected coach in S&C. In fact, a friend of mine, Ryan Cidzik, works with him there. But, Turley is not really know as a rah rah in your face high intensity sort of strength coach. You will never see out of him what you may see out of Scott Cochran at Alabama. He's not that kind of guy. And I think our conditioning in the 4th quarter is less a function of the strength coaches as it is the football coaches and how they run practice. Maybe if you watched practice now after the strength coach as had them for winter conditioning that would be more indicitive. But, once the season gets under way they spend limited time with the strength coach, and the volume and intensity of workouts and conditioning goes way down as the volume and intensity of skill practice, games, and practice times goes way up. You can only have so many stressors at once. So, the 4th quarter conditioning it's more a function of the philosophy of the head coach and how he runs practice IMO.
|9 hours 20 min ago||There are so many training variables||
Questionable practices could be anything that isn't supported in the literature. It could be how to program, how to vary intensity over time, how to periodize your trianing program, how hard/long to push athletes, ideal rest periods or rep tempos for various training outcomes, prioritizing one outcome for a particular sport over another (strength, power, hypertrophy, endurance, stability, mobility, etc.). It could be as simple as which energy system is most ideal for which sport. It could how many days per week you should train athletes in season vs out. It could how to set up the exercises in a workout, like the order. It could be only training in the saggital plan vs using more "functional" multi-planar exercises. It could be a focus on machines vs free weights, barbells vs dumbells, olympic lifts vs plyometric training, it could be unilateral exercises vs bilateral, it could be nutritional advice. I mean the list goes on and on. And, all this stuff is highly researched in the journals and publications. But, the bottom line IMO is there is more than one way to skin a cat. And, almost anything done hard and consistently over time will yield positive outcomes when it comes to exercise. So, it's more important how you go about your businesss than what specifically you're doing or what your exact program philosophy is.
|1 day 7 hours ago||As a former S&C coach||
The science is not what coaching is about, even as an S&C coach. Yes, these guys have degrees in exercise science, many graduate degrees, but they are stil coaches. They are not lab technicians publishing research on exercise and pouring over research journals every day. I think the biggest thing in coaching, and most anything in life, being a good manager, being in good shape yourself, etc....it's not what you do it's how you do it. There are a ton of different ways to get the same result. But, something done hard and with passion, belief, and consistently and questionable science/theory will give better results than a perfectly planned/theoried approach done with questionable effort, enthusiasm, execution, committment, and consistency. What Harbaugh, and it appears eveyone on his staff are best with, is enthusiasm, energy, and intensity. The previous staff seemed more focused on education, mentorship, and growth. Those are all noble values, but are not IMO as highly correlated with success as a strength coach, and success in college sports with highly impressionable kids.
I have worked for strength coaches that used highly questionable practices if we go by current literature, but were really enthusiastic guys and they got great results. I've also worked with guys that were super smart, but just simply didn't inspire and challenge the athletes enough. Like most things in life, the people with the best personalities get the best things out of their constituents because people want to be around them and perform for them. As much as a scumbag as we see Urban is at times, he has a confidence and charisma that is effective on those around him. And, that is what I see as the difference so far in this staff versus the former, including from Tolbert.
FWIW I realize I am gleaming a lot from a very small sample size including loads of assumptions. But, usually when there's smoke there's fire and it's often enough to gather what's really going on. I also have worked for 3 different college S&C programs and have a master's degree in exercise science. Take it for what it's worth.
|2 days 2 hours ago||RJS is Darnell Hood||
RJS kinda reminds me of Darnell Hood. Hood was obviously a safety and RJS is a linebacker. But, he seemed like one of those guys that had trememdous upside and I never understood why he didn't play more...maybe he was in Carr's doghouse. Maybe Englemon, Harrison, Trent, etc. were better IDK, but Hood sure looked the part to me. He always looked real athletic and talented, never cracked the starting lineup, but was a standout on special teams.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Sure seems that way||
Based off what I saw from d-coordinator press conferences last year, especially as the season went on and things were going downhill quickly for Hoke, Mattison remained a class act. He always took responsibility for everything, never deflected blame on anyone else, stood up for his head coach, and remained humble but still positive and passionate about his job. From everything I can tell he's just generally a great person, which is probably why he's still there. Not that others weren't, but it seems like he stood out.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Hoping for more big plays defensively||
I'm just hoping for some more big plays from the defense this year. With so many guys back, they should be able to be aggressive. As as been the mantra for a while now, we need to get some pressure on the QB. Last year it was Clark and Beyer on occasion. Hopefully Charlton can turn into the dominant pass rusher we've lacked. He certainly has the body for it that we haven't had there in a while. And, if Henry can stay healthy he should provide some penetration from the middle. Plus with so much experience back at LB...I mean to think of Bolden, Gedeon, Ross, RJS, McCray, and Morgan, that's a lot of talent and experience. It's almost too many guys to take advantage of.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Intensity/Confidence||
Just watching the video clip off mgoblue.com, you could really see Drevno coaches with a heightened sense of urgency and intensity when compared to Borges (Durkin looks intense too). Nuss was more intense than Borges, but Drevno seems even more so, and definately more so than Funk. I don't think everything has to be rah-rah and certainly don't think you need to yell and swear at kids (not that they are), but you can see a sense of seriousness and intensity in Drevno's voice and commands that I haven't seen in a while of UM coaches. And, it comes off as confidence and fast paced, which I think rubs off on players.
I think this is precisely what the o-line needs. I saw a lot of educating and mentoring from the previous staff, but not a lot of intensity. I'm hoping this gets guys like Kalis, Braden, Glasgow, Dawson, etc. in touch with the aggressive, come off the ball, side to their personaltiy that I think they all have. I'm hoping this will result in a tough line that can run block and protect their QB. I don't want to see another UM QB take a cheap shot without anyone standing up for him. It will be nice to see these guys play with some pride.
|1 week 1 day ago||Another example of why the Combine doesn't do what it's supposed||
I think this is another example of why the NFL Combine is not a good indicator of whether a guy will be a good NFL football player or not. If you watch Devin play football he looks fast. He's never had a problem running away from a defender or getting open. But, this closed skill test says he's slow. He's not slow (even for an NFL reciever), he's just not good at this particular test. Why anyone would consider tests like this over game film and watching a guy play the game is beyond me.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I think it's a combination of||
I think it's a combination of factors. One is that the really only guy that was always on the field and seemed to be the focus on having around the ball was Ryan. They moved him from SAM to MIKE so that he would be on the field in all situations, which moved Bolden to SAM, no? Also, I think if you talk to most fans they think that Gedeon and Bolden seem to have the higher upside over Morgan, but Morgan is obviously the older and maybe more reliable choice. But, as the younger guys gain experience and get older you would assume the reliable factor becomes less obvious and the talent may become a bigger factor with upside. And, obviously Morgan was out with a season ending injury. An injury of that nature puts him in question IMO, especially with bigger, faster, and more talented younger guys coming up on his heels. Not saying he won't come back and reclaim his old spot, but I don't think it's a foregone conclusion. I don't remember seeing Ross on the field all that much. And, I don't know that we are sure what scheme the coaches will run yet. But, McCray seems like the most natural fit at SAM due to his size at 6-4 240. I'd guess that Morgan, Bolden, Gedeon, and RJS will all be in a battle at MIKE and WILL as both positions seemed to be interchangable last year. But, again who knows, this staff may go to a 3-4. But, if there is a SAM in a 4-3 McCray seems like the best fit IMO.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The NCAA is at fault IMO||
I hear what you're saying, and the critic in me agrees to hold the athletes accountable for their actions. But, it's just to hard to figure out what's what. And, with so many coaches wooing them and selling them on everything shiny it's hard to tell what's real versus what's a sales pitch for a young kid. And, lets face it, few parents understand this process. Heck, we follow this stuff year round and it's hard for us to understand what's what. The reality is the governing body (NCAA) should be there to protect athletes and keep competition among schools at a level playing field. IMO it's really the NCAA that is accountable for allowing this system to go on and do nothing to educate kids. A kid is gonna be a kid and will be easily swayed by all this attention, someone else has to take on this job.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I can't help it, I'm human.||
I can't help it, I'm human. So, of course I'm looking most forward to seeing some of the highest rated/hyped recruits that haven't yet been starters get significant snaps. On offense I'd love to see Ty Isaac and Drake Harris or Brian Cole. Issac because, well the RBs we've seen (Drake Johnson isn't healthy) haven't shown a ton yet. And, Harris/Cole becasue they both look like they have a lot of talent and it's a position we don't have a proven playmaker at yet.
On defense I'd like to see Peppers, McCray, Pipkins, and Charlton. Peppers because of his obvious hype and McCray somewhat the same, but he's shown a few flashes in his limited experience and there's a spot wide open for him to take. McCray didn't have as much hype, but he was a highly thought of recruit and hasn't seen many snaps. For that matter I'd love to see Gedeon beat out Morgan and Bolden. I think Gideon is our best LB and it would be nice to see him on the field more. He looked great against OSU his freshman year and I don't remember him on the field much last year. And, I'd like to see Pipkins and Charlton both on the field a lot. They both have the size and talent, and if healthy should be really good players. We need a pass rush and both are explosive to get some pressure on the QB. Charlton should be a load to handle.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I think it's hard for recruits to see through the sales pitch||
I'm not saying these coaches are complete scumbags. I think they want what's best for the players and athletes at the end of the day. But, they probably think going to their program is what's best for the athlete and they also want to get the best players, which may sometimes lead them to be at the least somewhat deceptive or omit certain things they think may sway a recruit away from their school. And, after this years recruiting season and what happened to UCLA and OSU's assistants leaving the day after signing day, I don't get the feeling that recruits are level-headed enough to see through coach BS/sales pitch. These are impressionable teenagers being wooed and it is hard to say no to a successful, confident coach at a big time program. I think by and large they make emotional decisions versus logical ones.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||You had me until you said||
You had me until you said Hutchinson
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed, RJS too||
Agreed, Gedeon and RJS both would be great to have for another year. They are both talented players and deserve the chance to prove it. I hope they both see significant time this year.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||LOI needs adjusting||
I think the LOI needs some changing to be more fair to the athletes, but I'm not sure why you'd hope this is the first domino. Think how frustrated we are every time a kid flips. This would mean a lot more flipping. It needs to be adjusted, but at the same time there comes a point where schools need to be able to count on a kid honoring their commitment too. We can't have commitment changes without penalty all the way up until you step on campus. I'm not sure what the answer is, maybe a clause that lets kids out if a coach changes jobs or is fired. The athlete has all the power until he signs, then the school/coach has all the power. There needs to be an adjustment, but I personally don't hope every kid stops signing. If we think recruiting is stressful and drama ridden now imagine if the process continued all the way through the summer.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Fowler's a class act||
He always does a good job, is professional, rarely shows bias, but is still enthusiastic and accurate. I really like him and he rarely mis-speaks. He's a class act.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||OSU Numbers & Oversigning||
I just don't understand how OSU can take a class of 27. Can anyone fill me in here? Over the last 4 years, from what I can tell, they have taken 99 guys. I get the normal attrition, transfers, medical RS, etc. but it seems like they are taking more guys than they can hold onto come August and are simply assuming attrition. When UM has a class of 27 they follow up with classes of 14-17. OSU never has a class under 23. I don't get it. Should UM still be taking 23 guys and figuring it out later? Am I being a homer or are is OSU just oversigning?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||We missed on majority of signing day big targets||
FWIW this is not my sentiment. I think Harbaugh's staff did a good job given the situation. But, our major signing day targets were Weber, Clark, Marshall, Jefferson, and Wheatley Jr. When I say major, these are the 4-5 star guys. We obviously signed some 3-star guys too. But, of our major targets we missed on all but one and his dad is our coach. So, from the outside looking in I can see their point. Upon closer review I don't think UM is a loser, but I get it.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I think it's more complicated||
If that were true, every kid with an offer from both would go to OSU. I think the decision making process has a few more variables than that.
|6 weeks 14 hours ago||He's a cool guy||
He's young, he's black (a lot of athlete's he coaches/recruits are too), he's a good recruiter, he played at UM, and he just generally seems like a cool, personable, charasmatic guy. That's probably why kids like him and he's a good recruiter. Maybe the secondary wasn't great under him last year, but that's one year. That doesn't make him a bad coach. I'm personally disapointed he's not coming back, but I wish him luck.
|6 weeks 15 hours ago||Coaches have value||
The coaches get paid because they have value. This is just a small piece of their impact, but when a guy like Harbaugh gets hired he has an immediate financial impact, and not just on football. The price of a ticket for the basketball game when he was rumored to be announced went from $30 to to upwards of $300. I'm guessing football tickets are back up, apparel sales are up, etc. Seeing pictures of Harbaugh at local restaurants must be good for their sales. Having a coach that win games makes a huge financial impact which gives them value. So does having a coach that loses games and doesn't go to bowls. I'd guess UM's bottom line in Hoke's last season is not what Harbaugh's first season will be. Don't get me wrong, it seems a little wrong that coaches get so much and the kids get so little, but lets not let the fact that the kids don't get much equate that the coachs don't have value.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Question||
Does Dad having dinner with his son count as an in-home visit???
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Recruiting & Perception||
That's all I was going to say...recruiting and the idea that Meyer/B1G can beat Saban/SEC. I hate to say it, but I'd rather have the whole B1G be down, then OSU be up (unless that means UM is also up with OSU). But, if we're down, as we currently are, I'd rather the whole perception of the conference be down as well. I want UM to be the ones to beat down the SEC, not OSU. I don't want any positive publicity for OSU in any way as long as they are better than UM. It would be one thing if we are trading wins and conference titles with OSU and it was an even matchup. But, we they are the only ones winning them and UM is down I don't want any success for OSU. It just makes it that much higher of a mountain to climb to ever be better than them. And, that NC just makes it harder for UM to go up against top recruiting battles with OSU.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||What little I know of USC||
I didn't watch a single game of them all year long except for the bowl game. But, USC's offense and particularly their o-line looked darned good. I recall hearing the announcer say they had one of the better o-line's in the country and particularly Tuerk was the best center in the country. They are also really tall. Three of the five lineman are 6'6" or over. I don't know if that's good or not to be honest, but just an observation. They also looked particularly athletic and pulled really well and had good footwork. They may be younger than UM, but I'm pretty comfortable saying they are better, plain and simple, and it's not just coaching.
The other thing is they have balance on offense in that they can both run and pass. They have a QB that is really good, and they have a ton of talented and fast recievers. Juju Smith, Agholor, Dixon, Adoree Jackson, etc are all playmakers. We don't have anyone like that right now. After watching their bowl game I'm not sure how they lost 4 games with all that talent. I personally don't think their o-line or offense is anything like ours and don't think we can expect anywhere near the same level of production, but that's just my thoughts after watching one game of USC against a solid B1G team.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Depends on how the school prioritizes sports||
I think it depends more on how important that sport is to the athletics program versus the success of the team. After a quick look at UM's S&C coach responsibilities, all sports not football fall under Favre's watch (athough he doesn't directly coach them all) and even men's basketball doesn't seem to get any more priority than field hockey, at least as far as coach assignments go (although I don't see an assignment for hockey so I wonder if they have thier own coach). Obviously I'm not there and don't see if the other assistants, GAs, or interns are working men's basketball and not field hockey. But, a friend of mine was a GA there last year so I could ask him.
In general, softball or swimming/diving is unlikely to get much priority anywhere regardless of how successful those teams are. They typically just get one coach for their workouts. At Quinnipiac they prioritize hockey and basketball. Hockey and basketball have their own field house, called the TD Bank Sports Center with seperate locker rooms, weight rooms, and arenas, similarly to the way football has Schembechler Hall. The head S&C coach only directly handles basketball and hockey (although the oversees all sports). All the other sports workout in the fitness center that the students have access to. The head, the assistant, and all of the interns are there for workkout sessions for basketball and hockey. And, I'd guess the hockey and basketball coaches get paid a lot more than the other sport coaches, but that's a guess. By contrast, an intern at QU typically handles golf or womens rugby by themselves. And, teh assistant coach coaches everything not basketball or hockey, but still chips in for those sports.
Every school is a little different. At the University of Maine all hands are on deck for football. So, football will have 3-4 coaches working with that one team. Also hockey has their own coach. But, the assistant coach will handle womens soccer by himself. It just depends on how they prioritize the programs sports teams. I'd guess this comes from either the AD, performance director, or head S&C coach and likely varies school to school. But, it probalby doesn't have much to do with actual team success.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Assistants Recruiting Prowess?||
So, we know that Harbaugh, Manning, and Mattison can recruit. I've heard some good things from TVH regarding some interest from guys that like Durkin. But, what are the recruiting ability of the new guys?
|7 weeks 4 days ago||College S&C "organizations"||
Sorry if this wasn't what you were unsure about, but that's what I gathered from your post. Most FBS schools have a head S&C coach for football-only and another one men's basketball-only. Each of these coaches only coach that one sport year round and no others. In addition, they often have multiple assistant strength coaches, graduate assistants, and/or interns that are undergraduate students or recent college grads looking to get experience in the industry.
Then there is a head "olympic sports" S&C coach. These coaches will also have their own set of assistant coaches, graduate assistants, and interns. These coaches basically coach everything not football and men's basketball. Often one coach will handle 2-3 sports, then the assistants will do the same, and the GA/intern will get 1-2. All hands are on board for the more priority sports, which varies school to school. At some places that could be hockey, others it may be baseball, etc. Other titles you'll see are performance director or something similar.
At Division 1 non-FBS schools, your head S&C coach coaches everything including football, men's basketball, and all oher sports. These schools typically have the same set up in terms of assistants, graduate assistants, and interns, they just have less money, fewer resources, and often fewer coaches. But, almost everywhere you go, if they have football, the head coach is in charge of football and all hands are on deck for football because they are the largest team numbers wise and often the most important to the school. Then, as you go down in Divisions you simply get fewer and fewer number of coaches.
FWIW I have either interned, been a graduate assistant, or assistant S&C coach at Division 2 Southern CT State University, Division 2 California University of PA, Division I Quinnipiac University (no football), and the University of Maine (FCS).
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I think it's our business||
Sorry, but it is our business because college football is a business. Just like we argue the student-athletes should be conpensated because they really are different than other students and they put in so much time on thier sport. That's just part of the deal. These kids are on TV and being covered by all kinds of media, so IMO it is our business. Take the good with the bad. If you're gonna be known as a high school kid and get publicity and be coveted and get a full ride to a school, you're also gonna have fans wanting to know this stuff. It's just part of the ever evolving role of the FBS college football athlete.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Aww shucks||
I was really looking forward to seeing what him and Dawson could do as upperclassman. They both came accross as aggressive guys with a mean streak that could really give our o-line some of the toughness we've lacked in recent years. Oh well, best of luck to him wherever he lands...unless we play them.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||He could, but probably not the best idea||
Favre is a great coach. He won the National Strength and Conditioning (NSCA) Coach of the Year a few years back. He's authored a number of both research based on practical articles in professional S&C journals as well as presented a number of times at S&C national conferences. He knows his stuff. Of of my buddies from my grad program worked for him there as an assistant and I've seen him present before. I'm sure he could do just fine. Basically Oly sports means everything minus football and basketball which get thier own coaches. He heads up volleyball and wrestling but oversees all the other sports too. That being said, typically football wants football guys with experience. It's not that Mike couldn't do it, it's just that it would be a huge difference in how football is run...not neccessarily the programming of workouts, just the overall year long commitment to one sport and how that works. I'd guess Harbaugh would want a guy with more football specific experience.