Edward Aschoff of ESPN joined me on this week’s show to discuss college football, his move from the South to Los Angeles, how he would tackle some of the NCAA’s biggest problems, the differences between fans in the South vs. everywhere else in the nation, and what is the best tailgate experience in college sports. (more…)
Michael Felder is proof that if you want to do something bad enough, all it takes is good, old-fashioned hard work. After his playing days as a walk-on for the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), “Mike” knew the regular 9-to-5 wasn’t for him. His passion for the game of football, particularly at the college level, is evident immediately when you talk to him. Hence why, after years of hard work, he’s now a college football video analyst for Bleacher Report. (more…)
It’s never been okay to downplay a woman’s athletic ability but somehow we continue to allow just that to happen. For too long, we’ve allowed ourselves to view women’s athletics as a novelty or, even worse, as us (mainly men) doing them a favor. I’ve played or followed sports for over 20 years and I have to admit, one thing that always remained fuzzy to me was the true definition of Title IX. I knew it had something to do with equality, but I wanted to know more about it.
That’s where today’s guest, Donna Lopiano, comes in. (more…)
In football, the most important position on and off the field is quarterback. The quarterback sets the tone for the team, and is the guy everyone on the team looks to as the example. Private quarterback development is a field that has taken off the last few years and one of the best in the business is Sam Mora, Jr. He has learned from some of the best coaches in football, and has since branched off to start his own company; working with dozens of the best High School and College players in the country. He’s helped train and develop players such as Jameis Winston, Bryce Petty, Connor Cook, and Johnny Manziel, just to name a few.
But, most importantly, he’ll tell you he’s a developer of young men. Helping them to realize the key to reaching their goals and full potential is by applying systems and a regimen that emphasizes improvement beyond what’s scheduled. By doing this, he’s also helping to develop a more well-rounded individual through lessons from the sport they love. Something that I feel is just as important as anything a player accomplishes on the playing field.
Today’s podcast explores his role in the development of players at this pivotal position and how he mentors a players transition from High School to College to possibly the NFL (5:00). I ask him what he thinks the difficult part of the transition is from the players perspective (10:00), the economics of hiring a personal coach (17:00), why so many players have a hard time transitioning from college to the NFL (20:00), the perception of the black quarterback (27:00), player safety, and much more.
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I like Seattle to win the NFC West again in 2015 despite a holdout from Kam Chancellor. But a division rival might have the last laugh in playoffs. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Division and playoff predictions are tricky in the NFL.
Every week a team can look like a “team to beat” or the worst team you’ve ever seen. With the NFL only playing 16 games, one could put themselves in a situation to be roundly criticized for picking the wrong team without the benefit of hindsight. (more…)
When Nick Saban speaks, it’s usually wise to listen. This year’s SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama were no different. (USATSI)
SEC Media Days never disappoint.
There were plenty of great quotes to go around this year in Hoover, Alabama and most of it was covered quite nicely by one of my favorite sites, Saturday Down South (seriously check them out).
One quote from the week that caught my attention was from Alabama head football coach, Nick Saban. Saban commented on why he had such a difficult time preparing his players for their national semifinal game against eventual national champion Ohio State. (more…)
Chip Kelly is 20-12 with an NFC East title in two seasons as Philadelphia’s head coach. It’s his off the field moves that have drawn the most criticism. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
It might be time to start giving head college football coaches the benefit of the doubt, again.
Why? Well, for starters, Chip Kelly sent the NFL offseason into a frenzy with a flurry of moves that many people couldn’t or didn’t want to understand. Of course these moves happened a year after an offseason in which Chip Kelly had already made moves others couldn’t or didn’t want to understand.
Then came the predictable chorus from naysayers. (more…)