CFS Daily Hot Reads: Friday, April 12
Alabama’s new athletic director Bill Battle, the former Tennessee head coach and founder of the College Licensing Company,talks with Al.com’s Don Kausler, Jr. Battle shares some great coaching memories and perspective from his time at Tennessee, before and beyond. He discusses being an innovator (he started using computers to chart plays way back in 1967), competing against Bear Bryant, one a whole lot more. On his switch from coaching to the business world, Battle says:
“When I got out, I wanted to see how other people lived,” he said. “All I had done was coach football. I didn’t think I could be a 65-year-old coach, because the pace was pretty heavy. I’d been raised under the ‘out-work-‘em’ (approach). Looking back, the law of diminishing returns, I’d have been better off and my staff would have been better off if I had given them time off to go eat dinner with their families or do other things, but I didn’t. I did it the way I thought I ought to do it.”
Coaches: If you only have time to read one article today, this should be it.
One a much lighter note… The Daily Show takes a hilarious look at the NCAA:
How deep does the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry go? Deep enough that Wolverine players won’t wear red — even for non-contact jerseys. When backup Russell Bellomy suffered an ACL injury earlier this spring, Michigan was left with no healthy scholarship quarterbacks behind Devin Gardner. That means hitting Gardner and the other QBs is off limits in Saturday’s spring game, putting the Wolverines’ equipment staff in a pinch. “We’re not wearing red, for obvious reasons,” Gardner told reporters last week. “This is Michigan. Orange is the only other color that stands out.” Coaches ordered a custom made orange jersey, but they wouldn’t’ be ready in time for the game. Thankfully, Oregon State came to the rescue, and Garder will be sporting a Beavers’ #12 jersey Saturday.
Speaking of Ohio State… The Buckeyes received rings commemorating their 12-0 season and unofficial Big Ten Leaders Division title. (The team also received the traditional gold pants pin celebrating the win over Michigan.) Naturally, some are up in arms about the rings, including ESPN’s Mark May, who called on his trusty “integrity meter” in passing judgement.
Just a checking my integrity meter didn’t know you could give out 12-0 rings when your on probation or banned from bowls..just a thought
— Mark May (@mark_may) April 11, 2013
Like many others, the focus for new LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron this spring has been on speeding up the pace. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger says, so far, everybody is adjusting pretty well.
How serious is Kirk Ferentz about fixing Iowa’s special teams play? For the first time in 15 years, he’s given a coach the special teams coordinator title.
Bill Belicheck was in South Bend yesterday to visit his golfing buddy Brian Kelly.
Increased booster fees have some Florida Gator fans up in arms… and giving up their seats. The article does point out that, according UF spokesman Steve McClain, overall ticket sales are actually “slightly ahead of last year’s pace.” He says the jump in booster fees is largely the result of tuition increases, which have increased cost of athletic scholarships by $3 million since 2008.
Photo credit: Paul W. Bryant Museum