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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Will Jadeveon Clowney Be The 1st Pick In The 2014 NFL Draft?

Jadeveon Clowney, the South Carolina Gamecocks Student and Defensive End, reached the top of the charts of many NFL Draft watchers after his amazing performance in 2013, and one that was punctuated by this still-shocking play against Michigan in the Outback Bowl shown in the photo.

But the 2013 season has been a disappointing one for those who believed Jadeveon Clowney was going to destroy the SEC. A series of nagging injuries combined with the large degree of attention placed on him, have combined to wreck his NFL Draft prospects, at least right now.

Here's the rest at Zennie62.com: Jadeveon Clowney Not 2014 NFL Draft 1st Pick In 1st Round After 2013 Season

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Tony Franklin Joins Sonny Dykes At Cal As Offensive Coordinator

Tony Franklin And Cal Football Head Coach Sonny Dykes have a relationship that goes back to the famous 1997 Kentucky Coaching Staff that created The Airraid Offense. Now, after working together at LA Tech, they're reunited in Berkeley. Zennie62.com has the story: Tony Franklin And Sonny Dykes: Cal Football’s Two Ball Coaches

Monday, November 12, 2012

Cal Football Coach Jeff Tedford’s University Of California Contract

On Saturday, Cal was soundly beaten by Oregon, 59 to 17, increasing calls for Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barbour to terminate Cal Football Head Coach Jeff Tedford.

What’s interesting, and yet typical of these cries is that they don’t include a look at Tedford’s revised contract with the University of California and what UC Regents refer to as “the Berkeley Campus.” In the interest of full disclosure, as they say, this blogger is not in favor of terminating Coach Tedford this year. More at Zennie62.com, here:  Jeff Tedford: Cal Football Coach’s University Of California Contract

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Texas A&M Besting Number One Alabama 20-7, 2nd Q

Yep. Texas A&M, 15th ranked as of now, is beating Alabama 20-7 in the second quarter. And it’s not a result of a series of lucky bounces or bad calls. Texas A&M is actually beating Alabama – soundly. Texas A&M is ahead in total yards 229 to 101 for Alabama. More here: Texas A&M Beating Number One Alabama 20-7, 2nd Quarter

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Stanford Football Plays Washington Thursday

Stanford's now the eighth-ranked team in the country, thanks to the Cardinal's 21-14 sound beating of the once-number-two-ranked USC Trojans two Saturdays ago.

Now the Cardinal takes on the Washington Huskies in an all-important Thursday night game at CenturyLink field in Seattle.

The game pits Stanford's strong running game against The Huskies weird defensive schemes. But it's a game that should feature better passing from the Cardinal now that Josh Nunes has the confidence developed from the USC win.

Stay tuned for more.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

David Shaw Interview Stanford Head Football Coach At 2012 NFL Draft

An interview with Stanford's Director Of Football, David Shaw, during the 2012 NFL Draft. There, Coach Shaw gave a nice send-off to his seniors, paced by Quarterback Andrew Luck, who was drafted number one to the Colts.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Jeffersons Theme Song Sang By Zennie Abraham

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Oregon Ducks Leave Little Weakness For Cal Bears To Exploit...But

If one looks at the statistics for the 2010 Oregon Ducks, it's better for Cal fans with game tickets to go for a half, then make way for The Bears Lair, or Henry's for a session of cocktailing and socializing. Just make sure not to drive.

In other words, it looks like it's going to be that kind of day.

It's rare to see an opponent that has an average game score of 54.7 points, versus just 17 points allowed. Oregon is first in not just the Pac-10, but the nation in total offense, with 567.2 yards per game. That's totally insane.

However, there are some notable statistical openings for Cal.

First, Oregon allows a total 329 yards of total offense per game, which can be divided into 229 yards passing and 100 yards rushing. That's enough to be effective, and means that Oregon's pinball scoring machine forces opponents to try and play their game. Few teams can beat Oregon in a track meet, and none in the Pac-10 so far.

What's the weakness? Frankly, giving up 3.38 yards per rush is one. As long as Cal's willing to be patient and play a grind it out ground game of misdirection running, Cal can win. (Yep, you read that correctly.)

If Cal can get 3 yards per carry on the first two downs, then throw short on 3rd down just to move the chains, the Golden Bears can mount long drives and keep the ball from Oregon.

But the runs must be of misdirection design: not just reverses, but counter-action, and draws. The Ducks defense is aggressive to the point-of-attack, and can down runs for a loss if they can be tracked. Misdirection must be the plan of the day.

If Cal comes out with a plan of smash-mouth football in the first quarter, call Henry's or The Bears Lair and reserve a table - you're going to need it after all the pale ale you're going to consume.

Me? I prefer a screw-driver.


Monday, September 13, 2010

Boise State Football: Virginia Tech Preparation Reveals Broncos Approach

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If you're wondering how Virginia Tech could come so close to beating Boise State, 33 to 30 ten days ago, but stunningly lose at home, 21 to 16 against James Madison, you simply must read the blog post by Mike Kuchar, The Defensive Coordinator at North Brunswick Township High School in New Jersey, as prepared for and presented at Chris Brown's excellent Smart Football Blog.

To give the Clift Notes version of what Coach Kuchar wrote before the link to it, Virginia Tech broke down Boise State Offense on film in detail and a full five months before their September 6th opener. Coach Kuchar was given the opportunity to be a part of the analysis process.

What was learned was that, first, Head Coach Chris Peterson's approach is to have not an offensive system, but a collection of plays for given situations. Second, Boise State uses leverage, numbers, and grass to "gash the opposition." That is, "leverage" is using shifts and motion to gain a "numbers" advantage at the point of attack, to run a running play that gashes the defense, at times for big gains. What the Broncos do is use a tight-end plus a wingback to add an extra hole for the defense to worry about.

If the defense overloads and overruns this set, their running backs are coached to cut back to the weakside.

(If you paid attention to the Colts vs. Texans game, this is almost exactly how the Texans ran against the Colts. The Colts answer would have been to adjust by putting "eight in the box," then blitz the weakside linebacker to force the running back to make a quick decision before he's ready, or be downed for a loss, or both.)

In the passing game, Boise State also uses the overload concept, employing a 3 x 1 formation, but then motioning the back to the strongside so we have a 4 x 1 set: if the safeties go to the "4" side, Boise throws to the Split End, or the "1," on the weakside.

Finally, Boise State's not afraid to take bold offensive actions, like the famous hook-and-ladder play against Oklahoma, the Wildcat pass, or the fake wide receiver screen draw play, all used in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl:

There's a lot more in Coach Kuchar's account, which you can read with a click here. But Virginia Tech's preparation was the reason they almost beat Boise State and arguably the reason they lost to James Madision, thus contributing to Boise State's drop in the polls this week.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

USC AD Pat Haden Thinks Reggie Bush Should Give Back Heisman

This just in: on The Dan Patrick Show this morning, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said that if he were New Orleans Saints and former USC Running Back Reggie Bush, with Pat Haden's soul, he would return the Heisman Trophy he won in 2005.

"If I were Reggie Bush with Pat Haden's soul, I would say yes. Reggie Bush was a great player, an exciting player. But the NCAA report says that we must disassociate ourselves from Reggie."

This is USC officially throwing Reggie Bush under the bus. Now, it's all over the place with ESPNs Erin Andrews blasting the news out on radio.

To recap, Reggie Bush won the Heisman in 2005, but with USC suffering from severe NCAA sanctions including a 2-year postseason ban, loss of football scholarships, and the vacating of wins in the 2004-05 championship season, in the wake of alleged improper gifts to Bush, much has changed. Mike Garrett was fired as athletic director at Southern Cal, and replaced by USC Football Quarterback and NFL Analyst Pat Haden.

Pat Haden has waisted no time in trying to disassociate USC from Reggie Bush, a totally impossible task.

More on this today.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

College Football: Cal Football's Jeremy Ross shows us his crib

Cal Athletics on YouTube' has really improved in videos and creativity over the past year.

One example is this video by Francesca Weems featuring California Wide Receiver Jeremy Ross, #3.

It's part of a segment called "Cal Cribs" that's not only fun, but I wonder if they're going to show it at the Cal Football games this 2010 season.

One thing Ross needs is a real television set. But on second thought, he's got to hit the books, so a new TV set just may be a bad idea.


Monday, June 14, 2010

USC Football sanctions: some donors point to Mike Garrett and Pete Carroll

In the wake of the NCAA's sanctions against USC for alleged violations in its football and basketball programs, and as USC's athletic administration led by USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett, digs in, circles the wagons, and prepares for an appeal, some USC donors who talked to this blogger are not pleased at all with the situation, and are using it to speak their displeasure with not just USC's Garrett, but former USC Football Coach Pete Carroll.

One donor who's met Carroll several times, has had a major role in giving to the USC program, and has been a visitor to the USC Football practices on several occasions said on Sunday "I could just walk into the practices and no one asked who I was. I could have had a $1,000 cash and no one would know."

The USC donor says that while Pete Carroll claimed disappointment with the NCAA action, and lack of knowledge of how the actions that were the focus of the punishment could have happened, on some level it was hard to see how he could not know or have some idea that something was going on with Reggie Bush. After all, he was the head coach. "This puts a cloud over everything that's happened in the past," my USC donor friend said.

Another USC Donor friend, in a conversation Saturday in San Francisco's Marina District, said "I think Mike Garrett should go" but focused more on their dislike for Garrett's style rather than any substantive argument. Still, it's clear the NCAA sanctions against USC have given Mike Carrett's enemies reason to strike, and they're doing so.

Mike Garrett, for his part, is fighting back, according to ESPN's Diamond Leung. In a blog, Diamond Leung noted that Garrett "had this to say when I approached him before the start of the event: “No comment. Don’t bother me. The world is great.” Then Leung noted "While walking away with associates, he (Garrett) said, 'Don’t talk to that guy. He’s the press.'"

Mike Ornstein
Garrett's best action is openness - with his friends, his enemies, and the press. It's not fair that Garrett's left to fight the USC battle alone while Pete Carroll escapes scot free. The word that's coming in here is that Mike Ornstein (currently working with 49ers Legend Joe Montana), may have been asked by Pete Carroll to work with his football program.

The possible smoking gun rests in the USC Public Infractions Report that you can download here and which reads in part:

There was information in the record that the former head football coach encouraged sports marketer A to hire student-athletes as interns. A current NFLPA certified agent ("sports agent B") is the chairman of a sports agency and a colleague of sports marketer A. He reported that the former head football coach asked sports marketer A to consider hiring football student-athletes as interns in his agency. Sports agent B reported:

(Sports marketer A) was like, „yeah, here's (the former head football coach) and the year before, he, he's tryin' to get me to hire, you know, three players, you know.‟

...How many players, I don't even know, maybe he tried to get him to hire ten....but it was totally agreed upon between (the former head football coach) and (sports marketer A) that there was an internship program for that summer. That's all I do know.

At the hearing, the former head coach denied that he asked sports marketer A to hire football student-athletes as interns, although he acknowledged that he knew sports marketer A and that he (sports marketer A) had "something about his past the years before that had gone wrong . . . (and) it was related to the NFL.”

[Note: At the hearing the institution's general counsel reported that, in 1995, sports marketer A had "pleaded guilty to mail fraud for defrauding the NFL."]

The "sports marketer" referred to is Mike Ornstein, as revealed in a 2007 SPORTS by BROOKS blog post.  Mike told this blogger he was working on behalf of Joe Montana on the Red Carpet of The 2010 NFL Draft in this video at the 26 second mark:

In retrospect, it did not occur to me to ask Mike about the USC issue at the time and until three hour later after the NFL Draft started when it fully dawned on me that Mike Ornstein was the Mike Ornstein. But then, there were a number of "seasoned sports journalists" there, who didn't ask him any questions at all; I asked about sports marketing in this economic climate.

I digress.  Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll should come out and say what he knows, because its clear he knows something and time will reveal what that is.  By not saying anything, Pete Carroll places Mike Ornstein in the position of being able to "out" Carroll if he wants to.   If Ornstein denies that Carroll asked him to participate in the football program, the question is "If not Pete, then who did?"  

This story gets more complicated with every turn.

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