College Football Recruiting Tips – Coach Turnover Rate, a Vital Consideration for Recruits

Because of the high turnover rate among college football coaches, high school football recruits should base their commitment decisions on more than how much they like those coaches personally.

In fact, at the top-level college football programs, chances are only about 50-50 that a player’s head coach as a freshman will be the same person when he is a senior.

Recruits should also seek other information – such as whether the college itself is a good fit for them academically, socially, and geographically – when making a decision.

Head coach turnover averaged 17 percent annually over the past three years (2008-2010) at Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) programs, which represent the highest level of competition, according to NCAA statistics. Turnover averaged 14 percent annually over the last three years at Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) programs, which represent the next level of competition. No data is available for lower-division programs.

This suggests that over the most recent three-year period (2008-2010) in total, there were head coaching changes at nearly one-half of NCAA Division I football programs.

The NCAA turnover statistics don’t include offensive coordinators, defensive coordinators, and other assistant coaches, but many of them leave college programs each year too.

When a college hires a new head coach, it usually allows him to hire the assistant coaches he wants. Relatively few assistant coaches who worked for the former head coach are retained.”

Turnover among these assistant coaches is high as well, even when the head coach doesn’t change.

Assistant coaches usually are the primary points of contact for individual players, so a player’s college football experience can be even more directly affected when those assistants leave.

Coaching changes often begin in late November and December, soon after the end of a football season in which a college team fails to meet the expectations of fans, alumni, and other supporters.

Source by R. Grasshoff

Five Pressing Questions for Aspiring College Basketball Coaches

As a former Division I men’s head and assistant basketball coach and coach mentor, I receive emails daily asking for advice on how to enter the college coaching profession.

Many of the questions revolve around getting your foot into the door and how that can happen without knowing a lot of people in the basketball world. Here are the top five questions I receive and answers:

Here are five common questions by aspiring college coaches;

1. How to become a graduate assistant coach at programs all over the country.

The key is to get to know as many assistant and head coaches at all levels, especially Div. II and III. Each year they have at least one opening on average for a new graduate assistant. Learn about these through word of mouth.

2. Top 3 things you can do now to get your foot in the door.

Make a 100% decision to put everything you have to get your foot in the door. Learn a unique skill, like video editing. Network, network, network

3. How to build a strong Coaching Network

First you must hire or befriend a mentor, someone who has already accomplished what you desire. You can build a huge network by learning from this mentor and that is the key to getting college jobs.

4. Five things you need to learn that will help you get a job this spring.

Make a commitment to do everything it takes to accomplish your goal, make financial sacrifices, contact as many coaches as possible in the next three months, learn to accept rejection, make sure your effort matches your desire.

5. How to get Tom Crean, Coach K, Sean Miller to return your notes and emails!

The key is to begin a handwriting campaign to 100 coaches at all levels and positions in the NBA and NCAA basketball. This will help you deal with rejection but also begin to build relationships.

Ask yourself this question before contacting me however; How bad do you want it? If you truly desire this career, set your sets high, set goals, and be willing to do anything it will take to accomplish your goal.

Source by Randy Brown

Best Quarterback in College Football History

When people imagine being a football player, the position they often imagine themselves playing the quarterback position. The quarterback takes the field and commands the respect of his teammates. Because expectations on quarterbacks are so high, many fail but others are able to take their opportunity and create a lasting legacy for themselves. College football quarterbacks in particular have left their marks on the game.

The first quarterback that has to be mentioned on this list is Tim Tebow. Many have a negative opinion of Tebow for his professional football failures and sports news media hype but no one can deny that he was an amazing quarterback for Florida. He is one of the few players that stays four years at the college ranks and that really enhances his stats. In his four seasons, Tebow threw for over 9,000 yards and 88 touchdowns. Those stats are impressive enough as it is but Tebow was also a menace running the ball, gaining just under 3,000 yards and punching it in 57 more times. These stats are ridiculous and Tebow brings even more to the table with two Maxwell awards, an All American selection and a Heisman trophy.

Following Tebow closely in the discussion is former Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier. Frazier was an amazing athlete at Nebraska and ended his career throwing for 3,500 yards and 43 touchdowns. Frazier was also a good scrambler like Tebow, rushing for just under 2,000 yards in his career with 36 touchdowns. What really separates Frazier from others is his accolades and leadership. Frazier was a consensus All American and won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award in 1995. Frazier also led the Cornhuskers to two consecutive division one national championships during his tenure.

The final quarterback that has a claim to this honor is Davey O’Brien. Playing college football way back in the 1930s, O’Brien was a driving force for the Horned Frogs. In 1938, he had an amazing season throwing for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns, a lot for the time. O’Brien also knew how to scramble, rushing for 400 yards and three touchdowns. O’Brien also led TCU to the national championship that season and became the first player to be a consensus All American and win both the Maxwell and Heisman trophies in the same season. The award given out to the best quarterback in college football every year is also given in O’Brien’s name.

While there are unlimited quarterbacks that could be highlighted on this list, these three quarterbacks deserve to be some of the first ones mentioned.

Source by Simone Frank

East Carolina Pirate Fan Base Serves As Model for College Football Fans


In 1999 Hurricane Floyd ravaged eastern North Carolina leaving behind in its wake a path of destruction and misery. Hurricane Floyd has been called the worst natural disaster to ever hit North Carolina. Lives were lost, families were up rooted and towns were left to deal with the devastation of a once in every 500 year flood.

One eastern North Carolina town hit particularly hard by Hurricane Floyd was Greenville, North Carolina. Greenville is home to East Carolina University and its 26,000 student population. East Carolina University serves as a vital economic and cultural engine for the region and its people. East Carolina football is also vital to the region as it provides both a financial and emotional boost to those living in eastern North Carolina.

Both the University and its football team however, were dealt significant blows immediately after the storm. The flooding from Hurricane Floyd was so substantial in Greenville, for example, that it forced ECU to shut down classes for nearly two weeks. The damage also kept the Pirate Football team from returning home after their away game the previous week in which they played and beat the USC Gamecocks in Columbia, South Carolina.

The Pirates, who were scheduled to play the number 9 ranked Miami Hurricanes in Greenville the following weekend, had to move the game to Carter Finely Stadium in Raleigh NC( two hour drive from Greenville), home to the North Carolina State Wolfpack.

On Sept 25, 1999, 46,000 thousand people, the vast majority of whom were ECU fans, packed Carter Finely stadium and watched one of the most important football games in East Carolina history. Many of the fans who were in attendance that night had lost their homes, personal belongings and means of income due to the ravages of the storm. The fans who had traveled to Raleigh to see the Pirates play had traveled to witness more than a football game, they had also traveled to find a glint of hope. Time and time again ECU had beaten teams they were not supposed to beat and now more than ever the ECU faithful needed Pirate football to create a special form of magic on the gridiron. Magic that could transcend the difficulties they were experiencing if only for a few hours on this Saturday evening in September into something more positive than the previous days storm drama.

Those who attended the game in Raleigh and those who watched it on tv had their loyalty rewarded with an improbable 27-23 come from behind Pirate victory. More than just a win over 9th ranked Miami, however, the game also provided Pirate fans with a promise about the future. A promise to the people of eastern North Carolina that if ECU football could over come great odds and emerge from the chaos of Hurricane Floyd as winners, they could as well. ECU’s victory over the “Hurricanes” of Miami( Hollywood could not have written a better script ) symbolized for the battered people of eastern North Carolina that rebuilding their lives from the terrible destruction of Floyd could and would be done.

ECU’s win over Miami also put an exclamation point on a very long two weeks for the region and culminated in what one North Carolina columnist called, “ECU’s Gipper Game”. In reality however, East Carolina had been winning Gipper Games for much of its football life. The Pirates had learned early on that they were capable of competing at a top level of collegiate football even if they were constantly battling financial limitations and recruiting at a level that instilled little to no fear in the hearts of teams they often did battle with.


With the almost mystical experience ECU fans had with Pirate football in the after math of Hurricane Floyd and the history of ECU football playing the role of David to someone elses Goliath( and winning their good share of these battles) it is fair to write that football at ECU is more than just football. While this is true at many schools, there seems to be a symbiotic relationship between ECU football and the region that is hard to articulate but is palpable and present none the less. A relationship that not only permeates throughout the eastern part of the state but one that consistently captures the imagination and loyalty of the student body and alumni as well.

When students get to ECU for example, they are quickly immersed into the transcendent like narrative of the team and are asked to become part of the story by participating in the ECU narrative themselves. The strong bond that is created between the team and the community can be seen in the attendance at footballl games. ( averaging a little over 44,000, down a bit from 50,000 a few years and second in the Gang of 5 behind BYU) and in the fact the East Carolina reports the largest student booster club in the country at 10,000 members.


The two greatest obstacles facing Gang of 5 schools at the moment are monetary limitations and lack of brand excitement. Gang of 5 schools are constantly being asked to do more with less money and most are being asked to do more with far fewer fans than they would like to have.

While ECU faces many of the same financial issues that the rest of the Gang of 5 schools do, it does not share the type of attendance( of course attendance can always improve at most schools) and fan apathy issues that most of the Gang of 5 presently encounter.

In addition to the more emotional aspects of brand loyalty among ECU fans, there are some concrete steps that East Carolina has taken over the last 40 years that have put the school at the top of the G Five fan pyramid.

Steps that start with a commitment to win that begins with the school Chancellor and trickles down to everything the University believes in and stands for.

More than anything else however,the football team has given ECU fans a strong story to embrace. In return,ECU fans have given the team and the school their loyalty and trust. In midst of this important process East Carolina has created a sports community that many G5 schools are hoping to emulate one day themselves. Stay tuned.

Source by Jax Rider

Role Definition For College Basketball’s Associate Head Coach

College basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world. Head coaches at the Division I level are paid handsomely as are many of their staff members. The make up of coaching staffs is a confusing issue for the average fan. This article will clear up the role of the head coach associate head coach assistants, and support staff.

During most college basketball games on television a fan notices a large collection of suits. These suits represent members of the coaching staff of each respective school. Five, seven, or ten staff can be present on the bench during games. Who are all of these people?

The average college staff comprises the head coach and his assistant coaches. The number of assistants depends on the size and level of the program. A smaller school can have one, two, or possibly three assistant coaches. Mid level colleges, such as Division II and lower Division I, may have three to five assistant coaches. At the highest Division I level a support staff of coaches may reach seven or eight. Assistant coaches make up only part of the entire staff. Managers, trainers, graduate assistants, and statisticians can also be part of the bench make up.

A recent development at the college level is the associate head coach This is a confusing situation, and I to explain how this works.

Titles generally don’t mean a lot on college coaching staffs. You are either an assistant or a manager, basically.

The title of first assistant has little value as all assistants work just as hard or harder, in the case of graduate assistants at times.

The Associate head coach has been created to help assistants get head coaching jobs in two ways.

1. The title sets them apart from the rest of the staff externally/image- wise. It gives a coach with the title a little more leverage if the head coach moves on they they may look at the associate head coach first before going outside. Another factor is it can be a way to get this assistant more money, again separating him from the others. This title also can be a detriment in terms of staff chemistry. Egos are bruised and pride kicks in.

2. The associate head coach may help if an assistant looks applies for a head coach position at another school. An Athletic Director may look at an Associate head coach with more interest than “just an assistant.”

Remember that every staff is different in their approach to using the associate head coach title. There may be a plan behind it or just window dressing. Many programs and many head coaches have many different approaches to staff building. I hope this article will help you understand why so many suits adorn each college bench this winter.

Source by Randy Brown

Best Universities To Watch A College Football Game

There are some beautiful campus’ across the country. From the warm climate schools on the west coast to the east coast schools that have a crisp feel to them in the fall. There are so many great campus’. But to have a great college football atmosphere on Saturday there has to be more than just beautiful scenery. You have to have a special energy around the campus that is contagious. The school has to have a loyal group of fans that are always there and cheer for their team through the good times and the bad. I’m going to go through what I think are the best Universities across the country to enjoy a college football game at.

Ole Miss (Mississippi) Rebels – Ole Miss which is located in Oxford, MS is one of the coolest places in the country to enjoy the college football gameday experience. Ole Miss has a loyal and passionate fan base that is always showing up with energy and making the most of their fall Saturdays. The special thing that they do at Ole Miss is that they have a huge tailgate before every home game at what they call the Grove. The Grove is a huge area on campus where everyone sets up their tailgates and has a big party before the game. I personally have never had the chance to experience it but I have friends who go to Ole Miss and they say that it is unlike anything else. The energy and great atmosphere are unrivaled and everyone always looks to be having a great time. Those Rebel fans sure know how to tailgate the right way.

University of Wisconsin – The University of Wisconsin which is located in Madison, WI and is another school with a great tailgate atmosphere. This is one of those schools that have a loyal fan base down to the core. Those fans will show up in numbers no matter if the team is having a good or bad year, they will be there. They also don’t complain about the weather up there. It gets pretty frigid there in the winter (sub zero temperatures) but the fans always show and make the most of the experience. The tailgating experience in Madison is a little different from some other schools due to the fact that they do tailgate outdoors and grill, but the bar scene is also a big part of the experience.

Source by Cooper Framke