The First Exhibition

We are now allowed by the NCAA to play other D1 schools in “closed” scrimmages, and a lot of programs choose to do it (This year the NCAA allowed a 3rd exhibition game that could be played against a D1 opponent with the money going to charities for hurricane relief).  I have no idea why […]

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The Mentality of Negative Results

Championship teams, teams with winning cultures, they aren’t afraid of results.  The championship teams I’ve coached never judged themselves on the results – but that is a lot easier to do when the results are usually in your favor.  I recorded a podcast recently with John Grass, the head football coach at Jacksonville State, for […]

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We must play to a high standard all the time and that's the challenge. I think what people don't really understand is that's not really the human condition to be that way. The human condition is for everybody to survive. It wasn't to be the best that you could be...and that's special. So to get a group of people to be special all the time in every situation is a real challenge. That's why Top 10 teams get beat and what we're trying to avoid by having the right psychological disposition to play at a high standard regardless of circumstances.

Nick Saban

Bench Communication

On senior day in 2004 when I was an assistant coach at Providence, we were locked in a tight battle with Seton Hall.  Our starting point guard, Donnie McGrath, was in foul trouble and wasn’t playing that well, so we had our back-up, Kareem Hayletts, in the game at crunch time.  Kareem was a walk-on […]

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