COACH SPEAK : WEEK 4
By Leo Haggerty

Running a little late in posting because I just cannot get enough coaches to participate.  The AAC has been great but the Big 12 has had technical problems and there has been no achieve of some of their teleconferences.  The other four Power 6 Conferences have dropped the weekly football teleconference completely.

Again, I am trying  to alleviate that situation in the future.  Stay tuned for now.  I’ll be putting updates in the next COACH SPEAK column.

So, this week from the AAC we have HC Luke Fickell from Cincinnati along with HC Dana Holgorsen from Houston.  Two head honchos where the verbiage runs free and easy as you will see.

Two procedural questions for our head coaches today.  They are as follows:

Q1 : Does the NCAA need to pass legislation where all Power 6 and other Division I programs have a mandatory two bye weeks? 

Q2 : The game is not played in slow motion.  On targeting calls, should the people making those decisions have to watch the replay in full speed?

So, without further delay, let’s get to the commentary.  As usual, it is diverse and, to some of my readers, may be a touch surprising.  Enjoy.

Cincinnati HC Luke Fickell

Q1 : It’s one of those questions that, because I’m not on a lot of those committees right now, and I don’t know how much of a say we would have as coaches.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  There are times when the bye week is really good and they’re times that it’s really just an interruption to what you’re doing.  There’s a reason for them in some ways.  I also think we are all benefiting, as coaches and as programs, for other reasons that we have byes.  It creates another week of college football.  It creates more revenue, I guess.  It gives programs a chance to get a break.  Yeah, it helps in that way but I think it does a lot of other things for college football.  We can’t, as coaches, complain about it and then still reap the benefits of it in other ways.  I really don’t know.  This is the first time that I’ve had two bye.  I’ll have to evaluate it at the end of the season to see if we did anything different with two byes.  For us, I like to get into a routine.  Right now, it’s an interruption to that routine.

Q2 : I think they have done a better job this year.  My thing is I would like to see it go to like what they do in basketball.  If it’s not a flagrant, then lessen the penalty.  We have one overturned last week.  It was overruled.  I believe, in some ways, it was a target but it wasn’t flagrant but it was forceful.  It did benefit us but it was the right call.  I know we are trying to clean up the game but we have to look at intent even when they slow it down.  Right now, the penalty is tough.  I would like to see a penalty but not ejection.

Houston HC Dana Holgorsen

Q1 : You know, if you slow motion targeting calls and catches, you can argue both sides.  Yeah, I agree with what you’re asking.  The full speed shots are the most important.  I’ve talked to a few of the referees and they say they don’t use slow motion.  Once you do start doing that, there’s a lot of gray area.

Q2 : Yes, and I think they need to start playing Week 0 too.  That would allow the NCAA to do that.  That’s what they need to do.  I really don’t know what a bye week feels like right now.  We’ve played four games in 18 days.  That’s not the most ideal situation to be in.