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Q&A with Andreu Swasey

RALEIGH -- I'm sitting in my hotel room here in chilly North Carolina waiting for tonight's prime time showdown at the Dean Dome and listening to the radio back home. And, shockingly enough, despite the fact Frank Haith's team is playing in huge game tonight, UM football is still dominating the airwaves.

SwaseyI'll keep feeding the beast. As I told you last night, I still had plenty of left overs from the time I spent with Canes strength and conditioning coach Andreu Swasey. I know there are still a lot of questions out there about what exactly he does with his players, what his focus is on workouts and how exactly UM compares to other programs. While I'd love to have the weight room numbers for USC, LSU, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and any other top BCS school, I cover the University of Miami. That's where I got my info from. If I get the chance in the next couple months to compare and contrast the program with others I will. But for now, you'll have to settle for what I got from my time with Swasey this week.

Here's my warning -- it's a long read. But if you really want to know the ins and outs of his strength program from what they do through each phase, who Swasey's influences were, what he thinks of the program and its direction and much more -- you'll read it.

Q: Who would you consider your biggest influences in coaching, is there somebody you shadowed your program after?
A: Mainly I'd say the discipline part of it is my biggest influence. Growing up at Carol City with Coach [Walt] Frasier and the discipline I learned from him. There is a lot of carryover too from the time I spent with track, plus what I studied over time.

I learned from [former UM strength coach] Darryl Hewlett. God rest his soul. He ended up passing away. He gave me an opportunity when I first got here [in 1997]. Even though his philosophy and things he did were totally different from my philosophy, I learned from him. I learned some things from Tommy Moffett [now at LSU]. I learned a lot from him.

Q: How would you say your philosophy is different from those guys?
A: Hewlett is totally opposite. He ran HIT, which is high intensity training. We do Olympic Style lifting which is free weights with multiple sets. There are some things I did learn from Dale. But HIT, you didn't do Olympic lifts, you aren't going power clean. It was a bunch of machines that are controlled. I ain't doing that.

Q: So what are the benefits of Olympic style, free weight lifting?
A: Power and speed. It's a track based system. You are talking about recruiting the most power and speed. HIT, you are going to get it from absolute strength and controlled weight. That one is set to failure. We're dealing with multiple sets here. Moffett's program and ours, your dealing with a lot of similarities. It's basically the same.

Q: A lot of people look at the program and see that its gone from national champion to where it is today. Everybody wants to point fingers and some people point it at you. Have you changed your strength and conditioning program at all?
A :As far as the basic work, it hasn't changed much. To be successful, it's about constantly doing what you do. To be honest, if it changed so much, I wouldn't have so many kids come back after leaving for the National Football League. The consistency is what they respect about the program.

Q: Do you have the same workouts for every player or does it vary by position?
A: Every coach wants their big skill athletes to be just as strong and just as fast their small skill [athletes]. And they also want their small skill to be just as strong and fast as their big skill. There's a balance. In the game of football you have to be strong and you have to be powerful and you got to be able to run.

Q: In terms of what the kids are doing, maybe the easiest thing to do is compare player by player what the kids on this team did last year in your program versus the last time you won a championship. Are the strength numbers, speed numbers the same?
A: To go player by player for what we have right now, you are comparing and its that's hard to compare freshman to seniors. I'd be comparing Ed Reed to a freshman or sophomore like a [Vaughn] Telemaque. But if I was to compare him to Randy Phillips, strength numbers they compare to Ed just as strong. I mean being in the program for four years, Randy [Phillips] is strong. He's benching 315, squating mid 500s. Antrel [Rolle] squated about mid 450s. Randy is just as strong. [Ed] Reed wasn't as strong in the legs, but he was strong in the upper body.

I think everybody has their different strengths. I mean, I can see the comparisons. Roscoe Parris to Travis Benjamin. Roscoe came to me about 140 to 145, now he's like 175. Travis came to me, oh lord, 150 to 155. You are talking about in one year Travis is probably up to the mid 160s, 170. But his body type is compatible to a Roscoe Parrish.

You take a Santana Moss, to me he's like Pimp [Thearon Collier] because of the strong lower body. I've been here long enough, I can take each kid and compare and contrast with. Andre Johnson left at 232 as a junior, but came in at 205. Aldarius came in right at 200. You got that going a little bit.

Me, personally, I hate the comparisons. Aldarius is Aldarius. Travis is Travis. I want kids to have their own identity. I do want Travis trying to be Roscoe Parrish. He's going to be good enough he'll be Travis Benjamin. Aldarius is going to be good enough to be Aldarius. I know we got some great kids right now. I can look at the scale, tell you how strong they are. I just know they're on the path of getting us back to where we want to get back to.

I mean, [Jonathan] Vilma came in here 190 pounds. He ran a 4.91 in the 40-yard dash and ended up working his way up. Spence, he came in 193 pounds. He was just like Vilma was. Now, he's already up fluctuating between 205 and 208. Kellen Winslow came in here 215 and left 255 as a junior. I can give you Epps, who came in 228 or 230 and now he's at 252. The program is set when start going through the numbers. Epps is can run a 4.5 just like they did. You got a lot of symmetry, a lot of comparisons. If you go to quarterback, you take Ken Dorsey came here 160-something and left at 195. Jacory came in 166 and he's already at 185. Some guys are actually ahead of the curve. I mean can compare and contrast all day. We just got to give a kid time to get into the system and develop.

Q: Can you talk about how your program is structured. Do you have phases, times where you focus on strength more than speed or conditioning more than other things?
A: We basically got five phases. It starts before spring ball, right now when class begins Jan. 20

SwaseyclappingPhase I is the six to eight weeks before we start spring ball. Basically, this is the time when you're trying to develop as much strength, speed and power as you can. It's not as much conditioning here. You are trying to recruit as much mass and muscle as you can. That's what helped Jacory and Spence and all those guys that came in early. That's why it's important to get the young guys in early. If you look at the season, you saw those kids hold up because they had a good base. They were able to put on the weight and able to endure the early development phase. We spend four days a week doing this, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Throughout it, we'll do multiple agility drills, we'll use the sandpit. I work on acceleration stuff, doing sled pulls. This phase is nothing but strength, power and speed. I could care less about conditioning at this point because I'm just trying to make them physically bigger.

With the lifting, you got to shock the body so you can continually develop kids. Muscle has memory. You always got to continue to shock the body to allow it to continue getting stronger. We got to two upper body days -- Monday and Thursday -- to do that and then power and leg days on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Now, when spring practice begins we hit Phase II. We go to a three-day workout because they're practicing. You are not really cutting back on workouts because they're practicing, but you are still hitting [the weights]. At this point, we're still looking to recruit muscle mass. But now we also go into more agility drills.

As soon as spring ball is over, we hit Phase III and go back to a four day program. We'll go back into the weight room for another six weeks and work again on muscle mass recruitment, concentrating on strength and size because when you get back from your little summer break, you are going to work even harder.

Q: And this is all mandatory, this phase after spring ball?
A: [Laughter] This is not voluntary. This is what's required. This is what comes with it territory.

So, then after that, they get about a 2-3 week break. We have a discussionary period, I talk to them give them feed back and I send them home with a workout over the break for them to do continuously. I tell them, an active break is the best break. And I'll change it up a little, maybe make them workout with dumbbells to change the monotony of it.

So after that break, we go into Phase IV in the summer time. Now, we got more blocked time [because there is no school]. We go back to a four day workout.

Now is when we're trying to put it all together, strength, speed, endurance, conditioning, plyometrics. Now, you are trying to peak and get the guys ready for the coaches. Now, when the coaches get them in August, they're not passing out and falling out in two-a-days. Wednesday is a day we'll come in and do stretching and 7-on-7. Players set that up on their own -- Wednesday and Saturdays. That phase is everything in one.

Q: At this point you are the only one having contact with them. When you go out and watch the 7-on-7 what are you looking for?
A: For me, I'm just monitoring the injuries. I'm hard on guys who get hamstrings or anything at this point. Really, all I'm making doing is making sure everything ties together.

Now, Phase V is when the season starts. Here, you want to try to continue what you were doing. Now, you are not going to maintain the same pace like the other phases. All you are doing is just trying to try and add a little bit to maintain what you earned. The program is setup on Sundays after games and we end up working out Wednesdays and Thursdays. This is the block times where kids come in at different hours of the day. They sign up for their workout times and hold them accountable to be there when they say they will. Now, that's only a sophomore or higher. If your [butt] is a freshman, you come in with me at 6:45 a.m.

Q: So how do you plan the lifting workouts? Do guys max out all the time? What are they actually doing during a work out?
A: Basically, based on their testing, I give them a sheet with their information. If you max 252 on your power clean max, you'll lift a certain percentage of weight for x amount of reps and work your way up to the max. It's built to make you stronger. Basically, you are given an upper body day and then a lower body day, rotate four days a week.

I mean basically, this is a game of collisions and everybody needs to get padded. I don't know anybody who has played the game of football without being padded up in terms of muscle mass. So, everybody is going to benefit from this.

I look at it like this, genetically a kid is going to come in like Vernon Carey or Orlando Franklin. But if I can get Orlando to move just as fast a guy and just as powerful as a guy at a skill position, Orlando becomes a better football player. That's my philosophy. I want to help every athlete increase their first step.

You talked to the new guys around here. The one thing he finds intriguing is the strength and endurance our guys have. He was lifting weights and saying I don't know how they can keep going. My goal is a better conditioned athlete. Bigger, faster, stronger is always going to out-do a guy who is not in shape and a guy who is not strong. I want every athlete to develop coordination and develop that first step. Because every position you want to be able to beat somebody to the punch
whether its o-line, d-line, tight end, DBs, linebackers. So, why wouldn't I do that for everybody.

Like Bosher. Let's say I got Bosher on a whole different program. Why? What if Bosher needs to make a tackle as a kicker? Power is power. So when you leave here, this is my theory, they're going to get better at football at their own specific position. As a strength coach, my job is to make sure that everybody has a great first step and that they're powerful and strong and in great shape. It's my job to get them to the coaches like that.

Q: How do you feel about people blaming you?
A: It's hard to get upset if you didn't have results. If I wasn't getting results from what I was doing, I could get upset. I understand where we're at. Nobody is happy with the losses right now and I'm not happy. I was here in 1997 when were 5-6 and I watched the development. I've been here long enough to know that I have patience to see where we're headed and where we're going.

Swasey765123If you go through history with programs, there's going to be times when things are great and not great. New York Yankees, Boston Celtics, the University of Miami. We're a high profile program where excellence is the way and championships is the only success rate measured. And so when you have been at the stage for awhile and you aren't winning championships, you are going to get criticized. And It's OK. You got to understand the nature of the beast. It's what comes with Miami. I've been here long enough to know where we need to be at. All the greats get down before they get up and I think our time is coming back around. I see the kids we have coming in. You look at our young guys and the number one thing Coach Shannon preaches is the depth of the program. He's trying to create the depth. He's been here, won championships, played in championships. I've been there with him and he understands the formula.

At the same time, I think it takes a little time for chemistry to get involved. You got to have the chemistry and the development of the kids and I think that's where we're at. I think we're headed in the right direction. Staff chemistry, staff continuity -- all that plays a part in winning games.

Q: What do you like about the players you are getting?
A: The one thing you're doing is taking care of home. He's taking a lot of our guys in our own backyard. If I bring up the Jon Vilmas, Willis McGahees, he's getting the kids from our backyard. The same trend happened when we we're 5-6. You recruited all the local guys and went out and handpicked a guy from Texas, Louisiana and California. I think in the last two years you can't argue we didn't do that. He really took care of Florida. I see the trend coming back and creating the depth.

Q: Who excites you the most of the young guys?
A: What excites me are the qualities they're bringing. They're real young. Weight room is mental. It starts with the mental game. Mentally, they're starting right. That's what I love about this group. You got Marcus Robinson, Marcus Forston. You are adding Allen Bailey to the group. We're adding all these kids in -- with vets like Eric Moncur.

When you got these type of guys together, what your creating is depth and chemistry of guys being very supportive around each other. When the kids took control with the chemistry and developed a closeness. That's what Jacory Harris, Aldarius, the Booker T. kids are bringing -- that hunger, that fire. They know each other. That's what happened earlier. You sprinkle in an Ed Reed from Louisiana or a [Vaughn] Telemaque] now, you're getting back to the chemistry and the development you want in the weight room. That's what I'm looking at more importantly. The development is going to take care of itself. They've done a great job genetically and mentally getting kids in here. I see the comparisons. Roscoe Parrish and Travis Benjamin. All these kids are coming in. I'm seeing a lot of that. My thing is the chemistry is first. Development is the last of my worries, that's going to work. That's going to take care of itself.

> FYI, one final note... As far as testing goes, Swasey only tests the 40 once -- in the summer. He tests strength and power numbers twice (during the first phase and again in the summer).

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U THE $HIT MANNY.

this is y these ppl complainin pisses me off.. ur entitled to ur own opnion but this stuff takes time. if u take some patience take a step bak n look at the guys we r gettin n where we r headin, its nothing but up. out freshman led us to 7 wins. we r gona b nice and im not worried bout it

Notice when he talked about people who have grown in his program, Swasey did not mention any linemen.

The Beast is now fed and will rest an eternal 5 minutes! LOL

Now more info, mi amigo, more!

Very good piece. Insightful and actually showed more what RS is thinking than RS would say. Recruit like mad, muscle and speed them up and see if they become great. Keep the good ones up top and repeat cycle every year. Key is not to stop or else it ruins the program.

Nice article. It's making me wish I was able to train with this guy. The mentality is key -- you need a Ray Lewis-esque fiend who is kinda half crazy. If you want to be that big, you gotta be a little sick in the head, but I love it haha.

I'd be interested in what the nutritionist has going on, how many cals this guys are taking a day, etc. Does Swasey do consulting on the side? I might move back early if he does!

I appreciate the interview, as Swasey is a man we don't hear from too often.

But seriously, on the night of the hoops teams biggest game of the season there's nothing about them?

The linemen is also coaching, i'm not sure who the current one is, but the real greats we remember tend to be from Kehoe man. That's bssides the point, we know they know their stuff, we got to give them time.

Current O-line coach is Stoutland, I think he's one or two years into his job. Apparently Urban Meyer is talking to Kehoe, who's been out of job for a year/helping out at La Tech (?) from what I hear. He was a great coach and a classy guy, thanking the Hurricanes for everything they've done for him on his way out.

I don't know much about Stoutland, other than some recruits have said "he's a great guy and a great coach", but you're right mra that OL is just as much about skill/finesse as it is about size. *IF* Stoutland doesn't turn out to be the right guy for the job, I wonder if Kehoe is thinking about dipping back in?

thats encouraging. i love to hear stuff from inside the program. cause everybody can talk and speculate all they want about the good and the bad and stuff. but when you hear it from inside, you know its the real deal.

Manny,

Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining. Our lineman are fat and weak in comparison to the elite programs in college football. Football is won in the trenches and Swasey's programs are not cutting it when it comes to our lineman.

Great Great work Manny. Swasey is a true Cane, and like I said on the last blog, I think the great majority of fans are more than pleased to have him around. Thanks for the interview! NOW WHO THE H377 IS THE NEXT OC!!!!!!!!!!

Jeff is officially an idiot. He probably also thinks Gruden will be our OC :-).

Thanks for the information Manny, great work!

Manny,

Does Haith have a plan of resting McClinton throughout the game? There was just a 5 min stretch w/ him on the bench w/o any PFs and Miami did not get a bucket, there only 2 pts was the goaltending.

Good work Manny, I am not sure, about the s&c program. Why did the team falter at the end of the season, usually young teams come on with experience.

OMG! That dunk by Jones with 10:30 left in the first half was nasty. It's too bad UNC had those couple of good blocks in there.

McClinton is lighting it up so far. One of those threes had to have been from 25ft.

wtf just happened there?

Mandigo,
No blog for this game?! C'mon Manny!

OK so they're playing very hard but staying with Cane Basketball tradition a poor IQ

8pt lead quickly turns into a 4pt deficit at the half. Did they have no TOs after UNC's last shot there?

Tyler Hansboro gets the charge, DCollins gets a blocking foul. Good for Haith about complaining about the officiating.

Would Kehoe come back to the U?

I spoke to him in his 1st yr at Ole Miss. He was scouting at one of my kids games and at that time he was sooo pissed - at the way he was treated by Coker.

But, there were some ego problems between Kehoe, Solidenger and Werner, so something had to be done. So, Coker got rid of all 3.

One things for certain - Shannon had nothing to do with his firing.

I will say this, he sounded as though the U "owed him" something.

Now, when you look at his last few yrs, at the U, even under him - the O-Line had started to slip.

Stoutland has great credentials as well.

Among many great years at MSU this included;

The 2004 Spartans offense ranked second in the Big Ten and No. 10 in the NCAA in rushing, with eight 200-yard rushing games. That line led the Big Ten is fewest sacks allowed (eight). Stoutland's offensive line paved the way for T.J. Duckett, who produced back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons in 2000 and 2001.

Although, I want to see more of those Mid-Western farm boys like Gunn recruited.

Stoutland is here for next yr. So lets see what happens with a full time Jacory Harris and a bunch of talented and experienced studs returning and maybe, just maybe some - HEART.

North Carolina is knocking down a bunch of threes right now making it very tough for the Canes to stay in the game.

Nothing says "we're still not there yet" more than a blowout on national TV.

UNC is raining three's on us. No defense .

surprise, surprise, slipping big time in chapel hill.

McClinton was a human turnover. Hurdle must have been blocked going to the hole about 5 times. Why does he think he's 6'7". However, Collins and finally DQ Jones looked pretty good. Hopefully this will be a break out party for Jones, a wake up call for Haith to feed Collins more, and a learning experience for the team, so the same meltdown doesn't happen at Cameron Indoor.

keep it coming, Manny. We want to know. Thanks for all the hard work.

Go Canes!!

didn't see the game but looking at the box-score, the kid ellington (sp) hit 7 3-pointers; that is the "disparity". where was the perimeter "D"? seems we are lways get out muscled by unc, what this true tonight? but that's why we consistently hang closer with a program like duke, b/c of our physical match-up. opinions please.

otherwise, any comments on gruden (sp) for oc? go RAVENs, pulling for all the CANEs - REED, LEWIS, MCGAHEE

Another intelligent poster who throws the Gruden name out there for the OC post. The man won a Super Bowl this decade. Do you really think he'd take a 2nd fiddle post in college to an inferior HC in Randy Shannon? Puhlease!!!

Guys with huge egos and incomes that are outside the realm of worrying about recessions do not take these personal cuts that you and I would in "today's economy".

Gruden as the UM OC, what a f'ing joke.

wish we had this guy instead of that POS brad roll!

Manny thanks another great article but i got to call you out. Swasey does test for speed in the spring. i have numbers the past few years that was released to prove it, you can even compare the times from spring and summer of last years recruits. Also Swasey does not seem great at details, i can not blame him he has a lot of athletes to work with but some of the times you posted on your chart do not reflect other times posted before example kirby freeman has been listed as running a 4.42 40 before http://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=572704
they say the fastest RB is 4.32 but you can read before the fiesta bowl
http://assets.espn.go.com/ncf/columns/harig_bob/1457504.html

Mcgahee was running 4.28 and they say that was the fastest on the team at the time ever.

There are a lot more examples but I wonder how accurate any of this info is. First of all 40 times vary so much, from different person doing the stopwatch to different equipment watch, shoes surface to different conditions. I met Swasey at the Hecht last summer i was filming the canes working out with all the pro's there and Swasey was pretty cool and let me stick around for a lil while so i think he is a good guy and a good assest to the program.

you guys can keep criticizing and complaining about swasey and his program all you want, but the fact of the matter is, at the end of the day he's still the professional and you guys are just a bunch of chimpanzee bloggers who really don't have any clue what ya'll are sayin', i mean listen to this one guy on here:

"So when I read about Forston only eating 3 somewhat normal sized meals a day, I was a little concerned to be honest. He should be eating three or four BIG meals a day, training and lifting the way they do as 17-year old D-I football players"

what the hell!?!, the guy has been doing his job for the last decade with a lot of credible sources, and you come in and say all this crap like you're the trainer of new england patriots!!! bro, piece of advice, stick to just being a regular reader, coz' nothing you say matters, nobody gives a crap, and NFL U is successful because of this guy, the nutritioner behind it, and everybody else involved within the program!!!! give it a rest people!!!!!

you guys can keep criticizing and complaining about swasey and his program all you want, but the fact of the matter is, at the end of the day he's still the professional and you guys are just a bunch of chimpanzee bloggers who really don't have any clue what ya'll are sayin', i mean listen to this one guy on here:

"So when I read about Forston only eating 3 somewhat normal sized meals a day, I was a little concerned to be honest. He should be eating three or four BIG meals a day, training and lifting the way they do as 17-year old D-I football players"

what the hell!?!, the guy has been doing his job for the last decade with a lot of credible sources, and you come in and say all this crap like you're the trainer of new england patriots!!! bro, piece of advice, stick to just being a regular reader, coz' nothing you say matters, nobody gives a crap, and NFL U is successful because of this guy, the nutritioner behind it, and everybody else involved within the program!!!! give it a rest people!!!!!

you guys can keep criticizing and complaining about swasey and his program all you want, but the fact of the matter is, at the end of the day he's still the professional and you guys are just a bunch of chimpanzee bloggers who really don't have any clue what ya'll are sayin', i mean listen to this one guy on here:

"So when I read about Forston only eating 3 somewhat normal sized meals a day, I was a little concerned to be honest. He should be eating three or four BIG meals a day, training and lifting the way they do as 17-year old D-I football players"

what the hell!?!, the guy has been doing his job for the last decade with a lot of credible sources, and you come in and say all this crap like you're the trainer of new england patriots!!! bro, piece of advice, stick to just being a regular reader, coz' nothing you say matters, nobody gives a crap, and NFL U is successful because of this guy, the nutritioner behind it, and everybody else involved within the program!!!! give it a rest people!!!!!

hey Rich, you're an A-hole!!!!!!

Posted by: everybody here who thinks they can do a better job than swasey is an idiot!!!!!!!!


I don't think ... I know U Idiot

Get a new Head Coach soon ... U "think" ?

how is it that we're not even offering frankie telfort!?! as far as i'm concerned, i think we should be shooting for the top 5 prospects of dade and broward every single year, it's just plain ol' bullcrap that we let jamal berry, frank telfort, antwan lowery get away from us!!!!!!!

VERY GOOD MANNY!

THANKS

Would Kehoe come back to the U? - Posted by: CanesFuture

U cursed your program when you sent the greatest cane ever packing. Of course he's pissed. U SHAT IN HIS EYE

This post that discusses the S&C is a joke. Jeff is right . Fat and slow.
When you are weaker than the opponent, you arm tackle.

UM's S&C is a JOKE compared to elite programs.

ARM TACKLE U

Got this info from the Nike Football camp - which is being held March 29th at the U. Check out which University has the most players on the ALL-TIME Nike Football TC list!!

All-Time Nike Football Training Camp Team

Offense
(Pos.: Name -- College/NFL team)
QB: Jay Cutler -- Vanderbilt/Denver Broncos
RB: Marshawn Lynch -- Cal/Buffalo Bills
RB: Clinton Portis -- Miami/Washington Redskins
WR: Larry Fitzgerald -- Pitt/Arizona Cardinals
WR: Andre Johnson -- Miami/Houston Texas
TE: Zach Miller -- Arizona State/Oakland Raiders
OL: Justin Blalock -- Texas/Atlanta Falcons
OL: Vernon Carey -- Miami/Miami Dolphins
OL: Ryan Kalil -- USC/Carolina Panthers
OL: Marcus McNeill -- Auburn/San Diego Chargers
OL: Andre Smith - Alabama/TBD

Defense
DL: Darnell Dockett -- Florida State/Arizona Cardinals
DL: Tommie Harris -- Oklahoma/Chicago Bears
DL: Vince Wilfork -- Miami/New England Patriots
LB: Jon Beason -- Miami/Carolina Panthers
LB: Lance Briggs -- Arizona/Chicago Bears
LB: Jonathan Vilma -- Miami/New Orleans Saints
LB: D.J. Williams -- Miami/Denver Broncos
DB: Nnamdi Asomugha -- Cal/Oakland Raiders
DB: Leon Hall -- Michigan/Cincinnati Bengals
DB: Antrel Rolle -- Miami/Arizona Cardinals
DB: Donte Whitner -- Ohio State/Buffalo Bills

Special Teams
KR: Devin Hester -- Miami/Chicago Bears

- Was Swasey the S&C coach during their tenure at da U?
- I didn't see any gayturd football players!! & you won't Gator football is all about gimmick plays that do not transpire to real-time NFL football. That's why they can't make it in the NFL. A-la Rex Grossman (Tebow's destiny).

you guys can keep criticizing and complaining about swasey and his program all you want, but the fact of the matter is, at the end of the day he's still the professional and you guys are just a bunch of chimpanzee bloggers who really don't have any clue what ya'll are sayin', i mean listen to this one guy on here:

"So when I read about Forston only eating 3 somewhat normal sized meals a day, I was a little concerned to be honest. He should be eating three or four BIG meals a day, training and lifting the way they do as 17-year old D-I football players"

what the hell!?!, the guy has been doing his job for the last decade with a lot of credible sources, and you come in and say all this crap like you're the trainer of new england patriots!!! bro, piece of advice, stick to just being a regular reader, coz' nothing you say matters, nobody gives a crap, and NFL U is successful because of this guy, the nutritioner behind it, and everybody else involved within the program!!!! give it a rest people!!!!!


Posted by: everybody here who thinks they can do a better job than swasey is an idiot!!!!!!!! | January 18, 2009 at 05:45 AM

Best post ever. Bunch of losers that know nothing about anything and probably can't even do their own job correctly but they know how to do Andreu Swasey's job. It's incredible how f*cking stupid people are.

Manny,

You are a GOLDEN PANTHER. Don't forget it.

School of Hard Knocks-

Port of Mariel 1980

Thanks for the detailed work Manny, I read it on my phone while waiting to see Notorious last night. Swasey has tremendous skill and passion for developing our players. Why else would so much NFL talent come back each year to train with him? He is the right person for the job and we are lucky to have him. He is just as important as anyone calling the plays.

Another great article Manny. Thanks for giving us UM football junkies our fix. By reading this article, UM recruits get to see what they are signing up for. Shannon has the program on the right track, and even with the difficult schedule, I see marked improvement next year and beyond. Butch Davis took over a floundering program in the 1990s, and it wasn't until the early 2000s that UM could win a very weak Big East Conference. I even recall a game when Donavan McNabb and Syracuse put up a double nickle (55 points) on an Ed Reed-led defense. Also, many compare UM to Ala., but remember that Saban inherited several future NFL draft picks from Shula and he still went 6-6 his first year (loosing his last four games, I think). Saban also didn't look too good in the bowl game. UM is poised to make a run at a BCS and then a Natn'l Champ. sooner than the experts think

Sorry to post this on your blog Manny but the fans need to know! ___________________________

The Hurricanes are undergoing a high-profile search for an offensive coordinator.

And now, CaneSport has learned, that search may in the near future also include finding a new defensive coordinator.

Oklahoma State, whose athletic department is heavily backed by oil magnate Boone Pickens, has offered Young $700,000 a year to leave the Hurricanes and become the Cowboys defensive coordinator. That is believed to be double his present salary at Miami.

Young has not yet accepted the job, sources said, because he loves working at Miami and sees the near-term potential of the Hurricanes program.

But it's a precarious position for Miami because Coach Randy Shannon is in the process of searching for an offensive coordinator who also might command a salary higher than what coordinators at Miami have made in the past. Miami just laid off several athletic department employees in a wave of budget cutting.

It's unclear at this point what kind of raise it will take for the Canes to hang onto Young, but it is fairly certain that any counter offer would not approach the Oklahoma State proposed salary.

Young, 61, is a hot coaching commodity.

He took over at UM for this past season, and his young unit ranked 28th in the nation in total defense (317.4 yards) and No. 7 in pass defense (165.6 yards). The Canes were 75th in rushing defense (151.8 yards).

Young is a 40-year coaching veteran, with 22 seasons as a defensive coordinator.

He was previously defensive coordinator at Tulsa, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Southern California and, prior to this year, Kansas. He helped the Jayhawks to a 12-1 finish in 2007 with a victory in the Orange Bowl over Virginia Tech. That defense ranked 12th in the nation. Young also had a one-year stint in the NFL.

Young was defensive coordinator at Kansas for six seasons under Mark Mangini. In 2007 the defense ranked fourth nationally in scoring defense (16.3 points per game) and turnovers gained (35), eighth in run defense (94.8 yards per game) and ninth in pass efficiency defense (105.3). In 2006 Kansas finished third in the Big 12 and 28th in the nation in rushing defense (109.0 yards per game), as it held four opponents to under 70 yards of rushing and limited all opponents to a fourth-down conversion rate of less than 25 percent. In 2005, Young oversaw the development of a defense which finished the season as the top run-stopping unit in the Big 12 and eighth in the NCAA. In 2004, the KU defense led the Big 12 with 27 takeaways, including a league-best 19 interceptions. The defense allowed an average of 117.6 rushing yards per game -- the third-best single-season average in school history at the time and the lowest since 1961. The biggest improvement in the overall defense occurred on third downs, as the opposition converted just 29.9 percent of its chances -- only two Big 12 teams in 2004 were more effective at forcing fourth down.

Young was defensive line coach with the Detroit Lions in 2001. Prior to his stint in the NFL, he worked three seasons as defensive coordinator at Southern California under Paul Hackett. While at USC in 1999, his defense led the nation in total takeaways and topped the conference in rushing defense and turnover margin (third nationally). His USC defense in 1998 was No. 1 in the Pac-10 in total defense, pass efficiency defense (third nationally) and scoring defense. It was also ranked second in the country in forced turnovers.

In addition to his three years at USC, his stints as defensive coordinator came at Tulsa in 1983-84, Ohio State from 1988-95 and Oklahoma in 1996-97. Much of Young's coaching career (1980-95) was spent assisting former Ohio State head coach John Cooper. Their association began in 1980 at Tulsa, where Young was hired as defensive line coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator three years later. He moved with Cooper to Arizona State, where he was the Sun Devils' defensive line coach from 1985-87 before following Cooper in 1988 to Ohio State, where he led the Buckeyes' defense for eight seasons before taking over the defense at Oklahoma, where he worked under John Blake.Young's first two coaching assignments came at his alma mater, Oklahoma State, from 1976-78 and for one season as Iowa State's defensive tackles coach in 1979.

During his 28 years in college coaching, Young has helped elevate 31 players to the NFL.

Now he could be moving on to another college.

WHERE R THESE TEAMS AT THE END OF THE SEASON? U GET WHAT U PAY FOR !!!
WE PAY OUR COACHES AVG PAY SO WE GET AVG COACHING. WE HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY YOUNG, & A TOP OC.

AS OF 11/2008 THESE COACHES WHERE PAID


1 Bob Stoops Oklahoma $ 6 MIL (yr avg 3 mil) http://blog.sportscolumn.com/story/2008/2/21/102753/801
2 Charlie Weis Notre Dame $4,200,000
3 Pete Carroll USC $4,000,000
4 Les Miles LSU $3,751,000
5 Nick Saban Alabama $3,750,000
6 Jim Tressel Ohio State $3,500,000
7 Urban Meyer Florida $3,400,000
8 Kirk Ferentz Iowa $3,030,000
9 Mack Brown Texas $2,910,000
10 Bobby Petrino Arkansas $2,850,000
12 Mark Richt Georgia $2,800,000
13 Rich Rodriguez Michigan $2,500,000
14 Bobby Bowden Florida State $2,500,000
17 Greg Schiano Rutgers $2,250,000
18 Mike Bellotti Oregon $2,100,000
19 Frank Beamer Virginia Tech $2,100,000
20 Butch Davis North Carolina $2.100,000
IF UM REALLY WANTS TO WIN THEN THEY NEED TO PAY OUR COACHES( ALL OF THEM). OC & DC MAKE AS MUCH OR MORE THEN OUR HEAD COACH


Shannon coaching the defense again.

That's a thought. It's been done, more than we know, at some great schools over the yrs. Including some NC winners.

Bring in, or move up, a young assistant coach to Co-D.Coordinator (Armstead, Barrow, etc.). May not be a "terrible idea" in a pinch but, I don't think we'll find ourselves there. I agree with CanesFuture, maybe but - not likely.

And he/she's right about Rivals, Scout, etc. These guy's are rarely right.

And the cbssports story is just a "scrape" from Rivals, so - no authority there. Just new subscriptions pushed by hype.

Again, I don't think we'll find ourselves in a "No DC" situation, but if we do - we'll move forward - on to victory.

What I saw with these new guys (FR) this season was a renewed HEART! The Freshman fade, yes, that happened. But a renewed HEART - yes!

We just need to add - that "chip on our shoulders attitude", to the new depth and talent we have.

Go Canes

Sorry but a couple of FACTS need to be brought to light;

1) Young's contract exceeds the est. $300,000 that Rivals "believes it may be." I know through an insider - that mentioned to me upon his hire the net amount. And it exceeds the est. $300,000. So, I can say if he were to go it wouldn't be a "money issue."

2) T. Boone Pickens - is presently sucking wind, economically that is.

He's in the oil business and if you haven't noticed, oil has DROPPED from $140/barrel to $40/barrel.

3) Because of this drop in oil prices
ALL MONEY FROM T.B.Pickens to OSU has STOPPED!
This has been written about by the major media outlets. ALL construction work has STOPPED on their State of the Art Stadium/Practice Facility.

Now maybe they are willing to "Buy Out" Youngs contract, but it isn't as simple as "Well, I think we'll just go get Young at Miami. Believe it or not but Miami as all other Major Schools, a) has an expensive buyout clause and b) there is enough money (and private money if necessary)to keep him happy - and pay for the best OC available, as well.

It's for the above reasons you don't see many coaches, Head or Upper assistant, leave while still contracted.

4) I don't know what will happen - but OSU just hired who may be their prospective Defensive Coordinator;

Johnny Barr

Professional

• A 37-year veteran of college coaching, Johnny Barr returns to Stillwater after serving as coordinator of on-campus recruiting at Texas A&M from 2004-2008. Barr was co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach under Bob Simmons at Oklahoma State in 1995 and 1996 and was the Cowboys’ outside linebackers coach under Pat Jones from 1986-88.

Also, I would think the in coming DC may want a say in who his assistant coaches will be.

With OSU's OC Trooper Taylor going to Auburn I see this as an area that needs to be filled as well.

Regardless, with what Young has to work with at the U - Spence, Arthur, etc. The great secondary Freshmen class coming in as well as the experience coming back. I don't see him leaving anytime soon.

But you never know, he doesn't seem like the kind of guy that would up and leave after one year. Heck - we didn't even get a chance to "run him out of town."

Anyway, as I've said - don't know nor does anyone else.

And as for "Rivals" - these guys are very rarely correct in their "guesses", but it sure helps to "sell subscriptions."

We Shall Over Come!

If We Need To.

Yea, I read the same thing about Johnny Barr on OSU's site.

And I agree about Rivals etc. they real don't have a very good track record with their "guesses." There is no authority reporting this - yet. The cbssports.com comment is just a copy - paste of the Rivals comment.

So until something from "an authority" my guess is - they are just trying to sell subscriptions with this "hyped tease" strategy. But every once in a while they "hit the nail on the head" - U know, a broken clock is right twice a day.

And if they are right? Well, these coordinators are given more credit than they're due.

Except for Nix's inability to teach, his sideline incompetence and his inability to give our offense an Identity! He wasn't all that bad. Right?

First off, RS's "public" salary is right there Davis and Beamer and when the private money is counted he rises above both.

We're a private school. So, we have many way's to makeup the slack in salaries for Coaches, Professors and Administrators.

Further more, we are not obligated to make all things, financial, public.

We have the money to keep B.Y., if we feel it necessary, and acquire the best OC available.

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