Tony Franklin: Coaches are used to stopping in practice; we don't
Posted by: Chris Vannini on February 25, 2013
Cal opened up spring practice on Monday, and the process of implementing a high-tempo offense is under way.
From Oregon to Washington State to Arizona, the Pac-12 is full of offenses that rely on tempo, and Sonny Dykes and Tony Franklin plan to be another.
In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, Franklin emphasized the importance of coaching fast - or not coaching, actually. There will be team drills where there are no coaches on the field.
"That's how people fail because they don't practice that way," Franklin told the paper. "You've got to commit to it. That's the hard part for (coaches) who think they want to do this. They're used to talking in practice, stopping and coaching. We don't stop.
"If we're coaching, we're coaching on the run. Our coaches have got to coach. That's why I like young people around - they can run better than me."
It's not a surprise all of Dykes' full-time assistants at Cal came with him from LA Tech. But going from the WAC to the Pac-12 is a big step up.
Does Franklin think their offense will translate to the BCS level? Of course.
"The league and level, that's all (baloney)," he told the paper. "We played Texas A&M last year and scored 57 points against a team that I think Alabama, Florida and Arkansas combined didn't score that many against.
"It doesn't matter. There's good football all over the country."
Below is Dykes' post-practice comments from Day 1.
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