Saturday, August 15, 2009

Training Camp Central: Players Put Pads on, check video, gallery

Tonight was a fun night from a spectator's perspective, and I'll bet it was enjoyable for the players too. McMurry wore shoulder pads tonight, so the lines on both sides of the ball were able to be more physical with each other and the one-on-one drills became more fierce. The intensity was up and the 11-on-11 drill where the team runs 44 plays in 25 minutes was a cool way to see how quickly the Air Raid Offense will move. You'll get to see coach Mumme explain the drill in tonight's YouTube Video and you'll see several plays from one march down the field. At quarterback on video was Jake Mullin. Mullin is a junior but played baseball exclusively his first two years at McMurry, which would make him a sophomore. As of now, he and Landry Gunter are alternating with the first-team offense.

Ricky Jimenez is pictured as tonight's photo, check out the rest of the gallery here.

And of course, here's the video, pretty lengthy tonight because I show a lot of footage of Mumme explaining the drill and seven to eight plays as Mullin marches the offense down the field.

Abilene Reporter News Article: Mumme brings in local talent from successful Programs

Sam Waller is McMurry's Beat Writer for the Abilene Reporter News. Today's paper ran a full-color picture of coach Matt Mumme and freshman Julian Joiner (Leander / Summit Christian Academy) on the front page of the sports section.

Click Here to read the article in its entirety.

Some of you may have questions about the roster on the athletics web site. The process now, is that I'm writing the player bios based off the publicity questionnaires they have filled out. This isn't a fast process, and I don't think we'll have a full numerical roster posted until the end of next week. So for now, the roster page is a work in progress. As I write bios, I will post them. If anyone is new, I won't put a jersey number next to them.

Half-Pads practice tonight, should be a good one. Local folks should come out to Wilford Moore Stadium at 8 p.m. - It should make coach Joe Lee Dunn a more happy camper. If you missed that one, check the entry below and watch the day two practice video.

Also, just FYI - in order to keep my sanity, the photo galleries (as you may have noticed last night) and the videos won't be as extensive as they were on the first night. Soon, I'll be busy helping the other sports on campus prepare for the fall as well. Hope you're enjoying the blog. Remember to follow us on Twitter and check out the YouTube Channel for all of McMurry's Athletics videos.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Day two down, new gallery, new video, Saturday's schedule

Day two of practice is down. It lasted approximately two hours and 15 minutes and the players were early to the field again. Excitement was still high, but energy levels will most likely rise tomorrow when the team puts on half pads for the first time and goes to work in shoulder pads and helmets.

We'll be doing the first Sports Overtime Show of the season Monday night on ESPN Radio 1560 AM KZQQ at 6 p.m. from Wilford Moore Stadium's press box just before the first full-pads practice of the season.

Now, click here for the day two gallery.

And, now ... here's coach Mumme in rare fashion for interview No. 2.

Saturday Camp Schedule - Aug. 15

7:30 A.M. - WAKE UP
9:00 A.M. - MEETINGS
12:00 P.M. - LUNCH
5:00 P.M. - DINNER
8:00 P.M. - PRACTICE #3 (HELMET & SHOULDER PADS) features McMurry on front page

With all the publicity that Hal Mumme is bringing to McMurry's football program, even practice coverage is catching eyes., the most respected national web coverage of NCAA III football, used our article on last night's practice and posted a picture of Kyle Kelley tossing a ball during practice.

The blog, has gone over 600 hits, and I'm very excited about that since we've been live just 20 days. Please spread the word about the McMurry Sports Blog and let all McMurry fans, students, alumni and interested parties know about this outlet that should serve the McMurry sports community well. Also, please follow us on Twitter, if you turn your phone on to receive mobile devices from twitter and turn on mobile updates from @mcmsports - you'll receive news and scores instantaneously.

- KR

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Fall season underway with first practice

I walked onto the field at 7:35 p.m. Practice was supposed to start at 8 p.m. The team was already out on the field, organized and running warm up drills. Assistant head coach Mason Miller told the team Wednesday in its first meeting that if you are five minutes early, you are on time. I was 25 minutes early, and I was late. Another thing I noticed, right off the bat, there were fans in the stands, and not just on the press box side. I would say an estimated 75 fans came to watch, all three television stations were represented, the Abilene Reporter News photographer was there, and the Abilene Ruff Riders head coach Gerald Dockery made an appearance.

You won't need me to tell you much about the first practice, because coach Mumme will do that for you in this video. Video coverage, by the way, has been made possible by the flip camera phone I received FOR FREE at the American Southwest Conference Sports Information Director's meeting last week. Thanks to ASC SID Greg Weghorst for making that possible.

Be sure and look at the photo gallery here, before you jump into the video below:

I'm going to go ahead and post Friday's schedule, being that this post was made at 11:31 p.m. on a Thursday night:
7:30 A.M. - WAKE UP
12:00 P.M. - LUNCH
5:00 P.M. - DINNER

Texas Tech's Mike Leach Talks Mumme

Read the feature on Hal Mumme and Texas Tech's Mike Leach.

I had a phone interview with Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach this morning. I put him on speaker phone and started the podcast as quick as I could. So, you'll notice at the beginning of this interview, he's already in mid-conversation. Then I had to turn his volume up, so excuse the discrepancy in volume and the sound of typing in the background.

Here's the clip: (6:26)

Leach coached with Mumme at Iowa Wesleyan College (Mumme's first coaching job). He went on to take much of Mumme's Air Raid System with him throughout the years and has taken Texas Tech to the national stage. Last year the team was ranked as high at No. 2 in the nation and beat UT-Austin during the regular season.

Training Camp Central: Schedule for Thursday

Below is today's schedule for the 97 players that reported yesterday. Tonight's practice is helmets only and the first fall practice under head coach Hal Mumme. Check back late tonight for photos and possibly some video coverage of the first practice!

August 13th 2009

7:30 A.M. -- WAKE UP
8:00 A.M. -- BREAKFAST
9:00 A.M. -- MEETINGS
12:00 P.M. -- LUNCH
Photos for media guide at cafeteria
5:00 P.M. -- DINNER
8:00 P.M. -- PRACTICE #1 (HELMETS)

Note that practice is open to the Abilene Community, feel free to come out to Wilford Moore Stadium on McMurry's campus at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Training Camp Central: 97 Players report to McMurry Football Camp

McMurry University’s football program has been in desperate need of an overhaul, and the university believed that Hal Mumme would be the man to create the change needed to a program that has just three winning seasons since 1994. Wednesday, Mumme welcomed 97 players to campus in preparation for the 2009 season.

NCAA rules state that players can report before the first day of practice but cannot participate in any team activities including organized football practice and film viewing among other things.

So, McMurry’s football hopefuls went through the logistics of enrolling in school and took care of necessary issues such as insurance, residence hall check in, and financial aid help among other things.

Move in began at 11 a.m. and Wednesday’s activities will be capped by meeting with the players and their first encounter with Mumme.

Mumme, the highly touted offensive coach and originator of the Air Raid offense that many of the big-time schools in the NCAA Division I are running including Texas Tech, came to McMurry as head coach in April.

Mumme said that his initial meeting with the players would have a simple message, and the same one that he’s given for 20 years.

“Give an honest effort, be loyal to your teammates, and communicate,” Mumme said. “We have one rule: Don’t hurt the team. There are three things that will get you automatically dismissed from our program: drugs, beating up someone weaker than you, and stealing. And as far as football goes, the most important play is the next play. Play the next play.”

McMurry will begin working on those plays Thursday night at 8 p.m. in the team’s first practice under Mumme’s tutelage.

This is Training Camp Central

In an effort to boost the awareness of this blog, we are going to move all updated coverage of McMurry's 2009 Football Training camp right here. Players reported today beginning at 11 a.m. and we will try to tally the number for you later tonight. Move-In Day is an animal in which close to every department on campus is involved in. Athletics is special in that there are early moving days for respective fall sports while the remainder of the general population of freshmen have move-in day Aug. 29. Today is strictly a move-in for the football program and they have to check in with coaches (obviously), the business office, the admissions office, health services, parking, residence life and more. This video will try and illustrate what the player has to go through when he moves in. The background noise makes it tough to hear some interviews, but I think you'll get the gist. Enjoy the video and check the new McMurry Sports YouTube Channel, and keep checking it throughout the year.

Here's the video - Double Click to see a full version

Check back for more tonight ...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Our first Blog Video: R.M. Medley Field House Renovations

Tonight's Indian Club kicked off the fall season and we heard from the fall sports programs. However, the highlight of the evening was the unveiling of the interior renovations of R.M. Medley Field House. Check the video below to see what's happening at McMurry.

Sports Overtime Philosophy 2009

Sports Overtime is back for a second season at a new time on Mondays at 6 p.m. We'll still be on ESPN Radio 1560 AM KZQQ, and we'll make every effort to stream it on the Internet live, and we're going to try and archive each week so you can listen on demand. If you missed the official release on the athletics web site yesterday, here it is.

And, please take the time to listen to the commercial that will be running on the Radio Abilene stations soon!

However, once again using the less formal outlet here on the blog, I wanted to share my thoughts on Sports Overtime. I was in Abilene last year; I was a guest host a couple of times, but other than that I wasn't able to listen because of my grad school class last year. I'm not sure the format of the show in the past, but I wanted to let the McMurry fans know what to expect this year.

The radio show was actually in the works while I was still the SID at McMurry the first time through (Jan. 2006 - June 2008). It was something I really wanted to do and had wanted to do for a long time. I've wanted to do a radio show in Abilene that really covered local sports.

For the 2007-2008 school year, we tried the Abilene Universities Sports Report. Al Pickett hosted on Wednesdays following his show, and ACU, Hardin-Simmons and McMurry all got 20-minute segments. Other than the fact that it wasn't really advertised by the station itself, I thought it was a pretty good show throughout the year. However, without ratings and a way to stream it on the Internet, we were never sure if we reaching an audience at all.

Along the same lines, McMurry's Sports Overtime this year will be a show that covers local college sports. That doesn't mean that we won't stray sometimes and cover a big issue in sports, but likely it would have to be a story that directly affects the local colleges in some way, or someone closely connected with one of Abilene's three universities.

Our local television stations, newspaper and local radio shows do a good job of covering local sports. But also, they cover regional and national news. Sports Overtime will make every attempt to be exclusively local. There will be times during holidays and during the summer where there won't be much college news to talk about, so we'll be flexible then. But, for the school year, there are plenty of stories to go around.

So enough rambling, here's how I envision what's going to take place on the show this year. It is a McMurry sponsored show, I happen to be the McMurry Sports Information Director, so if all else fails, McMurry athletics will get focus.

However, every week I plan to touch base with the American Southwest Conference (the conference that includes Hardin-Simmons, Howard Payne, McMurry, etc.) and get stories from around the conference that are pertinent to local fans. I also plan on touching base with the Lone Star Conference (the conference that includes Abilene Christian, Tarleton State, Angelo State, etc.) for any pressing stories as well.

Then, I want to do a segment involving HSU and ACU. My initial thoughts are to include a "Getting to know the Athletes" where weekly I interview a selected athlete from each school and their head coach; sort of like a mini-feature on those players.

From there, we'll cover McMurry with interviews and insight from the weekly happenings at the university. Then if we have time, we'll open phone lines for comments and answer emailers questions or twitter questions.

I think it will be a different and exciting show and hope that McMurry fans, and really Abilene sports fans to engage in the show and support it. Hopefully we can build an audience that is interested in the local colleges' sports news each week.

That being said, the first show is Aug. 17 and we're going to do it live from the press box at Wilford Moore Stadium. At 8 p.m. that Monday night, McMurry will be having its first full-pads practice in preparation for the 2009 football season. It will be an exclusive football show, we won't allow callers and head coach Hal Mumme along with defensive coordniator Joe Lee Dunn will be guests. We will mix in a few players during the show too. It should be a good way to kickoff the second season.

Please stay tuned with the McMurry web site for more information, and remember that the show airs locally on the home of McMurry sports: ESPN Radio 1560 AM KZQQ.