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"That's something that the kids are eating up. They're loving it," Sphire said. "Those film sessions immediately after practice for an hour have been the most valuable change and it's been good for all the coaches that are new working with me, too because they don't know I want it done. They don't know exactly what verbiage I might use to correct someone on a play as well as you don't get to go home without your lack of effort being called out as a player. If on video you didn't block down on the goal line, the video doesn't lie. You can't hide from the video. So I think the players' accountability to the effort and the expectation of how you practice in order to carry it over to the game has been greatly enhanced because address those things before we ever send them home."
"I think in general most of the coaches that were already here and coaches that I'm going to have on staff in general are going to be teachers first. Part of teaching is learning these young men, what makes them tick and what drives them. Each individual is little bit different," Bob Sphire said. "The coach's job is to find those buttons to push that fit that kid. But at the same time, you're going to have general standards. I just always believe honesty is the best approach. If a young man is not executing something at a skill level that you want, then you have to teach the skill. That's usually done through example and repetition. Now if it is an effort issue, that's a whole different challenge. We're going to do everything we can to help a young man mature and to develop the desire. But there's always limits to that. That's something a player eventually has to decide that he buys into for himself. But I expect my coaches to be positive. I expect my coaches to be a player developing unit. That's what high school football coaches are. They're in the player-developing business."