Pounding out another set of questions, and I’ll try to get through a few more today.
Q: Any official visits by recruits planned for this weekend?
A: None are reported at the moment by any of the recruiting sites. This was the weekend that Adam Pittser, a QB from Richmond, Ill., was due to visit. But a few weeks ago he postponed it to the end of the season. And now with UW getting a commitment from QB Joseph Gray, who knows if Pittser and UW will continue to have mutual interest (Pittser did not apparently have an offer yet)? There are always a host of local kids who make unofficial visits to each game, so there will be some of that this weekend. But again, at the moment, there is no report of any official visitors.
Q: I am curious how teams obtain film on each other. In an instance such as last week when the Huskies were on the road, what kind of film does the team have to review? I would suspect the opponent isn’t going to share their “coaches film”. Therefore is the team limited to the TV coverage? And how do teams get the film to prepare for opponents?
A: The Pac-10 closely regulates how the film exchange works and teams have to comply. In fact, all the rules and regulations for the Pac-10 concerning such matters can be found on-line in the conference’s annual compliance handbook.
Here is the specific section on in-season video exchange:
(a) Each member of the Conference agrees to exchange sideline video and sideline/end zone intercut video for each contest (all prior games). The Conference has adopted an open exchange of video, which means that all prior games may be secured from the central server by an Conference institution at its discretion once the games have been loaded onto the server. The last video to be exchanged, that Saturday’s game video, will be electronically transferred on either Saturday or Sunday following the game (earliest possible transfer). All previous games must be uploaded to the central server prior to the institution downloading the final game of its next opponent. The video directors shall notify each other as to when the electronic transfer would be completed.
(b) If the electronic transfer of video fails, the institutions shall revert to the following procedures:
The video content, in the highest quality media format, for all prior games is to be air-expressed on the Monday (12 days) prior to the scheduled contest. The earliest possible flight should be used. The last video content to be exchanged, that Saturday’s game, shall be shipped out on Sunday following the game (earliest possible flight). The video directors shall notify each other as to the arrival time, flight numbers, etc. Institutions may, by mutual consent, use the highest quality media format available as the format in the Conference exchange policy. In the absence of mutual consent, SVHS videotape would remain the primary format. If institutions mutually agree to use a specific highest quality media format as the exchange format, it is allowable for an institution to request that specific media format for the most recent game in the exchange.
(c) Conference coaches have agreed not to assist non-Conference teams with current in-season video exchanges, unless it involves a direct exchange between the Conference school and a non-Conference opponent it is going to face during that season.
(3) Bowl Games.
Bowl games shall be treated in the same manner as in-season exchange with non-Conference opponents as outlined in SPR 5-2-s-(2)-(c) above. Conference institutions will not send a non-Conference institution a copy of a Conference game unless it is a direct exchange between two institutions meeting in a bowl game. Subsequent to completion of bowl games played in by Conference member institutions, and no later than January 15, the video from these bowl games shall be posted to the central server.
(4) Video Exchange Rules.
(a) Each host institution shall make available to the visiting institution adequate sideline and end zone facilities to shoot the game–equal to the host institution’s facilities–without charge to the visiting institution.
(b) Exchange video is to be recorded on the highest quality media format available. The content must be separated into offense, defense, and kicking game. The intercut video be broken down into offense, defense and kicking game. Kicking game video shall will be further broken down into the following phases: kickoff, kickoff return, punt, punt return, PAT/FG, PAT/FG block.
(c) All electronic exchange video files must be labeled to include the institution’s name, the game number (i.e., 01 through 12), and the opponent. If videotape is exchanged, labels for game videotapes must include the team’s name followed directly by the word “offense”, “defense” or “kicking”; the opponent’s team name followed directly by the word “offense”, “defense” or “kicking; the date of the game; and the running time of the tape. Labels for kicking game tapes will be further broken down into: kickoff, kickoff return, punt, punt return, PAT/FG, PAT/FG block, followed by running times.
(d) A play-by-play document including full, final statistics of each game; flip cards and programs; and updated statistics shall be made available electronically via PDF format
(e) If videotape is exchanged, the videotapes must be brand new and not previously used for recording. Exchanged videotapes should begin with 30 seconds of camera-generated color bars and should conclude with 15 to 20 seconds of color bars or black.
(f) All exchange video shall be in color.
(g) Preceding each play on sideline video, a full three-second shot of the scoreboard showing the correct down, distance, field position, and game clock must be taken.
(h) The recording of all plays should begin when the quarterback approaches the line of scrimmage.
(i) All institutions shall be notified of any missed play on all exchanged content.
(j) Fighting and celebrations should not be included on exchange video. Fighting should be included on video sent to the Conference office.
(k) Videotapes shipped to the Conference office shall be sideline/end zone intercut and in continuity game sequence.
Wow, that’s really long. But figured I’d throw it out there and let you read it. And as you can see, it’s a very regulated procedure that guarantees that all teams have access to film of everyone else.
If you’re wondering how schools get this done, they all have video operations departments that handle all of this. I did a story a few years ago on UW’s video department, run then and now by Bill Wong.
Q: Earlier in the week the indication was that James Johnson was 90 percent. I did not remember him in the game and did not see any reports or questions about it. Has he fallen that far down the depth charts?
A: Johnson definitely played in the game, getting at least 8-10 snaps or so — but I don’t think he had any passes thrown his way, so maybe it seemed like he wasn’t out there watching on TV. I asked UW coach Steve Sarkisian about Johnson this week and he said essentially that in Johnson’s absence, Cody Bruns and D’Andre Goodwin have played well, so Johnson has to work his way back into the rotation. At the moment, I would look at it as if Johnson is about in the same role as Bruns and Goodwin — who each obviously have had some big catches already this season. Anytime a player misses as much time as Johnson it usually takes a little time to work back into his old role. I don’t see anything out of the ordinary going on other than a guy who missed a month or so of practice still working his way back.
All for now.