Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Draft Talk with Ted Madden; Coach Tyler Summitt; L'Damian Washington

Ted Madden from WFAA Talking Draft Day 

Fletch: Will you be covering the draft all day tomorrow?
Madden: They like the way I do social media so I'll be tweeting out tweets throughout the day for the draft.
Fletch: I'm going to give you my philosophy about the draft. Every year these guys, like Mike Mayock, Kiper, McShay, McFly, Glazer, Peter King, all these guys that do the mock drafting never realize that these teams play them every year. Like one of them said "There's no way the Browns are passing up Johnny Manziel at the fourth" and the other guy looks up, confused, and says "There's no way the Browns are doing that." They are all getting fed opposite stories.
Madden: I think some Cowboy fans would love if they got Johnny Manziel. I think the more reasonable Cowboy fans realize that to doubt a QB they already have and to throw sources at Johnny Manziel is pointless. All I'm seeing in these mock drafts are defensive guys, no offensive picks. If these guys are right with their mock drafts, then it's the right move.

Fletch: Jason is starting to have his voice heard in the valley ranch, that Jones is finally listening to Jason Garrett. Don't you even think that Garrett is on the defense side for the draft?
Madden: Yeah, I know, but if you hold a microphone in front of him he won't say anything. In Dallas we've got the most interesting coach, Coach Carlisle, and we've got the most uninteresting, Coach Garrett. Garrett does it deliberately.

Fletch: When we look at the needs of the Cowboys, has broken it down into the dorkiest way but the coolest way. Cowboys are the only team that has two positions where they either  don't have an immediate need or they don't have an immediate need but may consider for the future. Every other position could use some work.
Madden: I mean they're right. There's a couple of things to remember. We thought the Cowboys were going to be the worst defense ever last season. Keep in mind the '09 draft. No one was on the team. This team is terrible at the draft, and terrible at defense, so you hope they get it somewhat right and draft some defensive players.

Madden: The problem is we don't know crap right now. We have to cover it and cover it hard and we're doing it on something that we don't know very much about at all. We just don't know if we did it right at the end of draft day or not.
Fletch: At the end of the day, people look at tape and they just want playmakers. The Cowboys have zero playmakers right now.
Madden: If you want me to project a record, you probably know what I'll say.
Fletch: Oh, I know what you'll say, 8-8.
Madden: 8-8 until proven wrong.

Fletch: To me this draft is going to be fun because of Jadeveon Clowney and Johnny Manziel. Johnny Manziel to me is why this is so much fun, where is Johnny Manziel going to go? Do you remember a player being this galvanizing and people being so concerned with where he goes?
Madden: Tebow?
Fletch: Tebow was close but he was more sweet, and he's just a really good person. I like Tebow and think he's a great person but he wasn't making wonders like Johnny Manziel. Johnny Manziel is like the next Brett Favre, I can't stand Brett Favre but I think that's what will happen.

Tyler Summit, head coach for the Lady Techsters

Fletch: I keep wanting to call you 'young man.' Do you get sick of that?
Summit: You can just go with 'little boy' if you want to!

What you've learned about the Lady Techster program so far
Summit: I would say the first thing is the interview process. Anybody can sort of put on a face for a week or two and show you what you want to see, but I've really learned that Tommy McClelland and Guiser are really two of the most genuine people.

What does it take to restore the 'roar' in a women's basketball team?
Summit: No one on my staff has a silver bullet, but we're going to focus on that. First, we're going to embrace the tradition. People's faces light up when they hear Lady Techsters because of the history. We've talked to countless former players. I have one of the hardest working staff teams in the nation. It's about moving forward with these people.

There are not a lot of women's basketball fans who watch the press conference of the staff announcement and get so excited when they hear Mickie DeMoss
Summit: I think our staff, we're such a great family and we knew each other before this and the common connection is Tennessee and it wasn't a requirement but everyone on my staff has worked for the Vols at some point.

This area of the country has been a bed for women's hoops, have you started looking at recruiting for the future?
Summit: When we started recruiting we were really looking at only who would effect this coming up class. The rising seniors are being looked at and it's not just this area too, we've kind of drawn a six hour radius around Ruston.

Some say if his name was Tyler 'Smith' he wouldn't have gotten the job and no one would be talking about this.
Summit: I think it goes back to when I was younger. My mom told me because of my last name, I'm going to have to have much thicker skin. In coaching, I have to have even thicker skin. I didn't get better from people telling me I was doing a good job. I got better from the support from God and my family.

One of my favorite athletes covering sports in this area for the last 22 years is Lulu Perry. She said "He looked young but when he started talking, he was all about business!"
Summit: What I told the players when I first got there was that I wasn't here to be their friend. They've got students for that. I'm here to hold them accountable and prepare them to not only win on the court but also in life. I have that business mentality and that CEO mentality because I grew up with my dad being president of a bank and my mom being head coach of the Lady Vols.

Summit: My mom is doing very well and still wants to be involved. I can guarantee you she will be involved with the Lady Techster program. She's excited about coming to Ruston. We need your support. Just like every single possession in a game matters, every seat in the matters. We need your support right now.

L'Damian Washington Green Oaks High School and Missouri Tiger 

How are you feeling? 
Washington: I'm a little between both worlds, I gotta just stay calm. Your whole life can change in a day or so.

Who do you talk to help get you through this?
Washington: Honestly, I just pray about it you know? I know whatever happens, it's in God's plan. Jeremy (Miami Dolphin) called me yesterday and told me about the process and what to kind of expect, he told me to call him if I ever need anything.

Washington: Bill Simmons tweeted it out and the documentary guys texted me. Making it out, making it out of Shreveport and Green Oaks. My dad passed away when I was 5, my mom passed away when I was 15. The film talks about me and my brothers sticking together and making it through. Making it to the NFL would make my dreams come true and make my brothers dreams come true. We've all stuck together.

Washington: Just keeping faith, whatever you do in life and whatever your admirations are, you've got to have faith. Faith in yourself too. When I was playing at Mizzou in front of 90,000 people, it was hard because I had brothers back home that had no electricity and I couldn't do anything about it.

Washington: I finished last May but went back to get my second degree. That's more important to me than this weekend. If I didn't come out of this without a degree than it is worth nothing.

You had mentioned something about how you didn't have enough money to fly back to Mizzou during Christmas. What was that like for you having to come back here and finding ways to get back to Mizzou?
Washington: It's honestly crazy. I didn't get to see my family as much as I'd like and I couldn't. I have a roommate who I won't say his name but he usually doesn't leave Missouri to see his family because he can't afford it and it bothers me. You have million dollar bowl games and NCAA is making so much money off of these games and there are still players eating Ramen Noodles every night. I think Mizzou does a great job at it but I've talked to several guys at different schools who's meal plans aren't set up like ours and their transportation isn't set up either.

How nervous were you on pro day?
Washington: I wasn't too nervous, that was one of the things the documentary crew made sure of, they didn't want to throw me off of my game. I knew I put the preparation in, I put the hard work and practice in. I was confident.

What are you hearing? I've seen so many that you're ranked at Top 50 or Top 60. 
Washington: One of the fascinating things about the draft is that no one really knows how it;s going to go. I know that I've positioned myself well and I've done everything I could. Some teams may have me as a 3rd round pick, some may have me as a 7th round, and some may have me as a free agent. It's all in God's hands and I just want to make it to mini camp.

Do you feel like you're an NFL receiver?
Washington: Absolutely, I think I'm one of the best coming in.

What was it like playing at Mizzou? 
Washington: It was pretty great. It's a program that emphasizes a family atmosphere. When I took my visit there, I fell in love with the campus, the coaches, and the atmosphere. The fans really know how to treat the players.

What was it like last year in the first SEC?
Washington: Previously before that, Mizzou had been to 8 consecutive bowl games. Our first year in the SEC we went through some adversity and we kind of had to fall back in order to rise back up. We had a lot of guys that weren't superstars but we had a lot of guys that really believed in each other, guys that had something to play for.

You mentioned a young man who was the SEC defensive player of the year who's draft stock is plummeting. What was the situation like with Michael Sam?
Washington: I think just like on any team, everyone hears a lot of things, everyone speculates, but no one knows. I was good friends with Michael Sam and right now we're best friends. This past season, that's why he was able to have such a good season because he got that weight off his shoulder and that's why I think he came out early so that he could go into the draft and play free. That's the great thing about Mizzou as a whole. If you talk to Michael Sam he'll tell you how great Mizzou was towards him.
Kony Ealy 
Washington: They're going to get someone who will come to practice every day and work hard. He's relentless. Whatever team gets him will be getting a great player.

Washington: I just wish that I would have been at Mizzou this past semester because then that wouldn't have happened. He's not a bad guy, he's one of the best guys you'll ever meet but I think he has bad timing with where he's at and sometimes makes bad decisions.

Washington: Anytime you get a room full of 125 people, someone is going to smoke pot. Especially on a college campus and something that is so common now. It's something common in every team I want to say, but we've got to make better choices with what's most important.

Washington: Every time I overcome one hurdle, I think it's time to overcome another. That's one thing about me. I don't see it as accomplishments, I see it as my purpose, that's why I was placed here. I feel like I have so much to do and so much to accomplish, and right now, me and my brothers aren't sitting at an idle place that we want to be at in life, and I'm up for the challenge.