Fresno State's charter was ready to board, with players and coaches tired and anxious to get on the flight home from Hawaii.
Except one member of the traveling party still needed to pass through security while delaying as long as he could.
Brad Blackstone has a good reason why he's often the last to board after road football games.
As the athletics video coordinator, he is using that last bit of time to finish downloading footage onto each coach's laptop so that they can watch and review it during the flight.
"I'm not going on this plane until this is done because this is what Coach wants," he said after hearing the final boarding call.
Downloading footage for the coaches is one of his many duties.
He's not just the video coordinator for the football team but for the entire Fresno State sports program, overseeing a staff of eight that records practices and games and also works to get video on opponents.
For football, especially, Blackstone, 34, must navigate the gamesmanship some schools employ to avoid or limit the trading of game footage.
It can seem a little frivolous at times, but some programs go to great lengths to prevent opponents from getting a good preview of the plays they might face.
Before the start of this season, for example, Blackstone said Cal Poly (Fresno State's Week 2 opponent) was willing to send video from its season opener but not from the 2012 season.
A less-experienced Blackstone might have thrown up his hands. But he's now been on the job since 2002, with his first nine years primarily focused on football. So he's figured out some tricks of his own.
In the case of Cal Poly, Blackstone turned to the Mustangs' final opponent of 2012 — Sam Houston State. It turned out Blackstone knew the video coordinator there, and a call to his old friend soon landed him copies of all of Cal Poly's footage from 2012 — just as Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter had requested.
"Coaches at the Division I college football level are always poring through tape," DeRuyter said. "It's critical. We're looking at what other teams are doing. What other teams have done against our opponents, any tendencies."
Coaches often spend even more time evaluating footage of their own teams, studying practice video to re-examine how schemes and individual technique might relate to that week's opponent.
Blackstone's crew has four people atop towers around the practice field, each with a high-definition camera, and a fifth who gets a low-angle sideline shot.
The high-angle gives a bird's-eye view and helps coaches better evaluate passing routes and coverages.
Blackstone's crew records nearly every minute of practice. Safety is part of the routine, with those on the towers wearing a harness and usually equipped with a water bottle to deal with the sun as it beats down, especially in August.
After practice, the crew will sort footage by camera angle and offensive and defensive vantage points. The same is done with footage from games. Assistants will cut up the raw footage to create clips of what they want to highlight with players — whether it's recurring mistakes or what's working well.
DeRuyter and his coaching staff can't catch everything live.
"When we get off the practice field, three to four nights a week, we have meals catered in and stay in the office to watch tape; we don't go home," DeRuyter said. "We're here until about 9 or 11 at night depending on the game and what day of the week. Every play is critical.
"You're at practice but it's tough to notice all 22 guys working at one time. You might be focused in on a couple of guys and you don't notice someone either not making a block, missing a tackle or taking a good angle. Sometimes, you run a scheme that looks good on the blackboard. You go out and practice it against the scout team, and it doesn't look so good. It's constantly evaluating and you need that film to do it."
Blackstone understands what's at stake. Before working at Fresno State, he served as a student video assistant for four years at rising Pac-12 power Oregon.
Overseeing video for the entire department has been challenging. Some bigger programs have two full-time video coordinators just for football. Blackstone has to manage and divvy up responsibilities.
But he said he enjoys his job, despite the stress. And like many who hold similar jobs around the country, Blackstone likes feeling part of the team.
"Some days, I might feel like I'm spread too thin," Blackstone said. "But at the same time, I like the challenge. You got to figure out a way to make things happen. And it's a great feeling when your work helps your team win."
Onward to Idaho
No. 23 FRESNO STATE AT IDAHO
Saturday: 2 p.m. at the Kibbie Dome
Records: Bulldogs 4-0, Vandals 1-3
Radio: KFIG-AM 940; KGST-AM 1600
Line: Bulldogs -26
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