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  • #KansasBlast: 9 coaches, 5 days, 474 high schools


    In order to keep your most talented prospects in state, new coaching staffs have to prioritize the building of relationships with the in-state head high school coaches – more commonly referred to as “building a fence around the state” at every introductory press conference. While it’s not a new idea, some new coaches execute the game plan better than others.

    David Beaty and Kansas are taking that task rather seriously, as the Jayhawk staff started on a 5 day tour of the state yesterday with the goal of hitting all 474 Kansas high schools between the nine members of the coaching staff. By my math, that means the coaches would have to average about 11 schools a day to accomplish what they’ve set out to do, and that’s a pretty large order.

    They put together a pretty entertaining Storify page to compile all of their action from the road.


    They want fans and recruits to know what town they’re raiding, so it looks like they tweet a picture of the school or town landmark when they arrive, as co-defensive coordinator / corners coach Kenny Perry and receivers coach Klint Kubiak both demonstrate here.


    Follow the staff’s #KansasBlast in detail here on their Storify page. It’s pretty entertaining stuff.

  • Manny Diaz explains why it’s so hard for defensive coaches for to land head coaching jobs

    Manny Diaz Mississippi State

    Defense may wins championships, but offense puts fans in the stands – and lands head coaching jobs.

    Offensive coaches leaping over their defensive counterparts is an ongoing trend, and one that we’ve touched on before.

    According to data from @RedditCFB, former quarterbacks and wide receivers are by far the most overrepresented positions among current FBS head coaches.

    Following a hiring cycle in which Pat Narduzzi was the only defensive hire among seven first-time FBS head coaches, Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz – someone that could be on track for his own head job in the not-too-distant future – summed it up in a way I hadn’t seen before but makes total sense in speaking to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.

    “When people watch and their team has the ball, they feel like that is a representation of them,” Diaz said. “When the other team has the ball, they feel like they’re watching the other team, even though their defense is out there, too. That’s why in a spring game, people clap when the offense catches a pass, even though they caught the ball against their own defense.

    “So if we are stroking somebody on defense and holding them to very few points but can’t score points on offense, as a fan, you generally feel inept.”

    We’re living in an age where everyone wants to win… but most fan bases would rather win 42-28 than 17-3. For defensive coaches looking to make the next step, it takes the right athletics director and the right fan base to land that elusive head job.

  • Video: Charley Casserly freaks out live on NFL Network

    The set up here could not be more simple.

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have spoken to 75 people connected to Jameis Winston in an effort to be as sure as they possibly can be that the former Florida State quarterback is worthy of the No. 1 overall selection on Thursday night. NFL Network host Dan Hellie asked former NFL general manager-turned-NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly what sort of questions he would ask if he were Tampa Bay GM Jason Licht.

    Again, an incredibly simple set up. Casserly, however, was not prepared to answer such a simple question and the scene devolved into one big emergency brake.

    Just like one should assume all mics are hot, one should also operate under the idea all cameras are rolling.

    (HT Barstool Sports)

  • Former football coach credited with stopping school shooting in Washington


    Brady Olson, a former assistant football coach and Government and Civics teacher at North Thurston HS (WA), is credited with heroically stopping a school shooting yesterday before things turned deadly.

    According to KOMONews and local reports, just before 7:30am yesterday, police were called to the high school after a 16- year old student pulled out a revolver and fired two shots. Olson intervened by tackling the  the student from behind, and two other staff members quickly joined to hold the shooter down.

    Of the two shots, one went to the ceiling and the other ended up in the hallway. Thanks to the quick thinking from Olson and the staff, no one was hurt.

    Olson later released a statement through the district, and in true hero fashion, deflected praise to those around him.

    “I would like to say how happy I am that everyone is safe after today’s incident. I would also like to take this opportunity to praise all the police agencies that were involved, especially our Student Resource Officer, (SRO) Ed McClanahan. All agencies responded quickly and acted with the utmost professionalism.”

    “Additionally, I would like to say thank you to an amazing staff here at North Thurston High School. From administrators to teachers, all reacted to a very intense situation with incredible tact and professionalism. No one, including myself, can prepare for a situation like this, so I’m very thankful that we’re all okay.”

    “As always, students come first, and today was no different. I reacted in a way that any other teacher would react and at the sound of a gunshot had three other adults, including Tim Brown, dean of students, Principal Steve Rood, and security officer, Jim Beltico, going toward the sound of gunfire rather than away.”

    “We will all group together as a staff and community, like we always do, and continue to put kids first! North Thurston High School’s staff handled this like every other staff in every city, in every state, across this country would. I’m incredibly proud to be a member of the bigger community of educators who teach and take care of our kids every day.”

    Our hats go off to coach Olson for his courage and quick thinking in light of a situation that could have ended up much, much worse.

    Read more on the situation here.

  • Video: UCLA LB Myles Jack lights up a student for a good cause

    UCLA do-everything linebacker / running back Myles Jack threw on a helmet and shoulder pads to help a fellow UCLA student out recently.

    Danny Siegel, who is running for USAC General Representative, paired with Jack and put on a helmet and shoulder pads himself to prove that he’s worthy of winning the student vote by taking a hit from Jack. They even laid out a nice soft landing pad for him, but he never got to use it.

    At the end of the clip, after lighting up Siegel, Jack proclaims, “If this guy can take a hit from me, he can definitely be your next Gen. Rep.”

    It’s a rather interesting campaign strategy by Siegal. You’ve got to give the guy credit for being gutsy and creative that’s for sure.

    With the presidential election right around the corner, here’s to hoping a high profile candidate grabs JJ Watt and does something similar on the national scene. For that, I pledge my vote.