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  • College football’s 25 most disruptive defenses

    Clemson defense

    The college football statistical revolution has created a bunch of new metrics that, to be totally honest, confuse the hell out of me. I cheated my way through pre-calculus for a reason, folks. But here’s a new stat that even the dimmest of bulbs can understand: havoc rate.

    Created by SB Nation’s Bill Connelly, havoc rate tracks the total number of plays a defense faces that end in a sack, a standard tackle for loss, a forced fumble, or a tipped or intercepted pass. Basically, how often are you disrupting what the opposing offense is trying to accomplish? Do any of those things once every five or six snaps and, chances are, your defense is going to be pretty darn good.

    Here are the 25 most disruptive defenses from 2014:

    1. Clemson – 23.2%
    2. TCU – 21.5%
    3. Louisiana Tech – 21.3%
    4. Virginia – 21%
    5. Florida – 20.9%
    6. Virginia Tech – 20.7%
    7. Arkansas – 20.3%
    8. Louisville – 20.2%
    9. Central Florida – 20.1%
    10. Michigan State – 20.1%
    11. Ohio State – 20%
    12. Utah State – 19.8%
    13. Boise State – 19.7%
    14. Rice – 19.3%
    15. Penn State – 19.2%
    16. Mississippi State – 19%
    17. Ole Miss – 18.8%
    18. Alabama – 18.7%
    19. Utah – 18.6%
    20. UTEP – 18.6%
    21. Missouri – 18.5%
    22. Tulane – 18.4%
    23. Minnesota – 18.3%
    24. LSU – 18.2%
    25. Marshall – 18.2%

    And the 10 least disruptive defenses:

    1. New Mexico State – 9%
    2. Georgia State – 9%
    3. Navy – 10.7%
    4. Troy – 11%
    5. SMU – 11%
    6. California – 11.5%
    7. Kent State – 11.5%
    8. South Carolina – 11.6%
    9. Texas State – 11.6%
    10. UNLV – 11.7%

    In the future I’d like to see this stat reverse-engineered, to get a look at what offenses allow the most and least disruptions on a per-play basis.

  • Jimbo Fisher’s assistants in line for big raises in 2015

    Florida State

    You know what they say in college football: to the victors go the contract extensions. Following a three-year run in which Florida State has posted a 39-3 mark with three ACC titles, two undefeated regular seasons and claimed the 2013 national title, the Seminoles’ assistants have followed head coach Jimbo Fisher in landing meaty contract extensions.

    Details were uncovered by an open records request by the Tallahassee Democrat, Warchant and others.

    While the salaries of Fisher’s assistants are broken into groups, the terms surrounding the new deals are identical for all nine parties. The group is now under contract through Jan. 31, 2018, and will owe a $75,000 buyout for leaving after one season and $50,000 for leaving after two seasons. The buyouts will be waived if an FSU assistant departs for a college head coaching gig, an NFL job or leave coaching altogether.

    As for the salaries:

    – Defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Charles Kelly: $583,000 (up from $500,000)
    – Assistant head coach/offensive line coach Rick Trickett: $583,000 (up from $500,000)
    – Co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders: $583,000 (up from $500,000)
    – Co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey: $463,000 (up from $370,000)
    – Associate head coach/defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins: $463,000 (up from $370,000)
    – Tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Tim Brewster: $433,000 (up from $340,000)
    – Running backs coach/special teams coordinator Jay Graham: $403,000 (up from $340,000)
    – Defensive ends/outside linebackers coach Brad Lawing: $415,000 (new hire)
    – Linebackers coach Bill Miller: $338,000 (up from $275,000)

    In total, the group will earn $4.624 million in 2015, up from $3.375 million a year ago.

    VIDEO: Explore before and after photos of Florida State’s renovated facility

    In January, Fisher signed a contract paying him in excess of $5 million a year through 2022. He joined Nick Saban, Bob Stoops, Urban Meyer, Jim Harbaugh, Charlie Strong and Kevin Sumlin among coaches earning at least $5 million annually.

  • Video: Coach Trevor’s special day

    Trevor Landers

    AL.com

     

    When Wes Landers joined the Madison County High School football team in Alabama, his special needs brother Trevor came with him. Wes’s time on the team came and went, but Trevor never left. He stuck around long enough to become part of the team. Long enough, in fact, that the team now calls him Coach Trevor.

    “He’d come out to practice with us and stand back there with me and his role in our football program grew every day,” head coach Scott Peavey told WHNT-TV.

    Earlier this month, Trevor got his chance live his dream and suit up for Madison County for the first time during the Tigers’ spring game.

  • Video: A spring game as spring games should be done

    The folks at Assumption College sent us the highlights from the 2nd annual Yan and Jose Perez Spring Game, and it looks like the Greyhounds did their best to turn their spring game from a glorified practice to an annual event.

    The day started with a banquet, where the club honored its seniors and named captains for the 2015 season. Then came the game, where Assumption sprinkled in some fun drills in between quarters, and the day ended with a youngster scoring a touchdown and being lifted on the team’s shoulders.

    Check it out.

  • Dabo Swinney: “You have to be careful what you get your name associated with”

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    Over the past couple days, news outlets have been clamoring about Dabo Swinney’s scheduled speaking engagement at an event hosted by the Palmetto Family Council. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Palmetto Family Council is a conservative group that has vocally opposed gay marriage rights.

    Yesterday, Dabo (whose faith has been attacked publicly in the past)  stated that he had made a decision to not take part in the event. “After much thought, in order to avoid a distraction for the team and the entire football program, I’ve decided it is in the best interests of all involved that I not attend the event on June 2,” Swinney told the Huffington Post.

    This morning, Swinney hopped on Sirius XM Sports Nation and talked about the decision, and his advice is something all coaches, and others in the public spotlight, should see.

    “You have to be careful what you get your name associated with. It’s unfortunate for the issue that became a distraction,” he explained. “You just live and learn. As far as the way I live my life, I just try to be a good coach, a good husband, and a good father.”

    While it looks like Dabo is taking the politically correct high road here, he has a good point. As coaches, and public figures that represent far more than just ourselves, you do need to be aware of what you associate your name with – regardless of what your personal views are. The events of this past week for Swinney provide an excellent blueprint of exactly that.