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  • Which active coaches are climbing up their school’s all-time wins list?

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    Two years ago we embarked on a daring, ground-breaking, never-before-seen project to catalogue a list of FBS coaches at (or near) their respective schools’ all-time wins list. Despite countless warnings and doubts, we accomplished our goal.

    And with all the moving and shaking within college football over the past two years, now feels like the right time to update the list. Whereas in 2013 seven coaches held their school’s all-time wins record, one (Larry Blakeney) has retired, another (Mike Riley) has taken another job, and four more have won their way on to the list.

    A total of 36 coaches* made the list, and by the end of the 2015 season nearly one in five coaches could hold the gold or silver medal for all-time victories. In a time where there’s never been more pressure and volatility, that’s a testament to the talents of these coaches and their staffs – and to 12-game regular seasons with an ever-expanding bowl schedule.

    (*We decided to include all of FBS this year, leading to admittedly wonky results like Larry Coker beating a council of ghosts to hold the UTSA wins mark and Charlie Partridge making the list with all of three career victories.)

    THE RECORD HOLDERS

    KANSAS STATE
    1. Bill Snyder – 187 wins
    2. Mike Ahearn – 39 wins

    Want to see Snyder’s impact on Kansas State’s football history? There you have it. An eight-win season in 2015 will allow Snyder to quintuple the second-winningest coach in K-State history.

    MISSOURI
    1. Gary Pinkel – 113 wins
    2. Don Faurot – 101 wins

    NAVY
    1. Ken Niumatalolo – 57 wins
    2. George Welsh – 55 wins

    NORTHWESTERN
    1. Pat Fitzgerald – 60 wins
    2. Lynn Waldorf – 49 wins

    OKLAHOMA
    1. Bob Stoops – 168 wins
    2. Barry Switzer – 157 wins

    OKLAHOMA STATE
    1. Mike Gundy – 84 wins
    2. Pat Jones – 62 wins

    SOUTH CAROLINA
    1. Steve Spurrier – 84 wins
    2. Rex Enright – 64 wins

    TCU
    1. Gary Patterson – 132 wins
    2. Dutch Meyer – 109 wins

    UTSA
    1. Larry Coker – 23 wins

    VIRGINIA TECH
    1. Frank Beamer – 231 wins
    2. Bill Dooley – 64 wins

    ON THE MEDAL STAND (OR CLOSE TO IT)

    AIR FORCE
    1. Fisher DeBerry – 169 wins
    2. Ben Martin – 96 wins
    3. Troy Calhoun – 59 wins

    ALABAMA
    1. Paul “Bear” Bryant – 232 wins
    2. Frank Thomas – 115 wins
    3. Nick Saban – 86 wins

    Saban will never pass the Bear, but he’s only three seasons away from surpassing Frank “Not The Big Hurt” Thomas for No. 2 at one of college football’s most storied programs… and that’s after going 9-2 in one season at Toledo, posting a top-10 season at Michigan State, winning a national title and LSU and depositing two seasons leading the Miami Dolphins.

    BAYLOR
    1. Grant Teaff – 128 wins
    2. Morley Jennings – 83 wins
    3. John D. Bridgers – 49 wins
    4. Art Briles – 44 wins

    BYU
    1. LaVell Edwards – 257 wins
    2. Bronco Mendenhall – 90 wins

    Like Saban, Mendenhall will never own his school’s all-time record, but he is putting some distance between himself and No. 3 G. Ott Romney, who happens to be a distant relative of one-time presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

    CENTRAL FLORIDA
    1. Gene McDowell – 86 wins
    2. George O’Leary – 81 wins

    CLEMSON
    1. Frank Howard – 165 wins
    2. Danny Ford – 96 wins
    3. Dabo Swinney – 61 wins

    FLORIDA ATLANTIC
    1. Howard Schnellenberger – 58 wins
    2. Carl Pelini – 5 wins
    3. Brian Wright – 4 wins
    4. Charlie Partridge – 3 wins

    FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
    1. Mario Cristobal – 27 wins
    2. Don Strock – 15 wins
    3. Ron Turner – 5 wins

    FLORIDA STATE
    1. Bobby Bowden – 315 wins
    2. Bill Peterson – 62 wins
    3. Jimbo Fisher – 58 wins

    Even keeping up his insane 11.6-win average for the next two decades, Fisher would still be 25 wins behind Bowden at age 69.

    GEORGIA
    1. Vince Dooley – 201 wins
    2. Wallace Butts – 140 wins
    3. Mark Richt – 136 wins

    At his current 9.71 win pace, Richt will pass Dooley sometime in 2021.

    IOWA
    1. Hayden Fry* – 143 wins
    2. Kirk Ferentz – 115 wins

    LOUISIANA-MONROE
    1. Charlie Weatherbie – 31 wins
    2. Todd Berry – 27 wins

    LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
    1. Nelson Stokey – 143 wins
    2. Rickey Bustle – 106 wins
    3. Mark Hudspeth – 52 wins

    LOUISVILLE
    1. Frank Camp – 118 wins
    2. Howard Schnellenberger – 54 wins
    3. Bobby Petrino – 50 wins

    LSU
    1. Charles McClendon – 137 wins
    2. Les Miles – 103 wins

    Perhaps a national title, two SEC titles and the school’s all-time wins record would get LSU fans off The Hat’s back. Eh, probably not.

    MARSHALL
    1. Bob Pruett – 79 wins
    2. Doc Holliday – 40 wins

    MICHIGAN STATE
    1. Duffy Daugherty – 109 wins
    2. Mark Dantonio – 75 wins

    MIDDLE TENNESSEE
    1. Charles Murphy – 155 wins
    2. Boots Donnelly – 140 wins
    3. Rick Stockstill – 57 wins

    MISSISSIPPI STATE
    1. Jackie Sherrill – 75 wins
    2. Allyn McKeen – 65 wins
    3. Dan Mullen – 46 wins

    NORTHERN ILLINOIS
    1. Joe Novak – 63 wins
    2. Jerry Pettibone – 33 wins
    3. Bill Mallory – 25 wins
    Jerry Ippoliti – 25 wins
    5. Dave Doeren – 23 wins
    Rod Carey – 23 wins

    Tied for fifth right now, another MAC title could have Carey in second place by turn of the year. A few more years like that would hand him the record by the next Women’s World Cup.

    OHIO
    1. Don Peden – 129 wins
    2. Bill Hess – 108 wins
    3. Frank Solich – 72 wins

    RICE
    1. Jess Neely – 144 wins
    2. Ken Hatfield – 55 wins
    3. David Bailiff – 48 wins

    SAN DIEGO STATE
    1. Claude Gilbert – 61 wins
    2. Ted Tollner – 43 wins
    3. Don Coryell – 36 wins
    4. Rocky Long – 32 wins

    SOUTH FLORIDA
    1. Jim Leavitt – 75 wins
    2. Skip Holtz – 16 wins
    3. Willie Taggart – 6 wins

    STANFORD
    1. Pop Warner – 71 wins
    2. John Ralston – 55 wins
    3. Tyrone Willingham – 44 wins
    4. David Shaw – 42 wins

    UTAH
    1. Ike Armstrong – 141 wins
    2. Ron McBride – 88 wins
    3. Kyle Whittingham – 85 wins

  • Video: Inside the philosophy of Chad Morris’ strength staff at SMU

    Chad Morris has a clear vision as he leads his first ever major college football program, and so too does his director of strength and conditioning Trumain Carroll.

    The major difference between the two is that Carroll’s has absolutely nothing to do with what ends up in the win-loss column.

    “Our goal for the SMU strength and conditioning department, and our football team, is to change the mentality.”

    “I can’t sit up here and demand wins and losses because I’m not a ball coach – but I am a strength and conditioning coach – and I can guarantee that when we prepare these guys to play football in the fall, they’re going to take the field with a new mentality, a new passion, a new energy, a new belief that they can do anything that they put their minds to.”

    Carroll compares his staff’s important work with the team with the foundation of a house to start the clip.

    “The first thing that is laid on a building is the foundation. If that foundation isn’t sound or sturdy, than anything that you build on top of that foundation will not sustain, therefore the foundation is the most crucial part of the building,” Carroll explains.

    Hear more on the SMU weight room philosophy being instilled by Carroll and his strength staff in the clip below.

  • Video of the Day – Everyone Wants to Be a Lion

    Video of the Day

    Tuesday July 7, 2015

    Everyone Wants to Be a Lion

  • While at New Hampshire Chip Kelly “changed offenses every week”

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    Long before Chip Kelly was putting his own stamp on a NFL franchise in Philadelphia, or storming out of the tunnel with Nike’s latest flashy uniform at Oregon and putting up video game type numbers, he was calling offensive plays at New Hampshire.

    In seven of his eight seasons running the offense (1999-2006) for the FCS Wildcats, Kelly’s offenses averaged over 400 yards a game, and averaged over 30 points a game in his final four seasons before leaving for Oregon. In 2004 alone, his offenses broke 29 offensive records at the school.

    If you thought his offenses with the Eagles, or at Oregon were exciting and somewhat unconventional, then you’ll love this tidbit from Eagles quarterbacks coach Ryan Day, who coached the tight ends under Kelly at New Hampshire in 2002.

    “At that time, we were changing offenses every week. We would go from Run ‘n Shoot to the Wing-T to the Veer. One week we threw it six times, the next week we threw it 65 times,” Day told Philly Mag and Birds 24/7.

    That may surprise some people, and sound downright crazy to a lot of high school coaches that stake their reputation on buying into a specific offensive system, but to others it’s just another layer in the innovative mind of Kelly.

  • Michigan officially leaving Adidas for Nike

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    Adidas is commonly known as the three stripes, but perhaps we should alter the German apparel conglomerate’s nickname to the three strikes.

    After watching Notre Dame depart for Under Armour and Tennessee leave for Nike, The Wolverine reported Monday that Michigan will follow suit and return to Nike, a move that is set to be announced “in the next few days.”

    Charles Woodson

    Let’s go live to the Michigan fan base for its reaction:

    (While losing those three schools, we must note Adidas has managed to pull Arizona State and Miami from Nike of late. Still, a net loss for the company.)

    Michigan’s move away from Adidas has long been speculated, and the only real intrigue left is just how many millions Michigan will receive for the move. The guess here is that Michigan will become Nike’s highest-paid school – the Wolverines’ reported $8.2 million annual cut from Adidas far exceeded Nike’s highest payout – but the deal will not top the more than $90 million that Notre Dame received from Under Armour.

    Nabbing Michigan gives Nike a stranglehold on power programs in the Big Ten East (Ohio State, Michigan State and Penn State already wear the swoosh), and owning the Big Ten East not only gives you the highly-populated eastern portion of the midwest, it gives you a gateway to the Eastern Seaboard.

    And with Michigan’s deal now reportedly done, attention turns to the last big fish left on the apparel market: Texas.

    3:59 p.m. ET Update: The move is now official.