Chad Morris and the Clemson Screen Game

NOTE: This is a slightly modified version of a blog post that appeared on Even though the site is no longer functioning I thought it would be good to preserve the information from that site.

Chad Morris has made quite a name for himself of late, especially during the last few seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Clemson Tiger football team.

Morris is a longtime Malzahn disciple, having learned the style of offense when both were still high school head coaches, and he credits Malzahn for saving his job when Morris was on the hot seat.

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Now on O’Bannon Decision is the Beginning of the End for the NCAA

My latest post for is up, and you can read it here.

In this one, I dive into some of the legalities surrounding the NCAA’s case, and why Mark Emmert and co. have already lost the foothold in the battle over the term “student-athlete.”

Once the issue of money turns into an issue of wages, then the public (and, more importantly, the court system) will begin to see athletes not as students playing an extra-curricular activity in which the schools themselves have no responsibility, but as employees who are generating revenue for said schools, and who can draw workers’ compensation in case of injuries incurred while playing sports.”

One commenter below the story raised a legitimate fear, that by paying athletes the cost of attendance will rise because schools will be in a bidding war for the top players in the country. However, the O’Bannon decision suggested that a cap on compensation would be possible, and probably the most practical. It’s hard to imagine the leaders of the five power conferences putting a model in place that forces everyone to outspend one another.

The power conferences could seek some form of anti-trust exemption that has worked so well in other sports, thus allowing a form of salary cap, whether it would be a max per player or per school. It just doesn’t make sense that the schools would agree to bid against each other all day long. Nobody wants college football to follow Major League Baseball’s example, with a luxury tax instead of a true salary cap.

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Gregg Popovich’s great advice to young Coaches

As you’ve probably heard by now, the San Antonio Spurs made history yesterday when Head Coach Gregg Popovich hired Becky Hammon to be the first full-time women’s coach in NBA history.


I have no idea how well this sort of thing is going to work out, though it’s hard to see Popovich hiring anyone if he didn’t feel they were qualified. The point of bringing up the USA Today article which covered the hiring wasn’t about making history, it was about something else in the article, a quote from a year ago when Hammon had been working with the Spurs after Popovich discovered that she wanted to coach after leaving the WNBA. Continue reading

Chip Kelly Podcast Highlights

Chip Kelly recently made an appearance on Ross Tucker’s podcast and talked about the kinds of things the Eagles are trying to accomplish this year, along with discussions about what worked well and what they need to improve on.

As always, Kelly gives meaningful answers to questions without being long-winded, and his take on something has a tendency to seem like the most obvious thing in the world once he’s done explaining it, to the point where you’re wondering why you never thought of it that way.

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Florida State’s Favorite Run Blitzes

As most of you know already, I’m working on my next book, this time looking at Gus Malzahn’s offense, not just this past year, but over the past few seasons.

In going back and watching FSU-Auburn while researching the new book, I came away with about twenty pages of notes, and I wanted to share a few things that I found really interesting. One factor that stood out was the use of blitzing to contain the Auburn run game. Continue reading

Friday Film Session: 2013 Clemson Offense vs Florida State

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Now on Florida State Offense


Florida State was finally successful in taking away the National Championship from the SEC, thanks to the efforts of Heisman-winning QB Jameis Winston. It goes without saying that Winston had a magnificent year, and now you can watch the FSU offense take on Wake Forest from this past season over at completely free.

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Chip Kelly on Offensive Identity

Sheil Kapada of has a great article that mostly focuses on what it’s like for to play QB for Kelly, but I found this quote really indicative of what Kelly’s approach is day in and day out: Continue reading

An Update on my Next Book

Last week I put this out there briefly on Twitter, but I wanted to put it in a much more permanent place. As you know, I love talking about Gus Malzahn’s offense, and I’ve been fortunate enough to get my hands on a lot of video of it.

So it makes sense that my next book would focus on the up-tempo attack of Auburn. It’s something I hope to finish by the end of the year, though there is no set deadline yet.

Just a few things I want to touch on quickly:

1. At this time I don’t plan on any kind of pre-sale like with “Speed Kills.” I tried it out and learned a lot, but it was too much of a hassle.

2. I’d like this one to be much more detailed than my last book. I learned a lot writing “Speed Kills,” especially about the process of writing a book, and I’m eager to apply that to what I’m working on now.

I’ll be releasing more information as things become clearer and we get closer to some kind of release date, but for now I just wanted to get the word out.

Saturday Links – July 5, 2014