2014 AFCA Convention: Day 1 Summary

Day 1 of the best four days of the year is in the books, and already there’s been some great information presented by all the coaches involved.

Below are some of the highlights from the presentations I attended, and you’ll have access to all my notes from the convention this year by signing up for the FREE Life After Football Insider Email HERE.

I arrived at the convention in the middle of the afternoon, so I was only able to attend three presentations today, but the speakers definitely delivered.

First, I attended the First-Timer’s meeting, led by Fred Farrier of Ressselaer Polytechnic Institute. This is not my first convention, but I have such a great respect for Coach Farrier after listening to him last year in Nashville that I wanted to hear what he had to say. He did not disappoint. I can’t stress how great of a speaker this guy is and how well-prepared he is. If he presents again next year, I’ll attend the first-timer’s meeting again. This guy is perfect example of someone who should be more well-known than he is.

Next I went to listen to Coach Greg Brown, DB Coach of Alabama during the first round of Buzz Sessions. Coach Brown was extremely open and affable, a true pleasure to listen to, as he was open to answer just about any question. He even provided the audience with his actual cell phone number, which will be included in the full version of the notes HERE. He said he loves talking football and doesn’t screen his calls, so if you call him, odds are that he’ll pick up. He only offered two caveats:

  1. He is not allowed to give out film or any printed materials from Alabama
  2. He is not allowed to go into specifics about terminology or strategic decisions about the Alabama defense

Finally, I finished the day with Clemson OC Chad Morris, who did not disappoint. He spent the first few minutes talking about his start in the coaching profession, as a high school head coach in Texas, then went on to take questions from the audience. He did not have any qualms about going into specifics about scheme and terminology.

Best Quotes of the Day:

Fred Farrier


– If the head coach is going to hire you, he has to envision how you’ll look walking into a home visit.

– This is  a professional development opportunity. You can’t pay to get all these guys in one place to talk about what they do and how they build their program.

– If you go to 10 speeches and get two things from each speaker, that’s 20 things to help you improve as a coach and in your program.

Greg Brown


– One of the best things I’ve ever learned from Nick Saban: Practice tackling every day. You don’t have to bring people to the ground, but practicing in pads allows you to teach being physical.

– The best drills are the ones you make up yourself because of what you encountered during a game.

Chad Morris


– “I’m just a HS coach that’s been fortunate enough to coach college football.

– “If you keep doing things the way you’ve always been doing them, this game will pass you by.”

– In the off season, study what works and what doesn’t. Be ready to get rid of not just the bad stuff, but the good stuff that you’ve been spending way too much time on during the season.

– They’re not calling linemen down the field anymore, so as long as they’re not calling it they’ll keep running run-pass options.

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