Here’s my Conversation with Andy Carlson of Football Convos

Yesterday I recorded an interview with Andy Carlson of the Football Convos podcast, which you can listen to in its entirety below. I really enjoyed the conversation.

I talk about how I first got involved with the game, my experiences and influences from where I grew up, and talk about a few projects that are in the works.

You can check out the page on the website for this interview, as well as other interviews, by clicking here.


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Get the Notes from the 2015 AFCA Convention Now!

The 2015 AFCA Convention is in the books, but even if you didn’t get a chance to go, you can still learn from a lot of the great speakers there. That’s because I’ve provided everyone who is an Insider at Life After Football with a free copy of all my notes from the Convention.

Check out some of the speakers that are part of the notes:

  • Paul Johnson – Georgia Tech
  • Gary Patterson – TCU
  • Bret Bielema – Arkansas
  • Doc Holliday – Marshall
  • Bill Curry – Former player for Vince Lombardi and long time coach
  • And More!

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2015 AFCA Convention Notes: Gary Patterson

Gary Patterson has taken TCU to the upper-echelon of college football programs over the past few years, and if not for a late-season charge by the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Horned Frogs may have found themselves in the final four teams playing for a national championship.

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General Session – Gary Patterson – TCU

– Success is not easy, it comes at a price in this profession.

– I’m worried about the future of this game. » Read more

2015 AFCA Notes: Paul Johnson on Building a Consistent Program

Paul Johnson’s record speaks for itself. He’s the first coach in ACC history to be named ACC Coach of the Year during his first two seasons in the conference, and his offenses have been proving critics wrong for years now. Fresh off a huge and dominating upset over Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl, Johnson spoke during the General Session at the 2015 AFCA Convention in Louisville.

One of the most interesting comments he made was about sincerity and not being able to fool people by pretending to be something you’re not, which echoed what David Cutcliffe said the year before.

By the way, you can get a copy of all the notes I took at the convention by clicking here to be an Insider, or by going up to the top right corner of the page and clicking on the picture of Chip Kelly.

General Session – Paul Johnson – Georgia Tech

– It’s all about the people who surround you and who do most of the work.

– This past season was one of the most fun I’ve ever had because we had a great group of kids and we got back to basics. » Read more

2015 AFCA Convention: Day 3 Highlights

Another convention is in the books, and a lot of great speakers had a lot to say. The two big names who spoke on Tuesday were Paul Johnson of Georgia Tech and Gary Patterson of TCU.

Also, before I forget, you can read my complete convention notes by signing up to become a subscriber by clicking here, or clicking on the picture of Chip Kelly up there in the right hand corner of the page.

General Session – Paul Johnson – Georgia Tech

– As a head coach, it’s all about the people who surround you and who do most of the work.

– This past season was one of the most fun seasons I’ve had because we went back to basics.

– I’ve heard every possible excuse why this offense won’t work.

"Be yourself. People are smart and they see right through someone who isn't sincere. Stay true to your philosophies."

“Be yourself. People are smart and they see right through someone who isn’t sincere. Stay true to your philosophies.”

– I think people want to be held accountable for their actions.

– I’d be a better assistant coach today than I was 18 years ago, because now I know that there is a lot that I never knew as an assistant. Some times the head coach has to keep things to himself. » Read more

2015 AFCA Convention: Day 2 Highlights

A lot of great stuff from some amazing coaches and people on Monday. My favorite part of the afternoon was being able to listen to a man I respect tremendously, Bill Curry, speak as part of the Master Coach segment. There was plenty of knowledge to go around, so let’s get into it.

Also, if you want my complete notes from the 2015 AFCA Convention, click here to sign up as an Insider, or just click on the picture of Chip Kelly in the top right of the page.

General Session – Bret Bielema – Arkansas

The Arkansas Edge (This is posted everywhere around the football facilities)

  1. Mental/Physical Toughness
  2. Play Fast and Through the Whistle
  3. Play Clean
  4. Win Critical Areas
  5. We Earn Everything

– “Numbers 1-3 have nothing to do with your ability.” » Read more

2015 AFCA Convention: Day 1 Highlights

Clinic season is my favorite time of year. You get to talk football with tons of different coaches, meet new people, and get back together with old friends you haven’t seen in a while. The first day of the AFCA Convention is in the books, so I thought I’d share a few things that I really enjoyed.

Just a reminder that I’ll be sending out my complete notes to my subscribers. You can sign up for free by clicking here or on that picture of Chip Kelly in the top right of the page.

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My Favorite AFCA Clinic Talks from the Past Few Years

It’s almost that time of year again, when the entire college football world comes together in one place to learn from one another, meet new people, and get back together with guys you haven’t seen all year.

If you’re a coach heading to Louisville on Sunday for the 2015 AFCA Convention, you can find the highlights of the schedule here.

Below are some of my favorite clinic talks from the past two conventions. As a reminder, I’ll be blogging daily summaries at the end of Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, and I’ll also be sending out my complete convention notes to all my subscribers shortly afterward.

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Mark Dantonio on the Secret to Michigan State’s Success

Dantonio quickly became on of my favorite guys in the business after listening to him talk about all the contributions that each individual staff member had made to the team who won the Rose Bowl that year.

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The Best Book on Athletic Performance You Haven’t Read Yet

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It’s not often that I find a book on performance that has incredible re-readability. It’s even rarer when the author of that book is someone I know personally.

That’s why I wanted to let you all know about a The High Performance Athlete, written by Dr. Jason Winkle. Dr. Winkle and I met a few years back when I was working with Indiana State Football, and I have a lot of respect for who he is and what he does. So I was very excited when I read this book and got so much out of it.

The best thing about it in my opinion, is that while the book is geared toward athletes and coaches, the principles of high-performance that he stresses in the book can be applied to anyone trying to get better.

Background

Dr. Winkle worked as the Associate Dean at the College of Nursing, Health, & Human Services at Indiana State for much of my time there, and he was occasionally invited to work with and speak to the football team at Indiana State. He is a tremendous public speaker, and I highly recommend him if you’re looking for someone to speak to your team. You can find more information here. » Read more

Dish Network Just Announced the Best News Ever for Sports Fans

This may come as a shock to some of you, but I haven’t had cable in at least six months. With so many television shows and live sports available for streaming online, I just don’t see the point. I watch almost everything online now, and more and more people I know are beginning to do the same. So it’s no surprise that at least one company is taking advantage of this expanding demographic and making a run at getting people like me to pay for their service.

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Dish Network will soon be launching a streaming-only cable package called Sling TV that includes a ton of basic cable channels, but the biggest news of all is that among those channels will be ESPN.

Here’s a short excerpt from TheVerge.com:

“But what is Sling TV? For $20 a month — yes, twenty dollars — you get access to a lineup of cable networks that includes TNT, TBS, CNN, Food Network, HGTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, the Disney Channel, ESPN, and ESPN2. ESPN is obviously a huge get for Dish and could earn Sling TV plenty of customers all on its own. ESPN just ended another year as TV’s leading cable network, and now you won’t need a traditional cable package to watch it. For sports fanatics, that could prove enticing. But Dish has hinted that there may be limits on watching ESPN on mobile thanks to red tape from existing deals between the network and Verizon. We’ll need to wait for the specifics on that.”

This is a game-changing announcement, because many people thought this kind of thing would never happen, or at the very least that it would take a lot longer for the guys at the big media companies to catch on. Sports is unique among mass media content because of its timeliness. A big part of the thrill is watching the game live, never sure of what’s happening next.

At the same time, there are monetary reasons why I was skeptical before I heard this news. ESPN currently charges cable providers an enormous amount of money to carry their networks, basically because they can. As you read above, it’s the top-rated cable network in the country, and it’s really in it’s own atmosphere when it comes to ratings and revenue. The conventional wisdom was that ESPN would be losing money if it offered its networks like this via a streaming only service.

On the other hand, since its so easy to find a free stream of any college or NFL game online, maybe they feel like they’re losing money by not doing this. Couple this with a Netflix and/or Hulu membership and the fact that HBO announced that you’ll soon be able to pay for HBO Go without a normal cable subscription, and there soon won’t be any reason to pay for cable ever again.

Dish Network did not announce exactly when the new service will launch.

Read the full article here.


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