It’s that time of year again. The AFCA Convention was great.
I heard a lot of great speakers, re-connected with old friends, and even met some of you.
The topics covered include:
- The New Mexico Triple Option Offense
- The Navy Run Game
- How to run a program on a shoe string budget (with great fundraising tips)
- Former NDSU now Wyoming Head Coach Craig Bohl on building a program
- Both defensive coordinators from this past Orange Bowl share their philosophies
- And more!
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Well, are you?
I sure hope not. It’s not a compliment.
Let me explain…
There was a great Seinfeld episode where George figured out that if he just looked stressed out and annoyed at work, people would think he was busy and leave him alone.
I’ve worked with a few George Costanzas in my life. You know the type.
Guys who aren’t great at a whole lot, except for looking busy without actually doing anything at all.
It’s not the sort of thing you want to be known for if you ever want to move up in this business and maybe even get a job at a big time program like Michigan.
Speaking of Michigan, the Wolverines just had their annual coaches clinic, and Jim Harbaugh came up with that clever term to describe the kind of guy he doesn’t want around the program.
Jim, John, and their father Jack held a “Harbaugh Family Panel” where they got up on stage and talked about all things football.
Coach, blogger, and all around great American James Light was there in person to take it all in.
You can read his notes from the clinic here.
– Alex Kirby
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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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
Robert Wimberly is the defensive coordinator at Liberty University, and he did a fantastic job of giving a snapshot look at how he structures his scheme, how he delegates responsibilities during the week and on game day, and also how he organizes his thoughts during the game.
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Breakout Session – Robert Wimberly – Liberty University
– It’s important to build a foundation and put a lot of thought into how you structure your playbook. Know the ins and outs of your scheme. It’s never good to be a jack of all trades, but a master of none.
– Ask yourself if your scheme is ready for something unexpected. Have answers that fit what you do. At the same time, make sure your kids understand your answers.
– Accurate analysis is crucial to a sound game plan. To be most effective, break the responsibilities up among your staff according to their expertise:
- Receiver analysis
- Situational pass game
- Blitz package
- RB/TE analysis
- 3rd down runs/OL play
- Field zone breakdown
- QB analysis
- Formations (Defensive Coordinator focuses on this himself)
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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
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.”
– 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
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)
- Mental/Physical Toughness
- Play Fast and Through the Whistle
- Play Clean
- Win Critical Areas
- We Earn Everything
– “Numbers 1-3 have nothing to do with your ability.” » Read more
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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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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