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 Michigan State Spartans broke into the exclusive club of elite college football programs in 2013, winning the Big Ten Championship and the Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day, beating two very good football teams along the way in Ohio State and Stanford. The team in East Lansing has been one of the most consistent programs in all of FBS football, with six winning seasons in the past seven years, and beating in-state rival Michigan five of the past six seasons. It’s no accident that the Spartans’ return to prominence coincided with the hiring of Mark Dantonio in 2006. Dantonio has a reputation for a scowling demeanor on the sideline, as well as his membership in the Greg Popovich club of tough halftime interviews. That said, Dantonio is beloved by his players and his assistant coaches, and after listening to him speak at the AFCA Convention in Indianapolis this week, it’s not difficult to see why. » Read more
Earlier I posted my least favorite moments of this year’s convention HERE, but overall the quality of the speakers and the presentations have been great. (You can read about the highlights from the first day of AFCA by clicking HERE)
Below I’ve included highlights from the past two days here in Indianapolis. If you’d like the FULL version of my notes from all the speakers I attended, you can sign up for the Life After Football Insider Email for FREE by signing up HERE.
Grad Assistant/ Career Forum
Q: How do you develop relationships with coaching mentors?
Jake Spavital of Texas A&M
A: Jake Spavital – Texas A&M: I always tried to be around those guys as much as possible, because they always brought good people with them who I may not know. This lets me expand my network while still staying close to guys who I trust. » Read more