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Matt Rhule is the latest example of when keeping it real goes wrong

In a recent interview with Bruce Feldman, Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspeth revealed that he is currently benching 380 pounds and wants to work up to 400 by the start of the season. This isn't the first piece of evidence regarding Hudspeth's feats of strength. 

Here's a video of him putting up 25 reps of 225 from a year ago:

Hudspeth told Feldman it ties back to his philosophy of leading by example. "My favorite quote of all time is 'the speed of the leader is the speed of the pack,' and that's why I try to bring a lot of energy and a lot of juice, chasing guys around."

"Same thing in the weight room," Hudspeth continued. "I want them to see me in the weight room. See me running, see me "protecting the house" as I run around the stadium, because I want them to think I'm all in with them. Not just some big, overweight coach that's got a dip in that's telling his guys to 'play hard and to work out hard.' I believe that if they respect you and they see that you work hard and they see the energy and passion that you have hopefully that'll rub off on them."

Temple head coach Matt Rhule apparently heard the podcast, and Hudspeth's words affected him. So much so that he decided to run with his own team. 

It didn't work out so well for him.

Rhule should have quite the icebreaker at American media days later this month. 

Two NC State coaches rescued a young lady last night

North Carolina State receivers coach Frisman Jackson and defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable were riding together last night when they came across a rolled over car with a young lady stuck inside. According to Frisman's tweet, him and coach Hux teamed up to pull the young lady out.

The sad part is; who knows how many people drove past the scene without ever thinking of stopping to help out. Major props to coach Frisman and coach Hux for doing the right thing and not only lending a helping hand, but then tweeting a picture of the real life consequences of texting and driving. 

This one tweet has numerous lessons in it for all of us.

ESPN is making a documentary on Steve Spurrier. Here's the trailer

If any current FBS coach deserves to have a documentary made in his honor, I can think of no one more fitting than Steve Spurrier.

As part of their "SEC Storied" series, ESPN will air this documentary on the Ol' Ball Coach August 27th, 2014 via the new SEC Network. Take a look at the trailer, and clear your schedule for the whole day so you don't miss it.

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Study: Quarterbacks, defensive backs account for highest percentage of FBS head coaches

A new FootballScoop study found that quarterbacks, defensive backs and wide receivers account for the largest percentage of current FBS head coaches. 

Position   Total    Percentage  Notable names
Quarterback  39 30.5%  Kliff Kingsbury, Steve Spurrier, Chris Petersen
Defensive back 28 21.9%  Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Frank Beamer
Wide receiver 17 13.3%  David Shaw, Art Briles, Gus Malzahn
Linebacker 16 12.5% Brian Kelly, Pat Fitzgerald, Kevin Sumlin 
Offensive line 12 9.4% Les Miles, Gary Andersen, Kevin Wilson
Did not play 10 7.8%  Mike Leach, David Cutcliffe, Paul Johnson
Tight end 5 3.9%  Gary Pinkel, Dan Mullen, Al Golden
Defensive line 4 3.1%  Bret Bielema, Steve Addazio, Matt Campbell
Running back 3 2.3%  Frank Solich, Terry Bowden, Dino Babers

 

There are some fun trends to be found inside the study. For instance, all three former running backs turned FBS head coaches reside at MAC schools - Ohio's Frank Solich, Bowling Green's Dino Babers and Akron's Terry Bowden. But maybe there is something more substanial we can glean here, too.

First, we must acknowledge that this study is a mere snapshot in time and a servant to circumstances. It is a study of all 128 FBS head coaches, yes, the 128 men who happen to be head coaches at this moment. It is not a study of the best 128 coaches in college football, just the ones who happen to hold those 128 jobs. As the census of the group changes next year, and the year after that, and the year after that, the numbers will change accordingly.

With that out of the way, perhaps there is something to be learned here after all. It's not surprising to see quarterbacks lead the pack by a substanial margin. It is the ultimate leadership position, after all. Many leaders become quarterbacks, and many quarterbacks become leaders. Either way, they often end at the same destination. Nor is it surprising to see running backs and tight ends at the bottom of the list. Running back in particular is the closest thing the game has to a plug-and-play position, and both typically represent just 1 of the 22 players on the field. It's a numbers game. Another example of the circumstances that affect this list. One of the most prominent college coaches for the past two decades until his recent change in status - Mack Brown - was a running back in another life. However, the numbers also say that, if your end goal is to become a head coach at the highest level of college football, you're better off not playing entirely than playing tight end, defensive line or running back.

Next to quarterbacks, defensive backs, wide receivers and linebackers most consistently turned into head coaches. If we were to play armchair psychologists, perhaps there is something about those positions that breed head coaching candidates. Maybe the nature of their positions - on the perimeter of the play, with the ability to see how action at the first level affects the second and third levels, and vice versa - creates a coach with a global understanding of the game.

This, by the way, should make Kansas State's Bill Snyder and Louisiana-Lafayette's Mark Hudspeth extra prepared for the duties of the job. Each played quarterback and defensive back in college.

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