Every Power Five coach's career record vs. the Top 25

The Wall Street Journal has published a wonderful chart showcasing every current Power Five head coach's career record versus Top 25 opponents.


Before we can draw any conclusions, we must first acknowledge that numbers here can be incredibly deceiving. For example, the situation David Shaw inherited at Stanford is entirely different than what Mark Stoops walked into at Kentucky. Also, games against Top 25 opponents are, by definition, very difficult. A .500 mark is great, and anything better is pretty darn impressive.

With that said: 

- Holy cow, David Shaw. He's won nearly 80 percent of his games against top 25 teams. 

- A hearty handshake is owed to Bob Stoops (.685 winning percentage), Nick Saban (.588 overall, .700 at Alabama) Urban Meyer (.676) and Les Miles (.563 overall, .661 at LSU).

- More than anything, this chart is a great illustration how doggedly difficult it is to get a struggling program off the ground in a Power Five conference. Bret Bielema went 0-6 last year at Arkansas. Charlie Weis is 0-8 at Kansas. Tim Beckman and Kevin Wilson are a combined 0-11 in the Big Ten. New head coaches were a combined 9-43 last season against ranked opponents. Take out Gus Malzahn and Mark Helfrich and they were 3-40. Three and forty.

- Even new coaches that have seen success in their first few years have taken a beating against Top 25 teams. Rich Rod is 3-7 at Arizona. James Franklin went 1-8 against Vanderbilt. David Cutcliffe is 2-13 at Duke. Hugh Freeze is 2-7 against Ole Miss. Heck, Dan Mullen is 2-21 at Mississippi State. That's an .087 winning percentage. 

- The plethora of sub-.500 records makes me chuckle at the results of ESPN's poll where nearly half of all Power Five coaches would prefer to exclusively play other Power Five schools. Believe me, guys, you don't. 

Great things happen at a "Fall Camp Manhood Retreat"

For the past seven the Abilene Christian football program has taken a "Manhood Retreat" during August camp. Read that again: during August camp. 

The staff at Abilene Christian believes that spending two days focusing on "what God designed us to be as men" in lieu of a couple of practices and a positional meetings is a wise investment in their program and their young men. I agree with them. I don't know that I would for a program with a new staff / scheme; but when you have continuity, I have to believe the investment in getting the players to believe in, and want to work for, each other is priceless. This is about preparing these young men to have success in life, and on the football field. 

ACU head coach Ken Collums tells FootballScoop that 10 days or so into camp, they take the players and coaches for a two-day retreat where the players rest, play, interact and grow spiritually together. At the retreat they do not talk about football at all, instead they listen to speakers, dance, sing...and they have fun too. Cue the blob video:

Yeah, that's head coach Ken Collums there on the right being "blobbed" high into the sky...only to perfectly pull off the fabled cannonball!

Abilene Christian's annual "Manhood Retreat" has to be one of the most unique events in major college football; and it would be hard to argue with the results. ACU was a Division II powerhouse before beginning their transition to FCS. This will be their first full season competing exclusively at the FCS level. ACU opens their season a week from tonight on ESPNU at Georgia State.  

The highest scoring team in Florida high school history now has a sick highlight

Apopka HS (FL) went on an absolute offensive tear last season on their way to a state runner up finish. The Blue Darters set a Florida high school regular season record with 529 points in the regular season. Counting their run to the state title game, Apopka (13-2 overall) put up an impressive 752 points, averaging just over 50 points per game against some of the stiffest competition in the Sunshine State.

With the highest powered offense in Florida high school history comes loads and loads of highlights, which Darlington and his guys have compiled in an outstanding highlight that really does their special season justice.

I had the opportunity to introduce Apopka head coach Rich Darlington at a clinic during the off season, and while coaches from some very successful college programs were speaking at the same time he was scheduled to speak, it was impossible to find an open seat in his room. His knowledge and personality make him one of the most well traveled high school speakers during clinic season, and he lays it all on the table, no secrets. If you get a chance to watch Apopka play, or better yet, catch coach Darlington with five minutes to hop on the white board, take it. It will be well worth your time.

Even considering our high school Video of the Year submissions for this year, this may be my favorite high school video of 2014.

A Slip-n-Slide in the student section!

Friday August 22 Update:

Well folks, Josh Brooks earned a raise with the Slip-n-Slide, he's getting a bonus now too! Today, the new athletic director at Millsaps further cemented his status with us as the best athletic director hired in the state of Mississippi since June 1st when he made this announcement on Twitter this afternoon:

Yes, Millsaps will have a micro-brewery Beer Garden in stadium for their September 6th home opener vs Mary Hardin-Baylor. Giving the fans what they want. Well done Josh, well done indeed.    

Original Article:

Saturday afternoons in Jackson, Mississippi in September can be hot and steamy. Heck, Saturday afternoons in Jackson, Mississippi in October can be hot, and steamy. 

If you're Millsaps, a Division III program in the heart of Mississippi, your on the field product not only has to outcompete the heat, but it also is competing against TV games on hi-def devices in the AC, Ole Miss, State and Southern Miss games as well all within a three hour drive. 

So, how do you ensure that your student section, the core to creating any sort of home-field advantage, creates the requisite noise? 

Well, leave it to new athletic director Josh Brooks to come up with quite an idea to make the on-campus stadium the place to be on Saturday afternoons in the Fall. 

Brooks fired off that tweet late last night and I was wondering what name he might bestow upon such a wonderful idea. Not having it right away, I solicited the input of "twitter famous" @KegsnEggs:

Within minutes Brooks and Millsaps had a great name and newfound excitement within their students for hot, steamy Saturdays in the Fall.

We're all looking forward to seeing how Millsaps rolls out this truly unique idea in the coming weeks. Very clever idea to engage the students.

Video: "Greatness is something that exists within all of us"

As far as season openers go, West Virginia and Alabama may be flying under the radar a bit, but this "Undaunted" video from the Mountaineers should draw some extra attention to the match up.

When you finish a disappointing 4-8 one season, and then open up with Alabama the next, a bit of apprehensiveness would be somewhat understandable. However, apprehensive isn't in the dictionary for those in Morgantown.

While the video is very well put together, it's a quote from Will Smith's philosophy on greatness during the video that will really stick with you.

"Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, god-like feature that only the special among us will ever taste - you know it's something that truly exists in all of us. It's very simple, this is what I believe and I'm willing to die for it. Period."

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