Video: 'The Deacon D'

A week ago, Wake Forest released a well done video highlighting their offensive staff and philosophy. This week, the defensive guys are highlighted with the "Deacon D" installment where the defensive staff explains how they go about their business and explain some of their philosophies.

"We're not screamers here. We're going to get on the kids to do their absolute best that they can do, but we're not going to berate them, we're not going to talk down to them or be condescending." defensive line coach Ray McCartney explains about their coaching style.

A lot of great content crammed into this four minute segment, including some excellent coaching points and phrases throughout the clip, including this gem from coach McCartney explaining to a younger player to do things a certain way until he becomes good enough to just go out there and make plays.

"Zack has been around here since Moby Dick was a minnow. Okay? Zach can do the things the way he wants to because he gets it done. I need you to do it the way that a rookie would do it and then once you progress to Zach's experience level, you can do it that way."

Plenty more from the rest of the defensive staff in the clip below. 

Check the charts: Where FBS head coaches stand in their school's record books

When Steve Spurrier became South Carolina's all-time wins leader in November, a question mark arose above my head with the question, "I wonder where some other active coaches stand in their respective school's record books." In the months since, that question has rolled around in the brain like a marble. So I decided to find out. 

We originally narrowed down a list of 25 or so coaches that have put in a significant amount of time at their current posts and figured to be, at least, within striking distance of their respective schools' coaching Mount Rushmore. That figure felt like a lot, but whenever over half of the 125 FBS head coaches have put in three seasons or fewer, narrowing down a list became pretty simple. 

Our research tells us nine coaches hold the school record at their current posts, and five more could get there by the conclusion of the 2014 season. 

Without further ado, here is the rundown: 


1. Chris Petersen - 84 wins
2. Tony Knap - 71 wins

Petersen needed just 78 games to best Tony Knap's 71 wins. Now the only question is exactly how far out of reach Petersen wants to put the record.

1. Bill Snyder - 170 wins
2. Mike Ahearn - 39 wins

Ahearn was Kansas State's all-time wins leader until Synder reached 40 wins in 1995. Ahearn left Kansas State in 1910. It only feels like Snyder followed shortly thereafter. 

1. Pat Fitzgerald - 50 wins
2. Lynn Waldorf - 49 wins

The Wildcats' Gator Bowl victory not only snapped an NCAA-longest bowl losing streak, it also made Fitzgerald the first Northwestern coach to reach the half-century mark. Like Petersen at Boise State, it's now a question of how far Fitzgerald runs away from the pack. 

1. Mike Gundy - 67 wins
2. Pat Jones - 62 wins

How many figures beside Gundy can arguably hold the claim to be the best player and coach in their alma mater's history?

1. Mike Riley - 81 wins
2. Lon Stiner - 74 wins

Gundy and Riley fall in the same club as Petersen and Fitzgerald. Riley looks like the youngest 59-year-old in the country. 

1. Steve Spurrier - 66 wins
2. Rex Enright - 64 wins

Spurrier is the active only coach to hold the all-time wins record at two FBS schools. 

1. Gary Patterson - 116 wins
2. Dutch Meyer - 109 wins

Patterson has helped TCU traverse from the WAC (as an assistant), Conference USA, the Mountain West, the Big East (briefly) and the Big 12, climbing the school's record book in the process. 

1. Larry Blakeney - 169 wins
2. Billy Atkins - 44 wins

Blakeney may be the most underrated coach in the country in terms of where he stands in his school's history. 

1. Frank Beamer - 216 wins
2. Bill Dooley - 64 wins

What we speculated earlier about what the likes of Petersen, Fitzgerald, Gundy and Riley could do to their respective record books is exactly what Beamer has done at Virginia Tech. 


1. Don Faurot - 101 wins
2. Dan Devine - 93 wins
3. Gary Pinkel - 90 wins

Faurot and Devine both occupy spots in the College Football Hall of Fame. Pinkel should best both of them by the end of the 2014 season. 

1. George Welsh - 55 wins
2. Eddie Erdelatz - 50 wins
3. Paul Johnson - 45 wins
4. Ken Niumatalolo - 40 wins

Niumatalolo has won eight or more games in four of his five seasons at Navy. Two more years like that and he'll own the Navy record. 

1. Barry Switzer - 157 wins
2. Bob Stoops - 149 wins
3. Bud Wilkinson - 145 wins
4. Bennie Owens - 122 wins

Stoops has overtaken two College Football Hall of Famers in recent years, and will pass another this fall. At the only school in major college football to produce four coaches with more than 100 wins, Stoops could stand far and away as the record holder when all is said and done. 

1. Darrell Royal - 167 wins
2. Mack Brown - 150 wins

Royal has long been one of Brown's coaching idols. Brown will surpass his idol with two more successful seasons. 

1. D.C. Walker - 78 wins
2. Jim Grobe - 73 wins

Walker set Wake Forest's wins record in 14 seasons. Six Demon Deacons victories next fall and Grobe will break Walker's record in his 13th season in Winston-Salem. 


1. Fisher DeBerry - 169 wins
2. Ben Martin - 96 wins
3. Troy Calhoun - 47 wins

Calhoun will become Air Force's third coach with more than 50 wins this season. Not bad for a program that started in 1955. 

1. Paul "Bear" Bryant - 232 wins
2. Frank Thomas - 115 wins
3. Nick Saban - 63 wins
4. Gene Stallings - 62 wins
5. Wallace Wade - 61 wins 

The Bear's record will remain safe for a long, long time, but Saban, in his fifth head coaching stop lest we forget, could conceivably pass Frank Thomas for second place if he so chooses. In just six seasons in Tuscaloosa, Saban has passed College Football Hall of Famers Gene Stallings and Wallace Wade - and needed fewer games than his predecessors to do so.

1. Grant Teaff - 128 wins
2. Morley Jennings - 83 wins
3. John D. Bridgers - 49 wins
4. George Sauer - 38 wins
5. Frank Bridges - 35 wins
6. Art Briles - 33 wins

In only five seasons, Briles has jumped to number six and, with a successful 2013, will move securely into fourth place. Grant Teaff's record is probably out of reach, but Briles could retire as Baylor's second-winningest head coach. The best thing to say about Briles tenure may be that it's now hard to remember a time when two Big 12 wins was a successful season in Waco. 

1. LaVell Edwards - 257 wins
2. Bronco Mendenhall - 74 wins
3. G. Ott Romney - 42 wins

Mendenhall likely has no shot at the BYU record, but he's been running up the score for second place since 2009. 

1. Gene McDowell - 86 wins
2. George O'Leary - 60 wins

The Knights have only been playing football since 1979, but O'Leary beat out six other coaches for the No. 2 spot in UCF history. 

1. Frank Howard - 165 wins
2. Danny Ford - 96 wins
3. Dabo Swinney - 40 wins

More than anything, this shines a spotlight on the success Swinney has achieved in a short time at Clemson. 

1. Vince Dooley - 201 wins
2. Wallace Butts - 140 wins
3. Mark Richt - 118 wins

At 52, Richt still seems like a young coach with plenty of time to reel in Dooley's mark. Dooley was 56 when he retired from coaching. 

1. Hayden Fry - 143 wins
2. Kirk Ferentz - 100 wins

Surely Ferentz will be able to pass Fry by the time his famed contract expires in 2020.

1. Charles McClendon - 137 wins
2. Les Miles - 85 wins
3. Bernie Moore - 83 wins

At his current pace, Miles will become LSU's all-time wins leader in 2017.

1. Charles Murphy - 155 wins
2. Boots Donnelly - 140 wins
3. Rick Stockstill - 43 wins

Nos. 1 and 2 may be out of reach, but reaching the No. 3 spot in seven seasons is still an accomplishment. 

1. Don Peden - 129 wins
2. Bill Hess - 108 wins
3. Frank Solich - 59 wins

He may never catch Peden and Hess, but Solich's presence on this list is impressive on its own considering he didn't even debut at Ohio until age 60.

1. Ike Armstrong - 141 wins
2. Ron McBride - 88 wins
3. Kyle Whittingham - 71 wins

Like many others on this list, Whittingham may never break the school record but can settle comfortably into the proverbial silver medal by the time he hangs it up. 

Note: South Alabama's Joey Jones and UTSA's Larry Coker technically hold the records at both schools, but since they launched football in 2009 and 2011, respectively, they were not included in this list. Additionally, Carl Pelini, 3-9 in his first season at Florida Atlantic, is the second-winningest coach at a program that played its first game in 2001. 

Advice from Greg Roman: 'Be the best you can, where you're at'

Greg Roman is highly regarded as one of the top offensive minds in all of football. It seems like every year his name is mentioned for numerous head coaching openings and on Sunday he'll get a chance to show why he's so highly regarded on one of the biggest stages in all of sports at the Super Bowl.

One reporter asked Roman if he sees the opportunity to play in the Super Bowl as an instance where "he has become the victim of his own success", because teams normally have their head coaching positions filled well before the Super Bowl is played.

His answer is perfect for young and old coaches alike (skip to the 3:36 mark to hear it).

"The way that I look at it is I try to be the best that I can at the job that I have. If you do a great job at the job that you have, that stuff will come when the time is right. The most important thing is that you work as hard as you can for the players and organization and do the best job you can for them. That's where the focus needs to lie."

Over the past few years, Roman has been able to use heavy formations with six and seven offensive lineman on the field, as well as the pistol to near perfection. In the NFL this season, much has been made about the use of the pistol and various read concepts, and towards the end of the season many fans and coaches noticed that the Niners weren't using those concepts nearly as much as they had earlier in the year. As Roman explains, there was a very good reason behind that.

"We tried to make everyone forget about and think that we had scrapped it leading into the playoffs and we felt like we could win our division in a more traditional way. We kept practicing it, and felt like it was something that we could spring on whoever we played in the playoffs." 

Roman then spends the much of the remainder of the clip explaining what he likes about the pistol formation, what initially drew him to the pistol during his days at Stanford, and how he spend a half day up at Nevada learning about it and then implementing it.



Here's an easy to do video that may give you a recruiting edge

Early this morning we came across this video from UCLA promoting their signing day celebration (see below).

After taking it all in, we realized how advantageous this could be to college programs across the spectrum. The video is simple, effective, and gets recruits picturing themselves making plays in your jersey on game day.

Videos like this one can provide an edge for many programs as they reach out to recruits, and all it takes is some simple graphics (and a little bit of editing), a single high school highlight from each player, and then a clip of that player making a play for you on game day.

Of course the handiwork of your video guys, or a tech savvy grad assistant, or intern would also help tons too.

The benching that changed Vernon Davis' life

Remember this press conference clip from 2008?

While a betting man may have placed money on that day signaling the end of Davis' time in San Francisco. But the 49ers tight end told NFL Network Tuesday that benching was "changed my whole life around."

"After the game, I told Singletary that I wanted to leave. He said, 'Okay, you'll leave. We'll get you over to another team.' We shed tears. After that, my focus went to a whole other level. It wasn't about me. I didn't think about the stats or the catches, it was all about the team. I find that when you put the team first, you'll have success and you'll feel much better about yourself and what you're trying to build."

Davis' stats back up his beliefs. He had a career year in 2009, reaching the Pro Bowl by setting career highs with 78 catches for 965 yards and 13 touchdowns. He followed that season up with a 914-yard season in 2010. Davis has proven to be a key performer in the 49ers' playoff runs the past two seasons, catching 10 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns in San Francisco's two playoff games last season, and grabbed five passes for 106 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' NFC Championship win over Atlanta. 

Though he had no way of knowing it at the time, Singletary's move followed the quote North Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl lives by, "When your instincts tell you something, you need to move then. Don't wait for the data to back up your intuition."

Singletary would be let go as the 49ers' head coach following the 2010 season, but his move to bench a first-round pick is still paying off for Jim Harbaugh and co. as they try to win a Super Bowl on Sunday. 


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