Leach's fingerprints all over the conference

The Big 12 is widely regarded as an conference based around offensive success. Jake Trotter wrote an article for ESPN this morning investigating how the evolution of the spread offense has impacted the conference.

Coaches told ESPN that the two things that have transformed the league from being a run dominated league a decade ago are Mike Leach and the explosion of 7 on 7 passing leagues within the Big 12 recruiting pipeline.

From a statistical standpoint, taking a look at the top offenses in the country through week 10, you see that half of the conference's quarterbacks rank in the top 10 in passing yardage, and Kansas State quarterback, Collin Klein, leads the country in rushing touchdowns (24).

The premise of the article is Leach was hired in '99 by Bob Stoops (and then left for Texas Tech), Mark Mangino took the offense from the Sooners to the Jayhawks, and Art Briles took it from Tech (to Houston, then) to Baylor, etc...

You can read the article in its entirety here. It's a good quick read. 



A pattern of success

Oklahoma State has quite the pattern of coaches transitioning from Cowboy offensive coordinator to head coaching success.

Since '97, four OK State offensive coordinators have went on to become head coaches, and those coaches hold a combined 36-4 record this season.

Les Miles served as offensive coordinator with the Cowboys up until 2005 and took the head coaching position at LSU in 2001. Miles is currently 10-0 this season as head coach. Mike Gundy took over for Miles, and is also currently 10-0.

The other former offensive coordinators turned head coaches are Southern Miss' Larry Fedora (2006-07) and West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen (2010).  Fedora is currently 9-1 with the Golden Eagles and Holgorsen is 7-3 in his first season with the Mountaineers.

Todd Monken is in his first season with the Cowboys and will likely become a head coach soon enough.

On paper at least, it seems if you want to become a successful head coach, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator would be a good place to start.

Report Card: Record number of minority head coaches

Two years ago, there were no black head coaches in four of the BCS conferences.

Thanks largely to the success of NFL minority coaches like Tony Dungy, Mike Tomlin, Lovie Smith and Jim Caldwell earlier in the decade, five out of the six FBS conferences have at least one minority head coach this season.

The Big Ten is the only conference with no minority head coaches. The ACC, SEC and Pac-12 each have two minority head coaches in their conference.

In the past two years alone there have been 19 minority coaches hired at the FBS or FCS level (not counting historically black colleges and universities). According the the annual report card from the Black Coaches and Administrators, there have only been 51 minority head coaching hires since 1979. According to the report, there are now a record 28 minority head coaches at the division 1 level (FBS & FCS). 

Wednesday TV

Double dose of MACtion tonight.

All times are Eastern.


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Ohio at Bowling Green - 8 - ESPN

Western Michigan at Miami (OH) - 8 - ESPN2

High School: 

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Slowing it down brings Success

Todd Graham is known for his fast paced, high octane offensive attack. "Tempo, tempo, tempo."

Well, at times this season, the offense hasn't been as effective as Graham and his staff would like, so on Saturday they made a concentrated effort to slow things down against Louisville, and the results are hard to ignore.

Saturday, the Panthers beat the Cardinals 21-14 in one of their most efficient offensive outings of the season. In the first half, quarterback Tino Sunseri went 8-11, with his only incompletions coming on a dropped pass, and two decisions to throw the ball away under pressure.  Sunseri finished 16-22 for 196 yards and the offense rushed for 200 yards.

Perhaps more importantly, the Panthers committed zero penalties on the day (they average 5.3 penalties for almost 50 yards per game).

Good coaches make the necessary adjustments. 

The Panthers improved to (5-5, 3-2) on the season and will hope to become bowl eligible as they finish up with West Virginia (7-3, 3-2), and Syracuse (5-5, 1-4).

In the video below Graham describes his decision to slow things down.

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