FNF Coaches Conversations for Sept 18, 2018

Here are the items driving the conversations at FNF Coaches HQ this Tuesday morning.

1. Heat Injuries Can Be Deadly. Here’s How to Recognize, Treat and Prevent Them (Source)

For tragic reasons, this is a topic on everyone’s mind lately. We flagged this post from Stack.com because it goes far beyond the media sensationalism and delivers actionable information. This guide breaks down step-by-step, symptom-by-symptom, how to identify, treat, and prevent heat illnesses.

The sad case of Jordan McNair, the Maryland offensive lineman who died of heatstroke over the summer, has put a spotlight on playing and practicing in the heat.

What does a parent, coach and administrator need to know to properly manage a heat illness and prevent them? “The identification of symptoms related to heat injury is crucial. Once symptoms have been identified, treatment is relatively straightforward”

The guide is worth digging into, there are even resources for athletes and parents to get involved.

Be Prepared: How are you tackling this issue within your own organization? Does everyone in the organization know their role?

2. VIDEO: Calumet (Ind.) features an unstoppable 349-pound RB, and it’s not just a gimmick (Source)

This athlete may not play for your squad, but trust us, you don’t want to miss seeing Joshua “Bubba” Johnson in action.

But Bubba isn’t just good for a show. The game-changing potential is real, as USA Today writes:

Johnson finished Friday night’s Calumet loss to Griffith with six carries for 48 yards and a touchdown, which you can see above. All were impressive, the latest in the evolution of Griffith’s running future. What started as a short-yardage gimmick has now fully evolved into a truly legitimate role. And while Calumet coach Rick Good told the Times Johnson’s offensive set was “crazy,” he also acknowledged it’s results were too compelling to simply overlook.

Apply It: Who are the hidden contenders on your team? Are you taking risks with unconventional tactics in order to discover them?

3. 50 greatest high school football coaches of all-time (Source)

OK, who doesn’t love a good argument? And while you might think a definitive ranking of something like this is impossible, the guys over at MaxPrep went and did it:

Using a ranking formula that takes into account wins, average wins per year, winning percentage, state titles, national championships and state championship percentage, MaxPreps has come up with a list of the Top 50 Greatest High School Football Coaches of All Time.

Sure, they say they use statistics and data. But there’s always room for interpretation, so have it. What do you think of their choices? Who’s missing? Who’s doesn’t belong?