Happy Thursday! Looking for some inspiration or information before Game Day? We’ve got you covered. Here are some stories that we’re talking about today.

1. 5 ways a high school coach can help players get recruited (USA Today)

We talk to college coaches regularly, and whenever we do, we ask what more high school coaches can be doing to help with recruiting. Many of the suggestions on this list come up regularly. This one, in particular, gets repeated often.

“Trying to gauge if your athlete is really D1? For parents, giving an unbiased assessment of your child’s talent and potential is next to impossible. Fortunately, their high school or club coach is in a great position to provide an honest evaluation.”

Another thing we hear often from college coaches is that high school coaches can be helpful by organizing a player’s transcripts, SAT/ACT scores and recommendations so that the college recruiters don’t have to chase that information.

If you’re planning to host college recruiters or help with your players’ college search in future weeks, this is an informative story for you.

What tips can you offer fellow coaches that aren’t on this list?

2. Dabo Swinney: “If your job is to get the doughnuts, man, you bring the freshest doughnuts and the hottest coffee” (Football Scoop)

This article comes on the 10-year anniversary of Coach Swinney’s hire at Clemson, and it offers great life advice for everyone. If you’re going to do something, do it 100 percent, and don’t be afraid to incorporate a little self-promotion.

“If your job is to go get the doughnuts, man, you bring the freshest doughnuts and the hottest coffee,” Swinney says. “And you do it in a way that everybody notices. ‘That guy gets the best doughnuts in the history of the doughnut business.’ And that’s just how you have to do things.”

Swinney started as the wide receivers coach at Clemson, but made no secret of the fact that he wanted to ascend quickly to the offensive coordinator position. When the head coach position opened 10 years ago, Swinney got the job on an interim basis. But because he had prepared himself for the ultimate challenge, he was ready to succeed.

“Had I not been prepared to be a head coach—as prepared as you can be—then this opportunity would have passed me by,” Swinney says.

Don’t be afraid to state your ultimate goal to anyone who is willing to listen — even if they may be standing in your way at the time. And outwork everyone around you so your bosses know you are the right man for the job.

How did you take advantage of your coaching opportunities to ascend the ranks?

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