FNF Coaches Talk for Tuesday, Nov. 6

Good afternoon, Coaches. We hope you’ll find a few minutes to check out the stories we’re talking about in our newsroom on Election Day.

1. College student helping Bryant football out-think the competition (Eagle-Tribune, Mass.)

This is a cool story for any coach who doesn’t think he has the manpower to embrace analytics. A Methuen, Mass. college student has volunteered to help the Bryant University staff break down analytics, and his impact has been sizable.

Bryant head coach James Perry from Andover said, “Zach is a huge part of our undergraduate analytics team. Since Zach’s arrival, I have had the ability to use his talent with math to help make real in-game decisions. Last year his study of 4th-down situations led to us going for it 37 times on fourth down. While that is twice as much as anyone in the league, his analytics keep telling me to go for it more.”

Believe us — we understand a high school football team’s budget doesn’t allow much wiggle room for an analytics specialist on staff, but don’t be afraid to do what Coach Perry did here. Find a student who wants to be a part of the football program, but perhaps does not have the stature to contribute to the team on the field.

At 5-9, 150 pounds, college football didn’t seem plausible. His father, Bill Chase, president of Hi-Tech Window and Siding, was doing work on Andover High coach E.J. Perry’s home. He said if Zach wanted to work in football, his brother would love to have him. After the first game of his freshman year, Chase got the itch and asked the Bryant coach.

Coaches — In what ways have you used student volunteers to help your football team?

2. Delaware coach admits he allowed suspended players to keep playing (The Delaware News-Journal)

This one’s kind of a head-scratcher, but maybe a situation some of us can relate to. This Christiana High (Del.) coach opted to play at least one suspended player one week after his team got in a brawl at the end of a rivalry game. Seven Christiana players were suspended for one game by DIAA for their role in an on-field altercation during a game against A.I. du Pont (Wilmington, Del.) on Oct. 6.

Christiana coach Virgil Rush admitted to reporters that he played suspended players because he didn’t agree with the penalty.

“Regardless, I didn’t agree with the ruling,” Rush said. “So either way, I know I played some guys [who had been suspended].”

Rush was then suspended for the next game due to his decision to play suspended players. When he broke the news to his players, they decided to forfeit the next game.

“I told our players, the last thing I said to them, ‘Any time you stand up for yourself in a way that is not successful in any form of protest, you have to be ready for the consequences,’ ” Rush said. “And they said they were ready.”

It seems like, in this case, Rush’s decisions made a bad situation worse.

What is the proper way to handle a ruling by the state athletic association that you disagree with?

3. VIDEO: Ga. HS football coach proposes with help of his players (The Weekly Times)

This is a fun one. A Lanier High (Ga.) coach decided to incorporate his players into his proposal to his girlfriend. Their reaction is priceless.


What a moment!

In what ways do you give players a glimpse of your private life?

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