Good afternoon, Coaches. Let’s get right to the stories that we’re talking about in our newsroom.
1. WATCH: College football coach calls timeout, retires and walks to his car after 45 seasons (CBS Sports)
We missed this one last weekend, so we’re assuming you may have missed it too. East Stroudsburg College (Pa.) head coach Denny Douds decided to retire during a game after 45 seasons on the job.
That’s right. Douds intentionally called a fourth timeout with four seconds remaining in the game, walked across the field, shook the hands of the opposing coaches, and then walked off the field to the parking lot while his team went through the handshake line.
Douds told reporters after the game that he planned his “walk-off” retirement.
“I told my wife, ‘When I leave the stadium, I am going to tip my hat and say, ‘I love ya.” I tipped my hat, walked to the car, and smiled all the way home,” Douds said.
Congratulations to Coach Douds for going out on his own terms.
Coaches — How will you announce your retirement if you are lucky enough to go out on your own terms?
2. South Carolina football assistant coach Hunter Spivey has many tricks up his sleeve (Charleston Post-Courier)
This is an interesting story about a South Carolina assistant coach who is making his mark by dialing up trick plays in pivotal situations. Summerville offensive coordinator Hunter Spivey has earned the trust of his coach through creative play calls — which prompted the head coach to hand over the reigns to Spivey for a game-winning two-point conversion attempt against a rival.
The play Summerville ran on the final play of the Green Wave’s 43-42 double-overtime victory is called the “Cincinnati Rewind,” but its origins can be found in the “Philly Special,” the brainchild of Spivey.
The play worked, and Summerville went on to win 43-42 in double-overtime.
The entire story is worth reading because it is laden with interesting anecdotes in which Spivey meets with college coaches across the nation and breaks down trick plays with them — only to see them use the plays in games. If you want a look at the trick play that won the game last weekend, here it is.
How do you ensure that each coach on your staff is assigned the proper amount of responsibility to play to his strengths?
3. Illinois coach steps down, says recruiting has changed high school football (Belleville News-Democrat)
We found this story interesting because it’s about a coach who just resigned yesterday and then was brutally honest with a reporter in discussing the problems with coaching high school football.
Kris Stephens had been a part of Belleville Township High School District 201 (Ill.) football for the better part of 22 years, first as a player at East, then an assistant, and a head coach for the last three seasons. He said yesterday he has no intention of seeking out another head coaching position.
“One thing I knew going in is that head coaches in football don’t coach. They coach coaches and are administrators,” he said. “I would look forward to getting back and working with the kids one on one. But I have no desire to get back into head coaching as it currently sits.”
One of Stephens’ biggest frustrations was that his players consistently left his program to play at more competitive schools in the area.
The hardest part and the part of the job I didn’t navigate well is recruiting,” Stephens said. “The game at the high school level has changed. Kids are selling themselves to the highest bidder. I had an idea, but was not completely prepared, to be honest.”
What are some of your concerns about the way a high school football coach’s job has changed over the years?
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