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FNF Coaches Talk — Herm Edwards Q&A, Kyler Murray’s Offense, Rush Propst’s List of Offenses

Happy Monday, Coaches. Here’s our rundown of stories for today.

1. Arizona State coach Herm Edwards on recruiting, scheme, dealing with parents (FNF Coaches)

Herm Edwards has always been one of our favorites, and we’ve been waiting over a year — since his hire at Arizona State — to interview him for our monthly College Coaches Q&A. Herm didn’t disappoint with some of his signature quotes and philosophies.

We shared that the thing most high school coaches list as the No. 1 challenge to the job is dealing with parents. His response:

“When kids come on official visits with their parents, I say, ‘Look, our culture is very simple.’ The first thing we talk about is being on time. Second, do your words match up with your actions every time? Third, come here to compete, and it’s a level playing field. The best guys will play. I don’t care if you’re a five-star or a walk-on. Five freshmen started last year. That wasn’t by accident. Do those three things right, and you have a chance to be successful.”

We also asked Herm to share how he would deal with a player who gets in trouble off the field or is not putting in the work in the classroom.

“Some coaches say they want to treat everyone the same. That’s the wrong way to look at it. I treat everyone fair; I don’t treat everyone the same. That’s how life works. When you’re not accountable in the way that’s necessary to be a student-athlete, you don’t practice. You don’t participate. I don’t care who you are. I’ve benched players in the NFL for conduct detrimental to the team. Good players understand. If they don’t play, that gets their attention.”

We encourage you to read the whole interview when you have time.

If you could spend 15 minutes with any college coach in the country, who would you choose?

2. How Kyler Murray operated Oklahoma’s offense to perfection (SB Nation)

Kyle Murray could potentially be the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, which is a rarity for a quarterback who stands about 5 feet, 10 inches tall. Taking account to account Murray’s unique skill set, it’s worth exploring how the Oklahoma coaching staff put him in positions to succeed. If you have a quarterback who is the most athletic player on the field, perhaps you could steal some of this.

OU’s strengths were in Murray’s unique skills, the overall run game, and the receivers. The Sooners became even more of a play action-oriented team, and Murray was great at making defenses wrong. Run schemes became that much more deadly, because Murray could keep the ball and either hand it off, run it himself, or throw it. They still made time to take play-action shots over the middle to their tight ends and fullbacks.

So what worked for defenses against Murray? Nick Saban found out in the National Championship Game, but it certainly helped to have NFL talent all over the field.

The last game of Murray’s college career was the Orange Bowl semifinal against Alabama, and Nick Saban opted for a mix of nickel and dime. He kept both safeties deep more often than not, daring Oklahoma to win by beating tighter coverages with quick routes or beating a mammoth defensive line with the run and play action:

What is your process for installing an offense that is built around your quarterback’s skill set?

3. Propst investigation cites pill incidents, dishonesty, insubordination (Moultrie Observer)

Again, we’re not in the business of making a big deal out of personnel moves in the high school coaching ranks, but it would be difficult to stumble upon this story as a high school football coach and NOT be talking about it.

This is a story straight out of Varsity Blues.

An investigation by Colquitt County School Superintendent Doug Howell determined Rush Propst violated five standards of the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators, including by giving pills to students “on more than one occasion.” The investigation led to his dismissal on Thursday after 11 years as the head coach of the Colquitt County High School football team.

As if the pill distribution isn’t bad enough, here’s the complete list of offenses for Rush Propst.

  • Providing pills “on more than one occasion” to students. None of the documents identifies the type of medication, except for one witness who said the pills he saw “might have been Aleve,” which is an over-the-counter pain killer.
  • Owing $301,317 in federal income taxes and $143,000 in delinquent state taxes.
  • Interfering in the hiring of Jamie Dixon as the Colquitt County High School principal.
  • Insubordination.
  • Attempting to charge $143.66 for a personal hotel stay to the school system.
  • Interfering with another sport.
  • Problems associated with the 2018 football team and especially conduct at the end of the championship game loss to Milton.
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