By John Shoop
  • Thanks, Amazing Student Athletes

    November 22, 2012 at 6:31 am

    I have been told that if I want to continue coaching, I need to distance myself from what happened at UNC.  One administrator told me that what happened there is “toxic” and only time and distance will make it go away.    I don’t want to distance myself from UNC.  On this Thanksgiving week I […]

  • 'Just Blow The Horn'

    November 14, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    I once coached with a guy who grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was the ball boy for the Utah Jazz during the prime of Karl Malone’s career.  He told me that Malone didn’t like pre-game warm ups.  In fact, Malone would often come out of the locker room right as the tip […]

  • Preparing For The Triple Option

    November 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    From 1992 to 1994, I was a defensive graduate assistant coach at Vanderbilt University.  Our Defensive Coordinator was a wonderful coach named Carl “Bull” Reese.  He taught me a lot about football and was a pleasure to work with.  His favorite saying for our defense was “The ball is the issue.”  He believed, as I […]

  • Be Good At Things That Matter

    November 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I grew up caddying at Oakmont Country Club just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  It is a great golf course that hosts major tournaments regularly.  Some of my coaching philosophy was developed there as a teenager helping golfers navigate the course.  I learned quickly that a golfer better be good at things that matter if he/she […]

  • Run Fits and Second Chances

    October 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Two teams have challenged the Carolina defense running the ball this year. Louisville did in the first half of their game and Duke did last week. Both teams used a combination of two backs and three wide receivers. I’m surprised others haven’t copied this template and will be curious to see if State does. These […]

  • The Long Hard Way

    October 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    When UNC played Duke while I was offensive coordinator, our staff talked a lot about “going the long hard way” versus their defense.  Duke plays a very aggressive and disciplined form of zone that prevents many big plays.  If we just took what they gave us and made every play work, we could go the […]

  • Gio An 'Uncommon' Back

    October 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    December 16, 2001 was a frigid day in Chicago and the Bears were playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Soldier Field.  It was my first full season as Offensive Coordinator and our record was 9-3 at the time (we finished the year at 13-3).  We were pounding the Bucs pretty good behind our mammoth offensive […]

  • Best Of Both Worlds

    October 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I think highly of Bud Foster, the DC at Virginia Tech.  He coaches an interesting defensive scheme and I wonder why more teams don’t run it.  They describe their defense as a 4-2-5, that is four defensive lineman, two linebackers, and five defensive backs. But the techniques they employ are different than most 4-2-5 teams.  […]

  • Statistics Versus Strategy

    September 26, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    UNC has some choices to make about how to approach the Idaho game. One approach is to run up the score, gain lots of yards, and pad statistics.  This usually pleases fans, boosters, and the press.  Another approach does not focus on stats as much as it does compiling wins for the season.  Against outmatched opponents […]

  • Look For A Hundred Passes!

    September 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    When UNC prepared for ECU two years ago, we planned to run the ball as much as possible. It was our belief that the nature of ECU’s offense prevented their defense from preparing adequately for our run game.   Offensively the Pirates are no huddle, four wide receivers, and heavily oriented toward the pass. We […]