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Thanks, Amazing Student Athletes

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...

'Just Blow The Horn'

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...

Preparing For The Triple Option

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...

Be Good At Things That Matter

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...

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Run Fits and Second Chances

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...

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The Long Hard Way

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...

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Gio An 'Uncommon' Back

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...

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Best Of Both Worlds

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...

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Statistics Versus Strategy

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...

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Look For A Hundred Passes!

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...

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Louisville More Explosive

UNC and Louisville are very different teams from when they played each other last year. The Cards made offensive staff changes in the middle of last season, and of course we are all familiar with the total overhaul at UNC. Our...

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Close Encounters At Wake Forest

UNC should be pleased with the game against Elon. A convincing win must feel good to the Carolina community amid all the press about academic scandal. However, I’m sure everyone in the Kenan Center realizes the schedule...

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