Our Job… Your Tree

Recently amid all of the hoopla, conjecture and speculation regarding Jim Harbaugh’s decision to leave the 49ers and the NFL to land at Michigan, was a nugget that struck me.

The commentators were all discussing the usual, obvious reasons… money, returning to his roots, etc.

Then Lou Holtz made these observations…

He said that some coaches are simply more suited for collegiate coaching positions, not because their skill can’t cut it at the professional level, but because they feel they can have a greater impact on young men’s lives at the collegiate level… both to players that play for them, and coaches that coach with them.

woody hayesHoltz said, “Woody Hayes is alive today because he taught me…”

Coach Holtz was an assistant for Woody Hayes at Ohio State in 1968. Ohio State won the National Championship that year.

 

Think about it…

Who will you live on through?

They are in your program now.

Ours is an awesome job that comes with awesome responsibility.

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Conor Oberst and the AFCA National Convention

This is a re-blog of a post from the summer referencing the AFCA National Convention, which is taking place in Louisville, Kentucky this week.

The moral of this story is…

Persistence…
Practice…
Hard Work…
Hard Work Pays Off…

If you are at the convention, enjoy and do me a favor. If you read my blog, and like the content… share it (youcandomore.net) with a colleague in the lobby!

You Can Do More… your brain is lying to you…. Don’t Believe It!

You Can Do More!

How are Conor Oberst and the American Football Coaches Association National Convention related?

Get ready for a relatively circuitous ride…

If you are over 30, there is probably a good chance that you do not know who Conor Oberst is. The 34 year old singer-songwriter has been playing music for over 20 years … he released his first recording, Water, when he 13. He was recording folk music before the likes of Mumford and Sons, and the Avett Brothers made it popular again.

My 24-year-old son, Carter, has been an Oberst fan pretty much his whole life… my wife and I, not so much. When Carter was in middle school, Oberst and Bright Eyes (his group) populated our iTunes library. Carter would sit at the computer doing homework and listen to Oberst … we would make his wear headphones because the music was… well… pretty awful.

tdc_conorMy son and…

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Lifetime Learning

Heading into “clinic season” and with the AFCA National Convention convening in Louisville, Kentucky this week, I thought it was an opportune time to re-blog this post from a year ago.

This is the second of three posts referencing the AFCA convention that I will re-run this week. They were from quite a while ago, so they have been buried with 200+ more recent posts and can be difficult to find. All are still relevant.

If you are at the convention, enjoy and do me a favor. If you read my blog, and like the content… share it (youcandomore.net) with a colleague in the lobby!

You Can Do More… your brain is lying to you…. Don’t Believe It!

Jeff Floyd – youcandomore1@yahoo.com

You Can Do More!

It was with much dismay that I heard a comment that was made by a fellow coach the other day.  He said that he doesn’t really do the “coaching clinic thing” because “he has all the football knowledge he needs right up here”… (pointing to his head).

afcaI was given an excellent piece of advice during my first year of coaching at Blue Springs High School.  Fred Merrell was my head coach when I attended Blue Springs, and I was fortunate to be able to go back after college and work with Fred at Blue Springs for three seasons.  It was after my first season as a member of Fred’s staff and I was getting ready to attend my first coaching clinic.  Coach Merrell could tell I was excited – there were several big name college coaches and many legendary Missouri and Kansas high school coaches. …

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The Hotel Lobby at the AFCA Convention

Louisville, Kentucky is the site of the 2015 AFCA National Convention, which takes place this week.

afca welcome sign

I was fortunate to be in Louisville this weekend and witnessed the annual excitement of ball coaches from all over the country arriving, checking in to hotels, getting the skinny on the local nightlife, and most of all, networking… the old fashioned way.

I have written several posts referencing the AFCA Convention, and will be re-running them this week. Most were from quite a while ago, so they have been buried with 200+ more recent posts and can be difficult to find. All are still relevant.

If you are at the convention, enjoy and do me a favor. If you read my blog, and like the content… share it (youcandomore.net) with a colleague in the lobby!

You Can Do More!

The original social network

Before Faceoook

Before Twitter

Before LinkedIn

Before Instagram

Before Texting

…there were thousands of coaches that yearly covered the Hotel Lobby floor at the AFCA convention, with a pocket full of business cards, a drink in their left hand, and their right hand poised… ready to shake the hand of the next coach they were introducing themselves to.

afca lobby

Networking… the old fashioned way.

This will all begin anew next week in Indianapolis as the nations coaches descend upon the Indiana Convention Center.

If you have not ever had the opportunity to attend the national convention of the American Football Coaches Association, I would put it on your bucket list.

You Can Do More… your brain is lying to you…. Don’t Believe It!

Jeff Floyd – youcandomore1@yahoo.com

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Bowling

My favorite time of the year… the (roughly) two-week span from December 20 to January 4. Of course I enjoy the Holiday season… time off work, time spent with family, and the celebrations. But, what REALLY puts this time of the year into overdrive with me is the fact that during this relatively short span, 38 college football bowl games are played! Throw in the FCS, DII and DIII playoff and championship games and we are over 50 televised contests.  I can honestly say that I watched MOST of these games.

bowl logos

During one of these broadcasts, I heard a sports announcer wondering aloud the rhetorical question, “are there too many bowl games?”

The usual suspects are always paraded out during this discussion…

  • Does it dilute the prestige of going to a bowl game?
  • Attendance is down.
  • The games are expensive to put on.
  • Are the games competitive… do the athletes really care?

This year was a really great bowl season. The games were extremely competitive… many going into overtime. It was apparent by the level of play that the games DID mean something to the coaches and players. Sponsorship for the games is UP, and the TV audience set record numbers.

To me, there is no such thing as “too many” college football bowl games. My opinion goes beyond the facts mentioned previously.   For many of these players (and often the coaches, trainers, band, cheer squads) the opportunity to play in a bowl game is the experience of a lifetime. They often get to visit exotic (warm) locations, eat well, usually get gifts and memorabilia, and best of all, get to play another college football game! Normally, the athletic programs are not on the hook for paying (in fact, often they stand to make money) but rather the corporate sponsors foot the bill. As long as the sponsors are willing to ante up to make the experiences memorable, I say lets have at it.

The only negative thing that I see about this two-week banquet of bowl games, is that in following weeks… especially with the NFL winding down, there is a dearth of football on TV.

My “addiction” needs to be fed…. I am going through withdrawals.

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