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Blueprint to a Dynasty

With the New England Patriot victory in Super Bowl LI, there has been a lot of talk about dynasties. There have been some great dynasties in all sports not just football. The Red Auerbach Boston Celtics was a great NBA dynasty. The NY Yankees had a couple of dynasties in the early 50s & the […]

New Year Football Resolutions

At the start of every new year people are busy making their New Year’s resolutions. Things like losing weight, saving money, exercising regularly, etc. I also made resolutions every year as a head football coach. The object of these resolutions was: How can I improve our program? That led to: How can I improve our […]

Getting “Politricks” Out of College Football

“A camel is a horse put together by a committee” Jim Valvano I didn’t think this fantastic 2016 College Football Season could get screwed up BUT I underestimated the damage a committee could do to a relative simple process. I forgot that committees are made up of individual egos and a collective ego. These egos […]

Can Your Quarterback Win Ugly

One of the critical traits of winning Quarterbacks is the ability to win “ugly games” By ugly games I mean games where moving the ball is like the Bataan Death March. This is when you need a Quarterback that’s going to make enough plays to win regardless of a poor stat performance. Games become “ugly” […]

Situations to Practice in Pre-Season

Situations to Practice in Pre-Season By: Tony DeMeo Every coach is diligent in practicing obvious situations like Red Zone & Goal line Offense, Two Minute Drill, Down & Distance Situations etc. But during pre-season camp is the time to practice less obvious situations. The following is a checklist we always touched on during the Pre-Season […]

The Muhammad Ali Rule

The recent passing of The Champ, Muhammad Ali, has brought out many beautiful, inspiring eulogies. The word “icon” is one of the most overused words in the English language but in this case it’s a perfect fit. Ali was much more than The Heavyweight Champion of the World. He was much bigger than that. He […]

Bear Bryant’s Plan for Winning Football

Paul “Bear” Bryant is arguably one of the greatest coaches of all time. Not just football but all sports. He said of himself that he was nothin’ but a winner. And winner he was. He made The Alabama Crimson Tide the standard for great college football. The following plan was taken from the book: Rising […]

The Joe DiMaggio Rule

“Just because he makes it look easy, doesn’t make it easy.” As the baseball season begins my thoughts went to my Dad who was a great baseball fan and his favorite player was The Yankee Clipper Joe DiMaggio. DiMaggio was much more than stats, he was about an elegant style and almost effortless grace. He […]

The curse of the Bad Firing

The Curse of the Bad Firing By: Tony DeMeo College athletic programs can sabotage future success by making a bad firing. My definition of a bad firing is: when an institution fires a coach that is improving the program but not fast enough or flashy enough for the powers to be. They fire the coach […]

The Quarterback: Past, Present & Future

The Quarterback: Past, Present & Future By: Tony DeMeo In my lifetime I have witnessed the evolution of the quarterback position at all levels of football. The quarterback position used to be a guy who either handed the ball to a talented running back or stood like a telephone pole in the pocket looking make […]