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Coach Stuff

College football coaches are allegedly super important. On this page you'll find information about these people. If you read enough blog posts, maybe you'll get to be a coach one day too!

Here’s what we should do when coaches leave after Signing Day

This should cost someone money. That money should go somewhere specific.

How 1947 Michigan helped the Chiefs win the Super Bowl

And more about Fritz Crisler, one of the most important football coaches ever.

The 8 types of football coach

Which kind of football coach are you?

College football coaches, please stop invoking Hitler

If you want to make a point about leadership, pick somebody else.

All the ways Ole Miss’ fake pee changed the world (updated)

On Thanksgiving 2019, a Mississippi man pretended to pee like a dog. Then nothing was the same.

There are other coaches you could hire

It might feel like a good idea to hire a coach connected to bad things, but here’s an idea: what if you hired a different coach?

Alternate history: Everything that happens if USC hires Orgeron

In 2013, the Trojans passed on hiring their beloved interim coach. That changed the arc of at least a half-dozen major programs.

Dynasty Mode: The 7 ways CFB dynasties end

Let’s pick a metric that gives us a list of dynasties, and then let’s find some common threads.

6 thoughts about USC’s lost decade

USC rambled through 10 mediocre years. Here, we ramble about what that decade meant.

How Clemson saves QB runs for when they’re needed most

Clemson’s careful about when they ask the quarterback to run, but it’s still a powerful card in their deck.

Relative recruiting difficulty: how does your CFB team compare?

Realistically comparing your team’s peaks to its annual peers can help show how attractive a destination your head coaching job might be.

CFB has SO MANY Coach of the Year awards. Let’s make each unique

You know how the NBA has hilariously literal awards like "Most Improved Player?" Let’s make all 9,000 of college football’s coaching awards just as specific.

So you want to fire your coach without paying his buyout ...

Here’s how it might be possible for colleges to exploit the NCAA’s enormous rulebook in order to get out of deals they don’t like any more.

Chris Petersen was always on time

The Washington and Boise State coach left college football the same way he lived in it: efficiently.

What do search firms actually do?

This is why athletic departments pay tens of thousands of dollars, even if they end up hiring their first choice anyway.

Gus Malzahn’s $43,000,000 Month

How one agent, no athletic director, two schools, and two very specific wins flipped Gus Malzahn from the hot seat to a massive contract extension

Bad teams should structure coach contracts like NCAA Football’s

P5 bottom-feeders should offer coaches very self-aware goals, then reward them with time.

All the ways one strange Louisville-Clemson play altered history

Inches separated Louisville from the Tigers’ 2016 ACC Atlantic title. Those inches changed the sport, possibly for years to come.

All the thinking that goes into a two-point play call

Practice and planning are the key to any good 2PAT. (Except the ones where some wildness just happens.)

What happened to Chip Kelly’s offense?

Over a year in, things are not working at UCLA, and there are a lot of reasons why.

Gus Malzahn’s $43,000,000 Month

How one agent, no athletic director, two schools, and two very specific wins flipped Gus Malzahn from the hot seat to a massive contract extension

Why does the NCAA say David Shaw is a white woman?

He is a black man.

All the stuff that’s actually in your football team’s playbook

It’s so much more than just play diagrams.

A history of skyrocketing CFB coach salaries, from Camp to Swinney

Let’s go back to the beginning and adjust everything for inflation along the way.

How CFB coach hirings work, explained by an agent

Some hires are wild. Most aren’t, but there are still hoops to navigate.

The times in the year when coaches don’t work all that hard

It’s a busy job, but here’s when you can find some slackers in the office.

Who has more titles, Saban or Bryant? Here’s the complex answer

Nick Saban arguably already has more championships than Bear Bryant, but historical context is a huge consideration.

Ranking all 21 of Nick Saban’s losses at Bama by delight

He’s had so few, you might remember all of them.


There was an uncle who was an eye surgeon.

A field guide to the strength coach

Myth, memes, and Muscle Milk: studying the leaders of the pack, with the help of several FBS specimens.

There’s a convention ... for coaches? Yup, here’s what happens

Nine takeaways from my first trip to the American Football Coaching Association convention.

CFB’s lack of black coaches is the result of a flawed pipeline

You can find causes all along one common route to a coaching career.