Saturday, May 06, 2006

This Man Does Not Like to Share

There are few secrets in college football. Coaches travel from team to team in the offseason, studying the nuances of this or that from other coaches. But not everybody is on board. Say hello to South Carolina's Steve Spurrier, who keeps his playbook under lock and key. "We've had teams that want to come visit us, and what we say is we'll provide some tape," Spurrier said. "You can come and watch tape. But as coaches, we don't sit down and go over every detail with them. I think that is the way it should be." Not so, says the American Football Coaches Association, which takes the idea of sharing so seriously that in 1996 it developed the Professional Development Series. In the PDS, coaches give seminars of specific aspects of the game and their philosophies (registration).

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