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June 2001

June 2001


Level the Playing Field

by: Sam McCorkle
Head coach, Tennessee Martin
© June 2001

When we came to Martin a year ago, we knew that we were nearly starting from scratch. We only had thirty-eight players on our team for our first spring practice. Knowing that our numbers were low and we were going to have to play a very tough I-AA schedule with many young players, we had to try and find a way to do something different that would level the playing field. Having seen the Academies become very successful with less talent than their opposition by playing option football, and studying closely some of the things that Rice University was doing to move the ball and score points, we felt that the triple option was a great way to go. We also visited with Coach Gerry Dinardo and studied the I-Bone, which he so effectively employed at Vanderbilt and Colorado.

We felt that this strategy would help us with recruiting. We could....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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