One of college football’s greatest charms for me is its variety. Unlike the NFL, which seems to be all about variations on a strategic theme, there are all kinds of offensive and defensive schemes clawing for supremacy on the college level. There’s a greater willingness to explore different ways to skin the cat. Some of that is due to the greater number of teams; some of that is due to a greater disparity in talent. But in any event, the result is fun.
So, all I can say about this news is – just do it, Rocky.
After reading articles about an idiosyncratic Arkansas high school coach who never punts, always onside kicks, and has tremendous success doing it, Long is toying with the idea for his Aztecs of no punts or field goal attempts once they’ve driven inside an opponent’s 50-yard line.
Conceivably, San Diego State would go for the first down whether it needed a couple of inches or 10 yards.
And yes, Long — who apparently hasn’t yet tried it all in his 40 years of coaching — is serious about this.
“It makes sense,” he said, seeming almost giddy in talking about the possibilities.
“Additional plays would allow you to score a lot more points,” he said. “It also puts a whole lot of pressure on the defense.”
Like I need an excuse to stay up late watching games on ESPN2 or some Fox regional broadcast, anyway. But, damn, that would be fun to watch.