Osceola360: Coaching Families, Hotseats & in-state rivals open camp

Coaching, like most professions, can be a family business. Former FSU coach Bobby Bowden saw three of his four sons follow him into the college football ranks. Former Florida and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier saw his two sons become coaches. Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz has seen his son Skip lead four college football programs during his coaching career and now has a grandson in the profession.

Another coaching family with FSU ties is now beginning its second generation in the coaching fraternity. Brent Stockstill, the son of former FSU quarterback and current Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill, recently joined Lane Kiffin’s staff at FAU. Kiffin and his brother Chris, the defensive line coach for the San Francisco 49ers, are the sons of former NFL coach Monte Kiffin. For more on the younger Stockstill’s move into coaching please click on the following link: https://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/07/25/lane-kiffin-hires-ex-mtsu-quarterback-brent-stockstill-as-faus-new-offensive-player-personnel-assistant/.

To whom much is given, much is expected. I have heard that saying many times in my life and there may be nowhere is this truer than with college football coaches. Head coaches and assistants are being paid handsomely, to say the least, at most major college football programs and with these huge contracts come grand expectations and constant pressure. Coaches are under constant scrutiny. Nowhere is this truer than the Plains of Auburn, where Gus Malzhan seems to be on the hot seat every year. But that’s standard operating procedure for the Tigers program, which has a history of running of coaches with impressive track records according to an article by Wally Hall of Arkansasonline.com: https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2019/jul/28/auburn-famous-for-displeasure-with-coac-1/.

Football and fashion are definitely connected these days as college football programs try to grab the attention of high school recruits with their game day attire. Alternate uniforms and helmets are in vogue and seemingly every year or so almost every program comes up with a new uniform or helmet concept. There are a lot of FSU fans who would like to see the Seminoles go back to white numerals on their garnet jerseys as opposed to the gold numerals they are using now. I am not sure how much a school’s choice of uniforms has to do with winning over a recruit but programs are spending money on them trying. A recent article by 247Sports ranked the top 25 uniforms in college football and three programs from the state of Florida made the list. To find out which FSU uniform combination made the list please click on the following link:  https://247sports.com/LongFormArticle/College-football-best-uniforms-2019-season-Michigan-Wolverines-Alabama-Crimson-Tide-UCF-Oregon-Ducks-133936667/#133936667_2

CTE, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, has been a topic that has been discussed and debated about in college football circles. The discovery of CTE in former players after their passing has led to rule changes in college football and most people agree the game has never been safer. It has also changed the way teams practice and the way defenders tackle as the NCAA tries to reduce the number of head injuries sustained in college football. According to a recent article by Jane McDevitt, published by Sports Medicine Research, a study was completed recently that found six out of eight subjects tested showed signs of having CTE despite the fact they had not played contact sports or had histories of repetitive neurotrauma although two of the subjects had a history of having traumatic brain injury. While the study will certainly not change the direction football is going in to help prevent head and brain injuries it is worth noting that there is a lot we still don’t know about CTE. For details on the study please click on the following link: https://www.sportsmedres.org/cte-found-in-people-with-no-history-of-sport/.

CBSSports.com’s Chip Patterson looks at how the ACC’s renewed commitment to football since 2005 has helped strengthen the conference across the board, sustained the league and impacted its future in some very positive ways. Please click on the following link to read the article: https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/how-the-accs-renewed-commitment-to-football-has-ensured-the-leagues-long-term-survival/.

Miami (FL) has already opened fall camp as it begins to prepare for its first game against Florida on August 24th in Orlando. Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz met with the press prior to the camp starting last Friday. The first-year head coach and former FSU graduate assistant said among other things that there was no specific timeline to announce a starting quarterback and he believes attention to detail in practice and in meetings are what sets teams apart once they line up across from one another. For more details on what Diaz had to say and how the Hurricanes opened their camp in front of 1,000 fans please click on the following link: https://www.timesdaily.com/sports/college_headlines/new-coach-manny-diaz-opens-miami-hurricanes-fall-camp/article_c49ead21-fc5b-5a1e-a126-db917ded29c8.html.

FSU’s other in-state rival, Florida, also opened up camp Saturday as it prepares for the Hurricanes. Expectations are high in Gainesville entering the 2019 season although their schedule is considered one of the toughest in the country this year. Head coach Dan Mullen thinks he has a more mature football team in his second season leading the program and that his team is confident they can build on the success of last year’s 10-win season. For more from Mullen and the Gators’ 2019 campaign please click on the following link: https://www.newsday.com/sports/florida-opens-fall-camp-amid-highest-expectations-in-decade-1.34305492.

Please check back next week for another edition of Osceola360 for news and notes from around the world of college football.


  1. Jim Gladden

    Until you have walked in the Shoes of a coach at the FBS level or lived the life of a coaches wife or children the general public and fan base may have a hard time feeling the stress that is on the family of a coach you live from week to week during the season and you mood is determined by the results on the score board. It is not until we realize that the scoreboard at the end of the field is not the one that counts on termination day. there all ground is level. Need to pray and support these families who have dedicated their lives to this profession,

  2. Craig Gilman

    Well said. Thank you for the insight Coach.

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