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Old 09-12-2009, 08:53 AM
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GAINESVILLE College football coaches still steal each other's offensive plays.

They just won't ask politely when they do it.

The Florida Gators piggy-backed Oklahoma's trendy no-huddle offense aptly titled the "Banzai" package by Gators coaches after quizzing their own defensive assistants on the Sooners attack in last year's title game.

Other coaches simply lift a good idea off opponents' game film.

Coach Urban Meyer said he doesn't need approval from Bob Stoops to run the same package Saturday against Troy in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

"People don't want to share with us, and we're not really excited about sharing anymore," said Meyer, whose Gators (1-0) play at noon on WOFL-35 (Fox). "Oklahoma's got a little niche right now, and they're not really excited about giving it to Florida."

After teaching their version of the spread offense to Ohio State, West Virginia and others, the Gators have "locked our doors" to trading secrets with other schools, Meyer said.

Yet sharing is still commonplace. The motivation behind Alabama's new Wildcat formation stems from Arkansas and Ole Miss giving Nick Saban's defenses fits, the Crimson Tide coach said.

Meyer, Tennessee Coach Lane Kiffin and South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier admit to taking specific plays from opponents based solely off what they see on film.

"You can get a play from almost anybody," Spurrier said. "If we see a neat play from somebody, we'll go ahead and put it in."

Kiffin said a sly move is implementing an opponent's play from one or two years ago so no one's expecting it, especially something from a third-down or red-zone package.

But if a coach has a follow-up question about the nuances of the play, Meyer said schools won't call each other because of "paranoia."

Many programs vault their best material or secrets until game days.

Meyer never had a problem teaching his version of the spread when requests came to his office years back. Now he plays the bad guy.

"You'd have seven staffs come down here, 'Hey, let's talk about the spread,'" Meyer said. "I thought that was kind of cool to sit and talk football. We don't do that anymore."

West Virginia Coach Bill Stewart said he prefers open dialogue with opposing coaches since true football secrets are minimal anyway. Stewart was on Rich Rodriguez's staff when the Mountaineers shared information with Oklahoma, only to play the Sooners in the Fiesta Bowl in 2008.

"Football's not that hard of a game some are in a spread, some blitz more," Stewart said. "There are wrinkles into everything. The big thing is doing what's best for the players and your kids. Urban's a great coach, a great motivator, so you just try to emulate things that the guys are doing successfully."

Meyer also isn't shy about mirroring others. For months, Meyer has been forthcoming about how Oklahoma's no-huddle offense flustered his defense. Florida held the Sooners to 14 points 40 below their average but OU still moved the ball consistently and had no problems reaching the red zone.

Instead of studying the evolution of the no-huddle, Meyer simply flipped on some tape and asked his defensive coaches to point out what exactly makes the package hard to defend.

Charleston Southern got a taste of the uptempo formation in Florida's 62-3 win Saturday in The Swamp. CSU even had 13 men on the field once because Florida's high-octane pace was relentless.

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow said the biggest challenge is keeping offensive linemen fresh.

"Because you're coming 50 yards there, 50 yards back, you really have to be conditioned," Tebow said.
Old 09-12-2009, 11:58 AM
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well, if you cant beat em, join em...

oh wait...they beat them. nevermind.

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I was thinking the same thing. By the name of the thread, I thought Meyers might have stolen the OU little red wagon or something like that.
Old 09-14-2009, 09:44 PM
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Right... someone is STILL sore from last year's national championship.


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