Tag:Friday Night Lights
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:10 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 1:14 pm
 

Leach inspires Friday Night Lights film script

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Having a thinly veiled version of himself play a key role in the movie version of The Blind Side has only seemed to boost the career of Hugh Freeze, the new Ole Miss head man and the only FBS coach we can think of to have the details of his life turned into elements of a major motion picture. So maybe the folks at Washington State should be happy to hear the details revealed Tuesday regarding the planned Friday Night Lights movie.

FNL executive producer and director of the original Friday Night Lights film Peter Berg told MTV that the saga surrounding Mike Leach's controversial departure from Texas Tech would become the inspiration for one of the new movie's principal storylines. According to Berg: 

"[Screenwriter Jason Katims] has come up with a really great storyline that parallels what happened to Mike Leach, one of my heroes, a coach at Texas Tech who was unjustly fired and unjustly accused of mistreating a player with a concussion, which was proven to not have been the case. He's now at Washington State getting ready for what I think will be a great redemption story," Berg explained ... "The idea is to really revolve it around the coach."

While Leach's account of his treatment of Adam James and subsequent dismissal from Lubbock has not yet been "proven" in the legal sense, the drama over his battles with James (and ESPN analyst/senatorial candidate father Craig James) and the Texas Tech brass could provide fodder enough for an entire movie trilogy.

Of course, Berg may be fortunate just the get the one Leach-inspired movie made; while saying "We're not done with Friday Night Lights," he also admits that corralling all of his principal actors together for the film wouldn't be easy. (And star Taylor Kitsch sounded less than gung-ho about reprising his role as Tim Riggins, saying he'd "maybe do a cameo or something.")

So we wouldn't advise the Cougar public relations staff in Pullman to start work on their "Mike Leach: movie hero inspiration" promotional campaign just yet. But just ask Freeze: if Berg does get his Leach-centric script into production, it surely won't hurt Leach's already formidable reputation as one of the most fascinating characters in college football.

HT: Grantland 

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Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:56 am
 

Tulane loses assistant to a high school

Posted by Tom Fornelli

In college football, loyalty only goes so far in the world of coaches. The fact of the matter is, unless you're the head coach at your alma mater, a coach is generally always on the lookout for the next job. The next step up on the ladder. So an assistant leaving a school for another is no big deal. But then there's what happened to Tulane this week.

Dan Dodd had been the assistant head coach at Tulane for the last three years, and had been at the school for four. Dodd is now leaving Tulane to become a head coach at another school. Which would be totally normal except for the fact that this new school is a high school.

Dan Dodd, the assistant head football coach at Tulane University, has accepted the position of K-12 athletic director and varsity football coach at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools, the school announced Tuesday. Dodd, a graduate of San Clemente High, replaces Chris Fore, who said he has resigned to pursue other opportunities.

“Coach Dodd will clearly bring a new look to our football program, which will be highly attractive to student athletes who want to play for a coach who believes in young men and what they can accomplish," Dr. Ron Sipus, head of schools for CVCS, said in a press release. "Our athletes will get playing time in a quality program and if they develop their skills, Coach Dodd, because of his background, can connect them to the right college recruiters and coaches.” 

Now, I've no idea how good a school Capistrano Valley is, or how much they'll be paying Dodd at his new job. So I'm not going to question his decision to leave the position of assistant head coach at an FBS school to become a head coach at a high school. I'm just going to wish him luck at the new gig.

As far as Tulane is concerned, ouch. Maybe Dodd just took his dream job, but it's never going to look good when your assistant head coach feels that taking a head coaching job at a high school is a step up in his career. I mean, I can't remember anyone doing something like this since coach Eric Taylor left TMU to return to Dillion High School. 
 
 
 
 
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