6th Annual Single Wing Conclave

January 22nd, 2007

6th Annual Single Wing Conclave
Friday, March 2nd & Saturday, March 3rd, 2007
Burke Auditorium
King’s College
Wilkes-Barre, PA

6th Annual Pre-Conclave Mixer
Thursday, March 1st, 2007
8:00ish - ???
TGIFridays (adjacent to the Holiday Inn-Kidder Road)
880 Kidder Road
Wilkes-Barre, PA

3rd Annual Beer Taste BBQ
Friday, March 2nd, 2006
Holiday Inn-Kidder Road
Wilkes-Barre, PA
NOTE - The Beer Taste BBQ is an idea in that everyone attending brings one case of craft/micro beers from wherever they live so that everyone can sample good beers from all over the US. Feel free to mix it up - get any genre you want. 2006’s offerings were outstanding & very diverse - keep it up!!

Also, any one willing to bring (or prepare) REAL barbeque and/or other sides please contact BTBBQ Chairman John Minteer (BIGJ54) at jkcp at adelphia dot net with what you can/will bring, and if you are providing a means to, or will require a means to, reheat on site.


INDIVIDUAL: $27 in advance, posted no later than Monday, February 27th.
STAFF: $22 per coach (staff of 3 or more) in advance no later than Monday, February 27th.
Go to http://www.paypal.com and Submit Payment to [email protected] along with your email & the name(s) of who is attending

INDIVIDUAL: $25 in advance, $35 at the door or postmarked after Saturday, February 24th.
STAFF: $20 per coach (staff of 3 or more) in advance, $25 per coach (staff of 3 or more) at the door or postmarked after Saturday, February 24th.

Mail check or MO payable to: “Single Wing Conclave” and the name(s) of who is attending to:

Mail payment to:
Todd Bross
218 Butler Road
Union, ME 04862

Info TBA

Email all questions to buckspin at adelphia dot net

Our “unofficial” base camp has been:

Holiday Inn Wilkes-Barre (Arena)
880 Kidder Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Reservations: 1-800-315-2621
Front Desk: 1-570-824-8901
Fax: 1-570-824-9310
Email: info at holiday-wilkesbarre dot com

There is a group rate. To get this rate, mention you are attending the “Single Wing Coaching Conclave” at King’s College. This should get you a nightly rate of $61. You can certainly find cheaper places to stay, but IMHO you will will missing out on a lot of after hours BS chalk talk/video sessions which are as valuable, if not more valuable, then the Conclave’s presentations.

Friday, March 2nd

“The Wildcat”
Hugh Wyatt
Retired High School & Semi-Pro Coach & Football Consultant
Camas, WA

“Mixing It Up: The UBSW with 8-Man Line and Short Punt”
Eric Sampson
Retired Head Coach, Pen Argyl HS
Pen Argyl, PA

- LUNCH BREAK @ Gonda’s:

“Short Yardage Single Wing…Up Close & In Your Face”
James Perry
Head Coach, Wellington-Napoleon HS
Wellington, MO

“Transforming into a Single Wing Team - It’s More than Beats the I”
Guy Savoie
Head Coach, Belchertown-Granby Eagles Peewees
Belchertown, MA

SPECIAL! A presentatin of the short documentary “The Birth of Modern Football” by Tom Dietz (on the 9/26/06 Carlisle vs Villanova game)…perhaps some Q&A as well!

FRIDAY EVENING (after the Beer Taste BBQ): A special screening of the Texas high school football documentary “Power, Passion & Glory”. Site & time TBA.

“24 - It’s A Lot Longer For A No Huddle Singlewinger”
Dr. John Ward
Head Coach, Union HS
Clinton, NC

There will be no 2nd AM presentation. Those of you who have never experienced a Dr. John Ward presentation will just have to take my word why….

- LUNCH BREAK @ Gonda’s:

“Making Your #1 Play Work - No Matter What”
Eric Strutz
Head Coach, Stateline Comets Middleweights
Richmond, IL

“Conclave Freeform”
Conclave Attendees

ATTENTION - Any & all Conclave attendees encouraged to present a short (5-10 minute) presentation on a technique, drill, etc. MUST be direct snap related! If you are interested in presenting, please email me at buckspin at adelphia dot net with suggested topics. Focus should be on a direct snap offense feature/series/scheme/etc heavy on “how to” with demonstrations, not so much on X’s & O’s.

“Gator Drill”
Deron Bayer - Assistant Coach, Housatonic HS, Connecticut

“Sumo Drill”
Bronson Bradley - Head Coach, Perry Co HS. Vikings, Linden, TN

“4 To The Hash”
Todd Hagmeier - Head Coach, Westfield Middle School 8th grade, Westfield, IN (and admitted Dr. Ward “groupie”)

All encouraged to attend. Goal this year is 100 attendees.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

By Allison Ann Otto
The Press-Enterprise

On Jan. 1, USC and Michigan will meet for a record eighth time in the Rose Bowl, renewing a tradition dating to 1948. This is the first in a series revisiting each of the Trojans-Wolverines Rose Bowl games.

It all began so delightfully. In the weeks leading up to the 1948 Rose Bowl, Bob Bastian and his USC teammates retreated to Santa Barbara for daily scrimmages and nights spent in the posh Spanish Colonial Biltmore hotel. New Year’s day dawned clear and sunny, and despite being weary from the hard practices, the Trojans caught a train to Pasadena, where they arrived with high spirits at the Rose Bowl, to the roar of an announced crowd of 87,516.

“That was the last pleasant thing I remember,” said Bastian, an offensive lineman who had returned to play for USC after serving in North Africa during World War II.

To read the rest, please click here.



Head coach Fritz Crisler let loose his “Mad Magicians” with one of the trickiest offenses in college football history. “For sheer deception, there had been nothing like the Magicians before,” wrote Ivan Kaye in Michigan Today. “And there has been nothing like them since — three men handling the ball was just an ordinary play. The plays that really gave them a kick were the ones where four or even five men handled the ball. It would wear out the spectators and drive defenses crazy.”

As a result, Michigan, led by tailback Bob Chappius, wingback Chalmers “Bump” Elliott, QB Howard Yerges and fullback Jack Weisenburger, went 10-0 in 1947. While the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were named No. 1 by the AP at the end of the regular season, Michigan forced the voters to reconsider after crushing USC 49-0 in the Rose Bowl, and were ranked No. 1 in an unofficial postseason AP poll. Click here for video.

Some people recognize the U/M “Mad Magicians” football team of 1947 as one of the best college football teams of all time. The single-wing offense featured the spinner cycle and the buck lateral series, where as many as 5 players might handle the ball on one snap from the center. The team, coached by Fritz Crisler, ran 180 plays from seven different formations. Members of the backfield were Jack Weisenburger, Fullback; Bob Chappuis, Tailback; Bump Elliott, Wingback, and Howard Yerges, Quarterback.

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