KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Long viewed as one of the most dominant football programs in Division II, Northwest Missouri State can lay claim to that honor now.
Northwest Missouri State pulled away in the second half to beat North Alabama, 29-3, in a virtual snow-globe environment Saturday night at Children’s Mercy Park.
The championship is the second in a row for Northwest and the third in four years under coach Adam Dorrel. Overall, the trophy is the sixth for Northwest and is now the most in Division II history — breaking a tie with North Dakota State.
Before the game ended, injured wide receiver Shawn Bane Jr. drew the No. 6 in the snow that covered the playing field.
Northwest posted 15-0 records in each of its past three titles and had little issues in beating North Alabama, the second-most successful Division II programs in terms of postseason wins.
More than 4,500 fans braved temperatures that were 13 degrees at the 3 p.m kickoff and with a wind chill of minus 4.
Butch Davis’ ties to south Florida were a big selling point for FIU, but they’re not all in the conventional way.
Davis hasn’t coached since 2010, and he hasn’t coached in Florida since 2000. A lot of the local high school coaches have moved on. But they’ve been replaced by some who may have worked with Davis in different ways.
“Obviously there’s a lot of guys in south Florida that were head coaches when I was here until 2000 and have either moved or become athletic directors,” Davis said on Open Mike radio in Orlando. “The unique thing about it is there’s probably 15-20 of the kids that played for me at Miami that are now either head coaches or coordinators at schools in south Florida. That’s a big part of it. You try to plug into those.”
There are also young coaches who have moved up.
“Even in the first couple weeks as we started calling kids across the state, you’re speaking to guys that say, ‘Coach, I came to your coaching clinic back at Miami and really enjoyed that,’” Davis said. “There’s a significant amount of coaches in the state of Florida that love the idea of being able to have their kids stay at home, stay in Florida and not have to go someplace outside the state.
“If we build the kind of program we want to try to build here, we’re going to be a really viable option for a lot of kids to stay at home and play on great teams.”
Davis built Miami back into a national contender from 1995-2000, but he left for the Cleveland Browns, and Larry Coker won the 2001 national title with perhaps the most talented team in college football history. Davis lasted four years with the Browns. Does he regret leaving?
“In retrospect looking back, maybe it was a career decision that I should have stayed at Miami. But the situation never presented itself,” Davis said. “We tried to work out the contract, tried to stay at Miami. Probably a week or so before Signing Day, it just wasn’t going to work out.
“Going to the Browns, I learned a ton. Recreating and building a program and doing some of the things we did at Miami when we lost 31 scholarships, you’ve got to think outside the box, going to the Browns as an expansion franchise, and two years later, we’re in the playoffs. That part was positive. You can never see in the future.”
Davis’ hiring was part of a big month for the state of Florida, with Lane Kiffin (FAU) and Charlie Strong (USF) also becoming head coaches in the state. Add the Big 3 schools and UCF, and recruiting in Florida will go up a notch.
But Davis downplayed a huge change, saying it’s always been that way.
“When I came back in 1995, Bobby Bowden was at Florida State, Steve Spurrier was at Florida, Jim Leavitt came and did a great job at South Florida, George O’Leary did an outstanding job at UCF, FAU didn’t even exist,” Davis said. “Then you’re dealing with the out-of-state coaches.
“One thing that gives us an opportunity is that last year, there were over 430 kids sign Division I scholarships out of the state of Florida. We just need to get the best 25 that fit our program. Our focus will be exclusively in this area, from Tampa, Orlando, space coast. We’ll cherry-pick outside the state for a few kids, but the lion’s share will give their family a chance to be involved and be here every single Saturday.”
Nick Saban railed that football was the only sport left where the high school and club coach still matters and he wanted to keep it that way in the face of satellite camps. Meyer’s message to campers: It’s fine to do camps and get exposure, but what matters most is what you do in high school and what your coach says about you.
“Why don’t you bust your ass for your high school team? Why don’t you become captain?” Meyer said in a video posted by Bucknuts 247. “I’m involved in all this recruiting. ‘Do I have to go to this camp?’ No. I’ve got a better idea. Go become your high school coach’s best player, so when our staff goes to the high school, guess what the high school coach tells us? The same thing I said (to the NFL) about Zeke Elliott, about Bosa, Eli Apple, Taylor Decker, Darron Lee, Vonn Bell, Mike Thomas, Braxton Miller: ‘Take them. They’re the real deal. They’re teachers’ players. You can count on them.’
“For some reason, this recruiting thing is blowing up. ‘I have to go to this 7-on-7, do this, do this.’ I’ve got a better idea. Go become a great high school football player on your team. When (we) walk in that high school, guess what that high school coach says? ‘Take him.’ You know what we do at Ohio State when he says that? We usually take him. I don’t care what you do at those other camps. I want to hear your high school coach say, ‘Take him.’ If I have relationship with that high school coach like I do with these NFL coaches, guess what happens? We take him.
“Don’t worry about (all the camps). That’s all fun stuff, that’s great. But that’s not why Ohio State recruits you. I can speak for the majority of my friends that coach football. That means nothing. What means something is the recommendation of the high school football coach. Go become a captain. If you’re a captain of your high school team and you’re talented enough, you’ve got a great chance of being here. If you’re very talented and you’re not a captain, I’m going to find out why, because something’s not right.”
Camps are opportunities for coaches to get a direct look at a player. Satellite camps or not, every coach values the on-campus camp.
But Meyer had the same message for parents who ask about the exponential increase in camps.
“I have parents ask all the time, ‘Should I send him to that camp?’ Sure, if you have 80 bucks to blow, go ahead,” Meyer said. “Here’s where you start: Go make your high school coach so proud of you that he’s going to tell the college coach, ‘Take him.’ How cool is that? It’s real simple. Don’t complicate things.
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