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908, 2016

LONGO’S ROAD TO SUCCESS (PART I of IV)

By |August 9th, 2016|Football, Sports, State, Texas|Comments Off on LONGO’S ROAD TO SUCCESS (PART I of IV)

23 YEARS OF COORDINATING THE
AIR RAID THROUGHOUT THE NATION
Introduction
Over the past year, I have been privileged to study the Air Raid offense through various experiences – observing the Eastside Eagles and Rich Hargitt, reading books, watching coaching videos, and talking with coaches on twitter as well as one on one. I had the chance to interview the Offensive Coordinator at Sam Houston State, Phil Longo. Located in Texas, SHSU is one of the premier FCS programs in the country and has both played and won more games in the last five years except for North Dakota State. Coach Longo is an excellent coach who has enjoyed many successes as a coach in both well known and less known places. In order to understand his successes, we must understand his coaching history.
Before Sam Houston State – The Beginning
Before arriving at Sam Houston State, he has coached at the FCS non-scholarship level, Division III, and Division II levels. His break into coaching came when he received an internship with the Philadelphia Eagles. His head coaches as college players were John Bunting and KC Keeler. John Bunting was the defensive coordinator for the Super Bowl Champion Rams, and Bunting helped him obtain the internship with the Eagles. KC Keeler is now the head coach at Sam Houston State and has helped Longo throughout the years.

Longo was the most successful coach in Parsippany Hills High School’s history for four years and then became the offensive coordinator at William Patterson University, a Division III school in New Jersey.
‘One of the Best Coaching Jobs We Ever Did’
His career then took a different turn as he moved up to a unique level of football – the FCS non-scholarship level. This is a […]

705, 2015

Texas-Sized Reform for South Carolina

By |May 7th, 2015|Regulatory Review, South Carolina, State, Texas|2 Comments

When legislators in South Carolina talk about making our state more like the states which border ours, it does nothing to excite me, especially since that argument is typically used to justify things like tax increases. Why on earth do we want to be like our neighbors? Shouldn’t we strive to be much better? Shouldn’t we strive to be the most attractive state in the southeast so companies who are looking at this region, choose us?

If anyone wants to talk about making our state a little more like Texas, then that is something I can get excited about. Maybe that is because, other than North Dakota with their booming oil industry, no other state even comes close to comparing to the job creation which has been going on in Texas. They are a business friendly state and their numbers prove it.

Since 2007, the private sector job growth in Texas is more than 16 times the national average.

By the end of 2014, Texas was adding, on average, nearly 1,600 jobs per day. In an 8-hour workday, that would be averaging 200 jobs an hour in a state which only has 8.4% of the population of the US.

The growth in Texas isn’t limited to a single industry (like North Dakota). Of the 11 major industry categories, all saw growth in 2014, and seven of the 11 saw growth of more than 3%.

One of the byproducts of this type growth is that the shrinking of the workforce pool drives up wages, so workers in Texas saw an increase in pay for 2014 which was nearly twice the national average (3.7% in Texas compared to 1.9% national).

 

Most will say it isn’t any “one thing” that has contributed to this […]

1203, 2015

School Rejects Censorship as a Matter of Principal

By |March 12th, 2015|Education, State, Texas|Comments Off on School Rejects Censorship as a Matter of Principal

From Family Research Council:

Texas is known for a lot of things — but pushovers aren’t one of them. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) learned that the hard way when it picked a fight with White Oak High School. Using its small-town playbook, the atheist activists fired off a warning to the district complaining about a principal that reads a scripture as part of his morning announcements.

Dan Noll’s “Thoughts of the Day” had never been controversial before, so when a student recorded the audio and sent it to the Left’s attack dogs, it caused quite a stir. But if FFRF thought a little letter would scare Superintendent Michael Gilbert, they had another thing coming. In a response that should bring a smile to the face of every Christian conservative in America, Gilbert took it to the Left’s bullies with this fiery response.
“Let me be clear, this is an attempt to draw us into a contest of words for the sole purpose of giving the FFRF a large amount of free press/recognition that they and their very few members (1,200 in Texas) do not deserve. This group and others like it, are wanting us to provide them with negative quotes to use in the promotion of their agenda. We can and will make the adjustments needed to ensure our students experience a morally sound, positive character based education. There are a multitude of options to provide our students, faculty and staff the opportunity to express their First Amendment Rights as provided for in the United States Constitution. Let me also be clear that we have not (in my opinion) violated anyone’s rights and/or subjected anyone to undue stress. Bible studies and scriptures are allowed in schools.”
Then, with […]

2311, 2010

More on Texas Speaker Race

By |November 23rd, 2010|State, Texas|Comments Off on More on Texas Speaker Race

SC Tea Party if you thought we were the only state who elevated the vote for Speaker of the House to public conversation … you’d be wrong. And Texas has quite a story about their upcoming vote for Speaker which I’ve been posting now and then. It is getting some national attention, lots of attention on conservative blogs, and I’m very hopeful that this will be the last election cycle that the state Speaker of the House votes are ignored by voters. Texas is showing that this vote is crucial to good government, and the tea parties need to watch and learn.

Raz Shafer of American Majority and a blogger at Redstate has given us great info on this situation. This is his latest on the issue.

Go read his posts, here’s an excerpt from today:

I told you on Friday that Rep. Brian Hughes had made allegations that a Straus lieutenant had made those very threats to him. He said that redistricting maps were being drawn to hurt Rep-elect Erwin Cain and Rep. Dan Flynn. When Straus said that those claims were outrageous, Rep. Hughes sent him an email naming the offending member. That brings us to today.

This morning there was a hearing of the Committee for General Investigating and Ethics. This committee is chaired by one of Straus’ closest allies, Rep. Chuck Hopson. Among the other four members of the committee, three are strong Straus supporters.

At the beginning of the committee meeting, Chairman Hopson announced that Rep. Larry Phillips (vice chair of the Ethics committee) was the member named by Rep. Hughes and that Phillips would not sit on the committee during this hearing. Following that two-minute statement they went into […]