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    What is Kelly's coaching style??

    What type of offensive formations does he run out of??

    Run heavy or pass heavy??

    Is he a hard nosed Defensive coach?? Special teams??

    Are we going to play conservative or play to win??

    Any info would be great.:Smoking:



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    Re: What is Kelly's coaching style??

    CMU is #1 in Mac in Scoring offense. #2 in total offense and pass offense and #7 in rush offense. They are #24 in the nation in scoring offense and 20th in pass offense.

    They are #4 in the Mac in rushing defense and #6 ins scoring defense.

    Against our one common opponent Toledo,

    Central Michigan threw for 295 yards and 3 touchdowns and rushed for 114 yards and 1 TD.

    ISU passed for 234 and 2 TD's while rushing for 183 yards and 4 TD's.

    Remember ISU's total stats were padded by 75 yards offense and three TD's in the three overtimes.

    ISU won in triple OT at home, Central Michigan won 42-20 on the road.



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    Re: What is Kelly's coaching style??

    In two seasons under Kelly, the Chippewas have displayed significant improvement on both sides of the ball. Offensively, CMU displayed remarkable balance in 2005. The Chippewas ranked in the top four in the MAC in both rushing offense (158.8 ypg) and passing offense (260.1 ypg), the first time since 1996 that CMU finished in the top four in the conference in both categories in the same season. The Chippewas’ 418.9 yards per game of total offense was the highest since 1996; CMU’s yards of total offense per game has increased in each of the past two seasons.
    The Chippewas’ most dramatic improvement defensively has come in the area of rush defense. The 2005 Chippewa defense led the Mid-American Conference in rushing defense, surrendering just 113.7 yards per game on the ground. In 2003, the year before Kelly took over, CMU ranked last in the MAC in that category, allowing 245.8 yards per game rushing.



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    Re: What is Kelly's coaching style??

    WORCESTER, Mass. --- If you look up the word "winner" in the dictionary, you would find a picture of Brian Kelly along side.
    As a player he demonstrated that size was no factor playing stellar middle linebacker for the Greyhounds. As a coach he brought the level of confidence to new heights as the defensive coordinator of the mid 80s. As the Greyhounds softball coach he ushered the team into previously unchartered territory---the postseason regional rankings and 20-plus wins.
    Brian K. Kelly has won two national championships while coaching at Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, MI), made 19 tackles in the final game of 1981, and raised the softball program to a new level which included two postseason appearances and the first of what is now an annual southern trip.
    He has been elected to the Assumption College Alumni-Athletic Hall of Fame and was formally inducted August 26, 2006 during the annual Football Gala Weekend.

    Kelly captained argumentatively the two most successful teams in Greyhounds' history for head coach Paul Cantiani '73 (also a Hall of Famer). He earned all conference honors in the New England Collegiate Football Conference as both a junior and senior and left with a school-record 314 tackles (currently seventh). His record 214 assists stood until this past season when broken by Chris Grogan '06 (Scottsdale, AZ).
    The Hounds posted an 8-3 record in 1981 opening the season with seven straight wins and finishing in the National Collegiate Football Association playoffs-- beating Fairfield before bowing to St. John Fisher in the national semifinal. The following year the team finished 7-1-1---again winning seven straight in midseason.
    Kelly then coached for four seasons under Bernie Gaughan (another Hall of Famer) who had served as his coordinator as a player. Gaughan was instrumental in landing Kelly a position with Grand Valley State leading Kelly to new worlds to conquer.
    He was also affiliated with the women's softball program for five seasons, one as an assistant coach (1983) and four more as head coach. He left after the 1987 season as the Greyhounds winningiest coach (64-54) with two Northeast-10 Conference playoff appearances and a then-record 23 wins. In his final year he coached six first-team Northeast-10 Conference all-stars along with the Player- (Barbie Barrett '88) and Rookie-of-the-Year (Shonda Becker '90).
    He joined the Grand Valley staff in 1987 as a graduate assistant and defensive secondary coach. He was promoted to defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator in 1989 and to head coach two years later.
    He finished his 13 seasons at Grand Valley (1991-2003) with a 118-35-2 overall record, including 103-22-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Grand Valley won two national titles (2003, 04) and advanced to the final a third time (2002). He was named the American Football Coaches Association Division II National Coach-of-the-Year in both 2002 and 2003. He coached in the Hula Bowl in both 2003 and 2004.
    In two seasons at Central Michigan he has instilled new energy into the program---the team had its first winning season since 1998 posting a 6-5 record last year.
    Kelly currently serves on the A.F.C.A. Ethics Committee.
    A native of Chelsea, MA, he was graduated from St. John's Prep (Danvers, MA) where he starred in three sports---football, hockey and baseball. He was graduated from the College with a B.A. in Political Science in 1983.
    Brian and his wife, Paqui, have three children - Patrick Liam (10), Grace Marie (7) and Kenzel Michael (6). They reside in Mount Pleasant, MI.
    Kelly's Central Michigan team opens its season Thursday, August 31 when they host Boston College. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. on ESPN-2.



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    Re: What is Kelly's coaching style??

    The Mid-American Conference has been a proving ground for college coaches during the last decade.

    Brian Kelly has won championships everywhere he has been. Can he do the same thing in East Lansing?Urban Meyer, Terry Hoeppner, and Jim Grobe are just a few of the coaches that have had success in the MAC before moving on to have similar success at programs in BCS conferences.

    Last Friday, two of the MAC's fastest rising head coaches squared off, as Central Michigan's Brian Kelly tangled with Bill Cubit and Western Michigan with the MAC West championship on the line.

    Kelly's Chippewas prevailed 31-7 against a Western ballclub that entered the contest with one of the country's top defenses.

    When Kelly took over the CMU job three years ago, he promised a quick turnaround. In year one, Kelly guided the Chips to a 4-7 season. The following year, CMU finished 6-5 and captured their first winning season since 1998.

    Kelly felt his team had the talent to win a championship last year, but lacked the necessary discipline to accomplish that goal.

    "This was a total team effort," said Kelly. "Last year, we were in a similar position, and the reason why we weren't able to finish it was that we weren't able to play disciplined. Today, we had no turnovers and only two penalties in, arguably, some of the toughest conditions I've ever coached in. We took great care of the football today. Dan LeFevour, only a redshirt freshman, managed our offense, and we were just a real mature, disciplined, football team today. This was a good victory against a good, well-coached football team in Western Michigan."

    In the three seasons before Kelly took over, CMU won just three games or less under then head coach Mike DeBord, who is now the offensive coordinator at Michigan.

    In year three of the Kelly's tenure at Central, the Chips have played at an unprecedented level. Kelly's team is 6-0 in the MAC and 7-3 overall. If CMU is able to win its final two regular-season games against Northern Illinois and Buffalo, the Chippewas will be 9-2 heading into the MAC championship game on November 30.

    "This isn't about me," said Kelly, who guided Grand Valley State University to back-to-back Division II championships before replacing DeBord at CMU. "This is about the players that were committed to Central Michigan. When I came to CMU, I surrounded myself with a great coaching staff and recruited kids that were committed to following a plan. They didn't have to follow the plan, but I haven't changed what I do as a coach, and that's building relationships with our players. They bought in, and we've got 12 great seniors that really showed us the way, and it's what those seniors did to elevate this program, not what I did."

    CMU players give Kelly quite a bit of credit for how quickly the Chips have been able to turnaround their fortunes on the football field. All-American left tackle Joe Staley said that the attitude and expectations Kelly brought to the CMU program was vastly different than that of the former regime.

    Seniors Dan Bazuin and Staley were at CMU before Kelly arrived and both gave their third-year head coach credit for the quick turnaround. Bazuin said Kelly's demands of excellence and perfection have played a big role in his development and that the exposure Kelly tries to get for his players is one of the reasons he is likely a first-day NFL draft pick.



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    Re: What is Kelly's coaching style??

    The other answer to your question is that Kelly runs an aggressive spread offense.



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    Re: What is Kelly's coaching style??

    So basically we are going to be like texas tech?



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    Re: What is Kelly's coaching style??

    We'll all be able to see on Thursday night.

    ESPN
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    CMU vs. Ohio

    Should be fun to watch!



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    Re: What is Kelly's coaching style??

    Kelly does, indeed, run a spread. He also likes trick plays. Unfortuantely, those didn't work out too well this year. Oh, and he yells a lot. Might want to let the ISU's players know about that. His in your face style probably drove some players off the team, but those that stayed respect him and play their guts out for him. Guy's a natural born football coach.



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    Re: What is Kelly's coaching style??

    Kelly does, indeed, run a spread. He also likes trick plays. Unfortuantely, those didn't work out too well this year. Oh, and he yells a lot. Might want to let the ISU's players know about that. His in your face style probably drove some players off the team, but those that stayed respect him and play their guts out for him. Guy's a natural born football coach.
    That sounds like what exactly ISU needs! They have the receivers already to run a spread offense next year and mobile QB also. That yelling might toughen up some of the players too. Sounds like a great coach but then again so does every coach right when you hire them. Hopefully coach Kelley works out to be the best guy for the job for years to come.



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    Re: What is Kelly's coaching style??

    Well if announcement is indeed Kelly as Jeremy has indicated the MAC championship game Thursday will be a central iowa ratings record breaker.



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    Re: What is Kelly's coaching style??

    Quote Originally Posted by JCloned View Post
    Well if announcement is indeed Kelly as Jeremy has indicated the MAC championship game Thursday will be a central iowa ratings record breaker.
    Should we road-trip to the game?



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    Re: What is Kelly's coaching style??

    Quote Originally Posted by thunderdave View Post
    Should we road-trip to the game?
    By all means, but make sure you root for the Chips! The MACC game will be televised on ESPN (or 2), and will a good opportunity for fans and recruits to get a preview of coming attractions.

    Oh, you guys will also probably be getting a new strength and conditioning coach. Actually, he might be familiar to some, Paul Longo, Hayden Fry's old SC guy. Longo has gotten much credit for CMU's turn around. Our kids tend to be in better condition in the 4th than most opponents.



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