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Follow the leader

When Hall of Fame USC coach John McKay introduced his vaunted I-formation back in the 1960s, coaches from around the country copied it, tweaked it and incorporated into to fit their own philosophies.

I can still remember seeing legends like Nebraska's Bob Devaney, Penn State's Joe Paterno and even Alabama's Bear Bryant at USC practice watching the Trojans run their famed offense, aggressive defense and disciplined practices.

Coaches borrow, copy or steal from each other all the time. In that way, coaches are like a bunch of Frank Caliendos, mimicking and impersonating each other.