Bob Stitt's Offense: A College Football Goldmine

By: Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports

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Bob Stitt brings a truly innovative offensive approach to tiny Colorado School of Mines

Photo of Bob Stitt on the field with his football players

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October 30. 2012 - Golden, Colorado - The best offensive mind you've never heard of was home Jan. 4, watching football way past his 7-year old son's bedtime. The Orange Bowl kept going later and later, the outcome long since decided, but Bob Stitt didn't want his family to miss a single snap. West Virginia just kept scoring and scoring, but even from 2,000 miles away in suburban Denver, Stitt couldn't help but feel a connection to one of the most important games of the season.

The Mountaineers eventually put up 70 points that night, running one play over and over that Clemson just couldn't stop. Stitt recognized the play immediately. He had invented it.

Back in 2008, Stitt made an impromptu stop at one of Houston's practices during a fundraising trip to see Dana Holgorsen, whom he had met at a coaches' clinic a few years earlier. By the time practice was over that day, he had helped Holgorsen, then Houston's offensive coordinator, install his version of the "fly sweep," a classic misdirection play that had been a staple of Stitt's NCAA Division II program at Colorado School of Mines.  Continue reading…