The most popular stories of 2012

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday December 25, 2012

Posted by: Chris Vannini on December 25, 2012

First off, we'd like to thank you, the readers, for helping post its most-viewed year in its history.

Since Pete first created this site, the goal has been to serve as a valuable resource for coaches, athletic directors, and NFL front-office personnel.  We set out to become the No. 1 source for coaching news, and you readers have helped make us that.

On this Christmas Day, here's a look back at the site's most popular stories of this year - the ones you readers enjoyed the most.

1. Video: Emotional military family reunion at South Carolina

The most-read story in the history of the site, by far. A military family gets a surprise return from their father at the South Carolina/Georgia game.  This is must-see video. Our story was read over 85,000 times.

2. Peyton's speech: The ultimate teaching opportunity for any father or coach

Every father should make time with his son this holiday season to watch Peyton's exit speech from Indianapolis and his intro speech in Denver.  It's as first-class as you'll ever see, period.  I'll take it one step further, every recruit that is set to announce their college intentions in the next couple of months, you should be required to read this article and watch these speeches.

3. Priceless: Lane Kiffin describes the SC pursuit of Silas Redd

With the sanctions handed down at Penn State, current players were able to transfer with no punishment. With it being open season, Lane Kiffin explained exactly how he recruiting running back Silas Redd, including using some USC donors to help the process.

4. James Franklin: If she looks the part, you've got a chance to get hired

Vanderbilt's James Franklin found himself in some hot water when he told a radio station he has to check out an assistant coach candidate's wife before hiring him. He compared the confidence of talking to a good-looking woman to talking to a highly-rated recruit. Franklin later apologized.

5. Butch Jones informs Vols they're moving to the Wing-T

New Tennessee head coach turned some of the heads of his new players when he informed his team about the offense they were going to run. He was joking, of course, but the reaction is priceless.

6. Bret Bielema describes his farewell to Wisconsin

Some coaches have left teams without saying goodbye. At his final meeting with players, Bret Bielema offered to shake the hand of each Wisconsin player before he left for Arkansas.

7. Video: Kevin Sumlin and Aggies arrive home to wild scene

Following an upset win at No. 1 Alabama, Texas A&M coaches and players returned to College Station to scores of fans. Some players and coaches spoke to the crowd.

8. Kliff Kingsbury jabs at Tuberville, wants to schedule Cincinnati next year

New Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingbury earned a lot of points from fans at his introductory press conference. Kingsbury pointed out that he loved the West Texas wind - something his predecessor Tommy Tuberville hated - and said he wants to play Cincinnati - Tuberville's new team.

9. 20 college coaches most likely to receive NFL job offers

The NFL regular season ends this coming weekend, and several college coaches could be moving up to the pros.

10. "Our coach is named Coach Saban"

Trent Richardson was asked at the NFL Combine why Alabama players has so much mental toughness. Richardson's response was honest and to-the-point.

Tie 10. Bryan Harsin opens presser with "HOWL, YES!"

At his introductory press conference, new Arkansas State head coach Bryan Harsen begins with a screen and a big fist pump.



Chris Vannini is the lead writer for and has covered Michigan State sports for The State News, The Oakland Press and He writes a weekly column for the Detroit Free Press on behalf of SB Nation. Vannini lives in Big Ten country, so his foot speed is far from SEC caliber, but his pulse on coaches is hard to match. Be sure to follow @CoachingBuzz on twitter and send your feedback to

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News,, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to

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