Interview Conducted 10/17/2008
The Samford Bulldogs run a variation of Pete Carril’s Princeton Offense.
And it’s all because 12th year Head Coach Jimmy Tillette doesn’t play golf.
TILLETTE: “I needed something to do in the spring, so when I was an assistant coach [at Samford in the mid 1990’s], I decided I was going to investigate the Princeton system. I spent four or five hours a day looking at tapes. I initially took 99 pages of notes trying to figure out the Princeton Offense.”
“It has Plato’s definition of good judgment, the ability to discern the difference in similar things and similarity in different things. So many things look the same, but are different, and vice versa.”
Tillette put together 20-30 offensive concepts on transparencies.
However, he ran into difficulties getting in touch with legendary Princeton head coach Pete Carril. During his coaching career, Carril refused to consult with opposing coaches about the Princeton Offense due to concerns that they would work to implement defenses designed to stop it. Continue reading