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Thu December 12, 2013
West Virginian Cites Video Game Experience in Application for Coaching Job
Marshall University graduate and systems integration analyst Chris McComas wants to become the next head coach of the North Dakota Fighting Sioux football team. The way he went about applying for the job is genius.
He began his pursuit for the position by emailing Brian Faison, the athletic director of the university. In that email McComas attached a hilarious Powerpoint presentation detailing his coaching philosophy that wasn't short of brazen confidence.
Sports websites like Deadspin began picking up the story.
Man applies for UND head coaching job, submits powerpoint noting his expertise in Madden and NCAA Football: http://t.co/JstGrxwDgk
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) December 12, 2013
McComas even landed an endorsement to become the coach at North Dakota from another popularsports website, SB Nation.
— SB Nation (@sbnation) December 12, 2013
Local media personalities around West Virginia began to rally him on, using the hashtag #chuckthepigskin.
— Jessie Shafer WOWK (@JessieShafer) December 12, 2013
And then media in North Dakota began showing their support.
— Amber Schatz KXMB-TV (@amberschatz) December 12, 2013
As did other locals and football enthusiasts.
@chrismmccomas from a North Dakotan, let me just say you are a football genius. I texted B. Faison on your behalf this morning.
— Ryan Cunningham (@BobcatRadioRyan) December 12, 2013
And then national mainstream media, like ABC World News and CBS Sports, got in on the story.
@chrismmccomas I am contacting you on behalf of ABC News, can you please call me at (212) 456-2700? Thanks! Would love to interview you.
— Tina Chen (@tinatingnahchen) December 12, 2013
Video gamer wants coaching job: http://t.co/ikos5ahG8I "Never punt. Onside every time. Chip Kelly will be calling me to learn my offense."
— CBSSports.com (@CBSSports) December 12, 2013
Thursday morning, McComas was keeping the dream alive, mapping out his go-to Hail Mary.
— Christopher McComas (@chrismmccomas) December 12, 2013
Even EA Sports, the maker of the Madden and NCAA Football video games, has been getting in on the fun:
— EA NCAA Football (@EANCAAFootball) December 12, 2013