Man applies for North Dakota coaching vacancy touting video game credentials, promises to ‘chuck the pigskin’

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Chris McComas doesn't have much of a shot at getting the football head coaching job at North Dakota. But he had some free time and figured he might as well give it his funniest shot.

McComas works at Marshall University as a systems integration specialist and when he saw the vacancy posted on Twitter, he sent in a hilarious cover letter and nine-slide PowerPoint presentation to convince UND Athletic Director Brian Faison he was the man for the job. He touted his video game experience with Thurman Thomas in Tecmo Bowl and his recruiting prowess in NCAA Football. And his teams would throw the ball.

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"My football philosophy is basically an attacking one," he wrote in the cover letter. "We’re going to give AIR RAID a whole new definition. Theoretically how many times do you think a team can pass in a game? Challenge accepted. We’re going 5 wide, chucking the pigskin all over the place. Never punt. Onside every time. Chip Kelly will be calling me to learn my offense. We will put on an exciting brand of football, we will pack them into the Alerus Center night in and night out, go ahead and blow the roof off the place and add about 35,000 seats to that place."

In case you were wondering, Washington State's Connor Halliday broke Drew Brees' record for pass attempts in a game earlier this season against Oregon. Halliday threw 89 passes.

When contacted via email by Yahoo Sports, McComas said that he hadn't heard from anyone in the UND athletic department yet, even if it's just a note saying the school enjoyed his application.

He said that Kevin Kelley, the coach at Pulaski Academy in Arkansas, was an inspiration for the philosophy outlined in the cover letter. Kelley's teams have been hugely successful in Arkansas high school football and refuse to punt the football on fourth down and kick a lot of onside kicks.

We're convinced that a strategy like that would work in college football, and the lower levels would be a great place to try it out. But would McComas' recruiting abilities in NCAA Football carry over to real life? He doesn't think so, but he does know that to be competitive at the 1-AA level, you have to find some hidden gems.

"I don't think there'd be a lot of carryover, maybe I'm wrong, but anyone can recruit on (NCAA) football," he said. "It takes absolute passion and a ton of charisma to recruit (in real life). You're dealing with kids, parents, brothers, sisters, so many different types of people, you have to have the something special to read people and connect with them. I did find a 5 foot-2, 260 pound running back with 4.2 speed one year on NCAA Football. He won a couple Heismans even though he was only a 2 star (recruit). I got that magic touch when it comes to unearthing diamonds in the rough."

Maybe Texas should go after him if it needs a new coach for next year?

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