Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
In the state of Texas, there's no such thing as a football "offseason." High school kids have been participating in elaborate conditioning programs for years, but over the past decade, 7-on-7 tournaments have become a huge part of their summer routine.
In fact, it's such a big deal that a former Cowboys head coach will be coaching the defense for Coppell High School in a 64-team tournament at Texas A&M this weekend. Dave Campo, now the secondary coach for the Cowboys, has a son named Michael who plays for the team.
My former colleague and friend David McNabb was kind enough to tip me off on this story, which has also been featured on Rivals.com. Michael Campo grew up in the Coppell school system while his father was on his way to landing the Cowboys head-coaching job in 2001. It's pretty neat to see him have the opportunity to graduate from Coppell.
"I talked to Dave a couple weeks ago and he has such a love for coaching and teaching and the kids love listening to him," Coppell coach Bob Shipley said. "They had a meeting this week and Dave's already put in a couple of defenses he wants the kids to try."