DUNCAN — Byrnes defensive coordinator Phil Magdic explained Saturday morning exactly why the Rebels try to create so much pre-snap confusion.
"We want to mess their minds up," Magdic said. "If you mess their minds up, their feet don't go."
Magdic was discussing the finer points of the Rebels' defense at the inaugural Rebels Ladies Football Clinic. The event drew around a dozen attendees who learned more about what the Rebels do, not just on Friday nights, but every day.
"My wife and I had talked for years about doing something like this," Byrnes head coach Reggie Shaw said. "Andrea Howard (the wife of Byrnes offensive line coach Russ Howard) really got things rolling for us to put this together. I just think it's a way for these ladies to better understand the passion we have for this game, that we teach safety first, and understand why we do this. If you understand why, then how is easy."
Attendees at the clinic learned about nearly every aspect of the Byrnes program, including the vaunted Rebels' strength and conditioning regimen. In the weight room, strength coach Mike Srock demonstrated warmups, talked about the importance of proper hydration and nutrition, and shared some of the unique drills the Rebels undertake.
"I don't play golf, I don't fish, and I don't hunt," Srock laughed. "My hobby is finding ways to torture our players."
Julie McMakin enjoyed the clinic, particularly the in-depth analysis of each position on the field.
"I learned a lot," she said. "You really have to be aware of what everybody else is doing. I'm sure I'll watch from now on with a different appreciation of what really goes on in the trenches."
Meg Shaw said she hoped everyone who attended would have a different outlook on the game.
"I've always had friends and other coaches wives ask me about things in the stands," she said. "As they're watching their sons play, I thought it was a good idea to help give them a better understanding of everything that's happening."