By Tina Chen
Christopher McComas, 33, has applied to be the new head coach of the University of North Dakota football team, citing his love of football and his 25 years of hard gaming as job qualifications on his Powerpoint presentation resume.
“Football is definitely my favorite sport,” McComas told ABC News. Growing up, McComas enjoyed playing football recreationally but never participated in the game as an organized sport.
McComas, who’s originally from West Virgina, has absolutely zero connection to North Dakota. But he loves of college football, he’s an avid follower since age 3, and he’s always dreamed of getting involved. McComas never thought he’d actually go through with it, but when he randomly stumbled upon the job opening on Twitter, he knew he had to apply.
“I’d love to coach football, be a part of the team, lead my team to victory,” McComas said, remembering all those times he played Turkey Bowl against the athletic trainers when he was a student manager for his college football team during his undergraduate years.
McComas has played football video games since he got his hands on his first gaming council at the age of eight or nine. In his cover letter to Brain Faison, McComas said he completely dominated the game Madden NFL with the Bills and Thurman Thomas.
“Seriously was he a beast on the game or was he a beast because I was a football genius controlling him?” McComas wrote in his cover letter.
That same confidence and wit exudes throughout the entire cover letter, all the way to the “PS-I prefer Coke to Pepsi, so go ahead and fill the fridge up in the head coach’s office with Coke.”
McComas has yet to hear a response from UND, but he’s confident he will hear something. McComas has developed quite a fan base, with his hashtag, #chuckthepigskin seemingly trending all over Twitter.
“I’m very confident that I will hear something back, I have a lot of friends that work in athletics, you have to listen to your fan base,” McComas said. Whether or not UND Athletics Department think McComas is qualified or not is another question. With public backing, McComas said they will have to at least talk to him.
McComas says the overall reaction has been nothing less than “amazing.” McComas quoted one fan on Twitter, “If you’re the man, I’m going to switch allegiances and purchase North Dakota season tickets.”
His game plan is “always go for two,” McComas says. McComas’s coaching philosophy is attributed to a Tennessee high school football coach, Coach Kevin Kelley. “You’re much better off scoring offensively than on defense,” McComas said, “never punt.”
McComas knows he will have to make some adjustments from the gaming world to reality if he is chosen as NDU’s head coach. “You can apply what you learn from the gaming system,” McComas said. “It gives you the basic knowledge, but you’re obviously going to have to tweak it.” Instead of relying on the artificial intelligence of the game, “you’re now relying on 11 different individuals,” McComas said.
The head coach title is a highly coveted position, with a reported 72 applicants, so the application process will be a competitive one.
For a full read of McComas’s cover letter, here it is:
I would like to express to you my interest in your now open position for head coach of football at the University of North Dakota.
Currently, I work in IT at a college in West Virginia, but I have many years of experience with football, starting with attending my first Marshall University football game when I was 3 years old. In the past 30 years I’ve only missed a handful of Marshall’s home games, attended many road games, and all of their bowl games.
All the while I played various football games including Madden on Sega Genesis where I completely dominated with the Bills and Thurman Thomas. Seriously, was he a beast on the game or was he a beast because I was a football genius controlling him? I then moved on to a Playstation gaming system and purchased NCAA Football every year and put together several programs that completely dominated the recruiting scene and college football winning several national titles with Marshall University. I took them from a decent Mid-American Conference School on the game to a perennial national power that makes Nick Saban look like a chump. One year my third string quarterback left school early to enter the NFL Draft, he was a first round pick. Boom.
My football philosophy is basically an attacking one. 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.
I would love to speak with you further regarding this opening and what I can bring to UND, putting the UND back on the national map and making NDSU our bitch.
Attached to this email you will find a PowerPoint with more information.
PS – I prefer Coke to Pepsi, so go ahead and fill the fridge up in the head coach’s office with Coke.