Option Football History: 4 Reasons Don Faurot Believed in the Split-T

Don Faurot developed the option football concept while the head coach at Missouri.

In 1941 Don Faurot, football coach at Missouri, sat in a gymnasium watching a basketball game. As he watched he became enamored with the fast break and an idea began to form in his mind. When he emerged from the gymnasium a vision had rooted itself deeply in his mind. A vision so bold and effective it would leave an imprint on the game of football that is still clearly visible after more than 70 years.

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Split-T series coming Soon!

Photo from Secrets of the Split T Formation by Don Faurot

Over the course of the next few days I will be doing a series on Don Faurot’s Split-T. If you didn’t know, Don Faurot developed the option concept and is the reason we have option football today. I will cover the basics of the formation (alignment, splits, etc), the plays Faurot ran out of it, and a few variations. This is likely be a long series and is derived from Faurot’s book Secrets of the Split T Formation. Let me know if there is anything specific you would like to know and I will do my best to answer any questions or cover any topics of interest. Additionally, the links attached to the books titles are affiliate links showing where the book can be purchased from Amazon. It’s a great read for option football coaches as well as fans.