Get two football coaches in a room together and they won’t debate the targeting rules or sketch plays out on a napkin?

When Oklahoma faces Georgia in Monday’s Rose Bowl (5 p.m. ET, ESPN and ESPN App), fans and forebears of the Sooners’ high-powered system have their shot at redemption. And the critics, they get another chance to see all that offense lose another big game.

You see, before he was the head coach, Swinney was a Clemson assistant for eight seasons. He used to recruit out West, when McNeill was an assistant with Riley under Mike Leach at Texas Tech. Then McNeill became the head coach at East Carolina and brought Riley with him. Meanwhile, Swinney had taken over at Clemson and found himself going to (polite) war with McNeill and Riley over high school talent in the Carolinas. Now Riley is the head coach at Oklahoma, where he quickly hired McNeill to be his right-hand man in Norman.

OK, they might. But what two coaches always do first is immediately start figuring out how many former head coach bosses they have in common. Or common schools where they’ve coached. Or colleagues at those common schools whom they consider common friends.

In this year’s edition of the College Football Playoff, there are many aspects of life that the four participants have in, um, common. While we dig up a thesaurus to find words that share a common definition with the word common, let’s allow one of those coaches to get the ball rolling.

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