"Too many cocks spoil the troth" in football as in any other realm of endeavor, and the problem of assistant coaches is a very serious matter. Assistants are invaluable if rightly used, but if they are not they will ruin the best team. The one principle never to be forgotten in portioning out the assistant's work is that no player shall have the style of his coaching changed during the season. The assistants should never be permitted to coach the regulars. One man ought to have complete charge of that, or, if a staff of coaches has the regular team in hand, then the work should be so divided that the man who coaches the forwards has entire charge of the linesmen; the head coach of the ends should be absolute in his position, and the opinion of the coach for the backs should be final in his department.

Early in the season the coach should study and decide on the best style for coaching each player, and then stick to it.

It is well to have the assistant coach keep the reserve team in shape for scrimmage with the regulars, for the individualities of his coaching will make the plays of his eleven a little different from that of the first team and will furnish the regulars, in a measure, an opponent whose style they do not know, which they must solve while in action. Some of the very best assistants are veteran players who are either still in college or are residents of the college town.