Basketball on grass

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“Basketball on grass” is a phrase originated by American football Coach Jack Neumeier in late 1969 to describe his theories that led to the creation of football's modern spread offense in 1970. While watching a basketball game taking place at Granada Hills High School, where he coached, Neumeier was inspired to create a new style of football offense emphasizing forward passes utilizing some ideas borrowed from the run and shoot offense originated by Coach Glenn "Tiger" Ellison.

"Basketball on grass" is a phrase that is frequently utilized without context or attribution (or with incorrect attribution) in books and articles on the topic of American football.

For example, see:

1. S.C. Gwynne, The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football (Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, New York, New York, 2016);

2. Bart Wright, Football Revolution: The Rise of the Spread Offense and How It Transformed College Football (Nebraska University Press, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2013);

3. Tim Layden, Blood, Sweat and Chalk: The Ultimate Football Playbook: How the Great Coaches Built Today’s Game (Time Home Entertainment Inc., 2010, published by Sports Illustrated Books), especially pp. 149-155;

4. Wall Street Journal, October 5-6, 2013, Bob Boyles, “Book Review: ‘Football Revolution’ by Bart Wright: The spread offense suspends football’s fierceness, turning the sport into ‘basketball on grass.’”

5. Sports Illustrated, December 23, 1997, Tim Layden “Flash Point: The prospects for Pasadena are pyrotechnic as Washington State’s high-octane air attack meets the fired-up D of Michigan”