Open innovation at Cal Football
The Wall Street Journal reported that Every Monday evening during the football season, Tony Franklin, the offensive coordinator for the Cal Bears, closes his office door, kicks back in his chair and hosts a conference call. On the other end of the line: 250 top high-school coaches from all over the country. At a time when innovation in football increasingly flows upstream from high schools to colleges and then to the NFL, Franklin has found a way to tap the wisdom of the masses. Like seemingly every new enterprise coming out of San Francisco’s Bay Area these days, Cal has found success by crowdsourcing.
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