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Please, stop the coaching change MADNESS!
Sunday, 8th April 2012 - 2:21PM
I wish I had the time to write more, but I'm on the road with the NCAA Tournament. But, I just needed to vent a little bit and if you want to respond, my email address is [email protected] or [email protected].

But, this week's events at school district's in Whitehouse and Elysian Fields, and the dozens upon dozens of changes among the AD/Head Football Coaching ranks has become, in my opinion, epidemic.

There will be over 200 changes in Texas High School Football again this off-season, that's nearly 20% of the programs.

And, although there seem to be more changes during a realignment year, the amount of changeover is sickening to me, and the bottom line, is this good for the student-athletes involved in constant turmoil and change?

I'm a former military brat, our family moved every 3-4 years, I went to three high school's in four years, three of those years in Japan, so I know about change, but that was Uncle Sam forcing the issue.

If some of these changes are from coaches being promoted for their success and productivity, well, that's the American Way.

But, how many of these changes are just unnecessary based on personal agenda's from a school board member(s) or just the lack of patience from the administration.

I understand it's about success and win's and losses and the success of the entire athletic department and not just football, but, how much time and money is being wasted on annual coaching searches, when there's not enough money in our school system's anyway?

Please, stop the madness, let the coaches coach, let the administrators run the school system, and if you're one of those parents who forces a coaching change because you're upset with the lack of playing time for your son or daughter, go back to taking care of your own home.

And, aren't the school board members and administrators who hire an AD/Football Coach one year, and decide to make a change the next year creating their own problem?

In that scenario, who should be fired, the person hired, or the people doing the hiring?

Just saying.

David Smoak
King's contract at Elysian Field not renewed past next year
Saturday, 31st March 2012 - 5:48PM
Smoaky.com confirmed the contract of AD/Football Coach Eric King has not been renewed past the 2012-2013 school year.

King is 12-9 in two years at Elysian Fields High School, and he told Smoaky.com, "I will be the head coach here at Elysian Fields for the 2012 season, or until I am told differently by the school board of our district."

Click "more" for the rest of Coach King's quote.
Kettler now official in Crockett
Saturday, 31st March 2012 - 5:48PM
Although the decision to promote Joe Kettler to AD/Head Football Coach was made last week, the veteran assistant coach wouldn't celebrate his opportunity until school board approval.

That approval occurred on Monday night.

Kettler replaces Paul Parsons who is moving on to most likely coach elsewhere.

Click to read "more" of this story.
McFarlin's contract not extended past 2012 at Whitehouse
Saturday, 31st March 2012 - 5:48PM
I've confirmed Whitehouse ISD informed Randy McFarlin his contract will not be renewed past the 2012-2013 school year.

McFarlin, who would not comment on the story, is 49-41 in eight years at Whitehouse.

Sources told Smoaky.com the two sides are still negotiating either a buyout or other issues within the contract.

David Smoak
Whitehouse's Cantrell Commits to Tech....
Wednesday, 28th March 2012 - 11:42PM
Whitehouse junior wide receiver Dylan Cantrell (6'3-205 lbs) has given his verbal commitment to Tommy Tuberville & Texas Tech for the Class of 2013.

In the 2011 season Cantrell compiled 87-catches for 1,414-yards and 21-TDís.

He chose the Red Raiders over offers from schools such as Arkansas, West Virginia, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Navy, Rice, Wake Forest and Washington State.
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China Spring claims second state championship in route of Gilmer - Garrett Ross
Friday, 17th December 2021 - 4:23PM
Behind three touchdowns from Lamar commit Major Bowden, #5 China Spring (16-0) clinched the UIL 4A DII State Championship in a 31-7 route of #2 Gilmer (14-2) at AT&T Stadium on Friday. The Cougars didn’t commit one penalty throughout the game, while their defense held a Gilmer offense averaging 46.5PPG to just one score.
Lorena dominates Brock to earn their second state championship in program history - Garrett Ross
Thursday, 16th December 2021 - 3:55PM
Behind a valiant defensive performance, the #5 Lorena Leopards (14-2) defeated #2 Brock (15-1) 35-18 at AT&T Stadium on Thursday afternoon to claim the 3A DI State Championship. Despite not having star running back Reed Michna available, the Leopards dominated Brock from the opening kick.
Strawn claims 5th state championship in program history in 73-28 victory - Garrett Ross
Wednesday, 15th December 2021 - 2:44PM
Behind an impressive performance from the Rigdon brothers #1 Strawn (15-0) defeated #2 Motley County (14-1) 73-28 to claim the 1A DII State Championship. Freshman Grayson Rigdon put on a show, as he accounts for 426 total yards and 8TDs while earning the Offensive MVP Award.
Cedric Ware scores 8TDs as Westbrook wins their first ever state championship - Garrett Ross
Wednesday, 15th December 2021 - 11:59AM
After dropping four games early in the season, the Westbrook Wildcats became the first program since Cameron in 2014 to win a state championship with four losses.
Mart HC Kevin Hoffman discusses the Panther's motivation this season - Garrett Ross
Tuesday, 7th December 2021 - 9:17AM
For most high school football programs across the state of Texas, playing after Thanksgiving is a great accomplishment, but for some, it’s expected. Mart is one of those programs that is expected to play for a state championship year in and year out.
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