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Tyler Lee's Gary Fleet Retires
Sunday, 20th May 2012 - 12:12AM
Gary Fleet has announced his retirement from coaching after 29-years working within Tyler I.S.D. Fleet has been the offensive line coach at either Tyler Lee (24-years) or John Tyler (5-years) for 29-years and has been considered among the most successful offensive line coaches in Texas High School Football history.

He was an all-state linebacker at John Tyler in 1979 and has coached numerous former all-state and eventual college football stars during his time in Tyler. Fleet played college football at Abilene Christian.

Fleet told David Smoak, "I just decided at this time of my life that I can't think about football all of the time and it's time for me to focus more on my other business endeavors. I can't coach without being intense, and I just can't maintain that intensity day-in and day-out like I once did." Fleet continued, "I have been so fortunate to coach with and for so many great people, too many to name, but we have a special bond."

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Stine leaving Redwater for Castleberry
Thursday, 17th May 2012 - 8:19PM
Jeff Stine has resigned as the AD/Football Coach at Redwater High School to become the head football coach at Castleberry High School in Fort Worth.

Stine, who was 24-18 in four-years at Redwater, told Smoaky.com, "This is so bitter sweet for me, and this morning was very difficult telling the team I'm moving on."

Redwater made the playoffs during Stine's last two seasons, including 8-4 in 2011, and an upset win against Daingerfield.
Marty Moore Returns To Hawkins
Sunday, 13th May 2012 - 11:51PM
Marty Moore just called me and he has officially signed a contract to become the AD/Head Football Coach at his Alma Mater, Hawkins High School.

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Ricklan Holmes 1-on-1 Interview
Sunday, 13th May 2012 - 11:51PM
Here's my interview with John Tyler's new head football coach, Ricklan Holmes.

Ricklan Holmes (Part 1)

Ricklan Holmes (Part 2)

David Smoak
Charlie Coker resigns at Maud
Wednesday, 9th May 2012 - 8:19PM
Charlie Coker informed his football team on Tuesday morning that he has resigned as the athletic director and head football coach at Maud High School.

In two years at Maud, Coker was 9-11.

He told Smoaky.com, "I officially resigned from my position as Athletic Director at Maud ISD this morning. I will finish the year here. I have enjoyed my time here but look forward to what the future holds for me and my family."

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Four games to focus on in Week 10 - Garrett Ross
Thursday, 27th October 2022 - 5:14AM
The final week of October brings us to Week 10 of the Texas high school football season, where only nine teams sit at 9-0 out of over 1500 programs from across the state. Some programs have already clinched a playoff berth, while others are fighting to keep their seasons alive.

Here are four games to focus on in Week 10.
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The 8 "blue bloods" of CF.

Saban's take on one player wanting NIL money...

Posted 2023-01-29 03:34:17, Post Count: 9

Good read...

If you want to play for Alabama, you might not get your way when it comes to NIL money.

According to OutKick, Nick Saban had no problems letting a top recruit and one of his own players go recently after they asked for over $1 million combined from the school.

"Someone with one of the best corners in the nation (in high school) came to me and asked if we’d pay them $800,000 for the player to sign here. I told him he can find another place to play," Saban said, according to Baker High School coach Steve Normand. "I’m not paying a kid a bunch of NIL money before he earns it."

 

 

Normand added that Saban feels the NCAA "needs more ways and means to control it because it’s getting out of hand."

Saban later added that he lost 10 players, including a starter, to the portal already.

"One of them wanted $500,000 and for us to get his girlfriend into law school at Alabama and pay for it. I showed him the door," Saban reportedly said.

 

It's unknown who Saban was referring to. He did not mention names or schools, but it's possible he was talking about Javion Cohen, who transferred to Miami.

 

 

 

"I think a couple of things are of concern," Saban said in August. "We allow alumni through collectives to get involved in recruiting and other things. That’s always something we’ve always guarded against in college football. I think what kind of competitive balance are we able to create if we allow that to happen, which is not going to be great for fans.

"The best competitive balance you can have is like in the NFL. They have rules to create competitive balance. Whether it’s salary cap, difficulty of schedule, where you draft, where you pick relative to your won-loss record. Those things are important I think in the interest of creating a lot of good matchups on a national basis."

Stetson Bennett

Posted 2023-01-29 08:00:46, Post Count: 1

 

Saban's take on one player wanting NIL money...

Saban's take on one player wanting NIL money...

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Saban's take on one player wanting NIL money...