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    Nov 8, 18, 11:56 AM
    Been through two really tough seasons. 1-9 in 2004 and 2-8 in 2011. The 2011 season bled into a 7 game losing streak into 2012. Very tough. 1- Identify weaknesses or areas of improvement. Work on those. 2- Take a one day at a time approach to improvement. Inseason and offseason. 3- Ignore the noise and negativity. If you let it, all the negatives and bad can suck the energy out of you and you will also lose your focus. EVERYBODY can...
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    Nov 4, 18, 09:04 PM
    There was a really good article that talked about PJ Fleck, Minnesota, and how important continuity is in a program. It compared Minnesota, Iowa, & Wisconsin and how similar their programs were a long time ago. Fry @ Iowa, Alvarez @ Wisconsin, changed that for their schools. The revolving door at Minnesota kept their program struggling. Fleck wants to be the guy to provide that continuity. He was a home run hire. Since coming to Mercer,...
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    Nov 1, 18, 10:06 AM
    gchs_uk9 has the BEST playoff plan....BY FAR. Maybe someday.
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    Oct 31, 18, 09:54 PM
    I hate the idea that we play games in August, but have good teams not playing the first Friday in November. We need to play NOW, not August.
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    Oct 31, 18, 09:51 PM
    No. Yes. No. We’re trying to improve our association and increase school participation. For example, in 4A East, all schools have joined except two. We are tying in our membership with the spring FCA Clinic, hosted by UK. All members will be admitted free.
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    Oct 27, 18, 10:46 PM
    Thank you for clarifying it was ONE person. The overwhelming majority of Mercer fans & Parents are wonderful and very supportive of our kids & team.
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    Oct 27, 18, 08:32 PM
    He did finish and as far as I am concerned, was the toughest guy on the field. I had no idea it was coming, but was very pleased to hear Monty Wilkerson and Ervin Vanover announced as 1970 Captains and presenting the Robert Allen Yankey Award to Ned Stevens. I got to speak to Ned after the game. My Dad coached all three of those guys in 1970 and was very proud of them and their teammates. If we can get everyone well and play consistently...
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    Oct 20, 18, 04:22 PM
    A wise , well-respected coach, has been very good for a long, long time attributed, at least the early season injuries, to the heat. I am in the minority.... but I would be open to starting our season the first Friday in September to move out of the worst heat. Keep the playoffs as is.... November is the best time of the year anyway. We get more kids out by starting later and eliminate some of the health issues that are connected to the heat....
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Grew up a coaches's son. Married to a wonderful woman with 3 great kids. Colossians 3:23
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