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  1. We ALL want sports. But at some point we have to stop guessing and look for realistic answers.. Again, I will ask.. 1. How do we justify having sports without being able to have a normal school day? 2. How do we make sure our athletes are tested on a consistent basis so that they do not get severe symptoms (or worse) and do not spread the virus to others who may experience difficult or life threatening symptoms?
  2. All the positives / negatives being stated are mostly valid points. Let's put the back and forth aside and answer the two most critical questions to HS football / fall sports in general being played; 1. How do we have HS sports if we can not even have a full traditional style school day? Meaning, "we have to have A & B groups for school due to social distancing but it's ok to put ALL the athletes together for practice every day and then games vs other schools.. travel? buses? No way that works. 2. How do we test these athletes on a regular basis to make sure the virus is not spreading within a team? What school is going to put forth the money and man power to make that happen on a consistent basis. You would have to test every player prior to every game and nearly every practice.
  3. I want sports to start as bad as anybody. Not trying to be a gloom and doomer but after reading several of these posts, I would like to bring up a couple questions that I think are critical for football returning. 1. How do you have HS football without fans? You cant say its ok to risk the health of the players, coaches, officials, & trainers if you deem it unsafe to have fans. Seems unrealistic to say we are going to allow these amateur athletes play despite the health risk being so high we cant allow their fellow students to even sit in the stands. Also, there is no way some parents will let their kid play football without being there in attendance. What if the player during an away game gets a serious injury and the parent cant be there? That sounds like a law suit if something were to go terribly wrong. 2. How do you guarantee that players are not passing the virus around the team, coaches, staff on a daily basis? It would nearly be impossible to test every HS and MS player, coach, and staff member every single day or every other day to make sure the virus isnt spreading within a team. If you test every day for football you have to assume you would have to test every other fall sport frequently as well. And then if there are even enough tests available to do that, do you honestly believe school districts will put forth the funding and man power to test all of the athletes multiple times per week? Especially the day of the game and the monday returning to practice. I think its great to talk about starting but I have seen very little discussion about the realistic measures that are going to have to be taken on a daily basis to make this possible.
  4. My worry is that with more tests becoming available we will start seeing the number of positive cases increase, resulting in more shut downs and cancellations. Things will actually be improving under the surface but from the outside we will see a ton more positive cases. If it pushes into this summer I could see a situation where the season is cut by a couple weeks, possibility of cutting the 1st round and maybe the bye week?
  5. I would like to speak from my personal experience and hopefully some other coaches can relate. I believe there are 2 main factors that school administration should look into to help keep coaches. I'm not going to discuss in detail about coaches salary but I will say this, coaches most definitely deserve better stipends for their time. From my personal experience there are two major issues that make life difficult for coaches in today's HS football landscape: 1. Too much power resides in the "booster club" and coaches are forced to lean on a group of people who are supposed to be there to "help" the program but in reality, most of the time they have their own personal agendas and do not want what's best for the program. They want what’s best for their son or a small group of players. These people want the "flash" and "show" for their kid to have a great HS experience but what they don't understand is that most of the flashy stuff they want to spend money on doesn't help the team win and usually causes dissension between players. It is true that the head coach should keep the booster club in check but when they control the majority of the money needed to help the program it can be difficult. Some of the most frustrating issues I had were related to our booster club not getting along and not being on the same page. 2. Parents. In my time as a HC I have had no short of 10 individual parent meetings from everything regarding playing time, "touches", "why is my son playing this position", to "my son got yelled at by a coach during the game". One parent who threw a fit after a game because one of my assistant coaches redirected her son for slapping the opposing team on the helmet during the post-game handshake line. To be honest, it has been insane. In my time I have had parents physically threaten me, blast me on social media, and have had players quit because their parents made them due to "not playing the position they want or not getting enough touches". A few years ago we won against our biggest rival for the first time in a 20 years and the next morning I had a parent call me complaining because their son only got to play a few snaps after being injured all week in practice. These are the things we deal with. I'm sure this issue is worse some places than others, but my point is, no coach is going to put up with this for long. I’m not sure what the answer is but I would love to hear some opinions on what can be done to fix this. Lastly, I want to say that this is not ALL parents. There are alot of great parents out there that support the TEAM and hold their kids accountable to do the right thing and be a good teammate. We need more parents like this.
  6. There is only 1 other coach in Greenup history that has an above .500 winning percentage that has coached at least 3 seasons.
  7. I take the losses very hard as well coach. It seems to get harder every year to give that last post game talk. As coaches, we put so much time into preparing our team and caring for our players that it's a punch in the gut when it ends. Thank you for sharing your post with us, it is helpful knowing we all go through the same feelings together and there are brighter days ahead.
  8. No chance of running clock. Both are well coached and physical teams. This game will be a fun one to watch.
  9. Best of luck to Coach Gilliam. I've had the opportunity to coach against his teams while he was at Boyd County and he has always done a great job preparing them and fielding a first class team.
  10. Eli finished his career with 7,635 yards passing and 83 TDs. He has won more games as a starting QB at Greenup County than any QB in school history. The Greenup fan base should be thankful for his efforts as a Musketeer. He played extremely hard, fought through injuries, and left it all out on the field every friday night for his team. Marshall is getting a great QB and even better person! Congrats Eli.
  11. Eli Sammons, QB from Greenup County should definitely be on the list. He is a FBS commit to Marshall University and is ranked the 2nd QB in the state of KY only behind B. Allen of LexCath. Eli is currently ranked the 74th pro style QB in the nation. So far this season he has lead his team to a 2-1 record and has accounted for 900 yards and 11 TDs in just 3 games.
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