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  1. If I were the WB people in charge of hiring I would explore that route before handing that job to another risky applicant or even on staff. Bill could get things running again while a younger successor was on staff being groomed to take over one day. Not going to be a job for someone that hasn't had the experience of walking into a natural disaster and trying to restore order.
    5 points
  2. Kudos to the Arlington School District. They just cut the ribbon on the high school's new dedicated wrestling facility. It's an annex to the school building that includes a huge wrestling room. I don't know the exact square footage but I'd guess it to be in the 4-5K square foot ball park; just an eyeball guess. It can easily hold two full size mats with room for about 6-7 rows of rollout bleachers. I imagine home duals will be held there going forward. It has its own lobby with a concession stand. It also includes a nice locker room, weight room, coach's office, laundry room, mat storage room and showers. The school system has definitely committed to supporting its most accomplished sports program. Maybe the biggest benefactor of the new facility will be the youth program which can now easily mat the 70 or so kids in the program. Although going through a lean time at the moment, this shows the commitment Arlington has to wrestling and how it bodes well for the idea that the Tigers are well positioned to be a consistently top program for decades to come.
    5 points
  3. Wildcats1Ridge will not be back for awhile, if ever. Some of the language he used simply cannot be accepted on these boards.
    5 points
  4. The New Word of the Day at William Blount is "Window". If we're picking from a short list of applicants can we at least find one this time that will Window.
    4 points
  5. Lots of sour grapes in this thread. All the accusations of recruiting, but still no facts. Just because Pal got busted for an ineligible player three years ago(before Jones was there btw), doesn’t mean they are guilty of illegally recruiting a player. They won a state championship his year and haven’t seen any penalties for illegal players. Jealousy is a STRONG emotion.
    4 points
  6. YES!!!!! THANK YOU JESUS!!!! YES!!!!!!
    4 points
  7. Good luck to Shad and WB. The good folks of alnwick deserve some excitement!
    4 points
  8. Oh who cares. They're subjective. You have your list and he has his. Just let it go.
    4 points
  9. I will speak for myself. I’m not involved with rankings nor do I care to be. When you put your stuff out there for the world to see you should expect some criticism. Take the criticism with a grain of salt and keep posting your opinion. If every time someone disagrees with you and you get upset about it it just adds fuel. Just ignore them and keep posting. If by the end of the season you are correct and they are not then so be it. I will add a little something by saying girls programs don’t spring up over night. They start small and gradually build from there. It is very difficult to get girls mat time when you only have a couple and you can only find Saturday events for them. As a boys coach primarily I find what I can for the girls when we have them. We are fortunate to have 3 coaches so when we do have a girl competing we can get her mat time and it is usually as a member of another team as wrestling in girls duals are not realistic or you only do Saturday tournaments. Some programs can’t afford additional coaches so it leaves one man to do both. Do you see the problem? In retrospect, arguing about it with someone else isn’t going to make it better and permitting your self to be antagonized will only raise your blood pressure. Keep doing what you are doing but expect a little criticism. Who cares what others think.
    4 points
  10. I have talked to Mr. Rankin personally while over at his house yesterday, he told me he’s debating taking the Red Boiling Springs job, or Alabama Head Coach job after this year. Believe what you want, but this is the truth!
    4 points
  11. I also understand that at least one of the tenured teacher/coaches from the previous Oak Ridge staff who are going elsewhere just to coach is being reassigned to one of the middle schools to open up a teaching spot for a coming hire.
    3 points
  12. The New Word of the Day at William Blount is 'Wooden Chair". I just called Mr. Cupp to see who the next coach will be but he Wooden Chair any information.
    3 points
  13. I want to address the myth that Meadows just had so much more talent because that is one of the myths that allows the program to continue wallowing in excuses. I remember when Meadows was the coach. The culture was better. The players, coaches, and fans actually expected the Govs to beat Maryville and they almost pulled that off. It was pretty simple. The coaches had a good strength program in place and their teams played with physicality. Those teams also had a good kicking game and they always had good defenses that were aggressive and liked to hit. Those teams were everything that Shad's teams weren't. Shad's teams were soft and undisciplined and they never had a defense anywhere close to being decent. Did Meadows have a more complete team talent wise in 2007 than any team Shadowens ever had? Sure, but the talent disparity wasn't nearly as great as people think it was. In 2019 and 2020, WB was a piece or two away from having pretty talented teams across the board but the best we could muster was 4-6 both years. I'll take a 9-3 ceiling over a 4-6 ceiling every single time. Meadows proved it could be done. He showed that WB can have a solid football program with a good weight program, a physical mindset, a good kicking game/special teams, and a stingy defense. Those are all pretty basic things that a competent coaching staff should be able to get out of a school with 1,900 students year to year even if a few Jimmies and Joes consistently defect to schools with jumbotrons. Meadows did it. There are no excuses. If the next coach is decent, he should be able to do it too. I don't care what the record is next year, but I expect the team to be able to tackle.
    3 points
  14. The New Word of the Day at William Blount is "Pizza Chip". Shad said I wish I had never given that Pizza Chip my phone number or I might have stayed.
    3 points
  15. I wish, but then we would be stuck with Kamala Harris. Really not much difference in the two, however. East Tennessee. Should get word around 11 AM.
    3 points
  16. The New Word of the Day at William Blount is "Acquitted". Shad said I would Acquitted a long time ago if I had known they were never going to fire me.
    3 points
  17. You're definitely missing the fact that when Greeneville played Fulton the 2nd game of the season that Greeneville only had one starter playing (Satterfield). Greeneville was without Gillespie, Grove, Dabbs, Tillery, and their first man off the bench in Price because of Football and being in the Quarter Finals the night before. They also lost to Volunteer by 15 four days before that.
    3 points
  18. The New Word of the Day at William Blount is "Pudding". Mr. Britt who's over the school system called the principal and said I believe you have a coach Pudding applications in other places.
    3 points
  19. I know Coach Ayers ran the weight room at Catholic. Lots of experience to draw on from S&C coaches at UT and several NFL stops. He took several Catholic players to Florida to train over spring break with his trainer down there. What a great experience for those players. You got a great one Oak Ridge!
    3 points
  20. The New Word of the Day at William Blount is "Mango" The lady that runs the concession stand told Mr. Cupp if you don't let that Mango that coaches the football team I'm not going to have anyone left to sell my hamburgers and hotdogs to next year.
    3 points
  21. Great showing from the Irish and the state of Tennessee! Won the Dan Cliffe Bracket and were tied 31-31 heading into the final match against national ranked #22 Dekalb. Tough Tournament! All results are on Trackwrestling. Danny Aranda handles the pressure in pair of matches for DeKalb to secure Flavin championship – Shaw Local https://twitter.com/theflavin/status/1477107585107075079?s= https://twitter.com/joshmlowe/status/1476765538680459289?s=21
    3 points
  22. The New Word of the Day at William Blount is "Frito Lay". Shad said he was so glad school was out yesterday because he was Frito Lay around the house and forget about football workouts for another day.
    3 points
  23. Don't see coach Rank leaving. Easiest place to win in the state If not the country and he has never been up for a challenge.
    3 points
  24. I support giving Coach Sisk the opportunity to be the head coach if he wants it. Since he took over as DC the Cats have gotten better every year. The methods that are already in place have proven to be highly successful. I'm not sure why you would change the system at this point. It's working. However, not every coordinator or assistant coach wants to be a head coach. Tullahoma is a pretty big job for someone who has never been a head coach, especially considering the success that will be expected. It's going to be tough to follow a legend. Most head coaching hires are made when a program is not successful, meaning schools are usually looking to shake things up inside the football program. Coming off a state championship, the Wildcats are certainly not in that position.
    3 points
  25. Seeing Shad pacing the sidelines is the equivalent of seeing the Grim Reaper pacing the hallways in the maternity ward. Doom and despair permeate the otherwise peaceful setting.
    3 points
  26. 2 points
  27. My guess is that if not for that rule Greenback would double overnight in enrollment because of it being a newer school.
    2 points
  28. This is a big blow to the Eagles. I never had a chance to be around Dupree. But I feel like he has been a great addition while he’s been here. I wish him nothing but the best. Coach White and Woodard are the type of coaches that makes any program better. Coaches that are there for long term and are great mentors to these young men. I had the privilege to play under these 2 and coach beside them as well. Both had a huge impact on who I am today. Going to be tough to fill their shoes for sure.
    2 points
  29. Would like to extend a warm thank you to Evansville Mater Dei for traveling South to compete. Your wrestlers make us better and your class makes us happy to be wrestlers! Thank you all for making the trip gentleman!
    2 points
  30. It's funny you bring up Ridge being interested.He took over a GB program that had the best upcoming Freshman class in over 10 years and the 8th grade class was full of outstanding lineman to compliment that strong freshman class and he was a bust.Couldnt win a big game for nothing one of the most disappointing 4 year stretch with the talent we had and he used that "Success" as he should when the talent was gone to go home to WB.We were tickled he got that job just as you all were except you all thought you all got a football coach but in turn just got a mathematical genius.He has done more in that genre than he ever would as a "Coach".I will say he was an excellent wrestling coach because he could use his math background,it backfired in football.Shadowens= I actually thought you all got a very good coach from his background but I guess as in Ridges resume Talent over rules coaching some times.Good luck with your hire!
    2 points
  31. Who was the person trying to fire LA coach last year? She is making you look bad! Just saying.
    2 points
  32. Great news Cats fans. Coach Cummings is down to one more assistant to hire. The boys are off to a great start in the weight room. Lots of excitement within the program. Getting alot done in a short time. Good start.
    2 points
  33. Good for him, all round good guy. Hope he enjoys retirement! And went out a winner!
    2 points
  34. After seeing Crange refuse to play in the Christmas tourney can’t say I hate to see it. Always have rooted for them but I’m thinking those days are over.
    2 points
  35. Taking a page out of the Urban Meyer playbook
    2 points
  36. Yes that was scary. Prayers for her.
    2 points
  37. Don’t know, but we were number 1 a lot of the year last year even going into the state and got beat. I don’t pay attention to them, because some schools may lose to a great 4 A school and get penalized.
    2 points
  38. Being "one of the leaders of the Tennessee Government" or any "leader" in any government in America these days is exactly why this guy acted this way. Take a look around, listen to these fool's words. Their all idiots. Top to bottom any state or national government. We're toast.
    2 points
  39. The fact that this happened 3 days ago and there's only 4 posts on this thread, while multiple pages from folks behind keyboards criticizing/critiquing/complaining/whining about officials can materialize overnight should be a major red flag to folks. Tells me all I need to know.
    2 points
  40. For those that watch HS Basketball, this is great season in Region 1. I can't wait for the rematch at Greeneville for DB and to play Mo-East again... which won't be until the Region Tournament. Mo-East beat DB in an early Dec. game that was sloppy at best. No excuses for DB, they got beat but was able to take it into overtime and with 1 rebound, could have had the win anyway, playing poorly. Most talented area teams in a long time. Greeneville has 2 great players and a bunch of tough guys that play in the system. State Champs in AAA if no injuries to Gillespie of Satterfield. Mo-East has 2 great players, and 1 that should be but just isn't. SH has 2 really good players and that is what they have...2 really good players. Weak supporting starters and benchless bench. DB has 6 players that can lead the team in scoring on any given night. Typically 4 or 5 are in double figures every night. Depth, experience, talent and coaching...DB is #1 in District 1 without a doubt. Should be a great 2nd half of the season. Come out and watch the teams play and see for yourself.
    2 points
  41. Just don't see it. He can't win it at Boyd. Not as long as Lausanne, CPA and Lipscomb are AA.
    2 points
  42. Solid thought process, but not a guarantee either. Our program went through the same situation...very successful coach left and a coordinator was hired, thinking things would continue "as is". In two seasons the roster went from 65-70 kids to low 20's, quarterfinal game to 2 wins, and fan support dwindled. He even left us holding the bag for $30,000.00 for new (ugly) uniforms when the "old" ones were in great condition because he "wanted to take the former coach's stamp off the program". Be careful the direction you go.
    2 points
  43. 2 points
  44. Because it's a lateral move at best. He would still be in the public system, probably take a pay cut, and winning percentage wouldn't get better than where he currently is. Private division or out of state and he can retire from the public system and earn a separate paycheck. I also don't get the "become" a powerhouse comment... they're the state champions already, and have a long history of being a "powerhouse".
    2 points
  45. There’s not many people who work in the same building and are as out of touch with reality as BPM
    2 points
  46. You're not crazy, it very well could happen. For the past 10-15 years I have caught at least one Maryville game each year and was always amazed at how composed GQ was on the sidelines no matter what was happening on the field. I divide coaches into 2 broad groups: 1) Off-field coaching (getting players ready, developing them, conditioning, discipline, etc.) 2) Game-day coaching (making the right calls at the right time) #1 and #2 are not the same thing, not even close. Some coaches are great at one or the other but I would say GQ is a master at both.
    2 points
  47. Everyone is making a nothing a big deal that shouldn't be. Let it rest. Sometimes I wonder if people on here are even adults, because they sure don't show it on it. GEEZ LET IT GO..
    2 points
  48. It makes no sense not to play this game. I’ve grown up in Fentress County and pretty much lived here most my adult life other than leaving for college. I love to follow the sports programs from grade school all the way through. Even try to livestream some of the games for the kids that have gone on to play the college level. To say you don’t want to play a game because of animosity between the schools is ludicrous. That is a thing of the past. Was talking to a friend the other day and they made a very valid point. How can these same kids played each other 3 or 4 times a year during middle school but get to high school and it’s a issue. They have played travel ball together and for years 3 or 4 of the Clarkrange team has had kids that travel from the north end to play ball. I’m sorry but Lamar just showed the kids if you don’t like how it is going just say I’m not gonna do it.
    2 points
  49. GHS finishes 12th. A second, a 4th and a fifth. A 4th wrestler went out in the 5th round of the consolation wrestle backs.
    2 points
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