7What can north carolina do to keep its football players at in-state colleges?
This question is similar to question No. 9. It
has to do with the level of passion at the colleges in our state. It is a proven fact that the
Southeastern Conference is far superior to that
of the Atlantic Coast Conference and kids just
want to play on that big stage in front of fans
that care and show that passion each Saturday.
With television being such a big part of college sports now, it’s changed the recruiting
angles used by coaches. No longer does a
coach have to tell a kid he will be on television
and his parents will only see him if he plays at a
local college. Now a player at any college can be
seen on television nearly anywhere.
I will give the coaches in this state some cred-
it. They’ve really put in the extra effort in making
better relationships with high school coaches to
help influence the players to stay at home.
Shrine Bowl game
Photo by Stan Siegla
Will Grier (Davidson Day), univ. of florida commit
8can charlotte catholic and elijah ood compete now that they’ve
moved up to the 4a class?
Yes, of course they can, and will. Catholic is
another one of those machine programs that
just seems to win regardless of the names of
the players or the competition they face.
Head coach Jim oddo has been roaming
the sidelines at Catholic for five decades and
knows what it takes to win. He has led his team
to eight championship game appearances and
three state titles.
Elijah Hood is among the toughest running
backs I’ve seen in state history and is showing
why he was so highly recruited by every school
and will be attending Notre Dame. Hood will
steamroll teams with his powerful style of running and Catholic will most definitely challenge
for the 4A title.
9Does bragging rights over south carolina really mean anything to
north carolina fans or teams?
We’re starting to see more and more teams
cross the border to play in mega football events
or schedule local teams from across the border.
The biggest of those events will feature Rich-
mond County traveling to Myrtle Beach over
Labor Day weekend.
Elijah hood, Charlotte Catholic
of course, there is also the Shrine Bowl of the
Carolinas – the nation’s longest running high
school football all-star game. It’s a game in which
South Carolina has a decided advantage over
North Carolina in the results. But the question
is does it matter to North Carolinians? I think it
should. Not just because North Carolina is falling
behind in the win-loss column, but because North
Carolina is also losing coaches to South Carolina.
It’s just a known fact that South Carolina has
taken football more seriously and it shows in all
facets of the game.
Brothers Blair and Justin Hardin have become two of the brightest young coaches in the
state. Sons of legendary coach Bruce Hardin
who has won 300 games in his career, these
two coaches have excelled at levels well beyond
their years in their young careers.
Both have taken new jobs. Blair has become
the new head coach at Morganton Freedom
while Justin was named the head coach at Charlotte Providence. They’ve squared off against
each other in the past while head coaches in
union County, but can they achieve the same
successes at their new schools?
The answer could be yes for Blair as he takes
over a very strong program at Freedom, but it
could take a little longer for Justin at Providence.
one thing is for certain though, both of these
coaches are destined to be among the best ever
by the time they end their careers.
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