The Peterson Principle: 3/21/2016

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

By Tim Peterson

I’m hearing a lot of out of Monrovia but nothing is official as of yet. There could even be a hire in place but they’re just waiting for clearance. But then again maybe not. I know you’ve heard this before but I’m hearing we should know something concrete early this week. We’ll see.

Just when we thought all the coaching changes had been filled or were in the process of being filled Diamond Ranch happens. Why? I don’t know. What I do know is that Panther head coach Jimmy Welker is out after just one year. Welker followed Mario Gomez who was also out after only one year. When D Ranch makes its hire for this season it will be its fourth coach in as many years.

It’s an important hire for the Panthers. They haven’t had any stability since Roddy Layton stepped down after an eight year run after the 2013 season. Layton’s regime included two consecutive CIF title appearances. Layton’s only problem was that Charter Oak was in the same division.

It would seem like a a great gig for somebody. The Panthers have a great on campus stadium and nice facilities. Heck, when Layton was the coach the Panthers played at Ganesha High for years. Diamond Ranch, which lost to Central Division Champion San Marino, has plenty of talent returning including running back Chase Steward and receivers Trey Green and Carter Henderson.

The key is they have to get somebody to settle in for at least five years or so. One and done may be the rule of thumb in college basketball but when it comes to high school football coaches it doesn’t cut it.

I guess if there is a school for Greg Gano to recapture the glory it would be at a place like Don Lugo – a talented squad that has had some recent success. But it makes you wonder if Wilson can ever get off the snide? Gano was 4-16 over the last two years and 1-9 in the Valle Vista League. The Wildcats are 5-25 over the last three years. I mean if Gano couldn’t turn it around can anybody? They need to hire a good, young, energetic coach who brings in his own staff and then…leave him alone.

Who wants Bonita? El Monte? Oh yeah and now Diamond Ranch? Heard a big name is interviewing at Bonita this week but it’s not confirmed by that coach and he’s been rumored for several openings before and has always stayed home so I won’t mention it. Whatever happened to Z? He never landed anywhere?


In the other edition of March Madness the USC loss hurts, hurts real bad. But the Trojans only lose one senior and he never played. They will be back. As far as UCLA goes can we say that Alford will be saved by the Ball?

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at or on Twitter @tspeterson40.

12 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 3/21/2016"

  1. March 29, 2016 - 11:28 pm | Permalink

    All these comments are from myopic Rancheros or people pointing out how dumb they sound! Read them it’s all there to see.

  2. March 29, 2016 - 11:26 pm | Permalink

    Random! Some blow hard was bragging about Medrano being at the ranch and take that haters! I made a point about Medrano and the ranch. It wasn’t random chief!
    I tried to a have a civil conversation with the guy and ask him a question that’s all. Bottom line, the Ranch is irrelevant these days and have been for quite some time other than a couple years ago. Odds are you will irrelevant for the most part for the rest of the decade. Pioneer getting better Whittier getting better La Serna is going anywhere Santa Fe had two monster Frosh in a row deal with the fact that El Ranchos time has passed! Your Bassett or Mt View every couple years you’ll put a nice together but for the most part you’re a doormat. Peace out

  3. @anonymous's Gravatar @anonymous
    March 29, 2016 - 9:46 am | Permalink

    Says the guy who randomly came out talking smack and just had to put in his 2 cents about ER Football.

  4. March 28, 2016 - 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Myopic ranch haters? Just that response alone says a lot! You put Rancho on such a pedestal that you think the ranch is on people’s mind? Please. Don’t get me wrong I’m not sad the ranch is horrible but I have better things to worry about.
    I said you get talent once every 3 years. Give or take a year no argument there.
    PRDons are the feeder program smart guy that what they have to do with the ranch.
    And yes Medrano is an average coach with above average work ethic. Solid hire for sure.
    I’m just not all geeked like some of the other grown men acting teenage girls and bieber coming to town

  5. @anonymous's Gravatar @anonymous
    March 27, 2016 - 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Nope, most of the ranch posts are the myopic ranch haters talking smack. Here we go again, is it Amat or SP this week. Ok good enough, we will be middle of the pack so be it, as long as we work hard, play hard and show some heart out there then we will have to live with it. What do the PR Dons have to do with The Ranch? There has been such a huge disconnect in the last decade that will take some time to rebuild. Fence around Pico I have heard, will it happen in a year likely not, but having Tony Gonzalez and various other youth coaches on your side will eventually lead to some good things. Maybe he is just an avg to good coach, maybe the talent is average at best huh? Just last offseason the ranch had 4 all CIF players, 6 all area players, an area player of the year, a defensive player of the year, but thats just average. Can you please shut up about the ranch already? Get off the blogs Jesse.

  6. March 27, 2016 - 10:54 pm | Permalink

    What???? Ok all you gotta do is read the posts! The mere mention of ranch and all the myopics come flying out of the wood works!!!
    Second, my son played at the Dons for 5 years talking to the head coaches there they love to hear themselves talk! So I have experience dealing with them. You are sadly mistaken about the fans talking about medrano… Which is unfair to the man because he’s gonna work hard and field the best team “possible” but that team will be middle of the pack in the DRL. I read things like he’s gonna build a wall around Pico, Le Serna beware, the prodigal son has returned. He’s an average to good coach in a place where the talent pool is very average at best.
    As for BG, I hear bad things but I’m not sure. Either way black ad blue game will be as good as ever!

  7. Curious @ The Ranch's Gravatar Curious @ The Ranch
    March 27, 2016 - 9:10 pm | Permalink

    What are you hearing about BG? Lot of grumbling but no coach on campus

  8. @anonymous's Gravatar @anonymous
    March 27, 2016 - 4:56 pm | Permalink

    @anyonymous, are you just making stuff up, do you sit there envisioning what Pico parents and fans think about their football program? I havent seen one person claim Medrano will be a miracle worker parting the red sea.

    Pico people know full well ER has won 1 league title this century after a 17 year drought. No one thinks football was invented in Pico, no one thinks Medrano will bring instant CIF Championships. We clearly know ER hasnt seen a Semi-Finals appearance since 1991 thats 25 years. The one thing Pico people are excited about is seeing someone with passion, knowledge, love for the job leading the ranch. One way or another someone mentions the ranch and sure enough you snakes come out here trying to spew your venom yet no one from the ranch is claiming or saying anything of the sort. Everyone is an expert about ER football except the ER fans themselves according to you holier than thou posters.

  9. March 27, 2016 - 4:06 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t mention Cathedral at all!!!! Where you got cathedral from my El Rancho come back to reality post is beyond me.
    To the guy who Pico wants consistency? You probably are of sound mind and know full well that consistency is the first step, but if you read the hundreds of other posts they talk as if Adrian will part the Red Sea! There is no way “consistently” finishing middle of the pack will ever satisfy the expectations of those guys. And knowing Pico full well they think football was somehow born there. Passion is one thing. It’s great to be passionate. But delusional is a terrible thing. Dope adicts will always say how they can stop at anytime but we all know they can’t. Rancho fans for the most part are just like that!

  10. Pac 5 Scout's Gravatar Pac 5 Scout
    March 27, 2016 - 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Rumor is Lopez left because he was about to be fired. The let us say many other aspects of running a football program was in complete disarray and not above board after he split. This made things doubly tough for the old coach who took over. Ironically Lopez did leave for money as you say. Lopez had one decent year and left the program a mess. If some like that, that’s ok with me. I think Hiatt was really the one that got the short end of the stick.

  11. @anonymous's Gravatar @anonymous
    March 27, 2016 - 11:25 am | Permalink

    When did anyone say Medrano will instantly turn around the ranch? If you know anything about anything Lopez didn’t leave for lack of talent, in fact a high tempo spread offense is what Lopez ran and had 3 of the better offensive years in the entire SGV from 2012-2014, if you want go look up Joey Sanchez, Ryan Araujo and Andrew Perea you will see that. Lopez left for money, everyone knows that. Medrano don’t have to be a miracle worker, 1-9 was not for lack of talent, you will see soon enough. Like I said before, people just can’t get enough of the ranch…

  12. Pac 5 Scout's Gravatar Pac 5 Scout
    March 27, 2016 - 10:15 am | Permalink

    ER folks that I know are not dreaming of titles every year. Only of a consistency in their football program where if you have 3 sons they all don’t see a different coach every year. They don’t want to be 1-9 ever again and be competitive in every game. The passion ER fans have is real and healthy. There is a realism to the job at hand that Medrano brings to coaching in that football is much more about heart and discipline than skill and transfers. In that way he IS a perfect fit for the Dons. Maybe some in the ER community are hoping for miracles but most are just wanting a steadiness at the Ranch.

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