Just some random thoughts on a Friday night: What’s the quickest way to kill a football program? Let your head coach go in the middle of March.
Initial reports were that Robert Beltran stepped down at Azusa. But upon further review Beltran was given a choice – either resign or be fired…which makes more sense. What head coach is going to quit in March unless he has another job waiting for him? Beltran didn’t have a job waiting. In fact he was an Azusa guy and had been for life.
He was by all accounts, getting ready for spring football. Instead he’s out and the Aztecs are starting a search for a head football coach in March. Do you know who’s available in March? Let’s put it this way. If you’re any good you’ve already accepted a position by now. These decisions are made in December, January and early February. All the good ones are gone. Azusa is left sorting through the rubbish.
They’ll find a guy and I’m sure he’ll give it the old college try but any mojo the Aztecs may have had is gone. Who’s going to run spring practice? The track coach? One person it won’t be is the basketball coach? Why not? Well, because Azusa doesn’t have one. They also don’t have a boys soccer coach and possibly no boys or girls tennis coach. Oh what about cross country? No they don’t have a cross country coach either – a least for the girls. And for good measure the AD is done at the end of the spring sports session. So if there is no AD who’s going to hire a new football coach? Not good.
“It’s an absolute disaster!” said a concerned Azusa fan. “They had a good group of freshman this last year but have already lost a few of them to Northview because their facilities look better and we have no coaches. I feel bad for the kids.”
Well, as we all now football is king and they did have a football coach. Now they don’t. And they might not for awhile. Where have you gone Joe Scherf?
San Marino isn’t a disaster but they are another school that doesn’t have a football coach in March. They concluded their interviews last week but as of now there is no clear cut favorite. Thomas Camerano, who was an assistant under Mike Hobbie last year, did interview but has since pulled his name from consideration. Another candidate flopped in the interview and a third might be lost due to an inadequate financial offer. Again, spring football is right around the corner. The Titans need to act now.
Note to the San Marino Admin: Hobbie put San Marino back on the map. He turned the Titans into a well respected program. Keep that momentum going. Don’t let the program deteriorate over a few bucks. Go out and get your coach! This is football. It’s an investment that will pay off.
Arroyo was back out on the football field for the first time last Saturday. For now it’s just the Knights (they aren’t throwing yet) and it’s just one day a week. Wait, Spring football isn’t just right around the corner. It’s here.
That Duke – North Carolina game was a blast! Just fun. Hey has anybody used this one yet? “The Zion King!” I think I better patent it before somebody rips me off .
Still waiting for former Temple City/Buena Park HC Anthony White to land somewhere. I don’t have any inside scoop but it just feels like he’ll be back in the mix soon. Well I might have some scoop. We’ll see.
Anybody else hear this? Jeanie Buss actually considered trading LeBron James after the Lakers’ trade talk leaks? Looks like Azusa isn’t the only disaster right now.
What’s the over-under on the number of World Series that the Philadelphia Phillies and Bryce Harper win over the next 13 years? One?
Not sure that Antonio Brown suddenly puts the Raiders over the top. Now if they had Amari Cooper and Antonio Brown then maybe you have something. Speaking of Brown…well the Browns, I love the Odell Beckham Jr. deal. Talk about over the top…
Nobody is convincing me that Le’Veon Bell benefitted by sitting out last year. $52 million from the New York Jets? Couldn’t he have had another $14 million last year and $20 million more in a new contract from the Steelers if he played?
Bill Walton – great at UCLA… great (when healthy) in the NBA…terrible behind the mic.
Way too early prediction: Dale Ziola will lead the Covina Colts back to the CIF Final.
One more over-under. Who hires a head coach first? Azusa Football or UCLA Basketball?
That’s my principle.
Tim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @tspeterson40.