Most people see the LHSAA biggest issue as a select vs. nonselect schools thing or a private vs. public schools conflict.
Could dividing schools up into groups of metro schools and rural schools be a solution? That’s an option Notre Dame-Crowley football coach Lewis Cook and one of his assistants, Daniel McCready, presented during Wednesday’s football coaches forum at the Louisiana High School Coaches Association’s Coaches Clinic at the Crowne Plaza.
Cook and McCready offered two plans based on schools being divided based on their location in and around metro areas in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, the Interstate 10 northshore area, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Shreveport and Monroe.
Schools within 9.5 miles of a continuous large metro area were placed in hypothetical metro leagues. Schools located beyond that distance were placed in rural leagues. The example presented also included a breakout of what last fall’s football playoffs would have looked like.
Cook said he plans to discuss the plan during the 1:30 p.m. Thursday select/nonselect task force meeting at the LHSAA office.
“One of things Mr. (Eddie) Bonine (LHSAA Executive Director) has encouraged us to do is think outside the box,” Cook said. “This is definitely outside the box. It’s something we had on our desk for three years in some form. We decided to put it all together and present it.”
In the Baton Rouge area, Dutchtown, East Ascension and St. Amant would be considered metro schools, along with Denham Springs.
Fisher to finish
Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher is set to close the three-day LHSCA clinic with two Thursday morning sessions.
Fisher’s sessions are set to begin at 9 a.m. His first session is listed as a teaching session, and the other is a question and answer period.
Bernhard, Beckman speak
St. Michael baseball coach Johnny Bernhard and Episcopal basketball coach Chris Beckman also were among Wednesday’s guest speakers.
Bernhard opened the morning session by speaking about building and maintaining a successful program.
“I think it’s important professionally for coaches to share information,” Bernhard said. “We’re all learning from each other regardless of what stages in our career we’re in.”
Beckman’s lecture was about coaching philosophy and drills.
“I thought we had a good turnout for the clinic, and I thought my talk went well,” Beckman said.
“Hopefully, I gave the other coaches some things to think about and maybe a new drill they can use.”
Teevens’ heads up
Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens said it isn’t hard to explain his no tackling in practice philosophy to current players who are destined to be doctors, lawyers and heads of industry.
Teevens was part of the “Practice Like Pros” presentation aimed at reducing concussions along with former LSU and New York Giants star Leonard Marshall. The initiative is aimed at reducing concussions in football by limiting contact in practice.
“I tell them, ‘Protect your head … you’re going to make a living with it,’ ” Teevens said.
The former Tulane coach also acknowledged East Feliciana football coach Cedric Anderson, a former Green Wave player.