Weekend Recap: April 16
DCTF's Greg Tepper gets you caught up on the football headlines from the weekend.
It's Monday, and if you spent your weekend away from the computer -- you know, actually doing things -- don't worry: we're here to catch you up on everything you need to know about the weekend that was on the Texas football scene!
Without further ado, your TexasFootball.com Offseason Weekend Recap for April 16, 2012.
HS Coaching News
-Cedar Park has become one of Central Texas’ most prominent programs thanks in large part to head coach Chris Ross. In seven years with the Timberwolves, Ross has led CP to a 57-25 mark, including 22-4 in the last two seasons and a pair of state quarterfinal berths. That’s why it was particularly notable when the news came out late Thursday that Ross was leaving his post at CP to become Leander ISD’s athletic director (Cedar Park is a Leander ISD school). It’s obviously a loss for Cedar Park, but a gain for Leander ISD as a whole. Regardless, it will be interesting to watch how – or, I suppose, if – the impressive Timberwolves program changes going forward.
-There have been two mammoth changes in the El Paso coaching realm this offseason: the retirement of Allan Sepkowitz from El Paso Andress and the retirement of Don Brooks from El Paso Coronado. Between them, they had 71 combined years at their respective schools, and almost 500 wins. Two weeks ago, Andress filled their vacancy by hiring El Paso Franklin offensive coordinator Patrick Brown. Now, it’s Coronado’s turn, as the Thunderbirds have promoted defensive coordinator Bob Anderson for the position. Anderson has been the DC at Coronado for the past five years after coming over from an assistant’s job at EP Franklin. It will be Anderson’s first head coaching gig, and it certainly brings with it big shoes to fill.
-One small-school coaching maneuver of note, as Nueces Canyon has a new head coach: Brackett coach Greg Voyles. Voyles has been the head man at Brackett for the past seven years, leading them to three district championships in that time. Voyles replaces Daniel Johnson, who spent just one season at NC after coming over from an assistant’s position at Pittsburg. Voyles will have his work cut out for him: Nueces Canyon hasn’t had a winning season in 11 years.
-Snyder remains one of the most intriguing jobs available, after it was left open when Chad Rogers took the head coaching job at Denton earlier in the offseason. It only got more intriguing when Snyder ISD announced its four finalists for the vacant spot: Del Rio coach Stephen Hoffman, Eastland coach Brian Hulett, Shallowater coach Kyle Maxfield and Grandview coach Aubrey Sims. These are some heavy hitters in the small school ranks – Maxfield and Hulett especially – and any one of them would be an intriguing choice for the Tigers program.
-We don’t like reporting on this kind of stuff, so we’re just going to pass along a link and leave it alone from there: Rockwall-Heath coach Mickey Moss is being investigated into allegations that he bullied students (http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2012/04/12/bullying-complaints-surface-against-high-school-football-coach/). We’ll keep you updated on this story as more details emerge.
-One of the most interesting storylines to consider over the next couple of years is how (or if) the Baylor defense improves under defensive coordinator Phil Bennett. Brought in to be wizard for the Bears, things didn’t go swimmingly for Bennett in his first season, and now he’s tasked with bringing in “his guys” to improve the defense. One of those guys committed late last week: Katy cornerback Kyle Fulks. Fulks is a bit undersized at 5-9 and 160 pounds, but he makes up for that with blazing speed, reportedly running a 4.3 in the 40-yard dash. Now, top-end speed is generally pretty overrated – I’ll write a blog post about that someday – but that will play at any level. He’s also the Tigers’ top returning receiver, catching 24 balls for 408 yards and 8 TDs last season. If he pans out, he’ll be another piece in what Bennett hopes will be an improved defense in a couple of years.
(And yes, Baylor had their Spring Game this weekend. We’ll recap it – and their entire spring – later this week.)
-One other commitment from late last week that’s important to note, as Southlake Carroll guard Cam Manning has committed to Louisiana Tech. I will be completely honest: I haven’t had a chance to watch film on Manning (if you have some, please fire it my way), so I’m not prepared to comment on what he’s all about. But here’s what I do know: he’s got good size (6-3, 260) and he comes from a program with outstanding pedigree and coaching. That alone lets me know plenty.
Greg Tepper is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.