Area High School Football Coaches Always Seeking Motivational Ploys

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Updated: 7/15/2013 7:51 pm

High school football practice gets underway next week. No doubt coaches will once again be brushing up on their best motivational speeches and tactics.

Reporter-"What have been some of the crazy motivational things you've tried or you have seen tried?" Said Hixson coach Jason Fitzgerald,"When I was in high school playing for Coach Horton. Every Friday at the pep rally, we always used to receive a (funeral) wreathe from the other team. Of course when it first happened, we were naive enough to think the other team was really sending it until we found out Coach Horton and the other coaches were doing it."

Said Tyner coach Wayne Turner,"We had had a bad week of practice several years ago, and this was back when the jamboree used to be at Hixson High School. I made them wear their practice pants and practice jerseys instead of regular game uniforms. Most of them had not washed them, so they had a rank odor to them. They didn't appreciate that, but we had a better week the next week, and we played well in the jamboree."

Said Red Bank coach E.K. Slaughter,"I can't count the number of broken things I've seen. I've seen things broken. I've seen things I shouldn't have seen."(laugther) Added Fitzgerald,"One night I was at Cleveland, and I broke a cooler in the locker room at Cleveland. Didn't work. We went out and got beat that night. That was something I tried. It didn't work, so I haven't tried that again."

Said East Ridge coach Tracy Malone,"Every one of us will steal motivational stuff. I get a bunch off twitter. You know hash tags and this or that. We see one good thing. Butch Jones at Tennessee did the brick-by-brick. I think everybody is stealing brick-by-brick now."

Reporter-"Why is it you think football lends itself to that type of motivational stuff?" Said Turner,"Well I think the emotional part of it has a lot to do with it along with the numbers you are dealing with. You are dealing with a lot more numbers in football than you are in say basketball or wrestling or any other sport." Said Fitzgerald,"You go to baseball or basketball or other sports, they play a lot of games. You lose on Monday, you play on Friday. You may play again on Saturday, and then on Tuesday. Ours is just emotion. Just 48 minutes, and then it's over. You can't go back. There are no do-overs."

Said Central coach John Allen,"A lot of our kids that I'm dealing with today don't have fathers at home. This football program is their family. So anything we can use to draw them in and motivate them to be apart and to buy into it, we are going to use." Added Slaughter,"The real motivator is winning kids over and loving each other and being a family."

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