Wayland (Mich.) varsity football players begin each practice by running around a series of wooden planks. Each is inscribed with a team name and a year representing when Wayland last defeated that team.
If they defeat an opponent, they burn that plank the following week.
Wayland’s football coach, Mike Doupe, brought the tradition of plank-burning to Wayland High School when he started as head coach three years ago. As both a former varsity player himself, and former Kalamazoo College coach, he found the traditions in his past to be critical for building the program he envisions.
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