FNF Coaches Talk — It’s Game Day, Here Are the Stories That Matter

FNF Coaches Talk

Happy Friday, Coaches! We hope you’re getting a chance to do what you love this weekend. We’ve got three stories below.

1. First-year football coaches facing unprecedented challenges to build culture (LA Daily News)

We all talk about culture-building, and for first-year coaches in rebuilding programs, nothing is more important.

This year’s approach has been significantly altered due to the novel coronavirus, which has shut down all on-campus athletic activity since March.

Christian Dearborn, 26, is the new coach at Royal High, making a transition from 8-man to 11-man football after three seasons as the head coach at Hillcrest Christian in Thousand Oaks. Dearborn’s era didn’t launch like he hoped.

“Changing the culture of a program is hard to do virtually,” Dearborn said.

Time management and routine are elements Dearborn emphasizes when building the foundation of a new culture. Last week he saw his team in person for the first time in six months when the Simi Valley Unified School District allowed athletic activity on campus, but the activity is limited due to the current Los Angeles Department of Public Health guidelines.

“Just getting to know the kids better (in person) is a big deal,” Dearborn said.

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What is one new way you’ve fostered team chemistry this season?

2. The platforms that South Carolina schools are using to stream games (Go Upstate)

With smaller crowds allowed in most stadiums this fall, we’re all trying to figure out how to keep fans engaged.

Local schools in South Carolina are exploring several options for allowing fans to see their games without a ticket as pandemic restrictions have made attendance a challenge. Byrnes, Spartanburg, and Gaffney will make their games available on the NFHS Network. Most of us have heard about this one.

A web-based streaming service hosted by the National Federation of High Schools, the broadcasts are available for a fee of $10.99 per month or $69.99 per year. However, that subscription fee applies to all schools across the platform, so fans who want to see a particular school will have the opportunity to watch other schools as well. And, for some schools, the broadcasts will reach far beyond football.

Other schools which responded to questions about video coverage indicated they’re moving toward livestreams of events on other platforms. These are worth exploring if you’re not excited about the NFHS option.

Chesnee football is streamed on the District 2 YouTube channel, while Chapman also utilizes a YouTube channel and Broome games are streamed on coxsportsbroadcasting.com. Dorman’s lone home game without a television presence will be streamed on the District 6 website, while Woodruff’s games can be streamed on the Woodruff Wolverines Sports Network on the Meridex platform.
There are also traditional and internet radio/audio broadcasts of local games as well. Landrum, Chapman, Chesnee and Boiling Springs can be heard on upstateprep-cast.net. Broome and Woodruff audio feeds can be found at the same internet hosts as their livestreams, and Byrnes, Dorman, Gaffney, Spartanburg and Union County all have traditional radio broadcasts.

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What streaming platform are you using to allow fans to see your games this season?

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3. Pete Carroll’s Failed Football Career Inspires Him to Keep Coaching Year After Year (Sportscasting)

Isn’t this how we all got into coaching? Eventually, the decision was made for us?

These days, it’s impossible to imagine Pete Carroll as anything other than a head coach. Before heading to the sidelines, though, the San Francisco native hit the gridiron as a player.

As Mark Whicker explained in a 2005 Orange County Register story, Carroll had plenty of sports experience growing up. The family house became a gathering place where family and friends would watch football games and boxing matches; on Sundays, Pete would head to San Francisco 49ers games with his father.

While Carroll was never the biggest or the strongest, he showed plenty of natural talent. He played football, basketball, and baseball in high school; he then played safety at the College of Marin and the University of the Pacific.
After graduation, Carroll tried to keep playing, but it wasn’t meant to be. He tried out for the World Football League’s Honolulu Hawaiians—their training camp was in California—but failed to make the cut. His time on the gridiron was officially over.

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When did you know your playing career had come to an end?

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