Tom Conner had some sizable shoes to fill at Bloomington High School last yer. Don Markham, who won 309 games and five CIF titles – including one at Bloomington in 1994 where the Bruins set the national scoring record with 880 points – during his storied career, retired after the 2007 season, with Conner being hired in his place.
Replacing a legend was hard enough for Conner, especially a legend that built the Bloomington program with the unique run-heavy double-wing offense. But considering that Conner was more comfortable in the spread – a 180-degree shift from the tight formations of the double-wing – that transition was made even more difficult.
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