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What I’m about to give you is a combo of what I’ve heard and what I know. The “what I know” part is from very reliable sources. You can check back later to see if anything I wrote came true, which most of it will. This isn’t something I heard from the guy standing outside the fence watching practice with his sunglasses on … and everybody’s wondering who’s dad is that, but then they realize he’s just a guy, probably associated with the Aram Mob. OK, there may be some of that.
Here we go …
At Damien, coach Greg Gano is going back to play-calling duties on offense. Last year’s offensive coordinator Ryan Merrill, who still teaches at Covina, may either join Darryl Thomas’ staff if something can be worked out, or focus on coaching his children in Little League, AYSO and basketball. As you might expect, Gano didn’t last long not calling the plays. It was something I joked with him about even before the season, because if you know him, there’s no way he’d be content even letting Norm Chow call his offense. Just how he is … So what about Dave Merrill, who was also an asst. at Damien last year? Well, he’s going back to Wilson to “oversee” the football program. What does that specifically mean and why is it needed, I’ll let you guys draw your own conclusions. I asked Merrill if he’s going to be head coach Brian Zavala’s boss and his answer was “I won’t say I’m his boss. I’m his advisor. The principal and athletic director are his bosses. I’m more somebody he can talk to. There’s nobody really on that campus he can talk football with. There are no other football coaches on campus.” … Who will replace the Merrills on Gano’s staff? The plan is for former Los Altos/New Mexico receiver Travis Brown to join the staff. Brown was at Diamond Bar last year under now-resigned coach John Martin. Gano also wanted former Los Altos/Colorado defensive back Chappelle Brown, but he has accepted at a graduate assistant gig at Colorado. But there’s nothing stopping former Los Altos standout running back Keith Brown from joining Gano’s staff, which he’s expected to do as running backs coach … Speaking of Diamond Bar, Martin’s recent resignation makes no sense to me. They brought the guy in to turn around the program and it looked like he was well on his way to doing that. Now, he resigns when it looks like they’ve got great momentum? … Over at Amat, the word is that coach Steve Hagerty has covered up the mirrors in the team’s weight room in some sort of exercise to … well, I don’t know. I’m sure it’s to get the players to focus on the football aspect of lifting and not the cosmetic side of it. … What’s up with Rosemead’s Matt Koffler? As you know, I reported that sources told me he would resign following the Panthers’ last game of the season. Since then, there have been rumors that Koffler would join Jim Singiser’s staff at Arroyo, which could create a powerhouse program in the Mid-Valley Division. Well, Koffler is still at Rosemead and word is he’s hopeful the administration will accommodate his needs. Don’t rule out anything just yet. … “Is Pasqy leaving Glendora?” How many times have I heard that? I really don’t know. My last contact with Coach Pasquarella was before Christmas and he told me “everything’s fine”. But he and I always speak in code, so he could have been talking about the weather. The natural progression is for La Puente coach and Glendora alum Brandon Rohrer to take over for Pasqy should he decide to bolt. … I’ll leave you on this last juicy tidbit: A local football standout tells me that Covina’s Vinny Venegas will transfer to West Covina where he will play his senior season. The player is convinced this will happen, but I’m not buying it at all. Not sure the Bulldogs will even be the better team next year.