UPDATED: Johnny Lopez says he’s still the coach at Blair and has conducted three practices … won’t disclose a number for how many players are in the program …

Blair High School named Johnny Lopez as its new varsity football head coach last Friday.

Lopez, 50, was most recently head coach at Eagle Rock for one season in 2008. He graduated from Rosemead in 1979.

Blair has had three practices since his hiring, Lopez said. However, Lopez would not say how many players are currently on the roster and only that “players are trickling in.”

When asked if there were currently enough players to field a varsity team, Lopez said “Definitely”.

Reports from Blair parents, however, were that only six players participated in practice on Tuesday morning. Then later in the day, parents said they were told on Tuesday afternoon that Lopez did not pass his background check and was no longer head coach. Lopez said those claims were untrue.

Aram’s take: This story would be aided greatly if school officials would simply return phone calls. Why Lopez would not give an exact number of players currently in the program, or even an estimate, is a bit concerning. But I’ll take him at his word that there are enough for a team. For the time being, it looks like Blair will have a varsity team. There have been several defections from last year’s team. What their eligibility will be at their new schools is unclear. Any current players who were hoping for immediate eligibility at a new school if Blair does not field a varsity team may have just had their hopes crushed.

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  • Green pastures aka “El Gato Monte”

    If Blair can not field a team, could Monrovia and the rest of the Rio Hondo look for a exhibition game with a team from another league, which still has a opening?

  • Good luck

    It’s highly unlikely that any teams would have openings in the middle of the regular season. There will be teams with bye weeks, but unlikely that CIF would allow any teams with bye’s to play an additional game and finish the regular season having played 11 games. Even if CIF were to allow such a thing, it is unlikely that any head coach would want to give away his bye week. The only chance to pick up a game would be for teams that are not playing zero week games already to try and match up with one of Blair’s non league games and playing that game on the zero week.

  • wow!! What a joke!!

    This guy lost the players at eagle rock. nobody wanted to play for this guy, he couldnt run practice. I feel bad for the blair kids. Maxpreps shows he when 10-1 in 2007, but he started at eagle rock in 2008!! Hope he is not taking credit for that year. Im glad somebody took the job at blair unfortunately it was johnny lopez. He did a terrible job at pasadena marshall where the players created a petition to get him out!! Only pusd would hire a guy with this track record.

  • AMAT 73

    Sad state for football in the Pasadena area. Who knows what is to blame but the pilaging of players can’t help the situation . Blair high school going this route is a total shame and very sad.

  • Jefe
  • BigDog

    Aram,
    You should coach the football team.Its just a partime job for you.Shed a few pounds!!!!

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    Yeah, because so many coaches lose weight by coaching.

    Man, you’re already weak for being so obvious by coming with a fat joke, but then you couldn’t even stick the landing. Horrible.

    This blog is going soft.

  • Stupid is as stupid does

    What a bunch of incompetent, clusterfu*ck up, boobs this administration must be. They have virtually no time left to get this ship righted. Why the Fu*k didn’t they pre-screen all of their candidates for the job and then choose the person they wanted from what was left?

  • http://msn.com X COACH

    At 8 dollars an hour, why knock coach Lopez? There doesn’t seem to be many takers who qualify to run such a storied football program. let the dude coach. he will only be successful with talent and a great coaching staff. Look at what Dougles has accomplished at Narbonne… his staff deserves most of the credit

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