While we’re all working on football previews for the Prep Preview Football magazine and sifting through all our quotes from coaches on the expectations for 2012, this is one of my favorites from Ganesha coach Darrick Rice. I love when coaches speak their mind and sound genuinely passionate about the job they have to do. Ganesha finished 2-8 last year, just a couple years removed from the 49-game losing streak from 2003-09.
“Last year I got the position so late I had to coach with the same guys left over from the previous year. This year I brought in guys with a higher (football) I.Q. and a want and need to help change some of the bad techniques, teaching and overall culture that had been embedded here from years of not changing with the times.
“We have to remember this is not the 70’s, 80’s, or even the 90’s. The rules have changed and so has the area especially with other schools (in the area) stealing our resources right out of our backyards. Our mission is to first establish something special to keep our talent home, win one game at a time in all areas and learn from our mistakes. We want to show that Ganesha High school can move into the 21st century and actually play four quarters of football and not be everyone’s homecoming game.” — Coach Darrick Rice.