View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 11/26

Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: November 27, 2014 - 9:08 AM



It's that time of year again, though it seems to come earlier and earlier every year. No it's not Christmas, it's coaching change season.

There are a few football openings popping up around the Metro now that the regular season is over. A few coaches have resigned, while a few others have been relieved of their duties.

Next week PrepsKC will give those openings its full attention once the games on the field have ended. There are a few that have raised some eyebrows along with others where coaches have decided to move along on their own accord.

NASCAR has what it calls the silly season. That is when drivers jump from team to team. One change always seems to necessitate another and the dominoes begin to fall.

This past month might as well be the silly season for high school coaching changes. There are school administrators who must be practicing for their ultimate job of university president or NFL owner because they have relieved coaches of their duties just after the regular season with postseason games in full swing.

While it may seem like they are in a rush, those administrators don't want to get caught behind in recruiting or attracting free agents.

Wait, this is high school football, we don't do those things.

Either way they must have a reason. I'm sure all of those schools that let their coaches go just days or a few weeks after the regular season should have those openings filled by now. I think I saw somewhere a school that was being coached by an assistant in the playoffs because the head coach had moved on to a new job.

Wait, I keep getting confused that's college not high school.

There are plenty of programs every year that are in need of a change and those administrators are well within their rights and should make those changes. It just seems like making that call while there are still games being played or even before the first round of the postseason has started seems a little quick and takes away from best time of the high school season, the playoffs.

But what do I know, I'm just a journalist who has been covering high school sports for more than 20 years.

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