Monday, January 14, 2013
It appears that Billy Ott’s Dec. 5 Letter to the Editor indicates that he is disgruntled because Berkeley football coach Jeff Cruce won’t allow Stag fans to help him coach.
Kudos to Coach Cruce, and shame on Stag fans for their lack of support (according to them) in a dismal two seasons.
South Carolina Head Coach Lou Holtz went 0-11 his first season at Carolina. However, Williams-Brice Stadium was packed to capacity for every home game supporting the Gamecocks in anticipation of things to come.
When I played high school football, my coach wouldn’t even speak to his players during class changes. But he was the boss during our practices and games, with no assistance from fans. He knew what he was doing. We went on to win the state championship.
In Coach Cruce’s first season at Hanahan High School, he was 0-11. The second season, he was 6-6. After two slow starts, Coach Cruce won 10 consecutive regional championships at Hanahan.
No disrespect for the former coach at Berkeley, but has one considered that perhaps his foresight of coming attractions (lack of rising talent) may have played a role in his decision to step down as coach at Berkeley High School?
One should consider the feelings of the players personally with losing, and how Coach Cruce feels not only for himself, but for his players and especially for Stag fans and supporters.
What’s the old saying? Wait ‘til next year.
Gene “Bunky” Lewis
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