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Saturday, November 16, 2013 9:00 PM

By JIM METCALFE

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The recent resignations of Jefferson head football coach Larry “Bub” Lindeman and assistant coaches Ben Rahrig and Jeff Stant brought a thought and some observations to mind.

I have probably written a thing or two — or 1,113 — about this before but this is my column, so there!

Bub coached for five years as the head man and a few more as an assistant, Jeff coached for a long time and Ben has been around the block before all deciding it was time to sit out for a while and spend more time with their children growing up.

I am writing this as generally an outsider to coaching — I only coached the Delphos Raiders briefly as an assistant when Dr. Jay DeWitt was the head coach in the mid-1990s — and as an observer of the scene; I don’t pretend to have any personal “insight” but some general observations.

With all the pressures every coach has on him or her: the practices in season, the off-season work, the camps, clinics, etc. — I can tell you I have talked to more than a few coaches, especially those not coaching at present, and they all tell you it’s the out-of-season stuff that really gets to them because you have to have it, even though most know their charges need a break at some point and so do they — then throw in family obligations and job responsibilities and such, it can become a bit too much.

The point is, I don’t think you will ever see in this generation a coach like a Dick Kortokrax at Kalida, the late Bob Arnzen at St. John’s, Joe Petrocelli at Kettering Alter, Fran Guilbeaux at St. Henry and the like; one who stays at a certain school for decades.

 

I’m not saying those guys didn’t have to do anything in the off-season (there’s always been open gyms and some camps) or that they were not under pressure in “those” days but with all the added exposure, all the extra time one has to put in to have a quality program year after year, plus the fact that kids do seem to grow up so fast these days — I can remember being reminded that my nieces and nephews were in such and such a grade and I would ask “when did THAT happen? I thought they were still in … grade?” (that sentence will make my family members go screaming into that good night, yelling “I have no idea who he is! I am not related!”) — I don’t think you will see the “old fossils” anymore.

 

Look at the changeover in major-college football and basketball, for instance. There aren’t too many Coach Ks anymore and even he has had his health issues over the years.

How many football coaches last for two decades at a big-time college program any more, for example?

My guess is that somewhere down the road, Bub and Ben will be back on the sidelines.

That also tends to happen more as situations change.

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This is for all those who think instant replay is the be-all-and-end-all for sports.

I was going to write about this last week but it slipped my mind and the guys at the Eagles won’t let me forget about it.

I am referring to the so-called safety — it should NOT have been a safety in this universe or ANY universe outside of Bizarro World (Bizarro is one of Superman’s many arch-nemeses, for those that don’t know, and his world is the exact opposite of the Kryptonian’s, especially since he is cloned from the Supe’s DNA) — in the Ohio-Buffalo game last Tuesday, when Bobcat QB Tyler Tettleton was whistled for a safety for an intentional grounding call — at the 4.

Yes, intentional grounding in the end zone IS a safety — but not at the 4.

Then there was confusion. We all thought they were reviewing the play and it was announced the call on the field was upheld (which had us all pulling what’s left of our hair out!), then later it was revealed it was not reviewable because it was the spot of a penalty.

Huh?

They review EVERY scoring play and last time I checked, a safety was a scoring play!

The referee, Tom McCabe, at least later hinted he blew the call when asked about it.

As far as I can tell, there has been no reprimand by the Mid-American Conference — as there was by the Pac-12 in the Wisconsin at Arizona State fiasco earlier this year.

Hopefully, it was just an honest mistake that he felt he could not correct then.

I would honestly like to know: how much leeway do the other officials have in a matter like this? If one — say the umpire or the line judge to the same side — has a good look at it, can he say something?

I believe they did discuss it, so I wonder what they saw, what they told him and what he “heard.”

Ultimately, though, the referee is the head guy.

Last Updated on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 9:20 PM
 

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