Southlake hires former North Texas QB Riley Dodge
If you haven't followed the s-show that's been going on at Southlake Carroll over the last few weeks you've missed high school football in this state at its best or worst - best if you like the circus, worst if you aren't a sociopath and have empathy for people.
The local school district placed former coach Hal Wasson on leave for some financial discrepancies associated with the football program. Those discrepancies totaled about $35,000, though Wasson claimed the numbers were much lower. School officials never charged Wasson for taking any money, and the other claims involved UIL infractions that the Interscholastic League didn't validate. Apparently, some parents wrote letters regarding some language/treatment issues associated with Wasson, including the use of profanity. Cussing from coaches is not at all unusual, neither is cussing from players for that matter, but the higher-ups decided Wasson had to go. Southlake went through a very public divorce from Wasson, eventually paying him the value of his contract, and he's now taken a position at Irving ISD.
Enter Riley Dodge, son of Southlake coaching legend Todd, he takes over the Dragon program, and the locals hope he's able to bring the team back to its monolith status among the 6A programs in the state. The younger Dodge led the Dragons to a title in 2006 before signing with North Texas where Todd was the head coach. After North Texas received Todd Dodge of his duties, Riley finished up at McNeese State He's served as a Quality Control Coach for the Longhorns and at Texas A&M. He served as offensive coordinator at Justin Northwest high school in 2017.
Duffey, Shorts, Smith, and Taylor Suspended
Kliff Kingsbury officially announced that Tech suspended Jett Duffey and three other players after their arrests on Sunday morning following an altercation at a local Lubbock bar.
Kingsbury said that while the legal process handles itself, the repercussions will come from inside the program; however, Kingsbury did say that he was disappointed with his their behavior and choices on Saturday night. For now, the suspensions are indefinite.
Mean Green Host Spring game
North Texas hosted its spring game on Saturday and as always Brett Vito, the czar of Mean Green sports was there. According to Vito, the offense look explosive with Mason Fine and Jalen Guyton connecting for a 70-yard touchdown.
Quinn Shanbour connected with Kansas transfer Keegan Brewer for a 49-yard touchdown.
On the day Fine completed 17 of 27 passes for 253 yards. Guyton caught eight passes for 135 yards, while Rico Bussey added two catches for 75 yards. Mississippi Gulf Coast transfer DeAndre Torrey led the Mean Green in rushing with 81 yards on twelve carries.
Randy Allen Retires
In other Metroplex news, Highland Park head coach Randy Allen, he of the classic tie and fedora, is retiring after 19 years in charge in North Dallas. Allen played his college ball at SMU. He led Highland Park to state titles three state titles including back to back championships in 2016 and 2017.
Allen also coached at Ballinger, Brownwood, Abilene Cooper, and Highland Park. He retires with the fourth most wins in Texas High School history.