If there were trips or vacations for coaches this summer, work often found a way to show up through discussion or pop up in thoughts.
It’s always about football. Now more than ever.
“It never really stops,” Lakeside coach Jarrett Troxler said. “If you’re not doing it year-round, you’re going to be behind.”
Though it’s not August, football is basically here, as the WJBF News Channel 6/The Augusta Chronicle Coaches and Captains Dinner, sponsored by McDonald’s and Jostens, helped mark the start of the season.
The event, held Thursday at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center, allowed area coaches and players to chat in advance of the hectic schedule of the 2013 football season. Carolina Panthers play-by-play radio announcer Mick Mixon was the guest speaker at the dinner.
But the big news was the announcement of a bowl for high school football seniors. Called the Border Bowl, the game will be played at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Laney’s football stadium and will be televised live by WJBF Ch. 6.
The game will see eligible senior football players play against one another in a Georgia-South Carolina showdown, where North Augusta coach Dan Pippin will coach South Carolina and Troxler will lead Georgia.
Team selection will be handled by each team’s coaching staff and also from involved sports media, with coaches talking to one another and looking at video highlights to assist in the process. A total of 72 players – 36 per team – will play, with 10 coaches making up each staff.
For the first year, proceeds will go to Ronald McDonald House.
“It’s good for the area, and it’s great for the coaches and players,” Pippin said about the bowl. “There’s great talent on both sides of the river.”
As for Thursday night, the Coaches and Captains Dinner provided an event for coaches and players to relate before the football regular season begins in August.
“It’s an opportunity for players to mingle with other players, talking about goals and expectations,” Glenn Hills coach Tim McClain said. “We’re ready to go.”