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Sports Notebook: Coaches don’t know

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Don’t ask a head coach who their team’s next opponent will be right after a current game is played. It has been found over the years that sometimes they really don’t know the answer off the top of their head.

The reason is because they truly aren’t looking ahead, instead putting full concentration on the event at hand – the epitome of taking things one game at a time.

That’s a good thing.

Such a person, at least on one occasion, was Bishop O’Connell High School football coach Ken Lucas. He wasn’t immediately clear who his team’s next opponent was when asked that question just minutes following his team’s Sept. 11 contest. Eventually, Lucas remembered, then talked about that opponent.

So many others react the same way.

One coach once said looking ahead to the next opponent does no good until the current game is played, and can take away from the proper mental preparation for the action at hand.

So don’t be surprised when asking a coach that question if the answer isn’t always immediate.

– Dave Facinoli

dfacinoli@sungazette.net

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