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flagTUESDAY,  APRIL 15,  2014"If someone can hit you in the crotch, you are not in position to play football."   Nick Hyder, longtime coach at Valdosta, Georgia High School

*********** Coach,

I really appreciate the quote from the News.

"In my opinion, we are in danger of developing a Cult of the Common Man, which means a cult of mediocrity."  Herbert Hoover

Each week during the season I focus on a topic or theme.  It's usually one of those "life beyond the game" kind of things that shows how football can prepare a young man for life.  This year one of our vocabulary words, and the topic of the week, was "mediocre."

The boys were surprised to hear that it simply means common or average.  In their minds the word means something much less than average.  Somehow "average" has been elevated above "mediocre," even though they are one in the same.  But, put in terms of its true definition, a mediocre team would win half of their games.  A mediocre student would get C's. 

Based on their initial thoughts about the word mediocre we established that if they think mediocre is not a way they want to be described then being a .500 team or getting C's is not something they should be happy with.  It was quite eye opening to our young men.  

Thank you for giving me some material to use when I revisit this topic next year.
 
Todd Hollis
Head Football Coach
Elmwood High School
Elmwood, Illinois




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