"Whatever happened to ol' Whats-his-face??"
Well, I've decided to end the "suspense" and let you guys know what's been going on with me this past year. Some of you have expressed an interest and genuine concern about me through email these past several months, so I thought I'd just go ahead and let you know in the quickest way I know how... by posting here on Veersite.
First let me address my job situation. It's really very easy to explain; I don't have one. Rightly or wrongly, I decided that I would rather take a year off than get involved in a bad situation. It's unfortunate that it happened so late in the hiring cycle, but I'll live.
Right now I'm simply substitute teaching on occasion and living on savings. I help out around my grandmother's and mother's house. I did help Coach Roark in the box at a few Middlesboro games this season, but I was unable to attend practices on a regular basis and even attend all of the games. But I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to coach this year even though I wasn't employed as a teacher.
In fact, if I can get my grandmother's garage cleaned out (without either one of us keeling over), and if I can help my mother finish some home remodeling, then I will consider this year a success.
I have toyed with the notion of getting back into the computer graphics business, but I know deep down that coaching football is where my heart is. I could have sat around feeling sorry for myself (and I did for a while) but my grandfather Bob had a great saying for just such occasions.
"Son, you can find sympathy between shit and syphilis in the dictionary..."
Remembering that saying of his -and what he expected of me as a man- put it all in perspective.
A couple of coaches have contacted me this week concerning openings both at their schools and at others. I'm currently looking at HC and OC positions in North Carolina, Alabama, and Florida. I'm sure that there will be jobs opening up here in Tennessee in the coming months as well, but I've come to the decision that I will go wherever it takes to find a program where I can stay and make a difference.
I apologize for the long absence, but it was a necessary one. There are times you have to step back, take a deep breath, and assess where you are and where you want to be.
I'm gathering up info and material concerning the Option as well the complementary plays that go with it. Since I'm not on a regular schedule, I've actually thought offering my services to coaches in teaching their staff and players the option. The thoughts of making more friends in out coaching fraternity and helping more teams run the offense that I've come to know and love (and hopefully keep you from reinventing the wheel in the process) doesn't seem like a bad thing to me. And if I can make a few bucks and stay out of the "PoorHouse," then its all the better!
But no matter what, I will always be more than happy to chat thru email or on the phone concerning any and all things football.
If you are interested, I'm game. I have a feeling I'm going to be putting some miles on the Pathfinder in the next few months applying for some jobs. Who knows, I might be passing by your neck of the woods. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 423.546.0431 and we'll work out the details. Meanwhile, I'll still be posting here on Veersite so be sure to visit again. I think the first thing on my agenda will be to re-up some old Veer clips to a more reliable hosting site and relink to them here on Veersite.
Coach Steve Smith