Within a week's time, the Gainesville athletic department - already looking to fill a vacant softball coaching position - was charged with finding replacements for two long-tenured coaches as football coach Bruce Miller retired and baseball coach Jeremy Kemp announced he was leaving his position at GHS after the 2018 season concludes. Those two stories combined with state championship wrestling and the last two weeks of the high school basketball season made for a lengthy Jan. 24 edition of the Prep Talk Podcast.
Beginning of show: The retirement of Bruce Miller
- The timing of Miller's announcement raises some questions
- What will be put in the Gainesville football annals about Miller's 16 years at the helm of the football program
- Who's next? What direction should Gainesville go in finding a new coach?
19-minute mark: Discussion of Jeremy Kemp's decision to leave Gainesville and start a baseball program at new Hall County school Cherokee Bluff
27-minute mark: What do the recently announced departures say about Gainesville, if anything?
31-minute mark: An observation on teams playing to a program standard, and not to beat an opponent
35-minute mark: Discussion of the parity in high school hoops across the area
38:30-minute mark: What built the North Hall wrestling program into a state champion?
- Sidenote on what it takes (in Morgan and Katie B.'s humble opinions) to build a successful sports program
45:30-minute mark: Brief discussion on whether or not the state should entertain allowing instant replay in high school football
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