Find Somebody Tough

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New coach's success depends on his players

By Ryan Butler

Spirits were high at the Chiefland High School auditorium on Feb. 2. They were supposed to be. A search that captivated the town finally came to a close. The wait was over and Chiefland welcomed a great man for the job.

But it was the second half of the introductory conference that was the most important.

After Aron Richardson spoke and fielded questions, CHS principal Bill Tovine took the stage. 

He challenged his players to “find somebody tough”.

“You’re weakness right now is numbers. You are all tougher than a box of rocks. I’ve watched every last one of you. 

“There is no question about that,” Tovine said.

“There is no question about any of the intangibles. But you know people who should be playing football. You need to talk to those people.”

Then Tovine brought up another good point. CHS could have hired Bobby Bowden or Steve Spurrier and it still would have come down to the players. Tovine could have hired them, Bear Bryant, Vince Lombardi and Knute Rockne — it would still come down to the young men on the field. 

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