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July 11, 2013

‘The Old Coach’ magazine offers plenty for high school football fans

As I See It ... Tony Eierdam

In this space a couple of weeks ago I dissected Texas Football Magazine and commented on its predictions of where the Mineral Wells Rams and the other schools in our area would end up in the district standings.

Knowing that most high school football fans buy the annual publication each year – or at least have heard about it – it was a pretty safe bet that my readers understood the publication I was commenting on.

Well, Texas Football is not the only game in town, and hasn’t been for the past four years.

In its fourth year, “The Old Coach Friday Night Football” magazine is an annual publication that deals with high school football only, and like TF makes its annual predictions on each district.

A lot of football fans may be familiar with “The Old Coach” Web site, which features a fan message board where coaches, players and fans can mingle via the typed word on its many threads in its fan forum section.

Personally, I don’t know of one coach who does not at least read The Old Coach message board. It makes for very interesting reading, to say the least.

“The Old Coach” has been around awhile, and the “The Old Coach Friday Night Football” is basically a spin off of its Web site and popular fan message board.

Like TF, The Old Coach magazine looks at each and every district and the teams in those districts.

But The Old Coach actually has more written about each team compared to Texas Football as it deals with high schools only.

TF also deals with the Big 12, Texas colleges, the national college football scene and the National Football League.

The Old Coach also has a feature I enjoy – a  special page dedicated to all of the head football coaching changes in the state.

Having been around awhile, I like looking at the listings on this page of all the coaching changes.

The Old Coach also employs a popular and well-informed former east Texas sports radio talk show host, David Smoak, to write an annual column.

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