Harrell’s reach here is big
I arrived in June 2011, too late to really get to know Sam Harrell as either a coach or an educator. My only knowledge of the man at the time was as Graham Harrell’s father, and the nice dude at Brown Street Cafe. It wasn’t until I got to know more about the community lore surrounding Harrell and his struggles that I got an idea what he’s gone through, and it wasn’t until I watched him speak at the Ennis Rotary Club that I realized just how much he means to the city of Ennis.
Football is almost a religion unto itself in Texas, and football coaches are its bishops. Everyone knows their local football coach, and everyone has their own opinion about them. In the time I’ve been here, I’ve heard nothing but good things about Harrell. People still refer to him by the title “Coach” and talk about him with reverence. Considering the success the football program had with Harrell at the helm, it’s easy to see why.