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Great coaches give great quips

Post-game interviews with coaches, especially in the first minutes following a ballgame, can be a bit dicey. Over the years I have done my share, most going surprisingly well. Some I’d rather forget. One of my favorites for quotes was Jack Alvarez. Win or lose, I usually met him before anyone else did on Friday nights. He was candid and honest, sometimes funny, yet never uttered a profane word. Three years ago the Lions lost a heart-breaker, 22-19, at state-ranked Class 6A Denton Guyer. Alvarez made a gutsy call on fourth down with five minutes to go in the game. Ennis, who led at the time, 19-15, lost yardage and the Wildcats seized the momentum and eked out a win. We met in the end zone. Not the happy camper, he was short, sharp and quick to defend his players. I had to ask about his costly decision, which I thought was a good call. He was in no mood for an amicable quote, telling me instead to just write whatever I wanted. He was pointed even though he said nothing I could fashion into a statement. I did, however, have to get three of his teeth surgically removed from my backside following the interchange. We still laugh about that one. It was the year after the Lions won their final 14 games to capture the state championship.

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