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EISD treating Harrell with consideration

With the announcement that Ennis’ beloved Coach Sam Harrell was disclosing a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis last year, it was expected that he’d, at some point, need to step away from football and the Ennis Lions.
The program, which he helped build and led to 13 postseasons in the last 16 years — including three state championship seasons that have been etched in Ennis’ collective memory for posterity — and the district he has served owe a lot to Harrell.

The EISD is doing the man a great service in handling his situation, as is evidenced by the news that broke this week on his stepping down as head football coach in the coming year. Harrell, who along with fellow Ennisite Steve Betik is headed to Costa Rica for experimental MS treatment, will have an opportunity to return to the sport and program he loves so much if his condition improves to the point he can reasonably do so.

That’s an opportunity that few communities would leave out there, even for a man of Harrell’s cache. With as much community support as Harrell has had, however, it’s really no surprise. Ennis knows they have a diamond in the rough in Harrell, and protecting that asset is important. No doubt Harrell, who will take over a teaching role at Ennis High in the coming year, will still have his influence over Lion football. We just won’t see him on the field on Fridays wearing the look of a man intent on the responsibilities of coaching young football players to success.

He deserves the break. With that, we think few would argue. It’s also no secret that his brand of coaching, with the integral support of the entire coaching staff at Ennis High School, has been a recipe for success for the program for more than a decade and a half.

We hope to see him back in 2011, as we’re sure many in this community do. If circumstances don’t make that possible, then we’ll have a fond place in our community’s collective memory for the era that has seen such greatness at EHS.

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