The report today that a new SLC coach has been named made one think again of the incredible accomplishments of Coach Dodge over the past five years.
Along this line, and perhaps it has been mentioned before, but, just noticed that USA Today's #3 ranked team in 2006 and #1 in 2005, Lakeland Senior High School in Lakeland, FL, has SEVEN PLAYERS off this year's team committed to perennial National Championship contenders Florida and LSU (6 to Florida and 1 to LSU). Oaks Christian in Westlake Village, CA (USA Today's #6 ranked team in 2006) has three - two to USC and one to ND. And SLC? None, yet SLC was USA Today's #1 team this past year and #2 in 2005
Just another illustration of, and what a testament to, Coach Dodge's astounding ability to take good but not great individual players, establish a unity of purpose, demand commitment, and then mold them into a team that settles for nothing less than championships.
In this memory, SLC has had only three players since 2001 that signed with historical NC contenders - Ulatoski at Texas, Hartley at OWho?, and McElroy at Alabama. And, over the same period, the record stands at 79-1. Amazing.
The whole really is greater than the sum of its parts.