This week on HS Sports: UMS-Wright coach Terry Curtis still loves the purity of the game
A weekly look at high school sports in the state of Alabama over the past week, a look at what’s on the horizon, and a little motivation from the 80s. This is an opinion piece.
There’s not much – if anything – that Terry Curtis hasn’t done in his high school coaching career.
Curtis enters the 2022 season as Alabama‘s active career leader with 336 wins — four ahead of Central-Clay County’s Danny Horn. Former Vestavia Hills coach Buddy Anderson, now retired, is the overall leader with 346.
Curtis and Horn are tied for the most state titles with 8 apiece.
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Already a Hall of Famer, Curtis will start the No. 24 year at UMS-Wright in two weeks. His team spent three days this week at Camp Grace during the official opening of fall camp.
What makes him come back after a total of 33 years as a head coach?
“Those kinds of things we’re doing this week,” Curtis said in an interview on Mobile’s Sports Talk 99.5 FM. “Get out here, build this team and be around these guys 24/7 and watch how they perform.”
Curtis said he had a guest speaker for his team this week and that speaker asked how many players wanted to play college football.
“Like a guy across the room raised his hand,” he said. “But that’s what it’s all about. It’s high school football. These guys play for the love of the game and the camaraderie and to be with their friends and to compete with their friends.
“I feel like we’ve moved away from that in high school football with a lot of people transferring from a school and worrying about the whole thing. But those kids are playing for the love of the game. Very few will have a chance. in any college, but they keep coming back for more. When these guys grow up and get old, they’ll be great at whatever they want to do.
Curtis won 259 games in 23 years at UMS. All of his state titles have come as head coach of the Bulldogs.
UMS opens the season on August 19 against rival St. Paul’s.
Veteran basketball coach Theodore Philip Roebling, who has been battling colon cancer since January 2021, sent me some good news this week.
Here is the text:
“I had great news from the doctor today. My cancer number which should be 5 or less is 4. PRAISE THE LORD.
I’m certainly not smart enough to know exactly what that means medically, but I do know this: God is good. All the time.
We will continue to pray, coach.
This week’s survey series
Part 4 of our Sunday survey series this week focuses on which colleges our statewide high school coaches believe recruit them best.
In a radio interview this week on Sports Talk 99.5 FM in Mobile, South Alabama head coach Kane Wommack said his program emphasizes “reducing the scope” of recruiting. .
“I think every program in the country is pushing themselves,” said Wommack, entering his second season as Jaguars head coach. “They are expanding their recruiting departments. They are evaluating more players than they can actively and effectively recruit, which is a waste of time. I think when you look at the new landscape of college football or as we move into that landscape, the regional footprint becomes that much more important, especially for a squad-5 program.”
Check out the full survey results on AL.com on Sunday and in the Press-Register, Huntsville Times and Birmingham News.
More recruitment news
It’s been another big week for Alabama rookies. Here is a breakdown:
– Hewitt-Trussville 4 star DL Hunter Osborne engaged in Alabama. His teammate Husky DL, Connor Knightengaged in South Florida.
– DL Vigor Michael TownerOrange Beach ATH Chris PearsonStrong Spanish WR Jake Godfrey and Oak Mountain DL Emmanuel Waller all committed to the UAB.
— 2024 DB A’Mon Lane from Moody’s engaged in Auburn at Big Cat Weekend.
–Thompson OT Stanton Ramil engaged in Michigan State above Auburn, Tennessee, North Carolina and others.
— Hewitt-Trussville DB Rickey Gibson III was donated by Auburn.
— Montgomery Catholic DB LJ Green committed to Georgia Tech.
— Bob Jones QB/ATH Rayshawn Hardy was donated by Indiana.
— Théodore DB/ATH Will Jamescurrently engaged for Southern Miss, offered by Troy.
— Alma BryantOL Billy Gilmore committed at Troy.
— Theodore WR Kamrean Johnson committed at Vanderbilt.
– In basketball, Alabama offered combo guard Pinson Valley 6-6 Clyde water.
Thought of the day
For better or worse, our actions and words impress those around us.
80s quote of the week
“My dad used to say, ‘Don’t sit on the fence if you can’t play both ends.’ –JR Ewing, Dallas.
Ben Thomas is a sports journalist in high school AL.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BenThomasPreps or email him at [email protected]. His weekly column is published every Friday on AL.com. He can be heard weekly on “Inside High School Sports” on SportsTalk 99.5 FM in Mobile or on the free iHeart Radio app at 2 p.m. Wednesdays.