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November 4, 2013
A Reality to Keep in Mind: College Football Players Are a Select Group
Here's an interesting fact you may not have heard: According to the NCAA, only 6.4 percent of high school football athletes go on to play the sport at any NCAA level (Division I, II or III). Pretty select company.
The reason I bring this up is this: Not just any "Joe" off the streets is suited for college football, regardless of the level. This isn't to say there isn't a place for walk-ons and those who, perhaps being undersized or not having impressive high school stats, don't have a chance to make the cut out of sheer determination and grit. But the reality is, the vast majority of kids play their final game as a high school senior. By the same token, playing in the Northwest Conference is no "cakewalk," either. It's one of the toughest Division III conferences in the country (more on that next week).
The NCAA has a popular television ad that states, "There are 380,000 NCAA student-athletes, and most of us will go pro in something other than sports." The same statement can be applied to those who aspire to be collegiate athletes.
So, why bring this up? To give you a better perspective of just how privileged our athletes are to suit up for George Fox University. It's also a good reminder that not everybody is cut out to play at the "next level." While we want to encourage you to continue giving us leads of potential players, this is a reality to keep in mind.
Get to Know the Coach: Offensive Coordinator Bob Mewhinney
Bob Mewhinney is our offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He has coached football for more than 40 years and has coached the sport throughout the Northwest.
Most recently, Bob served under coach Chris Casey at Aloha High School for eight of Chris' nine seasons there and, previously, held assistant positions at Sunset High School (in Beaverton) and Oregon City High School. Between 1987 and 1997, he was the running backs and defensive/offensive lines coach at his alma mater, Linfield College.
From 1977 to 1986, Bob coached at Kelso, Wash. (1977), was head coach at Stayton (1978-81) and Parkrose (1982-84) high schools, and assisted at McCallum (Austin, Texas) from 1984-86. He was also head coach at Forest Grove in 1986. He led Stayton to the 1980 state championship game, served as the head coach for the West team in the 1981 East-West Shrine Game, and guided Parkrose to the state playoffs in 1983.
A native of Longview, Wash., Bob earned a bachelor's degree in history and political science from Linfield in 1974. He completed a master's in education from Linfield in 1982 and also attended law school at Drake Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, serving as the Wildcats' quarterbacks and receivers coach from 1974 to 1976 under legendary Linfield coach Ad Rutschman. Bob also played quarterback for Coach Rutschman at Hillsboro High School.
Bob and his wife of 40 years, Julia Ann, have two children - son Justin and daughter Lindsey - and one granddaughter, Jada Simone.
Here is the latest report regarding construction of Stoffer Family Stadium and the Duke Athletic Center: Crews are loading sheet rock into the building today so they can start sheet-rocking on Wednesday. They are working on the remaining site work planters, sidewalks and curbs.
We should see the exterior sheet metal this week. Roof top units were set last Tuesday, and the floor polish in the front entry was completed last Tuesday as well.
Thanks again for your support of this stadium project and of our football program. You are an integral member of the team!
Picture: The grandstands as of this morning, with all three press boxes installed.