Blair of Pasadena might not be able to field a varsity football team this fall, according to this report by Fred Robledo of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune (like the Daily Pilot in the Costa Mesa/Newport Beach area, the SGVN does a nice job covering high school sports in its geographical frame).
The reason? No head coach and no practices since early June.
Players’ parents are beginning to fret and if the fretting leads to transferring, then football at Blair could be finished. The team plays its 2012 season opener on Aug. 24.
Blair has a pretty good football history. In 1969, Blair had one of the all-time great running back tandems in California history — Kermit Johnson and James McAlister, who later went on to star at UCLA. Those guys were called “The Blair Pair.” Coached by Pete Yoder, who later would coach at Esperanza, Blair’s Vikings won the CIF-Southern Section major-division championship in ’69 with a victory over Bishop Amat in the championship game at the Coliseum.
Last year, Blair was 1-9 overall and 0-5 in the Rio Hondo League (Monrovia was the league’s champion, and also was CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division champion).
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