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Burney's Bytes will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Color Them Orange

Birmingham Brother Rice will have a new football coach before the end of next week.
AKA The GRIDIRON GODFATHER Al Fracassa's colossal shoes will soon be filled, if in job-title only.
Here's Burney's Top 5 candidates to assume the helm with the historic ORANGE&BLACK;
1 Scott Merchant – Probably the frontrunner for the much-coveted slot…fits all the criteria, Rice blood through-and-through, successful prep head coaching career around the area and in the CHSL, character guy, Fracassa disciple, master motivator   
2 (tie) Adam "Coach K" Korzienewski – "In-House Frontrunner A", the Warriors defensive coordinator the past five years, elite tactician, defines the term 'attention to detail.'   
2 (tie) David Sofran –"In-House Frontrunner B," the Warriors associate head coach offensive coordinator the past several seasons, Sofran is said to be Fracassa's choice to succeed him. An all-time great as a player in the Rice record books, really understands and embodies the system and the culture in WARRIORSNATION more than any other candidate
3 Tony Patritto – The No. 1 choice if they decide to go outside the "Rice Family,"….everything you could ever want in a head coach, has built a powerhouse of a program at Rochester Adams and got his feet wet on the sidelines in the Catholic League at Madison Heights Bishop Foley
4 Steve Morrison – Lots of credentials and tons of experience (Orange&Black alum, learned under Bo and Fracassa , NFL career as a LB, longtime assistant coach at the D1 college level) Morrison is said to be in hot pursuit of the post
5 Mike Lodish – "Wildcard" in the race, Lodish is a big personality, smart and hard-nosed as a can be and the ultimate picture of a in state title at Rice in '83, Rose Bowl title in college at UCLA, lengthy pro career on the D-Line and an NFL-record SIX Super Bowl appearances (2 rings)


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