The editors and readers at DC Sports Fan have been way ahead of the curve in essentially every big personnel move on the prep athletics scene for a while now.
Posters there, for example, were predicting Bill McGregor‘s odd departure last season from DeMatha, where he’d built up one of the premier prep football programs in the entire country, long before it actually happened.
But, again, wild as those “rumors” sounded when they first surfaced, it actually happened.
Last night, the site began teeming with another McGregor bombshell: Rumor Has It now that McGregor is being wooed by St. John’s to take over that school’s football team.
St. John’s was the king of area football a half century ago, but hasn’t been competitive in seemingly forever as McGregor’s DeMatha and, more recently, Good Counsel developed nationally ranked teams year after year and dominated WCAC, the local Catholic schools conference. McGregor is asssociated with DeMatha football the way Morgan Wootten is with DeMatha basketball.
For McGregor to take over a rival program would be amazing.
But here’s why this crazy move could actually take place: It would doubtless take a lot of funds to get McGregor to St. John’s…and St. John’s has Under Armour’s Kevin Plank and former AOL exec Jim Kimsey backing the school and getting involved with athletics. Plank is the guy who rightly or wrongly gets credit for getting Ralph Friedgen bounced and new nameless uniforms for his college alma mater, the University of Maryland.
And last week DC Sports Fan showed Plank giving a pep talk to the St. John’s football team before St. John’s OT loss to Gonzaga.
McGregor told me after he left the Hyattsville school that he was leaving because he just wanted to take a break from the grind of running an elite program in a super competitive conference. He spent the season in the background as a “consultant” to Baltimore powerhouse Gilman.
Was that one year enough to recharge McGregor’s batteries? Would he really take a job that would have him lining up against DeMatha, the school where he became a legend, year after year?
In any case, for anybody who has been following high school sports around here for any length, this is fab stuff!