City Paper is not for tourists
Word out of Hyattsville is that Bill McGregor will announce he’s quitting as DeMatha’s head football coach today.
Such a move has been rumored for more than a week, but McGregor’s exodus, if that indeed happens, will come as huge news in the local and even national high school football realm.
McGregor has posted a 280-39-3 record in his 29 years as DeMatha’s head coach, and, according to his own web site, “over 350” of his players have gotten full football scholarships just since 1991.
Last season, McGregor had more of his ex-players active in the NFL (7) than any prep coach in the entire country.
But the job has gotten tougher in recent years, as the gridiron rivalry between DeMatha and Good Counsel took off and took on as many soap-opera-ish story lines as Friday Night Lights. (A coach character on the NBC series was, in fact, named “Coach McGregor.”)
The rivalry’s ridiculousness peaked with accusations leveled on local football message boards (but, much like this blog post, backed by no hard evidence) that a WCAC championship game between DeMatha and Good Counsel was fixed.
McGregor also had to live through a nauseating NCAA Signing Day recently, as the Stags’ top prospect, Cyrus Kouandjio, committed to Auburn as the national television cameras rolled, then withdrew that committment and signed with Alabama.
No word yet on a McGregor replacement. If, that is, a replacement is necessary.
McGregor has not yet responded to a message left at his DeMatha office.