Viking football decision expected today |

Viking football decision expected today

Darin Olde, Tribune staff writer

A final resolution is expected today in the dilemma over who should coach the varsity football program at South Tahoe High School.

Head varsity football coach Eric Beavers will meet with school administrators to discuss the issue now less than a week before the first day of football practice.

Beavers, a former star quarterback with the University of Nevada and graduate assistant with UCLA, hasn’t changed his position that he should coach the players who followed through on their commitment to condition, lift weights and improve during the off-season.

Of the 60 players who made the commitment, only three seniors, eight juniors and 20 sophomores followed through.

As for the players who failed to follow through, they may still play varsity football.

But you won’t find Beavers among the varsity staff.

Beavers holds that players who made a varsity-level commitment to the team last January and followed through will get the benefit of having a varsity-level coach. But he refuses to reward the seniors and juniors who broke their team commitment with playing time when he has a core of younger, dedicated players who followed through.

“As head coach of the football program, I think it’s better for the program if we hold true to what we said,” Beavers said.

Administrators with South Tahoe High School have not commented on the issue publicly, nor have they informed Beavers as to their final position on the matter.

Without further notice, Beavers said he intends to open the season as planned Aug. 15 as the junior varsity coach.

“If the administration lets me decide to make the decision (the coaches) think are right in the program, we have people willing to (coach varsity)” Beavers said. “It’s not my personality to go do that.”

“(People) have to believe I have the best interest at heart for the kids,” he added.

The Vikings finished 0-9 last year, Beavers’ first year as coach.

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