MYRTLE BEACH -- In case you've missed it, a change of the guard is coming at the top of the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association and it is set up as a two-year process.
Former Clinton football coach Keith Richardson is retiring as the SCACA's executive secretary and is being replaced by Greenwood coach Shell Dula.
Two years ago, Dula was in the running for executive director of the South Carolina High School League. The job was given to Jerome Singleton, already on the staff with years of experience dealing with the state's public schools.
Dula is a good choice, but there is still a bit of unresolved business. It was widely assumed that Dula had coached his last football game when his Eagles were knocked out of the playoffs in the second round by Clover. That might not be so.
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"When I get back next week, we'll sit down with the Greenwood administration and decide whether or not I'll be back one more season,'' Dula said. "So it's up in the air what's going to happen.
"I'll spend my first year learning the job and working on building our membership and lining up speakers for our summer clinic. In June of 2008, I'll take on more duties as Keith prepares to step down.''
Dula is one of only two coaches in South Carolina who has won state championships at three schools. He had one at Ninety Six, two at Union and three at Greenwood. The other is former Irmo coach Joe Turbeville.
• SCARE: Clover defensive end Tre' Turner injured his right shoulder Tuesday morning and had to sit out the afternoon practice.
He was attended to by the North team trainers, who put an ice pack on the shoulder and put his arm in a sling to relieve pressure.
"I was really scared at first, thought I might miss Saturday's game,'' Turner said. "But it's going to be fine and I'm looking forward to getting back on the field.
"I made a tackle and one of our big boys fell on my shoulder. But it's not separated or anything like that. It's only a slight sprain. I'm not about to miss this game. I'm feeling better already.''
• EXPOSURE: If there are any colleges out there looking for a pretty good football player with his grades in line, take a look at Lewisville's Antwan Robinson.
Robinson, a defensive back, had five interceptions this season while leading the Lions to the Region 3-A championship. He's a 4.1 student and scored 1100 on the SAT. He's 5-foot-11, weighs 180 pounds and has speed to burn.
"I'm hoping I've caught the attention of some of the college coaches watching us practice,'' he said. "Being from a small school, any exposure helps.
"I'm very excited to be here, to be on the same team with all these great players from around the state. Sometimes small-school players get overlooked, so we have to work harder when we get an opportunity like this.''
According to Lions' coach Floyd Drum, this is the first year since 1991 that Lewisville has sent players to both of the state's all-star games. Mike Barber (Clemson) played in the Shrine Bowl. William Strong (N.C. State) was in the North-South Game.
This year, Drum is a South Carolina Shrine Bowl assistant. Lewisville's Dion Foster was selected for the team.
• ANOTHER: There's another member of the North team that got overlooked and it's not Indian Land assistant coach Bob LeRoy, chosen in the long-time assistant slot.
It's Ben Merritt, Fort Mill's athletics trainer the last seven years. He was picked at the summer meeting of the South Carolina Athletic Trainers Association's annual clinic.
"We've been lucky so far, no major injuries,'' Merritt said. "Mostly, we've been taping ankles before practice. I hope it stays that way, that nobody gets hurt.''
Merritt grew up in Lexington and attended Ben Lippen, a private school in Columbia. He graduated from North Carolina's Wingate University and earned a degree in sports medicine.
Merritt's assistant is Pelion's Kendra Spires, a student trainer.
60TH SCADA NORTH-SOUTH ALL-STAR FOOTBALL GAME
• When: 12:30 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Coastal Carolina's Brooks Stadium, Conway
• Tickets: $15 at the gate