Tom Turner has never been one to draw attention to himself.
He doesn't like being interviewed, has been that way for 33 years. Instead, he will point to his players and say: "Interview them. They are the ones that deserve the credit, not me."
Turner's days at Northwestern, where he's been on staff for 32 of those years, will be over as far as football goes on Saturday at Myrtle Beach High School. And he'll be done teaching physical education this spring because he's retiring.
He's an assistant coach for the North in this year's SCADA North-South All-Star Football Game. As he has done for most of the season, Turner will be coaching the offensive line as a beneficiary of a perk the South Carolina Football Coaches Association added years ago.
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Turner is on the staff as one of two longtime assistant coaches for the game that has a 12:30 p.m. kickoff at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium. It took a little nudging, but Turner agreed to talk after Tuesday morning's practice - but not much.
"This is quite an honor for me, to work with some of the state's top coaches and best players," said Turner, a native of West Virginia. "You work all your life helping kids, doing what you can to make them good football players and fine young men.
"This is the reward, and it couldn't be any better. I look at all of this and realize that because I'm retiring this year, I couldn't have picked a better way to go out."
A North victory would send Turner out a double winner. Northwestern beat Greenwood 42-10 in last Friday's Class AAAA DII state championship game.
NORTHWESTERN: Receiver Robert Joseph, who along with teammate Steven Nance was chosen for the North team, said being part of the first Northwestern team to go undefeated and win the state championship was more than he could ask for his senior season.
"The only thing I see as negative, and it's not that bad, was being here on Monday instead of at school celebrating with my teammates," he said. "But there will be more time for that and for me and Steven, that starts next Monday morning.
Joseph (5 feet, 9 inches and 170 pounds) finished his football career as the leading all-time receiver. Joseph broke the single-game and single-season reception records with 22 in a game and 150 in a season last year. His 2010 numbers were 1,416 yards and 25 TDs, to go long with 1,834 yards and 20 touchdowns last season.
He is getting attention from several small colleges but hopes a bigger offer comes his way.
DORMAN: Quarterback Nelson Hughes was concentrating on getting his team to the state championship rather than pouting over why he wasn't chosen to play in the North-South or Shrine Bowl games.
So when the call came that he was coming to Myrtle Beach after all, it came as a surprise. Hughes was informed he was chosen to replace Chester quarterback Tony McNeal, who committed to Clemson and reportedly skipped the game to get ready for college.
"Now that I'm here and away from school it takes the edge off what happened a couple of days ago," Hughes said. "We beat Byrnes in the regular season, get to No. 1 in the state and 14-0 and they (Byrnes) beat us, beat us bad (34-14) in the state championship.
"It's just like the previous two seasons. Two years ago we beat them in the regular season and they knock us out of the playoffs and win the state. Last year, they beat us in our first game, but we beat them at the state and won the championship. We were hoping to stop the trend this year, but it just didn't work out."
TAKE THE ODDS: Say you want to play on a winning all-star team?
If so, make sure Lancaster's Bennie McMurray is on the coaching staff. Coach Mac, as he likes to be called, is head coach for the North and is in his fourth postseason all-star game.
McMurray was an assistant in the 1994 North-South Game, which the North won 19-13, when he was head coach at Lewisville. He was at Lewisville in 1999 when he was chosen as an assistant coach for South Carolina's team that beat North Carolina.
He spent five years building the program at Charlotte's E.E. Waddell before coming home to coach in Lancaster. McMurray was chosen to coach North Carolina's team in 2005 and beat South Carolina 28-24 in Spartanburg.