Friday, April 25, 2008

Spring Practice Update - Northeastern State

NSU spring football adjusts to first coach outside its program in nearly 50 years

By Mike Kays
Phoenix Sports Editor

TAHLEQUAH — Kenny Evans knows the suit has a different smell, like any jacket that stays hung on the same office coat hanger for years.

No Northeastern State coach in nearly a half-century has arrived as an outsider. They’ve come from the same hanger, be it position coach, coordinator or head coach. It’s been a place where “ground-floor opportunity” equaled future promise for guys like George Elliott, Tom Eckert and John Horner — coaches covering the last 30-plus seasons who started as staff assistants.

But Evans, a Warner native — and NSU graduate — has changed that as he attempts to restore RiverHawk football to the prominence it enjoyed as late as the mid-1990s. As it’s a different step for administration, Evans, who got all his coaching experience away from his alma mater, hopes it will be a positive step.

Go to the Muskogee Phoenix for the rest of the story.

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