1Trackside Diner

“Sorry it's taken so long to get together, Coach. Great to see you,” said Marcus.

“Come on, kid,” responded Brian, “after your big professional career and now becoming the youngest head coach at this prestigious school, I should thank you.”

“Yeah right! As for ‘youngest,' I'm feeling my age. And without you, this wouldn't be possible.”

“Don't go soft on me,” Brian said. “You've got work ahead bringing this place back to glory … and trying to unseat me as the best head coach this place ever had.”

“Whoa!” exclaimed Marcus. “Is that what you call yourself? You know there've been legends here?”

“I know. I didn't want you to think rebuilding this program's gonna be easy. You're inheriting a losing program, and you aren't just inheriting the previous players – you're inheriting the previous problems too.”

“Thanks for the reminder,” Marcus said.

“Remember, Marcus, that's what coaches do. Sometimes it's a pat on the back and sometimes it's a kick in the pants. How's the move been?”

“Liz was nervous, but between my pro career and coaching, this's our fifth move in 24 years. She's knows how it works. The kids are resilient, and actually excited, which made the decision easier.”

“That's great, and I can't wait to see them. Now the big question. How're you feeling?” Brian asked as he took another swig of beer.

“Well, coaching at my alma mater's a dream come true – and the big salary. But honestly, I'm scared. It's my first head job, and along with not feeling prepared, ...

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