A recommendation to approve Edenton assistant football coach Eric McDaniels as the school's head coach was turned down by the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education on Monday night.

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A recommendation to approve Edenton assistant football coach Eric McDaniels as the school's head coach was turned down by the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education on Monday night.

Search Goes On: E-Chowan board opts against McDaniels

“I don’t know (what happened). I know through the administration at Northeastern I had a rocky road in finishing up around 2005, but this was a closed session, and for whatever reason they had, that decision was made. That’s all I know.”


Eric McDaniels
talking about the Edenton-Chowan 
school board decision

By Owen Hassell

Sports Editor

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EDENTON'S LOSS...SOMEONE ELSE'S GAIN

I STARTED FIRST GRADE WITH ERIC AND GRADUATED FROM NHS IN 1979 WITH HIM. ERIC WAS NOT ONLY A GOOD STUDENT BUT A VERY GOOD FOOTBALL PLAYER AS HIS STATISTICS SHOW. HE WENT ON TO BE A VERY SUCCESSFUL AND DEDICATED COACH THERE AFTER COLLEGE.YOU WILL NOT FIND A PERSON WITH MORE KNOWLEDGE OF THE GAME. IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE WITH ALL OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS HE HAD THE SCHOOL BOARD VOTED AGAINST HIM. ERIC WAS TOTALLY DEVOTED TO NHS AND TO HIS PLAYERS! ANY SCHOOL SHOULD BE HONORED TO HAVE HIM LEAD THEIR SCHOOL'S PROGRAM!I WISH ERIC ALL OF THE LUCK AND CAN ONLY SAY THAT IT IS EDENTON'S LOSS!!

THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE

YOU HAVE THE SCHOOLS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, THE SCHOOLS PRINCIPAL, AND THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, AFTER CONDUCTING BACKGROUNDS AND INTERVIEWING THE APPLICANTS, RECOMMEND COACH MCDANIELS TO THE SCHOOL BOARD, FOR THE VACANCY OF HEAD FOOTBALL COACH IN EDENTON. THE CHOWAN COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD THEN VOTES 4-3 TO NOT ACCEPT THE RECOMMENDATION. THIS MUST MAKE PERFECT SENSE IN THE DELUSIONAL WORLD. KEEP IN MIND, NOT A 7-0 VOTE TO NOT ACCEPT THE RECOMMENDATION, WHERE, THERE IS SOME GLARING OBVIOUS REASON NOT TO ACCEPT THE RECOMMENDATION, BUT 4-3, YOU'RE KIDDING ME RIGHT? SO VENDETTA COMES TO ALL MINDS RATHER QUICKLY. BASICALLY THE QUESTIONS BECOME WHERE DOES THE VENDETTA ORIGINATE, WHO BITTERLY DOES NOT LIKE COACH MCDANIELS, OR AD TURNER, OR PRINCIPAL EVANS, OR MAYBE WHO BITTERLY DOES NOT LIKE THE SUPERINTENDANT, DR. SMITH? I DON'T KNOW, IT IS JUST OBVIOUS THAT WHOEVER IT IS CERTAINLY WAS ABLE TO SWAY SOME INDIVIDUALS THAT PROBABLY DO NOT EVEN KNOW COACH MCDANIELS. COACH MCDANIELS ASSEMBLED A VARSITY ASSISTANT COACHING STAFF AT NORTHEASTERN HIGH SCHOOL, AND COMPETED IN THE BIG EAST, DAVID VS. GOLIATH, EVERY WEEK, YEP LITTLE OLD ELIZABETH CITY, BATTLING GREENVILLE, ROCKY MOUNT, NORTHERN NASH, NEW BERN, AND THE WILSON COUNTY SCHOOLS, MAKING THE 3 HOUR BUS RIDES EVERY WEEK IN 4A FOOTBALL. COACH MCDANIELS AND HIS VARSITY STAFF, YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT, WERE OUTMANNED IN THE TRENCHES AND AT THE SKILL POSITIONS, BUT ALWAYS COMPETED FOR CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS, MADE THE PLAYOFFS AND HAD SOME NICE DEEP RUNS IN 4A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL, NOT 2A. (NOTE: THIS WAS DURING THE TIME YOU EARNED A RIGHT TO BE IN THE PLAYOFFS BY FINISHING 1ST OR 2ND IN YOUR CONFERENCE, AND SOMETIMES 2ND WAS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, NOT NOW WHERE EVERY TOM, DICK, HARRY, MARY, AND SUE ALL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS BECAUSE THEY HAVE SHOULDER PADS AND HELMETS AND JERSEYS AND SAY WE HAVE A TEAM, WELL OK THEN, YOU'RE IN THE PLAYOFFS. I KNOW COACH MCDANIEl'S FORMER PLAYERS OVER THE MANY YEARS ARE SHOCKED WITH THIS NEWS, BECAUSE THEY ALL RESPECT AND CONTINUOUSLY THANK HIM FOR MAKING THEM A BETTER PERSON. I CERTAINLY HOPE COACH MCDANIELS BECOMES THE HEAD FOOTBALL COACH AT ANOTHER SCHOOL IN OUR AREA, HOPEFULLY THE SAME CONFERENCE, A LITTLE DEJA VU, ON THE SCHEDULE, I HOPE COACH MCDANIELS HAS AN INTEREST IN BERTIE, THEY HAVE AN OPENING THAT I DON'T THINK HAS BEEN FILLED YET, THAT WOULD BE GREAT AFTER THIS SCHOOL BOARD GOAT-ROPING.

Stand up and be counted!

Am I to believe that four members of the Board of Education have more insight into, and understanding of, the needs of the Edenton football program than Superintendent Dr.Smith, principal Evans, and athletic director Bob Turner? In fairness to the coach, the kids and the parents, I think that the Board of Ed members should tell the public how they voted....and why. This just doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense...at least to an outsider who only knows what he reads in the paper.

Coach McDaniel

I also think the school board should reconsider their decision. This coach know football and could be a father figure to some of the young men on the team who don't have a father in their own to teach them the right way to act and carry themselves plus he have a young son almost their age on the Elizabeth City State University basketball team so he know how to relate and talk to young people. if the school board care about the young men on the football team and to continue the program in the right direction and not go back to where it was six years ago then they should continue with someone who know what going on and not start all over again if they want to continue to compete with Northeastern and Hertford County High School in the conference. Edenton school board you need to have another vote and rethink your decision and look at the big picture and what best for the kids. Thanks.

Sorry, Edenton

but you missed a chance to land a great coach. I do hope he gets back into head coaching soon. I know for sure, he ain't no spring chicken but still one great coach. Just ask his players.

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