The Norman Transcript

Sports

June 16, 2013

Fla. coach helping Moore football gear up

NORMAN — Brian McCrae is not used to being laid up. The Bishop Snyder football coach in Jacksonville, Fla., like most coaches, likes to be moving around and getting things done.

However, after having back surgery, McCrae admitted he had been laying in his hospital bed feeling sorry for himself.

That all changed May 20. On that day, as he watched his hospital television, he saw a tornado rip through Moore and was transfixed on what he was seeing.

Even though it took place more than 1,150 miles from where he laid in his hospital bed, McCrae knew exactly what the people of Moore were going through. He also knew exactly what needed to be done.

“I was sitting there feeling sorry for myself,” McCrae said. “I looked up at the TV and saw all the devastation in Oklahoma on the news. I said I guess I don’t have it that bad after all. It hearkened me back to when I was in Central Florida and had two hurricanes back to back. Hurricane Charley and Hurricane Frances. It absolutely devastated our state and that was during football season. It was just such a gut-wrenching time.

“I knew that is what was exactly going on at that time in Oklahoma.”

McCrae said despite the hardships the hurricanes had done to his towns, the one thing that everyone was able to galvanize around was football. With Hurricane Charley taking place during the middle of the season, fans and townspeople still came out on Friday night to watch his team play.

McCrae wants to make sure the schools in Moore are able to be the same type of inspiration. He also doesn’t want them to have to ever worry about needing to replace athletic equipment for a long time.

“I tell my kids all the time, you either do something then you get better,” McCrae said, “or you do nothing and you get worse. Those are the two choices you always have. I said to myself, ‘are you going to do something or are you going to do nothing.’”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • Cardinals Red Sox Trade Cardinals land Lackey, shore up rotation

    BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday’s deadline....

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Joe Castiglione lends hardwood expertise to new football playoff committee

    Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione serves on the NCAA basketball tournament selection committee and will be the committee chair for the 2015-16 season....

    August 1, 2014

  • Norman football a hotbed for quarterbacks

    While Norman High searches for a new quarterback to take the reins, Norman North is entering the preseason with one of the most talented quarterbacks in the state in Oklahoma State commit John Kolar....

    August 1, 2014

  • Tiger in the hunt after day one at Bridgestone

    AKRON, Ohio — Tiger Woods showed signs of a positive recovery Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational. Not just from back surgery, but from making bogeys....

    August 1, 2014

  • Coaches rank Sooners No. 3

    The preseason USA Today coaches’ poll was released on Thursday. Oklahoma came in at No. 3....

    August 1, 2014

  • Defensive indefernce in Big-D as injury suffles front seven

    OXNARD, Calif. — Rookie pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence’s broken foot didn’t send the Dallas Cowboys scrambling because they’re already in rebuilding mode with their defensive line....

    August 1, 2014

  • Rams’ go with youth in secondary

    ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams secondary doesn’t have veteran leaders, high-dollar talent or big names. Those handling spots on the last line of defense are confident they won’t be a liability....

    August 1, 2014

  • Tigers go all in on Price

    DETROIT — When David Price was finally traded, it was to an unexpected bidder. The Detroit Tigers added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Price from Tampa Bay in a blockbuster deal Thursday....

    August 1, 2014

  • Oakland lands Lester, Gomes in exchange for Cespedes

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the left-hander and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday’s trade deadline....

    August 1, 2014

  • Indians trade Justin Masterson to Cardinals

    CLEVELAND — The Indians had little choice but to give up Justin Masterson. The trade doesn’t mean they’re going to surrender the season....

    July 31, 2014

Facebook