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Goree takes over for Oakland’s final three games

We were having problems with the blog last night so I couldn’t get this posted. — JD

Jayce Goree will take over as the Oakland High head football coach for the remainder of the season, replacing Nelson Gifford, who was fired on Wednesday.
Oakland principal Alicia Romero said Monday she could not legally discuss the reasons for Gifford’s dismissal, but said, “I believe strongly that it was in the best interest of the kids. I want to have a good program for my students and it just wasn’t working out.”
The Wildcats (0-7, 0-2 Oakland Athletic League) play Saturday against Fremont (3-4, 1-1) at Curt Flood Field at 1 p.m. Oakland forfeited last week’s game to Castlemont after Gifford was dismissed because the team had not practiced all week.
“I felt that I wanted them to get back on track,” Romero said. “I always worry that when kids don’t have sufficient practice, that kids are going to get hurt. I felt that it was emotional for all of us when you have this surprising thing happen.”
Goree has been on the Oakland coaching staff the past two seasons and was a quarterback for the Wildcats when they won their last Silver Bowl in 1993. A decision on a new full-time coach will come after the season.

Jimmy Durkin

I cover mostly San Jose State football for the San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group, but also fill in from time to time with the 49ers, Warriors, A's and Giants.

  • brandonbeard

    Well I hope that the new coach has some support and can have some coaches get with him for the last few games! Tough spot for him!

  • http://ibabuzz.com PERKIN

    WHen did Goree play for O-HIgh? What years? I remember them being very good. Am I wrong did they beat SKyline one of those years for the SIlver Bowl or did they beat them a league game?

  • HARRY CALLAHAN

    is Murphy at O-High too. If so Goree and Murphy will have O-High will be in good hands

  • E_CULB

    That was team Goree QB’d. I want to say 93-94 maybe.

  • brandonbeard

    Yeah that was it?

  • T-Mobile 44

    Congrats Goree! I hope they fire that AD Carlos Sutton so you will have a chance to build the program.

  • Coach Murphy

    We beat skyline in back to back silver bowls 92 and 93. Goree was the QB i was the running back

  • brandonbeard

    Oh I didnt know you guys beat them two yrs in a row! Now I know u dont have the same type of kids. It will be hard to turn it around over there, but I hear u guys gave a nice effort yesterday! I played ball back when football was a real man’s game in the 80′s and the game meant something to the kids then, and you also didnt have a bunch Adminstrator giving coaches a hard time either. Wow how the times have changed!

  • Coach Omarri Murphy

    I started coaching O Ohigh in 2006. I was the JV Head Coach. I brought players to the program that i coached on the Dynamites that were apart of 4 championship teams (Charles Cobb, Damante Horton, Edward Davis, David Douglas, Virgil Bridges). 75 % of our 9-2 Team that was Co-OAL champs ive been coaching since Pee wee level. They were already used to winning. They have been champions before and already knew my system. It was just a matter of time before they adjusted to high school ball. In my opinion it was already turned around. Four of my boys got scholarships.

  • Wildcats

    Coach Omarri Murphy:

    I am glad to see that you and Goree are back runnin things at O-High!

  • Father Time

    0-18 over two years one as a JV coach and one year on varsity….Just because you was a good player does not make you a good coach.

  • Brandonberad

    Father Time, no need to get on here being a hater! Go somewhere with that immature crap. Plus no one cares about ur opinion.

  • Father Time

    No hater here just stating the FACTS…Immature lol just speaking whats real…And last no one asked for your stamp of approval.

  • brandonbeard

    I know, but for real, unless u step foot in their shoes u have no idea what any coach has to endure up there at O-High. If anything encourage them, u see they have been firing coaches left and right up there, who cares about records, the more important thing is can O-High keep a coach longer than 2 years! As of late, no!

  • T-Mobile 44

    Father Time #11:

    Since Murphy’s been back at Oakland High I see a big improvement! They put 26 points on Tech. “Murph” should be the one to take over the program at the end of the year. With his connections to youth football and the Dynamites it only make sense to give him the Head Coaching job.

  • fast and physical

    He’s a good coach, O High should’ve never let him go. AD’s fault,

  • http://ibabuzz.com Reggie Hammond

    BrandonBeard worry about your sorry ass Albany squad who you coached into embarrassment for the 2nd straight week. Resign.

  • EBfootball

    Might not want to blog about how you recruit, coach.

  • http://aol YoMama

    Ease up on Albany. Even in my first year 1966, St. Mary’s put a whippin’ on Albany 49-00 and they were carting Albany players off the field like the Roman Coliseuim. They have never been a football school. When Albany had all that track speed back in the senenties, even those guys didn’t take football too seriously. The problem is that Albany is geographically between El Cerrito and St. Mary’s, most kids went to those traditional powers for football.
    Albany has been a good baseball town over the years though.

  • T-Mobile 44

    #9
    Coach Murphy, Who are the next boys you are bringing in from the Dynamites? If they are anything like Horton, Douglas Cobbs and Bridges O-High will regain the respect when you were playing there.

  • Father Time

    @Beard Oh I know I have walked in their shoes.

    @44 you are right about Coach Murphy being the Head Coach the combo of Coach Murphy and Coach Cooper up there would build a problem not just putting teams out there.

    Just look at the group of young men of the last few years from there and winning games there..speaks for its self if you really look at it…….

  • Triton8

    …now if you and Robert Sasser can take over the Baseball team………that would be even better!

  • brandonbeard

    ReggieHammond, you sound stupid, and probably look stupid too! i should come and coach you on some common sense and maybe you would sound so dumb!

  • http://www.grouperang.com/wiki/wikka.php?wakka=ChesapeakePublicSchoolsInformationhxad rockmelt

    I know, but for real, unless u step foot in their shoes u have no idea what any coach has to endure up there at O-High. If anything encourage them, u see they have been firing coaches left and right up there, who cares about records, the more important thing is can O-High keep a coach longer than 2 years! As of late, no!

  • T-Mobile 44

    If O-High beats Skyline this week that will be a good way for Murphy deserves the Head Coaching job at Oakland High. Since he has been back Oakland has been improving.

  • T-Mobile 44

    Coach Murphy should be the new Head Coach at Oakland High because he has the ability to turn the program around plus he has proven record.

  • Sky high

    Coach Omarri Murphy Says:
    November 1st, 2010 at 12:54 pm
    I started coaching O Ohigh in 2006. I was the JV Head Coach. I brought players to the program that i coached on the Dynamites that were apart of 4 championship teams (Charles Cobb, Damante Horton, Edward Davis, David Douglas, Virgil Bridges). 75 % of our 9-2 Team that was Co-OAL champs ive been coaching since Pee wee level. They were already used to winning. They have been champions before and already knew my system. It was just a matter of time before they adjusted to high school ball. In my opinion it was already turned around. Four of my boys got scholarships.

    The OAL commissioner needs to act on this statement. If he don’t than the commissioner & the OAL is a joke.

  • T-Mobile 44

    Oakland High will beat Skyline today thanks to Coach Murph!

  • Father Time

    Any word on who may take over???