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.