Saturday, May 26, 2012

Former High School Football Star Wrongfully Jailed for Rape to Sue State of California

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

The story of former Long Beach Poly (California) football player Brian Banks, whose 2002 rape conviction was dismissed by a judge on Thursday, continues to twist and turn like a soap opera.

The LA Times reported on its blog today that the 26-year old Banks will be seeking money from the State of California for the five years he was in prison.  In the same story, the LA Times Blog reports that the former high school football star will not take legal action against his accuser Wanetta Gibson.

The path to Banks' freedom came after Gibson "friended" him on Facebook and telling him she felt guilty about making-up the rape allegations.  Banks, who wanted to play college football at USC at the time of the allegation, always contended the sex was consensual.

Banks, who's in great shape, is hoping to get a tryout with an NFL team.

Based on the odds Banks overcame to win his freedom, stay tuned to see what happens next in his story...I don't doubt that one NFL will give him a shot.

Who knows, since Banks still has his college eligibility, maybe a college coach will give him a chance to resume his dream.

In the meantime, watch the story on NBC's Today Show on Friday that includes an exclusive interview with Banks.


Friday, May 25, 2012

USA Football Announces Team USA Under-19 Coaching Staff

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

If you listen to the May 10th High School Football America radio show, you heard how excited St. Xavier (Cincinnati, OH) head coach Steve Specht was to also be the head coach of USA Football's Under-19 national team that will be playing for a world championship in Austin, Texas in about a month.

Yesterday, USA Football, the sport's national governing body, announced the other members of Specht's staff that will be helping him try to defend the gold medal that Team USA won in the inaugural IFAF Under-19 World Championships in 2009.

The man that led the Red, White and Blue to that first championship three years ago in Canton, Ohio is back.  Chris Merritt, the head coach at Christopher Columbus in Miami will be Specht's offensive coordinator.  Specht was Merritt's defensive coordinator in 2009.

This year's defensive coordinator will be Rick Streiff of Indianapolis Cathedral, who has led his school to seven Indiana state titles in 17 years at the school.

Below is the rest of Specht's staff:
  • Tom Bolden, Colerain (OH) - offensive line coach
  • Gabe Infante, St. Joseph's Prep (PA) - defensive line coach
  • Ken Lucas, Annapolis Area Christian School (MD), secondary coach
  • Greg McCaig, Cypress Creek (TX), tight ends and special teams coach
  • Cory Moore, Lakewood (FL), linebackers coach
  • Charlie Ward, Westbury Christian School (TX), wide receivers coach
  • L.D. Williams, Westwood (TX), offensive line coach
Click here to read the entire news release from USA Football.

Click here to listen to my interview with Coach Specht on May 10th on the High School Football America radio show.

The world championships will begin June 30th, ending with the gold medal game on July 7th.

To learn more about the IFAF Under-19 World Championships, click here to go to the event website.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Another Top Texas High School Football Coach Steps Down

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

For the second time in the last week, one of Texas' top football coaches is leaving the sidelines - this time it's the state winningest coach.

G.A. Moore announced Tuesday that he's stepping down as head coach at Aubrey High School after three seasons.  More came back to coach at Aubrey in 2009, five years after he resigned as the head coach at Celina, which was his second stint with the Bobcats.

If this in fact Moore's last coaching stint, he'll retire with an overall record of 429-92-9, although some historical record keepers list him as having 426 victories.

What's not in dispute is the fact that Moore won eight state titles.

Last week, Butch Ford, the man that replaced Moore at Celina retired after 10 years and two state titles.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

An American Hero and Former High School Football Player Needs Your Help

by Jeff Fisher

This Thursday I'll be talking with former Vassar High School (Michigan) football coach Vince Leveille about the heart wrenching story his former player Travis Mills on High School Football America.

On April 10th, Mills, a Marine who was a three-sport athlete and a high school football star, stepped on a landmine while serving his third tour of duty in Afghanistan.  The ensuing blast resulted in Mills losing all four of his limbs.

Since the news of Mills' injuries reached the town of 2,700, residents have been doing everything they can think of to help the young man, who in 2003 led the school to its first-ever playoff berth, and his young wife.  Travis and his wife Kelsey also have a young daughter named Chloe.

Leveille, who is also the former head coach of the Saginaw Sting, a professional indoor football team, held a fundraiser with the help of his former team that raised over $10,000 for the Mills family.

What type of young man is Travis?  Click here to watch a video that he and his wife posted on Facebook on Tuesday.

To donate to a special fund set-up for the Mills family, please go to his website at

The interview with Coach Leveille will air Thursday night at 7pm Eastern Time at

Monday, May 14, 2012

May 10th High School Football America Radio Show Now Available On-Demand

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

If you missed last Thursday's High School Football America radio show on the ArtistFirst Radio Network, don't despair, you can now listen whenever you want in our archives.

In this episode I talk with St. Xavier High School (Ohio) head coach Steve Specht, who has won two Ohio state titles since taking over in 2003. Specht is also the head coach of USA Football's Under-19 national team that will be competing for a world championship in Austin in June and July. 

Then I chat with Dean Dompierre, who is trying to get the Michigan High School Athletic Association to change its constitution so his son Eric, who has Down Syndrome, can play his senior season of high school football and basketball.  

You can learn more about Eric's story at Learn more at 

My final guest is Mark "Coach" Soto, the executive director of Battle for Veterans that will put-on seven high school football games in Northern and Southern California this August to raise money and awareness for wounded military veterans.

Click here to listen or download the show.