The Moore American

Sports

June 19, 2013

Sooner Equipped on its way

Fla. coach stepping up for tornado victims

MOORE — 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
Sports
  • Bell built to be tight end

    The question came quickly to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. Are there any plans to use Blake Bell at quarterback — in some capacity? “T

    July 30, 2014

  • Preliminary ADM released

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the preliminary 2014-15 ADM for classification purposes Friday and no

    July 30, 2014

  • OU deals with appeals, uniforms and Alabama

    DALLAS — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said an appeal is in the works to try to get wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham eligible this season.

    July 30, 2014

  • What’s coming up

    Brown has qualified: Freshman offensive tackle Orlando Brown, Jr., has qualified academically and is on his way to Norman.

    July 30, 2014

  • Redskins not only nickname to cause stir

    Daniel Snyder has come under fire for refusing to change the mascot of his NFL team, the Washington Redskins. The franchise has been called the Redskins since 1933.

    July 30, 2014

  • Lawyer says athlete who hit woman in face acted in self-defense

    The attorney for Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon says the incident that left a 20-year-old female OU student with multiple facial f

    July 30, 2014

  • Castiglione takes over chairman

    Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione has been named chairman of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee for the 2015-16 academic year.

    July 23, 2014

  • Sooners top preseason poll

    Oklahoma will start the season as the overwhelming favorite to win the Big 12 Conference.

    July 23, 2014

  • Major storylines heading into new season

    The Big 12 Conference Media Days took place Monday and Tuesday at the Dallas Omni Hotel. The two day event elicited far more questi

    July 23, 2014

  • Working to get back

    The high school fast pitch season is set to kick-off in the next few weeks. While all three area teams head into the year with designs on winning the state title, Moore may have the most motivation.

    July 22, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide