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A little of this and that

By Doug Gorman

Some people would call it laziness; I call it too much to write about in a small amount of space.

But for what it's worth, here are on my thoughts on several different subjects:

Surprising news: Late last Friday afternoon I returned to the office from covering the first round of the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship and retrieved a voice mail message from Eagle's Landing head coach Donnie Byrom.

Byrom had called to inform me he had resigned as head coach of the girls' basketball team and co-head coach of the school's fast-pitch softball team.

The news caught me off guard. Byrom has been an outstanding coach in both sports and I figured he'd be around for years to come. He was certainly good for an interview, story or simply keeping the paper updated on his team's wins and loses.

He built the basketball team into a region contender taking over a squad that simply didn't know how to win before he arrived. He was able to get the best out of his players. In basketball he had six winning seasons in region play, appearances in two Sweet 16 state tournaments and posted a 25-4 record in the 1999-2000 season. He was almost unbeatable against other Henry County teams, losing just four times.

He and Blake Lyons did something unique when they agreed to serve as co-head coaches of the school's softball team.

The formula worked as the two men produced a state title in 1999, and sent several players on to the college ranks.

Byrom is taking his coaching formula to Pickens County where he will no doubt enjoy the same success.

Future champions: Before coming to the Daily almost six years ago I knew next to nothing about the sport of auto racing. Sure, I understood the Winston Cup Series was all about stock cars. I had heard of Dale Earnhardt, and knew Georgia's own Bill Elliott was a fan favorite, but that's where my knowledge stopped.

Once on the job I cut my racing-coverage teeth at the Thursday Night Thunder Legends' Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Most of the drivers compete for fun in the 10-week summer series, but it's been a stepping stone for others.

Now, Joey Clanton, Doug Stevens and Reed Sorenson, all graduates of the Thursday Thumder, have embarked on big-time racing careers.

Clanton takes center stage tonight in his Busch debut, Stevens drives on the lucrative AMS series, and the 17-year Sorenson has signed a development contract with Gansasi Racing. In a year, Sorenson could also be in a Busch car.

All three are from the Southern Crescent. Must be something in the water don't you think?

Things are about to get interesting: As high school baseball teams head into the stretch drive of the season, fans who follow Region 2-AAAAA might want to fasten their seatbelts. Henry County (10-4), Northside-Warner Robins (9-4), Eagle's Landing (9-5), Stockbridge (9-5), Jonesboro (8-6) and Warner Robins (8-6) are all playing it out for one of the four-playoff spots. It's a worn out clich?, but these teams sure do control their own destiny.

Red Tide: There's has to be some blushing faces within the University of Alabama athletic department after it was reported that new football coach Mike Price spent some time at an adult entertainment club while playing in a charity golf event in Florida.

Price has yet to coach a football game with the Crimson Tide and his fate will be announced after several "important" officials at Alabama meet to examine all the facts.

As I wrote last week there is a tendency to forgive and forget when athletes and coaches get in trouble or embarrass their teams because "boys will be boys," but this might just be a case of the 57-year-old Price simply being a "dirty old man."

Gorman is the sports editor of the Daily E-mail at dgorman@news-daily.com.