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WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- The Whiteville Wolfpack will have a new football coach next fall.

Baxter Morris received a call from the Whiteville High School principal this morning letting him know he had been let go as head coach of the football team.

Morris told WWAY's John Rendleman that according to both the principal and superintendent, the community wanted to go in a different direction. Morris said he was "shocked" and "blindsided" by the decision.

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Did you see a Whiteville Game?

I'm sorry. Did you see a Whiteville Game? I only know enough about football to know that chicken wings and beer go great together while watching football. Even I could have done a better job than coach Morris. Seems like he knows one play. That play was take your small framed players and have them try to run the ball up the middle. How'd that work out for him?

Are you campaigning for the

Are you campaigning for the job? Or are you full of chicken wings and beer right now?

It's pretty strange. A man

It's pretty strange. A man comes in with state championships on his resume and all of a sudden an administration decides he can't coach? It seems to me with all the turnover in coaching that school has experienced, it may be time to clean house in the upper echelon. Who in their right mind would want to go to a place where you aren't given a chance and have to listen to $6.00 coaches every Friday night? Apparently there is a cowardly administration that worries too much about its image and bows down to a chosen few. That is pure sick.

It's pretty strange. A man...response.

Obviously you are not from Whiteville. If you were, you would know that the administration is far from being cowardly. At least the current administration. In fact principal has taken bold moves that have not been always popular, but have turned out to be the right thing to do. As a parent of a player, I can tell you that there would be no team to coach next year if he had stayed. As far as turnover, we would still have had coach Lewis if the state hadn't said he had to go do to their retirement law. I wish Mr. Morris success in any future endeavors, but he was not a good fit for this community and had lost the respect of his players. Once you loose the players, there is no hope.

True, I am not from

True, I am not from Whiteville. However I was an assistant for several years in the southeastern part of NC (and thankfully will be retiring this year.) I do have some familiarity with the situation. You make some valid points in what you are saying. Sometimes the fit is good, sometimes it isn't. I've seen that happen as well. You hear things from both sides and you have a tendency to wonder what the problems are. I guess that's true in any situation. I was just wondering though, since the late 80's how many head football coaches have been there? I know Brian Aldridge was there for four years in the early 90's. By the way, good luck in your search for the right man and good luck to your son and future Wolfpack teams.

Coach firing

I don't understand this whole athletic mentantality of firing a coach when they don't have a winning season. So many area coaches have been fired in the past year that I've lost conunt. Well, only 1 school can win the state championship, not all of them. And 49% of the teams have to have a below average track record. The real questions for all of these fired coaches should be: did they give the players the very best training possible? Did they teach them teamwork? Did players leave their season as better people for playing? Did they work hard and strive for their goals? Is so, praise the coaches instead of firing them. Again, everyone can't be the best, even with the very best coach in the world. Part of it is inborn talent and luck (what school do the best players attend this year?). Every year some players will leave and new ones will join, just like in the game of life. If the made the best of what they had and taught values, they will be winners in life which is way more important than this GAME!

Coaching

This has nothing to do with the goverment, welfare or part time jobs, its about football. Baxter Morris was hired to be more than a coach he was hired to continue a traditon and win games. Bob Lewis handed Morris a program that had he had turned around with a 9-4 record the previous year. Morris had talent at Whiteville, maybe not the talent he had at Albermarle or back in the 80's & early 90's in Whiteville's "glory days" but there is still talent at Whiteville. Morris claimed this season the WHS football team would be stronger, more improved than last year, that didn't happen. Morris is known a a good person who knows the game well but his system didn't work at Whiteville. I think that a lot of that blame is on Morris himself. He was known to be stubbourn or hard headed, not doing what his assistants wanted, doing it "his way". It was his way, win or lose. In the end he lost, lost his job as football coach. Lets hope that WHS can find the right coach this time, a coach that will at least put Whiteville back on top.

Wake Up Whiteville

Maybe your assistants are the problem. It will be a long time before you win again. You need to clean house and also realize that your recruits aren't what they used to be.
Morris was the coach. He was not suppose to do what others tell him. Maybe the problem is that WHS has too many sideline coaches that don't know what they think they know. Lol's at your program!

bad at football, bad at academics

Having a 3-7 football season is pretty disappointing.
Being well below state average in 4 out of 7 state end-of-course tests is nothing to brag about either.

Bad football season fire coach
Bad academic year(s) fire ???

Fire the government

Fire the government for continuing to provide welfare and projects for low income breeding while I am teaching school and working a second job at night to feed my family.

Oh boo hoo

I'm tired of hearing teachers complain about low pay. You knew what you were going into when you went into teaching. You have state benefits, insurance & retirement. How many teachers teach 20 years retire and go back to work in another system ( like SC ) and double dip. Live within your means and you won't need a second job!

If teachers and state

If teachers and state employess have it so good, then explain to us why you're not one . I'm tired of things like you making comments about everything you know nothing about. It seems to me if they had it as good as you claim, then everybody would be doing it. Give us statistics about double dipping that back up your claim. If you can't then shut up and whine about something else instead of babbling like a little kid.

Rumor has it

the next Coach is seeking employment on his release after Christmas. Coach Frog Strickland will be introduced by his benefactor shortly after New Years.