CABELL MIDLAND Coach Luke Salmons spent the first half of the week dodging rumors about his plans for the immediate future. Word began to swirl Monday that the Marshall graduate had interviewed for the Thundering Herd's vacant defensive coordinator's position, an idea he laughed off.
"I would rather be the guy who is leavin' than the guy they wanna get rid of," he wrote in a text, pointing out that while the rumor was false, at least it spoke highly of his capabilities.
The Knights (13-0) are the top-seeded team in the Class AAA playoffs, and will face two-time defending state champion and No. 2 seed Martinsburg (12-1) at noon Saturday.
Wednesday, a new rumor made its way onto Internet message boards and to Salmons' phone: that he was to take over as the next football coach at Ashland (Ky.) Paul Blazer High School.
The second-year Knights coach, who spent considerable time in the past year gathering historical information about past All-State players at Midland as well as from Barboursville and Milton high schools to build a de facto Midland Football Hall of Fame, was less flattered the second time around.
"They must be trying to get our focus away from the game," he wrote Wednesday of the purveyors of the rumors. "It ain't gonna work."
Salmons is 21-4 in two seasons at Midland, and also denied his supposed move to Ashland.
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SO MUCH for reclassification having an impact on championship winners.
The Secondary School Activities Commission reorganized its member schools based on current enrollment prior to the 2012-13 school year, with six schools dropping from Class AAA to Class AA and five dropping from Class AA to Class A. None of the schools that stepped down in class reached the Super Six.
Bridgeport and Robert C. Byrd both dropped from Class AAA to Class AA, and lost in the semifinals. Magnolia dropped from Class AA and was beaten by Wahama in a Class A semifinal last week.
Wahama (13-0) is the No. 3 seed in Class A, and will face No. 4 seed Madonna (12-1) in the Super Six finale at 7 p.m. Saturday.