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Peñaloza: Meyer says he'll stay put

High Schools

December 20, 2013|By David Carrillo Peñaloza
(KEVIN CHANG / Daily…)

One of the best parts of this job is talking to Scott Meyer, Corona del Mar High's football coach. From the first time we spoke, he was honest and he didn't have to be honest.

He didn't expect my call on March 31, 2011. He had no idea who I was, but I found out CdM hired Meyer as its next football coach. I introduced myself and then asked him if he indeed was taking over at CdM. Without hesitating, Meyer said, "Yes." He easily could've hung up, or said, "No comment," but he didn't.

A couple of days ago, a story broke about a hacking scandal at CdM, where students changed grades and accessed tests. This is a huge week for the CdM football program and an incident like this might turn out disastrous for the Sea Kings. The Sea Kings are trying to complete a perfect 16-0 season and become the first football team in the state to do so.

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I called Meyer and asked him if any of his football players are involved in the hacking incident. Once again, he could've hung up, or said, "No comment," but he didn't. Meyer said school officials told him that no player of his is involved in the hacking incident.

Meyer went on to say all of his players would be available for the CIF State Division III Bowl Game against Atherton Sacred Heart Prep (13-1) on Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson at noon.

I had another question for Meyer before we hung up. The question was one I believed might lead to a "No comment" because it dealt with the 49-year-old's future with the Sea Kings. In his three years with CdM, Meyer has led the school to unprecedented success, two undefeated Pacific Coast League titles, three CIF Southern Section Southern Division titles, one CIF State Southern California Regional Division III Bowl Game title, and a 39-4 overall record.

Going into the week, Westlake Village Oaks Christian, Santa Margarita and Long Beach Poly had high-profile coaching openings. I asked Meyer if he had an interest in any of the jobs. He said, "No," and added that he was happy at CdM, where he also teaches, and isn't going to leave.

By the way, two of those three jobs were filled, Oaks Christian brought back Bill Redell out of retirement on Thursday and Santa Margarita hired Rick Curtis away from Northwood on Friday.

Maybe on Saturday, when Meyer leads CdM on the field for the final time this season, Long Beach Poly might have its next coach. One thing is for sure, Meyer said he wouldn't be the coach.

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