Hank Stram, a former NFL coach in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, used to describe his offense's drives as matriculating the ball down the field.
Kevin Emerson, introduced formally on Thursday as the Orange Coast College football coach, believes that matriculating the ball down the field is no more important than helping his players matriculate to four-year schools.
It was one of his points of emphasis in a brief address delivered before a group of coaches, administrators and others in the foyer of the OCC gym.
Other bullet points included:
•His desire to make OCC the leading destination for local high school football standouts.
"We want to be THE school for Orange County student-athletes," said the former head coach at San Bernardino Valley and Citrus community colleges. "I don't want an athlete ever to drive by our school to go to another school, for whatever reason."
•His desire to lure athletes with the promise of more than just football.