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By Matt Szabo | November 3, 2006
Costa Mesa High Coach Jeremy Osso was not allowed to coach the Mustangs' football team Thursday night because of, "a confidential school matter," the school's assistant principal Duncan McCulloch said. McCulloch added that Osso has not been terminated as coach. "I can tell you that it was a single incident," McCulloch said. "But I can't go into what the incident was. Not at this time." Offensive coordinator Bill Lux and defensive line coach Nick Romo coached the Mustangs against Calvary Chapel.
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By Matt Szabo | September 16, 2006
COSTA MESA — For the first 24 minutes, the Costa Mesa High football team was engaged in a dogfight against Huntington Beach on Friday night at Orange Coast College. Even as the Oilers (3-0) piled on points in the second half, Costa Mesa Coach Jeremy Osso walked away encouraged, shrugging off the eventual 41-7 loss that dropped the Mustangs to 0-3. "I don't think the score indicates how good of a game we played tonight," Osso said. "One of their touchdowns came with a minute left, two were big runs and two were set up by us. I think this is a huge turning point for our team, that now our guys realize they can hang with the big boys."
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By Steve Virgen | November 20, 2008
When his football team trailed, 22-0, in its biggest game of the season, Costa Mesa High Coach Jeremy Osso remained confident that the Mustangs would become Orange Coast League champions. Then at halftime, with Mesa behind, 22-10, Osso relayed a simple message to his squad. “I just told them, ‘We’re gonna win,’ ” Osso said. The Mustangs (5-5) rallied for a 38-30 victory against Laguna Beach. They plan to use the same type of fight when they play host to Santiago (8-2)
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By Steve Virgen | September 10, 2009
Before Costa Mesa High’s football game tonight, the Mustangs will feature the city’s Pop Warner program. Captains from the divisions of Costa Mesa Pop Warner will walk out with the Mustangs’ leaders for the coin toss. During halftime, the youth football players will have a scrimmage. The Mustangs will want to set an example for the younger players when they take on Beckman at Estancia tonight at 7. Costa Mesa Coach Jeremy Osso knows one way the Mustangs can be an example.
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By Matt Szabo | September 28, 2007
As quickly as it came, the flu bug left the Costa Mesa High football team this week. Good news for the Mustangs, who will face Santiago tonight at 7 in a nonleague game at Garden Grove High. For Costa Mesa, putting some more points on the board would be an even sweeter remedy. Through four games, the Mustangs (0-4) have scored just 13 points. That can happen when a team is forced to turn to a sophomore quarterback who hardly took any reps at the position this summer. But Costa Mesa Coach Jeremy Osso said Brian Waldron’s development has been very encouraging.
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November 12, 2007
Costa Mesa Coach Jeremy Osso has wry memories of the last time the Mustangs were in the playoffs. It was 2002, and Osso was the team’s offensive coordinator. The Mustangs were playing Gabrielino, which won on a last-second field goal after advancing on a pass-interference call on the Mustangs. “I remember it vividly,” Osso said Sunday after spending the day studying film of Pacifica (7-2), the Mustangs’ (2-8) current post-season foe. “There’s some bad memories for us as a staff.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | August 26, 2008
Even at home games, Costa Mesa High will be the visitor. Technically, that’s not the way it’s supposed to be in your new football stadium. The ideal plan for Costa Mesa’s two high schools, Costa Mesa and Estancia, is to share Jim Scott Stadium. Well, sort of. When the Mustangs play football games, they will use the visitors’ locker room. “So it feels more homelike,” Costa Mesa Coach Jeremy Osso said. “It doesn’t make sense to have five games in the home [side]
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September 16, 2009
When/where: Tonight, 7 at Estancia High Key Mustangs: Sr. LB Brian Waldron; Sr. RB Josh Erno (27 carries for 147 yards and 1 TD); Sr. C Travis Whitlock Breakdown: The Mustangs (0-2) will try to end a six-quarter scoreless streak in a nonleague game against Saddleback (0-1) … Saddleback lost its season opener against Rancho Alamitos, 56-36 … Costa Mesa has been outscored, 69-6, in its first two games of the season … Costa Mesa Coach Jeremy Osso scheduled Saddleback so his team could play more competitive games during the nonleague schedule … Saddleback next year will join the Orange Coast League, which the Mustangs won outright in 2008 ... Costa Mesa has started 0-3 in each of Osso’s previous three years as coach.
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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | July 7, 2011
Jeremy Osso, the former Costa Mesa High football coach, will work as the offensive line coach at University High, he said Wednesday. Osso went 20-33 with two league titles in five seasons before being fired as coach at Costa Mesa last month. Costa Mesa Principal Phil D'Agostino said he wanted the school to go in a different direction. Osso said he was removed because he didn't have a teaching credential. Wally Grant, a former assistant at Tustin and Mesa, took over as the interim coach.
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June 2, 2011
Five years ago I was offered a chance to take on my dream job as the head football coach at Costa Mesa High School. I took over a program that had just come off back-to-back 1-9 seasons and had seen four coaches in as many years. I once heard a radio personality talking about a college team that was in the same situation, refer to this as a, "program-killer. " And, while there were tough bumps on the way to reviving the program, I'm happy to say that Costa Mesa Football is no longer dead.
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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | June 1, 2011
Jeremy Osso has been fired as football coach at Costa Mesa High, he said Wednesday night. Prinicipal Phil D'Agostino said he has decided for the school to go in a different direction. Wally Grant, a Costa Mesa alumnus who was the defensive coordinator last season, will be the football team's interim coach, D'Agostino said. Osso said he was removed because he did not have a teaching credential. "I just don't think I was Phil's guy," Osso said. "That's OK he's the principal and he makes the decisions.
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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | June 20, 2010
COSTA MESA — There was a face missing among the football players/workers during the inaugural Battle of the Brush clean-up at Canyon Park Saturday. When his name was brought up, the faces that were there turned sad. Carlos Vazquez of Costa Mesa High couldn't be with his teammates, as they joined forces with Estancia for a day to landscape the park. He has more going on in his life. On Monday, Vazquez was diagnosed with leukemia, Costa Mesa Coach Jeremy Osso said. It's been an emotional week for the Mustangs.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | September 25, 2009
NEWPORT HARBOR — During a break, one of the officials came over and asked Costa Mesa High Coach Jeremy Osso for a drink. “Is this Gatorade?” the official asked Osso and the coach nodded no after he handed over a bottle. “Where’s the Gatorade?” the official said. “We play on turf, man,” Osso responded. “No Gatorade allowed.” The home team usually provides the sports drinks. The official thought Osso’s Mustangs played host to Friday night’s game against Santa Ana. Newport Harbor High used to be Costa Mesa’s home field until last year.
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September 16, 2009
When/where: Tonight, 7 at Estancia High Key Mustangs: Sr. LB Brian Waldron; Sr. RB Josh Erno (27 carries for 147 yards and 1 TD); Sr. C Travis Whitlock Breakdown: The Mustangs (0-2) will try to end a six-quarter scoreless streak in a nonleague game against Saddleback (0-1) … Saddleback lost its season opener against Rancho Alamitos, 56-36 … Costa Mesa has been outscored, 69-6, in its first two games of the season … Costa Mesa Coach Jeremy Osso scheduled Saddleback so his team could play more competitive games during the nonleague schedule … Saddleback next year will join the Orange Coast League, which the Mustangs won outright in 2008 ... Costa Mesa has started 0-3 in each of Osso’s previous three years as coach.
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By Steve Virgen | September 10, 2009
Before Costa Mesa High’s football game tonight, the Mustangs will feature the city’s Pop Warner program. Captains from the divisions of Costa Mesa Pop Warner will walk out with the Mustangs’ leaders for the coin toss. During halftime, the youth football players will have a scrimmage. The Mustangs will want to set an example for the younger players when they take on Beckman at Estancia tonight at 7. Costa Mesa Coach Jeremy Osso knows one way the Mustangs can be an example.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | September 1, 2009
Claim a league title in football and the season is pretty much a success on any campus. Jeremy Osso has won two at Costa Mesa High. Back-to-back. The second one almost meant Osso wasn’t coming back this year for a shot at back-to-back-to-back. The drama in the regular-season finale at home gave Osso a reason to leave. The Mustangs rallied from a 22-point deficit to win the program’s first outright league championship in six years. Winning each of the four league games resulted in not sharing again.
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By David Carrillo Penaloza | August 25, 2009
The start of the Costa Mesa High football season is a week away, but a T-shirt reminds players of last year. The Mustangs went undefeated in the Orange Coast League. Listed on the back of the shirt is each of the four games during Costa Mesa’s outright league championship run. These shirts aren’t available every year at Costa Mesa. Gets yours while you can because fourth-year coach Jeremy Osso said the Mustangs aren’t the favorites this season. “I don’t think we can be,” Osso said because Laguna Beach returns key starters from last year’s team that won a CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoff game.
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By Steve Virgen | November 20, 2008
When his football team trailed, 22-0, in its biggest game of the season, Costa Mesa High Coach Jeremy Osso remained confident that the Mustangs would become Orange Coast League champions. Then at halftime, with Mesa behind, 22-10, Osso relayed a simple message to his squad. “I just told them, ‘We’re gonna win,’ ” Osso said. The Mustangs (5-5) rallied for a 38-30 victory against Laguna Beach. They plan to use the same type of fight when they play host to Santiago (8-2)
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