By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Sometimes a specific question can catch you off guard and that was the case I encountered on Friday while having lunch at a local establishment in Mountain City.
The gentleman was asking me about Coach Mark Blevins and wanted to know where he might end up?
I stated, “At some school where they desire to have a quality basketball program.”
Blevins is among the elite when it comes to high school coaches. He took Johnson County to its only state tournament appearance in 1984 when the TSSAA classifications didn’t favor Johnson County. Don’t expect him to be out of coaching long if he chooses to pursue another head job. Siegel High School in Rutherford County is currently searching for a boys’ head basketball coach. Rumor has it that a few might open up soon in Northeast Tennessee too. But that’s only rumors. And it would be wrong for me to speculate. Blevins is among the elite when it comes to quality high school basketball coaches. It’s hard to find them these days but there’s more. He could come with a high price tag. Blevins is not only a great basketball coach but a proven teacher, one of the top in his field. You won’t find him at a school where the good old boys’ system is in full swing. Nor will he be at a place where they don’t value athletics and academics. I was hoping to be off the hook when a second question came my way. “Do you think we will ever get back to the state tournament in any sport?” I thought for a few seconds before I answered. This 57-year old scribe had been put on the spot. But I gave him an honest answer based on my experiences as a sports journalist and parent of two boys who played in successful programs.
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