Thursday, January 15, 2009

Knotts to return, with Brand as assistant

Tom Knotts told the Observer Thursday morning he plans to return next season as Independence High's football coach.

Knotts has also hired former West Charlotte coach Aaron Brand as his offensive coordinator. Brand, 34, was fired from his job as Lions head coach after the 2008 season despite winning the school's first conference championship since 1999. Brand, whose West Charlotte team finished 9-4 last season while starting four seniors, was named conference coach of the year by the ME-CA 7 coaches.

West Charlotte principal John Modest told the Observer he wanted to make a change in head coaches "to go in a different direction."

In the fall, West Charlotte will have a new coach for the fourth time in four years.

At Independence, Brand reunites with Knotts, who coached under Knotts for three seasons before taking the job at West Charlotte in the spring of 2008.

"I think he's a great coach," Knotts said. "I think he's a star."

Read more about this developing story in Friday's Observer.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Langston, what do you think of these moves? I thought Knotts wanted out of there and does this help INdy get back in the picture next year?

Anonymous said...

I think he will be an excellent recruiter for Indy as well. He'll know how to work around the rules from his previous training under the Coach Knotts system of Deny Deny Deny. They will be back again stronger

Anonymous said...

Langston, what's the deal at Vance and West Charlotte? Also what does this move mean for the rest of the state? Who are the best teams now? I thought TK was outie. This changes stuff

Anonymous said...

Sweet the Jorts are back on the sideline. Welcome back Tommy!!

Anonymous said...

Big loss for West Charlotte. Why would let this guy go? What happened, L-Dub?

Red T. said...

Fantastic news for Independence.
Coach Knotts is quite simply the finest HS Coach in the USA!

Sad news for those schools hoping to acquire his services.

Anonymous said...

he must had been knott'best recuiter of talent from other schools,he would not had been fired if something improper had not been going on.
should fit right in with the crook knotts!
charlotte high school's sports has gotten out of control!

yount said...

what are schools for? education or knott'football. he should be put out of high school sports for life.
with his salary and under the table money i bet he makes higher than any high school principal

J Martin said...

As an alum of WC (Class of 97'), I am tired of hearing about all of this. I am proud of the progress Modest has made academically at our school and I would love for it to continue. However, WC needs to retain good coaching and restore a sense of pride with our basketball and football teams. That was our heart beat, our soul. I sincerely hope there was something improper surrounding his dismissal. If so, good riddance and kudos to you Mr. Modest. If not and Modest had a personality conflict or he is trying to take the focus off sports.....he's abandoning our tradition and alienating those who take tremendous pride in saying that they are a "Lion". I am sick of seeing my school run through the mud (ie. the Observer)!

Anonymous said...

Now Knotts should bring Geiler out of retirement and Tedder from Olympic and shipp from the Dub and have a reunion.Good to see Brand resurface but i wanted to see him as a head coach.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 11:23 it is obvious you did not pay attention in English class.

yount some principals in CMS make over $150,000 a year. Knotts total state/CMS pay is probably around $70k/year. $80k on the side is doubtful?

Anonymous said...

I have heard the WC dismissal had to do with some physicality that took place between coaches and players during their playoff loss. Why else do you fire a coach after one year and winning a conference championship?

Anonymous said...

Why is ths article on the front page. If Knott was such a great coach he would coach the kids at his school regardless if they have talent or not. Anybody can coach kids they recruit from other school districts and enroll them in their school (ringers). 40% of his players do not graduate from high school. His teams have one of the worse graduation percentages in the city. I watched his team practice this year and was shocked to see so many Dads on the sidelines living thier dreams through their children. Knotts was intimadated by some parents who insisted their kid should be playing. He has a tendacy to play more white kids although it was clear to me that the minority kids were better players because of their overall speed and elusiveness. If you look at the size of the white kids its clear they are taking some form of steriods. 300 pound linemen are rare in high school. Soon my four sons will go to the high school in their neighborhood and play football. I hope Knotts is still coaching so we can show him what winning is all about. He uses kids for his own personal gain especially minority kids, and disposes of them without thinking about the consequences of his players future (college, military, etc.). I do not like him as a coach, teacher or mentor.

Anonymous said...

Tired of the whining. Knotts works harder and is just better. Funny how area Indy haters guaranteed Indy's demise last fall after players left because of the investigation. CMS spent 96k, checked cell phone records and personal emails, bank accounts, etc. Indy has terrible fan support and draws huge road crowds but your money comes from home games. Where is all this money you talk of? My point is show some class and admit when someone is better.

Anonymous said...

Unreal misinformation. CMS requires a 2.0 to play sports, the rest of the state 1.0 You only need a 1.0 to graduate. That is a lie that his players don't graduate, that is a college problem. Secondly, black players thrive under TK. As far as white/black players, 100s of black athletes have college degrees because they played for TK. This year's Indy team had few white starters. To do what he has done, you play the best regardless of race. Stop the lies.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 2:29 PM. You have no idea what you are talking about. Do you KNOW Coach Knotts? Have you had an in depth conversation with him? He may have a lot of kids that may not graduate right away but that is not for lack of trying. You have NO idea what happens at Independence and what happens with these kids. Get a life.

Anonymous said...

You people are soooooo stupid!!!! You have nothing better to do but sit around and play "sideline coach". Physicality with a player would have resulted in termination from CMS. Your school is filled with idiots from the administration to the the A.D. You ran off a coach who you said was arrogant when really and truly you are the most arrogant school around. I don't get it? If Brand did anything wrong, it would have surfaced by now!! This was just a conflict in personalities without a doubt. How do you recruit a kid in high school? Do you promise to take him home everyday, or maybe give him lunch money. Maybe you promise him or her a scholarship to a major institution? Do you then do their homework? Recruiting is when you put people in cars and bring them from other schools to participate in things while attending another school! Recruiting is using an address from an athletic director and then letting him get off clean b/c he rats out everybody else. You guys need to wake up and hold the right people responsible. It ain't Knotts!!!! He is pretty stable. Is West Charlotte? Is this where you want to send your kid? I don't think so!

Anonymous said...

Unlike some (or most) of you on here, I actually am a beneficiary of Knott's football program. I played at WC (c/o 99') back in the 90's for Knotts and I don't think that anyone can deny that he is an excellent coach. As far as "recruiting" goes, only him and God know the truth about that, but what I do know is that he always was able to coach kids up and have them playing above their ability.

Anonymous said...

Knotts returning to Independence is great news for High School Football.
He makes the competition work hard to catch-up with the Independence program and that’s good for Mecklenburg County HS Football.
To all of the jealous schools out there, the only way to beat Tommy is to out work him.
The guy’s work ethic is second to nun. His record speaks for it’s self. He has been a winner wherever he coaches.
Bad news for Butler!

Anonymous said...

Gentlemen it appears my opinions upset some of you diehard Knott supporters. I am only sharing with you what I observed as a newcomer to Charlotte with no loyalty to any school or coach. To clarify my facts this is what happened to me when I moved to Charlotte from Maryland.

FACT#1 How to Recruit - All 4 of my sons are good student athletes (football, baseball, basketball, track & field). After I purchased my home we received information about schools in our district from our real estate agent who knew someone from Independence and advised them to give us a call even though we are not in that school district.

FACT#2 Watching Football Practice
I watched the team practice this year and this is what I observed.

a. Dads on the sidelines living their dreams through their children.

b. Knotts was intimidated by some parents who insisted their kid should be playing.

c. Tendacy to play more white kids.

d. White kids are taking some form of steriods. 300 pound linemen are rare in high school.

FACT#3 - 40% Graduation Rate.

These are the facts. Sorry if you do not like them. Sometimes an honest opinion is helpful. I wonder if any other newcomers to Charlotte from MD, NY, DC had the same thing happen to them.

Dennis O said...

To the person from MD, I am not going to get into whatever you and others consider facts or bashing. There is one FACT that you should understand and retrac abouit your observation of the practice. When so MANY YOUNG MALES don't have fathers inthe home, you would say they are on the side line "living their dreams through their children". I have been with the team as part of the boosters and just support for these young players. If you knew any part of some of the life stories they encounter and have to endure, you would be proud of the few fathers that are ther. They are not only there for their son(s) but support the other young men whos dads are not hter. On senior night, they stand with their son and then stand with a few more that the father and yes, somethimes the mothers are not there for them. When crime happens with young men, everyone wants to know whaere is the father. I hope when you are out there with you children, you are not perceived as a father living his dreeams through his children. Unless that is what you will be doing. Remeber, judge not, for the SAME judgement SHALL BE rendered unto YOU! As for me I would not say that about you if I saw you there supporting your sons and/or daughters. That's LOVE from a parent.

Anonymous said...

I read the comments because I was interestedin Knotts. But I had to take a minute to say how much I admire Dennis O who takes the time to mentor and be at practice for young men who do not have Fathers. My father went to all my brothers practices because he enjoyed football. I think my brother liked having him there. I am sure these young men appreciate you, Dennis, and hope they think to tell you so.

Anonymous said...

Hope the guy from Maryland is reading. You are either a liar or colorblind. Indy had perhaps five players on the Varsiy, none that were real big. In fact, this was the smallest Indy team in many years. The only real big player on the team was Kortne Briggs, and he got booted. So that makes two lies. You have no credibility.

Anonymous said...

I have no dog in the fight, but just to clarify the 2.0 rule and graduation rate.

It is possible to have a 2.0 to play each football season and then not graduate from school. Many do it. I not talking about INDY, just student-athletes in general.

So, that argument do not hold any water.

Also, to the DADDY comments. Their are many dads that stand on the sideline @practice, but not standing in the living room @home. And yes many do live through their sons. Again, not talking about INDY, but high school sports. I praise the many single moms that are raising their kids. But, then have the dads show up at practice and games to complain.

Aaron said...

AJ Morgan - 6'1", Lance - 6'5", Jules Springs 6'3", Kelvin Reid 6'4" ,Maurice Caldwell 6'0", Jules Springs 6'3". How in the John Brown is the 1986 West Charlotte Team Undersized? The 86 team would have beaten the powers you mentioned as they had balanced scoring and they played DEFENSE. Most of your alums and alums from other schools at a recent game agree that 86 was a better team. We will agree to disagree on this one Mr. Wertz. Heck the North Meck Team with Wylie, Holden,Spanky and Bobby Moore was just as good.