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Today's Dish on football: Is Billy Rolle the right man to lead the Bulls?

Just like to start by thanking the "Dre's Dish" fans for their readership and participation, especially this summer.

The Dish is one of the top sports blogs at the Herald and I'll continue to try and keep it entertaining and informative as the season begins.

As you may or may not already know, Billy Rolle is back at Northwestern.

Of course, if you are "in the know" around the football community, you probably already knew that by the middle of this week or earlier.

Point being, it's been a wild week since the decision made last Wednesday at the Miami-Dade County School Board meeting.

Now, the question is whether Billy Rolle - the only Dade coach to lead 2 different schools to state titles - can bring stability and turn this team toward a 2nd straight title.

More importantly, however, is can he help the kids maintain the academic and conduct standards that have been put forth.

I think if principal Charles Hankerson puts into action the goals he has stated over the past couple of weeks, the kids will be on the right path.

So I put it up to Dish fans, did NW make the right choice?

Unfortunately that's two teams disrupted by the questionable timing of Rudy Crew's decision.

Item 2:

7-on-7 football

Gulliver Prep had an impressive performance at the adidas 7-on-7 national championship this week in California. The Raiders squad led by Brandon Marti and Donovan Varner reached the semifinals before losing tournament champion Pahokee.

Looks like the Blue Raiders from the Muck will have a shot at the national title on the gridiron as well.

Booker T. with seven players nearly won an elite 7-on-7 tourney recently in New Jersey. They took the eventual tourney champions Don Bosco Prep to overtime. That squad by the way brought over 30 kids to the camp.

Booker T. will be one of several Dade teams, including Central, Southridge, Edison, Columbus, Killian and Norland competing today at Miramar Regional Park at the Miramar 7-on-7 competition.

BOOKER T. TV

The Tornadoes are set to make their ESPN debut Aug. 25 against Summerville, S.C. in the first high school football game of the Dade prep season.

That's right, BTW will be on ESPN, not 2 or U or even "The Ocho." And they will play the team with the winningest coach at any level John McKissick, 81 years old and has 543 wins.

The Northwestern-South lake Carroll mega-showdown is set for 7 pm Sept. 15 on ESPNU, to follow the mega FIU-UM rematch at 3:30 pm. (chuckle)

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Player on central football team

Well let me start sayin dat it was wrong how coach Rolle did us. And we can't wait c him in the regular season

shawn

Make sure NW has turf shoes when they go to texas Lakeland almost got cheated up in Ohio They were slipping like they were on butter. They will tell you regular cleats are fine but there not get turf cleats!!!!!!!!!!

Realdeal

Please what a joke, sure Rolle was the right choice to save their season this year but a educator and teacher please Hank try that on the people dont know any better. Ask Rolle his accomplisments with his kids at killian as far as being an educator or just keep them eligible for football season last year 90% of his football players were in summer school just to be able to play last fall. Again a failure to the nw community oh but I forgot old prinpal at NW said we run a program here! on the year of the bull this not about education it about see and hope you make it to the nfl or bust.

BULLSOFMIAMI C/O 86

coaching northwestern with all the talent they have .......IT'S SO EASY A CAVEMAN CAN DO IT. I DO NOT WANT TO MINIMIZE HIS IMPORTANCE, BUT IN THIS CASE ANY COACH WOULD BENEFIT FROM HAVING A TEAM LIKE THIS ONE.AS LONG AS HE DOES NOT CHANGE WHAT WAS ALREADY WORKING, HE CAN NOT FAIL. SO MY MOTTO FOR COACH ROLLE IS "BILLY DON'T BE SILLY". COACH SMITH WE MISS YOU MAN!!!!!!!

BULLSOFMIAMI C/O 86

CENTRAL ROCKET FOOTBALL NATION DO NOT LET COACH ROLLE DEPARTURE DESTROY YOUR SEASON. USE THIS AS MOTIVATION, EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.I WISH YOU GUYS THE BEST, BUT YOU KNOW THE DRILL RIGHT? YOU GUYS LOSE ONE REGULAR SEASON GAME AND GET BEAT IN THE PLAYOFFS BY NORTHWESTERN. 9-2 IS NOT A BAD SEASON FOR CENTRAL, BUT THAT'S FAILURE AT NORTHWESTERN.

dade county

rolle is a joke.

dade county

Listen to the interview. ?????? A joke.
Got ran out of the west one time.

Black Teacher

Hey if the "West" didnt win state, Rolle was going to replace Smith anyway.

Mr.X

To say Rolle is a great teacher is like saying Ashlee Simspson is great singer. Anybody who went to Killian could tell you that.

RI CK

THANK GOD FOR JUSTICE. COACH ROLLE WELCOME BACK. WE WILL MISS COACH SMITH, BUT GOD IS ALWAYS IN CONTROL. I'LL BE PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, THE TEAM AND THE SCHOOL. THERE'S STILL A LOT OF GOOD FOLKS DOWN THERE. PSALMS 121 PS. TO THE BULLS. I WILL SAY. TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS DON'T COME TO MAKE US BITTER, THEY COME TO MAKE US BETTER. KEEP THE FAITH. FAITH WILL MAKE YOU EVEN BETTER THAN LAST YEAR.

parent

Winning football is one thing but education is another. Our # 1 priority is education. I think he should be monitored. If these boys are not maintaining what they are suppose to within the school year or at least not on track, someone should intervene quick before they shutdown the football program and school. I am parent and I support what MNW has to offer, but I'm sick of the bad rap the school is getting so let's monitor this Mr. Rolle.

dade county

Just about himself not the kids. If you can coach you can coach, what happen at Central.
No talent at Central?

dade county

The West Ready Made. Can he build a program.

rocketrider with the bulls 97'

where has rolle been with kids education, gpa's, relationship, parent contact, discipline, practice organiztion and structure, etc. Man, the first time he did the west the same thing, left the program in shambles to take over a new school and come in with motivation and all, then left that school in a wreck. He might be a great coach, but outside the game night, he is a joke. Ask former players about him, you;ll see. I bet he sold the Central kids a deam, only to break their hearts...

Disappointed Buck

The West's loss is Central's gain. Coach Manny Martin will be great at Central. They should have hired him over Rolle in the first place. He's a man of integrity that the kids will come to trust. He's an alum of the school, so he actually wants to be there. He's a great coach, an excellent leader of young men and an incredible football mind. His years playing and coaching football have taken him from humble beginnings in a Miami little league, to the heights of a Superbowl with the Buffalo Bills, and now full circle back to south Florida to lead his ala mater back to glory.
He's a great hire, and I hate it. I'm a Deerfield Beach football fan and we just lost a great man. Good luck at Central coach, hope to see you, (beat you), in the playoffs.

FMKNIGHT

About Brandon Marti...

Have him drug tested before the season starts.

abcfan1

i would delete that last comment andre. stupid and immature.

Gonzalo

i think it is a great fit since he knows the program already. my only concern is with a top D1 QB and two top WRs why would you switch to the Wing-T? The Wing-T is more run oriented, unless he has tricks up his sleeves or he alters it a bit. if anyone can answer this one please do.

TRUE ROCKET

BILLY "JEAN" ROLLE IS FULL OF HIMSELF. HE LEFT A SCHOOL THAT HAS TALENT, TO GO TO ANOTHER SCHOOL THAT SOMEONE ELSE BUILT. MY GUESS IS THAT HE'S HUNGRY FOR THE NEXT MAN GLORY. REAL ROCKETS WILL STAND UP AND SHOCK THE NATION........! ITS OUR TIME TO REPRESENT. ROCKET FO LIFE C/O "00"

Viking Alumni

Maybe there is sumthin wrong with central I mean the original coach left to be an administrator at norland & now rolle left & went back to "The Mess" marinate on that.......As far as billy rolle the team is made already you get no credit if they go back to state. after you lose the seniors this year let see if you can build a team for the following year

big dog

check last time he was at the west. Team went downhill.

Disappointed Buck

The Wing can be run focused, but look around south Florida, lots of schools run it as a balanced attack. Deerfield Beach, used the Wing T, (and Coach Martin's defense), to beat Miami NW two years ago by passing and throwing about 50% each. I'm not sure what offense they're going to run, but he's a smart coach, the kids up there will see soon enough they can trust his decisions.

Anyway, you shouldn't bring in a head coach based on three young athletes. Centrals program is bigger than a sophomore QB and his two favorite targets. You bring in the coach who will best help your young men grow and be successful. Just wait, two years from now, you'll feel fortunate Billy rolled on out of Central's way and opened this door for your school.

Still pissed in Deerfield Beach...

Disappointed Buck

The Wing can be run focused, but look around south Florida, lots of schools run it as a balanced attack. Deerfield Beach, used the Wing T, (and Coach Martin's defense), to beat Miami NW two years ago by passing and throwing about 50% each. I'm not sure what offense they're going to run, but he's a smart coach, the kids up there will see soon enough they can trust his decisions.

Anyway, you shouldn't bring in a head coach based on three young athletes. Centrals program is bigger than a sophomore QB and his two favorite targets. You bring in the coach who will best help your young men grow and be successful. Just wait, two years from now, you'll feel fortunate Billy rolled on out of Central's way and opened this door for your school.

Still pissed in Deerfield Beach...

Disappointed Buck

Why hasn't the paper done a story on Central hiring Coach Martin?

Disappointed Buck

Why hasn't the paper done a story on Central hiring Coach Martin?

barry coates

Hey Bulls and fans, please to do not under estimate Southlake Carroll's team speed. Make sure you take two different pair of game cleats. The turf that you will be playing on is the same turf that Jerry Jones had put in at Texas Stadium after the Cowboys practiced at Dragon Stadium. The stadium seats about 15,000-20,000, on gameday's they will squeeze in as many as they can get. Do not allow the crowd size to effect you, just play your game. The also had a coaching change this spring, aswell. I love Texas high school football and under any other situation I would be pulling for them but not this time.Go Bulls

central  WR

after the spring coach rolle left us cuz he thought this is his chance to win another championship wrong!!! wait till yall see me i got something for yall defense everytime we play yall good luck covering me

Miami High School Football Expert

Let me take you guys way back to Dade County football Mr. Hankerson did a wonderful job hiring Coach Rolle to take over the Northwestern program most of you guys don't know that coach Rolle coached on the 95 northwestern state championship team under Coach Goldsmith. Billy Rolle knows the history of this team the community love Coach Rolle, remember Coach Rolle was not fired from his position as head coach from northwestern he handed over that position to coach smith. Coach Rolle coach the best class ever to play at Northwestern which was class of 98 team which included great players such as Torrie Cox, Vernon Carey, Levy Brown, Quinton Swain, Antonio Bryan, Yulkeith Brown, Javony Ward, Lamont Finnie etc these player are legendary in Miami Dade county football Coach Rolle Keep your head up and don't listen to the critics because you're legandary.

cougar prige

rolle cant coach he just stood in the background and let the position coaches do everything thats why the #8 ranked killian cougars went 5-5 last year with a team that was the only to scoe on the west last year and a team that should have beat central but lost on a defensive mistake so lets see how he does. legendary what a joke

(killian grad)Daytona J

To all you guys on the football team at "the west", be prepared to NOT attend a D-1 college if u guys don't win State. Killian only sent one player to a D-1 school last year and he didn't have the help of Coach Rolle. He only cares about you if you get him another ring.

(killian grad)Daytona J

To all you guys on the football team at "the west", be prepared to NOT attend a D-1 college if u guys don't win State. Killian only sent one player to a D-1 school last year and he didn't have the help of Coach Rolle. He only cares about you if you get him another ring.

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