2. The AJC did a poll a couple of weeks ago that asked fans to vote for teams in Class AAAAAAA that they love to hate. Grayson and Colquitt County came out on top. How do you feel about that? "I think I've lived that most of my career. It was that way at Hoover, obviously, when we became the team that everybody hates. If that's where we are, that's a good thing. It means you're winning. We're just trying to stay there. When you're on top, you have to fight complacency. You have to fight to keep that passion and energy level with the fan base, the student body, the community, the county, the administration. It's always harder to stay on top than get to the top, and it's hard to get to the top. But as far as the poll, you have to take it with a grain of salt. If anything, it's a compliment. It means that we're doing what we need to do, and that's win football games and championships."
3. Are there teams that you love to hate, or at least love to beat? Maybe North Gwinnett after last season's tough loss in the state finals? "There's always teams on your schedule that get you going as coach. You want to beat them, but not because you don't like them. You respect them. Grayson is one of those teams that I respect because of their winning ways. There are a lot of people who want to hate Grayson because of the transfers [notably the 2016 state-championship team that had a handful of high-profile transfers]. That doesn't bother me. That's a parent's choice. If it's done right, I have no problem with that. It's the society we live in. Most people that gripe are the people that aren't winning. The teams that get me going and fired up are those that have great programs, and there are several in Atlanta that have that tradition - North Gwinnett, McEachern, Parkview, Brookwod. I can keep naming and naming. And obviously we have our local rivals here. I'd rather play a tough schedule. Your fan base deserves it.