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All Ferriday assistant coach Cleothis "C.C." Cummings can do is wait.
The Concordia Parish School Board is expected to name a new Trojan head football coach at its meeting Thursday evening and many feel Cummings is the top candidate.
Cummings was one of three candidates as of Tuesday evening.
Richard Oliver resigned last month after one season at the school, which will now have four coaches over the past four years.
"I haven't really been thinking about it much," said Cummings, who has been running the off-season program. "I will be glad when this is over with and I know what the situation is."
Cummings said he has been planning ahead if he does get the job.
Current Trojan assistant coach Charles Cothern would be over the defense, while former Ferriday football player Jerrell Hayes would be a student-coach.
"The LHSAA allows someone still in school to coach," Cummings said. "Jerrell is majoring in Kinesology at Grambling."
Cummings said another possible assistant coach is Steve Northern, who recently moved back to Ferriday from Philadelphia.
Cummings, who recently was certified to teach, began as a volunteer coach at Ferriday High in 2002.
The former Trojan also coached the Ferriday junior high football team.
"I've been around the kids pretty much all my life," Cummings said. "I think the biggest thing is stability for the kids. I' am very interested, but I'm going to leave it in God's hands."
Oliver resigned as head football coach after accepting the head coaching job at Baker High School near his hometown of Baton Rouge.
Oliver, who coached at Scotlandville and Istrouma High, will be replacing former Natchez High head coach Robert Raines, who accepted the head coaching position at Amite County High in Liberty, Ms.
Oliver will be back in Concordia Parish on September 28 as Baker visits Vidalia High.
Ferriday finished 3-2 in District 2-2A and 5-6 overall in Oliver's only season last year, falling to University High in Baton Rouge in the first round of the playoffs.
"This is a great community with good people," Oliver said of his time at Ferriday. "I enjoyed it very much. I hate leaving Ferriday, but I have to do what's best for my family. It got to be expensive going back and forth from Baton Rouge. I was excited about this season. Ferriday has a good team coming back and we felt it was a program on the rise."
Oliver believes Cummings should get the job.
Ferriday assistant principal James Davis said Cummings is certainly a top candidate.
"Cleothis has been here a while and knows the ins and outs," Davis said. "He will certainly have the upper hand, but we're going to interview everybody."
And just after 6 p.m. Thursday night, Cummings will know if he will have a new title.
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