Up 42 at half, Mater Dei coach says he'll spend halftime at 'hamburger stand'

Up 42 at half, Mater Dei coach says he'll spend halftime at 'hamburger stand'

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Up 42 at half, Mater Dei coach says he'll spend halftime at 'hamburger stand'

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Legendary Mater Dei football coach Bruce Rollinson (Mater Dei High School)

Legendary Mater Dei football coach Bruce Rollinson (Mater Dei High School Scarlet Scroll)

Mater Dei entered the season as the No. 12 team in the USA TODAY Super 25. Barring a huge collapse they’ll be moving up come Monday following what should be a blowout victory against unranked Bishop Amat. When asked about avoiding precisely such a collapse from a 49-7 lead via the use of halftime adjustments, Mater Dei head coach Bruce Rollinson had an appropriate response:

That, ladies and gentlemen, is almost Gregg Popovich-level trolling of a sideline reporter. And who was that aforementioned reporter? None other than Chris Rix. Yes, that Chris Rix.

To be fair to Rix, he’s a Bishop Amat graduate who was just trying to do his job. Watching your alma mater get shellacked at home in a season opener can’t be the easiest thing to endure, particularly when you have to keep up a brave face and go interview the man who is orchestrating that aforementioned blowout. The crazy thing is that Rollinson wasn’t wrong, either; if he had spent his halftime hanging out at the concession stand, he probably could have picked up both a burger and a dog, had a nice mid-game meal and then got back to it, with his team just as likely to keep cruising.

The lesson? Be careful what you ask when you’re a sideline reporter.

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