Sunday, August 28, 2016

Fayetteville State football coach Richard Hayes getting familiar with new surroundings

FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina -- Five months into his tenure as Fayetteville State's football coach, Richard Hayes was finally getting his office the way he wanted it to be. He'd begun to hang stuff on the walls. His desk was feeling familiar.

But a few weeks ago, all of that came to a halt.

School staffers came to paint the locker room, the weight room and the coaches' offices. So Hayes had to pack up his stuff and clear out for a few days.

Now, with a season-opening showdown against Chowan slated for next Saturday, the latest round of upheaval has Hayes settling in for a second time.

"I've got stuff everywhere," said the longtime assistant at Winston-Salem State.

Like his office, Hayes' first Broncos team is still a work in progress.

Of the 26 freshmen Hayes' staff has brought in, he estimates at least 17 will have to see significant action. He's got offensive and defensive lines that will be nearly all new and a quarterback that threw just eight passes last season.


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