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Building a program
Head coach Chris Jensen pieces together SaberCats from the ground up

By Zach West Published: January 18, 2008
've seen it forever.”

Moore officials approved his hire Dec. 18 at a school board meeting.

"We have had an opportunity to watch (Jensen) for several years and see him groomed.” Moore athletic director Carl Franks said.

"We wanted to get a head coach in there who could take on a new program. We needed someone to come in there and provide leadership and have fun, and we felt like Chris was definitely the man for the job.”

While there are no lofty expectations for the team — especially considering Southmoore will play in District 6A-1 with 2007 playoff teams such as Norman North, Putnam City North and Edmond North — part of Jensen's appeal is that he has a no-excuses attitude to winning.

Although he played under Gibbs in college, Jensen has patterned this approach after Bob Stoops.

"When Bob Stoops first got to OU, I heard his first news conference and saw some of his quotes, and I said, ‘This guy is going to be an awesome coach,'” Jensen said. "For him to make a prediction to lose any games is not part of his job description, and it's not part of our job description ... We're going to do our very best to prepare our kids to win every game. We're going to have to be proved wrong by facing a team that's better than us on the football field.”

So far, that attitude has resonated with players and parents. Marion Fields stuck around Monday night to talk with the coach who had impressed him so much.

"When the coach here was talking ... He didn't talk like he had to convince himself,” said Fields, whose son, Keanu, will play football as a Southmoore junior next year. "He was convinced already. He was just giving it to the people, and that's what I look for in a coach. They're going to do great this year, I know it.”

Southmoore SaberCats football coach Chris Jensen, front, stands on what will be the north end of the team's fieldhouse outside the school on south Santa Fe in Moore on Monday. Behind Jensen from left to right are athletic facilitator Dewayne Hunter, and Southmoore assistants Jason Melot, James Cox, Jeff Brickman, Larry Latimer, and Chris McKenzie. by JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

Southmoore 2008 football schedule
Sept. 4 vs. Edmond Memorial

Sept. 12 at Westmoore

Sept. 18 vs. Midwest City

Sept. 26 vs. Del City*

Oct. 3 at Putnam City North*

Oct. 10 at Edmond Santa Fe*

Oct. 17 vs. Lawton*

Oct. 24 at Norman North*

Oct. 31 vs. Moore*

Nov. 7 at Mustang*

*Denotes district games


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