Meet the new boss: Same as the old boss.
It’s more than a lyric from the 1972 Who song (and “CSI: Miami” theme) “Won’t Get Fooled Again.
It’s the status of the Live Oak High School football team in 2017.
Former coach Jim Arostegui, who led the Lions to a number of CIF Northern Section titles in the late 1990s, has taken over the program after longtime coach Dan Johnson stepped down.
Arostegui, a math teacher at Live Oak, said he was approached about taking over the program again.
Arostegui had been out of the coaching ranks for nine years. The Lions won four section crowns during his previous tenure.
“We had some good kids,” Arostegui said after a practice earlier this week.
Aristegui has no idea how long this latest tenure will last.
“One game at a time.” Arostegui said. “I’m old. I’m just worried about next Friday night’s game at this point.”
Arostegui said he’s been pleased with what he’s seen from his team so far in fall practice - both the talent level and the effort.
“We’ve got some athletes,” Arostegui said.
The Lions will get a chance to see how they stay up against other area teams when they travel to a scrimmage at Willows this Saturday morning.
For a complete preview of the 2017 Lions, see Pigskin Preview 2017 in the Aug. 25 edition of The Gridley Herald.