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Carver football coach Reggie Barlow says he will accept Sidney Lanier job if offered

By Kevin Price

kprice@ledger-enquirer.com

ROBIN TRIMARCHI rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.comNewly-named Carver High head football coach Reggie Barlow, center, meets his team Tuesday at the Carver High auditorium.  02.02.16
ROBIN TRIMARCHI rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.comNewly-named Carver High head football coach Reggie Barlow, center, meets his team Tuesday at the Carver High auditorium. 02.02.16 rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com

Reggie Barlow, who has been the head football coach at Carver for less than a month, confirmed Wednesday morning he has talked with Sidney Lanier High in Montgomery, Ala., about a similar position.

Barlow, who graduated from Sidney Lanier in 1991, said there was “nothing official at this time.”

"There’s strong interest from them, my school, my neighborhood," Barlow said. "The immediate dynamics there are good.”

Barlow told the Montgomery Advertiser that he told Sidney Lanier principal Antonio Williams that he would accept the job when it was officially offered. Barlow said the offer was pending school board approval of his hire.

Barlow told the Advertiser ''no guarantees. I've not got any confirmation that he was submitting my name for the gig.''

The Montgomery County School Board is set to meet on Tuesday. No agenda has been posted on the school board's website.

Barlow met with the Carver players and parents on Feb. 1.

New Carver football coach Reggie Barlow focused on his expectations on Tuesday during his first meeting with his new team and parents.

Carver principal Christopher Lindsey said there was no change in Barlow’s status at Carver.

Lindsey said he was not disappointed, “but I don’t think he should have met my players and parents if he was going to consider SL.”

The Sidney Lanier position came open last month when C.J. Harris was fired by Williams. Harris guided the Poets to the playoffs last season, the first time in seven years.

Barlow was Alabama State University’s winningest coach with a 49­-42 record. He led the Hornets to the Southwest Athletic Conference championship game in 2010. He accepted a three­-year contract extension before the 2014 season. Just three months later, the school fired him after a 7­-5 season.

Barlow coached former Carver standout Isaiah Crowell during the 2012­-13 seasons.

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