Maroons seeking stability, success

Maroons seeking stability, success

The Central Maroons have another new head coach this year. Nate Albaugh is the Maroons' fourth different head coach in the last five years. He takes over a program that didn't win a game last year. He not only hopes to change the results on the field but also the culture around the team.
CHAMPAIGN -- The Central Maroons have another new head coach this year.  Nate Albaugh is the Maroons' fourth different head coach in the last five years.  He takes over a program that didn't win a game last year.  He not only hopes to change the results on the field but also the culture around the team.

"You hear it all the time in college sports; it's going to take time for anyone to turn something around," Albaugh said.  "That's certainly my goal.  We are looking long-term without sacrificing and saying 'We don't care about this year.'  We want to win now."

That's easier said than done for a Central program (0-9) that finished dead last in the Big 12 a year ago.

"We've still got people around town talking about us like we're just slumps or something," senior defensive end Norrlyn Allen said.  "We're going to do something different, and if everybody plays like we have heart and we go hard in practice every day, we'll do it."

Winning now is the mentality the Maroons have, but winning for the future is the ultimate goal.

"We have a chance to compete," Albaugh said.  "As long as you can begin to compete and make those scores close, then you've got a shot at winning them."

Central opens the season August 30th at Normal West.

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