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Milestone moment for Gossard

Pasadena City College football coach sets mark with 53rd victory.

September 28, 2010|From Staff Reports, News-Press

GLENDALE — The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.

GOSSARD BECOMES WINS LEADER AT PCC

Pasadena City College football coach and La Crescenta resident Dennis Gossard became the college's winningest coach Saturday after the Lancers recorded a 34-14 nonconference home victory against College of the Desert. Gossard picked up his 53rd victory, passing the mark set by R. Frank Baker. Baker registered 52 victories from 1926-34.

"Something like this is based on longevity and having a good bunch of kids and assistant coaches," said Gossard, who improved to 53-42-1 at PCC. "It means I have been at one place for a long time.

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"They poured Gatorade on me [Saturday]. My assistant coaches have done 99% of the work, and I just put my hands on the steering wheel."

Gossard, 63, has also been a health instructor at the college for 30 years.

Gossard, also Crescenta Valley High's longtime offensive coordinator, took over the interim coaching position before the start of the season. He's in his 10th year as Pasadena's coach, having previously piloted the program from 1987-1994 and in 2005.

The Lancers, ranked No. 5 in the state regional poll, are 4-0 and will complete nonconference competition at 6 p.m. Saturday against visiting Ventura College.

MORE QB TALK

FOR REID

Former Glendale Community College offensive lineman Andy Reid has been inundated with questions about who would start as Philadelphia Eagles quarterback over the last few weeks between Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick.

But after Vick tallied four total touchdowns in the Eagles' 28-3 throttling of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, it wasn't long before he was answering questions about another quarterback — longtime former Eagles starter Donovan McNabb. McNabb and his new team, the NFC East Division-rival Washington Redskins, will visit the Eagles on Sunday.

"You can't devote all your time into one person in this profession and this sport," Reid said during a Monday press conference. "It's a team sport, it's not a great grudge match sport or any of that, that's not what it's about."

"We're focusing on the Washington Redskins, No. 1, and Donovan's a big part of their offense and we know that."

Reid didn't hesitate in making it known how highly he still thinks of McNabb, though.

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