Firing Forces Flip-Flop

Kuithe brothers decommit from Rice following Bailiff firing

Rice loses recruits after Bailiff was fired. Vype

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

HOUSTON — The recruiting fallout from the firing of Rice coach David Bailiff has begun.

On Monday evening, Brant and Blake Kuithe of Cinco Ranch High School announced their decommitment from the program.

“I would like to thank Coach Bailiff and the entire coaching staff at Rice University for the opportunity to further my education and play football at such a prestigious University,” Brant and Blake both tweeted from their personal accounts. “After much thought and discussion with my family, I have decided to decommit from Rice University.”

Bailiff was fired following a 1-11 season. He was in his 11th year at the program posting a 57-80 record and guiding the Owls to four bowl games.

Brant and Blake both unfortunately were unable to complete their senior seasons because of injuries. Blake, a defensive end at Cinco Ranch, tore his ACL, while Brant, a running back for the Cougars, broke his fibula.

Despite the injuries the duo was still able to put up big numbers this season and in their careers.

Brant rushed for 1,041 yards and 18 touchdowns this year. He finishes his career with 2,932 yards and 42 touchdowns on the ground. Of his 22 career games, 16 were 100-plus yard performances. Brant’s career high was 237 yards against Katy Taylor earlier this season.

Blake finished his career amassing 184 tackles (107 solo), averaging 5.1 tackles per game, and 19 tackles for loss in 36 games. Blake also registered 10 sacks, 35 hurries and four pass deflections.

According to Rivals, Brant is a three-star running back with 14 offers, including ones from Iowa State, Boise State, Utah, Colorado, North Texas, SMU and Texas State.

Blake is a three-star defensive end with 13 offers virtually from the exact same schools as his brother.

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KINGWOOD - The true impact of a coach can't always measured by the number of win and losses, the number of district championships or even runs at a state title.

This story goes beyond any of that.

In reality, the impact a coach is seen whenever they become the one that is in need of the support that they have been providing to others their entire career.

Kingwood girls soccer coach Pres Holcomb, who is set to begin chemotherapy to battle Stage 4 colon cancer, which he was diagnosed with on December 20, is seeing his impact as the Kingwood and soccer community has rallied around him and his family with messages, wristbands, t-shirts, donations and more.

"It's overwhelming in a good way," Holcomb said. "It's kind of crazy when you see your own name across stuff like that. Once we went public with it, the support has been amazing. People you haven't talked to in years are reaching out to you."

Since they've gone public with it the "Hope for Holcomb" campaign has taken off.

The soccer team - which was told about Holcomb's battle in a group setting - created blue wristbands with the phrase on them. It started with the girls wearing them during matches and expanded to them being sold at different places in the community.

They started by ordering just 300.

Then an order of 500 more was needed and that still wasn't enough. The wristbands have sold more than 1,000.

"You don't even think you know that many people," Holcomb said.

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