@CentreFootball kills the ‘fatted calf’ and welcomes back its prodigal son to the ’24 coaching staff- @CoachAndyFrye @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank @840WHAS

Sam Murray returning home to help coach the Colonels

Former Centre star at WR returns home to assist in coaching the Colonels

Sam Murray was a three year letter winner in football at Simon Kenton High and competed in basketball and track & field. During his three varsity seasons at Simon Kenton, the Pioneers were 35-5 winning a regional championship in 2015. Murray went on to Centre College where he spent multiple seasons as the Colonels most consistent down field receiving threat and game breaker. He now brings his considerable experience with football home to his alma mater to join its coaching staff. Welcome home, Sam!

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball

22 …the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. 

Luke 15:22-24, KJV, The Holy Bible

We had the privilege of attending the Centre Colonels football banquet this afternoon. A stir and a buzz disseminated throughout the Norton Center when a certain former star arrived and this time as a new member of the Colonel coaching staff.

Sam Murray hit the door to the auditorium and one was immediately hearkened to the celebration occasioned at the return of the “prodigal son.” Sam spent a many a Saturday afternoon championing the cause for his beloved Colonels from Centre College. It seems he has come home for another round in a different capacity.

Not an uncommon sight during Murray’s playing days at Centre College

We talked to rising senior William Long. He had this to say about the return of his friend.

“It is incredible. In many ways Sam was like a coach to me when we were both playing together. He was an upperclassman I revered and whose opinion always mattered to me. I won’t have any trouble adjusting to this new role.”

In many ways Sam was like a coach to me when we were both playing together [at Centre]

William Long, DT, Class of ’25

William concluded with, “I have been doing whatever he told me to do for years anyway. Now, it is just official.”

Murray will be working with the DBs initially but will be available to fill in where needed on a staff which has everyone returning and which is a model of both consistency and stability throughout the Southern Athletic Association. Centre ended ’23 on a “heater,” winning its last five in succession, and expects to be competitive for conference honors in ’24 with many critical pieces returning.

We saw at the banquet just this afternoon, the fatted calf has been butchered and the table has been set to welcome home the great Sam Murray to Centre College. Let us eat and be merry.

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