WACO, Texas -- Gary Joe Kinne, the East Texas high school
football coach who police say was critically shot by a parent last
year, has been hired to coach linebackers at Baylor, his alma
Kinne lost 80 percent of his liver in the April 7 shooting, but
returned to coach Canton to its best season in school history.
"I probably wouldn't have left Canton for any high school
job," said Kinne, who was a standout linebacker at Baylor from
1986-89. "But when you have an opportunity like this, you have to
Kinne said he doesn't know whether his son, G.J. Kinne Jr., will
remain in Canton for his senior year or transfer to a school near
Waco. The younger Kinne was named Class 3A offensive player of the
year by The Associated Press in December and is regarded as one of
the top quarterback prospects in the country.
His father said his move to Baylor doesn't mean his son will
wind up playing for the Bears in college.
"There's always a possibility he could go to Baylor," Kinne
said. "But his options are still out there."
Kinne was 28-8 in three seasons at Canton. Last year's team was
12-2 and advanced to the Class 3A Division II quarterfinals, the
farthest playoff run in school history.
Police say Kinne was shot by Jeff Doyal Robertson, the father of
one of Kinne's former players. Robertson, whose attorneys have
conceded was the gunman, is charged with aggravated assault on a
public servant. The trial is set to begin Feb. 21.
During halftime of Canton's first home game following the
shooting, Kinne received the Baylor Legend Award from Grant Teaff,
who was his head coach when Kinne played for the Bears.
"Gary Joe is a young and energetic coach, a very good X and O
man," head coach Guy Morriss said Thursday in making the
announcement. "He's an upbeat person and his personality should
make him a very strong recruiter for our program. He's excited
about coming back to Baylor and will relate well to our players."
Kinne fills the vacancy created by the departure of Mark Nelson,
who was named Tulsa's co-defensive coordinator and defensive line
coach. Morriss said assistant coach Chris Lancaster would take over
Nelson's duties as the Bears' special teams coordinator.