Callaway said the meeting with Gruden lasted about two hours, and they were also joined by Towers coach James Holloway, Osborne’s Xarvia Smith and Forest Park’s John Diehl.
“He said he knows we are in a tough position but just keep your heads up, keep working hard and get the most out of it,” Callaway said. “We talked a little X and O stuff also.”
Therrell is currently 0-5 this season and has not had a winning season since 2002. Forest Park is 1-5 and Osborne is 2-4. Towers has responded well to an 0-10 record in 2012 with a 4-2 mark.
Callaway said Gruden and the coaches also discussed ways to protect the quarterback and practice ideas.
This was the second year Gruden met with a group of high school coaches, who were leading programs that were struggling on the field and financially. Through Gruden’s Fired Football Coaches Association, each school received a donation to help with expenses.
Despite winning the 2002 Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gruden was fired six years later and formed the FFCA as a result in 2009.
Gruden was in town to announce the Monday Night Football game between the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets.
After five successful seasons at Mays, Callaway was let go last year and hired by Therrell.
“He pretty much knew about my background at Mays and that we did a good job,” Callaway said. “He didn’t really understand why changes were made but joked that we will all be fired at least once. He also told me to keep grinding and that Therrell is happy to have you.”