//Garret McGuire begins coaching journey with Panthers

Garret McGuire begins coaching journey with Panthers

Lest you think he got preferential treatment, the younger McGuire was the backup quarterback at Cedar Hill High School, a suburban Dallas powerhouse. (Of course, it wasn’t always a powerhouse, as Cedar Hill hadn’t won a playoff game until Joey McGuire took the job in 2003, but they’d go on to win three state championships in his 14 years there, with a 141-42 record and 12 straight playoff appearances.)

But when Garret got his chance to get into a game, he showed an instinct for play-calling and leadership.

On Sept. 2, 2016, against Mansfield, the Longhorns were down 21 in the fourth quarter, and starting quarterback Avery Davis (who went onto play at Notre Dame) was out with an injury. But McGuire led them back, and with 10 seconds left and no timeouts, he checked to a play not every quarterback would. Instead of throwing