You just never know

Jefferson City Lady Jays coach Shane Meyer announced he was leaving the program, effective immediately, to become the director of player personnel of the Georgia Southern football program.

It's why they play the game, because you just never know.

The Cubs actually beat the Cardinals from time to time, after all.

Do you believe in miracles? Yes!!!

But after the game is played, there are also times that you just never know.

After winning a thrilling overtime game in the semifinals of the California Tournament on Wednesday night, Jefferson City Lady Jays coach Shane Meyer made a surprising announcement --- he was leaving the program, effective immediately, to become the director of player personnel of the Georgia Southern football program.

"It's kind of a crazy time, to say the least," said Meyer, who was in his fifth year with the Lady Jays. "The kid factor ... leaving a team in mid-season and what comes with that.

"And leaving MY team, as well, my family --- my wife (Chris) and two children will stay here to finish out the school year. So there's the aspect of running two households for the next few months."

We spoke as Meyer was driving through Paducah, Ky., on Thursday on his way to Georgia Southern, which is located in Statesboro.

Meyer, 37, was 56-65 with the Lady Jays, including 7-7 this year. But this comes on the heels of a brutal season last year, when the Lady Jays went 3-24.

"As hard as it's going to be, we decided it was just too good of an opportunity to pass up," he said. "This will give me a chance to use some of my strengths, off the field, and in athletics in general."

Meyer will rejoin head coach Willie Fritz at Georgia Southern, as he played for Fritz from 1995-98 at Central Missouri State. Meyer --- a placekicker and graduate of Ft. Zumwalt North --- later had two stints as a coach on Fritz's staff.

In between, Meyer tried his hand (foot) as a placekicker in the Arena Football League.

"This gives me a chance to learn, grow in the position, and possibly open some more doors down the road," Meyer said. "Coach needed a decision and I made it Tuesday morning. It was not an easy decision, obviously. There were a lot of moving parts to this decision."

Fritz, after his stint at Central Missouri, spent four seasons at Sam Houston State where he compiled a mark of 40-15, including two runs to the FCS national championship games in 2011-12.

Georgia Southern is set to move up to Division I next season as it moves to the Southern Conference.

"Our relationship has grown from player-coach, to assistant coach to head coach, to being really good friends," Meyer said. "The thing I've learned most from him is that there's not a job too small, or a task too meaningless, for the head coach to jump in and do whatever needs to be done."

But why now, instead of at the end of the Lady Jays' season?

"With the transition of the (Georgia Southern) staff, and with three recruiting weekends for us lined up in a row, I needed to be there on the ground level and not be falling behind," Meyer said. "It just makes it a whole lost easier for everyone, because it's a very important time of year for college football."

Meyer will turn the Lady Jays over to Dan Ridgeway, an assistant football coach and the head coach of the school's track and field program.

"He's been with us all year and helped us shift the gears with our style of play," Meyer said. "And he's been a head coach and has a tremendous background, so I think Dan and the kids will do great.

"I think it will be a seamless transition."

But it certainly wasn't an easy one. There may be no crying in baseball, but there can certainly be crying in basketball --- and in this case, with good reason.

Because Shane Meyer is one of the good guys.

"There were definitely tears, definitely some emotions," Meyer said. "A move like this, at its core, rubs against what you're trying to do. It was really sad that I couldn't see them through on the journey this year, but it's an opportunity I just couldn't turn down.

"But all in all, I think they dealt it in a very mature, adult way. I really do appreciate the way both the kids and the parents handled the situation."