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Scheidt approached by Clovis West

Clovis West has contacted Rob Scheidt about its vacant head football coaching job.

The Merced coach confirmed on Friday that he received a letter from Clovis West and a phone message from a school administrator.

Scheidt said he is interested in discussing the job.

"It's not really anything yet," Scheidt said. "They inquired about me. I'm not looking to leave, but I owe it to myself to look into it."

Perennial state power Clovis West fired its coach Marty Martin two weeks ago after just one season.

Martin led Clovis West to a 9-4-1 record and the Central Section championship game.

Clovis West lost the title to Bakersfield on a missed field goal, but sources in the Fresno area insist that an influential group of school boosters was critical of Martin almost from the beginning.

Martin brought his own offensive philosophy to Clovis West and then changed it after two losses and a tie early in the season.

Sources insist Martin was forced by outsiders into making several adjustments.

Encino Crespi coach Jeremiah Ross had been rumored to be the favorite for the Clovis West job, but Ross recently took his name out of consideration.

Scheidt has coached at Merced for 12 years and has won back-to-back Central California Conference championships the last two seasons.

Merced is 31-5 over the last three years, including a trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section final two years ago -- a classic game Merced lost to Vacaville on the last play.

Scheidt, however, said he wants to listen to Clovis West.

"I'm interested to talk to them to find out why they're interested in me and why they think I'd fit well with them," Scheidt said.

"I want to be more educated about the situation and then we'll go from there."

Scheidt told his players about the Clovis West situation on Friday.

"There's a lot of factors that go into it," Scheidt said. "Merced has been home for me and my family. I really feel a part of the school and I love the kids there.

"I'm proud of the things we've been able to accomplish and I don't think we've accomplished all of our goals.

"There are a lot of other things to take into account. Our church is in Merced and that's a big part of our life.

"There are a lot of things that will make it a very difficult decision."

Sun-Star sports editor Steve Cameron contributed to this report.

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