This is not a good look and something I disagree strongly with. I’ve never heard of a coach doing this and there are several HC’s with sons playing HS football.
I’ve heard several HCs talk about last minute planning meetings, etc the night before a game. What about the walk through - did we have one and he wasn’t there? What kind of message does this send to the team?
This doesn’t bother me. The hay is in the barn by Friday night - or should be. Lots of coaches take lots of Friday night recruiting visits. And even though CCM is going to see his son (who, by the way, is a recruitable athlete with an offer from the U of A), there are several other recruitable athletes at each of those games (from Highland Park AND their opponents of the week) that his is seeing in person.
Arkansas head coaches have been going to watch their sons play high school football on Friday nights for years. Frank Broyles watched his sons. Bobby Petrino watched his sons at Fayetteville High. Now, this is a bit different because it’s not close at hand. But I know I’d do the same thing. Most everyone here who has a son (or daughter) would figure out a way to see them play. Just trade places and tell me you wouldn’t leave for a few hours and see them play. I sure would.
Doesn’t bother me at all. First, there’s no reason at all to think it affected the game. Second, I don’t want to be so committed to the idea football is so important that a coach can’t take a few hours off for family time. It’s not like this was during the game or even practice.