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By Rod Thornburg/ Special to The Californian
BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
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For the first time since he was suspended on July 29 and subesquently reinstated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno on Tuesday, Garces coach Jim Maples put a few thoughts on the record today. He has said he'd like to tell the whole story of why he was suspended and why he feels wronged but that for now, his lawyers have advised him not to say anything.
He did talk about how happy he was to be back with the Rams, who are the middle of their fall training camp in preperation for an Aug. 31 opener against San Luis Obispo.
Here are some of his thoughts:
On the state of the program when he returned...
"My coaches have done a fantastic job (Frank Gonzales was the interim coach while Maples was suspended). They've stepped up to the plate and kept the program moving where I wanted it to go. I've just been doing a lot of observing, and I'm just ecstatic to be back."
On how he reacted to the suspension...
"Every day I was out, it was tough. I just broke down quite a bit. I missed it so much."
On whether he worried that he'd be fired...
"Obviously, when you're on a leave situation, you don't know. So I was definitely worried. It was one of those things where I just had to put my faith in the Lord that the truth would come out. I'm just thankful I was able to have faith in God."
With that, Maples wanted to return the conversation to football — for now. But he said there is more to say at another time.