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  • Video: Charley Casserly freaks out live on NFL Network

    The set up here could not be more simple.

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have spoken to 75 people connected to Jameis Winston in an effort to be as sure as they possibly can be that the former Florida State quarterback is worthy of the No. 1 overall selection on Thursday night. NFL Network host Dan Hellie asked former NFL general manager-turned-NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly what sort of questions he would ask if he were Tampa Bay GM Jason Licht.

    Again, an incredibly simple set up. Casserly, however, was not prepared to answer such a simple question and the scene devolved into one big emergency brake.

    Just like one should assume all mics are hot, one should also operate under the idea all cameras are rolling.

    (HT Barstool Sports)

  • Former football coach credited with stopping school shooting in Washington

    NorthThurston

    Brady Olson, a former assistant football coach and Government and Civics teacher at North Thurston HS (WA), is credited with heroically stopping a school shooting yesterday before things turned deadly.

    According to KOMONews and local reports, just before 7:30am yesterday, police were called to the high school after a 16- year old student pulled out a revolver and fired two shots. Olson intervened by tackling the  the student from behind, and two other staff members quickly joined to hold the shooter down.

    Of the two shots, one went to the ceiling and the other ended up in the hallway. Thanks to the quick thinking from Olson and the staff, no one was hurt.

    Olson later released a statement through the district, and in true hero fashion, deflected praise to those around him.

    “I would like to say how happy I am that everyone is safe after today’s incident. I would also like to take this opportunity to praise all the police agencies that were involved, especially our Student Resource Officer, (SRO) Ed McClanahan. All agencies responded quickly and acted with the utmost professionalism.”

    “Additionally, I would like to say thank you to an amazing staff here at North Thurston High School. From administrators to teachers, all reacted to a very intense situation with incredible tact and professionalism. No one, including myself, can prepare for a situation like this, so I’m very thankful that we’re all okay.”

    “As always, students come first, and today was no different. I reacted in a way that any other teacher would react and at the sound of a gunshot had three other adults, including Tim Brown, dean of students, Principal Steve Rood, and security officer, Jim Beltico, going toward the sound of gunfire rather than away.”

    “We will all group together as a staff and community, like we always do, and continue to put kids first! North Thurston High School’s staff handled this like every other staff in every city, in every state, across this country would. I’m incredibly proud to be a member of the bigger community of educators who teach and take care of our kids every day.”

    Our hats go off to coach Olson for his courage and quick thinking in light of a situation that could have ended up much, much worse.

    Read more on the situation here.

  • Video: UCLA LB Myles Jack lights up a student for a good cause

    UCLA do-everything linebacker / running back Myles Jack threw on a helmet and shoulder pads to help a fellow UCLA student out recently.

    Danny Siegel, who is running for USAC General Representative, paired with Jack and put on a helmet and shoulder pads himself to prove that he’s worthy of winning the student vote by taking a hit from Jack. They even laid out a nice soft landing pad for him, but he never got to use it.

    At the end of the clip, after lighting up Siegel, Jack proclaims, “If this guy can take a hit from me, he can definitely be your next Gen. Rep.”

    It’s a rather interesting campaign strategy by Siegal. You’ve got to give the guy credit for being gutsy and creative that’s for sure.

    With the presidential election right around the corner, here’s to hoping a high profile candidate grabs JJ Watt and does something similar on the national scene. For that, I pledge my vote.

  • Video of the Day – John Bonamego mic’d up at the CMU spring game

    Video of the Day

    Tuesday April 28, 2015

    Bonamego mic’d up at the CMU spring game

  • Nine Alabama high school coaches earn more than $100,000 a year

    Josh Niblett

    It should come as no surprise that the folks in Alabama are passionate about their football. It’s a small state with limited resources, yet the coaches of its two major programs combined to make more than $11 million a year. That’s roughly $2 per resident. By comparison, Texas head coach Charlie Strong and Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin would have to earn a combined $50 million to match Alabama’s dollar-per-resident ratio. The people in Alabama love their football and are more than willing to put their money where their heart lies, is what we’re saying.

    And with that said, coaching salaries in Alabama’s high school ranks is beginning to mirror – or in some cases surpass – the arms race that FBS has seen over the past 10 years. To wit, according to a report by AL.com, the title of Alabama’s highest-paid high school football coach has changed hands four times in the last 10 months alone.

    Last June, Hewitt-Trussville lured Josh Floyd, a four-time state champion in Arkansas, with a $120,000 salary, the highest in the state at the time. Then Thompson gave Mark Freeman a raise to $121,000 a year, only to be quickly surpassed in February after Auburn hired Fairhope head coach Adam Winegarden and gave him a $123,000 salary. Finally, earlier this month Hoover head coach Josh Niblett jumped to the front of the line with a raise from $114,471 to a state-best $125,000. And most of these guys don’t even teach.

    “It has kind of been getting outrageous,” Niblett told AL.com. “It started off with the money college coaches were making, but I think if you go to other states like Texas or Georgia you will find [high school] guys making a lot more than $125,000. The numbers those guys are making — and not teaching — are unbelievable.”

    In all, AL.com found nine coaches topping six figures; the site also reported that less than a dozen years ago the state’s highest paid coach earned a shade over $86,000 a year. It’s a trend that no one in the state is necessarily proud of, but all recognize as the cost of doing business at the highest level of high school football in the state.

    “That was sure going to be OK with me, brother, to pass that highest-paid coach in the state stuff on,” Freeman said. “That brings a lot of pressure, but at the same time no coach I know got into coaching and working with kids to make more money than anybody else.”

    Read the full report here.