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  • Former football coach credited with stopping school shooting in Washington

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    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

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    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.

  • The #DailyDose: Who would you take with the #1 overall draft pick?

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    With the NFL Draft starting on Thursday, this week’s #DailyDose theme will center around the draft.

    Today’s question for the FootballScoop staff: If you were Tampa Bay with the #1 overall draft pick, who are you taking?

    There’s been no shortage of speculation between Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Florida State’s Jameis Winston, so here’s how the FootballScoop staff sees things.

    Scott’s choice: Scott is currently working the phones with multiple GMs evaluating trade proposals. Will update.

    Doug’s choice: Oregon QB Marcus Mariota

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    Oregon Sports News

    In the shoes of the Tampa Bay General Manager, I see no better person more worthy of the #1 overall pick than Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Forget the NFL Draft analysts that say the system at Oregon didn’t prepare him for The League (that wasn’t the Oregon’s staff’s job), Mariota may not be the prototypical NFL quarterback right now, but he is the best person for the #1 money the Bucs will pony up.

    To be completely honest, off the field issues did play a big part in my decision to take Mariota over Jameis Winston at #1. If you’re going to write a monster check at the #1 pick, you want to be assured that you’re getting a high character guy, with the background and track record to back everything up, and I would argue that no Heisman winner has handled being under a microscope and the spotlight better than Mariota since the days of Tim Tebow (2007), Sam Bradford (2008), or Robert Griffin III (2011).

    Does Winston have a better arm and more NFL ready body right now? Probably. But leading an NFL franchise is so much more than that and the coupling of Mariota’s unique skill set, poise, and character only come around so often, and when you’re in need of an franchise quarterback like the Bucs are, you need to take advantage. If you’re flexible enough to tweak your offense a bit to take advantage of his strengths, I’m confident this will turn out to be an outstanding pick.

    To futher my point, how many players get this kind of video tribute from the school’s student athletes in other sports? This is special.

    Zach’s choice: Oregon QB Marcus Mariota

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    LA Times

    I’ve given this question a lot of thought, and I’ve come to two conclusions. First, I’m glad I’m not an NFL general manager; actually, who are we kidding, I’d love to be an NFL GM. Second, if this pick goes up in flames three years from now and I’m living on a Florida beach somewhere, which choice would make it easier to lay my head down on that sand and sleep at night?

    The answer is clear: Marcus Mariota.

    And it’s not because of Winston’s off-the-field concerns. Frankly, I’d love it if the NFL got out of the conduct police business altogether and admitted it is nothing more than an entertainment vehicle in which it employs the most talented football players the law allows. I’d go with Mariota because he’s incredibly fun to watch and his style of play is more conducive to the type of team I’d like to run. I’ve seen pigheaded talk of Mariota’s game not translating to an NFL-style offense, to which I’d say, “Sir, you are running the wrong type of offense.”

    In the end, I’d pick Mariota over Winston not because I see the former as a superior player to the latter, but because I’d rather see my team succeed with Mariota over Winston. And that is why I’m much more likely to sleep on a beach than be an NFL GM.