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Jul. 25, 2013

Legendary baseball coach retires after more than half a century
Ozarks First
VideoBriefIt's a hot summer day and Dick Birmingham is teaching baseball to kids. That's the way it's been for more than 50 years in the Ozarks. But this week marked the 80-year old's final camp. "Actually I didn't decide." he said. "My hip decided. I'd like to be in the middle of all of this. But, I can't do it anymore." He won't retire completely, he'll promote his books, and maybe write a new one.More

Morgan Andrews chosen as Gatorade National High School Athlete of the Year
Notre Dame Athletics
Notre Dame women's soccer incoming freshman midfielder Morgan Andrews (Milford, N.H./Milford) has been named the 2012-13 Gatorade National High School Athlete of the Year, it was announced at the W Hollywood Hotel. Andrews and the award's male recipient for this year, basketball guard Andrew Wiggins of Canada and Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, will attend the 21st annual ESPY Awards, which will be broadcast live on ESPN/ESPN HD from the NOKIA Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles.More

Saban: Coaches can guide, but players make their own decisions
The Montgomery Advertiser
The tragic tale that has become the life of disgraced NFL star Aaron Hernandez remains a topic of discussion within the football community. Hernandez's alleged involvement in several murders has left many wondering how much responsibility does a coach bear for an athlete's off-the-field behavior? But for Alabama football coach Nick Saban, there's a difference between "responsibility" and "accountability."More

Former Patriots RB Kevin Faulk set to coach high school football
Former Patriots running back Kevin Faulk appears to be moving on to the coaching ranks, although unfortunately for fans in New England he's not joining his former team in that capacity just yet. According to the Houma Courier out of Louisiana, Faulk will reportedly become an assistant high school coach at his alma mater, Carencro High, for the upcoming season.More

Tennessee high school football coaches back new rules to beat heat
The Tennessean
High school football coaches don't have any more time to get ready for the season, but they do have a new option for the week before players can put on full pads on July 29. Currently, players can practice in shoulder pads. Previously the only football equipment they could wear during this week was helmets. The intent is to provide an extra step for players to acclimate themselves to the hot temperatures. But, as a sampling of Midstate coaches indicated, that won't be the only positive to come out of the rule change.More

Schools on alert for concussions among student athletes
Charleston Daily Mail
In less than three weeks, high school football teams can begin conditioning sessions. Full practice begins a week later, with live contact. When that happens, student athletes will be watched — perhaps more closely than ever — for signs of head trauma.More

Texas high school coaches worry expansion of 7-on-7 opens door for outside groups with selfish motives to get involved
The Dallas Morning News
Before they became NFL first-round draft picks, Matthew Stafford, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Christian Ponder and Dez Bryant honed their skills in a manner that has become a tradition in Texas since the late 1990s. They played summer 7-on-7 football for their high schools. But now there is an alternative, one that has coaches up in arms. Players who choose the emerging national brand of 7-on-7 — forming all-star teams and traveling around the country to compete in tournaments like those run by Mansfield-based New Level Athletics — have a chance to enhance their recruiting stature by playing against some of the country's top prospects.More

Gus Malzahn reflects on high school coaching days, journey to Auburn
VideoBriefGus Malzahn grew up wanting to play football and, maybe, someday, coach football on the high school level. His 14-year high school career as a head coach — from Hughes to Shiloh Christian to Springdale — was honored with an induction into the Arkansas High School Coaches Association's Hall of Fame. More

A startup brings high-tech sports analytics to school teams
Computer engineer Vasu Kulkarni, a lifelong basketball fanatic, had no luck getting his dream job with Nike or the NBA after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. But he knew he wanted to stay "connected to the game of basketball." He found that connection in 2009, when he launched Krossover, a company that set out to bring high-tech sports analytics to high-school and college athletics.More

Build strength and size with incline bench variations
If you want to build upper-body strength, it's not always the best idea to run to the row of flat benches as soon as you enter the gym. If you truly want a strong upper body, you also need to bench on an incline. The incline bench activates the upper part of your pecs and the front of your shoulders. These muscles do play a role on the flat bench, but they are more emphasized on the incline.More