Our long wait is about to end.
Come next Monday, football is back.
That's the day high school football practice is allowed to begin.
In reality, it never really stops.
Those who will be representing their schools on the gridiron this fall have either been lifting weights or participating in other sports since the previous season ended.
During the three-week summer period where athletes can work with their coaches, teams got a head start putting in their offensive and defensive systems and evaluating the available talent.
Football is the most important sport at any high school. Why? Because it is the only sport at most schools that makes money. It must -along with the boosters clubs -provide the funding for all the other sports.
It's also the most high-profile. Interest in our sports coverage soars during football season. Fans can't get enough information on their favorite team. or for that matter their least favorite team.
Speaking of information, our sports staff has spent part of the summer gathering schedules, rosters and stories for our annual Pigskin Preview, which is scheduled to appear in the Aug. 23 edition. It's a labor of love and we hope you enjoy the final product as much as we enjoy compiling it.
Walkup said that anytime a coaching position opens, the athletic director doing the hiring must first look for a qualified teacher to fill the position, with the definition of qualified teacher defined by each individual local school board.
Then, if no qualified candidate is found in the teacher pool, the school may then hire a lay coach.
Once the lay coach is hired and maintains the position for a year or more, the school has the right to retain that coach over any teacher.
Even before Monday's announcement, this had all the makings of a tossup game. The initial point spread posted in Las Vegas favored Penn State by just 4. Now, with players allowed to leave the Penn State program without sitting out a season, who knows what type of team the Nittany Lions will field. Obviously, that will be an emotional day at Penn State. It's also a great opportunity for Ohio, which won its first bowl game last year, to show the nation its program is for real.
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