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Hugh Freeze, coach at Ole Miss, follows an unlikely blueprint
The New York Times
The No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels (7-0) are rolling behind a stifling defense and an up-tempo offense, styles of play that head coach Hugh Freeze developed as a high school coach. And not only on the football field. From 1992 to 2004, Freeze coached girls’ basketball at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee.
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Minor shifts in the latest High School Football America Top 25
High School Football America
With three of the top four teams idle and only two losses within the Top 25 this past weekend, there isn't a whole lot of movement in the latest national rankings. There are no changes until we get to No. 13 where Southlake Carroll (Texas) moves up one spot after beating No. 17 Euless Trinity (Texas) 10-6.
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Athletic trainers' group advises heart tests for young athletes
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
Young athletes should undergo heart screening before they play competitive sports, according to new guidelines released by the NATA. The goal of the guidelines for secondary schools is to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in athletes. Sudden cardiac arrest is often caused by an undetected structural abnormality of the heart, according to a NATA news release.
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Kids and sports: Is training getting too intense?
Yahoo
Sports and competition go together, hand in baseball glove. And the myriad benefits kids derive from playing sports is well documented — exercise, increased confidence, a shot at a future scholarship. But as youth sports have become increasingly "professionalized," the risks are starting to outweigh the rewards.
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Sources: Sayreville suspends football coaches after hazing scandal
NJ>com
The football coaches at New Jersey's Sayreville War Memorial High School who also teach in the school district have been suspended from their teaching and coaching positions, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision said. The suspensions are the latest domino to fall after seven Sayreville football players were charged for their alleged involvement in a string of sexual hazing incidents during a 10-day span in September.
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Pick play calls tough to call for officials
The Associated Press via St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The pick play is one of most effective and difficult-to-defend in football, often freeing up receivers for big gains or creating an extra bit of space in the crowded red zone. How and when a penalty is called on the play is often is a point of contention for players and coaches.
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Rule change speeds up high school football in Texas
WFAA-TV
VideoBrief A rule change in Texas high school football this season has made the game faster. Immediately when a play ends, a new 40-second countdown begins.
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Browns' Pettine an example in the eyes of high school coaches
The Plain Dealer
As Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine stands in Berea, Ohio, teaching young men who make millions of dollars, high school football coaches across Ohio teach boys who must make their grades. Yet their job is similar. Teach, inspire, grow.
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Athletes, coaches, parents talk shoe affiliation
The Courier-Journal
In September, five-star guard Antonio Blakeney committed to the University of Louisville. Eleven days later, he had pulled his pledge, an unusually fast change of heart. There were indications that Blakeney's decision to reconsider was due, at least in part, to a shoe company allegiance. Louisville is an adidas school, and Blakeney had played for a Nike-sponsored AAU team. Blakeney and his AAU coach, Steven Reece, denied those claims. Still, the notion raised interesting questions about the pull and power of shoe companies in the high-stakes basketball world.
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FITNESS AND CONDITIONING


Why women are more affected by runner's knee
Philly.com
The benefits of running are well documented, and include improved cardiovascular fitness, maintaining appropriate weight and body composition, as well as improved mood and stress relief. However, runners are highly susceptible to musculoskeletal injury, and females, in particular, have an increased risk of knee injuries.
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Leisure time physical activity linked to lower depression risk
University College London via ScienceDaily
Being physically active three times a week reduces the odds of being depressed by approximately 16 percent, according to new research. The study found a two-way relationship between depression and physical activity. People who increased their weekly activity reported fewer depressive symptoms but those with more depressive symptoms were less active, particularly at younger ages.
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