Oregon LB Suspended From Football Playoff Loss Because Of Long Cleats

Oregon LB Suspended From Football Playoff Loss Because Of Long CleatsOne of Oregon’s top Class 4A playoff contenders was forced to play its state quarterfinal playoff game without one of its defensive stalwarts for one of the more bizarre reasons imaginable: His cleats had been deemed too long … a week earlier.


As first reported by the Corvallis Gazette-Times, Philomath (Ore.) High linebacker Trent Hardin, a two-year starter for the Class 4A contender, was suspended for his squad’s 35-28, season-ending loss to Turner (Ore.) Cascade High. As the final scoreline showed, the absence of Hardin was pivotal.

Yet the legitimacy of Hardin’s suspension was certainly up for debate. Hardin was kicked out of Philomath’s first-round playoff victory against Sweet Home (Ore.) High at halftime when officials judged the studs on his cleats to be too long for use in a game. With a missed half already under Hardin’s belt there was a valid question as to whether there was any reason for him to sit out another full game.

‘Harsh verdict’

The decision to ban Hardin came from the Oregon Scholastic Activities Association, which determined that the player’s use of illegal, screw-in cleats warranted more than a one-half suspension. That’s a harsh verdict for an athlete who had absolutely no idea he was doing anything wrong because even his coach didn’t realize that the team couldn’t use those elongated cleats.

“I failed in my responsibility to make sure they were properly equipped and I should have,” Philomath coach Troy Muir told the Gazette-Times. “It’s never been an issue. I never thought it was an issue.

Muir claims that the rest of the Philomath roster immediately discarded any extended cleats they might have had on hand to ensure that no one else would violate the state ordinance against them. Still, that hardly helps Hardin, who may now be the answer to a trivia question. After all, how many players’ football careers come to an end because of a cleat violation?

Do you think the suspension verdict for Trent Hardin was too harsh? Before this came to light, did you ever know that elongated cleats weren’t allowed in football?

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Usain Bolt wins at Diamond League

Usain bolt had just enough in the tank to get past fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell at the finish line to win the 100 meter event at the third Diamond League meeting of the season. So far, the season has been dominated by the Americans. The Olympic champion was in his first competitive outing since losing to American Tyson Gay last year. He started slowly in this race but battled back to win with a time of 9.91 seconds.

“I don’t think I should be judged on today’s performance,” said gold medalist Bolt to reporters present. “It was my first race for nine months and I was nervous. I had to get the cobwebs out and the muscles going but it’s a good start to the season by winning.” he added. His last competition was the loss in DN Galan. It was his 9th victory in 10 races against Powell, who finished with a time of 9.93 seconds. At third was Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre at 10 seconds.

The win was a return to form by Bolt, who had suffered just the second loss of his career against Gay last year. Bolt had said last year that he lost to Gay because he slacked off and that Gay was better prepared and in better condition for the event. The loss was also Bolt’s first in the 100 m event. The latest win is sure to boost his resolve and confidence.

In other events, Italian Andrew Howe was cheered on by the home crowd as he won the 200 meter event with a time of 20.31 seconds, ahead of Jamaican Marvin Anderson with 20.49 and Trinidadian Rondell Sorillo who finished with 20.68. At the 800 meter event, American Khadevis Robinson caused an upset, winning with a time of 1:45.09 over South African Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and Kuwaiti Mohammed Khalaf Al Azemi.

In the men’s 400 meter event, Christopher Brown of the Bahamas won with a time of 45.16 seconds over Jamaican Jermaine Gonzales with 45.43 seconds, and Belgian Jonathan Borlee with 45.53 seconds. Louis Van Zyl continued his success in the season with a second series win in the 400 meter hurdles. He led from start to finish and won with a time of 47.91 seconds.

The Diamond league takes place between May to September and offers over $8 million in prices over 14 meetings. It is organized by the International Association of Athletics Federation or the IAAF. The next meet will be the , on June 4.