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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President Obama Hits the Blues at White House Concert

The president just couldn’t say no: Mick Jagger held out a mic almost by way of command, and soon Barack Obama was belting out the blues with the best of them.

The East Room of the White House was transformed into an intimate blues club on Tuesday night for a concert featuring blues all-stars of the past, present and future — and the president himself. The surprise performance by Obama came at the end of the playlist when the blues ensemble was singing “Sweet Home Chicago,” the blues anthem of Obama’s home town. Obama was clearly savoring the moment, closing his eyes at times and nodding his head as he lip-synced the words. The president rose at the end to introduce the ensemble as the “White House Blues All-Stars” for the final song of the night, “Sweet Home Chicago.”

“For Michelle and me,” the president said, “there’s no blues like the song our artists have chosen to close with — the blues from our hometown.”

In advance of the concert, Grammy-winner Keb Mo had joked during a rehearsal break that Obama himself would perform, and there could even be a record in the works. He joked that Obama’s record would be called, “After the second term, now I can finally get my groove on.” Maybe he wasn’t joking after all.

The blues concert will be part of the “In Performance at the White House” series that airs on PBS. This one, designed to recognize Black History Month, will be broadcast on Monday on PBS stations and aired later on American Forces Network.

Source: Yahoo News

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