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Chad Bailey Broke A School Record But A State Championship Is The Real Prize

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Chad Bailey broke Ridge Point High School’s career tackles record (187 tackles) with a few weeks left in the regular season but now he and the undefeated Ridge Point Panthers (10-0, 7-0 District) are looking to get the job done this year.

They were close to winning the UIL Class 5A Division II state championship in 2015, making the final four. They lost to 2015 state champion Cedar Park High School 38-17. The Panthers finished that year 11-4 (6-1 District).

“Yeah, it’s pretty good. We’ve got a chip on our shoulder this year because last year we started off pretty bad and we weren’t even projected to make it past the second round. Making it to the fourth round was a good thing. Now that we lost, I’m ready to win state this year,” Bailey said on the team’s chances to win a state title.

The Ridge Point Panthers / Missouri City, Texas, will play their first playoff game against the Morton Ranch Mavericks / Katy, Texas (5-5, 4-3 District), on Thursday, Nov. 10.

As far as how Chad Bailey finished that season, he recorded 120 tackles (86 solo), 19 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, four fumbles, and one fumble recovery.

His start in football began as a result of his father trying to toughen him up and he started playing football at the age of seven or eight.

Bailey is the youngest of five children (three brothers and one sister) and his motivation for playing is his mom.

“It’s probably my mom. You know, she works hard to make sure that I’m good. I’m the youngest and most of my siblings are already out and working and stuff so it’s just me and her at home. She’s a hard worker and I want to make sure that I help her out once I make it to the NFL.”

The Missouri City, Texas native loves the area and the fact that his neighborhood is filled with people who play sports so he made friends easily.

According to the 247Sports Composite, Chad Bailey is a four star 2018 recruit, the sixth-best inside linebacker and 32nd best player in Texas.  He has received three scholarships from Indiana, Southern Methodist University and University of Texas San Antonio.

“I don’t have high interest in any schools right now. I’m just waiting it out to see who is going to offer me and once the time comes where I need to make the decision, then, I’ll start saying who’s at the top or what’s my top five and stuff like that.”

At the end of the 2016 regular season, he recorded 77 tackles (53 solo), four sacks, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles. See his junior highlights here.

At the college level, Bailey believes he can be a leader for a college program.

“I feel I can play the captain role of the defense, always hyping the team up and stuff like that but off the field I’ll make sure that everybody’s at workouts and just fit into the team.”

He admires Lawrence Taylor for his ability to get inside the opponents head before and during games.

“…He’ll talk trash to them and stuff so that already gets the opponent a little bit intimidated and then when you started popping them in the mouth it’s even easier.”

Bailey likes rushing the passer the most and he is quite good at it. He likes to be able to experiment using different moves on an offensive lineman and said that the best part of his game is his first step. He sometimes tries to time a team’s snap count in order to get a good first step off of the line of scrimmage.

“…Once I get that down pact then it’s on,” he said.

He needs to work on his footwork and pass coverage, he said, because he doesn’t break down in pursuit of a running back and he may get beat by a step or two.

“I wouldn’t say that I’m the heart and soul of the defense but we all work together as one unit so we all listen to each other and we all ball out as one team.”

The Ridge Point Panthers are going to have to ball out as a team if they don’t want their undefeated season and chance to win a state title to go to waste.

UPDATE: 12/10/2016

Chad Bailey and the Ridge Point Panthers finished the 2016 season 11-1 (7-0 District). They were ousted from the 2016 UIL Conference 6A Division I Texas state playoffs by Lamar High School / Houston, Texas, in a close one, 24-21.

Bailey finished 2016 recording 99 tackles (72 solo), 20 tackles for loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions.

He now has a total of five scholarship offers as he picked up offers from Ole Miss (Nov 11) and Missouri (Dec 8)

With one more season at Ridge Point left to play for Chad Bailey, here are his career numbers so far: 219 tackles (158 solo), 39 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, six fumble recoveries, five pass breakups, four forced fumbles, and two interceptions.

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Ex-Oregon Duck Doug Brenner Sues Willie Taggart, NCAA, University for $11.5 Million

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Former Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Doug Brenner has filed a lawsuit against the NCAA, University of Oregon, former Ducks’ head coach Willie Taggart, and former Ducks’ strength coach Irele Oderinde, for $11.5 million in alleged damages, according to The Oregonian’s James Crepea.

Per the report:

“Brenner’s attorneys allege the University of Oregon was negligent for failing to prohibit, regulate or supervise the workouts, which they describe as ‘physical punishment regimens.’ The lawsuit also alleges that Taggart and Oderinde, both now at Florida State, were negligent in imposing and carrying out the workouts, and that the NCAA has failed to regulate such practices by coaches of its member institutions.”

Brenner was hospitalized last year, January 2017, with “rhabdomyolysis and subsequent injuries” after a series of intense offseason workouts, and is seeking damages for the medical bills he accrued due to the workouts, along with the “severe injuries, some of which are permanent, permanent renal injury, a shortening of his life span by upwards of 10 years, increased susceptibility of kidney failure, kidney disease, and death, severe physical and emotional pain, [and premature death] and an impaired opportunity to play football in college and thereafter.”

The report goes on to say that offensive lineman Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick were also hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis, but neither player has been named as being a part of the lawsuit.

Taggart is now the head coach, and Oderinde is currently the strength and conditioning coach for the Florida State Seminoles.

One of the lawyers representing Brenner, Mark McDougal, said the following about the workouts referred to in the lawsuit:

“The drills were done in unison, and whenever a player faltered, vomited, or fainted, his teammates were immediately punished with additional repetitions. A key goal of this lawsuit is to force the NCAA to ban these kinds of punishing, abusive workouts. These workouts are contrary to NCAA guidelines for protecting players from injury and death. The NCAA needs to enact and enforce regulations that outlaw these practices.”

 

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Hurricane Florence Could Impact A Number of Games

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Hurricane Florence could threaten a number of games scheduled this week as the major storm system continues to threaten the United States Eastern Coast.

According to USA Today Sports, here are the games that could be impacted by the pending storm:

NFL

Sunday, Sept. 16

Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Indianapolis at Washington, 1 p.m.
New England at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m.

College football

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Campbell at Coastal Carolina, 2:00 (rescheduled from Saturday)

Thursday, Sept. 13

Boston College at Wake Forest, 7:30

Saturday, Sept. 15 

Georgia Southern at No. 2 Clemson, 3:30
Middle Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia, 7:15
No. 13 LSU at No. 7 Auburn, 3:30
East Carolina at No. 11 Virginia Tech, 12:20
No. 15 West Virginia at North Carolina State, 3:30
No. 18 Central Florida at North Carolina, 12:00
Ohio at Virginia, 3:00
Southern Miss at Appalachian State, 3:30
Colorado State at Florida, 4:00
Old Dominion at Charlotte, 6:00
Norfolk State at Liberty, 6:00
Marshall at South Carolina, 7:30

MLB

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Miami at N.Y. Mets, 4:10, Game 2 TBA
Oakland at Baltimore*, 7:05
Washington at Philadelphia*, 7:05
Toronto at Boston, 7:10

Thursday, Sept. 13

Chicago Cubs at Washington*, 4:05
Oakland at Baltimore*, 7:05
Miami at N.Y. Mets, 7:10
Toronto at Boston, 7:10

Friday, Sept. 14

Chic. White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 7:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 7:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 7:10
Washington at Atlanta*, 7:35

Saturday, Sept. 15

Washington at Atlanta*, 1:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 4:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 4:05
Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 7:05

Sunday, Sept. 16

Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 1:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 1:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 1:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 1:35
Washington at Atlanta*, 1:35

*- games with playoff implications

Minor League Baseball

Wednesday, Sept. 12
Carolina League: Potomac (Va.) at Buies Creek (N.C.), 1:05

Thursday, Sept. 13
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.). 7:05
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.), 7:05

Friday, Sept. 14
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.), 7:05
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.) 7:05

Saturday, Sept. 15
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.), 6:35
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.), 7:05

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Braylon Edwards Apologizes for University of Miami Tweets, Stand by his Stance

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Former NFL wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who currently works for the Big Ten Network, has been suspended by the Big Ten Network for tweets he made on Saturday night after the Wolverines lost 24-17 to Notre Dame.3

Edwards, a former All-America wide receiver at the University of Michigan, heavily criticized Wolverines’ offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz, calling him “weak,” and called Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson “scared.”

Edwards played wide receiver for Michigan from 2001 to 2004, and then was drafted to the NFL.

Edwards then went on to target the Michigan team as a whole, tweeting  “f—ing Michigan offense so predictable … Michigan football is sadly one thing … Trash.”

Edwards was criticized by Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh on Monday for his tweets and then was officially suspended indefinitely by the Big Ten Network.

“Effective as of Sunday, Sept. 2, Braylon Edwards has been suspended indefinitely from his role at the Big Ten Network due to a violation of the network’s social media guidelines”, the Big Ten Network wrote in a since deleted tweet, according to Chris Vannini of The Athletic.

“No. 1, first of all, it’s not true. It’s not factual,” Harbaugh said of the comments. “There’s nobody in our program who thinks those things about any player on our team, let alone the two players he describes. On the other level, I was disappointed a member of the Big Ten Network would choose to attack the character of two of our players. That’s disappointing.

“We’ll handle things within the program,” Harbaugh said. “That’s all we control.”

“And, I would say, if somebody wants to attack the character of anybody on the ballclub, then come after me. I don’t think it’s right. It’s not true. And nobody in the program thinks that about any player on our team. Just so you know that’s not coming from anybody inside the program.”

While Edwards admits that his tweets were “excessive”, he stands by his criticism of the Wolverines, and says that he plans to reach out to Ruiz and Patterson through his brother, Berkley Edwards, who is a running back for Michigan.

Edwards added that former Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr “called me out in the media” and he realizes now he shouldn’t have done the same to Ruiz and Patterson.

“I admit I was excessive and emotional and inebriated. Mix those together. But the focus of my tweets remains intact. I stand by that. I was over-excessive Saturday night at 10:29, but I don’t back down on my overall stance as an alum and a fan. I’ve always defended Michigan. Even this year, I was high on Michigan,” Edwards said according to the Detroit News.

“I’m a man. We make mistakes. I’m sorry. I should not have gone that way. I still agree with the overall message — what do we do now (as a program)? But I apologize — shouldn’t name individual players. They’re still kids. That’s what I apologize for,” Edwards told the media outlet.

Now that there is Legal sports betting in the USA it will be interesting to see what happens when Edwards returns. Some sportsbooks have started taking wagers on whether or not he will keep his job in the end and for how long.

For now, Edwards has a lot of time to sit at home and reflect before his return to the Big Ten Network.

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