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The Franklin High coach has resigned, the district athletic director has been placed on paid leave and, if I'm the school principal, I'm sweating.
Coach Tom Verner did the right thing ... about a month too late to save the football team.
Verner says he's not done coaching. An idea from The Bee's Jeff Jardine: Verner revives UOP football with his American Samoan connections and creates the South Pacific Tigers!
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Never has a Raider blackout been more celebrated than this week. Thank you, Al Davis, for the Patriots-Colts telecast.
Keep looking for the silver and black lining: only one blackout so far, compared to seven last year.
The Colts must win for apple pie, all ships at sea and the common good.
Worth watching by itself: Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning, the best quarterbacks leading the NFL's best teams.
Today will mark the final Causeway Classic for UC Davis' Emmanuel Benjamin (Beyer), whose 30 career field goals put him fourth on the career all-time list (ahead of Rolf Benirschke).
Barry Bonds is being difficult and confrontational about the record baseball and the Hall of Fame. Major shock.
Joe Girardi in, Joe Torre out. Net loss for the Yankees.
On the flip side: There's hope for the National League when you inspect Torre's managerial record pre-Yanks.
The biggest test for Torre in L.A.: restoring Jeff Kent to speaking terms with the rest of the clubhouse.
When you're no longer wanted, you walk: ex-Dodger manager Grady Little, whose team was the best in baseball in July.
You know it's been another miserable season in the Bay Area when the quarterbacks are Josh McCown and Trent Dilfer.
It's also not much fun at Cal when Justin Moye (Central Catholic) says, "I think we've got to be the best team that's not rated."
Mark Cuban hopes to buy the Cubs, but: Commissioner Bud Selig and the owners probably would OK aluminum bats before they welcome such a loose cannon into their fold.
Troubled coach's sons at Oregon (Mike Bellotti) and the Eagles (Andy Reid) show how tough it is to be a high-profile coach and a parent.
The important numbers from Thursday's Cal State Stanislaus-Pacific game: 81-59 Tigers and $3,500 into the Warriors' coffers.
Amid a sobering offseason for the Giants, a sliver of light: new hitting coach Carney Lansford.
Oregon beats Arizona State because no opponent -- other than a Cal team helped by turnovers -- wins at Autzen Stadium.
Stanford welcomes a slumping Washington team and a coach on the hot seat -- Tyrone Willingham.
The life and coaching career of the late Bill Walsh will be honored at the Super Bowl. A wonderful and appropriate idea.
As appealing as it seems: Alex Rodriguez in a Giants uniform would be Barry Bonds II. Forget it.
World Series MVP Mike Lowell enjoyed one of those dream-like free-agent seasons. Watch his wallet bulge.
Not often does baseball's best team win the World Series. The Red Sox defeated that trend.
Last spring bridges into this fall and nothing changes: Utah's Carlos Boozer still clobbering the Warriors.
Hard to get excited about the Warriors and the Kings when their best players are either suspended or injured.
Here's an unsolicited suggestion for Sac-Joaquin Section Commissioner Pete Saco: If Franklin and the Stockton Unified School District produce a comprehensive and sincere rebuilding project, chop the punishment and allow the Yellowjackets to tee up the football in 2009.
Bee sports columnist Ron Agostini can be reached at email@example.com or 578-2302.