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Good evening everybody and welcome to yet another year of Friday Football Extra here on Your Hometown Station.
I'm Mike Stevens, and in the next half hour I'll be joined by the rest of the News 7 sports team to bring you some of the more interesting stories of this preseason.
Most of you students will be headed back to school to next week
But one of Friday Football Extra most dynamic figures over the past 15 years has been in the classroom all summer long.
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((GEORGE MILLER:)) ((What Fleming head football coach George Miller had to do was finish up 18 hour of credits this summer at Radford University to receive an endorsement for his master's degree in educational leadership.
Getting back into the groove of taking tests instead of giving them was worse than facing the Hampton Crabbers. ((GEORGE MILLER: TIME CODE 150935))
Miller will continue in his duel role of head football coach and principal of Fleming's Coulter hall this academic year. But as we told you earlier this summer, this will be his final season as the Colonels head football coach. ((GEORGE MILLER: TIME CODE 150835))
Miller has been a coach, teacher or principal for the past 25 years. He plans to stay in administration for some time to come.)) ((GEORGE MILLER:))

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While it may not be a disturbing trend, they're are some coaches getting out of coaching for an administration job. Steve, you visited with to promising young men who have put down the whistle and clip board.
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Mike, Mark Lineburg was the heir to the Radford throne and Curtis Hicks, the former Alleghany and UVa star football player, had been offered two top assistant jobs. So why did two men who love the game step away.
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A play away from a state title in only his third year as a head coach. He Left Brookville after five successful years for Radford to fill his legendary fathers shoes. ((NAT SOUND:))
But Mark Lineburg's calling shocked many. He is now Radford's assistant Principal. ((:))
Mark and his Wife Cathy are expecting their first child in September. Administrative hours are not as demanding or sporadic as coaches hours, and the pay can nearly double for doing just one job, instead of teaching and coaching, which can eat up to 80 hours a week. ((:))
Meet Curtis Hicks, Floyd County's new assistant principal. After starring at Alleghany, he played linebacker for the University of Virginia. School is in it's first week and Hick's 6'3" 230 pound presence has already had a positive impact on some students. ((:))
Hicks was not a varsity coach, although while coaching football and teaching P.E. at Northside middle, the assistant jobs were coming in before the move to Floyd. ((:))
Hick's wife Marcia is also expecting. Although he will attend many athletic events the hours are better and Hicks makes no bones about the increased pay check. ((:))
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Both Hicks and Lineburg have their masters degrees and have talked about getting their doctorates in education together.

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Thanks Steve, when we come back and continues our Friday Football Extra preseason special we will visit with some folks who make Friday nights possible without ever putting on a helmet.

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Welcome back everybody to our preseason Friday Football Extra special. Over the years we've found out that it takes more than football players and coaches to make Friday nights in the fall something special.
We also have come to realize that the groups on the outside work just as hard if not harder than the players and coaches.
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((TONYA HUDSON/PATRICK HENRY HEAD COACH:)) ((SARAH HAMMER/CAVE SPRING CAPTAIN:)) (( Squads from all over the state spent part of their summer at the Cheer Excellence camp in Blacksburg learning cheers, stunts, dance routines and most importantly how to get along with each other.
Being a high school Cheerleader has become big time and big money. ((DANNY MONK/CHEER EXCELLENCE:))
But more than one's pocketbook has to be in shape to cheer. It's no longer just a beauty contest.)) ((LAKISHA JONES/MAGNA VISTA CHEERLEADER:)) ((RACHEL SPENCER/CAVE SPRING CAPTAIN:)) ((SARAH VAUGHT/GALAX CHEERLEADER:))

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And joining me now is Denise Allen who has been checking on another component of the show on Friday nights at the high school stadiums the school band.
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Mike, this team of students starts practicing when the football squads do and in some cases even earlier.
This is a major commitment in both time and money for these unsung performers of Friday nights.
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The preseason isn't just for tuning up the instruments and learning new music.
Members of the Lord Botetourt Band will perfect about 100 different marching formations before the season is done.


This crew started working out the last week in July.
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Lord Botetourt travels to eight or nine competitions each year.
A season for the school band runs from August-to-November and in some years to News Year's day if the band goes to a bowl game.
To produce an award winning group, The Cavaliers have four staff members who are paid by the band boosters.
Director Rex Davidson estimates it takes about 25-to-35-thousand dollars to the run his band each year.
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When the Terrier football team started preseason practice, so did the William Byrd Band.
First year director Dawn Harbin says her members give up a lot to be a part of this squad.
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The camaraderie is one reason these students put in all the hard work, the future is another.


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This next group of Friday performers, is barely noticed if they do their job right.
They rarely are cheered in fact they're often jeered by fans, I'm talking about the referees.
They too started preparing for the up coming season at the beginning of the month.
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(( Jane McDaniel is one of many new referees preparing for the upcoming football season.
The Western Virginia Football Officials Association is now in the process of training a slew of inexperienced refs. Clinics such as this one are just a part of the process.
Jane like the others started in the recreational league.
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It takes about three years for a referee to reach the high school level.
They work their way through the ranks starting in the rec league, to middle school and then JV games.
During this time officials develop their skill as well as a thick skin.
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That's one reason for a shortage of officials in rec leagues from Alleghany County to the New River Valley and Lynchburg.
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Steve Fleshman says the association has enough referees to fill the varsity schedule. He says the number of inexperienced officials working middle school and JV games will be greater this year than in seasons past.

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Allright Denise, when we come back Roy Stanley will make his 1999 debut as we see who's new and who's just plain old as our persuasion Friday Football Extra special rolls on.

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Welcome back everybody. Steve Mason is here to tell us about a coach that is going strong in his fourth decade of coaching. [STEVE]
Mike, this season marks Norm Lineburg's 30th year as Radford's head coach. And while everyone can expect the same quality product on the field, there are several brand new Radford Football components that we need to tell you about.


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((J.C. Price is Radford's new assistant coach, incharge of the offensive and defensive lines. ((nat sound))
and the one time ferocious Virginia Tech defensive tackle, who earned all Big East honors, coaches the same way he played the game, in your face. ((nat sound:)) ((J.C. PRICE/RADFORD ASSISTANT COACH:))
As a player at Tech, J.C. easily broke away from offensive lineman on his way to the quarterback, but could not shake the back problems that followed him into the NFL. He made the Carolina Panthers roster in 1996 but was left unprotected on the practice squad and was picked up by Arizona. Two years, two teams and two failed physicals with the Chicago Bears and NFL Europe later Price landed in Radford. ((:)) Price cuts the players no slack and is blunt ((NAT SOUND:)) but the Bobcats are responding with respect. ((SEAN PLOTT/RADFORD LINEMAN:))
But J.C. also has a sense of humor, especially when it comes to his new mentor, coach Lineburg. ((:)) ((:)) Price will serve as a teachers aid this upcoming school year, eventually part of his job will be to serve as a special instructor to the football team and oversee the 1.15 million dollar, 13 thousand square foot James P. King Center that should be completed in January of 2000. The facility will have a state of the art weight room and a multi purpose gymnasium. ((BILL KING/JAMES P. KING CENTER CONTRIBUTOR:))
In addition to a new fitness center, the Bobcats will also dawn new jerseys this season, A white set, a Gold set and a black set. This 10 thousand dollar expense was made possible by former players dating back to the 1930's who gave generously to Radford football.))


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And I'm joined now by my comrade Roy Stanley, who has seen many a Radford player wear out a uniform in his 27 years at the station.
Steve I've seen a lot of Bobcats come and go over the years, but in my time I've only known one head coach at the school, Storming Norman Lineburg.
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(( Lineburg recently received an award from the Virginia High School Coaches Association honoring him for Longevity. He begins his 41-st year as a head coach in the state.
And through those years Lineburg has an overall record of 258 wins, 125 losses and 8 ties.
Those stats are good for a resume, but the respect Lineburg has earned throughout the state in athletics has nothing to do with wins or losses.))
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While Lineburg Keeps on keeping on many coaches in the area are changing as quickly as you can say Bobcat.
This year 8 new coaches from the Friday Football Extra area are starting new jobs.
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((Ben Foutz is the new head coach at Cave Spring. A former Knight, Foutz has coaching experience at both the high school and college level.
Dennis Peters is the head coach at E.C. Glass after serving as an interim coach last year replacing Bo Henson.
And Paul Moyer replaces John Cooke as the head coach at Catholic. Moyer was an assistant under Cooke for several seasons.)) ((PAUL MOYER/ROANOKE CATHOLIC HEAD COACH:)) ((Other new coaches in the area are Mark Keith, an assistant for five years, moves in as the head coach at Alleghany.
Rodney Tenney, an assistant at Bath County, takes over the program at Craig County.
Former J.V. coach and Athletic Director Paul Smith is the new coach at Bath County.
Roger Thompson takes over as the head coach at Fort Chiswell High School in Wythe County.
And Former William Campbell head coach Kevin Saunders is the new man at J.J. Kelly in Wise, Virginia.))
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Many schools have been getting ready for these changes and each other since early in the summer. Steve Mason comes back and takes us camping after this quick break.

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Welcome back everybody, our very own Steve Mason spent part of his summer camping at Virginia Tech...Steve I didn't really know you were much of a camper...
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Mike, I did a lot of bird watching and saw Staunton River Eagles, Gretna Hawks and some Hokies on this trip to Virginia Tech's annual football Camp in July. I kept a journal and thought most high school coaches and players would want to see it.
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((Northside's Jim Hickam has been bringing most of his Northside team to Tech's camp for nearly two decades. Why? He feels he gets a jump on the competition. ((:))
The camp is scheduled in LATE July, giving schools like Northside, Staunton River and Gretna a chance to increase endurance before school two a days begin and strengthen something equally as important, team unity. ((:)) So what's in it for Tech, besides camp tuition? Tons! The camp is the solution to stiffer NCAA recruiting rules and regulations. ((:))
On and off the field. Tech's John Ballein runs the camp. And he is ruthless when it comes to room checks. ((NAT SOUND::))
Ballein and the campers have a little fun, but when the dust..or hopefully lack there of settles...there is a serious side to watching these future college players habits. ((:)) and the players have a chance to see what kind of coach they're getting. Floyd County star linebacker Josh Spence went through drills with Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster. Did it aid in his decision to commit to Tech?))
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Only one thing left to take care of tonight and that's unveiling the 1990 preseason super-7. We will do just that when we return.

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((1. SALEM, 2. AMHERST, 3. FLEMING, 4. RUSTBURG, 5. FLOYD CO., 6. E.C. GLASS, 7. COVINGTON))
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