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Wednesday, July 26, 2017: Pearl River reinstates Oliva as coach

   Leading off today: Mike Oliva, dropped from all coaching duties last month after winning a Section 1 baseball championship, was restored as Pearl River's varsity football coach during a school board meeting Tuesday.

   Players, parents and district residents rallied to support Oliva following the surprising dismissal.

   Oliva told he attended several constructive meetings with district administrators and is excited to return to the field.

   Oliva, also restored to his position as the baseball coach Tuesday, has a 13-15 record in three seasons in charge of the football program.

   New at New Paltz: The New Paltz school board has appointed Gregory Warren to replace Toni Woody, who retired in May after 18 years as athletic director.

   Warren was previously AD at Bainbridge-Guilford, where he also served as dean of students and chief information officer. He also previously worked in the Baltimore city schools as an athletic director and physical education teacher.

   Woody, who taught and coached at Haldane for 17 years before moving to New Paltz, joked that her only plan so far for retirement is "to have lunch uninterrupted."

   Irondequoit investigation: I haven't seen it suggested elsewhere, but my money is on a lightning strike early Monday as the culprit behind a large burn mark on an artificial turf field behind Irondequoit High School.

   The burn mark, about six to eight feet in diameter, was found on the Eagle logo at midfield, school officials said. Irondequoit police officers and St. Paul Boulevard firefighters are investigating to determine what caused the damage.

   District officials initially believe it occurred over the weekend, but Monday's storm featured multiple lightning strikes across the area.


   Clarification: Friday's blog led off with a mention of player eligibility for the annual BCANY Summer Hoops Festival in Johnson City.

   I heard this week from tournament director Kurt Ehrensbeck, who wanted to clarify that BCANY did not implement a new rule banning prep school players this year. Rather, the executive board amended a long-standing requirement that all players will be playing at New York State schools in the upcoming year. The amendment states that in order for a player to be eligible, they need to have played for a New York State school the previous season.

   Sad news: Former Caledonia-Mumford football star Matt Cappotelli, who was a rising star on the pro wrestling circuit before his first bout with the disease, has disclosed he is battling brain cancer for the second time.

   Cappotelli, 37, ran for 3,602 yards over the 1996 and '97 seasons for Cal-Mum before attending Western Michigan. He was the MTV Tough Enough III winner, which launched

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his wrestling career. His career was derailed by a broken leg in a World Wrestling Entertainment house show match in 2005 and the first brain tumor diagnosis the following year.

   The reoccurrence has been diagnosed as a grade IV GlioBlastoma Multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

   There is a GoFundMe page set up to help support Cappotelli and his family.

   Yes, please: The University Interscholastic League, the state governing body in Texas, is cracking down in enforcing a rule that requires football jerseys to have clearly visible numbers, the Dallas Morning News reported.

   Numbers that blend in to the jersey color too easily have long been a source of frustration for media covering games -- as well as opposing coaches breaking down game film for an upcoming game.

   Unintended consequences: Alabama coach Nick Saban is among those concerned that high school seniors might begin skipping their final football season to avoid injury risks.

   A brief early signing period in December will go into effect this year, but there continues to be a push to allow scholastic players to sign a letter of intent in the summer before their senior season.

   College football is facing a relatively new issue with players skipping bowl games ahead of the NFL Scouting Combine in the interest of staying healthy.

   "Same thing will happen in high school if they make the signing day before the season," Saban told CBS Sports. "It will take a few years, then some kid will say, 'Hey, I'm going to Notre Dame. I'm not playing my senior year.' Then the high school coach will go nuts.

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