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Keeping Track Of Players Tough Job

Story By: Jeff Alan



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  Original Published: 7/24/2013

With the recent troubles at Ohio State with Carlos Hyde and Bradley Roby, coaches at every level can have a tough time trying to keep their players out of bad situations.  Ashland University head football coach Lee Owens has pretty good idea what coaches go through having coached at the Division I level as an assistant at Ohio State and as the head coach at Akron.

Owens says it's tough for both high school and college coaches saying many times you are dealing with young men who like to live on the edge.  Owens adds you have to try and convey to them that they are not above the law and will be held accountable for their actions and have more to lost than the average student.  Owens also feels he has an advantage by coaching at AU, saying a player that may have a background with trouble would not be accepted at Ashland, but at a larger university he might be because the pressure to win is great.

Owens says reguardless you still have to always remind your players to walk away from bad situations because you are who you are.  Owens will begin his tenth season coaching AU when preseason workouts start in August.  The Eagles will open the season as defending GLIAC champions after going 11-1 in 2012. 

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