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Heat Moves JCPS Football Game Times

Jefferson County Public Schools is moving all evening football games back to at least 8 pm tonight.

The heat index is expected to exceed levels suitable to play, said JCPS athletics director Jerry Wyman.

“There is no guarantee that it wouldn’t have been ok at 7:30 but we feel a lot more confident that 8:00 and beyond we’ll be in a little better time frame. So we just didn’t want to run the risk of having the fans there early and the kids out on the field and the cheerleaders and the band people all there and that extra half hour may prevent that,” he said.

Around a dozen game times have been pushed back and JCPS may decide to move games back further, said Wyman. This will happen on a case by case basis, he said.

Each school will use a hydrometer to measure the temperature and humidity on the field, then check that with guidelines provided by the Kentucky High School Athletics Association, said Wyman.

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Strong Says He’s Committed To U Of L, Looks Toward Bowl Game

by Graham Shelby

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong addressed the media yesterday for the first time since the Cardinals received a bowl bid following their season-ending win at Rutgers. Strong talked about his future and the nature of his commitment to U of L.

The key phrase is one and done. It’s one of the most widely used expressions in college sports today. “One and done” usually refers to players who leave school for the pros after their freshman year. But it can also refer to coaches.

Recently, there’s been speculation in the press that University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong could be going one and done.

The first-year coach was mentioned as a potential candidate for head coaching jobs at Miami and Florida. Strong has impressed the college football world by leading the Cardinals to six wins and their first bowl bid since 2007.

But in a press conference, Strong said he’s not done at U of L.

“I don’t see myself walking out on this program in one year,” he said. “I have a really good job here. I have a coaching staff, we’re totally committed to building this program.”

Strong said he’s focused on getting the Cardinals ready to play Southern Mississippi in the Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl next Tuesday.

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Stinson Cleared To Return To Classroom

Former Pleasure Ridge Park High School football coach Jason Stinson has been cleared to return Thursday to his PRP teaching position.

Stinson was acquitted last week of reckless homicide and wanton endangerment in the August, 2008 heat stroke death of sophomore player Max Gilpin.    The 37 year old Stinson was re-assigned to a non-teachign position and replaced as coach after his indictment in January.

He’s now able to resume his technical teaching job at PRP and to apply for coaching jobs, according to Jefferson County Public Schools officials.

His attorney said after the trial that Stinson wants to return to coaching football.

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Ironman Shouldn't Interfere With U of L Game

Louisville Metro Police say Sunday’s Ironman Triathlon won’t interfere much with fans trying to get to the University of Louisville’s football season opener.

Portions of Third Street and Southern Parkway west of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium will be closed for the competition. Football fans will still be able to use the Watterson Expressway ramps at Third, but not the Taylor Boulevard ramps.

Meanwhile, several downtown streets will be closed for the race, but LMPD Lieutenant Curtis Flarity says they can be easily avoided.

“The best way to get around the entire run is to use the interstates,” he says. “If you can avoid using the surface streets, I’d do that. I’d use the interstates to get around.”

The Ironman Competition starts just before 7 AM on Sunday and ends at midnight.