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Andy Reid Now More Than Just Eagles Coach
Once mentioned as a possible successor to the legendary BYU football coach LaVell Edwards, the Philadelphia Eagles organization has done just about everything possible to make Andy Reid happy to stay in Philadelphia. A pay raise. Tremendous deference in personnel decisions. Even additional authority in the organization that extends far beyond most head coaching jobs. No longer just the coach, Reid has been granted enormous authority and enormous responsibility.

The Fight Against Irrelevance: Ofahengaue Hopes for a Spot on the Team
As they say, all good things must come to an end, but Tevita Ofahengaue is hoping to delay what might be the inevitable. Ofahengaue, recently selected as the last player in the 2001 NFL football draft and, until recently, enjoying his 15 minutes of fame, is no longer basking in the limelight that accompanies being selected as "Mr. Irrelevant." Ofahengaue is now toiling in what is possibly the most obscure place possible for a last round pick, NFL training camp. Seventh-round draft selections must endure the hardships and difficulties associated with NFL training camp but do so for much less money and with a much smaller chance of success than most of the other players.

Olsen Trying To Fill 'Hall of Fame' Shoes
Hans Olsen has got some mighty big shoes to fill. That's saying a lot for a guy that stands 6-4 and tips the scales at 304 pounds. Even though Hans enjoyed a successful career as a defensive lineman on the Brigham Young University Cougar football team, he knows that, at least for him, there's a lot more expected. That's what happens when you have three uncles who've played professional football in the National Football League.

Vern Law on Vern Law
One of the three best Mormons to ever play baseball spoke to this year's American Legion A State Tournament contestants at the pre-tournament banquet at the West Burley Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center on August 8. Idaho baseball legend and 1960 Cy Young Award winner Vern Law spoke to the players about the importance of good decision-making regarding alcohol, tobacco and drugs. He also stressed the importance of getting an education and having integrity.

Sports: Batter's Off, Pitchers Steal Show
The two Mormon position players in baseball, McKay Christensen and Jeff Kent both had off weeks last week, with Christensen managing a paltry .077 batting average while Kent didn't do much better at .118, but in their place the Mormon pitchers had a great week, with only Giant's pitcher Shawn Estes recording an ERA over 4.00. Leading the pack were Toronto's Roy Halladay, with a 1.13 ERA in 8 innings and Cubs reliever Kyle Farnsworth, who didn't give up a run in 3 2/3rds innings over three games.

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