You know the type. The kid that sees the teacher is out sick, gives the substitute an overly friendly smile and heads to the back of the class, spitballs already forming in his palm. Hello, James Scales, redshirt sophomore who has just been kicked off the Duck football team for violating classroom — I mean team rules. It’s the mature students who treat the new guy with respect. The immature students try to push things.
Then there’s that newcomer in the school district who does his job well and knows what the overly friendly smile truly means. Before the wad of paper is loaded in the pen, the tone of the room has been set. The future offender is already dragging his feet toward the principal’s office. Hello, Mark Helfrich, new head coach of the Oregon Duck football team — and apparently a guy not to be messed with.
Filling in for everybody’s favorite teacher is a hard job. Coach Helfrich has an ever harder job — to replace him. Helfrich has decided that the gauntlet must be thrown down. Now watch your toes, guys. The more I know this man the more I find to like. I hate to lose an athlete who has the skill to get on the field as an underclassmen. But I’m thinking long-run, and I want a coach that isn’t cool with the rules being broken.