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Coaches trend toward sport specialization

Updated: October 9, 2008, 4:47 PM ET
By Doug Huff | ESPN RISE.com

While attending a recent high school class reunion, I was hit with a wave of nostalgia and asked the question that prompted this week's column: What happened to all the football coaches who used to guide two or more other athletic teams?

Once upon a time, back in the 1950s and '60s, it was common for coaches to take the reins of football, boys' basketball and either the baseball or track teams at a high school.

That was the situation at Magnolia High School in New Martinsville, ...

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