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Jaguar's Byus Trades Role of Coach for Father

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RALEIGH — Mike Byus patrols the Athens Drive practice field like he's done for eight seasons now. But come Friday nights this fall, Byus will be six hours and several hundred miles away.

His son, Chris, is a senior quarterback in West Virginia. Mike Byus felt the fatherly urge to see his son play his final season.

"I just felt that was the right thing to do," Byus explains. "I just couldn't miss it. I've heard nothing but well wishing from the folks in the community who have spoken to me about it. They just can't believe I'm willing to do that. But in my opinion, there just wasn't anything else to do."

Guy Blough knows exactly how Byus feels. He's a coach and a father, as well. For one season, Blough will take the Athens Drive reigns, as Byus becomes one of Blough's assistant coaches.

"We're good friends on and off the field," Blough admits. "I realized how important it was for him to spend time with his son and seeing his son's senior year. Having a young son of my own and believing in the importance of family, I was more than willing to help him out this year."

The Athens Drive community, administration and players have all gotten behind Byus. No one wants to deny a father the chance to be a father.


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