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  • Sunday Special: Hartline was right in leaving Ohio State early

  • When Brian Hartline left Ohio State with a year of eligibility left, some thought the GlenOak High School graduate was making a mistake. Hartline was confident he was ready to play the NFL game.

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  • When Brian Hartline left Ohio State with a year of eligibility left, some thought the GlenOak High School graduate was making a mistake.
    Hartline was confident he was ready to play the NFL game.
    That was 2008, and Hartline had played just three seasons at Ohio State because he redshirted as a freshman in 2005.
    But Hartline was on pace to graduate with a degree in 2009, and he did — three months after being selected by Miami in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.
    Hartline’s production dropped off at Ohio State in his final season, but that was more circumstances than anything. He averaged 13.3 yards a catch as a redshirt sophomore when he caught 52 passes for 694 yards. In his final season, though, he caught just 21 passes for 479 yards and a 22.8 per-catch average.
    That’s because Brian Robiskie became the favored target.
    But Hartline played every game as a rookie. The Dolphins continued to find the right mix. They may have found it last season with Hartline and rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
    Hartline capitalized on his career year when Miami signed him to a five-year extension worth about $31 million, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus. The new contract includes $12.5 million guaranteed.
    Miami had until Tuesday to re-sign Hartline or he would have become an unrestricted free agent. He caught a team-high 74 passes for 1,083 yards last season.
    It is a good deal for both the team and Hartline. It shows Hartline respect. It also keeps chemistry in the huddle that was clearly developed between Hartline and Tannehill last year.
    It shows that Hartline knew what many others didn’t know about him coming out of college. He had the confidence in himself to know he could make the move. The fact that he graduated the same year as being drafted shows he was mature enough to handle the move.
    WHY IT WAS RIGHT
    Hartline will have made more than $20 million in the NFL, and possibly closer to $40, if he maxes out this contract. That’s a lot more money than his communications degree would have made him over a lifetime. He would have to make $120,000 a year for 167 years to exceed $20 million in the “real world.”
    McCOLLUM DRAFT STATUS
    Injured Lehigh University senior C.J. McCollum, a GlenOak High School graduate, is not playing in his team’s conference tournament. It was always suspect, at best, for McCollum to return. He is within the window of eight to 10 weeks to return that doctors said he would miss. Lehigh is not going to rush McCollum back to action because of his bright basketball future.
    Some have projected McCollum to get picked in the latter half of the top 10 (Bleacher Report says No. 9 to Detroit) and some have projected him to be a late lottery pick (No. 14 by ESPN). Either way, both picks are guaranteed money in the $5-6 million range.
    Page 2 of 3 - QUITE A GROUP
    GlenOak is about to have three former players all earning millions in the professional ranks. Hartline, on paper, is making the most. His deal is worth about $6.2 million, but since $12.5 million is guaranteed, what he can count on is about $2.6 million a season. He will make more than that this year, though.
    Denver Nuggets center Kosta Koufos is making $3 million a year.
    As a likely first-round NBA draft pick, McCollum can count on about $1.5-$2 million a year if that happens.
    Then there is Akron long-snapper Adam Steiner, who could get a shot in an NFL training camp as a long-snapper.
    There is no reason why GlenOak should have problems raising funds in the future.
    KOUFOS’ DUNK
    In case you missed it the other night, Koufos had a wicked dunk for Denver in its win over the Clippers. Koufos got the ball in the low post, made a quick move to his right and jammed the ball home with one hand over a late-arriving Blake Griffin.
    Koufos has started every game for Denver this season. He is averaging 8.1 points in about 23 minutes a night. He is playing stellar defense for the Nuggets, and Koufos is quickly becoming a favorite of head coach George Karl.
    McKINLEY FILLS SCHEDULE
    McKinley’s schedule has been filled for the 2013 football season by adding a large school from Canada in Week 2. McKinley will host Sir Fredrick Banting Secondary School from London, Ontario. That school is coming off a playoff season and last played in Ohio in 2011, a loss to Huber Heights Wayne. The Canadian game is being played Sept. 7 on the 50th anniversary — to the date — of the opening of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.
    McKinley will open with home games against Buchtel, Sir Fredrick and Dublin Coffman. That last game will be the Pups’ best nonleague game against an out-of-county opponent. Coffman has made the playoffs every year since 2001.
    Then the Bulldogs open league play in Week 4 at Hoover. The only other away games are at Jackson and Perry.
    That’s great news for the athletic budget. McKinley had just four home games in 2012 and played at Massillon. This season, not only does it get Massillon at home, it hosts GlenOak, too.
    “Four homes games last year ... that hurt,” said Ed Rehfus, director of physical activities for Canton City Schools. “We did have the jamboree with Ignatius and that was well attended, but we only charged $5 a ticket for that.”
    The Massillon-McKinley game contract calls for the visiting team to get a set amount of money to play and the home team keeps the rest of the gate.
    That is one reason why McKinley’s athletic budget is on a two-year cycle. The loss in revenue from 2012 will hurt, but the gain in 2013 will help cushion the blow.
    Page 3 of 3 - “It did put us back a little,” Rehfus said. “We’re hoping this year with the seven home games, plus Massillon and GlenOak at home ... we’re hoping to put some bottoms in seats.”
    It doesn’t hurt that a solid nucleus returns from last year’s playoff team, including junior-to-be quarterback Eric Glover-Williams.
    “When you win, people come,” Rehfus said.
    RECORD FALLS AT PERRY
    Perry’s Jeremiah Jackson quietly became the school’s all-time single-season top scorer when he broke Chip Hare’s record this past week. Hare scored 562 points and Jackson finished with 575 points after Perry’s season ended against Barberton.
    For his career, Jackson finished with 991 points, just shy of 1,000. That’s pretty remarkable considering he essentially played just two years of varsity basketball.
    HOOVER GIRLS
    Hoover’s girls basketball team played in its fifth regional championship game Friday night. The last time the Vikings made it out of the regional was in 2002 when they won the state championship. Incidentally, that team was honored earlier this season to mark the 10-year anniversary of that season.
    McKinley was the last girls team to make it out of a regional, having done so in 2010 and 2009.
    The Vikings now have six district titles, two behind McKinley. The district title leaders?
    East Canton has 15 and Central Catholic seven.
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