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Track coach, daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder, fired for taking senior to prom
Yahoo! ^ | May 24, 2012 | Cameron Smith

Posted on 05/24/2012 5:17:36 AM PDT by Loyalist

The daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, who has served as a volunteer high school track and field coach in Oregon, was fired on Monday after an investigation proved that she escorted a 17-year-old member of her boys track squad to the school's prom.

As reported by the Associated Press, 41-year-old Melissa Bowerman, the daughter-in-law of waffle-sole inventor Bill Bowerman, escorted an unnamed 17-year-old on the Condon (Ore.) High track team to the school's prom after the runner told her he lacked a date for the prom. Bowerman, who is married to 73-year-old co-coach Jon Bowerman and also has a son on the same team, told the AP that she offered to take the student to prom in part to motivate him to improve his grades in his English class.

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Gentlemen of the jury (and Lazamataz), have you reached a verdict?

1 posted on 05/24/2012 5:17:42 AM PDT by Loyalist
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To: Loyalist

He left the prom a track MAN!


2 posted on 05/24/2012 5:19:42 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Loyalist
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3 posted on 05/24/2012 5:23:31 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: Loyalist

She’s married to a 71 year old and dating 17 year olds. Talk about playing the field.


4 posted on 05/24/2012 5:24:15 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: Loyalist

Did they make waffle pattern tread marks on her a$$ as she was kicked out the door?


5 posted on 05/24/2012 5:27:29 AM PDT by certrtwngnut (It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes. (Josef Stalin))
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To: Loyalist

She took the student to the prom to motivate him “to improve his English grades”. Ummmm.... is that some sort of code or what? Is that what they are calling it these days?!!


6 posted on 05/24/2012 5:28:58 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Loyalist

I don’t think this is THAT kind of story. When did Prom turn into anything more than a school dance?


7 posted on 05/24/2012 5:31:22 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: iowamark
She’s married to a 71 year old and dating 17 year olds. Talk about playing the field.

She's dyslexic, she thought the boy was 71 also.

8 posted on 05/24/2012 5:33:02 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Obama versus Romney? Cyanide versus arsenic.)
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To: Loyalist
Crazy eyes ...

Never get involved with a woman crazier than you are ..."
Morley Dotes

9 posted on 05/24/2012 5:35:08 AM PDT by BlueLancer ("No friend ever served me, and no enemy ever wronged me, whom I have not repaid in full" (Sulla))
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“When did Prom turn into anything more than a school dance?”

The prom is suppose to be for the Junior and Senior students at the school and their dates. I am thinking the key word is “dates”.


10 posted on 05/24/2012 5:35:21 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: certrtwngnut; iowamark; momtothree

As I said above, I don’t think this was THAT kind of story. Everything was on the up and up, if you read the story. She didn’t take him into the locker room in secret. Her husband was aware of the “date”, and the prom is public. Her own son was there and is on the same team. People should get their minds out of the gutter.


11 posted on 05/24/2012 5:36:43 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: BlueLancer
Crazy eyes ...

Big time. Easily capable of boiling a bunny rabbit.

12 posted on 05/24/2012 5:38:52 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Loyalist

Just saw this on TV. Appears to have been completely innocent, with full consent of her husband and the boy’s parents. A deputy assigned to investigate found nothing improper, just bad judgment.


13 posted on 05/24/2012 5:40:11 AM PDT by Timmy
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To: momtothree

My husband and I attended our daughter’s prom because she was chosen to sing. Teachers often attend the prom (at least they did in my day).


14 posted on 05/24/2012 5:40:39 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Here, here!


15 posted on 05/24/2012 5:41:20 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Loyalist

Brain dead school board.

She did a nice thing, supported by her husband and the boys parents, and they fire her. She might even have boosted the boys confidence around girls, and in a way that does not appear on a police blotter.

Mary Kay LeTourneau this is not...


16 posted on 05/24/2012 5:41:51 AM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: Loyalist
"The daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, who has served as a volunteer high school track and field coach in Oregon, was fired"

Cool. She wasn't being paid. Now the school can pay someone to do a worse job! Unions win, taxpayers lose! The Obamanation is back in harmony.

17 posted on 05/24/2012 5:42:28 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Graybeard58

She’s dyslexic, she thought the boy was 71 also.

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Good one


18 posted on 05/24/2012 5:42:28 AM PDT by patriotspride
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To: Loyalist

a volunteer high school track and field coach in Oregon


Guess she’ll have to find another ‘volunteer job’....


19 posted on 05/24/2012 5:43:16 AM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I think it happened during the Clinton Administration.


20 posted on 05/24/2012 5:44:04 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: abb

>> Easily capable of boiling a bunny rabbit.

If she can also carry an outboard motor from the swamp up to the truck and chop wood, I got some cousins who are looking for a woman — they’s hard to find out here.


21 posted on 05/24/2012 5:46:44 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’ll wager the kid has been harmed far more by his coach’s firing. In fact, from reading the article it seems she was simply doing him a kindness. Like the saying goes, no good deed goes unpinished.


22 posted on 05/24/2012 5:48:04 AM PDT by citizen (Obama blames:Arab Spring,Banks,Big Oil,Bush,Ceos,Coal,Euro Zone,FNC,Jpn Tsunami,T Party,Wall St,You)
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To: GreenLanternCorps
"In the meantime, Jon Bowerman has said he will consider resigning from the program if his wife is not allowed to return, a stunning turn of events just weeks after the school officially inaugurated a brand new, state of the art track that was made possible by a trade of the family heirloom Bowerman waffle iron that Jon's father, former Oregon track coach and Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, used to make running shoe soles for Nike that provided better traction.

"The only thing we've done wrong is build them a new track and get uniforms and build them a powerhouse program," Jon Bowerman told the AP. "If she doesn't come back, I'm not coming back."

AFAICT, her "crime" was that she's still semi-hot (she's 41, after all). The school board is so stupid it's amazing they remember to breathe.

23 posted on 05/24/2012 5:50:10 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: citizen; afraidfortherepublic

FWIW I agree with both of you.


24 posted on 05/24/2012 5:52:09 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I happen to agree with you on this one, completely.


25 posted on 05/24/2012 5:52:57 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Loyalist

“In the meantime, Jon Bowerman has said he will consider resigning from the program if his wife is not allowed to return, a stunning turn of events just weeks after the school officially inaugurated a brand new, state of the art track that was made possible by a trade of the family heirloom Bowerman waffle iron that Jon’s father, former Oregon track coach and Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, used to make running shoe soles for Nike that provided better traction.”

Geez...


26 posted on 05/24/2012 5:53:57 AM PDT by buffaloguy (uab.)
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To: Loyalist

She looks a little like Gingrich’s wife before all the surgery.


27 posted on 05/24/2012 5:54:06 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Loyalist

first all schools and “proms” should be separated, they should not be associated with each other.

I am sure the track coach is proud to see his daughter is an escort.

lol


28 posted on 05/24/2012 5:56:25 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

dude,
these days prom=sex, ask any high schooler.

Plus there is TV influences... where GLEE had teachers calling kids who didn’t put out for Valentines Day “cold fish”


29 posted on 05/24/2012 5:58:04 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Loyalist

Cougar alert!


30 posted on 05/24/2012 5:59:52 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Loyalist

GUILTY!


31 posted on 05/24/2012 6:01:49 AM PDT by Tigercap
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Plus there is TV influences... where GLEE had teachers calling kids who didn’t put out for Valentines Day “cold fish”

1) Turn off the TV (I cut Glee off my schedule with the pilot and predicted that my daughter -- a music teacher -- would have nothing but trouble as long as it was on the air. I was right.)

2) Home school.

It's too bad that the crazies have taken 2 of the most memorable HS experiences -- choir and prom -- and turned them into major negatives. I was first aware of the prom business when my kids were that age. NONE of them went to the prom, except my oldest. And she had to go because she was chosen by her classmates to sing. As I said above, we were there too, so nothing untoward happened to her. My others wanted nothing to do with prom. This was in the late '70s and early '80s in TX. Sad.

32 posted on 05/24/2012 6:09:22 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: iowamark

The old man is 73, can you people not read?


33 posted on 05/24/2012 6:10:09 AM PDT by 9422WMR (Life is not fair, just deal with it.)
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To: Loyalist

First things first.

She is definitely not guilty. A very good looking woman without looking like she’s for sale on the corner or trying out for a Maxim cover.

The track team is for a school that has 78 students. 39 students are on the track team and they apparently are a state powerhouse.

This is what happens when the track coach is more powerful than the superintendent.


34 posted on 05/24/2012 6:10:41 AM PDT by buffaloguy (uab.)
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To: GeronL

If she truly didn’t do anything wrong, she should get her job back. That being said, it was extremely poor judgement for an adult teacher to go with a student to the prom and slow dance with him. In today’s day and age, we read about teacher X involved with student Y so much that it makes parents heads spin. The prom is for the students and not the adults (the adults serve as chaperones). Unlike when I was in high school, there are a lot of students who now go just with their friends (and no dates).


35 posted on 05/24/2012 6:13:38 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Loyalist

Can’t blame her.
17 goes into 41 more than 73 does.


36 posted on 05/24/2012 6:22:09 AM PDT by Holen1 ("Those possessed by nothing possess everything.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic; certrtwngnut; iowamark; momtothree

I received the same impression. The kid didn’t have someone to go with and she said she’d accompany him. I don’t get the feeling there was anything more to it than that.


37 posted on 05/24/2012 6:22:21 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: Nervous Tick

“If she can also carry an outboard motor from the swamp up to the truck and chop wood, I got some cousins who are looking for a woman — they’s hard to find out here.”

Picture of the outboard motor and ax is a pre-req.


38 posted on 05/24/2012 6:22:55 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Would you rather eat dog food or cat food? Guess it's Romney 2012.)
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To: momtothree

There is an old “Frazier” episode, Roz is coerced into going to the prom with someone that Frazier been tutoring, Hilarious!


39 posted on 05/24/2012 6:23:02 AM PDT by HotKat (Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason. Mark Twain)
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To: momtothree

There is an old “Frazier” episode, Roz is coerced into going to the prom with someone that Frazier been tutoring, Hilarious!


40 posted on 05/24/2012 6:23:18 AM PDT by HotKat (Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason. Mark Twain)
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To: Loyalist
Maybe the school decided that they didn't like her very much. Just speculating here but it's possible that she, as a woman of 41 married to a 71 year-old wealthy man, is a crazy-eyed gold-digging wh*re. Maybe she acted inappropriately and since they were already tired of her crap they got rid of her.

Maybe they were jealous of her money.

Maybe they're a bunch of good little administrative robots following their zero tolerance policy.

Or maybe they're a bunch of idiots.

Some combination of the above.
41 posted on 05/24/2012 6:30:27 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

73 year-old.


42 posted on 05/24/2012 6:37:21 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: iowamark
She’s married to a 71 year old and dating 17 year olds. Talk about playing the field.

That kind of comment is really bad to make. My guess is this is all completely innocent. In today's world it was a dumb thing for her to do but I doubt she had any designs on the lad.

I will believe the story is as was reported, that he did not have a date to the prom and she was being nice and said okay. Innocent, respectable person having no idea people's minds were so in the gutter.

43 posted on 05/24/2012 6:40:35 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Loyalist

Above board it may have been.

Well intentioned, etc.

It wasn’t WISE.

Just because she thought and her husband thought etc. etc. doesn’t make her choice appropriate.

Like it or not, actions by someone occupying this role are subject to scrutiny by school authorities and the community.

These days the teacher-student thing is totally out of control, adding to the “appearance” problem.


44 posted on 05/24/2012 6:45:27 AM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: momtothree
The prom is suppose to be for the Junior and Senior students at the school and their dates. I am thinking the key word is “dates”.

At our school prom there were lots of kids that did not come with dates. The school set up a dance card system for them. I think I even remember a couple of the teachers dancing with some of the students that were having a difficult time finding someone to dance with.

Yes, it was better to go with a date but it was not a "key" to attendance and those without a date were not locked out. Maybe they don't let kids in without a date any more.

45 posted on 05/24/2012 6:47:18 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Loyalist
she offered to take the student to prom in part to motivate him to improve his grades in his English class.

I was so deprived--none of my high school teachers ever motivated me.

46 posted on 05/24/2012 6:48:04 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: Loyalist

“Into the mud, Scum Queen.”


47 posted on 05/24/2012 6:48:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: gunsequalfreedom

“Innocent, respectable person having no idea people’s minds were so in the gutter”.

Unfortunately, society is making adult-child sexual behavior legitimate. The teacher unions have helped make this possible, of course. How many times do you read about a teacher involved in a sexual relationship with a student? Ten years ago, it was teacher with a high school student. Now it is not uncommon to read teacher with a middle school student. Eventually, you know we will see cases involving a teacher with a elementary school student. Unlike when I was a kid, the lines between the behavior of adults and kids is getting blurred. It isn’t any wonder that the administration and some of the parents didn’t condone this behavior... whether it was done with good intentions or not. I hope she gets her job back but I don’t judge the adults in this situation that felt it was not a good idea. IMHO.


48 posted on 05/24/2012 6:52:22 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: GreenLanternCorps

I agree with you.


49 posted on 05/24/2012 6:54:06 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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Don’t some of you people on here READ the article before commenting?

Sheese...


50 posted on 05/24/2012 6:59:39 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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