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Chris Miller vacates Franklin post, returns as West Linn head FB coach

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Chris Miller vacates Franklin post, returns as West Linn head FB coach

The head coaching job of the West Linn football team has been on-again, off-again since the 2019 season ended. 

After six seasons at the helm, including a state championship in 2016, Chris Miller stepped down at the end of last season for a job with the XFL. 

With Miller gone, West Linn started a comprehensive search for the person to take the coaching seat. 

West Linn found their man in former Oregon Ducks wide receiver Keanon Lowe. However, before Lowe ever held a fall practice or coached a game, he stepped down to take a job at UCLA with his former head coach Chip Kelly. 

With the job once again open, West Linn turned to a familiar face: Chris Miller.

NBC Sports Northwest learned on Wednesday that Miller interviewed and accepted the offer to return to his old job.

Parents were sent an email notifying them of the hire at 7pm Wednesday night.

When Miller stepped down last season it was with good cause. The newly re-imagined XFL was set to begin play in February of 2020, and the Houston Roughnecks tabbed Miller to be the team's offensive coordinator under head coach June Jones.

Miller and the Roughnecks got off to a hot start holding a 5-0 record after five-games, making them the only undefeated team in the league. Thanks to Miller's offense, Houston had the best offense in the XFL, leading the league with 21 touchdowns. 

However, right as things were starting to look up, the coronavirus struck. 

Due to the pandemic, the XFL would end up canceling the 2020 season with the league entirely suspending all operations on April 10th.

With no XFL to coach, Miller went back to high school, this time at Portland's Franklin High School.

The hire was announced on May 14th, with Miller saying at the time, "I chose Franklin so my son Dillon would be my Asst. Head Coach, and because the school is gorgeous, has great facilities, and it’ll be a fun challenge."

In the end, West Linn presented an offer Miller couldn't refuse. 

West Linn is giving Miller and his son the same opportunity: Dillon will serve as OC and QB Coach.

Franklin has gone a combined 2-16 over the past two seasons, and with a coach of Miller's pedigree, they hoped to turn that around.

But just like Lowe at his old/new job, Miller left before ever coaching a fall practice at Franklin. 

Now Miller heads back to West Linn in hopes of recreating the magic he brought the Lions in 2016.

Keanon Lowe steps down at West Linn, joins Chip Kelly at UCLA

Keanon Lowe steps down at West Linn, joins Chip Kelly at UCLA

Five months after finding its head coach of the future, West Linn High School will once again have to start a coaching search. 

Former Oregon Ducks wide receiver Keanon Lowe, who accepted the West Linn job back in January, has stepped down from the position. 

Lowe made the announcement in a letter to the West Linn community on Tuesday. 

Dear West Linn Community,

I would like to thank you for the support and enthusiasm you have given me as the Head Football Coach these last few months. It is with great difficulty that I must inform you that I will be stepping down as the Head Football Coach at West Linn High School. I have been presented with an opportunity to coach at the collegiate level and after much thought and discussion with my family, have decided to accept this position. With the outbreak of Covid-19 and the uncertainty this has caused all of us, this was a career move I could not pass up. Over the course of the last few months, I have enjoyed getting to know your kids. I was very much excited and looking forward to working with your kids this football season and it is unfortunate that we were not able to begin our football program as I had intended to. I have spoken to Principal Neuman directly and he has informed me they will be starting a thoughtful and timely process that will be led by new Athletic Director Brigham Baker to find the next leader of the West Linn Football program. I will continue to be a resource, advocate, and contact for your kids moving forward. I truly believe West Linn Football has a bright future and I look forward to seeing you and your sons in the recruiting process down the road.

Best, Keanon Lowe

According to the Oregonian, Lowe will be leaving to take an unspecified college football job. 

Lowe spent four seasons at Oregon, where he had 68 catches for 891 yards and 11 touchdowns.

After leaving Oregon, Lowe spent time in the NFL coaching under Chip Kelly before transitioning to the high school game. 

Most recently, Lowe was responsible for turning the Parkrose football program around. Lowe went 12-8 over two seasons at Parkrose, leading the Broncos to their first winning season in 23 years, as well as the first playoff victory in school history.

However, Lowe will always be remembered for what he did inside the hallways of the school on March 17, 2019.

It was on that day that Lowe made national news when he tackled and stopped a gunman inside the school, preventing a school shooting. 

Lowe will forever be an Oregon legend.

It is unknown at this time what college program Lowe will be coaching at, as he is waiting for the school to make the news official before he comments any further. 

UPDATE:

According to Adam Bjaranson of KOIN 6, Lowe is heading to UCLA to once again coach under Chip Kelly.

Former Oregon QB Chris Miller to become Houston offensive coordinator in XFL

Former Oregon QB Chris Miller to become Houston offensive coordinator in XFL

Chris Miller is turning in the Friday night lights for the big leagues.  

The Oregon native (Sheldon High School, Eugene, OR) is packing up his Oregon roots and headed south to Houston, Texas as he has accepted the Offensive Coordinator position for the city’s XFL team. 

Miller started his high school football journey in small-town Eugene and continued his gridiron dreams just 2.7 miles down the road to Autzen Stadium where he went on to be the starting quarterback for the University of Oregon (1983-1986). He became a first round draft pick in the 1987 NFL Draft (Rd 1 / Pick 13 to the Atlanta Falcons) and had a 10-year career that was ultimately halted by concussions. 

Miller then dropped the helmet and turned it into a headset. He started as the coach of South Eugene High School (2001-2006 in Eugene, Oregon), before heading into the NFL to coach with the Arizona Cardinals (2009-2012). He then returned back to South Eugene high school coaching for one season before taking the head coaching position at West Linn high school (Portland, Oregon). 

Miller lead the Lions to a 6A state championship in 2016.

Miller was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. 

What is the XFL?

Get ready football fans, the XFL is coming to a TV near you in 2020. If your immediate reaction to this football league news is “yikes”, then you’re not alone as many are wondering why the reincarnation of the XFL was announced with the news of the AAF (American Alliance of Football) getting cancelled. 

But have no fear, the XFL existed before. It is an eight-team, 10-week regular season followed by a postseason league. The teams are Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Washington D.C.

How does the XFL differ from the NFL? According to the XFL’s home website, “Faster, with more plays, less stall, fewer interruptions and no gimmicks.”

One for the ages: Clackamas knocks off West Linn to advance to finals

One for the ages: Clackamas knocks off West Linn to advance to finals

Wow… just, wow. This was, by far, the most entertaining, competitive, and nail-biting game of the playoffs. 

Behind the hot hand of star point guard Elijah Gonzales, the Clackamas Cavaliers upset the four-time defending champion West Linn Lions to advance to the state championship game.

Clackamas came out firing right out of the gate to the take the 14-4 lead, but West Linn quickly answered with a 12-2 run of it’s own to tie the ballgame at 16. When the first quarter ended, West Linn held the 21-19 lead.

Clackamas, however, never wavered. Gonzalez and company kept attacking West Linn. Everytime West Linn threw a haymaker, Clackamas threw one right back.

Threes answered threes. Dunks answered dunks. Play after play these two teams kept us on the edge of our seat.

Then, in the most befitting end imaginable, it came down to the final plays. 

With just over a minute to go the Cavaliers led 70-68. After a few trips to the line, Clackamas held a 73-68 lead with just 45 seconds remaining. West Linn would drill a three pointer to cut the lead to just two points, but it was the last time the Lions would add points to the scoreboard. Clackamas locked down on defense, and hit key free throws to extend the lead, and pick up the win.

For the first time since 2012, when Jesuit beat Lake Oswego to win it all, West Linn will not play in the championship game. The Clackamas win also brings an end to West Linn’s quest to be the first team to ever win five straight state titles.

FINAL SCORE: Clackamas 78 – West Linn 71

Clackamas now moves on to face Jefferson in the state title game.

TOP PERFORMERS:

WEST LINN:

Points: Nolan Bertain, 17

Rebounds: Nolan Bertain and Keishon Dawkins, 8 each

Assists: Braden Olsen, 5

CLACKAMAS:

Points: Elijah Gonzales, 35

Rebounds: Matt O’Brien, 11

Assists: Matt O'Brien, 3