High school football offense for sale online

For $197, former West Springfield High School head football coach Bill Renner is hawking his playbook online in a move that raises questions about who actually owns the intellectual property, reports the Springfield Connection of Springfield, Va. Renner, who resigned from West Springfield after the 2008 season to watch his son Bryn play football at the University of North Carolina, now is assistant head coach at Lake Braddock Secondary School. At West Springfield, he led the Spartans to three back-to-back Patriot District titles with his five-wide attack spread offense. He also broke two regional playoff offense records. Now, Renner’s 160-page playbook and 10 instructional DVDs, including game footage of West Springfield playing W.T. Woodson High School, are available on the web site www.playqb.com. While it’s not uncommon for coaches to sell instructional guides on the internet, Fairfax County Public School administrators are investigating who owns a team’s intellectual property–the coach or the school? "It’s an ongoing issue, and we’re taking a look into [who owns the playbook]," said Bill Curran, Fairfax County Public School’s director of student activities and athletic programs. "Right now, we just don’t have an answer." The group investigating the issue isn’t just looking at playbook ownership rights, but also if teachers can sell lesson plans on the internet…

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