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Martz gets medical clearance to coach
By Jim Thomas
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Mike Martz has received medical clearance to resume coaching, effective Jan. 1.
Rams president John Shaw confirmed Friday that he received notification of this in writing from Martzís doctor, Victoria Fraser, of Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Shaw also said that Martzís agent, Bob LaMonte, phoned Thursday to inform him that Martz had been cleared medically -- effective Jan. 1.
Shaw repeatedly has said that he would not discuss Martzís future with Martz or LaMonte until Martz was medically cleared. Those discussions can now begin on Jan. 1, and are expected to lead to a negotiated settlement that will end Martzís tenure as Rams head coach after six seasons.
Martz has one year remaining on his contract, and is scheduled to make $3.25 million in 2006. As soon as a settlement is reached, for something less than the $3.25 million, the Rams can begin their search for a new head coach and Martz can begin his search for a new head-coaching job elsewhere in the National Football League.
Martz has not coached a Rams game since the Oct. 9 contest against Seattle. He has been treated for a bacterial infection of the heart valve, known as endocarditis, with Rams assistant Joe Vitt taking over as interim head coach over the past eight games. Vitt will continue as interim head coach over the remaining three games of this season.
Re: Martz gets medical clearance to coach
Bittersweet news. At least he is returning to health.