University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill resigned his position on Oct. 28, 2015, due to health reasons. Kill is stepping away from college football with a career record of 156-102 and a 29-29 mark at Minnesota.
Kill was named Minnesota’s head coach on Dec. 7, 2010, and took the Gophers to heights not seen in recent years. Last season, Kill led Minnesota to a January 1 bowl game for the first time since 1962 and coached the Gophers to wins against Michigan and Iowa, which had previously not happened in the same season since 1967. Under Kill’s direction, Minnesota also erased a 14-point halftime deficit at Nebraska to beat the ranked Huskers on the road for the first time since 1960. Minnesota won eight games in both 2013 and 2014, which marked only the fifth time since 1906 that Minnesota won eight games in consecutive seasons.
The Gophers were 3-9 in Kill’s first season in 2011, but reached a bowl game and finished 6-7 in 2012. As custom with Kill and his staff, the third year at a school usually turns into a memorable season and 2013 was no different at Minnesota as the Gophers finished the season with an 8-5 overall record and a 4-4 mark in conference play. Kill was a combined 9-26 in his first year at Minnesota and at his previous two schools Northern Illinois (NIU) and Southern Illinois (SIU). In his third year, the schools produced a combined record of 28-9.
The success from 2013 carried over into 2014, as Kill’s Gophers finished 8-5 overall, but were 5-3 in the Big Ten. Kill guided Minnesota to its first back-to-back eight-win seasons since 2002 (eight wins) and 2003 (10 wins). Since 1906, Minnesota has won eight games in consecutive seasons only five times. The 2013 and 2014 seasons were Minnesota’s first consecutive four-win conference seasons since 1999 (5-3) and 2000 (4-4).
In 2014, Kill coached the Gophers to resounding wins against rivals Michigan (30-14) and Iowa (51-14) to claim the Little Brown Jug and Floyd of Rosedale. Last season marked the first time that Minnesota had beaten Michigan and Iowa in the same season since 1967. Under Kill’s direction, Minnesota also erased a 14-point halftime deficit at Nebraska to beat the ranked Huskers on the road for the first time since 1960.
by Alan Shipnuck
Posted: Thu Feb. 5, 2015 on Golf.com
Patrick Reed is not a villain, but he plays one on TV.
In 2014, Reed proved he is really good at two things: winning golf tournaments and ticking people off. It started last March at Doral, where he beat a world-class field and then crowed in front of God and Johnny Miller that he should be considered a top five player. Reed, 23 at the time, had a pretty convincing case: It was his third victory in seven months. But golf is not a sport that smiles upon the self-aggrandizing, and Reed was mocked on social media and PGA Tour driving ranges. Then in September at the Ryder Cup, Reed morphed into a full-blown Danny Ainge—a player you love to hate, especially if you’re one of the 743 million Europeans. In a taut singles match against Henrik Stenson at Gleneagles in Scotland, Reed, after a birdie at the 7th hole, put his fingers to his lips to shush the partisan crowd. All told, he would make eight crowd-quieting birdies, including one on the final hole to win the match, set up by what he calls “the best 3-iron of my life.” At a World Golf Championship event in China in November, Reed missed a short putt and unleashed a profane rant that included a homophobic slur, which was broadcast around the world. The invective was directed only at himself, but the incident furthered the belief that Reed might not be fully in control of his instrument.
Tom Stanton, Dad, writer and advocate
On Saturday morning Dec. 12, 2009, I was on a gym floor, at an early morning practice in my role as an assistant basketball coach at a high school just outside Chicago. I noticed that I had missed several phone calls from my older brother Mike, unusual for the time of day, but I figured I’d catch up with him after practice. When I called him back, he could barely speak. All he could muster was, “Danny is dead.” His son, my nephew, had been found in his bottom bunk bed by his older brother, John, lifeless.
It was just a few months before Danny’s 5th birthday. When I arrived, Danny’s three siblings had been taken to their neighbor’s house, since his parents had rushed to the hospital with Danny. The kids knew something was wrong, but they didn’t know what. When Danny’s dad returned, John, then 6 years old, asked his dad, “Is Danny dead?” His dad replied, “Yes, John. Danny is dead.”
I’ll never forget that.
A parent’s most critical role is to ensure the safety of their child. But because my brother and sister-in-law did not know the full spectrum of risks that Danny’s epilepsy presented, they were not equipped to create the best possible treatment plan for him. Doctors talk on a regular basis about the various risks that accompany seizures — relative to swimming, bathing, driving, and the possibility of head trauma. To omit the single most significant risk a person can face, death, is both confounding and irresponsible.
By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter
Published: December 4, 2013, 2:12 PM
In an achingly sad unfolding of events, a Vancouver woman unwittingly live-tweeted the fatal crash that killed her husband Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 205.
After the collision was reported at 1:41 p.m., The Columbian started reporting the crash in the southbound lanes on Twitter based on emergency scanner traffic. Caran Johnson, using the Twitter handle @scancouver, responded to the tweets and started reporting on the crash as well:
“I hate that section of I205 S. too many on ramps, speeders and too few lanes.”
“@troyglidden @Col_cops this accident sounds horrible.”
Autopsy: Olympic sprint champion suffocated in bedding after having epileptic event in her sleep. October 23, 1998 | JEFF GOTTLIEB | TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the record:
Olympics–Florence Griffith Joyner, was one of two women to have won four medals in track and field in the same Olympics. Fanny Blankers-Koen of Holland won the 100- and 200-meter sprints, the 80-meter hurdles and anchored the victorious 400 relay team in the 1948 Olympics in London.
Olympic sprint champion Florence Griffith Joyner died after suffering an epileptic seizure, according to autopsy results released Thursday, and her family and friends say they hope the findings will put to rest rumors that drug use contributed to her death. Griffith Joyner died last month in her sleep at age 38.
Her husband, Al Joyner, bitterly criticized those who suggested that she took performance-enhancing drugs.
“My wife took the final, ultimate drug test,” Joyner said, choking back tears during a brief news conference after the release of the autopsy. “And it’s what we always said: There’s nothing there. So please, please, give us time to grieve and just let my wife rest in peace.”