Back in 2005, the Missouri football team lost a freshman defensive end named Aaron O’Neal, who collapsed during a summer workout and died shortly thereafter. Only last month, nearly four years later, did the University of Missouri settle a lawsuit with O’Neal’s family, which awarded them $2 million.
But there’s plenty that’s fishy about the settlement, which is sort of to be expected when dealing with young men who die under athletic supervision. As the ASSOCIATED PRESS notes, the settlement is worded (and trust us, this is no accident) to absolve anyone involved of blame:
Missouri agreed in March to pay O’Neal’s parents, settling a 3 1/2-year-old suit before trial. The settlement includes language that attributes no fault to [head coach Gary] Pinkel, athletic director Mike Alden, sports medicine director Rex Sharp, strength and conditioning director Pat Ivey and 10 other current or past university employees.
That’s incredibly strange, when you consider the litany of decisions made by Missouri staff that likely directly led to O’Neal’s death. Read more…
Maybe praying for Tim Tebow works after all. Certainly, any prayers for LSU coach Les Miles fell flat, as the Tigers were whacked 51-21 by Tebow’s Florida Gators in a match-up of the last two BCS national champions. At least Miles didn’t get struck by lightening, so maybe your prayers helped after all.
Florida went up 20-0 early, and after allowing LSU to close to 20-14 early in the third quarter, Tebow was able to steady the ship and the Gators rattled off 21 unanswered points to put the game well out of reach.
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Last Sunday was the 38th anniversary of the Kent State shootings, when National Guardsmen fired on Vietnam protesters, killing four students at the Ohio college. And one person who will never forget is Nick Saban.
Bill Reiter of the KANSAS CITY STAR talked to the Alabama coach about the events that happened on that day in 1970. Saban was a defensive back on the Golden Flashes football team - and was at school when the infamous shots were fired. Read more…