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Factors Unknown: The Tragedy That Put A…

Factors Unknown: The Tragedy That Put A Coach and Football On Trial

by Rodney Daugherty

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It happens every year. Oh, we never get used to it. We don't want to. But it is as predictable as the blooming of spring, that first annoying mosquito or another tornado ripping through the Midwest. There will be bad news coming this summer- every summer. As young men across America begin training and conditioning their bodies in sweltering summer practice sessions for that ever-demanding, grueling battleground of athleticism known as football, we all know it will happen. Somewhere, somehow, somebody is going to die. And we're going to read about it, wonder and mourn. Usually it's high school, sometimes college, occasionally even a pro, but as they fight on, overcoming pain, fatigue and fear, the process is designed to bring out weakness. But this discovery can prove fatal.

On a sultry August afternoon, as teams were practicing all across the nation, it proved too much for a young sophomore at Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville, Ky. He gave his all and then collapsed, never to rise again. But this time was different, very different. The media hubbub said so. As the rumors spread, the accusations flowed and the din about the tragedy reached a fevered pitch. With the local newspaper's persistence, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its prosecutors could wait no longer. Their actions would make history. For the first time ever they were going to bring criminal charges against a high school football coach for the death of a player. They sensed something really had happened this time. Some unknown factors precipitated this tragic outcome and they were going to get to the bottom of it all. Somebody would pay for this- in prison. This is that story, the case of Coach David Jason Stinson and, ultimately, the sport of high school football, on trial.

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