A former Kentucky high school football coach has been acquitted in the death of a player who collapsed at a practice where the team was put through a series of sprints on a hot summer day. It was a rare criminal prosecution of a coach in a player's heat-related death. David Jason Stinson was charged after 15-year-old Max Gilpin collapsed at an August 2008 practice. He died three days later.
Players said Stinson ordered the so-called "gassers" as punishment for the lack of effort at practice on a day in which the temperature and heat index were both 94 degrees. The jury reached a verdict after deliberating for less than two hours.