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University of Maryland Fires Coach After Player's Death

Durkin was accused of presiding over 'toxic culture'

(Newser) - The University of Maryland has fired a football coach accused of presiding over a "toxic" culture that may have caused a player's death. Jordan McNair, 19, died in June, two weeks after he collapsed with heatstroke during a team practice. Coach DJ Durkin was placed on administrative leave... More »

Time to Rethink Role of Coaches

Drew Magary: They've gotten away with too much for far too long

(Newser) - The Mike Rice debacle at Rutgers is unusual only because Rice got caught, writes Drew Magary at Deadspin . The sad fact is that top-level coaches are "freaks" who have gotten away with exactly this kind of behavior for way too long. "Both parenting and teaching have evolved significantly... More »

Sandusky Accuser: I Screamed for Help From Wife

New accuser testifies he was attacked 16 times in home basement

(Newser) - Jerry Sandusky allegedly assaulted young boys in his own home repeatedly, sometimes when his wife was in the house, according to chilling grand jury testimony from two new accusers. Both testified they were abused over several years by the former Penn State assistant football coach, and forced to perform oral... More »

Whipped Students Sue Coach

Lawsuit: Basketball errors were punished with belt

(Newser) - Three Jackson, Miss., high school students who say they were whipped with a weightlifting belt for "failing to run basketball plays correctly" are taking their coach to court. Murrah High School coach Marlon Dorsey says he did paddle the students, but he did it to "save these young... More »

NBA's Lone Constant: Free-Throw Stats

NBA's success rate has hovered around 75% for half-century

(Newser) - Basketball's free-throw statistics have stayed steady at a rate that amazes academics, the New York Times reports. While most aspects of basketball and other sports have seen records steadily edge up over the years, free-throw shooting hit a plateau of a 75% success rate in the NBA more than 50... More »

Michelle Obama's Brother Will Pen Memoir

Craig Robinson hopes to inspire with book due next year

(Newser) - Craig Robinson, brother of First Lady Michelle Obama, is working on a book to be published next year, the AP reports. Robinson, who coaches the men’s basketball team at Oregon State, hopes the book—entitled A Game of Character—will be part memoir, part inspirational guide. More »

49ers Coach Singletary Drops Trou to Motivate Team

(Newser) - In the annals of coaches' motivational stunts, it might not rank with "win one for the gipper," but the 49ers' Mike Singletary sure caught his players' attention. With his team trailing 20-3 at halftime last week, Singletary—in his first game as a coach—dropped his pants in... More »

Glory Road Coach Haskins Dead at 78

Beloved icon broke race barriers in college ball

(Newser) - Don Haskins, the beloved coach famous for smashing racial barriers in college basketball during the 1960s, died yesterday at age 78, reports the El Paso Times. Haskins, one of the winningest coaches in the history of collegiate basketball, is best known for his groundbreaking decision to start five black players... More »

Young QBs Fall Through Cracks

So much promise is lost to a haphazard training system, bad luck

(Newser) - All too common are the hopeful young quarterbacks who found themselves not taking snaps, the New York Times reports, but instead drifting around the NFL as human debris. Blame insufficient coaching, the win-now mantra of teams these days, or plain bad luck —for whatever reason, there are big problems... More »

Long-Held Secret Takes Man Off Death Row

Ethics board allows lawyer to speak up

(Newser) - A Virginia lawyer revealed a 10-year-old secret last year that had put a man on death row: Prosecutors coached another suspect to make his testimony match the evidence. When the state's legal ethics board reversed its gag order on Leslie Smith, the lawyer spoke up last week, and the sentence... More »

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