This OpEd by Rick Bozich in C-J:
Pleasure Ridge Park high school football coach Jason Stinson got what he wanted. I'm not talking about the 271-page shrug that the Jefferson County Public Schools is trying sell as a final investigative report into the death of Max Gilpin, a 15-year-old PRP player.
I'm talking about what Stinson and some of his staff were trying to accomplish on that steamy Aug. 20 practice when Gilpin ran, collapsed and eventually died.
Multiple players told investigators that Stinson barked instructions to the PRP players that they would run until somebody quit the team. Several said Stinson chirped, "We have a winner," when somebody finally had enough.
The goal wasn't to stir up a good, old-fashioned, Bear Bryant-case of "Junction Boys," nausea and exhaustion. No, sir-ee. This was about building character, creating team unity or making teenagers men. As one player said, this was about proving they deserved to be Panthers. Run until you quit, you creampuffs.
And that's precisely what Max Gilpin did. He ran until he quit forever...
Bear Bryant coached Howard Schnellenberger at the University of Kentucky.
Schnellenberger coached Jason Stinson at the University of Louisville.
Jason Stinson coached Max Gilpin