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Nebraska had plenty of talent in 1970, but their coaches made the Huskers go the distance – Omaha World-Herald

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Keeping legendary Huskers together falls on shoulders of 'Red Beran'

Mike "Red" Beran, a Nebraska football letterman in the early 1970s, channels his tenacity into keeping former Huskers in touch and works with the athletic department to honor these legendary players. Read more here.

They were the First Champions. But as the years have passed, their memory has fallen through the cracks of Husker history, writes Tom Shatel. Read more here.

Sure, we dont have live Nebraska football right now. Thats not going to stop us from reveling in Husker football on a fall Saturday, because 50 years ago, the Big Red was poised to become truly big. Read more here.

On Sept. 12, 1970, the Husker football team opened their season with a win over Wake Forest. Check out the 50-year-old article recapping the game. Read more here.

When the 1970 Huskers opened the season, they didn't know they'd be national champions that year. What they did know was that Johnny Rodgers was "everything" people said about him. Read more here.

Nebraska was the first Big Eight opponent for 1970 Wake Forest team. Read more here.

Nebraskas offensive attack produced big numbers in 69. But it really flourished in 1970 with the arrival of Johnny Rodgers. Impeccable timing, huh? Read more here.

On Sept. 19, 1970, the Husker football team tied Southern California. Check out the 50-year-old article recapping the game. Read more here.

To begin the 1970 season, NU was ranked No. 9 and hungry for national respect. Tying USC gave them that. Read more here.

Check out how USC viewed their tie with the 1970 Huskers. Read more here.

How good was the Nebraska football teams defensive line during the 1970 national championship season? Read more here.

On Sept. 26, 1970, the Husker football team shut out Army. Check out the 50-year-old article recapping the game. Read more here.

Gen. William C. Westmoreland arrived in Lincoln in 1970 seeking to win a red cowboy hat. He left 48 hours later having lost a bathrobe to Nebraskas governor. Read more here.

Army was 1-1 when it played Nebraska in 1970. A second win never came that season. Read more here.

Long before Nebraska joined the Big Ten, Bob Devaney recruited players from that part of the country. And those Rust Belt Huskers played a big part in winning the national title in 1970. Read more here.

On Oct. 3, 1970, the Husker football team defeated Minnesota. Check out the 50-year-old article recapping the game. Read more here.

In its last nonconference game of 1970, Nebraska dominated Minnesota behind standout performances from some of Omaha's best. But after beating the Gophers, tougher tests in the Big Eight remained. Read more here.

The 1970 Huskers young defense was fueling local anticipation that Minnesota could score with Nebraska. It was not to be. Read more here.

For decades Missouri was one of Nebraska's biggest rivals. And their meeting in 1970 epitomized the physicality of that rivalry especially one big hit delivered by a Husker lineman. Read more here.

On Oct. 10, 1970, the Husker football team defeated Missouri. Check out the 50-year-old article recapping the game. Read more here.

After beating Missouri in their Big Eight opener, the 1970 Huskers started to get more national attention with their first No. 1 vote though that march to the top was still just beginning. Read more here.

The Huskers in 1970 "bruised" Missouri, a Big Eight preseason favorite, in their conference opener. Read more here.

Nebraska's 1970 national championship team was fortunate to have two great quarterbacks in Jerry Tagge and Van Brownson. Bob Devaney had a great situation." Click here to read more.

On Oct. 17, 1970, the Husker football bounced back from a 10-point deficit to defeat Kansas. Check out the 50-year-old article recapping the game. Read more here.

Prior to Jayhawks game against the 1970 Huskers, Kansas coach Pepper Rodgers said, Nebraska is fearsome." Read more here.

Onone of the biggest catches of Guy Ingles career a 80-yard touchdown in a win over Kansas it didnt hurt that he was on the field with the best player in Husker history, writes Sam McKewon. Read more here.

Boyd Epley, who at the time was a pole vaulter with a bad back, revolutionized strength training more than 50 years ago and helped lay the foundation for Bob Devaney's national champion Huskers. Read more here.

On Oct. 24, 1970, the Husker football buried Oklahoma State in their most productive scoring since 1922. Check out the 50-year-old article recapping the game. Read more here.

Nebraska fans couldn't help but dream big when the 1970 Huskers could throw knockout punches in so many ways. Read more here.

Oklahoma State anticipated an advantage over the 1970 Huskers with its passing game. That did not come to fruition. Read more here.

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Profile of An American Family in 2020: How to Pay Child Care Bills – Fatherly

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Most Americans do not live very political lives. Many dont think about politics at all. Some 47 percent of the population didnt weigh in on the 2016 presidential campaign, one of the most polarizing in American history. On average, some 100 million Americans who are eligible to vote in each election in the past 12 years choose not to. Why? According to a Knight Foundation study, its because they have less faith in electoral systems, are less engaged in the news, and simply arent sure who to vote for. For so many parents, its simpler: They dont have faith that policy will help them get through the day. Affordable healthcare and child care are a distant hope for many, as is having enough of a cushion to get back up when jobs are lost. Who has time to follow debates when you have two jobs? Who has time to get political when you have only a handful of hours to see your kids?

The stakes have only risen in 2020. With a sky-high unemployment rate, a pandemic-fueled exodus of working parents (especially moms), and economic disparity that has not been seen in our lifetime, its easy to paint a bleak picture. Politicians are doing just that stoking fears and painting in broad strokes that depict an aspect of American life, but hardly a full picture.

So what does American life really look like for parents in 2020? We wanted to know and went out in search of a more realistic portrayal of it. In our search, we found Miriam Cruz. Cruz, 35, lives in Santa Clara, California, where she is raising two children an 12-year-old and 1-year-old with her partner, Cliff, 32, and her mother. The primary struggle of the Cruz household is child care, something that takes up 40 percent of Miriams income. In America, this is close to the norm, where it costs around $15,000 per year to provide child care for an infant, or 22 percent of the median household income. This is, needless to say, a struggle for most parents. Miriam is no exception.

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BEFORE THE PANDEMIC,Miriam Cruz had never had to pay for child care. Her mother, who lives with her and her partner, Cliff Sr., cared for her 1-year-old son, Cliff Jr. But her nightshift got cut because of COVID and she was forced to work days again. With grandma working a different shift, there was no one to watch Cliff Jr. So, now, Miriam and Cliff must pay $140 a day for a neighbor to babysit.

Our need for child care is an indirect result of the pandemic, says Cliff Sr. We wouldnt need it if things were like they were.

Its an expense the Cruz-Henderson family wasnt prepared for, but theyre making it work. They have to. Miriam is a court supervisor in the Santa Clara, California, court system. Cliff is a court interpreter. They need to be a dual-income household to make ends meet. Staying home permanently to watch Cliff Jr. was never an option.

Miriams day starts at 6 a.m. and ends around midnight. When she wakes, she prepares Cliff Jr.s food as well as supplies for his sitter. After that, she makes sure Anthony, her 12-year-old, is set up for remote school. At 12 years old, he wont go back to the physical classroom until at least 2021. So now, he sits down in front of the computer every single day from 8:30 to 12, alone in the house for a few hours. Miriam makes sure he has lunch ready, whether its in the form of a scheduled Uber Eats delivery or made from leftovers in the fridge. Then shes out the door.

Cliff Sr. sleeps in until 7, and hes out the door just as quickly. Hes glad to be working at all. From March until late June, his court interpreting work as a contactor essentially dried up.

My work depends on court overflow, he says. There are interpreters who are employees who work at the courts. But theres always a need for extra, which is why Im usually able to work every day. The courts were shuttered when the pandemic hit. Fewer court cases mean fewer interpreters were needed.

While work picked up for Cliff Sr., hes still making, he estimates, nearly 25-percent less than he was before the pandemic. Thats because a huge part of his work was also through depositions and non-court related appearances. Those dried up, too.

All this means that the Cruz-Henderson family budget is tight. Not only are they on the hook for an additional $700 a week in child care, but their grocery costs have also increased because Anthony eats two extra meals a day at home. Anthony qualified for reduced-cost meals at school. He would get two meals (breakfast and lunch) for free for five days a week. But, while Santa Clara schools are doing their best and provide free lunch every day for students at pick-up-locations, the program just isnt accessible for homes like the Cruz-Hendersons, where there are two working parents. No one can pick up the meals.

I know this is extreme, Miriam says, but the kids are home all day, and theyre just eating. My groceries have doubled in cost. Im at work. I cant be driving by to go get [the school-provided] meals.

Miriams work has also been affected by the pandemic. In the beginning, when stay-at-home orders hit, the Santa Clara Courts were faced with tightening budgets and decided to move everyone to 32 hours a week or four days with a slight pay cut. It was either that or layoffs. Now, Miriam spends half her time working at the courts in person, and the other half at home attending depositions via Zoom. Miriams glad to have her job, but the belt-tightening is getting to the point where theyve had to punch more holes in the leather.

Her work-from-home schedule does, at least, have one advantage: Shes home with Anthony and can try to keep an eye on him while she does her own work. Still, add this onto a sometimes-not-perfect child care situation for her youngest, and the fact that Zoom school has technical difficulties and limits her son socio-emotionally, and its by no means what it was before. Her son misses being in actual school. He misses his friends, and he misses playing sports. Cliff Jr. is too young to know what hes missing but old enough to be a handful.

Miriam and Cliff Sr. dont see their current situation as impossible. But it is precarious. Cliff Sr. picks the baby every day after work, where he takes over until Miriam gets home. From there, its another rush of activities. Cliff makes sure Anthony has done his homework; then Miriam arrives and they both exercise while Anthony babysits for an hour. Afterward, Miriam starts on dinner. They eat. Miriams mom returns from work around 7 and the next few hours are dedicated to bedtime and next-day preparations. They might go on an evening walk. Miriam might do some work on her side life coaching business. Cliff Sr. might work on some music. If both of them are lucky, theyll be asleep by midnight.

None of this schedule, of course, includes the standard parenting issues that occur throughout the days and weeks. Anthonys school has been tricky for Miriam to navigate. In the beginning, she was relieved that her son understood what at-home school required and did his work.

Im super grateful that he is actually afraid of me and he knows he has consequences, she said when he first began school. So he knows that he needs to be logged on at 8:30.

But this bliss only lasted a few weeks. A teacher called and told her that Anthony had nine assignments missing. And Anthony is bored. Hes tired of being on the computer the Playstation, just a few feet away, beckons in between classes and he misses his friends.

He doesnt enjoy Zoom classrooms, or the homework, or doing things electronically, she says. Im trying to keep him motivated.

Miriam understands that Anthony is her responsibility and no one elses. But at this point, especially in the times shes working from home, it feels like its another full-time-job on top of her full-time job. There are none of the supports that exist in a normal school environment. No counseling hours. No tutoring sessions.

I understand that its a parents responsibility, she says one Friday afternoon when shes furloughed from the court. But its a whole job in and of itself to get your kid to do their homework and the follow-ups, and things like that. If we had a little bit more support from the teachers in regards to missing assignments, or maybe just more communication

Miriam drifts off. Nine missing assignments that have to be done online for a kid who is already tired of being online all day?

Im not on the school website every day. Im working. I have so many other things going on. And to be honest, he didnt do them because he didnt want to, and now Im battling with my child, she says. Hes here all day and hes sick of being on the computer. As a mother, its my responsibility. But sometimes, its a little bit too much.

These are normal stresses of parenthood. Sometimes kids dont do assignments. But now, during the pandemic, such small events can carry enormous weight.

Do Miriam and Cliff Sr. think the way their life is right now is sustainable? For Miriam, it oscillates. It is a struggle. But, she says, shes in the best shape of her life ever since her bout with postpartum depression, shes had a consistent routine of Zoom exercise classes at least three days a week, has been in charge of her mental health and eats better than ever. Cliff, meanwhile, has stepped up along with her and things are looking up at work. They love each other, theyre happy people, and theyre handling the things the best they can through healthy coping mechanisms and a healthy perspective.

But theres something they both appear to agree on: Whatever theyve managed to cobble together in terms of child care to get through this time could be much better, much cheaper, or much more helpful.

A few weeks ago, the next-door neighbor who babysits abruptly canceled on Miriam because she feared she had been exposed to COVID-19. The move was one made out of a concern for safety, but Miriam didnt have enough time to find child care. No centers are open near them. Miriam was lucky enough to be working from home and could sit Cliff Jr. on her lap when she attended depositions. But it certainly wasnt ideal.

Miriam and Cliff Sr. are thinking about taking Cliff Jr. out of child care altogether on the off-weeks when Miriam works from home. It will save them $1,400 per month. It wont be easy. But its something theyre considering.

Its hard for Miriam and Cliff Sr. to imagine the government cant be doing more than it is. Maybe its incompetence she brings up the fact that nail salons in her area are open well before schools are or maybe its that the government just doesnt seem to know how to help.

Because of the pandemic, we do now have to pay child care because of what happened with Miriams mother, Cliff says when asked if he thinks theres anything the government could do to help. But it seems like an uphill battle to make a case for that.

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Hutchinson High School 2020 Wall of Fame inductees share pride, achievements – Crow River Media

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There was reason to be jubilant on Oct. 15 high school football was back with the Tigers vs. Big Lake at S.R. Knutson Field.

For most folks, the return of the gridiron sport was reason enough to be joyous; however, the evening offered a bonus experience for fans the induction of the 2020 Hutchinson High School Wall of Fame members.

This year, HHS recognized Ryan Dolder, athlete; Lowell Himle, coach; Wendell Jahnke, outstanding graduate; Glen "Clancy" Kurth, fan; and the late Carol Wendt, coach.

Dolder, 43, is the all-time goals, assists and points leader in the history of Hutchinson boys hockey. He said the honor "meant a lot."

"When you're younger you don't really reflect on certain moments or experiences in life," he said. "As you get older, I think you start to look back on those moments and start to self-reflect. ... An honor like this validates the work and effort I tried to put in, and maybe it means I left some sort of imprint during a very meaningful point in my life."

Lowell Himle, 74, served as track and field coach for 50 years at HHS.

"This is a tribute to all the athletes I had who worked hard and understood that we needed more than first places to win meets," he said of the Wall of Fame recognition. "Every inch or even quarter inch could make a difference in placing."

Jahnke, 87, was a four-sport letter winner in high school (football, basketball, baseball and track) and a member of the Minnesota State Athletics Hall of Fame. He was especially proud due to his age and was so glad the Wall of Fame committee was willing to consider older grads.

Glen "Clancy" Kurth, 70, described the honor as "humbling." The Tigers super fan lettered in football as a sophomore, junior and senior at HHS.

"It's an accomplishment for a 70-year-old to be remembered in the trophy case at your high school," Kurth said. "I'm very proud to be a Hutchinson High School graduate and a Hutchinson Tigers fan."

Kurth said what made the evening was the attendance of his high school coaches Bill Snyder, Dave Larson and Bev Luke, whose husband, Denny, coached him.

"All three were there to be with me," he said. "It was special for them and very special for me."

Jodi Wendtaccepted the award for her mother, the late Carol Wendt, a two-time Minnesota Coachofthe Year and memberofthe Minnesota Coaches HallofFame. As girls golf coach, Wendt took either an individual or a team to the state tournament 23 out of the 24 years that she coached.

"To have her recognized publicly means a lot and displays the impact she had on this community," said daughter Stacy Thompson.

Like Kurth, Thompson said her mom would have felt "extremely humbled."

"She knew that the reason she had so much success was because of the God-given talents each and every golfer she coached had (no matter how big or small)," Thompson said, "and their willingness to use these talents to work together as a team to not only be successful, but also to represent the Hutchinson community well."

Lives are defined by great accomplishments and the ability to overcome tough setbacks. In this Leader Q&A, the Wall of Fame inductees share their experiences and advice for young people.

What are the moments/people that defined your career?

Dolder: I guess the cliche answer would be my parents, but without their sacrifices, something like this never would've happened. All of the experiences I had in high school, college and beyond, especially when it comes to sports, were a direct result of the sacrifices my parents made for me. I also think it's all of the teammates and coaches I had. The wins and losses fade away, but the relationships you build with your teammates and coaches last forever.

Himle: My coaching career would likely never have happened if it had not been for a chance meeting with Len Lasley at the Hutch Cafe when we were both here interviewing for our new jobs. Since I had some experience in high school and college, he asked if I was interested in helping the varsity high jumpers. I went from being a volunteer, to a junior high coach, and finally to an assistant varsity coach. Len and I coached together for 50 years.

Jahnke:Miss Michaelson, who taught me how to use math throughout my life and a love of numbers. Jim Witham, Mankato State basketball coach, (he taught me) how important teamwork is.

Kurth: My parents. Kurth said he attended St. John's parochial school through eighth grade. When his classmates headed to high school in Buffalo Lake, his parents worked hard so he and his sister could attend school in Hutchinson.

I'm a farmer who likes to talk sports. I do like to sit down with younger high school, college kids and visit with them. I feel honored that they want to sit down and visit with me.

Thompson: My mom would always say, 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' Matthew 7:12. Her faith in Jesus Christ ran deep, which then translated through her kindness, patience, understanding and love that she showed each of her golfers. C.W., as her players called her, was not about trophies and accolades, but instead making the girls feel like they were special and mattered. These moments of virtues that she shared with her players defines her coaching career.

What was your greatest hurdle, and how did you overcome it?

Dolder: That's a tough one, because I think every person faces difficult hurdles in life, many much more significant hurdles than I faced. In regards to sports, I think one of the biggest hurdles I felt I always had to overcome was the perception of being from 'a small town.' I wouldn't trade growing up in a small town for anything, but there was always a perception that because we were small, the competition we played didn't stack up against what the bigger schools played. A lot of times because of this, as I moved up in levels, other players and coaches didn't give much respect to where I came from. I always felt I had to work harder to overcome that perception. And that perception is nonsense. If you're good enough you'll find a way. If you're a kid in Hutchinson who thinks you might have to go somewhere else because of this, you don't. You will get your opportunities to wipe the floor, field or ice with a kid from Edina or Wayzata at some point.

Himle: My coaching assignments could change from year to year. Techniques and equipment were changing in the high jump, pole vault, shot put and discus. The weight of the girls' shot put changed. No more sawdust and bags of foam in the high jump pits. Metal pole vault poles were replaced by fiberglass poles. Because fiberglass poles would break, safety became a huge concern. To address this, the pits were enlarged. What I knew about each event at one time no longer applied. Coaching clinics, instructional videos and track publications helped me keep up with the changes.

Jahnke: The death of my father at age 6. (This) was accomplished with the wonderful help of my mother and the great support of my HHS friends and the Hutch community.

Kurth: A large number of small farms are being eliminated. It's a trend in the ag industry. People are going elsewhere. They're trying to paint a brighter picture. It's not hard to get depressed, down in the dumps these days. My parents taught me to stay on an even keel not too low and not too high.

I'm sometimes not as good of a listener as I should be. I need to listen better. Now I have to let other people talk, give them the opportunity and be supportive of them.

Thompson: The greatest hurdle that she talked about often was growing up in a 'man's world' where there were no women's sports. As a female athlete, this was extremely frustrating. Instead of giving up, she grabbed her catcher's gear the minute she got home from school and met the boys at the ball field and joined right in. Once she became a teacher at Hutchinson High School, she found other ways to provide activities for women prior to sports being available. Through her involvement with the GAA (Girls Athletic Association), she led a group of women to the Boundary Waters for an annual canoe trip. As female sports became more accessible, she was very active in helping these girls participate in the sports she wasn't able to through her coaching career.

What advice would you give young people today?

Dolder: I would say two things: One, get off social media. Very little good comes from it. Two, enjoy every minute of being young. It goes by fast. At all ages, but especially when you're young, it's easy to constantly look ahead and forget to live in the moment. High school can be tough, but you'll also realize when you're older that some of your best memories came from high school. Make the most of that time. You don't want to look back years later and say, "I wish I did things differently."

Himle:I would recommend they participate in as many activities as they can handle. By doing so, they build all programs and make them better. It also will make them a better all-around person.

Jahnke: Never give up. We can all achieve our dreams if we keep trying our hardest no matter how tough the situation. May be a bit 'corny,' but sure worked for me.

Kurth: When I go to a graduation, I tell the graduate two things: There are classmates you'll never see again, and start your retirement as soon as possible. Being single made it easier for me. You don't want to spend your whole life and be broke. Have goals. At 70, I'm looking 10-15 years down the road. I want to live out my life at my farm, if my health permits. In retirement, find things you like to do but didn't have time for. Have a bucket list. Travel was never priority. I'm catching up with friends now. Be an example. Don't be afraid to give back. Growing up, 4-H was a big deal for me. It meant a lot to me. I give back to Hutchinson High School, the McLeod County Fair and Hutchinson Huskies baseball.

Thompson: My mom would remind young women to be thankful for the opportunities they have available to them today. From an early age, she taught her granddaughters to be proud of their abilities to participate in female sports. She would also advise young people to work hard and give your all toward the things you are passionate about. That is the way she lived her life, and what she taught her family and golfers to do as well.

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We begin with Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall, who is being investigated for allegations of verbal and physical abuse from current and former players. The stories have been corroborated by former players and coaches and reported by media outlets, including Sports Illustrated.

Former Wichita State player Shaquille Morris alleges he was punched twice by Marshall during a 2015 practice, and Marshall is also accused of choking assistant coach Kyle Lindsted the following year. Marshall, according to, also routinely physically and verbally abused members of the program and demeaned his players with ethnic and racial slurs.

Marshall coached at Winthrop from 1998 to 2007 before joining Wichita State. The descriptions of his behavior there mirror those described by his players at Wichita State, which is conducting an internal investigation now. Multiple former Winthrop players say, according to, that Marshall made racist and sexist comments toward players, and that he mocked a player who took prescription medication for his mental health.

Former Winthrop players also detailed various instances in reporting when Marshall physically assaulted players on multiple occasions, both on and off the court. In one of the detailed accounts that are coming to light after the reporting and the Winthrop investigation, players recall Marshall grabbing a player by the shirt and slamming him against a wall.

Did Marshall deny the charges?

I acknowledge that my coaching style isnt for everyone. I am passionate and energetic, and countless players have thrived on my programs and excelled in our team culture, Marshall told The Athletic. I am not demeaning or abusive. I have always pledged my full-hearted commitment to my team.

I interviewed Howard University basketball coach Kenny Blakeney for my show The Rematch, and his immediate response was:

I dont think white men should be yelling at Black kids. We have a history that goes back to some things that are traumatic with that.

Heres the unfortunate reality: This type of abuse with this particular racial dynamic of a white coach abusing Black players happens much more often at predominantly white institutions (PWIs) than people are aware of.

Im not advocating being soft on players or coddling them. I dont coach on the college level, but I do coach my sons AAU team, the FBCG Elite Dynamic Disciples, and any of my players will tell you: Im not the one to tolerate any foolishness. My son calls me Coach Carter without the cursing. Im a disciplinarian. I am strict. I hold guys accountable both on and off the floor. Yes, sir is the only appropriate response to a coach. But there is a fine line between discipline and abuse.

Blakeney told me he wants young men to understand they dont have to feel less of a person to do what somebody is asking them to do.

I want the young men that I coach to be whole, meaning I dont want them to be mentally or emotionally broken when they leave me. I want to treat young men as if I am coaching my own son. Do I have to coach guys hard sometimes? Yeah, I do, but I want to coach guys in a way where its respectful.


I remember when I was at Syracuse University and we were playing Indiana at the Maui Invitational. Now, this wasnt a big arena like the Carrier Dome. It was more of an enclosed arena resembling a high school gym, so everyone was close and could hear anyone yelling.

Indiana player A.J. Guyton did something wrong and got subbed out of the game, and as we were advancing the ball up the floor, we heard a loud booming voice that echoed through the gym. It was Coach Bobby Knight humiliating one of the Indiana players.

I want the young men that I coach to be whole, meaning I dont want them to be mentally or emotionally broken when they leave me. I want to treat young men as if I am coaching my own son. Do I have to coach guys hard sometimes? Yeah, I do, but I want to coach guys in a way where its respectful. Howard University coach Kenny Blakeney

You piece of s motherfer! Bring your stupid a here. What the f are you doing!

Those were his exact words. My point guard Jason Hart was dribbling the ball up the court, and we both stopped in the middle of the game and stared at him in amazement. And the Indiana player looked like an abused child who had been stripped of his humanity in front of an audience. It was the worst thing I had ever witnessed.

Our assistant coach Louis Orr yelled for us to snap out of it and keep playing, because we paused during the middle of the game, shocked by what we were seeing.

It made me think of the movie Roots when the slave master tied Kunta Kinte to the tree because he wouldnt answer to his slave name Toby, and he brought all the other enslaved people to watch as he whipped him into accepting his slave name. Thats what I thought of watching Knight publicly and verbally whip the player into submission.

I remember later passing Guyton in the hotel as my teammate Kueth Duany and I were walking around, and he wouldnt even make eye contact with us. He looked broken.

I also remember Guyton publicly defending Knight after Indiana player Neil Reed accused Knight of physically choking him at practice.

Without this system, without Coach Knight challenging me, that would not have been possible, Guyton said. I say that because at Indiana you know youre going to be challenged. I dont think Neil Reed understood that. In order to become an All-American, youre going to be challenged by a coach that pushes you to the limit. Its all a process of a boy becoming a man.

I couldnt believe what I was seeing. I asked my former teammate if he remembered this.

Indiana University coach Bobby Knight (right) chastises player Daryl Thomas (left) in a Big Ten game against Wisconsin in Bloomington, Indiana, on Feb. 10, 1984.

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I had heard and seen the tirades of Coach Knight on TV and it was always part of the lore of The General. But getting to see it up close and personal in the Maui Classic was surreal and seeing the real-time reactions of the players, said Duany. It was highly uncomfortable seeing the Indiana University player in somewhat a shock and daze so long after the game, walking with his head down, almost like that movie Get Out, a clear gloss over his eyes.

I think that way of doing things now is not acceptable because we have also learned of the mental health challenges of what it does to some young men. It can lead to some being emotionally bankrupt and forever lacking confidence. These types are always forgotten, said Duany. Just speaking to former high-level athletes whove dealt with being the punching bag, a vast number are not doing well and hold resentment for many years. I have seen other players become controlled and almost robotic for the coach who in some cases verbally abused the player.

Let me be clear, Im not saying this to disparage anyone. I am using this example that I personally witnessed to point out a much bigger issue. I believe this type of abuse happens more often than many are aware of at PWIs. Of course, not at all of them, but more often than it should. Some in plain sight like Knight, others behind closed doors like Marshall.

Some even resulting in tragedy, such as University of Maryland football coach DJ Durkin and strength coach Rick Court in the case of Jordan McNair, who died of a heat stroke and didnt receive proper medical care during a practice.

Its important to note that Maryland did conduct an external investigation and fired both coaches, but that was only after public pressure. Their initial reaction was to treat McNair like a diseased slave, throw him overboard and continue sailing. This practice has to change.

Tragedies like this only get revealed after an assistant coach, staff member or former player blows the whistle. Its a system that allows for this type of abuse to remain prevalent and go unchecked absent public outcry and, yes, this should sound very similar to the issue with police accountability.

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This is why I can appreciate Blakeney having the courage to speak out against college coaches who engage in the emotional and physical abuse of Black college athletes.

Blakeneys approach should be the mentality adopted by all coaches, because he understands the fine line between discipline and maltreatment, between being a tough demanding coach and being an abuser.

Dont be surprised if we see an increasing exodus of top Black athletes migrating to historically Black colleges and universities instead of attending PWIs.

Etan Thomas is a senior writer for and is the host of a podcast called The Rematch. He also writes for The Guardian and has previously written for The Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN, ESPN, and slamonline. He frequently can be seen on MSNBC as a special correspondent for hot topics. and co-hosts a weekly local radio show on WPFW 89.3FM, The Collision, where sports and politics collide.

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New York City, New York, Oct. 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The world of marketing and driving traffic to your business is always evolving, despite the fundamentals remaining mostly the same. With new trends constantly emerging, in recent years weve seen the rise of Pinterest as a marketing tool for businesses. Pinterest allows you to discover what your audience loves, drive tons of traffic and convert more browsers into buyers. For most of us who use Pinterest however, we have no real idea or strategy of exactly how to use it optimally. According to Boost Media Agency, the need for a Pinterest expert to help you drive traffic and increase sales using Pinterest is essential. Here we present the Top 10 Pinterest Coaches who are making a difference with their work, and can take your business to a whole new level.

Willow Kaii(@willowkaii)

A Pinterest Coach & Brand Consultant whos worked with nearly 100 ambitious, young entrepreneurs from all over the world, Willow Kaii is an expert when it comes to taking your Pinterest from 0-100, fast. Also an emerging star on TikTok, after Willow left the Los Angeles Marketing Agency world, he pivoted his energy into helping service-based entrepreneurs and direct-to-consumer brands harness the immense abilities of Pinterest to create a blizzard of organic and aligned traffic for them.

Hes been consulting with billion-dollar brands in the wellness, marketing and fashion industries, and helps young and ambitious entrepreneurs follow his path to success by coaching them on how to use attraction marketing on Instagram, and how to provide a proven ROI for their clients using Pinterest. I do not run a single ad for my business or my clients. We solely rely on the abilities of aligned, organic traffic and the immense capabilities of social media. My approach is direct, and positions all of my clients as the perfect solution to someones problem. I call it solution-based marketing, Willow explains. Bringing in $300k profit in his first year of business and achieving incredible client results including a $28k Pinterest launch, Willow has the knowledge and breadth of experience to grow your brand exponentially.

Shruti Pangtey(@shrutipangtey)

A passionate lifestyle blogger turned digital entrepreneur, Shruti Pangtey left her former life and career in India working in a leadership role at a fortune 500 company, to start a fresh life in Germany. Discovering her passion for blogging, social media and online marketing, she realised that there was a huge gap in the market when it comes to business owners and brands leveraging Pinterest as a marketing tool. She had a vision to change that through online education. So, she created Digital Empires, helping content creators and small business owners grow their audience, leads and sales using Pinterest.

Her signature program Pinfluencer Collective, is a marketing membership designed to keep business owners at their A-game when it comes to Pinterest. The success framework she teaches inside Pinfluencer Collective is based on profitably scaling multiple blogs herself, as well working with 1:1 clients before converting her knowledge into a training program. Providing her members with video classes, design templates and content action plans to ensure marketing momentum every month your needs will be covered from A-Z inside Pinfluencer Collective. For all things Pinterest marketing, whether it be SEO, design methods, traffic strategies, list-building and sales tactics, Shruti Pangtey is your girl.

Miranda Meyers(@wildrootmarketing)

Miranda Meyers is the founder of a marketing agency for creatives, Wildroot Marketing. Together with her husband Joshua, they started Wildroot Marketing in January 2020, as a side hustle until the business flourished and hit the 6-figure mark within nine months. Since then, theyve worked with nearly a hundred creative brands, including High Moon Studio, Squarestylist, Wayfarer Design Studio, and Quill and Co. Design, helping them with their Pinterest marketing as their main focus.

Wildroot Marketings vision is to create holistic and effective marketing strategies that are designed to increase brand awareness, convert leads, and transform a brands online presence. From account setups, monthly management, to creating evergreen sales funnels and ad campaigns, Miranda and Joshua will help you lay a strong foundation on Pinterest. Every project begins with an intensive strategy phase to help brands understand their audience first, know what theyre looking for, how their audiences needs align with their goals, and ultimately, how they convert them to paying customers. Their focus is on conversion metrics, not just vanity metrics - their marketing strategies are based on buyer psychology, statistics, data, research, and personal experiences, enabling them to deliver incredible results, time after time.

Jen Stanbrook (@jenstanbrook)

As a top UK interiors blogger, Jen had been using Pinterest for years to boost her website traffic with incredible results. So much so that her blog and business has given her life changing experiences and opportunities in the last decade as well as 1 million followers on Pinterest. Other bloggers and businesses started asking her how they could do the same, and so she created her first course PINSIGHT. Now 4 years later she is a leading voice in Pinterest Marketing in the UK and has helped hundreds of businesses master the art of Pinterest through courses Pinning Made Simple, workshops such as PinTips and 1-1 coaching. This year she launched her flagship programme, The Pinning Club, a membership group for businesses to get the support they need as they implement their Pinterest skills. Reaching a wider audience, improving sales and growing email lists through Pinterest can feel overwhelming but Jen makes it simple, logical and fun with her no nonsense, step by step approach. A champion of female entrepreneurs in particular, Jen has created a community of inspiring founders who love her energy and positive outlook.

Georgina White (@pineapplewhitemedia)

Georgina White, Founder of Pineapple White Media is a Pinterest Coach & Account specialist who specialises in working with Online Entrepreneurs (Coaches, Course Creators, Podcasters & Creative Service Providers) to help them understand and leverage the incredible Power of Pinterest Marketing in order to; drive web traffic, grow their email lists and get new clients! Recently nominated as one of the 'Top 40 Digital Women to watch in 2020' and a Finalist for 'Digital Woman of the Year 2020 Georgina offers 1-1 Coaching and Pinterest Management to clients who want to run a profitable business, attract new clients AND have a life BUT without the juggling act. Marketing your business on Pinterest is easier than you think and Georgie is passionate about showing you how!

Kate Wilkinson (@katewilkinsoncreative)

Spending her days helping heart-led coaches and entrepreneurs sell their products, programs and courses on autopilot, Kate Wilkinson is a Pinterest Strategist and VA Coach, who knows exactly how to leverage the power of Pinterest. Kates mission is simple to turn the hustle-cycle on its head. When she works with her clients, she harnesses the power of Pinterests evergreen automated powers, allowing them to make passive sales without even having to open their laptop. So often I speak to female business owners who tell me that they cant step away from Instagram - even for a day - without worrying that their growth will come to a screeching halt Kate explains.

Having experienced it all herself, Kate understands that no one is their best self when theyre burnt-out. This is why she believes and embodies this philosophy so heavily, as the impact it can have on your life, career, health and relationships can be dire. So, are you looking to build the foundations for lasting, sustainable business growth, regardless of the next algorithm change or social media trend? Kate has the skills, resources and abundance of energy to get you there.

Ariana Urbina (@arianaaurbina)

Ariana Urbina is a Pinterest strategist and mentor who has a passion for helping women elevate their lives, by finding purpose-led and balanced business ventures. She has always had a heart for helping others, volunteering for countless organizations throughout her teenage years. Right after graduating from college, she set out to make an impact by working for a non-profit organization.

When Ariana became a mom, she knew right away that she needed a career that would allow her to stay home with her children. Thats when she discovered Pinterest marketing, left her work, and began managing business accounts for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Ariana built her freelance business while working as a virtual assistant and a Pinterest social media manager simultaneously. Now that she was able to build a sustainable business giving her the freedom that she needed as a stay-at-home and working mom, she wanted to extend her knowledge by empowering others to do the same. This coming November, Ariana is launching her step-by-step course called Pin Pro VA, where she teaches how to build a full-fledged online business. She also offers private or group sessions for people wanting to have a higher level of support. If youre looking to navigate the waters of being a multi-talented entrepreneur, Arianas firsthand experience will guide you towards your journey to success.

Melissa Clayton (@iammelissaclayton)

Melissa Claytons obsession with Pinterest started with the platforms release in 2010. As an entrepreneur at the time, she quickly realized the potential of the platform. She began learning the dos and donts all the while working as a business owner herself. Over the years, she recognized an opportunity to extend the strategies to business owners as she noticed how underutilized Pinterest is, especially by most businesses without a physical product.

In 2019, she founded Pinfinite Profits, a group coaching program designed to give business owners the tools and strategies needed to grow and monetize with Pinterest. In just a year, Melissa has helped numerous brands connect with their target customers through Pinterest. Her bootcamp training usually spans in just 10 days, giving her clients immediate results. Melissa arranges the online training in small groups to allow business-centered conversations in the spirit of teamwork and encourage them to bounce ideas comfortably. After completion of the bootcamp, Melissa makes herself available for her students to reach out to her freely in case of any issues or questions that may arise. With a decade of experience on her hands, Melissa is a Pinterest expert to keep an eye on.

Emma Henderson (@digitalnomadmarketingco)

Emma Henderson is a Pinterest expert and online business coach based in Wilmington, North Carolina. Starting her career in marketing and e-commerce in New York City, it wasnt until she was acquainted with a friend of Pinterests founder in a training course she attended, that she realized the power of Pinterest for online business. Applying what she learned, she began implementing Pinterest marketing strategies at work and eventually on her online business. After leaving NYC for a quieter life in North Carolina, Emma decided to take the leap and started her own business, Digital Nomad Marketing Co.

Initially Emma focused solely on offering Pinterest management services to high-caliber online businesses. However, she saw an opportunity to extend her knowledge about the platform, expanding her offerings with the addition of her top-rated Pinterest Marketing course, The Pin Method, and Pinterest VA mentorship program. On top of that, she recently introduced coaching and mentorship programs geared towards ambitious online business owners wanting to grow their brand. She believes that if you are only focused on the growth of your social media accounts and you cant show how that impacts the business as a whole, then proving ROI is nearly impossible. With this in mind, Emma approaches her coaching by ensuring ROI and all of the factors affecting it are clear from the start.

Her vision is to continue educating her students on the power of Pinterest, while also guiding them towards clarifying their vision, taking inspired action, and hitting consistent five-figure months.

Archana Haarnack (@iarchana)

Archana Haarnack is a Pinterest marketing expert living and working in Vlaardingen, The Netherlands. Growing up, she wanted to become a stewardess and travel the world, but she had a change of heart after finishing Tourism in college and becoming a European hostess. She discovered the Internet and learned everything about making websites by herself. In 2005, Archana started a blog for her other passion including interior, furniture, and bedroom design. She discovered trends about home dcor on Pinterest and started meeting other interior bloggers to connect with.

Her passion for interior design and everything she learned about blogging, social media, online marketing, SEO, and Pinterest led her to start a marketing agency focused on helping interior and bedding brands grow their business, traffic, and sales with Pinterest. Her knowledge and experience with the platform helped her grow as a Pinterest Marketing Expert. Archana began using Pinterest in 2010, but it wasnt until 2014 that she was able to turn her hobby into a business. Developing her own unique strategies, she now shares all her Pinterest knowledge with people wanting to grow their reach and traffic. She offers her services through in-person and online training, managing Pinterest accounts, and Pinterest ads campaigns. All these thanks to her decision to pivot a career 15 years ago. Now, Archana gets invited to speak at events, share tips in podcasts and interviews, and is a columnist for a Dutch publication called Bedding Business Magazine.

Make sure to follow each of these incredible Pinterest experts, as they continue to help their clients thrive and leverage the amazing tools pinterest has to offer. Each of their Instagram's have been directly linked here. Finally, we would like to thank Boost Media Agency for taking the time to put this article together.

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Building wealth isn't easy, and for most people, it takes time.

But for some, having a few good habits can help accelerate the process. Financial coach and author Tomeka Lynch Purcell has taught hundreds of people how to spend, save, and invest, but before that, she went on her own wealth-building journey.

There are three habits that she developed along the way, and she now includes them in her books and tries to instill them in her financial-coaching clients.

Lynch Purcell says that investing has been critical to growing her wealth. And, since investing is a key way to grow money over time, it's become something she actually enjoys.

She says she's just as excited to buy a stock or a share as any material item. "Never in a million years did I ever think stocks and their increases would make me giddy, but they do," she says.

"I spend money to build my net worth. The increasing revenues of investments can help change your mindset about money," she says. "Seeing your dollar increase from $1,000 to $10,000 over time builds your confidence to continue to invest."

While treating yourself to something you want every once and a while is necessary, Lynch Purcell says that people have to know their limits. "I am told often that I am frugal, but I like to always see where my money is spent," she says.

"I limit my spending to necessity only, and [buy] something I want, not need, once in a while," says Lynch Purcell.

Lynch Purcell says she limits the number of purchases she makes that lose value over time.

While things like homes can gain value over time, things like cars often lose value. "Never can you obtain a return on your investment making a purchase of no value," she says.

On her own financial journey, she's tried to avoid spending more than necessary on these things. "Depreciating assets are major mistakes in trying to grow your dollar," she says. While they're sometimes impossible to avoid, it's about minimizing damage and making growing assets a priority.

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As the Chief Marketing Officer at VaynerMedia and mom of two, Andrea Sullivan is no stranger to a busy schedule. So, when presented with the chance to participate in a two-day workshop with the life coaching team at Handel Group to test out their Inner.U program, she wasnt exactly jumping up and down at the idea of devoting precious hours toward personal growth.

I was nervous to start, Andrea tells PureWow. Because I knew it was going to be deep work. Not just professional work, but looking deeply inside myself as a human, parent, spouse and most importantly someone who is trying to explore the best person I can be.

Fast-forward two days and Andrea had already signed up for more (a combination of a combination of the Inner.U LIFE and live coaching, to be exact). So, how did this CMO go from apprehensive to Inner.U cheerleader? Read on for three things she learned.

First things first, a little background. Inner.U LIFE is the revolutionary online life coaching platform that is dubbed the secret sauce to getting yourself unstuck and thriving where it matters most in your life. Much like a sports coach, the coaches at Handel Group and the method and tools within Inner.U help you to identify the obstacles that keep getting in your wayand assist with finding the motivation to overcome them. Its where life meets career, says Andrea. They teach you to not compartmentalize, because you can only be as good as your whole self.

OK, now introductions aside, Andrea gets real. She told PureWow, The first thing I will say about Inner.U is that its one part coaching, one part tough love. But if you want results, its the only way to go. In fact, according to Laurie Gerber, Head Life Coach at Handel Group, the first assignment of the entire program is often the biggest challenge for new clients.

The very first assignment we give our clients is almost always one of the hardest for them. We have them write down their dreams in 12 areas of their life. To get people willing to admit their big dreams is a huge challengeespecially with adults. Ask a five-year-old to tell you their dreams and you wont be able to shut them up. Pose the same question to a 35-year-old? Youll likely find that their head is full of other peoples ideas of success. Theyve likely lost touch with their ability to dream from their own heart, are probably lying to themselves about what would really make them deeply happy and are afraid to admit what they truly want. All because then they have to actually do something about it, says Laurie. Thats why we start with dreaming. It gets people in the right fight, identifying the traffic that is in their way, and connected to their deepest desiresno matter how big or scary they might seem to their own current board of directors (aka the negative voices in their head).

Aside from setting the stage for what youll actually be achieving throughout your life coaching experience, writing down your dreams also provides the added bonus of having something to reference. Once you have it painted, you can go back to it, says Andrea. Im able to check back and reevaluate things throughout the process.

The great thing about Inner.U is that its a digital platform that allows you to fit things in on your own schedule and your own terms. The program encapsulates the companys methodology and spits it out into teachable stories and lessons to help you understand the human psyche. Each lesson focuses on a specific area, and is then broken down into actionable pieces. Its like they know that theres a voice inside of me that says I dont want to do this homework, so the next module that comes up acknowledges that, says Andrea.

One of those modules? Personal Integrity and The Promise Tracker. So, greatyou wrote down your dreams and have some goals. But how do you stick to those goals? By making a promise. Most people are three to five (kept!) promises away from changing their entire life, says Laurie. Personally, when I first started coaching, I made three promises that shifted everything for me. They were in the areas of Body, Love and Career. These promises allowed me to start building the muscle of Personal Integrity (the ability to keep a promise to myself) which left to my own devices had atrophied. Those promises got me fighting for my dreams in those three critical areas of my life. Those promises saved my marriage, my business, and got me wildly proud of myself, every day.

Every subscription to Inner.U comes with a host of accountability tools to help you build your Personal Integrity. That includes 1) a Promise Tracker to help guide you in making specific, measurable promises that are a match with your dreams, 2) a Buddy System to connect with other humans working on the same shi(f)t as you (as the brand likes to say), 3) a connected community in the ongoing, free six-week masterclasses, and 4) a free 1-hour private session with an HG Life Coach to kick start your journey and personalize the promises to your situation/speed.

Andrea found all the personalized tricks to be one of the most useful tools. For example, her life coach suggested thinking about her decisions from both sideswhat would happen if she did something, and what would happen if she didnt. If I didnt have the conversation with [my boss], I had to cut off all my alcohol consumption until I had it, says Andrea. Another one was admitting that shes done something wrong to her kids. I have to admit to them that Ive broken a promise. Then I have to pay them $20 on Venmo.

For Andrea, every session with Inner.U has produced a positive change. Ive really leaned into this. Ill tell Beth [my life coach] some of my deepest darkest things, and shell teach me how to make a promise with the consequence. And it hasnt been as hard as I thought.

Andrea also found that the vocabulary used at Inner.U has helped her to get over her baggage faster and with less shame. Terms like Chicken, Brat and Weather Reporter are used to identify some of the different voices in your head (your inner dialogue). I didnt realize how much of an inner Brat I had, says Andrea. But once I acknowledge when Im fighting against something because I feel entitled or owed, its been much easier for me to not only hear it, but get over it.

A reframing of time is another a-ha moment that Laurie says is a big takeaway for many working mothers. We are all in a relationship with time, and like any relationship, it takes effort to make it great, fun, and inspiring. You need to fall in love with your calendar and rememberif its not in the schedule, it wont happen. Yes, that means not only rocking out your meetings and connecting with your colleagues, but also scheduling hang time with your kids, romantic time with your partner, and Zoom calls with your in-laws. Put it all in the calendar and get real about how many hours there are in a day. Then, you can start becoming a master of time.

If mastering your time, keeping promises to yourself or addressing your inner Brat sound like something youd also like to pursue, you can sign up for Inner.U today. The very first module will help you get clear about your dreams. Then, you can work with a coach to make the right promises (and consequences!). And finally, you can finally get real about finding support for everything you want in your life. Its about time, no?

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What is the NFL head coach life span?

And Im not talking about actual life span because that number is skewed due to coaches old age, seeming lack of fitness standards, grueling hours, and, in the case of Andy Reid, unprecedented access to complementary cheeseburgers.

No, Im referring to how much slack a head coach receives.

How much time, statistically, does a coach have to make his mark before the ownership and/or front office ships him off to bring in a new sense of hope and optimism?

Because from front office to fans, that is what everyone really wants: hope.

No one wants to see the long-tenured and accolade-deficient head coach try his hand at another season when there are new suitors available.

So, how long does a coach get before hes replaced with the shiny new beacon of hope?

As you can imagine, I ran the numbers.

I analyzed every coachs tenure in recent history to determine what the average lifespan of an NFL coach is with a franchise, to get a glimpse into how much slack a head coach is given to succeed.

1. I only counted coaches whose tenure started in 1990 or later

This, of course, means I left off a multitude of famous coaches who coached in the 90s but started their tenures beforehand.

Names like: Marv Levy (started in 78), Bill Parcells (83), Joe Gibbs (81), Chuck Noll (69), and Don Shula (63).


Because, for example, if I include Parcells I have to include all coaches going back to 1983, which means I need to include Don Shula and all coaches going back to 1963.

A stopping point needs to be established, and 1990 is a good year to get into the modern era of football.

2. I only counted coaches who were a head coach for 17 or more games

I only included coaches who coached a full season plus one game to eliminate interim head coaches who were never in consideration to take on a full-time position with the franchise.

This means, of course, I didnt include one-year dumpster fire tenures (like Freddy Kitchens), but those are far and few between.

3. I did not include current coaches

Simply put: their stories havent been written yet.

Bill Belichick could retire after this year, or go on to win five more Super Bowls.

Mike Zimmer could get fired after this year, or stick with the Vikings for 10 more years.

We just dont know yet.

4. I did not combine the tenures of the same coach with two or more teams

I treated different tenures as different data points.

For example, if Andy Reid retired after last year and was no longer an NFL head coach (thus not violating rule three above), I would treat Eagles Andy Reid and Chiefs Andy Reid as two separate data points.

The same coach, yes, but different organizations, different decision-makers, different tendencies.

Taking into account my four rules above, I came across 157 different coaches.

As you can see below, I separated the data into three different groups: All 157 coaches, coaches who didnt have a Super Bowl win, and coaches who didnt have a Super Bowl appearance.




What we learn from this is probably the most obvious conclusion that anyone with half a brain could deduce: Coaches who dont win Super Bowls dont last as long.

The average coach since 1990 (which, of course, includes Super Bowl-winning coaches) lasts about 69 games, which equates to just over four seasons with the team.

Coaches who made the Super Bowl, but didnt win, lasted about 64 games, and coaches who never made the Super Bowl in their tenure lasted just under 60 games.

Thats all well and good, you might be saying, But there have been a lot of bad coaches since 1990.

And youre spot on.

Thats why I separated the good coaches for another set of data.

Here we have the coaches without the incompetence.

You wont find the Leslie Fraziers, the Rod Marinellis, and the Hue Jacksons here.

These are 55 of the best former coaches of the past 30 years: the Denny Greens, the Bill Cowhers, and the Tony Dungys.

All Coaches



As we can see above, the average Super Bowl-winning coach lasts around 6 and a half seasons, while winning coaches without a Super Bowl appearance last just under five seasons.

For the few of you that havent caught on yet: Mike Zimmer is in this data set.

Starting his career with the Vikings in 2014, he has led the team to a career .574 winning percentage, going 2-3 in the playoffs with the furthest campaign being the 2017 NFC Championship Game (Which, oddly enough, seemed to have been canceled? I couldnt find any information on it. Weird).

In simpler terms: he does not have a Super Bowl appearance as a head coach after 96 career games (going into this season).

If we assume the 1-5 Vikings dont get to the Super Bowl this year, and Zimmer finishes out the year as head coach, that would put him at 112 career games as a head coach without a Super Bowl appearance.

Going back to our data for coaches with a winning percentage above .500, that would put his head coaching tenure at 33 games, or just over two seasons, above the previous coaches in his skill and experience bracket.

In even simpler terms: Zimmer has stuck around much longer than the average above .500 coach without a Super Bowl appearance.

If his tenure followed the data, Zimmer would have been fired by now.

Am I grabbing my pitchfork, rounding the townspeople up to forcibly remove Zimmer from his post? Not necessarily, I believe there are legitimate pros and cons for retaining him as head coach versus firing him.

But at the end of the day it comes down to this:

If Zimmers coaching tenure with the Vikings was a dog, it would be 24 years old.

If Zimmers coaching tenure was a human, he or she would be 115.

Does the front office and ownership see him that way?

Only time will tell.

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JACKSON The last time Lee Ingles stepped foot on a basketball court, he helped coach the Cowan High School boys varsity basketball team to their first Indiana High School Athletic Association sectional championship in 44 years.

A few days later, the COVID-19 pandemic brought an abrupt end to an otherwise special season for the Blackhawks. The basketball communities in both Jackson, Michigan and Cowan, Indiana are now mourning the abrupt loss of a coach who was held in high regard as a man of principle, compassion and commitment.

Ingles, age 50, died in a tragic car accident on Oct. 19, leaving behind his wife, Sally Ingles, and his two sons, Isaiah and Shea, as well as countless lives he touched throughout his time as a basketball coach and physical education teacher.

The most important thing I ever learned from my big brother was how to treat people with kindness, said David Ingles, current boys varsity basketball coach at Kent City High School. "It didnt matter who you were, Lee always showed everyone respect and built meaningful relationships with everyone he came in contact with.

Another thing I learned early on from him was how important work ethic is both on and off the court. He worked hard to be successful and I learned those habits by watching him work his way through the coaching profession. We also talked all the time about his offensive and defensive philosophy compared to mine.

The younger of the Ingles brothers helped coach Muskegon Catholic Central to a Class D state semifinal appearance in 2012 but not without a little help from his best friend.

Ive stolen so many ideas from him during my coaching career, said Ingles of his older brother. "During our tournament run to the Breslin Center with MCC in 2012, I picked his brain before every game. He showed me a simple way to get the ball into our post player and we put it in the next day at practice and other teams could not stop it. It was a great postseason run for us and a lot of that was from the tips I got from Lee between each game.

I will really miss those phone calls we shared. We discussed everything with each other. I shared things with him that I have not told anyone else. He always had the perfect advice for what I needed. He was and always will be a great role model for me as both a person and a coach.

If youve ever seen either Lee or David Ingles roam the sidelines, youll see a similar style of passionate energy and attention to detail that has helped both men find success at every coaching stop during their careers.

We believed that if you truly care about your players, they will do incredible things for you, said Ingles. "We were never big yellers or screamers. We always believed in trying to stay calm in all situations because thats how we wanted our teams to play. We asked them to play with poise, so we wanted to coach with the same mentality. I am still trying to be as good of a coach as he was. That is a goal I will never reach but will always pursue.

I think something we all could learn from Lee is to leave everything better than when you found it. That could be a basketball program, your job, a relationship, etc. Everything he got involved with became better once he got there. He just had that effect on things.

Ingles definitely left the basketball community in Jackson better than how he found it, after his tenures as a boys varsity basketball coach at Parma Western from 2006 to 2014, as an assistant coach at Spring Arbor University from 1999 to 2006 and as a boys varsity basketball coach at Jackson Northwest from 1993 to 1995.

Lee was a great guy, who generally cared about everyone he came in contact with, said current Jackson Northwest boys varsity basketball coach John Moffitt. "At his funeral, it really showed how many lives he touched, because everyone that spoke, whether it was a family member, a coach or a former player, they all mentioned how much he cared.

He would always have players over at his house because he wanted them to feel like they were a part of his family. Whether he was at Spring Arbor, Northwest or Western, he always showed compassion for his players. As a coach, he was always very passionate. He pushed his players and they always gave him their best. His teams were always an extension of him tough, gritty and competitive and he brought that fiery energy to the sidelines every night.

Moffitt and Ingles created a special bond during their time together at Jackson Northwest, where they shared the role of middle school physical education teachers and eventually varsity basketball coaches.

We taught together for probably 15-16 years, said Moffitt. "He eventually started coaching the boys varsity team and I coached the girls varsity team. We really developed a close friendship through those formative years as coaches and teachers.

"I picked up on a lot of things from working under him as a coach and Ive always tried to model my coaching style after him, especially when it comes to building relationships and making everyone feel important to the process. He was a man of principle and a coach of character. He wanted to teach every young man he came in contact with the difference between right and wrong and how sustained success can only be accomplished through hard work.

You could always find him hugging his players after games because he just cared about those kids. It didnt matter to him if you were the star player or the last guy on the bench, he cared about you and how you fit into the program and I thought that was just one of the amazing things about him.

Western Head Coach Lee Ingles yells at his team during a game against Portland at the Panther Holiday Hoops Tournament at Western High School Saturday, December 28, 2013. (Grant Hindsley | MLive Media GroupMLive Media Group

A health scare in 2012 nearly ended Ingles' life during an open gym at Parma Western High School, but a quick response from an athletic trainer and a dedication to recovery helped the coach get back on the sidelines.

Lee had a heart attack in April of 2012 when he was playing alongside some players in an open gym, said Moffitt. "I was there, and it was a pretty scary situation. He just dropped all of sudden and we all knew something was wrong.

"Luckily, the athletic trainer called an ambulance right away and we were able to get him to the hospital as soon as possible because we later find out he had a widowmaker heart attack, which is a 100-percent blockage of his (left descending artery).

"He made a commitment to bounce back from that and he was back on the sidelines by that winter. The doctors placed some restrictions on him that said he shouldnt be standing or walking around during the games, but there was no way Lee was going to sit quietly on the bench once the ball was tipped.

He loved the game of basketball and his players too much to let anything slow him down.

Ingles eventually made a full recovery from his heart attack and went on to coach two more seasons for the Panthers before eventually moving to Indiana when his wife, Dr. Sally (Reed) Ingles, was hired as a Dean in the School of Educational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University.

It didnt take long for Ingles to get integrated into the community, as Cowan High School had an opening for a physical education teacher. Shortly after that, Ingles was coaching the Blackhawks boys varsity basketball program.

The Cowan boys basketball team quickly evolved under Ingles, winning just one game prior to his arrival and jumping up to nine wins during his first season in 2014-15 and 15 wins during the 2015-16 season. After a few up-and-down seasons, the Blackhawks enjoyed a 14-10 season last winter, which culminated with the schools first sectional championship since 1976.

They had a big parade through town after they won that sectional and the whole city of Cowan celebrated that accomplish with the team, said Moffitt. Its really bittersweet but I think we can all appreciate that he won the last game he ever coached and it was one that brought a lot of happiness and memories to the community he was serving.

When he wasnt coaching, Ingles enjoyed spending time golfing, hunting and playing softball. He starred as a fast-pitch softball pitcher as a young athlete, helping his teams win several state championships at the age 18-and-under division.

The 1993 Spring Arbor University graduate returned to his alma mater in 1999 as an assistant coach, where he impacted many young lives, including current SAU athletic director and mens basketball coach Ryan Cottingham.

Lee and I connected when I took over the head coaching job at Spring Arbor, but I didnt really know him at the time, he said. "I brought him on as a member of my staff and we really got to know each other well for the next eight years.

It was an amazing experience coaching alongside him during that time. We won a couple of National Christian College Championships in 2005 and 2006 but I thought getting to know him, his wife, Sally, and his sons, Isaiah and Shea, was the thing I will cherish the most. Lee and I became great friends over the years and got to go on a few amazing trips with our wives and kids to see (NCAA basketball) Final Fours in Atlanta, Georgia, and San Antonio, Texas.

Western Head Coach Lee Ingles talks to his team during the half at a game against Portland at the Panther Holiday Hoops Tournament at Western High School Saturday, December 28, 2013. (Grant Hindsley | MLive Media GroupMLive Media Group

Cottingham believes Ingles' funeral was exactly what the compassionate and energetic coach would have wanted.

The celebration of his life was really powerful and moving and it was amazing to see his two boys get up and talk about their dad with such poise and confidence during a difficult time, he said. "It was really, really cool to be a part of that and I know that family will be strong enough to move forward and live their lives in a way that would make their dad proud.

"He was a man of faith and a principled guy. He was loved and respected by everyone. He was a family man and just such a great person. He had a big impact on my life and my family feels enriched for having him and his family be a part of our lives.

I always appreciated his passion and energy, but the way he connected with his players was special. He created a safe space for our guys and they loved having him around and they played their hearts out for him.

For current Parma Western varsity football coach Dave Mifsud, Ingles impact was short-lived but irreplaceable.

When I first started at Western, I got a chance to meet Lee in the spring before we scheduled our football and basketball summer camps together, and he was really easy to work with, he said. "I ended up coaching freshmen basketball that first year at Western when he was the boys varsity coach and I got to know him pretty well that winter.

"There were several times where we would sit down and talk about things that ranged from the football and basketball programs to life in general and I just felt like we were really on the same page in a lot of areas.

"It was kind of tough when he called me to tell me he was leaving Western because I felt like we had become good friends and I was sad to be losing that connection with him. I was a brand new coach to the area and he really took the time to get to know me and we shared similar philosophies in life and coaching and I really enjoyed having him in my life for the time he was at Western.

I wish we could have spent more time together, but I know his impact will never be forgotten by anyone who crossed paths with him.


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When Beth Ann Russell got her youngest sons diagnosis, she was beyond devastated. She was told he had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and the preschooler wouldnt live past 18.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a rare incurable disorder that causes progressive muscular weakness. Fewer than 200,000 US cases are diagnosed per year in the U.S. Many with the disease ultimately succumb to acute respiratory failure.

To say Safford resident Ryan Russell has beaten the odds is an understatement.

Now 38, Russell has a doctorate in psychology, recently launched his own life coaching business, and is getting ready to publish a series of fiction novels.

Ive always felt that I have some kind of purpose and until that purpose is done Im not going anywhere, Ryan said.

Beth Ann describes her son as determined and intelligent.

Hes always been quite independent, wanting to do everything himself, she said. I just hope everybody gets to know someone like Ryan. Hes wonderful.

It has not been an easy road.

When in elementary school, Ryan was constantly bullied by his classmates. At one point kids hurt Russell so badly he experienced lower intestinal bleeding. It was the last straw for his mother.

I put him in the wheelchair because kids were so mean to him, pushing him down and hurting him, she said.

Before that, she would carry him on her back to get him from place to place.

In his younger years he had anger issues, she said.

However, the turning point for Russell was when one teacher took him aside in fifth grade.

One teacher, he said, OK. Its wiped clean. You can start over again, Beth Ann Russell said.

Going to college was completely his idea once it became apparent he would live long enough to go, his mom said.

He would set goals and he would always reach them. He was always on a goal, she said.

Russell, who graduated from Safford High School, received a bachelors degree in archeology from Eastern Arizona College in 2004. His interest turned to psychology and he earned a masters degree in the field of education in counseling and human relations in 2008 from Northern Arizona University at the Thatcher campus.

Each of his degrees were earned thanks to online programs.

Basically I had to wait for technology to catch up to people who are disabled, Russell said. Technology has opened up a lot of opportunities. If you have internet, youve got access.

Russell obtained his masters degree in education in counseling and human relations. However, before he could obtain his teaching certificate, he caught pneumonia, which can be a death sentence for someone with his illness.

Although he came through it, he decided he didnt want to spend more time in the education program and decided to pursue his doctorate in psychology from Northcentral University. He received his degree in June. Knowing he may be on borrowed time, however, he has opted not to become a fully licensed psychologist.

Every state has different requirements. In the state of Arizona last I checked you needed 3,200 hours within two years of monitored therapy or working with people, he said.

He wants to help people with the knowledge he now possesses.

So, he created his life coaching business: Life on Positivity.

Id rather spend the time I have being a life coach. I can use my psychology degree and I can help people right now, Russell said. What I want to do is help people move past tasks or blocks. Ive been there, what I want to do is help people become the 2.0 version of themselves.

Russell continues to push past his own blocks.

Just last year, he decided to take a test ride in a wheelchair accessible van. He rode in the front seat for the first time since he was a teenager.

At 37-years-old I teared up because I had forgotten how great it felt, the freedom I felt of riding in that front seat. You can see everything. Everything started coming into view, and I realized I had been holding myself back. Its what really moved me, Russell said.

Hes decided to save enough money to purchase his own van.

Moving toward the future, Russell said most of his life coaching sessions will be online.

He will work with someone face to face if they request it, but he intends to use Zoom most of the time for his coaching sessions.

Russell is also in the process of publishing a series of books called The Avenging Angel. His series revolves around the missions of a military man whose life is dedicating to fighting sex traffickers. He hopes to have the first book, The Rectifier, published toward the end of the year.

Well, none of us know how much time you have because time is finite. I have these books and things that I feel like I need to do, but as an individual, with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, I dont know how much time I have, Russell said. If someone were to look up Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy they will see that a 38-year-old with it is well beyond the average life expectancy. So Im trying to do get everything done while I can.

Russell will also be doing a series of webinars for the Jett Foundation, which raises money for research and helps families of those living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy purchase handicap conversion vans.

Im really looking forward to this opportunity to help these young people with what I have, Russell said. I will get to be a teacher and mentor for them. I guess you could say right now Im doing a book, a business, and charity work, and I love it.

When hes not writing and reading, Russell enjoys genealogy and playing computer games. Although his parents are not his primary caretakers anymore, Ryan lives with them. In a sense, their roles have been reversed. Beth Ann, 80, said Ryan helps her schedule appointments, work on the computer and manage her bank account. She said she wouldnt know what she and her husband would do without him.

He owes much of his success to his parents, who would do anything for him, Russell said.

I practically have to fight them sometimes to take care of themselves because they are so worried about me, he said. Its not just school and work. Every date I ever had or dance. They had to stay up to put me in bed. Up until 2018, my parents were the ones that put me in bed.

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