Shafer admires Kill’s perseverance through epilepsy with sister in mind

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 26, 2013 at 6:27 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 HOUSTON — There’s always a lingering question for Jerry Kill, one that’s brought scrutiny upon the head coach even as he guided Minnesota to an eight-win season and yet another bowl berth.Are you going to be down on the field for the game? Or up in the press box?It’s a strange question for most coaches, but for an epileptic like Kill, it’s a legitimate concern. He suffers from frequent seizures, some coming at the inopportune times that are game days.Some have suggested he should stop coaching because of it. Others simply don’t understand the disease. Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer doesn’t fall into either of those categories. He’s in the category that carries an incredible admiration for the coach.“But you’ve got to be a tough-ass human being to fight through this epilepsy,” Shafer said at a press conference on Thursday leading up to Friday’s Texas Bowl against the Golden Gophers. “I’ve seen it. I’ve seen my sister on the floor since she was a little kid.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer’s sister, Heidi, has suffered from epilepsy since she was 10 or 11 years old, Shafer said. He understands the difficulties this disease presents and says the team has taken on Kill’s personality.“Life is hard,” he said, “and when you add that disease to it, it makes it even harder.”Many don’t view Kill’s perseverance the same way. Critics view it as hubris. Kill is too proud to give it up, they say, even though he’d be better served away from the sidelines.“I’ve taken some shots,” Kill said on Thursday. “I am epileptic — I don’t apologize for that.”So when someone appreciates him, he reciprocates the feeling.Kill collapsed on the sideline after a game in September. He was having a seizure. Later in the month, Dalton Richey, a football player at Montgomery High School in Texas who also suffers from epilepsy, drew attention when his mother photographed him holding up a sign after a game.“My name is Dalton and I have epilepsy,” it read. “I stand with Coach Kill.”Montgomery is just an hour outside Houston, so Kill will get to meet Richey this week.Shafer also told Kill about his sister, which means he has a phone call to make.“He was kind enough to reach out and say he would love to give her a phone call,” Shafer said, “and that will make her extremely excited to know that.” Commentslast_img read more

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Trojans party like it’s 1985

first_imgTUCSON – The last time USC won a men’s basketball game at Arizona, Ronald Reagan was president, the Berlin Wall stood tall and the first “Back to the Future” movie was No. 1 at the box office. Or, in basketball sense, Michael Jordan had yet to win an NBA Championship or scoring title, Tim Floyd was an assistant at Texas El-Paso dreaming of his first head-coaching job and Abdoulaye N’diaye was the only current Trojan player alive. A lot has changed since Jan.17,1985, and USC showed Thursday that the state of Trojans basketball has earned a spot on that list. The hot shooting of Nick Young and Lodrick Stewart, along with pocket-picking defense from Gabe Pruitt, led No. 22 USC to an 80-75 victory over No. 19 Arizona, breaking the Trojans’ 21-game losing streak at McKale Center. Young and Stewart led USC with 26 points apiece, and Pruitt added 17 points and four steals. “I think it’s the best the three of them have played in sequence since we’ve been here,” Floyd said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “It means a lot,” Young said of the victory. “I wasn’t born the last time they won here. I was born a few months later. It’s something I’ve been dreaming about all week, to come in and get this win.” With the victory, USC (19-7, 9-4) extended its third-place lead in the Pacific-10 Conference to 11/2 games over Arizona (17-8, 8-6) and Oregon. USC’s first win at Arizona in 22 years didn’t bring much of a celebration. Young hugged Daniel Hackett at midcourt, tossed the ball high in the air and pumped his fist while heading toward the bench. Most of the players just walked to the locker room. The Trojans had beaten Arizona two games in a row, both in Los Angeles, giving hope that this could be the year for USC to end the streak. last_img read more

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