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Friday, June 22, 2007

more Coach Hep and Barrett trade

First, some more articles about IUfootball coach Terry Hoeppner. The first article is about his son and his fight for life in his last few days:

Here's another good article on Hoeppner:

Next, an article on the IU football players reaction to Coach Hep's death. Here's a quote:

Hoeppner usually was accompanied by his wife, Jane, following his initial surgery in December 2005. Several players said their bond was evident long before that.

"I thought he had an awesome relationship with his wife and the rest of his family," [last year senior safety Will] Meyers said. "You could see how much they cared for him and loved him."

Senior tight end Nick Sexton remembered a saying Hoeppner would use in practice when the Hoosiers would try a new drill the players weren't exactly crazy about.

"He would always say, 'Variety is the spice of life except when it comes to your wife,' " Sexton said with a laugh.

Here's the article:

Here's an article about Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald and how his team dealth with the death of their coach Randy Walker last summer:

The last article on Coach Hep, for now. It's about the people that he worked with and caoched while coaching at Miami of Ohio as an assistant coach and then head coach for 19 years before coming to IU before the 2005 season. Here's a statement from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who he coached while at Miami:

"Coach Hoeppner has inspired me to be who I am today," Roethlisberger said. "He has been a second father, a teacher and a friend. He believed in me, and I owe everything to him for where I am in life. I hold the deepest love and respect for him, his wife, Jane, and their family. He has been a role model for so many young men. I aspire to be as honorable and touch as many lives as Coach Hep. I will miss him more than words can describe."

Here's the article:
. (For some reason, the whole article isn't accessible from the main article, but only from the print version.)

Here's some articles about the Cubs/Padres trade earlier this week where Cubs catcher Michael Barrett (a Christian) was traded to the Padres for their cactcher Rob Bowen trade from both the Cubs and Padres viewpoints. Here's a quote from the first article from the Cubs website (Jake Peavy is a Christian too):

...Barrett also is close friends with San Diego pitcher Jake Peavy, the league's ERA leader.

Here's the article:

Next, an article about the Cubs players reaction to Barrett being traded. Here's a quote from another Cubs catcher Koyie Hill about Barrett:

"He was a great teammate," Koyie Hill said. "[The first day in Chicago] I get out of the cab at Wrigley and he gives me a big ol' hug. You play the same position and there's always a little bit, not animosity, but, 'Hey, this is my territory.' He was never like that."

Here's an article:

Lastly, an article about the trade from the Padres point of view. Here's a quote from Barrett during the press conference before his first game with the Padres:

"It's unfortunate some of the things that have happened to me have happened," Barrett said. "I'm looking forward to starting here as a member of this team and put all that behind me. Some of the things that happened weren't part of my character.

"I play on the edge ... a lot. Controlling myself is something I take pride in. It just seems like the last couple of years, things have happened that aren't what I'm all about. I hope to show the Padres fans and the team that this is how it is."

Here's the article:

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