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Shatterproof at Alabama

Shatterproof at Alabama

When Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on January 3rd, 2007, hundreds of strangers, most of them adorned in crimson, were waiting outside the small airport to greet him. They cheered wildly when his plane touched down and then formed a throng, multiple layers deep, surrounding him as he disembarked. They were there to welcome him, praise him, touch him; anything to be close to the man who had come to save their beloved, and recently struggling, University of Alabama football program.

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The High Cost of Keeping Up

The High Cost of Keeping Up

James Franklin, a football coach, will be, by far, the highest-paid public employee in Pennsylvania. Penn State said its new head football coach would be paid $4.5 million per year for the next six years. Franklin will easily earn more money than the university’s new president-elect Eric Barron and Governor Tom Corbett combined.

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Texas’s $5 Million Strongman

Texas’s $5 Million Strongman

In January, Strong left the University of Louisville to take over as Texas’ head coach. He signed a five-year contract with a starting salary of $5 million. He will receive a guaranteed $100,000 bonus each successive year. He can also earn a maximum of $900,000 in bonuses in 2014, a number that will rise slightly each year.

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Worth the Millions to Iowa

Worth the Millions to Iowa

Ferentz has led the Hawkeyes to two Big Ten championships and a victory in the 2010 Orange Bowl over Georgia Tech. For his efforts, Ferentz’s salary is among the highest in college football. His total compensation was $3.985 million in 2013, according to the University of Iowa’s public records department. Ferentz is the highest paid employee at the University.

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Clemson Assistant Wins the Coaching Lottery

Clemson Assistant Wins the Coaching Lottery

It took 58 minutes for Clemson University’s Board of Trustees to make Chad Morris the highest paid assistant coach in college football. The vote, held during a meeting of the board’s compensation committee on Feb. 1, 2012, was unanimous. The new contract gave Morris, Clemson’s offensive coordinator, a base salary of $1.3 million per year. Under his old deal, which still had three years to run, Morris made $450,000.

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Bartkowski: “Guys Are Crying for Help”

Bartkowski: “Guys Are Crying for Help”

Steve Bartkowski, once an elite quarterback in the NFL, said he did not remember the word “concussion” ever coming up during his 12-year NFL career. Bartkowski was the first pick in the 1975 NFL Draft and upon signing with the Atlanta Falcons received the richest rookie deal to date – a contract of $650,000 over four years. Bartkowski chose Leigh Steinberg, his college friend from The University of California-Berkeley, to be his agent. Steinberg later became a high-profile sports agent representing a series of star quarterbacks including Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Warren Moon and Ben Roethlisberger.

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His Viewers May Not Know About Fourcade’s Health

His Viewers May Not Know About Fourcade’s Health

WHNO’s audience has expectations. It knows what the TV Guide in New Orleans says. And it says The John Fourcade Show airs Thursdays at 6 p.m. There’s no asterisk that says: Fourcade may be squinting because his vision is sensitive to light. If he’s slow to respond to a question, it’s because he’s probably battling a headache. Also, his back is most likely throbbing.

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For The Love Of The Game

For The Love Of The Game

Courtney Robinette has no memory of her dad being able to walk. She was eight years old when multiple sclerosis left him wheelchair bound. Now 23, that’s the only way Robinette remembers David Humm. Robinette said she started seeing the signs five years ago, but in the last year, Humm’s memory has gotten significantly worse. Just talking about it for a few minutes leads to tears.

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The Man Who Knew Too Little

The Man Who Knew Too Little

Pruitt infuriated NFL defenses with the flimsy, tear-away jerseys he wore for much of his career, evading would-be tacklers as he raced his way, half-shirtless, to another first-down. “Sometimes I’d need ten or twelve jerseys a game,” said Pruitt, an elusive running-back and kick-returner who played nine seasons with the Cleveland Browns and three with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, with whom he won a Super Bowl, before retiring in 1984.

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Reconsidering the Past – After a Stroke

Reconsidering the Past – After a Stroke

Despite a knee injury that ended his football career after eight seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Charlie Babb didn’t realize what the game did to his body until two years ago. “I was having headaches, and I got out of bed one morning and just fell to my left, on the floor,” said Babb, who was a rookie safety on the undefeated 1972 Dolphins team. “My wife said, ‘That’s it, you’re going to the doctor.’”

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