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Last summer, a high school football player in Louisville, Kentucky collapsed during summer football practice and died a short time later from heat stroke after his body temperature reached 107 degrees. It is alleged that the coaches withheld water and continued to run the players at practice despite a heat index that reached 94 degrees. Another player collapsed and was hospitalized but recovered following two days in the hospital.
Yesterday, a grand jury returned an indictment against the head coach for reckless homicide, in what is believed to be the first time a high school or college football coach has ever been indicted in the case of a death of player. Witnesses reported hearing the coaches deny players water. Other witnesses reported hearing the coaches say that they would run the players until someone quit the team. The grand jury refused to take the testimony of the now indicted head coach.