Friday Night Rights: Continuing Heat Issues Necessitate Change

According to Rivals High, a player in Florida, another in South Carolina, two from Georgia and a coach in Texas have died after participating in football activities held during hot weather in the last week or so. These tragic stories remind me of the case of Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Jason David Stinson, the first reported criminal case […]

Friday Night Rights: Middletown Football Coaches Cleared of Charges

The Middletown High School football coaches charged with reckless endangerment after a student-athlete collapsed during a workout on a particularly hot and humid day have been cleared of all charges.  Paul Doyle of the Hartford Courant has the story: School assistant football coaches were dismissed Tuesday after defense attorneys proved water was provided for a […]

Friday Night Rights: Kentucky v. Stinson to Trigger Changes in High School Athletics

A number of commentators have noted that the case of Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Jason David Stinson could have profound effects on high school athletics.  After all, this was the first criminal prosecution of a coach involving an on-field death.  Now that Stinson has been acquitted on all charges related to the death of Max Gilpin, […]

Friday Night Rights: Trial of Coach in Player’s Death May Change High School Athletics

Michael McCann of Sports Law Blog and SI.com, has an interesting piece on Commonwealth of Kentucky v. David Jason Stinson, in which former high school football coach Jason Stinson is set to begin trial today in connection with the death of one of his players during practice. McCann writes that this case – in which Stinson faces felony […]