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Terrible, tragic news per ESPN.com....

</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"> Minnesota football player Brandon Hall was shot to death early Sunday, hours after playing in his first college game.

Hall, a 19-year-old redshirt freshman who was a reserve defensive lineman, died following a dispute between a group of players that included Hall and three other men near a downtown bar, police said.

``To the best of my knowledge, Brandon Hall was an innocent victim,'' Minnesota coach Glen Mason said.

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Hall made one tackle in the Golden Gophers' 42-0 season-opening victory over Southwest Texas State on Saturday night at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

About 2 a.m., Hall was with some teammates about eight blocks northwest of the stadium when they were contacted by another player who claimed he was robbed by three men, police spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington said. The players found the men and confronted them.

As the players approached, the three men began walking away and got into a parked van, Barrington said. One of the men then got out of the van and walked toward the players.

``At that point, someone in the group said, `He's got a gun! He's got a gun!' and they scattered,'' Barrington said. ``But the suspect was still able to take a shot.''

A handgun was recovered and the three men were arrested, but they had not yet been charged.

Mason canceled Sunday's practice and said he wasn't sure when the team would meet again. Athletic Director Joel Maturi said counselors would be available to the players.

``These are all things that none of us have been taught to deal with,'' Maturi said.

It's the third tragedy to strike a Minnesota football team in just over a year. Last summer, Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Korey Stringer died of heat stroke in training camp. And last week, the wife of Vikings offensive tackle Lewis Kelly died of pregnancy complications. </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">
09-01-2002 11:50 PM
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Maybe I should try that.

Off to College Park.....
09-02-2002 12:46 AM
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try what?
09-02-2002 01:30 AM
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I understand canceling practice but not knowing when the team will meet again is a load of crap. That team better have had a meeting on Sunday and continue to meet every day. The kids need counseling and leadership at a time like this. Perhaps that's why a bunch of underage kids were at a bar in the first place!

Remember the days when teams had curfews and restrictions? Kept a lot of young'uns outta trouble. It amazes me what college ballers get away with these days. I know-they got away with stuff in my day too. But most of the time there were rules and consequences if the rules were broken.

Brandon Hall's death may not have been averted but just maybe, if more teams had rules and quit treating their players like junior Pro-Bowlers, then more would stay out of harm's way and get the education they are there to get. I shall yield the soap box for discussion....
09-02-2002 09:10 AM
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