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Topic - David Klossner
Inside the house on the corner, Ken Sheely rests his hands on the kitchen table. Two black bracelets wind around his left wrist. Their white words hint at the truth behind the warm handshake, the easy smile, the offer of something to drink.
Two years to the day after Sheely sustained a fatal head injury during football practice, his family filed a wrongful death lawsuit Thursday against the NCAA, coach Tom Rogish and several others.
This is an organization, after all, founded in 1905 to protect the safety of college athletes. Email after eye-opening email, however, reveals a bureaucratic wasteland that's strayed far from the original mission.
Head injuries have left the NFL under unflinching scrutiny over the past year. At the NCAA level, however, the issue has escaped similar furor.
In October, a helmet-to-helmet hit spun University of Southern California wide receiver Robert Woods around 180 degrees while he was blocking on a kick return against the University of Utah.
"Fyi," Mr. Klossner wrote.
"It was a 'no' result for reviewing concussion plans."