PREVIOUSLY: “Another Exertional Heatstroke Death in Kansas Junior College Football: Tirrell Williams, Fort Scott Community College,” February 22, https://concussioninc.net/?p=14942
by Irvin Muchnick
Before getting to what’s new, I want to correct what I said three days ago about the Tirrell Williams death story having been broken by Sam Zeff of Kansas Public Radio. Zeff’s reporting on what happened to Williams in Fort Scott Community College football is, characteristically, excellent. But due credit for the scoop goes to Leland Dutcher, last October, at a site called GWTM. See https://gmtm.com/articles/what-college-football-can-learn-from-player-death-at-fort-scott.
Kansas Public Radio now is telling us that the Fort Scott Community College trustees and administration are digging in defensively – refusing to acknowledge that the Tirrell Williams exertional heatstsroke fatality involved absolutely any errors of either commission or omission by the head coach, Carson Hunter. This even though the record clearly shows that the extra set of “gasser” sprints imposed on the team in the heat that day was punishment, after Hunter was enraged by noticing a candy wrapper littering the field. In addition, Hunter withheld water from the players all day. The parallels to the Braeden Bradforth death in 2018 at another Kansas school, Garden City Community College, are clear.