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Coach’s wife leaves lasting legacy

February 27, 2015 - New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams during the game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Miami Heat at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. (Credit: Icon Sportswire/Stephen Lew)Earlier this week, the NBA was rocked by the news that Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams' wife Ingrid had been tragically killed in a car accident. Coach Williams has been a fixture in the NBA since he was a player for 9 years with the Knicks, Spurs, Nuggets, Magic, and 76ers. In 2004, he joined the NBA coaching ranks as an intern for the Spurs, and has since spent time with Portland, New Orleans, and most recently Oklahoma City.

Williams was never a dominant player, but was always seen as a leader on the teams he played for. Doc Rivers, one of his NBA coaches, described him this way: "The biggest thing for me was that he has this ability for people to follow him…On our team, Monty was the sixth or seventh best player, yet everybody followed him and that is a trait you either have or you don't. Monty has it."

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New NFL rules target domestic violence

Woman with bruises (Credit: bertys30 via Fotolia)With the Super Bowl finished, the Broncos and Panthers join the rest of the NFL's teams in beginning to prepare for next season. A key part of that preparation is the NFL combine where the vast majority of college players with the potential to make it as pros will spend a week in Indianapolis trying to prove their worth. Every year certain players drastically improve their draft stock, and make themselves millions of dollars, because of their performance at the combine. Last year, Frank Clark, now a Seattle Seahawks linebacker, was one such player— his test scores and, more importantly, his interviews helped him rise from a late round prospect that many teams considered undraftable to a second rounder.

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College football's next wave of would-be stars

Mitch Hyatt #75 of Clemson during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, January 11, 2016 (Credit: Cal Sport Media via AP Images/John Green)Wednesday will mark the first day that college football's next wave of would-be stars can sign their letters of intent and commit to playing at one of the hundreds of programs around the nation. It's a big day for many high school seniors and one they have been working towards for the last several years. College programs have begun recruiting kids earlier and earlier, with many of the best getting offers from schools when they are still high school sophomores.

And while I'm sure all of us would have been prepared for that level of national attention as fifteen-year-olds, many of these students aren't. The pressure to commit from coaches, fans, friends, and even family can be overwhelming at times, and it doesn't stop until they put their names on the financial aid agreements of their future universities. As a result, a kid is not technically committed to a school until National Signing Day arrives. So while they may have given a verbal agreement to attend a particular university, other coaches will often continue pressuring and pursuing them.

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