Friday, July 27, 2007

IN MEMORIUM: George Edward "Skip" Prosser (1950-2007)

I was sad to hear that Skip Prosser, head basketball coach for Loyola (Md.), Xavier University, and, most recently, Wake Forest University, died yesterday of an apparent heart attack at the age of 56.

Don't know whether or not he had a family history of heart disease, but I can only imagine the toll that the physical, psychological, and emotional stressors of being a Division 1 Coach took on him.

He chose to be an ACC basketball coach and the lifestyle, risks, and rewards it brings, and he heard a great deal of criticism in recent years. I don't know how much this may have contributed to his untimely death, but the next time you feel like publicly second-guessing or putting down a hard-working coach, please remember that they're human beings who feel the sting of harsh words and ill actions just like anyone else, and temper your expression with the knowledge that, after all, it's just a game.

May God Rest his Soul.

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