Today, I’m not really sure what to say. It is fortunate that we don’t have to go through this very often. Losing someone so young is never easy; you’re left wondering what they could have accomplished with all of their tomorrows ahead of them and suddenly there are no more tomorrows.
It sucks even worse when that young person is one of the best of us. Comments made by media, teammates and fans about Sam Foltz make it clear he was an extraordinary young man.
As hard as it is to say - the world will go on for the rest of us. How we live our lives from day to day is always our choice. We can choose to love those around us and be loved by them or go hide in a metaphorical cave so that no one can touch us.
I know people who choose the latter. They slowly disappear from life, stay at home, don’t talk to anyone anymore and sometimes I wonder if they’re just waiting for the day they won’t have any more tomorrows.
Don’t take that route.
Get out there and love people. And be loved. That’s it. That’s all that we realistically can ask for in life.
Now go do it.
The Big Ten commissioner issued a statement regarding Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler:
Statement from Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany:
"We join the Nebraska and Michigan State communities in sending our thoughts and prayers to the families, teammates, coaches, administrators and friends who have been impacted by the tragic loss of Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler. While we are deeply saddened by their untimely loss, we also recognize the impact they had and the success they achieved as students, athletes, citizens and representatives of their respective communities and institutions. On behalf of the Big Ten, we greatly appreciate the enduring contributions made by these two young men, and our hearts go out to their families during this difficult time."
It's as genuine as the words Foltz wrote a couple of months ago on a card to Jeff Jamrog, thanking the former football program administrator for the opportunity to walk on at Nebraska.
One of the benefits of following college football is being around these young men at a great time in their lives — for many, it’s the time of their lives. It’s truly a joyful thing and a terrific escape from the cruelties of real life.
ESPN play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore, whose son was an attendee at that camp, explains part of the reason for the strong reaction
It’s the only explanation that makes sense for me right now. Two brilliant, funny former college athletes – whose paths never crossed that I know of – dying before giving the world everything they had to offer.
"We essentially knew right away," Meyer said by phone Monday morning. "My heart sank. I knew that turn, living in that area."
James Franklin has engineered slight improvement in two years at Penn State, but the pressure is rising for the Nittany Lions to win quickly.
If Michigan State can find answers to just a few questions, the Spartans could be right back in the Big Ten title game.
A star head coach, new stadium in a big city, and familiarity with Lone Star State politics have the Cougars believing in their chances to finally join the Power 5.
Ohio State’s ridiculous football recruiting class got even better over the weekend, and the Buckeyes are probably not done.
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Minnesotans for Nebraska Golf Outing - July 25th
MN4NE will be having their annual golf outing on July 25th. Nebraska wrestling coach Mark Manning will be the speaker at the after-golf dinner. If you don't golf (I don't, but plan to get there for dinner), you can sign up for just the dinner. More information can be found in the attached PDF.
This is this afternoon, the golf scramble has already started. Maybe I’ll see you there for dinner.
Husker Salute 2016 Golf Scramble
July 22nd, 2016 at the Plattview, Nebraska Golf Club. Eric Crouch, you know, that guy who won a Heisman Trophy, will be there. More specific information and registration can be found here!
The Heartland Cancer Foundation in Lincoln is raffling off season tickets (club seats and a parking pass) in the west stadium for the 2016 football season. This would include tickets for all home games. The drawing will be held at anupcoming golf event on Aug 4th.
You need not be present to win. Raffle tickets are $100 each. But hurry! Only 1,000 tickets are available for purchase. Go to the linked web site above to purchase a raffle ticket.