Sports and News links – August 24, 2010

Highlight from the Dowling Catholic at Valley football game on Friday. Courtesy of Bill Neibergall and the Des Moines Register

In the midst of the start of the high school football season here in Iowa, several eye-opening stories flew under the radar this weekend.  Today, we’ll read about a coach vs. player showdown, a nationally popular sports columnist quitting his job, a new A.D. becoming comfortable in his new job, and allegations of workplace bullying that led to a suicide.

And that doesn’t include Jay Mariotti being arrested and possibly losing his gig on ESPN‘s Around the Horn.

-Sally Jenkins, Washington Post:  Jenkins writes about the continuing saga between disgruntled Washington Redskins defensive player Albert Haynesworth and coach Mike Shanahan, after Haynesworth complained after Saturday’s night pre-season game about having to play with the second-string in the second half.

Karen Crouse, New York TimesPat Haden is starting to enjoy his new role as athletic director at U.S.C., amid the football program being put on probation.

Jason Whitlock, now formerly of the Kansas City Star.

Tully Corcoran, Topeka Capital-Journal:  popular and controversial sportswriter Jason Whitlock has decided to leave the Kansas City Star, but not without some fireworks and accusations on the way out, via a radio interview on KCSP 610-AM and Metro Sports.  Here is the exclusive radio interview between Whitlock and Nick Wright.

Ray Sanchez, ABC News:  Kevin Morrissey, managing editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review, committed suicide on August 1st.  Was workplace bullying the cause of his death?

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