- Ivan Maisel, ESPN Senior Writer
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1.For years, Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill never said he had epilepsy. Until last fall, he referred to his illness as a "seizure disorder," which sounded more ominous and mysterious than epilepsy. Kill went public with his illness during midseason last year, found better medication, and now has become a leading spokesman in the state for the foundation fighting the disease. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune tracked Kill’s coming to grips with epilepsy in a sensitive, well-written piece.
2.In the last two years, Penn State has dropped from 10th to 19th in royalty earnings on logoed merchandise among FBS schools who work with the Collegiate Licensing Company. Most Nittany Lion fans believe the NCAA punishment of the school in the Sandusky case was too harsh. And it seemed like all Penn State fans fell in love with the fight in last year’s 8-4 football team. But the drop in royalties gives voice to the silent. A portion of Penn State fans are keeping their wallets closed.
3.On most Sundays, Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof would be doing what coaches do -- coaching practice or watching video of practice. Two days ago, Roof sat at his desk with his heart in his stomach, watching his buddy Jason Dufner gut out the PGA Championship. “Great performance under maximum pressure,” Roof said in a text. He befriended Dufner in Auburn, where Roof ran the defense from 2009-11. Two years ago, on the day after Dufner lost a five-stroke lead with four holes to play in the PGA, Roof and the Auburn staff invited Dufner to stop by. When he did, the Auburn football players gave him a standing ovation.
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