Columbus, In. — A Bartholomew County educator is on administrative leave after leaving a shotgun in a truck after a hunting trip.Two students saw the gun and notified school officials at Columbus East High School who called authorities. The staff member was escorted off the property and placed administrative leave pending an investigation.The staff member told police he had been coyote hunting the day before and left the shotgun in his vehicle.
The 60-year-old replaced Dutch coach Rene Meulensteen last week and the west London club’s third manager of a rollercoaster season has been charged with lifting Fulham out of the relegation zone with only 12 league games remaining. Magath won the 1983 European Cup as a player with Hamburg and appeared in two World Cup finals before moving into the dugout where he earned a reputation as “the fireman”, taking over in difficult circumstances to great success at Nurnberg, Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt before joining Stuttgart, whom he guided to Intertoto Cup success at 2002, which brought him to the attention of Bayern Munich. New Fulham manager Felix Magath sees no reason to change the strict training regimes which have helped turn his German teams into winners – declaring “no-one has died”. The German, though, expressed limited sympathy for Meulensteen, his assistant manager Ray Wilkins and first-team technical director Alan Curbishley, who have all left Craven Cottage under a clean break after results were not turned around despite plenty of support from owner Shahid Khan in the January transfer window. “I had to talk with him (Curbishley) about football and he gave me information about West Brom (away on Saturday), was very good, very nice, but I decided to make a real cut,” Magath said. “If you make one here, one there, it is not the same. “We have good relations and I know he is a very good manager who knows the English league well. “So I am sorry for that, but I think it is the best for Fulham.” Magath is set to leave his squad in no uncertain terms of what is expected as they aim to haul themselves off the bottom and make up what is currently a four-point deficit ahead of Saturday’s trip to the Hawthorns, which is followed by the visit of west London neighbours Chelsea on March 1. “We have to do what we can at the moment and play to win, not to impress our fans. Sorry for that, but they have to be patient for a few months,” he said. “I am sure the players want to stay in the league, so I think they are happy that they had a change. “I think they are trusting me that we stay in the league.” Magath added: “The most important thing for me is to get the players together and to work as fast as we can, that is why I called them to come on Sunday because we have no time to get to know each other. “The players have to know me and they have to try to understand what I want, I have to understand the players and I have to think about what I can ask for. “For me it is not the most important thing to know what they did four weeks ago, because that is the past. “It is important what they do now and what I can ask for.” Successive Bundesliga titles followed, and Magath would go on to also guide Wolfsburg to the domestic championship in 2008-09. Magath’s reputation was built on tough discipline – with one former player Eintracht Frankfurt player Bachirou Salou labelling him as the “last dictator in Europe”. The new Fulham manager, however, will not be about to alter his methods for what is unknown territory in the English game, having already called the Fulham squad in for extra sessions since his arrival. “Why should I change my training? At the moment I am the most successful (club) coach of Germany. Why should I change?” he said. “I don’t know. Can you explain? Until now everybody has loved my training. No-one died.” Magath added: “I am a nice guy, very nice (not a tough guy),” he said. “Ask Raul about my work, don’t ask a player who did not know here in England. Ask the good players and you will get the right answers.” Magath had been out of work since leaving Wolfsburg for the second time in October 2012. Press Association
USC baseball coach Chad Kreuter stood off the third-base line, peering down to the right at his designated hitter.Kreuter’s team was trailing Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 4-3, in the top of the eighth inning. His freshman catcher, Robert Stock, had just singled to centerfield, putting the team’s tying runner on base, but USC needed someone to step up and drive him in.Only five outs remained between a series loss and a late-inning comeback.Kreuter’s eyes were on the plate as a 6-foot-5, 190-pound freshman stepped into the batter’s box. But even though the 18-year-old right-handed batter was a new face to the team, he wasn’t a new face to the coach.The hitter was Kreuter’s son, Cade.The coach had enough faith to leave the young hitter in during a pressure situation.When Cal Poly starter Kyle Anderson — who had cruised through a six-inning, two-run outing to that point — made a mistake on his next pitch to home plate, Cade knew exactly what to do with it.Cade connected for a game-changing, two-run home run that cleared the left-field wall at Baggett Stadium.The coaches cheered. The dugout roared.And Dad looked like a genius.It was a big moment for the Trojans, and it was a moment in which any dad would be proud of his son.It’s even more special for a dad who gets to congratulate his son as he’s rounding third base.“It’s a real cool moment shaking hands with your son when he’s coming around the bases,” the coach said.Chad said he didn’t get to speak at length with his son until the ninth inning, when Chad returned to the dugout from his post as third-base coach. He was proud that his son made adjustments from an earlier at-bat in the game.“He turned around a pitch he had struck out with and hit a home run,” Chad said.Cade’s home run reminded his coach of another time the father and son got to shake hands at home plate after Cade launched a drive over the fence.It was during Chad’s major league career, when he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He remembers hitting a home run and sharing a high five with Cade, the team’s bat boy, as he headed back to the dugout.“It’s like we’ve come full circle.”Baseball represents a special connection between father and son. Often, the very first person a child learns how to play catch with is his father. And because throwing and catching a Wiffle ball is fairly easy, many children begin playing catch with their dads before they can even remember.This has translated into many great father-son duos in baseball history.Arguably the greatest father-son combination to have played professionally is the Griffeys. (The Bonds are a pretty close second, bar steroids.)The most memorable father-son moment ever is probably when Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. played together in the same outfield on Aug. 31, 1990. Later that season, the Griffeys became the first and only father-son duo to hit back-to-back home runs in a Major League Baseball game.Because of the age gap, it’s difficult for a father and a son to ever play together professionally. The Griffeys were an exception because Griffey Jr. made it to the major leagues at the young age of 19, and Griffey Sr. was at the tail end of his career in 1990.It’s also rare for a father to be the head coach of his son’s team past little league and even rarer past high school.So, for the Kreuter family, this is a special experience. In Sunday’s game, Cade made Dad proud, belting a home run that helped the Trojans defeat the Mustangs, 9-4, and earn USC a season-opening series victory.And although Cade’s role is still yet to be defined this season, it’s a memorable moment every time he and Chad put on the same uniform at the college-baseball level.Griffey Jr., a likely first-ballot Hall of Famer, said playing with his dad was more important to him than any other record he would go on to break.The Kreuters should enjoy the time while it lasts.“Soft Hands” runs on Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Jon at [email protected]