Have we missed something all these years of Coale’s exceptional record as coach and her program’s exemplary record of community outreach? Is this an example of two incongruent things both being true?
If they are true, now what?
Sunday night’s statements are a starting point, but this must advance way beyond a starting point.
This requires some explaining on Coale’s behalf, much discussion between Coale and her past and present players, more discussion between Coale and OU’s administration, and an attempt at some understanding.
Oklahoma State defensive end Trace Ford informed reporters on a Zoom call last Wednesday of his bout with COVID-19.
“I had the symptoms,” he said. “No taste, no smell, the headaches, the chills.”
“I lost a lot of weight,” Ford went on to say. “I weigh 240 right now, so I’ve only lost eight pounds, but I got out of shape. It was harder to breathe.
“I’m slowly getting back in better and better shape every day. But yeah, corona definitely took a toll on my body. I got a little weaker. But I’ll be back. I’ll be fine.”
Ford’s recovery is the main thing here.
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