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Yeremiah Bell retires from NFL

Posted on 22 August 2014 by admin

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WINCHESTER – Yeremiah Bell remembers watching the “Roy Kidd Show” while working at a steel mill following high school.
Bell was convinced he could play football at the collegiate level. Bell eventually walked on at Eastern Kentucky University and landed a scholarship. He not only turned heads of Kidd and his defensive coaching staff at the time, but professional scouts took note of Bell’s potential. In 2003, Bell was drafted in the sixth round of the NFL Draft and played the first nine years of his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins before splitting the next two seasons with the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals, respectively.
Bell opted to retire after an 11-year career recently and is finished with football.
“I’m done (with playing football),” Bell said. “It’s not official because my agent hasn’t turned in the papers yet but within myself, I’ve played my career (in the NFL). I’m going to miss it, and I’m supposed to, but at the same time as a person, you have to know when to say when. The last couple of years, it’s been on my mind. This year, I kind of knew (it was time to retire). Honestly, not many NFL players get to (play) 10 years. For some reason when I got going, (10 years) was always the magic number in my head. I’m not one of those guys who want to play until my wheels fall off.”
Bell added that the brutality of football and his desire to be close with his family were two reasons he opted against playing for a 12th season in the professional ranks.
“Football is a brutal sport and some guys stay with it until the league kicks them out but I felt like this way, the choice is strictly on me and I’m happy with it. Everybody else is a little more tore up about me not playing than I am because that’s what I’m been doing my whole life. I’m happy to be home and where I’m at. I love Kentucky and my family. That’s big for me.”
Bell, 36, said he “feels great” mentally and physically and didn’t want to take a chance with possible injuries in the future. He added the concern over concussion injuries also played a role in his decision to retire from the league.
“There’s no doubt in my mind I could still go back and still play,” he said. “When I look at my career, and the things I’ve done, and I look at my home life. … my kids are getting older and I’m starting to miss my family more. I have nieces and nephews that are growing up and (family) is important to me.”
During his career with Miami, Bell helped lead the Dolphins to the divisional title in 2008 and one year later, Bell was named to the Pro Bowl. Bell, a strong safety, recovered 10 fumbles, collected eight interceptions and had 568 tackles, including a career-high 100 tackles in 2008. He also had 13 sacks, with three of those coming in 2005 while he was with the Dolphins.
“I had fun,” he said. “I had a great career and I lived the dream.”
Bell plans to take a year off before getting into coaching. Even though he excelled at the collegiate and professional level, Bell wants to coach at the high school level. Bell was contacted about the vacancy at George Rogers Clark High School earlier this year but wanted to take a break from the sport before making another commitment to football.
“I want to coach the game when it’s still fun and the kids are still learning,” he said. “The kids are still raw and I can teach a lot of what I learned and just go out there and have fun with it. I just want to coach high school and give back some of the things I’ve learned.”

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EKU Announces 2014 Athletics Hall of Fame Class

Posted on 15 August 2014 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame 2014 induction class features seven distinguished individuals as well as the 1940 undefeated football team. The class will be enshrined in the Keen Johnson Building on Saturday, Oct. 11.

The 2014 induction class includes: Bobby Collins (men’s basketball, 1984-88), Laphelia Doss (women’s basketball, 1994-98), James Hand (football, 1991-96), Bill Hughes (football, 1975-80), Jennifer James Reichard (volleyball (1988-91), Jamie King O’Shea (women’s cross country/track & field) and Glenn Presnell (football and golf coach/athletics director). The 1940 football team was the first team in program history to go undefeated (8-0).

Saturday’s activities begin with a noon luncheon. The group will also be recognized just prior to the Colonels’ football game against Eastern Illinois later that day at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the luncheon are $25 and can be purchased by calling the Colonel Club office, 859-622-2046. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, Sept. 30. Tickets will not be sold at the event.

For more information on the EKU Athletics Hall of Fame, please contact Karl Park, Executive Director of the EKU Athletics Hall of Fame, 859-200-6686 or karl.park@eku.edu.

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Eastern Kentucky University Athletics has received its largest single gift.

Posted on 01 August 2014 by admin

 

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EKU President Michael Benson has announced that Donald R. and Irene Dizney, of Ocala, Fla., have committed a lead cash gift toward a $15 million multi-purpose facility to replace the current grandstands on the east side of Roy Kidd Stadium.
Benson said the facility will feature:
· classrooms and small conference rooms
· a nutrition and dietetics center
· training facilities
· a new football locker room
· offices for football coaches
· a Champions Café, open each day for lunch
“We are very grateful to Don and Irene Dizney for their tremendous generosity and support of EKU and our athletics program as they provide the lead gift for this very important project,” Benson said. “Once again, the Dizneys’ love of Eastern will benefit countless students, faculty and staff, and alumni and friends as this multi-purpose facility serves the entire EKU community.”
Head Football Coach Dean Hood concurred: “Don and Irene feel as though they have been blessed and have given to countless many around the world out of an overflow of those blessings. I know Don holds a special place in his heart for EKU, EKU Football and all those associated who were instrumental in bringing him from Lynch to Richmond.”
The Dizneys are well known on the Richmond campus. A facility bearing Mr. Dizney’s name houses several programs in the University’s College of Health Sciences. In 1995, he sponsored the Glenna Sprinkle Dean Learning Resources Center in EKU’s John Grant Crabbe Main Library, the principal library for education majors and an important resource for public school teachers.
A Lynch, Ky., native who attended Eastern, Mr. Dizney went on to a long and distinguished career in the health care field, serving many years as chairman of the board of United Medical Corporation, which owns and operates a chain of acute care and psychiatric hospitals in the southeastern U.S. and Caribbean. In addition, he served as chair for Lifetron Inc., a rehabilitation and respiratory therapy company, among other ventures.
He also served the University as a director of the EKU Foundation and in 1986 established an endowed scholarship fund to assist students from eastern Kentucky pursuing degrees in allied health and nursing. The scholarship fund honors the memory of his grandparents, Tinsley and Mamie Dizney of Loyall, Ky.
In 1987, EKU presented Mr. Dizney with an honorary doctoral degree.
The University anticipates selecting the architects for the project by early September, with construction to be completed in time for the 2016 football season. A date for groundbreaking has not yet been set. This project will be funded in part by a $15 million agency bond approved by the state that allows EKU to improve several of its athletic facilities.

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