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Mom: No Apology from Coach in Son's Death

The coach of a Kentucky teen who died three days after collapsing during an August 2008 high school football practice conducted in grueling heat -- a death that led to charges on which the coach was just acquitted -- hasn't personally apologized to the boy's mother, she told "Early Show" co-anchor Harry Smith Monday.

It was a trial that could change the way a lot of college and high school coaches conduct their practices.

David Stinson, 37, was removed from coaching and teaching in January, when a grand jury indicted him on a charge of reckless homicide in the death of sophomore offensive lineman Max Gilpin, who was 15. The grand jury later added a charge of wanton endangerment.

Stinson was found not guilty on both counts in Louisville Thursday. He is scheduled to meet with school district officials this week about where and when he could return to the classroom, and possibly the sideline.

But on "The Early Show", Gilpin's mother, Michele Crockett, says she's yet to hear the words "I'm sorry" from Stinson.

Asked whether he'd apologized, Crockett said, "Not personally, no. During the funeral and all that, of course he, as everyone did, offer his condolences and those kinds of things, but as far as an apology, no.

Does she want one?

"Yes, I would like one. I just want him to take responsibility for what's happened. That's the bottom line. And I feel like, with the acquittal, that responsibility -- he hasn't stepped up to the plate at this time."

Crockett says she was "disappointed" over the jury's verdict but, "One of the things was we knew that this was going to be a difficult case. And the biggest point that we wanted to make to the community and everyone is that we are going to be watching and that hopefully it raises awareness for the heat illness."

Jefferson County, Ky. prosecutor Jon Heck told Smith he "had approximately 10 to 20 neutral witness, in other words, they were there to watch another game, they had no ties to the community or to the football team, and some of them played high school football and they said, 'This isn't high school football. What we're seeing out here is abuse.' "

Gilpin's half-sister, Anna Crockett, showed Smith a football player eddy bear she'd made for Gilpin while he was in the hospital -- a gift she never got to give him.


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had approximately 10 to 20 neutral witness, in other words, they were there to watch another game, they had no ties to the community or to the football team, and some of them played high school football and they said this isn't high school football. What we're seeing out here is abuse