At BadJocks, we always applaud parents who get involved in their children’s lives and support their athletic efforts. But John Kasik, 61, of suburban Chicago may have gone a bit too far. Just a tad.
As we understand it, Kasik has a couple of daughters who play for the girls volleyball team at Lisle High School. At recent match, the coach/Athletic Director Dan Dillard pulled one of his daughters during a game and replace her with her sister. For some reason, Kasik disliked that move and let the coach know it. In fact, he allegedly followed Dillard home, pulling up along side his car at one point to yet at him on the road, then once at Dillard’s home, Kasik reportedly said he would kill the official if his distraught daughter “didn’t make it through the night.” To make sure his point was made, Kasik then repeatedly called and texted Dillard for the rest of the evening, at one point suggesting that he would rape Dillard’s wife and daughter.
Now THAT’S how to get a coach’s attention! Despite the threats though, Dillard offered to meet with Kasik at his office the following day and–not surprisingly–that did not go well either, with the coach claiming the irate father refused to let him leave the office and bumped him.
Not surprisingly, Kasik has now been charged with felony telephone harassment and misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct.
UPDATE: According to one source Kasik should know better: he coached varsity boys volleyball at Oak Park and River Forest High School from 1992 to 2005 and led the Huskies to three Illinois High School Association state finals appearances.
Usually football game “streakers” just want to run on, and then off, the field as quickly as possible to get their 15 minutes of fame. Not this guy. He’s just walking around shirtless, picks up the game ball, and then, well, watch the video to see what happens next. Hard to tell from the video if this guy is drunk, stoned or just crazy, but he does put up quite a fight.
Placer High School won the football game, but all the buzz is about the bone-crunching tackle an off-duty Placer County sheriff’s lieutenant made on a shirtless spectator who interrupted the game. The well-built Patrick Hurley, 25, walked onto the field during the second quarter of Friday’s game at Colfax High School. Shirtless and with his pants hanging dangerously low, Hurley carried a bottle of white liquid that he poured out before throwing it menacingly toward the officials.
A video of the incident shows Hurley picking up the game ball before he is tackled from behind by Troy Minton-Sander, a former player for Placer High and father of a current team member, Stone Sander.
As the spring 2011 semester wound to a close, UNC-Chapel Hill football player Erik Highsmith had nothing to show for the blog students were supposed to contribute to for a communications class, his instructor said. The blog accounted for 30 percent of a student’s grade. Highsmith wrote two posts in seven days. The first was about poultry farming, the second about people and pets. Very little of either post was in his own words.
The first entry was virtually identical to a passage on an education website written by four 11-year-olds for their peers. The second mirrored much of an essay someone posted on Urch.com, a website that helps people prepare for the SAT, GRE and other college entry exams.
Instructor J. Nikol Beckham said she spotted the plagiarism and reported it to the academic support program for student athletes. By then, an NCAA investigation had turned up numerous examples of a tutor providing improper help to football players, and Beckham was concerned the plagiarism went beyond Highsmith and her class.
“I suggested that they consider that this isn’t an isolated incident,” she said, “and I expressed my disappointment considering everything that had been going on for the last year. And I received a great deal of assurances that it would be handled.”