Former Kentucky High School Coach Acquitted In Death Of Player

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A former Kentucky high school football coach has been acquitted in the death of a player who collapsed at a practice where the team was put through a series of sprints on a hot summer day.

It was a rare criminal prosecution of a coach in a player's heat-related death.

Former coach David Jason Stinson was charged after 15-year-old Max Gilpin collapsed at an August 2008 practice as the team ran a series of sprints known as "gassers." He died three days later at a Louisville hospital of heat stroke, sepsis and multiple organ failure. His temperature reached at least 107 degrees.

Players said Stinson ordered the gassers as punishment for the lack of effort players showed at practice on a day where the temperature and heat index were both 94 degrees.

The jury reached a verdict after deliberating for less than two hours.