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Sun., Dec. 16, 2007, 1:32 p.m.

SteveS: Dark Chapter In Coach Life Helped Form Him

I hope you all had a chance to read the two-story package on new WSU football coach Paul Wulff this morning. I think even non-sports fans will appreciate the Cougar coach's incredible life story. It reads like a Court TV real-life drama or a Lifetime movie of the week. Vince Grippi's main story is maybe his best piece of writing since he took over the Cougar beat on an interim basis earlier this year. Here's a link. Bill Morlin, with a rare byline in Sports, writes about a little-known by inarguably dark chapter in Wulff's life -- the apparent murder of his mother, probably by his father, when Wulff was 12 years old. Here's the link. Initially, we were all worried that the murder story might cast an inappropriate pall over the Wulff life story. But as Morlin taked with the coach's uncle, who raised him, and with other members of the family, it became apparent that the murder helped forge the man of faith and integrity that Wulff has become?Steve Smith, News Is A Conversation. More here

Question: How has a tragic event or tough circumstance in life helped mold you into the person you are today?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.