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Men's Health Magazine has a featured article about Coach Mike Pressler and the lessons he learned from the Duke Lacross Hoax/Frame. He comments about what his players endured and how their slogan "All In" gave them the strength to persist against the mob mentality in Durham & Duke during the rush to judgement.
Convicted Without Trial
Mike Pressler, the former head coach of Duke University's lacrosse team, lost his dream job because of one person's lie. And that's where his success story begins
By: Bill Stump, Photographs by: Peter Yang
By now you know all about the Duke lacrosse scandal. You've read about the stripper who carried DNA from multiple sex partners but none from the accused. You've seen the exonerated players on TV. You've watched the career of Durham, North Carolina, district attorney Mike Nifong collapse into a heap of reckless ambition.
But there's one character in this uniquely American passion play about whom you still know very little: Mike Pressler, the former head coach of the Duke University lacrosse team and the only university employee to lose a job over the scandal.
Who is Mike Pressler? Here's a start: He's a man who has lived your worst nightmare. He had his dream job, coaching a top-ranked program at an elite university. He had a newly remodeled home a mile from campus made possible by a new 3-year contract, and a healthy, thriving family. His was a rare life in balance. "We really did have it all," he says now.
Then, in a twist that Kafka couldn't have made up, it all flew apart. The job gone. The team gone. The family in disarray. Who is Mike Pressler? He was about to find out. And so are you.
On April 5, 2006, about 3 weeks after the alleged rape of a woman at a lacrosse team party, Duke's athletic director, Joe Alleva, called Pressler into his office. The story was gaining momentum in the national media, and pressure was mounting on the university to do something, anything.
"We're thinking about canceling the rest of the season," Alleva informed him.
"Let's wait for the truth to come out," Pressler responded. The players' DNA test results were imminent.
"It's not about the truth anymore, Mike," Alleva said.... (Read the complete Article)
The Three Civil Complaints filed by the 2006 Lacrosse team members and their families against the multiple defendants from the City of Durham and their PD, Durham DA's Office, DNASI, & Duke University are about the truth now!