Pata's death brings perspective
It is not fair to make references to the problems Miami has had this year, or in recent years, or ever, and the shooting of Pata. A random, senseless, vengeful act ended his life, and altered the lives of his family, coaches and teammates. It is a truly awful story, and if you have a heart, it should ache for all of them.
If head coach Larry Coker thought he had problems before Tuesday, they don't seem so important any more. Football can be a vehicle for good. It can unify thousands. It can provide entertainment for the many and opportunity for the fortunate few. But in the end it is a game.