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Former WKU receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers coach and Louisville native Darryl Drake passes away at age 62

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake, a former Western Kentucky University football player and coach, passed away Sunday morning at age 62 in Latrobe, Pa. The Steelers did not disclose a cause of death and canceled their training camp practices on Sunday and Monday. “We are all saddened to learn of the passing of Darryl Drake,” said Todd Stewart, WKU’s director of...

Everyday Heroes: Despite polio, cerebral palsy, Coach Buford Williams walks tall

  This story will be included in Steve Flairty’s book, “Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes #4,” scheduled for release in 2015.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   As a child in the 1950s, Buford Williams walked awkwardly through the hallways of his elementary school in Jackson, Kentucky. The effects of crippling polio were in full view of his classmates, and for...

Former Western Kentucky coach and All-American quarterback Feix passes away

Jimmy Feix was the winningest coach in Western Kentucky’s history. He was also an All-American quarterback and later served as athletics director (WKU Athletics Photo)   Jimmy Feix, the winningest football coach in the history of Western Kentucky University football, passed away Sunday afternoon at the age of 83.   Feix served his alma mater as an All-America athlete, assistant football...