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There's a pile of rocks over there.

Those who are perfect go on over and pick up a stone.

There was another tragic, tear-moving story last week that didn't deal with the death of Lighthouse boys basketball coach Marvin Rea. This other tale almost was overshadowed by Rea's untimely death.

Hobart football coach Ryan Turley resigned as the Brickies' football coach last Friday after news outlets learned the 45-year-old Turley was charged in Lake Criminal Court with operating while under the influence after his arrest following a Nov. 18 traffic stop by Hobart police.

Drinking and driving is no small matter. It is serious and dangerous. It is something that should never be taken lightly.

Turley did not run and hide or throw stones at his accusers.

He did what he always asked his student athletes to do.

He manned up.

"I want to apologize for all the embarrassment I have caused the School City of Hobart and the Hobart Football program," Turley said in a statement he released last Friday. "It was not my plan or intention. I made a poor decision and I hope that not only do I learn from this but that it helps others in the future. I will take all consequences as a man and will do my best to handle this with dignity."

In a week of tears from other stories, tears filled my eyes when I read Turley's statement from his soul.

Ryan Turley is a good person. He cared deeply about the Brickies football program, his student athletes, the other programs at his school and prep football in the Region. He wore his heart on his sleeve and didn't care what people in the cheap seats said.

In 2014 more than $20,000 was given to West Side's football program by the Ford Motor Company when Hobart cancer survivor Joey Sparks won a contest through Ford that gave him $1,000, this great young man wanted to donate the money to West Side's program because the Cougars had reached out to him when he was sick.

Turley and West Side coach Jason Johnson became good friends and used football to bring two different communities together, which is so important in these days.

When the equipment money was presented in Gary and after the hugs and tears were wiped away, Turley said the following.

“If you do things right, good things will happen.”

This past season in the middle of the NFL national anthem feud splitting America apart, Turley had a guest speaker come and talk about the issues in play so his youngsters could embrace the debate with greater understanding.

"We had a history lesson on the 50-yard line with the American flag behind us," Turley said that night. "I thought it was great. Again, we're not telling anyone what to believe, but we want them to have informed decisions and we want them to make their points in a way that doesn't anger so many people.

"The message and the delivery are two different things."

Sound. Reasonable. Refreshing.

Turley played on Hobart's 1989 Class 4A state championship team and was on the 1990 team that was a state runner-up.

On the football field as coach, Turley also did a great job rebuilding one of Indiana's greatest programs. Taking over in 2011, the Brickies kept improving and won their first sectional championship in 19 years in 2016.

Hobart has a ton of great young talent moving into the program, so Turley helped lead in the importance of the game that put his town on the map become key to many young athletes. Again.

None of these facts are meant to wipe away the dangerous activity that he participated in. But context is important here.

"Again, I want to apologize for letting my community and the game of football down," Turley said in his statement.

Turley admitted he is receiving medical help from professionals in this area of need. This is the first step on the long road to recovery. His resignation also sends a message that some mistakes require a forfeiture of honors and position in life for a time while 100 percent effort is given to recovery.

I am quite sure that Ryan Turley will do what he said he'd do. All of the rest of his life he will work, work, work to rise above this matter.

Coach, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

All have sinned and fallen short. A fact. It's what we do about this dilemma that matters most.

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Steve has won awards during two different stints at The Times. In addition to being the Prep Beat columnist, he covers football, boys basketball and boys track. He is a long-suffering Cubs fan.