I spoke to the father of a 19-year-old University of Michigan swimmer who died by suicide earlier this month.
To an outsider, Ian Miskelley had so much going for him. But his father, Steve, wants people to understand that depression is not sadness. It is a disease, and Ian battled demons since he was 11 years old.
Steve wanted as many people to read this story as possible in the hopes of destigmatizing mental health issues.
Here it is: A father speaks out after his son, a Michigan swimmer, takes his own life
While far less important, here are a couple of other stories I’ve written recently:
Duncan Robinson’s remarkable rise from Michigan to NBA continues
No Michigan football this fall ‘devastating’ for Ann Arbor businesses
In advance of Father’s Day, I wrote about fathers coaching their sons in college basketball. Michigan’s Juwan Howard will have that experience this coming season. I spoke to several other fathers and sons (and some of their teammates) to learn more about their experiences, including Tubby Smith, Jim Boeheim, and Fran McCaffery.
Read the story on MLive here: Father’s Day: Juwan Howard will coach his son at Michigan, joining a unique dad club
And happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!
Some interviews are challenging, requiring persistent prodding to get the subject to open up and share something interesting.
My interview with Phil Martelli was not like this at all. Martelli, the former long-time head coach at Saint Joseph’s who is in his first year as an assistant on Juwan Howard’s staff at Michigan, is one of the best storytellers in college basketball.
Here is my story on Martelli, who for the first time in a quarter century is not the head coach, and for the first time in his life is not living in the Philadelphia area.
Phil Martelli: ‘The Godfather’ who has brought a taste of Philly to Michigan basketball