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Old 05-12-2008   #2
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Default Re: Molden better for taking hard road to Houston

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Andrews helped Molden scrounge out a football scholarship at Toledo, but there was a catch. Toledo never got around to actually delivering on the scholarship. After three semesters of paying his own way, Molden transferred to Division I-AA Eastern Kentucky. He finally broke into the starting lineup as a senior, playing seven games with a cast on his broken left hand.

He played hurt. And he played hurting desperately, because a rare form of muscle cancer was taking his fiancée. Joi Smith, a junior on the Michigan track team, died Nov. 17 after a ninth-month battle with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma.

"It was a rough year," Molden said.

And left it at that.

"We talk about excuses being tools of incompetence," Andrews said. "He memorizes these things. These are things that he lives by, puts in his head, so that when negatives come up, boom, he's got a thought we've discussed to help him through that."

Father figure
Andrews figures he can vouch for Molden. During summers and school breaks, Molden has been living with his old coach-turned-father-figure.

"Houston doesn't know what it's got," Andrews said. "They've got a great kid with a big heart who's a great athlete. And he's a quality young man. You don't see drama behind his name."
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