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Bengals offensive line/quality control coach KYLE CASKEY spent last week "serving a fellowship in the office" of Speaker of the House JOHN BOEHNER (R-Ohio). Conversations "were not necessarily about football, though he did offer a small football install presentation and answer every question about how JAY GRUDEN will do with the Redskins." Boehner's staff "wanted to discuss football management." This was the "first time the office has invited a coach on such a fellowship, but Caskey jumped at the opportunity upon receiving the blessing of his bosses with the Bengals" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 6/29).

Winston's policy is based on a projection that he will
be selected in the first round of the '15 NFL Draft
BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY
: A source said that Florida State QB JAMEIS WINSTON has "purchased a large disability and 'loss of value' policy that provides him" with $8-10M in insurance coverage. The source said that Winston is the first returning Heisman Trophy winner since former Oklahoma QB SAM BRADFORD to "purchase preseason loss of value coverage, though other returning winners have purchased 'total permanent disability' coverage during that time frame." Winston's policy is "based on a projection that he will be selected in the top 10" of the '15 NFL draft and would "theoretically pay out if he fell out of the first round due to injury or illness" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 6/30).

BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR: Maryland football coach RANDY EDSALL, men's basketball coach MARK TURGEON and women's basketball coach BRENDA FRESE were "the state's three highest-paid public employees last year." Turgeon "made about" $2.2M, with "less than $500,000 of that coming from the state." Edsall and Frese "both took home about $400,000 from state coffers, but other income pushed their compensation" to about $2.1M and $1M, respectively (BALTIMORESUN.com, 6/28).

MONEY TALKS: Former NBAer ANTOINE WALKER appeared on CNBC yesterday, and host Melissa Lee noted despite Walker earning $110M in his 12-year career, it "wasn't long before he was filing for bankruptcy." Walker now is "helping others avoid the same financial mistakes." He said of losing his NBA wealth, "I lived a very expensive lifestyle, obviously just taking care of my family and friends and also taking part in bad investments throughout my NBA career. So it was a combination of things that kind of led to my downfall and now I'm trying to teach ... young NBA players, young kids, about making the right decisions with their money." He said the NBA "definitely can help" players with financial guidance and "letting them understand this can happen" ("Fast Money Halftime Report," CNBC, 6/30).

NAMES: T'Wolves Owner GLEN TAYLOR yesterday "finalized his purchase" of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Terms were not disclosed, but Taylor "put the price near" $100M. He will "personally own" 100% of the Star Tribune, but it will "not be under the Taylor Corp. umbrella." Taylor said that he will "not take a managing role" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 7/1)....USTA Serves, the charitable foundation of the USTA, awarded more than $429,000 in grants to 46 community tennis and education organization during its '14 spring funding cycle (USTA)....HANK AARON will be honorary chair for the opening night of the theatrical version of "BULL DURHAM" in Atlanta this fall (ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE, 6/27 issue)....IVAN LENDL is selling his 20,000-square-foot Goshen, Conn., mansion for $19.75M (COURANT.com, 6/30).
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