Monday the Wake Forest baseball coach donated one of his kidneys to freshman outfielder Kevin Jordan, according to USA Today .
Jordan, a 19th-round pick of the Yankees in 2010, became sick in January of 2010, two months after committing to play at Wake Forest. He suffers from Anti-Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Autoantibody vasculitis. Jordan had been undergoing 18 to 20 hours of in-home dialysis each day and needed a transplant. None of Jordan's family members were a match, but Walter was.
"When we recruit our guys, we talk about family and making sacrifices for one another," Walter told the newspaper prior to the surgery. "It is something we take very seriously. I had the support of my family, Wake Forest and my team. To me it was a no-brainer."
Walter is in his third year at Wake Forest, after coaching at George Washington and the University of New Orleans. UNO was forced to move to Division III after Hurrican Katrina, and Walter moved on to Wake Forest.
Walter, who is expected to be discharged from the hospital on Thursday, said he doesn't think he'll coach third base or hit fungous "any time soon" but hopes to be back to normal in a couple of months. His Demon Deacons start the season Feb. 18 at LSU and he hopes to travel with the team and and coach them against the Tigers.
Of course, knowing how the NCAA operates, Wake Forest and Walter will likely be punished for giving an "extra benefit" to a student-athlete.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans