Posted by Adam Jacobi
Jake Nickle, a volunteer assistant with the Ohio State football strength and conditioning program, died suddenly today. According to The Lantern, Nickle was participating in a pickup basketball game this afternoon when he lost consciousness, and he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the nearby Ohio State Medical Center.
It's obviously much too soon to know what caused Nickle's untimely passing, and it wouldn't be fair to Nickle, his family, or the Buckeye family to speculate as why he passed away. Fellow strength coach Troy Sutton tweeted that Nickle had spent 24 of his last 31 hours working with the football team, but that's not necessarily evidence of overexertion or anything; it's not as if he himself were doing the drills.
One general observation, though, is that Buckeye staffers and fans should expect a level of scrutiny toward the circumstances of his last days that far exceeds comfort. That's just a necessary reaction to the sudden and unexpected death of a healthy young man (Nickle was a football player as a senior at Capital University in 2009), and it in no way reflects on the Buckeye family, nor is it evidence of some pre-conceived notion that something is wrong about the athletic department.
At any rate, our thoughts remain with the Ohio State program and the Nickle family.