Just when you thought everything could be said about the tragic death of Ereck Plancher comes this fine column from the Orlando Sentinel.
The paper has called for the ouster of coach George O'Leary and AD Keith Tribble. Coaches working directly with Plancher said they did not know that Plancher had sickle cell trait. That goes against everything the school has said in the past. Someone was misled -- Plancher, the public, most tragically the Plancher family. They will receive a large settlement check out of this but that doesn't bring back their son.
It took a similar lawsuit by the family of a Rice University athlete for the NCAA to take the small step of recommending sickle cell trait testing earlier this year (35 years after the first confirmed death, by the way). How many more have to die?
Central Florida submitted a white-wash of a report on the tragedy, misled the public and did a disservice to their athletes. Something has to be done. The Sentinel has the best idea. It's a start.