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Sickle cell trait and Central Florida

Posted on: August 29, 2009 8:59 am
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.
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Since: May 25, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2009 11:00 am

Sickle cell trait and Central Florida

Well I would not classify anything that comes out of or written in the Orlando Sentinel as "fine", but I would agree that both O'Leary and AD Tribble are out of touch with the public and University supporters.  Tribble recently addressed the high level financial booster group, The Golden Knights Club, and stated that they were simply "a fund raising group" at the University.  Now how do you think UF fans would react if thier AD told the Bull Gators that they were simply a fund raising group?  Well the fallout has begun both financially and with fan support at UCF.  This fine University has gone from the up-and-comer to a bottom dweller under the leadership of these two clowns, and unfortunately it will continue until it hits rock bottom.  If this article in the Slantinel is even half true, I feel deep sorrow for the Plancher family.  And if this article is true, two individuals who's carears are dealing with young student athletes should be ended quickly and forever.  This UCF support and fan hopes that this happens sooner rather then later.

Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2009 5:12 pm

Outside pressure and a backbone are needed

Thank you so much for providing one of them.

UCF '11

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